Illinois Valley Chamber Community Profile 2023

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The Living Room Model:

A Better Solution for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Crises in Our Community

The Living Room at the Center for Holistic Health & Wellness will provide the Illinois Valley:

• A walk-in respite for persons experiencing a mental health crisis

• Additional clinical resources, substance misuse/recovery resources & access to social determinant resources, such as housing, employment & food

• And More

Living Rooms are rare in rural communities, making this effort somewhat unique. The Living Room model is one piece of expanding mental health, substance abuse and crisis care in the Illinois Valley.

To stay informed on the latest news and announcements on the Living Room Model, visit or follow us on social media.

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Pictured above: Sarah Scruggs, PhD, R-HYI Linda Burt, MSN Michael Lau, MA, MS, PhD, LCPC & Benjamin Shepherd, MD The Living Room Model, developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), was designed as a response to the community’s need for mental health services outside of the emergency room setting. The model is a crisis center that offers people experiencing a mental health crisis an alternative to hospitalization.


This publication was created and produced by Shaw Media for the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development.


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WELCOME Letters from the chamber president and executive director THE CHAMBER Woking to build businesses and connect communities ABOUT
VALLEY Opportunities for residents, businesses and industries
A look
four successful businesses and nonprofits AGRICULTURE A
EDUCATION Institutions
caregivers supporting
leading industry in the Illinois Valley
for lifelong learning from pre-K to college level
residents’ wellbeing
dedicated workforce thrives in the Illinois Valley
to get involved locally SHOPPING Downtown districts offer one-of-a-kind
DINING Find a flavor to suit every palate in the Illinois Valley COMMUNITIES An overview of cities and villages in La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Fine arts, music, the performing arts and more abound
THINGS TO DO Mark your calendar for these annual highlights around the region GOLF COURSES Take a swing at one of the area’s exceptional golf courses
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MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY A directory of area businesses and services listed by category
Michigan Canal towpath in La Salle


It is my distinct honor to be the current President of the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development (IVAC). IVAC is one of the oldest Chambers in the State of Illinois, serving the Illinois Valley Area for over a century. With resolute staff, board of directors, and ambassadors, our goal is to support our membership and community to the highest level.

IVAC is unique as we do not just serve a single city, but three counties in central Illinois: La Salle, Putnam, and Bureau. We understand that to have a strong economic environment you must have a strong community. We are extremely fortunate to have leaders, business owners, educators, and citizens who realize that we all share the responsibility of creating economic success and happiness within our community. Our Chamber’s mission has always been to add value to the businesses and communities of the Illinois Valley. IVAC provides a variety of networking, educational, advertising, and social opportunities to our membership with the sole purpose of helping their businesses to succeed.

If you are not a current member of IVAC, please consider joining us today. We are currently 400+ strong and growing.

I invite you to call, click, or stop by the IVAC office on Peoria Street in Peru to learn more about this fantastic organization and how we can help your business succeed.

For more than 100 years, the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development (IVAC) has worked across our communities to be a catalyst for positive and progressive growth in our area. As the Executive Director of IVAC, I am honored to continue this tradition and dedication to the entire Illinois Valley. As a Chamber, we work to provide our member partners with opportunities for marketing and networking, personal and professional development, community events, and a unified voice to local, county, and state officials. We take pride in this community and are excited to share this guide with you as a bit of a sneak peek of all the wonderful businesses and organizations we have to offer.

I hope you find this guide useful as a starting point for exploring everything the Illinois Valley has to offer. From the beautiful natural sights of our local and state parks, a wide variety of amazing dining spots, inviting and unique shops, and a thriving art scene, the Illinois Valley has got you covered whether you’re here for a day, a week, or you’ve relocated here. In this guide, you will also find useful information on our education system, healthcare system, and several of the industries that drive the Illinois Valley.

I am proud to be the Executive Director of IVAC and grateful to represent the area I love. I hope you find this guide and listing of our over 400 members a valuable resource. I also hope you find your time, however long or short, spent in our communities as wonderful and welcoming as I have over the past 30+ years. I welcome you to reach out to me with any questions or suggestions and to visit our website at for more information on the Chamber and the area.

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development (815) 223-0227

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JEFF BORELLI President BILL ZENS Executive Director PENNY VOLKERT Chamber Operations/ Membership

Education Access

Leadership Value

Visibility Member to Member Discounts Special Marketing Opportunities

Study from Schapiro Group shows Leadership opportunities on committees Leadership training Volunteer Opportunities

+40% Access to State and Local Leaders Access to over 400 other members Access to information


The Chamber… Building Business, Connecting Communities

FOR THE LAST 111 YEARS, the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development (IVAC) has worked to develop and advance the interests and opportunities for local organizations. It is our mission to promote the Illinois Valley and create opportunities by developing solutions that meet the needs of our partners. With more than 400 member companies, IVAC is one of the area’s largest business associations and connects more than 25 different communities across 3 counties. IVAC aims to be the conduit to build business and connect communities to promote job creation and business advocacy in the area we serve.


• The Chamber has created programming that helps educate, grow, and strengthen the talent pipeline of the area through events like the Business Breakfast Seminars, The Illinois Valley Community Leadership Academy, industry round tables, our new soft skills program and development seminars. IVAC partners with several local educators to help support curriculum development and workforce preparation for our future leaders. Our director is a Maxwell Team Certified and can provide DISC assessments and training to businesses for development days.

• Looking for cost effective ways to market your business? Our search engine optimization, directed social media approach, e-blasts, member spotlight radio ads, the IV Drip Podcast, daily member referrals to potential vendors, and other member marketing programs provide members visibility and growth opportunities. Plus, only members are able to list their business in the publication you are reading right now!

• Members have access to and connections with over 400 organizations, state and local leaders, and potential job candidates and customers through our networking events. These events include, After Hours, Community Block Parties, our community job board.

• IVAC offers leadership opportunities to serve as a board member or ambassador.

• Through our Legislative Luncheons members have direct access to locally elected state officials. Our State of the Cities program allows the community to gain insight directly from the mayors of our municipal members. The Chamber serves as a liaison between companies and public officials to resolve issues and provide assistance through advocacy, resource collaboration, and communicating local business climate issues.

• A study from the Schapiro Group shows that being a chamber member enhances your credibility in the community and businesses who were members showed a +40% favorability score. n 5
Credibility Advocacy Landing Page on Chamber website, listing in IVAC directory, potential for Radio ad, and more Referrals to grow business Events to grow network Training to grow yourself Association with US and Illinois Chambers Unified Voice to Local and State Agencies
Growth score for businesses in a Chamber

Grow Your Roots in the Illinois Valley

If you’re looking for an excellent place to begin a business, the Illinois Valley might be the right new home for you. It’s a thriving combination of small businesses and large corporations, including both startups and long-standing establishments. For launching a business, the Illinois Valley has plenty of advantages and incentives, such as gorgeous scenery, easy driving, historical significance, and access to main roadways, rail, and waterways.

Through the decades, the area has consistently experienced a stable, diverse economy. Its rich soil and natural resources, expansive waterways, and easily accessible railroads and interstates – along with the Illinois Valley’s central location – put the area at the forefront for prime expansion and development. Historically, the region’s economy has been propelled by manufacturing, agriculture, retail trade, and services.

