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Volume IV Issue I

Second Quarter 2013

Climate (kli’mit): The prevailing attitudes, standards or environmental conditions of a group, period, or place. I can’t believe that the first issue of Climate 2013 is already here. In my first few months as Chairman I have been very proud of the incredible work that our Chamber is doing locally as well as on the state and federal levels. However, the needs of our community are great and the Chamber cannot do it alone. It is up to everyone to make a difference. Together, by acting locally, our businesses, business leaders and local government can produce positive change and build a stronger community. Inside this issue of Climate we’re taking a hard look at the political landscape that is currently facing the business community. From the Affordable Care Act and a proposed minimum wage increase, to public pension reform and education, the McLean County Chamber of Commerce as well as chambers across the state of Illinois are keeping a watchful eye on Springfield and Washington D.C.

Sherri Chinski The challenges ahead of us are great but the McLean County Chamber of Com2013 Chairman of the Board merce will continue to stay focused on what is best for our membership and the business community of McLean County. We will make sure that all the actions we take fully support our mission statement, which is to “Promote local commerce, advocate business perspectives, create relevant programs and establish relationships.” This is an exciting time to be a part of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the organization. I have enjoyed meeting many of our members and look forward to engaging with more of you; hearing both your successes and your struggles as we continue to work on finding ways to improve the business climate in McLean County.

CONTENTS CIRCLE State of Education Member Spotlight Affordable Care Act Events

Annual Gala Agriculture Awards Dinner

Ribbon Cuttings

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2013 McLean County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Justine Robinson, neXt Professionals

Reiser, Chinski, & Co, LLP

City of Bloomington

Bill Lawrence, Chairman-elect

Brian Basting

Woith Insurance Inc.

ADVANCE Trading, Inc.

Vicki Tilton, Past Chairman

Chad Boore

Jennifer McCarron

Bob Miller, Treasurer

Leanna Bordner

Dr. Kirk Noraian

Fox & Hounds Hair Studio & Day Spa

Annual Gala photo by Valdes Photography.

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Commerce Bank

Mike Larkin

State Farm Insurance Companies

Business Builders

Illinois State University

Dr. Kirk Noraian, DDS

Leann Seal, Secretary

Greg Cook

David Stokes

Snyder Companies

Great Plains Media, Inc.

Edward Jones – David Stokes

Carl Teichman, Vice Chairman

Winnie Feken

Mary Strack

Illinois Wesleyan University

Chuck’s Harley Davidson

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

Steve Denault, Vice Chairman

Kristen Givens

Mike Swartz

Country Financial

State Farm Insurance Companies

Carl Olson, Vice Chairman

Julie Kubsch

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center

Central Illinois Regional Airport

Michael O’Grady, ECHI Economic Development Council

Cover Photos - Chamber ribbon cutting, Congressman Rodney Davis, Kelley Farms, Business Before Hours @ CIRA.

Robert Lakin

Sherri Chinski, Chairman

Specs Around Town

McLean County Farm Bureau

Chamber Takes Influence to Springfield

Lawmakers in Springfield hear the issues that matter most to businesses in Central Illinois.

In 2011 McLean County Chamber of Commerce joined with 13 other Chambers throughout the region to form the Central Illinois Regional Chamber Legislative Effort (CIRCLE). The goal of this collaboration is to strengthen the voice of the Central Illinois business community with state legislators. This year, as in years past, we surveyed our members to identify issues of importance across the region and now we need to share our Central Illinois perspective on those issues with key members of the General Assembly. This year’s results showed an overwhelming desire from our member businesses for CIRCLE to advocate for worker’s compensation reform, public pension reform, and continued budgeting for unpaid bills.

pensation costs in the nation. The 2011 changes did little to address the low burden an injured worker must meet to establish medical causation between a proven work accident and injury, and thus establish an entitlement to benefits. This low threshold for burden of proof has led to an avalanche of compensable claims in Illinois and it is certainly one of the reasons that Illinois is deemed to be a high cost state for workers’ compensation. Change is needed if Illinois is to become competitive with states that can point to lower workers’ compensation costs when competing with Illinois for jobs. Public Pension Reform

