No Ebola in Central Illinois: Central Illinois Health Departments Prepare

Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, and Marshall County Health Departments are working to protect residents during the current Ebola situation in the United States. While there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Central Illinois and none in the State of Illinois, plans are in place to address public health and safety.

As part of the ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of the community, local public health departments have taken steps to mount a response to an Ebola situation in Central Illinois. The steps include:

  • Review of plans in place to monitor Ebola cases in communities.
  • Work with healthcare systems, elected officials, and community partners to assure distribution of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national protocols and procedures for community and emergency responders.
  • Remain in contact with other local health departments and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to monitor the situation.
  • Provide information to the public about any confirmed Ebola cases in our communities.

While there is no vaccine for Ebola, the public can take general precautions against many infectious diseases. As a reminder to stop the spread of general viruses and illness:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Get your seasonal flu shot.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Stay informed.

The Illinois Ebola hotline for questions from the public is 800-889-3931. Online Ebola information is available on the CDC website at and the IDPH website at

Public information officers in the surrounding six-county area regularly post emergency information on the Facebook page Central Illinois Emergency Information.

New Hispanic Programming comes to WAZU 90.7 FM

Voz Latina” Saturdays at 10am

Premier Launch and Celebration: Saturday October 18th 9:30 AM
Location:Ortiz Panaderia Bakery, 1400 NE Monroe, Peoria, Illinois
Open to the Public

Be Advised, New programming is coming to Pacifica Radio Affiliate Station WAZU 90.7FM Community Radio.

A half hour English as a second language Program Designed to Teach and engage with the Hispanic Community of Peoria. Premiering Saturday October 18th at 10am, Airing every Saturday thereafter at 10am. Bringing Cultural Diversity to the Saturday morning Line up.

Easter Seals Announces Board of Directors

Easter Seals Central Illinois is pleased to announce its newly-elected board of directors and officers.



Chairman:  Brad Halverson, Group President & CFO, Caterpillar Inc.

1st Vice Chair:  Don Young, Director of Business Systems Transformation, Caterpillar Inc.

2nd Vice Chair:  Wes Blumenshine, Associate General Counsel, Caterpillar Inc.

Treasurer:  Jeff White, COO & CFO, OSF Saint Francis, Inc.

Secretary:  Brad Kahler, President, Fort Transfer

Immediate Past Chairman:  Seshadri Guha, Chairman, CGN Global

Ex Officio:  Steve Thompson, President and CEO, Easter Seals


Mary Brown, Easter Seals Ambassador Family

Susie Camacho, Easter Seals Ambassador Family

Michael Cruz M.D, CMO/VP Quality & Safety Administration, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Jamie Engstrom, IT Director, Global Technology Services, Caterpillar Inc.

Keith Knepp M.D., Executive VP Clinical Services/COO, UnityPoint Health Methodist-Proctor

Molly Otten, Easter Seals Auxiliary President, non-voting

Prasad Parupalli, Commercial Manager, Caterpillar Inc.

Bob Sehring, Chief Ministry Services Officer, OSF Healthcare System

Brian Rabe, Vice President of International Operations and Heavy Equipment Industry, ATS

Adam White, Owner of Running Central, Partner at ShaZam Racing

“We are grateful for the leadership and expertise this diverse group of individuals brings to Easter Seals,” said Steve Thompson, President and CEO, Easter Seals.  “They work tirelessly advancing the Easter Seals mission helping children and families reach new milestones every day.”

Easter Seals provides specialized pediatric therapy services for children with developmental delays, disabilities, autism and other special needs. They are accredited by CARF International in Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Pediatric Specialty Programs and Behavioral Services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is the largest single provider of early intervention services and direct autism services in downstate Illinois.

Bradley University Ranked Among Top Universities

Peoria, IL – September 9, 2014 – Bradley University has once again been recognized as one of the top universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

The publication’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released today, places Bradley 4th in the region and also continues to recognize the University as a great school at a great price. The latter recognition points to the significant value Bradley offers in the academic experience it provides students.

“Such national recognition is a testament to the commitment of our faculty and staff, who work tirelessly to provide a world-class education to our students,” said Bradley President Joanne Glasser. “With its medium size, Bradley provides students a wide-range of educational opportunities and experiences along with the personal support that helps nurture their professional growth and creativity.”

The college guide also points to the excellence of Bradley’s engineering program placing it in the top 35 programs nationwide.