If you’ll need an incentive program to help you launch or expand your business, you may be able to find what you’re looking for here. The Illinois Valley offers a number of Enterprise Zones and TIF Districts that provide a variety of tax-credits on building

and construction costs for the developer. This locale hosts incentive programs in each of the larger communities within the region.

With its close proximity to Chicago and its suburbs, Illinois Valley businesses and residents get to experience all that the city has to offer, while enjoying a lower cost of living, a higher quality of life, and easy access to a wealth of natural resources.

In the Illinois Valley, manufacturing doesn’t end with consumable products. Machine manufacturing in this region is comprised of a wide array of equipment used in agriculture, mining, construction, and manufacturing, with an emphasis in the production of tools, structural components, and parts that are sold as finished products or are incorporated into other manufactured goods. With manufacturing as a key component, education and training is imperative.

The Illinois Valley is home to Illinois Valley Community College – a two-year accredited community college serving eight counties. Serving area students since 1924, IVCC offers career, technical and transfer programs, continuing education, and adult education courses.

Illinois Valley is Home to Fertile Land and Natural Resources

The Illinois Valley’s land is teeming with valuable resources. Sand and gravel production are profitable industries for the area and are extremely beneficial to the production of concrete, aggregate building materials, and road and surface coverings, as well as brick, tile, and glass product manufacturing.

The richness of the soil also makes the acreage an important resource in the Illinois Valley. Much of the area is surrounded by rural farms that have been doing everything from cultivating corn and soybeans to raising hogs and cattle for generations. The abundance of agricultural products and land provides an enormous potential for industries that process raw agricultural products and consumable foods and beverages for both human and livestock consumption.

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When opening a business, location can be everything. Skilled workers are only part of what the Illinois Valley can offer your business. The region is well-established in its ability to provide ideal locations, as well as the means to move your products. There are various industrial, logistic, and technology parks in the Illinois Valley.

Contact the following municipalities to see what land and resources are currently available for your business. With nearby river, railway, and major roadways access, these communities are great places to grow businesses.

• Ottawa: Ottawa City Hall, 815-433-0161

• Peru: Peru City Clerk’s Office, 815-223-0061

• Utica: The Village of North Utica, 815-667-4111

• La Salle: The City of La Salle, 815-223-3755

• Spring Valley: The City of Spring Valley, 815-664-4221

• Mark: The Village of Mark, 815-339-2454

• Oglesby: The City of Oglesby, 815-883-3389

With logistics in mind, the Illinois Valley is also home to three port districts. Located in the very heart of the Illinois Valley is the Illinois Valley Regional Port District, supporting all of Putnam County, the townships of La Salle, Peru, Utica, Eden, and Dimmick in La Salle County, and Hall and the townships of Selby and Leepertown in Bureau County.

The Ottawa Port District is a supporter for legislation to assist the attraction, maintenance, and growth of business within the district by developing and enhancing the area’s railway system, river barge terminals, highway infrastructure, and airport services for the shipment of cargo, material, and goods.

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La Salle County: 108,998 Bureau County: 32,878 Putnam County: 5,720


Chicago: 105 miles Milwaukee: 165 miles Quad Cities: 80 miles St. Louis: 220 miles Indianapolis: 235 miles

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development 1320 Peoria St. Peru, IL 61354 Phone: 815-223-0227


Strategically located at the crossroads of Interstate 80 and Interstate 39, which is part of an interstate system that stretches from Winnipeg, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico.


CSX, BNSF, IL Railnet, Norfolk Southern, Iowa Interstate Rail, and locally-owned Peru Rail.


Barge Transport on the Illinois River. Approximately two million tons of commercial cargo is shipped through the Starved Rock Lock and Dam each month.


A municipally-owned, cross-wind runway airport with corporate hangar, maintenance facility, and tie-down space for 60 aircraft. Local air transport includes two lighted 6,000 and 4,000 feet of runways for commercial flights. n 9
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The Illinois Valley is home to many large and major quality businesses from manufacturing to distribution being a leader in Illinois economic development.


OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center 1,000 Ottawa

Wal-Mart Distribution Center 920 Spring Valley

Constellation Energy - La Salle County Generating Station 800 Union IBEW Marseilles St. Margarets Hospital, Spring Valley 685 Spring Valley Vactor Manufacturing 680 Streator Ace Hardware Distribution 605 Princeton St. Margarets Hospital, Peru 507 Peru

Martin Engineering 500 Neponset

PetSmart Distribution Center 420 Ottawa Eakas Corporation 400 Peru

Marquis Energy LLC 380 Hennepin

Mennie Machine Co. 340 Mark Monterey Mushrooms 375 Princeton

Carus Group Inc. 350 Union UFCW Peru

OSF St. Paul Medical Center 350 Mendota

SABIC Innovative Plastics 285 Ottawa

Kohl’s Distribution Center 270 Ottawa

Clover Technologies 258 Ottawa James Hardie 250 Peru Ottawa Dental Laboratory 250 Ottawa

Allegion 250 Princeton MBL (USA) Corp. Mitsuboshi Belting 236 Ottawa Sigan America, LLC 225 Ottawa HCC 220 Union UAW Mendota Cookie Kingdom, Inc. 200 Union UFCW Oglesby L.W. Schneider, Inc. 200 Princeton

OSF Saint Claire Hospital 200 Princeton HR Imaging 180 Ottawa

U.S. Silica Co. 180 Ottawa Unfi 175 Oglesby

JC Whitney Automotive Distribution Center 175 La Salle

Pilkington North America, Inc. 170 Ottawa

ADM 157 Union UFCW Five NCI locations

Illinois Cement Co. 150 La Salle

Unytite, Inc. 140 Peru

Attman Speciality Plants 130 Granville American Nickeloid 128 Union USW Peru

MTM Recognition 126 Princeton Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating 125 Ottawa

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. 118 Ottawa

Gardner Denver, Inc. 110 Princeton Global Development International, Inc. 110 Streator

Epsylite 100 Union USW Peru

W.H. Maze Company 86 Union USW Peru

ITW MiniGrip Zip Pak 85 Ottawa


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of employees as of November 2022



Retail sales are an important economic indicator because consumer spending drives much of the economy. There are hundreds of thousands of people and companies involved in producing, distributing, and selling the goods you use on a daily basis like food, clothes, and fuel.

Area downtown districts are booming with new shops, restaurants, and bars, thanks to a major revitalization effort that has been underway the past several years. The Illinois Valley is proud to boast a record-breaking number of ribbon cuttings, opening avenues to new types of dining, specialty retail shopping, and unique entertainment experiences.

The Illinois Valley has all the chain stores you’d find in larger cities, so you’ll be able to find all your favorite brands. Chain retail stores such as Kohl’s, Sephora, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, PetSmart, Harbor Freight, Staples, Rural King, and Dunham’s Sports are all conveniently located in the heart of the Illinois Valley.

Whether you’re looking for your favorite chains or a unique locally owned store with one-of-akind finds, the Illinois Valley has you covered.

With dozens of state parks, wildlife trails, nature preserves, and wildlife refuges, love of the outdoors brings millions of visitors to the Illinois Valley every year, supporting the area’s hospitality industry. From national brand hotels like Fairfield Inn by Marriott and Hampton by Hilton, to quaint lodges such as Starved Rock Lodge and Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Lodge, and a number of bed and breakfasts, the hotel and lodging industry is integral to the Illinois Valley’s economy, supporting hundreds of jobs and reinvestment in the community. A typical hotel with 100 occupied rooms per night supports over 250 local jobs each year.