The State of Illinois’ public pension systems are the worst funded in the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Reform nation and are in dire need of reform. Though it has been two years since the Simply transferring the cost of funding 2011 changes to the Illinois Worker’s pensions from the State to other diviCompensation Act, businesses and losions of government only shifts the tax cal units of government in Illinois still burden from one unit of government face some of the highest worker’s com- to another. A massive shift of pen-

sion costs to other government entities could increase property taxes or cause severe underfunding of our schools. Of particular concern is the idea that local governments bear the cost, but the legislature retains control of benefits such as the retirement age, annuity, cost of living adjustments (COLA), employee contributions etc. CIRCLE proposes that the state move toward a simple cost of living adjustment, increase the retirement age and convert pensions to a defined benefit/ contribution hybrid. Further, we feel that the current pension ramp is financially unattainable and was unrealistic from the start. The State must undertake thorough review of the pension ramp to create an affordable and realistic time table to reach a 90% funded ratio. Free health care at taxpayer expense is a luxury the State cannot financially provide. The State of Illinois must resolve this (story continued on page 4)

issue and provide reform in this session. We urge the legislature to take any savings from reforming the retirement program and pay down the State’s backlog of unpaid bills. Continued Budgeting for Unpaid Bills Illinois’ current financial situation and back-log of unpaid bills, approximately $9 billion, happened systematically over a period of time and unfortunately cannot be fixed in a single year’s budget. The State will need to systematically and purposefully continue to focus on paying its bills and working toward creating a manageable cash flow. The backlog of unpaid bills is essentially broken down into three categories since the Illinois Department of Revenue has said that it does not expect to have outstanding corporate tax refunds at the end of Fiscal Year 2013:

• Non-governmental vendors (busi-

nesses, Medicaid, private social service agencies)

• Government Entities (schools, units of local government, etc.)

• State Medical Bills (HIRF)

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce delegation from the April 2012 CIRCLE trip to Springfield.

Budgeting payment of past bills in the 2013 budget was a good starting point and the State should build on this with a long term plan to deal with the back log on unpaid bills and lack of working capital. CIRCLE proposes that the State budget at least $1 billion toward unpaid bills in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. These are issues that impact YOUR business and OUR region. Together with the other members of CIRCLE, the McLean County Chamber of Commerce is arranging meetings with legislators and key committee staff members that

relate to each of the above issues. On Thursday, May 9, you can play an active role in the discussions with policy makers for the State of Illinois. For information on participating in the CIRCLE trip to Springfield contact Ryan Whitehouse, Director of Government and Public Affairs. Or to learn more about CIRCLE’s positions on the topics from this article visit

Slow Growth Hurts State’s Financial Future At 12.8 million residents, Illinois remains the fifth most populated state in the union. Many residents have left the state during the last 10 years primarily because they found better economic opportunities elsewhere. We need to create and attract more jobs in this state in order to provide work for current residents and accelerate population growth. U.S. Census Bureau statistics released in March show that the Chicago region has the slowest population growth among the top 10 metro areas in the U.S. As a state Illinois’ population growth percentage from 2000 to 2010 was 3.3 percent, compared with the nation’s 9.7 percent rate. Michigan was the only state to lose population during the decade, but other neighboring states showed higher population growth rates: Kentucky (7.4%), Missouri (7.0%), Indiana (6.6%), Wisconsin (6.0%), and Iowa (4.1%).