In addition to the U.S.News & World Report ranking, Bradley also recently received recognition from The Princeton Review in its “Best 379 Colleges” guide and was included in Money Magazine’s list of “25 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and 86th overall on its list of “Best Colleges.”


Angie Menefee-SSB



PEORIA, ILLINOIS…September 9, 2014…South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., welcomes Angie Menefee as a full service Mortgage Loan Consultant specializing in all aspects of the home buying process.

Menefee has worked in the banking industry for 29 years.  She attended Illini Bluffs High School and Illinois Central College.  Menefee is involved in fundraising for the Tuscarora Fire Department, Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Peoria Area Renegades Rugby Club.  She currently resides in Bartonville with her husband and daughter. Her son is a United States Marine, and Menefee is a proud supporter.

Menefee works with Conventional, FHA, VA, Rural Development and Construction loans.  She has worked with different grant programs, including IHDA, City of Peoria, and Down Payment Plus.  Menefee specializes in first time homebuyers – giving the customer choices, looking at all options, and explaining the process so the customer understands the full home-buying process.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $670 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 12 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin.  South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria.


Yes, you can, when you join us at Peoria Zoo for a light breakfast in Africa! We’ll teach you more about the King of Cats while watching the lions enjoy their breakfast too. You’ll also learn what makes Arthur and Lizzy so special.

You can register for either morning: Saturday, September 20 or Sunday, September 21, 9:00 am-10:00 am. Cost of this event is $7.50 for Zoo members and $15.00 for non-members.

For questions or to register, call the Peoria Zoo Education office at (309) 681-3559 or check our website at

Riverfront Museum & WTVP present “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” FREE Public Screening

Date & Time: Fri., Sept. 5, 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Giant Screen Theater · Peoria Riverfront Museum · 222 S.W. Washington St. · Peoria, Ill.

Cost: Free and open to the public; advance ticket reservation requested

Peoria Riverfront Museum and WTVP, Peoria public television, present a free sneak-peek screening of Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the museum’s giant screen theater. 

The series weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. It marks the first time their individual stories have been written into a single narrative. Meryl Streep portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in readings from her personal letters and writings.  

The screening is free, but seating is limited. The museum asks those interested in seeing the preview at the Riverfront Museum, Sept. 5, to reserve a ticket by calling 309-686-7000. 

Preview screenings will also be held at the Normal Theater, Normal, Ill., Sept. 8, 7 p.m. and at the Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg, Ill., Sept. 13, 4 p.m., hosted by Knox College and Tri States Public Radio. The full seven-part, 14-hour documentary will air nationally Sept. 14 on most PBS stations.  

For more information on the documentary, visit: 

For information on the Riverfront Museum screening, Sept. 5, visit 

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all – connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs.


(Peoria, IL)­­ — The City of Peoria will host a press conference at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, in room 404 at City Hall to announce a partnership with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods. This integration with Nextdoor will enable the City to share important information directly with residents. Notices sent out through Nextdoor will include such topics as safety updates, upcoming public meetings, and available programs for residents. More than thirty neighborhoods in the City are already actively using Nextdoor. 

For more information regarding the press conference or Nextdoor, please contact Kate Green at (309) 494-8555 or, or visit

Peoria Players Received a Grant from IL Arts Council!

Peoria Players Theatre is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Illinois Arts Council in the amount of $7,275.00.  This grant, written by Nicki Haschke, will be used for general operating support of the Peoria Players 2014-2015 season.  Our season includes Ragtime, The Odd Couple, The Sound of Music, Home for the Holidays, Cabaret, The Pirates of Penzance, Damn Yankees, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

We are very grateful to the Illinois Arts Council for their continued support. 

Hult Center’s Annual Lobster Roast Fundraiser

Peoria, IL (August 28, 2014)  The Hult Center for Healthy Living will host their 17th annual Lobster Roast on Saturday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Weaver Angus Farm.

The evening features a fantastic spread from Dixon Fisheries and Barrack’s Cater Inn, laughter and surprises during the comical Roast of Matt George and entertainment by country music rising-star Drew Baldridge.

Hult Center founder, Patti Bash was in the hot seat last year and is getting her revenge this year by roasting the Hult Center’s Executive Director, Matt George.  A line-up of well-known roasters will take the stage before Drew Baldridge kicks off this country party.

Dust off your cowboy hats, shine your boots and join the Hult Center for an unforgettable evening!  Proceeds benefit the Hult Center for Healthy Living’s youth health education, cancer, mental health and senior programs.

Individual tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at or by calling 309-692-6650.