Services are a key part of a strong and healthy commerce. Community, business, and personal services such as private health care, hotels, law firms, repair shops, accounting firms, advertising agencies, and engineering companies lead the way in the services industry, with finance, insurance, and real estate as runner ups in the Illinois Valley. With thousands of service providers within the three-county region, residents and business owners have everything they need close to home, keeping tax dollars within the community.

Distribution and call centers are found throughout the Illinois Valley area and are a major source of employment. These businesses are an asset to the community; these include Advantage Logistics, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, and PetSmart Distribution Centers, JC Whitney & Company, Marmon/Keystone, and more.

There are numerous local radio stations featuring a variety of music formats and covering community news and events. Cable television receives networks from Chicago, Peoria, and the Quad Cities, which provide a wide variety of movie, entertainment, and news channels. The Illinois Valley has local newspapers that serve the area as well.


The manufacturing sector comprises establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. The Illinois Valley is a strong manufacturing region, with this sector supporting one-third of the total economy locally.

According to the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the area offers more than 14,000 manufacturing-related careers with an average potential salary of $70,000 or more. In La Salle County, for every 10 jobs directly supporting the manufacturing industry, an additional 9 jobs are created elsewhere in the county.

With several firms in business here for over a century, manufacturing and industry is alive and well in the Illinois Valley. Today, there are many manufacturers that benefit the community and economy, such as American Nickeloid, Carus Chemical, W.H. Maze Nails, Tee Group Films, Eakas, Epsilyte, Illinois Cement, Martin Engineering, James Hardie, and more. In total, manufacturers account for 14,447 jobs in La Salle, Bureau, and Putnam counties. n 11


Getting products and resources moving quickly to where they need to go is vital to success. Since the Illinois Valley falls directly in the crossroads of Interstate 80 and Interstate 39, the primary means of transportation in the area is roadway. When traveling by road, the Illinois Valley is less than 60 miles from five major metro areas and within 50 minutes of Rockford, Quad Cities, Joliet, Peoria, and Bloomington-Normal.

The Interstate 80 and 39/55 corridor enables easy access across the United States. I-80 extends to the coasts from California to New Jersey, while I-39/I-55 stretches from Northern Wisconsin to the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, the region has several other important roadways, such as Interstate 180, US Routes 6 and 52, and more.

Railways offer another transportation option in the Illinois Valley. Just outside of the Chicago suburbs, the Illinois Valley has four Class 1 railroads, one of three regional railroads, and two short line/local railroads.

The area’s railways include four interchanges for moving commodities and products. The region is perfectly located since Chicago takes the lead for freight rail traffic and is second to New York in passenger trains. More rail lines emanate from the Windy City than from anywhere else in the country. For public travel, Amtrak has two stations in the three-county area – one in Mendota and one in Princeton. Amtrak provides multiple trips per day to the Chicago Metro Area, St. Louis, and Champaign.

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Port districts in Illinois were created by the Illinois General Assembly for the purpose of assisting in the use of the waterways for the transportation of goods, products, and commodities. With three of the state’s 19 port districts located in our region, the Illinois Valley is uniquely qualified to help businesses that rely upon water transportation for their goods. The Illinois Valley Regional Port District, Ottawa Port District, and Seneca Regional Port District all call the Illinois Valley home. Every district must be governed by a board of directors, and their revenue is reinvested to keep up with repairs, bring in more businesses, and focus on growth.

The Ottawa Port District was established in 2011, the Illinois Valley Regional Port District was established in 1971, and the Seneca Regional Port District was established in 1961.

The Illinois Valley Regional Port District’s top three commodities are petroleum products, food, and coal. It indirectly or directly supports 1,992 jobs in Illinois. The Ottawa Port District’s top three commodities are petroleum products, food, and fertilizer, and it indirectly or directly supports 1,254 jobs in Illinois. Seneca Regional Port District’s top three commodities are petroleum,

food, and fertilizer. It supports 394 jobs in Illinois, either directly or indirectly.

In 2017, these three regional port districts moved more than 3.53 million tons of commodities from LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam counties.

Illinois River in Hennepin



With 17 rental cabins, Kishauwau Cabins offers plenty of space to feel as if you have a private wooded area all to yourself. This spot is the back patio of one of

Kishauwau Cabins, a rural Tonica getaway built more than 30 years ago by Ben and Ellen King, continues to welcome guests who want to spend some time enjoying real connections with each other without the distraction of internet connections.

Owned since 2018 by Ben and Ellen’s son, Jamie King, and his wife, Terisa, Kishauwau Cabins has kept that familyfriendly feel its customers have enjoyed for so long. It’s a great spot for romance, allowing couples to reconnect with each other away from their fast-paced lives, and it’s a place where families can get back to the basics, enjoy nature, play board games, and make many memories.

The 65-acre property that was once a Boy Scout camp now has 17 cabins on it.

“They are so nicely spread out,” Terisa said, adding that each one feels private. “That’s what people like most about our property.”

For Jamie, the magic of Kishauwau Cabins lies not just in its scenic beauty with the Vermillion River running on the back of the property but in his memories of building it with his family.

“It’s the history,” he said.

Terisa and Jamie live onsite and are happy to have conversations and interactions with guests, but they’re also

respectful of guests’ wishes for alone time.

The site offers contactless check-in, full kitchens in the cabins, outdoor grills, and whirlpool tubs in many of the cabins. There are four dog-friendly cabins for couples who can’t stand the idea of leaving their fur babies at home.

One thing guests won’t find at the cabins, though, is WiFi.

“To me, that’s not what this getaway is about,” Terisa said. “What people have to get used to is that you’re unplugged. I love the unpluggedness of our property. It’s forced reconnection,” she said. “You’re going to sit down and play a board game or tell ghost stories. This getaway is nostalgic. That’s why the older generation loves it.”

Terisa and Jamie are grateful to carry on the family legacy, helping people reconnect and enjoy nature in such a busy world, and they love being a part of the Illinois Valley.

“I guess my favorite part of living in the Illinois Valley is the small town living aspect full of Mom and Pop businesses,” Terisa said.

Like any business, Kishauwau Cabins constantly evolves while retaining the special feel visitors love. There have been improvements to both the property and

its website in the past couple of years. “I guess you could say changes and updates here are pretty much constant. This year, all cabins with porch swings got new Amish-made swings that are just beautiful – that was a sizeable improvement,” she said. “Last year, all studio cabins got new carpet. Last year we also launched a brand-new website and splurged on professional photos of the property to really highlight our cabins and property.”

To help create the mood for an engagement getaway, a honeymoon, or an anniversary, Kishauwau Cabins offers add-on packages aimed at helping couples connect. They have a stargazing package, a romance package, a romantic dining package, and more. In the future, they hope to keep offering inventive and useful packages to their guests – as well as coming up with innovative changes for their business.

“Moving forward, one of the biggest things we are thinking of is to add a few event weekends here through the year, like the John King country concert that took place this last May, to offer up something different for our guests,” Terisa said. “We typically add a couple different packages a year that people can add to their stay. We have a couple really exciting ones in the works, so be on the lookout for those announcements.”