Nevada was the fastest growing state (35%) during the decade. Numerically, Texas acquired 4.3 million people and led the nation in population growth. California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Arizona also grew by more than 1 million people during the decade.

tion loss. Kane County was the only other Illinois County to have a population growth that exceeded 100,000 people. Kendall and McHenry County had the third and fourth highest growth rates. Collectively, they acquired an additional 110,000 people. On a percentage basis, the US Census Bureau identified Kendall On a county level: Illinois has 102 counCounty as the fastest growing County in ties. In the decade between 2000 and the country. 2010 only 40 counties experienced population growth. Even the most populous Tax increases and deep budget cuts are county, Cook, lost 182,000 people. Of brutal and short-term reactions to our the ten most populous counties in the ongoing problems, not solutions. Let’s country, Cook County was the only one push our state’s leaders to create a jobs to actually lose population (-3.4%) dur- agenda that improves the business climate and secures our state’s financial ing the decade. future for years to come. In Illinois, significant population growth was limited to four counties. Will Coun- Source: Illinois Chamber of Commerce ty experienced the largest population growth (176,000) during the decade. Will County’s population growth was almost comparable to the Cook County popula-

Chamber to Host “State of Education“ There is a lot of change happening in the education system, both locally in McLean County and across the nation. From new common course standards and evaluation practices to reduced budgets and a multitude of new state mandates. To top it all off, almost 70% of school districts are currently in deficit spending and it doesn’t look like the situation is improving anytime soon. Since 2010, the state has come up short in general aid for Illinois public school districts every year. In fact, state funding for education has decreased by more than $861 million, or nearly 12 percent, since 2008. As districts large and small struggle to get by, additional cuts could start impacting classrooms and, on a larger scale, the future of a state that now ranks last in state education funding. “The overarching challenge for all of our districts in McLean County is the central funding issue,” says Mark Jontry, Regional District Superintendent of Schools. “The funding issue is going to impact all areas of district programming. As the districts stare at a reduced level of funding resources from the state combined with depressed property values over the past few years it makes for a real challenge to continue to provide the level of education that the residents and tax payers of McLean County have come to expect from our local schools.” Bloomington-Normal residents enjoy a very high reputation when it comes to the quality of education that is offered. Whether a family has just moved here or has lived in the area for a long period of time, they Barry Reilly have come to expect a high level of education that the districts have been able to meet

Along with those expectations comes a very high level of support. “Certainly we have state and federal pressures, but locally there is a lot of support,” says District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly. “I believe that the schools in our community are currently meeting and, in some cases, exceeding our community’s expectations. If they were not, we would be hearing about it.”

achievements in education recently, especially in McLean County. In addition to multiple achievements by both District 87 and Unit 5 in their classrooms, the districts were recently selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York to be part of a learning collaborative project called inBloom. A unique plan to utilize the systems that are currently used to store student data, As Bloomington-Normal and the surinBloom will integrate the student’s data rounding communities continue to grow into its specialized system to give teachthe pressure to continue to maintain ers a single view of how students are quality schools performing and allow them to provide will concustomized learning solutions to each tinue to be a student. The program is currently in the top priority. pilot stages but will ultimately provide “We average each individual student having a learnaround 300 ing map with a pool of resources that new students the student, his or her parents and each year,” teachers will have access to. says Gary Niehaus, SuperThe discussion on education is indeterintendent at minate. It is a subject that deservedly McLean Coun- garners attention from local business Gary Niehaus ty District Unit leaders to national politicians and car5. “To accommodate the growth while ries with it the fate of a nation. In an efcutting expenditures schools around the fort to continue the conversation and to state have continued to increase their provide a greater understanding of the class sizes. Quality of education is the local education situation the McLean number one thing that we have to abide County Chamber of Commerce has by, and yet it becomes harder to do it partnered with the Regional Office of as we squeeze down our budgets and Education, Bloomington District 87 and increase the class sizes in our buildMcLean County Unit 5 to present The ings.” State of Education. This event, held at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center While fiscal issues continue to cast a on May 15th, will feature a presentation black cloud over the state’s education by each of the superintendents followed system, there have been some great by a period of questions and answers.