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Jamie and Terisa King, owners of Kishauwau Cabins in rural Tonica, are carrying on the family business started decades ago by Jamie’s parents, Ben and Ellen. the cabins.



When the Mueller Funeral Home opened its doors in Peru in 1950, Charles Mueller Sr. probably didn’t know he was going to have his sons Arthur Mueller and Charles Mueller Jr. get involved with the business and turn it into a family affair.

This business reached the milestone of three generations when Greg Mueller, Arthur’s son, took over, currently serving as the funeral home’s president and funeral director.

The Muellers have brought in non-family members as employees and have given them a family work environment. Jason Maus has been the Peru manager for the better half of his 12 years with the funeral home.

“The funeral home is in its third generation now, so there are a lot of roots here for the Mueller family,” said Maus, who is originally from DeKalb but moved to the Illinois Valley to work at the funeral home. “It goes back even before the funeral home. Chuck Mueller Sr.’s father was the recorder of deeds in La Salle County. There has been a long history of service between the family and La Salle County.

“We service the most families throughout the county, and it’s really a privilege. Outside of the funeral home, there is no one else. Family and friends are gathering, but we get to be an intimate part with the families and help them through their tough time. It really is an honor.”

Maus goes to work every day, knowing his job is to make people as comfortable as possible during one of the worst situations life can hand them.

“Certainly, it’s a business, but we see it more as a ministry focusing on the needs that people have when they lose a loved one,” Maus said. “There is a need to fill, but there is a way to do it. The Mueller Funeral Home is exceptional in the care they provide and the compassion they have. They want to help people honor their loved ones in the way they’d want.”

Mueller Funeral Home has expanded from the Peru location. They now also have locations in Ottawa, Lostant, La Salle as the Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home, and Oglesby as the Prey-Mueller Funeral Home.

The five locations allow Muller Funeral Home to assist a vast area of the Illinois Valley.

“Some of the expansion was collaboration with others. I know the La Salle location was originally the Walsh Funeral Home, which was started in the late 1800s,” Maus said. “They merged together with the Muellers to form the Walsh-Mueller Funeral Home. Then the Pagani Funeral Home merged and the Walshes retired.”

“It’s the same thing with Oglesby. The Prey family opened a funeral home in Oglesby in the 1940s, just a little while before the Muellers. When they were ready to retire, they were friends with the Muellers, so the Muellers took over their business.”

“The Lostant location, they just saw a need for a funeral home in the community and wanted to provide it for Lostant. The same can be said for Ottawa as there wasn’t a funeral home in the south side of Ottawa. Each venture has been successful,” Maus said.

All five locations have been evolving in any way possible to help the community.

“There used to be more monument companies around, but when the monument company in Peru closed, we started offering that service to folks so they wouldn’t have to drive out of town if they didn’t want to,” Maus said. “We’ve been doing that for the last few years.”

“Also, for the past few years, we’ve owned and operated our own crematory for those who chose cremation – their loved ones stay right in our care. That’s been a valuable asset for us to be able to offer the service to families directly and not have to outsource.”

“We try to make it as easy as we can. When people come here, they don’t have to make ten other appointments to get things taken care of. They can just rely on us to handle all of the details. It makes it nice for them, and it allows us to provide a really good service.”

In other words, Mueller Funeral Home is dedicated to helping people deal with the passing of their loved ones in the simplest and most loving, caring, professional manner possible. n 15
Mueller Funeral Home in Peru has been helping families deal with their grief and make arrangements for their loved ones for more than 70 years.

Since 1977, 9th Street Pub, located at 253 9th St. in La Salle, has been bringing people together for good times, laughter, and camaraderie. Through chance encounters at 9th Street Pub, relationships have started and longlasting friendships have formed.

“It’s like the Cheers of the Illinois Valley,” owner John Ebener said.

It’s a well-known local hangout where people meet up to grab a drink, chat with familiar and unfamiliar faces, and spend quality time talking over a hot meal. When out-of-towners visit the Illinois Valley, 9th Street Pub is often

recommended as one of the top places to stop in the evening for fun, drinks, food, and socializing.

One of the more recent improvements to the business has been an outdoor area for patrons to enjoy.

“I put a cover over it. I put in flowers and lighting,” Ebener said.

The food menu offers a great variety, including appetizers, sandwiches, pub burgers, soups, salads, sides, chicken, ribs, pasta, and more. Ebener is exploring adding other options to the food menu in the near future, while keeping the older favorites everyone expects to see, such as the

Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Those who are looking for entertainment are in luck – 9th Street Pub offers darts, shuffleboard, video poker, pinball machines, pool, and jukeboxes so patrons always have access to a large collection of songs to enhance their enjoyment. With live music three nights a week, patrons can relax, have a drink, and let their cares drift away as they watch a band perform.

Open seven days a week, 9th Street Pub is always there when you want food, drinks, a good time, or plenty of conversation.

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For adults with disabilities, Horizon House, a non-profit organization, has long been a trusted name in the Illinois Valley. With administrative facilities in Peru and small homes located in La Salle and Bureau counties, it’s become a place well-known for its support, guidance, services, and caring staff.

Horizon House first opened in 1969 with only two paid staff members. Since that time, it has continued to grow and now operates every day, 24 hours a day. Horizon House is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and it works tirelessly to provide opportunities to those with disabilities so they can live, work, and play in the community.

Whether an adult with disabilities needs employment support, intermittent inhome support, or 24-hour residential support, Horizon House can help. It can also give support to families and

caregivers of children or adults with intellectual disabilities in La Salle, Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall counties.

The Illinois Valley has welcomed Horizon House with open arms, making its long history of helping people possible.

Michelle Rich, CEO of Horizon House, said the support Horizon House has received over the years from the Illinois Valley is outstanding. The individuals Horizon House works with are truly accepted and integrated into the communities throughout the area.

“They work, do volunteer work, and are involved. They’re very accepted,” she said.

One area Horizon House intends to continue focusing on is providing support and resources for community-integrated jobs for individuals with disabilities. Rich said they’d like to build that program even more because having the

opportunity to work is a great way for individuals with disabilities to experience social integration, community integration, and foster a sense of independence that can bring them joy, confidence, and a sense of belonging.

Horizon House also wants to continue ramping up its services for individuals with disabilities who are making the transition from high school.

“We’re looking at doing more transition from the high school into our programs,” she said.

Part of that effort will involve continuing to reach and educate schools, businesses, and parents about the program. To learn more about Horizon House’s mission, visit its website at n 17
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Horizon House has been changing lives in the Illinois Valley since 1969.

When Pioneer, DuPont, and Dow merged in 2018, a spin-off feed corn production plant named Corteva AgriScience, LLC, was formed in 2019.

Corteva took over the building located at 3025 E. 8th Rd. in Utica, which was built in 1986 and underwent its first harvest under the name Pioneer in 1987.

When feed corn is harvested from the field, it’s brought to the plant in Utica where the harvest process takes form as the corn is sorted, runs through a husking machine, and

goes in a dryer. When it reaches a certain temperature, it’s shelled, treated, sized, packaged, and shipped to customers.

Katrin Newton, a Corteva Administrative Supervisor, said the feed corn production plant has two headquarters, with the primary in Indianapolis and the secondary (which was the primary under the Pioneer umbrella) in Johnston, Iowa.

Corteva is a billion-dollar company with 55 full-time, yearlong employees in Utica and 21,000 employees worldwide. Corteva does business overseas, including in Pakistan.

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The top commodities in Illinois are soybeans and corn. Here are some other key facts about farming in Illinois and the Illinois Valley.

• Illinois is one of the top five states in cash income and crop cash receipts.

• Corn, soybeans, and wheat account for more than 90 percent of the cultivated acres for field crops.

• The average Illinois farmer’s age is 58.

• The climate in Illinois features cold winters and warm summers. It has excellent soil and well-distributed annual precipitation of 32 to 48 inches. In 2021, Illinois had statewide total precipitation of 41.06 inches, which was .31 inches higher than the average.

• Illinois ranks second in both corn and soybean production in the nation.

• Illinois is a front-runner in industries such as soybean processing, meat packing, dairy manufacturing, service industries, and foreign exports, which play a significant role in the Illinois economy.

• Illinois ranks at the top for several of the nation’s most important commodities, including soybeans, corn, and swine, as well as being a leader in several specialty crops, including pumpkins, buckwheat, horseradish, and Christmas trees.

• Illinois commodities generate more than $19 billion a year for the state’s economy, with corn accounting for more than half of that total.

• Illinois is home to more than 15,000 soil types.

A local way of life

The rich black soil of the Illinois Valley region has long attracted people who want to farm and raise livestock. Farming is an integral part of life and commerce in Illinois, and the state is a leading producer of corn and soybeans. According to the USDA’s Census of Agriculture in 2017, there were 2,681 farms in La Salle, Bureau, and Putnam counties with a total acreage of 1,059,856. n 19


The best time for a student to begin planning for their future is right now. Dimmick CCSD #175, in partnership with the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, has been working to develop a comprehensive career exploration program for all 5th to 8th grade students.

Career exploration emerged as a high-priority area in the development of its strategic plan. The program is designed to ensure their students experience a wide variety of learning modules aligned to the following 16 career pathways: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, Audio Visual Technology and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Sciences; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. Through this program, their students will have the opportunity to explore nearly 30 different modules as they progress through junior high.

To succeed, this program will take the support of many. Adam King is responsible for the foundation of the program by providing instruction to the students in STEAM class (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) held three days a week. As students work through modules, they experience topics linked to the sixteen career pathways. At the conclusion of each module, students complete an evaluation to learn their level of interest in that career area. Students will also collaborate with the school counselor, Maggie Alderman, to complete career interest surveys to better recognize how their strengths and passions align to various careers.

First-hand experiences are vital for students to understand the importance of knowing and

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comprehending the expectations and realities of careers they may be interested in. To help the students learn and make connections, the school will be inviting Dimmick alumni and other individuals from the community to speak to the students about their careers and the time, effort, skills, and training required.

Eighth-grade students will be required to complete a project that includes job shadowing. Maggie Alderman will collaborate with the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce (IVAC) to assist in scheduling job shadowing days with local business and tradespeople. Once the job shadowing experience is complete, students will create projects evaluating their experience under the direction of Betsy Goodbred, the junior high English Language Arts Teacher.

Dimmick’s partnership with Executive Director Bill Zens and IVAC is essential to the success of this program as it will allow our students the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in an area of interest. The school hopes the partnership will serve to benefit area businesses. Area businesses can work with the students and feature the great opportunities they have to offer, which will hopefully help to identify potential future employees that possess the skills needed for their businesses to thrive.

According to an article from the National Career Development Association, “The growth and exploration stages of career development is most developmentally appropriate for middle school students” (Godbey & Gordon, 2019). Ultimately, Dimmick’s goal is to ensure that their students develop a greater understanding of themselves through exploring their interests, passions, skills, and strengths through experiences that will connect them to potential careers. The more they know, the better they can plan and prepare for a path of success in high school and beyond. n 21
Connecting people who care with causes that matter. The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation was established in 2015, as one of 850 community foundations in the country. The Foundation makes it possible for every non-profit and charitable organization in the area to benefit from the generosity of the community as a whole. Starved Rock Country Community Foundation 241 Marquette Street, LaSalle, IL 61301 815.252.2906 SRCCF is a collection of individual funds and resources given by local citizens to enhance and support the quality of life in Starved Rock Country. SRCCF is a tax exempt charity that allows individuals, businesses and non-profit organization to establish pass-through funds, temporary funds and endowments within the confines of one large Foundation. 116 Grants and Scholarships $1,656,749 Community Investments, Grants, and Scholarships $1,142,535 Assets Under Management 79 Established Funds




The La Salle Peru Area Career Center is an intergovernmental partnership between nine schools in the Illinois Valley region. The center is dedicated to offering its students advanced technical courses that allow them to successfully matriculate to the world of work, college, public service, the military, or any combination of the four. Its educational focus is on student development of well-formed technical skills as well as promoting the earning of dual credit (in conjunction with IVCC) and industry credentials.

Some of the advantages the ACC offers include:

• All teachers instruct a subject area that they have worked in outside of education.

• Among the industry credentials that students can earn are: OSHA 10 Hour Safety, ECE Level 1, Serv-Safe Food Handlers and Food Managers, Snap-On Multimeter, A+ Computer Repair, Test-Out Computer Repair, Unity Programming DevelopmentNumerous, EMR Certification, and CNA Licensing.

• Dual credit and certifications are earned in 14 different programs offered by the center: Aviation, Automotive, Building Trades, CAD Drafting, Child Care, Computer Repair-Programming, CNA, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurship, Fire Science, Machine Trades, Residential Wiring, and Welding.

• Students who attend come from DePue, Hall, Henry-Senachwine, La Moille, La Salle-Peru, Marquette, Mendota, Ottawa, Princeton, Putnam County, St. Bede, and homeschools.


The Putnam County High School Teacher Aide Program provides students with numerous opportunities to explore their careers of interest or begin transitions to careers, college, or the military while still enrolled in high school. One opportunity that has been around for several years but has been the subject of renewed emphasis is the Teacher Aide course.

Students interested in education or any related field can take the course and spend one class period each day serving as a teacher aide at Putnam County Primary School. These aides help classroom teachers with everything from organizational tasks to assisting younger students with their learning. The district is hopeful that continued use of this program will help build a future generation of teachers and support personnel that will return to the region.

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Manufacturing is the process of designing, making, installing, and maintaining various products, whether cars or medical devices, furniture or electronics, or even food. Manufacturing has become much more automated today because of advancements in technology. Career paths now require more technology and computer skills, and are in very high demand.

An education in manufacturing and machine technology from IVCC can be useful in a number of jobs and fields. Manufacturing careers vary depending on the industry and skill level. Automotive and medical products are more automated, where automation technicians are leveraging computers to manage the assembly line. Installers are performing more manual work, assembling products directly with their hands as they move through the assembly line. A fabricator might be using tools to join two pieces of metal together to create a large piece of machinery. Some of the jobs a manufacturing education at IVCC might lead to include assembler, fabricator, installer, machine operator, maintenance, manufacturing technician, and tool and die maker.


Those who are searching for a related career in manufacturing may want to look at IVCC’s CAD, Electrician, and Welding programs.

CAD stands for computer-aided design and is a type of software commonly used by designers, engineers, and architects. CAD Drafters use this software to create designs and schematics used to manufacture products or machinery, or construct residential homes or buildings. CAD training may lead to one of these jobs – architect, architectural and civil drafter, civil engineer, civil engineering technician, electrical and electronics drafter, electrical engineer, industrial designer, mechanical drafter, or mechanical engineer.