Member Spotlight: Ecology Action Center “The Ecology Action Center’s origins lie in a one day, one time recycling drive back in February 1971,” begins current Executive Director Michael Brown. “In the 70’s there was no recycling going on in our community, so a handful of residents sought to demonstrate the need with a one day drive. However, the recycling drive was so successful that the group’s organizers decided to continue hosting more.” Before long Operation Recycle, a name created by WJBC radio host Don Munson, who frequently promoted the events on his radio show, was hosting recycling drives every four to seven weeks at three locations in Bloomington and in Normal. A practice they continued for the next three decades. Fast forward to the 1990s and local municipalities were starting their own recycling programs and the Ecology Action Center, whose name refers to Operation Recycle’s environmental education and learning center (the name was formally changed in 2004), expanded its focus from recycling services to include educational outreach on both solid waste and recycling. Today the Ecology Action Center presents programs for all ages, but a focused audience for the organization is children.

“Today’s children are the leaders of the future,” says the organizations website, and the Ecology Action Center tries to take every opportunity to teach children about the importance of protecting the environment through courses such as Discovery Walks, Rainforest Adventure, Worm Works and Conservation Kids. In addition to a wide assortment of programming for both youth and adults, the Ecology Action Center, through a partnership with Illinois Wesleyan University, hosts an annual event called the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo. More than 4,000 attendees, 70 different exhibitors and 11 presenters made for a successful event in 2012 and Brown expects 2013 to be even better. “The Ecology Action Center tries to reach the community in any way we can to be a resource and promote more sustainable lifestyles, “ said Brown. “The Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo ties together the issues of environmental health and wellness to our personal health and wellness.” From 9am – 4pm on Saturday, April 13th, the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo hosted at the Illinois Wesleyan Shirk Center, is designed to be McLean County’s first Zero Waste event. “Our community has been doing recycling for a while now, and we do it well, so we’re trying to raise the bar with this year’s event,” says Brown. With the help of Midwest Fiber, who will accept all food waste for composting, the event is planned to avoid any generation of waste that cannot be recycled, reused or composted. For more information on the Ecology Action Center or the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo you can visit their website at Operation Recycle needed to perform considerable renovations to the Hewett House at 202 W College Avenue, Normal, before opening the Ecology Action Center there in February 1995.


Sinéad Rice Madigan, Director of Government Relations with Health Alliance Medical Plans shares the most recent information available on the Affordable Care Act.

Affordable Care Act - What Don’t You Know? If you’re confused about the new federal healthcare laws, you’re not alone. Business owners across the nation are scrambling to understand the new regulations and striving to make sure they are in compliance with deadlines that haven’t even been announced yet. “More so than any other time in my life, professionally speaking, I have become more educated about how the role of government, decision making and uncertainty, absolutely stifles the marketplace,” said Chad Thoma, an Agent at Compass Insurance Partners. “There is so much gray area in the new law that it makes it difficult for businesses to make decisions regarding healthcare. If you envision how much time I’ve had to invest in trying to learn this law over the past three years to help the businesses that I write insurance for it is staggering.” Seeing the need to help employers better understand this complex and confusing new law, the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Employers’ Coalition for Healthcare, Inc. (ECHI), and Health Alliance joined together to present The Latest Update on the Affordable Care Act.

While many of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have already taken effect, many more are expected to be implemented as 2014 approaches. During this transition to a new health system Madigan highlighted three key timelines that employers should pay close attention to, to ensure they are on track with meeting the requirements of the ACA.

• Starting October 1, 2013, Small employers with fewer than 50 employees can enroll in the exchange.

• Third quarter of 2013, employers will be required to inform

employees about their ability to purchase coverage on the exchange.

• January 1, 2014, insurance companies can no longer medically underwrite applicants.

While these dates are in the near future, Madigan suggested that employers take some proactive steps today. “When employers are looking at their current coverage they need to be taking a look at the coverage they want to move to now in 2013, in particular for large employers, employers with more Hosted at Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center in than 50 employees, to ensure that they are providing the miniBloomington, Sinéad Rice Madigan, Director of Government mum essential coverage now required by law.” Relations with Health Alliance Medical Plans helped to break For additional information regarding the Affordable Care Act down the Affordable Care Act by explaining the current proor to learn more about the Employers’ Coalition for Healthjected changes that are going into effect. Madigan also procare, contact Brian Thede, Business & Relationship Manager vided information about employer responsibilities and costs, for ECHI at and stressed what individuals need to know to work through the new system.