Electricians are skilled workers who design, install, maintain, and repair electrical systems and products used in residential homes, businesses, and factories. Electricians work in both indoor and outdoor environments to ensure power, lighting, industrial

equipment, and appliances operate safely and reliably.

Welding is the process of joining or melting two or more pieces of metal, plastic, or glass together as part of the manufacturing process of building a larger structure, product, or machine. Fabrication is the process of creating an entire product made out of metal, plastic, or glass, from the design, to layout, to the finished product. Welding is a skill that can lead to work as one of several types of welders, a fabricator, a mass production welder tacker, a robot welder technician, a welder assembler, a welding engineer, a welder inspector/tester, or a welding production manager.

For additional information, please visit the IVCC Workforce Development info at workforce.

To connect with IVCC’s manufacturing department, contact Shane Lange, Dean of Workforce Development at or by phone at 815-224-0219. n 23



Embedded in La Salle-Peru Township High School’s beliefs is the commitment that today’s learners must be educated to meet tomorrow’s challenges. In pursuit of that goal, LPHS offers a variety of courses designed to challenge students academically and help them expand their horizons.

LPHS computer science instructor Eric Bjerkaas shared a quote from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs: “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”

Bjerkaas carries that belief into the classroom.


A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is on the frontline of patient care, interacting with patients and helping them with their day-to-day care. Becoming a CNA will give you a foundation to become a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner, or explore other healthcare career pathways.

A CNA’s focus is on direct patient care, ensuring patients are comfortable and their basic needs are met. LPN’s primarily work in clinics, medical offices and longterm care facilities, under the supervision of primary care providers and registered nurses. A registered nurse provides hands-on patient care also in a variety of settings, including hospitals, medical offices, and other healthcare facilities. They work with physicians and members of the health care team to provide and coordinate patient care, which includes educating patients and their families about health issues.

To connect with IVCC’s nursing department, contact Ann Bruch RN, MSN, Interim Director of Nursing and Nursing Professor at anna_bruch@ or by calling 215-224-0320.

“We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) courses to our students, especially those in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering and PLTW Computer Science pathways,” said LPHS principal Ingrid Cushing. “Both pathways provide students with opportunities to prepare for college and career. Even if students ultimately do not end up in one of these fields for a career, these classes expose them to problem-solving skills that apply in all academic areas.”

Project Lead the Way is a nationally recognized four-year high school curriculum focused on computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, featuring real-world, applied learning experiences that empower students to gain the skills they need to thrive.

“Teaching students to think deeply about problems without obvious solutions has been one of my chief goals in introducing programming courses to the students at L-P,” he said. “While we have offered AP Computer Science for the past eight years, the focus of that course has been on college-bound juniors and seniors who have already displayed an ability to handle rigorous course content and are attempting to earn college credit as well. But with the PLTW Computer Science Essentials starting last year, we are offering a gentler introduction to the world of programming and software development.”

LPHS has also recently introduced a PLTW Cybersecurity course in which students learn how to become more responsible with their own digital data, as well as using industry-standard tools to secure computers and networks.

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
La Salle-Peru Township High School students work to build a simple computer application app in the Computer Science Essentials course taught by Eric Bjerkaas. Using Project Lead the Way curriculum, LPHS is providing students opportunities at all levels to develop computer science and engineering skills to serve them in college or their future careers.


Peru Elementary School District #124 services preschool-age children (3-5 years of age) in their Bright Futures Preschool program which is held at Northview Elementary School. This program is funded through a grant with the state of Illinois and is free for all qualifying children. In order to qualify for the program, all the parents need to do is get their children screened at a yearly screening held at Northview School and then fill out the required registration paperwork. They have two options for preschool:

• The half-day sessions meet 2.5 hours a day, either from 8:15 to 10:45 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

• The full-day preschool program that is also grant-funded meets from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The full-day program is for our most at-risk 4-year-old children based on the screening data and parent questionnaires.

Northview’s Bright Futures Preschool uses the Early Learning and Development Standards to build lesson plans designed with incremental learning. Our program uses the curriculum called Big Day for PreK. Teachers implement a curriculum that focuses on child involvement and hands-on experiences. A focus is a phonemic awareness program where children learn to segment words and hear sounds in words, making them more successful in reading and spelling. Our Preschool program uses state-ofthe-art technology, which includes interactive whiteboards and iPads. Interactive whiteboards allow teachers to actively engage students with an interactive screen. Technology is limited for our students as we try to only allow 15 minutes of screen time per week.

All preschool students are included in all of our school incentives throughout the year. There are incentives and assemblies for our PBIS program (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports). The preschool teacher exposes the students to positive experiences essential to helping children develop intellectually, socially, emotionally,

and physically. Preschool children participate in special area classes such as music, art, or PE with our fully certified art and music teachers one time per week.

Preschool children are able to experience checking out books from our school library at Northview. Adults read to children every day. Language and literacy skills are developed through meaningful participation in dramatic play, communicating informally, and experimenting with writing, drawing, copying, and inventive spelling. Fine and gross motor skills are developed through play activities. Fine-motor skill activities include pegboards, stringing beads, construction sets, puzzles, drawing, painting, and cutting. Gross-motor skill activities include balancing, running, and jumping. Children have opportunities throughout the day to move freely, using large muscles within indoor and outdoor activity areas. Self-confidence and positive learning experiences are built by encouraging children to accomplish meaningful tasks and to help them participate in learning-successful experiences. n 25




The curriculum for PreK-8th in the Illinois Valley is centered on mathematics and literacy skills in writing and reading while also incorporating science and social studies. Schools in the area blend the subject matter with PE, health, art, music, and technology for a well-rounded education. Schools also emphasize pillars of good character, such as respect, selfdiscipline, and caring.


The Illinois Valley is home to many excellent high schools, which teach the necessary educational skills needed for immediate placement into the workforce after graduation and prepare individuals for further education. The LaMoille school district helps students explore career pathways that are available with local businesses and industries, and they feature College Start and Career Start programs.

Many of the schools offer dual credit courses so students can start working toward a college degree while in high school. At Putnam County High School, students have the ability to participate in dual credit courses with IVCC and can graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.

La Salle-Peru Township High School (LPHS) is the area’s largest high school, serving students from La Salle, Peru,


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Oglesby, Tonica, and surrounding communities. In 2017, LPHS underwent a $38 million complete interior renovation resulting in a state-of-the-art academic facility featuring cutting-edge classroom technology and premier science labs. LPHS provides the area’s most comprehensive Advanced Placement and CTE course offerings. LPHS also offers the community’s finest athletic facilities, including historic Howard Fellows Stadium, the LPHS Sports Complex, Dr. A.J. Sellett Gymnasium, a competition swimming pool, and a cardio center.

The La Salle Peru Area Career Center, which is a partnership between nine schools in the region, allows students to take advanced technical courses and graduate with industry credentials or certifications including CNA Licensing, OSHA 10 Certification, fire science certifications, cosmetology, welding, machine trades, and more.


La Salle-Peru Christian

Marquette Academy

St. Bede Academy

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La Salle-Peru Township High School Putnam County High School Northview Elementary School, Peru



Illinois Valley Community College provides high-quality, accessible, and affordable education from a scenic bluff overlooking La Salle-Peru.

IVCC offers associate degrees designed for transfer Associate of Applied Science Degrees and certificates for students planning to go to work in two years or less. Dozens of transfer programs prepare students for universities such as state schools such as Illinois State, Northern, University of Illinois, Southern, and Western.

Some of the major programs and certificates offered at IVCC include accounting, agricultural business management, agronomy, biology, business, criminal justice, elementary education, and engineering. Cybersecurity was recently added to the roster, and students can now earn a twoyear degree in that field. IVCC has added courses in other modern fields as well, including cannabis production advanced cannabis production and renewable energy technician courses.

Career programs within the Peter Miller Community Technology Center prepare students for technical work such as computeraided design and engineering, computer network administration, electronics, computer numerical control, industrial electricity and maintenance, wind energy, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.

Well-respected health professions include certified nursing assistant, registered nurse, and dental assisting. Certified medical assistant was added in 2019.

IVCC maintains close ties with industry through a chief manufacturing executives committee and sector-specific advisory

committees that help craft curriculum leading to student success in manufacturing, business, and healthcare.

The revitalized agriculture program has an expanding crop and soil research partnership with the University of Illinois and utilizes IVCC’s 153 acres of farmland.

IVCC welcomes, and is accessible, to all students. About $7 million in financial aid and more than $250,000 in scholarships are distributed annually.

Renowned for its academic support services, IVCC has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and its average class size is less than 20 students. The college measures success by its high retention and persistence rates.

The adult education department offers free English as a second language, high school equivalency, and adult basic education training. The Bridge to Careers programs show students what it’s like to work in healthcare and manufacturing.

In addition to 5,000 credit students, IVCC serves 3,800 non-credit students annually through its Continuing Education Center. CEC offers classes in advanced online training, business, computers, healthcare, leadership, nursing, real estate, small business development, and personal enrichment.

IVCC fields 10 intercollegiate athletic teams – volleyball and softball for women, golf and baseball for men, and basketball, tennis, and soccer for both men and women.

Reach Illinois Valley Community College at 815-224-2720 or learn more at


Advanced education within a 60-mile radius includes Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, and Bradley University in Peoria. Vast educational resources are also available at the University of Illinois in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign, which are approximately 90 to 120 miles away.

• Bradley University (309) 676-7611

• Illinois State University (309) 438-2111

• Illinois Wesleyan University (309) 556-1000

• Northern Illinois University (815) 753-1000

• University of Illinois at Chicago (312) 996-7000

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Illinois Valley Community College


Great emphasis is placed upon having quality healthcare in the Illinois Valley. A healthy community is essential to a thriving business industry. The area is served by dedicated medical professionals at hospitals, doctor’s offices, and clinics. Whether you need routine care, have an emergency, or need treatment for ongoing conditions, you’ll find what you need.


The Valley Regional Cancer Center is a one-stop shop for medicines, treatments, radiation, oncology, labs, and all other services needed for the fight against cancer.

Inside the center located at 4391 Venture Dr. in Peru, there are three different businesses that all supply a helping hand to fight cancer.

Illinois Cancer Care provides doctors, oncology, chemotherapy, and a pharmacy. Valley Regional Health Services, owned by St. Margaret’s Health, scans patients in the lab, while Valley Radiation Oncology, which is part of the US Oncology Network, handles radiation and oncology.

“It’s huge for the Illinois Valley community to have this center in its own backyard so people don’t have to travel to Chicago, Rockford, or Peoria,” said Valley Radiation Oncology Marketing Director Nancy Jackson, who added the Valley Regional Cancer Center opened approximately 12 years ago. “There are topcaliber physicians here that are phenomenal. To have them this close is a true blessing to this community. It’s a blessing to have it all right here, especially if you’re sick and weak, don’t want to travel, or can’t afford to drive.”

Jackson is a breast cancer survivor who went through 36 days of radiation Monday through Friday. If it weren’t for the Valley Regional Cancer Center, she would have had to make the over three-hour roundtrip drive for a treatment that could take anywhere between 5-30 minutes.

In the 1970s, North Central Behavioral Health Systems became one of the only treatment centers in the Illinois Valley offering counseling for depression, substance abuse, and numerous other concerns.

Fast forward to 2022, North Central is still offering those services and more as it is always looking to help, improve, and better the area.

“For over 40 years, we’ve really been a main provider of community addictions and mental health resources,” said Rachel Ernst, North Central’s marketing manager. “It’s giving an opportunity for people who have Medicaid or Medicare to receive this treatment. There are a lot of private practices in the area, but there is something about North Central that is really community-focused. We’re here for everyone, not just patients with private insurance. We’re here for anyone in need of these services.”

Along with focusing on depression and substance abuse, patients can also come to North Central at 2960 Chartres St. in La Salle for anxiety, addictions, behavioral problems, and other mental health issues.

Specialized services such as DUI (driving under the influence) risk education and evaluations, the adult intensive outpatient program, and community support are also priorities at North Central.

Always trying to improve services and expand the range, the mental health experts are planning on adding crisis response, youth services, and more community involvement.

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Smiles can last a lifetime, and Dr. Ed Monroe is here to make sure smiles in the Illinois Valley never disappear.

“Dr. Ed loves serving this area. We had offices in Oglesby, La Salle, and Princeton before he built the one big office at 2424 Chartres St. in La Salle,” said A Lifetime of Smiles Office Manager Chauntel Hauter. “Now, we’re able to see clients from all around. We love having the reputation of being the Illinois Valley’s premier dental provider. We do everything under one roof. We never refer anything out. Dr. Ed and the staff do everything we can to support our community.”

Dr. Monroe and his dentistry have been in the Illinois Valley for 23 years. The three offices in three different towns became one giant office in one location as A Lifetime of Smiles has six laboratories in the building for all dental needs. There isn’t an exact date, but the office will expand to eight labs. The tentative timeframe is early 2023.

“We’re currently trying to focus on re-care as six-month preventative cleaning is a huge thing,” Hauter said. “We’re making sure patients have an opportunity to come in for the basic, proper cleanings and to see the doctor. That’s our main focus for 2023. We want to make sure everyone has a healthy smile.”

A Lifetime of Smiles handles all dental matters except traditional orthodontics. The long list of services includes cleanings, oral surgery, dental implants, root canals, Invisalign, same-day crowns and bridges, dentures, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) treatments, and more.

Dr. Monroe and his staff are also proud of their fun, positive culture as the dentist office has mid-day dance parties, fresh cookies, a beverage station, giveaways for patient and Google referrals, patient appreciation days with gifts, new patients receive a gift bag, and there are other enjoyable days such as the 1980’s day where Dr. Monroe wore a David Bowie wig. n 29


With 15 hospitals, several centers of health, and additional clinics and outpatient services, OSF HealthCare is committed to caring for its patients, staff, and the communities it serves.

The I-80 region includes OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, a 97-bed acute care facility at 1100 E. Norris Drive, Ottawa. The hospital includes children’s services, labor and delivery, rehabilitation, cardiovascular, and cancer care.

OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center at 1401 E. 12th St., Mendota, is a 25-bed critical access hospital that includes emergency services, general surgery, medical, surgical and skilled inpatient care, physical rehabilitation services, and sleep testing.