Spring EDUCate: Remove the Barriers Opening a New Path to Engagement and Positive Outcomes

Habeeb Habeeb, President and CEO of Benefit Planning Consultants leads a breakout session, sharing his tips on how to make the culture of an organization about the client, not about the product.

“Everything rises or falls based on leadership,” starts Dan Sanders, President of Albertsons Southern California and 2013 Spring EDUCate keynote speaker. “Where you have good leadership good things happen, where you have poor leadership poor things happen. If you are curious how an organization is going to succeed over the long term, look at the leader.” A seasoned executive in the food industry and supermarket sector, Sanders led Albertsons in Southern California and Las Vegas and ACME Markets in Pennsylvania during business transformations that ultimately resulted in the sale of both companies to private equity investors. In addition to his role with Albertsons, Mr. Sanders is also the author of two books, Built to Serve and Equipped to Lead, and is a highly sought after public speaker. Pulling from more than 30 years of experience, Sanders challenged EDUCate attendees to evaluate what he called the Four Pillars of Success: Leadership, Culture, Execution and Wellness. “There was a time in my career where I believed most of what I shared today was common knowledge,” said Sanders.


“But I’ve discovered that in many cases people have forgotten many of these lessons, and in other cases some were never taught at all. In the end hopefully I’ve provided some food for thought.” A former officer in the United States Air Force, Sanders shared lessons learned from senior officers in the military to humbling examples of leadership delivered by Albertsons employees whose place on the organizational chart wouldn’t even print on the same page as Sanders. However, Sanders reminded the audience that, “You can be a great leader in whatever capacity you are serving today. It is a choice, not a position or a title.” In addition to his keynote address, Sanders hosted an afternoon question and answer session allowing conference goers the opportunity to ask him questions about work or life and in many cases both. “Being able to listen and interact with a great speaker and business leader like Dan Sanders is a wonderful opportunity for our members,” said McLean County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Charlie Moore. “I don’t

think there is anyone in attendance today that will leave this event without taking back some piece of valuable information to their organization.” Now in its eighth year, the McLean County Chamber of Commerce EDUCate Conference is a day-long learning program designed to provide insight and education to improve employee performance and grow organizational success. In addition to hearing from Dan Sanders, EDUCate attendees participated in a wide array of break out topics in areas critical to organizational and personal success.

President of Albertsons Southern California, Dan Sanders, signs books for eager attendees during the break at Spring EDUCate 2013.

State Farm CEO to Keynote Twin Cities Showcase Plains Media, WGLT and WMBD. Back again by popular demand is the Taste of the Showcase. This special exhibition, sponsored by Sam’s Club, will highlight local restaurants and catering compaExcitement for McLean County’s pre- nies who will be serving free samples for mier business-to-business trade show, breakfast as well as lunch! the 2013 Twin Cities Showcase is rising The 2013 Showcase will also feature State as quickly as the temperature. On Friday, Farm Insurance Chairman and CEO, Ed May 3 from 7am-2pm at the Marriott Rust, as the keynote speaker. Rust, who Hotel and Conference Center, the Twin is also the Chairman for the U.S. ChamCities Showcase offers a one-of-a-kind ber of Commerce, will draw upon his opportunity for businesses to get the at- own experiences with the country’s largtention of local decision-makers and to est auto and home insurer to share why show off their wares to event attendees. business leaders must engage – and stay This year’s Twin Cities Showcase is spon- involved – in the development of ecosored by Verizon Wireless: The Digital nomic and public policy. Rust will exStore, as well as media sponsors Great plain how local business leaders can ef-

fectively be part of the public policy debate, particularly on issues related to work force readiness. Tickets for the keynote presentation are $10 State Farm Insurance Chairman each, how- and CEO, Ed Rust, will keynote ever space this year’s Twin Cities Showcase. is limited, so visit to reserve your seats today!

YMCA Strong Kids Campaign Starts Strong The Bloomington-Normal YMCA kicked off its 2013 Strong Kids Campaign with an announcement of a pre-campaign total of $68,800 toward the $130,000 goal.

percent of all contributions stay with the and before/after school care, that assisBloomington-Normal YMCA. tance amounted to $146,232.

Each year, the Strong Kids Campaign provides financial resources to help fulfill the Y’s mission of never denying access due to individuals’ inability to pay. One in six members of the Y receives a financial scholarship. One hundred

In 2012 alone, the Bloomington-Normal YMCA provided assistance to a total of 1,458 individuals who would have otherwise been unable to afford such services. Between the areas of membership, day camp, youth sports, aquatics

“In 2008, our campaign goal was $30,000. Since then, we’ve more than quadrupled that goal in an effort to imThe kickoff was at the Doubletree Hotel pact the greatest number of people in and Conference Center with a breakfast our community,” Executive Director, B.J. for approximately 150 volunteers. The Wilken said. “We really think $130,000 campaign will end June 30, 2013. is within our reach and capability.”

Established in 1855, the BloomingtonNormal YMCA is the oldest continually existing human service organization in McLean County. Serving more than 5,000 people annually, the YMCA is dedicated to instilling Christian principles through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. As a charitable, nonprofit organization, the Y seeks to establish programming in the community for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information, please visit www.


Annual Gala Showcases Local Talent More than 500 business and community leaders gathered at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday, February 2 for the 2013 McLean County Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala. The evening celebrated the courage and creativity of our local visionaries and honored their successors with the presentation of the 2012 Business Excellence Awards.

Koos in a parody of the hit 1970’s television show Rowan and Martin’s LaughIn. Several community leaders were also enlisted to help on stage including, Angela Holloway (Advanced Rehabilitation) as Goldie Hawn and Bob Lakin (Commerce Bank), Tim Tilton (Fox & Hounds) and Representative Dan Brady as Henry the Poet.

Jonell Kehias (Pantagraph), Jeff Pritts (Marriott), Leann Seal (Snyder Companies), Julie Kubsch (Specs Around Town), Ray Rybarczyk (Allied Health Group), Jeff Paxton (WGLT) and several Chamber staff were also featured.

In addition to the live stage acts, several videos were produced to emulate popular skits from the original show.

• Tom Mercier (BOPI), David Hales (City

of Bloomington) and Mark Peterson (Town of Normal) were cast as Wolfgang the German Soldier.

• Bob Dobski (McDonald’s), Julie DobMayors Stockton and Koos left attendees rolling in the aisles.

ski (Little Jewels) and Greg Cook (Great Plains Media) had attendees rolling with their version of Glady’s and Tyrone.

Taking a light-hearted approach, the • John & Ketti Carter (Jack Lewis Jewelevent featured Bloomington Mayor ers), Tracy Patkunas (Great Plains Media), Steve Stockton and Normal Mayor Chris Robin Juhler (Mid-Illini Credit Union),

Angela Holloway from Advanced Rehabilitation tapped into her inner Goldie Hawn for the evening!

Agriculture Celebrated at Annual Awards Dinner The Outstanding Young Farmer Award The Outstanding Person in Agribusiwas presented to Brian Carlson of Leness Award recognizes a business Roy. Carlson started his farm person who has served to imfrom scratch and through prove agriculture through his own initiative and civic and community hard work has seen activities. For 2012, his operation grow this award went tremendously since to Steve Dennis; The first award of the evening went to its inception. Grain Department the late David Freed of Lexington. The Manager with EvOutstanding Conservationist Award Kelley Farms, comergreen FS, Inc. In recognizes a person who has helped to prised of Dan, addition to his 27 advance the knowledge and practice of Jim and Greg Kelyears of service with soil and water conservation. Freed was a ley was named Evergreen FS, Denparticipant in a number of conservation the McLean County nis has served on the initiatives and served on the McLean Farmer of the Year for board for the Illinois Grain County Soil and Water Conservation their active involvement in and Feed Association for six The Rader clan stops for a District Board for several years. civic and community affamily photo after being awarded years and recently acted fairs in an effort to proas President of the Board Carrie Muehling, Agribusiness Director the Outstanding Service to mote and improve agriculAgriculture Award. in 2012. for WJBC AM-1230, was honored with ture. While Dan is widely the Emerging Leader in Agriculture known throughout the agriculture com- Rader Family Farms in Normal received Award. Muehling works tirelessly to promunity as the President and Chairman of the Outstanding Service to Agriculture mote agriculture and agricultural events the Board for GROWMARK, the success Award. The Raders blend “having fun including local fairs, the Peoria Farm of Kelley Farms would not be possible with Agriculture” and “learning about Show and McLean County Farm Bureau without the work of Jim, Greg and the Agriculture” showing thousands of Events on WJBC. rest of the Kelley family who oversee school children the importance of agrimany of the day to day operations. culture in our community. The best in 2012 McLean County agriculture were honored at the McLean County Chamber of Commerce annual Agriculture Awards Dinner, held Friday, February 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington.


Allied Health Group

Azura Boutique

Hospice Compassus


Studio 234

Clothes Mentor


Springfield Electric Supply Co.

True Clean Restoration

Advanced Women’s Healthcare


Barker Buick/GMC/Cadillac

Majestic Interior Design

Meadows at Mercy Creek

N8 Touch Massage

Normal Gadgets

Salvation Army

Head 2 Toe

Bridal Elegance

Goodwill - Land of Lincoln

Image Potential

Community Players Theatre

Mid-Illini Credit Union

Advanced Digital Solutions Alter Metal Recycling* Applebee’s Auto Motion Aveyo Technologies, Inc. Becker Tree Service Beitz Trucking Inc. Bennett Electronic Service Co., Inc. Binny’s Beverage Depot Blooming Gardens by Cindy Bloomington Wellness Center* BNBoomer* Bridal Elegance Brio Cove Salon & Spa Chase Real Estate Group* CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar Chief City Mechanical

Childer’s Door Service Churchill’s Formal Wear Clothes Mentor Coca-Cola Refreshments Core 3 Property Management Creative Clicks Cub Food/County Market Dress Barn Eastland Dental Center* Eleven Environmental Solutions Group Fleet Feet Sports Bloomington Freedom StoneMakers Gingerbread House GT Custom Paints Inc. Heartland Head Start Home Theatre Designs

Hospice Compassus Illinois Cancer Care* Illinois Shakespeare Festival Illinois Valley Construction, LLC Immanuel Health Center IWIN Integrated Work Injury Network James P. Ginzkey, Trial Attorney L & L Auto Sales & Service Inc. Lakewood Family Dental Lancaster’s Laser Wars Learning Alliances Company Lets Party Rental Center Logsdon Farms MD Computer Services Midwest Molding Solutions, Inc. Midwestern Family Heritage*

The Shoppes at College Hills Wild Style Design Company

Normal First United Methodist Church Normal Gadgets Pearson Design Group, LLC Rosati’s Pizza of Normal Sacred Nature Healing and Wellness Safe Guy Inc. Screaming Eagle Door Service Inc. Service Master of Central Illinois Shari Buckellew Consultant Shawarma & Spaghetti House SK Exteriors Stratus Networks Synergy HomeCare* Thomas J. Pliura, M.D., J.D. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans TitleMax

Tomorrow Enterprises LLC Trillium* True Clean Restoration Inc. Unifirst Unison Solution Ventures, Inc. Village of Hudson* WEEK/My59/CW4/Weather First Wehrenberg Theatres* Wendell Niepagen Greenhouses Women for Women *Denotes Member of Distinction

Find out more about these new members in the Member Directory section of the Chamber’s web site,


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Climate Second Quarter 2013  

Climate is the award-winning quarterly newsletter published by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce with the ambitious goal of compiling a...