In addition to the I-80 hospitals, OSF HealthCare Saint Clare Medical Center at 530 Park Ave. E. Princeton includes a 25-bed critical access hospital along with primary care, outpatient services and specialty services, including laboratory testing, respiratory care with sleep testing, wound care clinic, and general and orthopedic surgery. The OSF Saint Claire Medical Center has emergency services open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with trauma-ready rooms.

“The ability to share resources and help connect patients across its network

of hospitals helps optimize care for patients,” said Heather Bomstad, chief nursing officer for OSF Saint Elizabeth and OSF Saint Paul medical centers. “When a patient needs a bed, needs to see a specialist, the staff is able to utilize the OSF HealthCare network to get the patient the care they need.”

“The most beneficial attribute is our ability to network and use our resources to work together,” Bomstad added.

As part of a large hospital network, collaboration is key to building success behind the scenes and to better support patients. OSF HealthCare established the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center in Peoria where scientists, engineers, designers, project management, and staff from the hospital network can make improvements, from streamlining processes to helping patients have a greater understanding of a diagnosis as well as post-treatment care.

“From utilizing training applications to even exploring the ability to use virtual reality headsets, it’s imperative to consider new and innovative tools,” said Bomstad.

Bomstad has been a part of the hospital for nearly 30 years. She started as a certified nursing assistant while attending school, helped care for patients on the

floor, and for the last 10 years, served as chief nursing officer. She was inspired by an aunt, who was also a nurse, to enter the medical field.

Today, hospitals are working hard to reach the next generation of skilled nurses, as well as those filling other vital healthcare positions, from phlebotomists to respiratory therapists. The innovative teams at OSF HealthCare are considering new tools, including the use of virtual reality, to allow students to explore medical fields.

There are so many ways people can serve in the healthcare field, according to Bomstad.

“Healthcare workers have been through some of the most challenging times the past few years, and as an employer, OSF HealthCare provided its staff with the vital work and life balances, working to retain staff and recruiting new talent to serve the community,” said Bomstad, who added that there is a huge focus on the staff’s well-being and helping everyone maintain work and life balance.

“Creating a supportive work environment that encourages innovation is a foundation for OSF HealthCare to enable its staff to provide the care and compassion for its patients and for its community,” said Bomstad.

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From runny noses and sore throats to coping with mental health, the staff at St. Margaret’s Health is there for the community.

For more than 100 years, the community has turned to St. Margaret’s Health for their care in sickness and preventative health. St. Margaret’s Center for Family Health in Princeton provides a full range of walk-in care, primary care, and mental health services.

And in recent years, St. Margaret Health has increased its capacity to care for mental and behavioral health concerns further with the addition of St. Margaret’s Center for Holistic Health & Wellness (CHHW) in Princeton. In partnership with Arukah Institute of Healing, the center answers the need for greater access to mental and behavioral health services in La Salle, Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall counties.

The CHHW and Arukah both have specially trained healthcare professionals to provide mental health treatment services for all ages. The team can provide quality, compassionate care for conditions including depression, anxiety,

attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and postpartum care, as well as alcohol and substance abuse disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Through the health partnership with CHHW and Arukah, healthcare professionals can provide counseling, crisis therapy, group and family therapy, and psychiatry services. The center can also provide on-demand mobile services to help individuals in mental health or substance abuse crises in their homes, schools, or other public spaces.

The CHHW also brings the Living Room model of care to Central Illinois. Developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, the Living Room model of care provides walk-in respite for those experiencing a mental health crisis. The Living Room staff at the CHHW includes Recovery Support Specialists, who have lived experience and can better connect to “guests” who walk in.

The collaboration between St. Margaret’s and Arukah has been building during the past few years, based on needs identified in the community to provide more care to those experiencing mental and behavioral

health concerns as well as the increase in substance abuse and the rising opioid epidemic. Medical professionals were seeing patients in their primary and emergency care and finding at times that these patients were unable to receive the care and follow-up needed.

Among the services provided at CHHW are therapies for addictions, persistent mental illness, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. In addition, we have the staff to provide psychological testing, family and youth-focused counseling, faith counseling, and group counseling.

Additionally, they have staffing available to assist with training for first responders, teachers, and other organizations seeking to better understand and identify mental and behavioral health concerns.

The partnership of St. Margaret’s and Arukah utilizes the best tools and resources of each organization to provide improved and efficient care for Central Illinois.

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n AFSCME: The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees represents employees of the City of La Salle, City of Ottawa, La Salle County, Horizon House, La Salle Veterans Home, and Sheridan Correctional Center.

n AFT: American Federation of Teachers represents educational employees at IVCC, LPHS, Streator High School, Oglesby, Tonica, Deer Park, Lostant, La Salle ROE Safe School, DePue, La Moille, Malden, Spring Valley (elementary), Princeton, and Ohio. Other area district employees are represented for the most part by the NEA – the National Education Association, which is not affiliated with the AFL-CIO/IVFL.

n APWU: American Postal Workers Union represents employees in post offices.

n IAFF: International Association of Firefighters represents firefighters in many area cities, including Mendota, Ottawa and Streator.

n NALC: National Association of Letter Carriers represents USPS delivery employees.


At the center of the Illinois Valley’s thriving businesses and economic growth is a dedicated workforce eager to do their jobs and do them well. In this region, you’ll find a mix of union and non-union positions, with both sections taking their jobs seriously and showing up each day ready to do their best work.

The Illinois Valley has representation from over 25 unions in our area, serving industries including the trades, firefighters, education, municipalities, and more. These unions not only work to support their members, but they also work to support their communities. Groups like the Illinois Valley Building and Construction Trades Council organize fundraising campaigns and encourage their partners to help so they can continue to do great things for the community.

They bring small communities together and believe in the spirit of cooperation to build mutually beneficial relationships that facilitate economic and business development, as well as workplace safety. Their goal is to improve the overall economy in North Central Illinois by maintaining a qualified workforce and bringing innovative ideas to life.

“We grew up in these communities, and our parents showed by helping and working together, we can accomplish many things, from economic growth to helping a family in need, and by understanding what communities need, that is the roots of what makes us stronger together,”

Last year, IVBT members donated more than 3,300 person-hours and $55,000 to programs in need. In addition to monetary giving, the men and women of the local unions also share their skillset and time to improve the communities they serve. This involvement is not new for IVBT or other Union affiliates. Dave Argubright, Carpenters Local 174, says they’ve been providing support to projects like Labor of Love for more than 30 years. As you look at local parks and recreation areas, many of the shelters, benches, and playground equipment you see have been built by Local 174 volunteers.

“The Carpenters have a long history in our area of volunteering, from projects like the Spring Valley stage, the Oglesby Pier, shelters at Rotary Park and Baker Lake, to playground equipment at Circuit Breaker School and many more. Along with the Carpenters, many Building Trade Unions are giving back on a regular basis with both sweat equity and monetary donations. We feel it’s our duty to support the community we live and work in when we can,” Argubright said.

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Floyd Jones, IVBT President, said.


Since 1963, Ladzinski Cement Finishing has been an Illinois Valley leader in concrete work and is located at 2960 4th St (Route 6) in Peru. As a family-owned business and proud Union shop, they specialize in industrial, commercial, and residential worksites with a focus on concrete construction, excavation, machine basis, and saw cutting.

n Bricklayers, Local 6 n Carpenters, Local 174 n Heat & Frost Workers, Local 17 n Electricians (IBEW), Local 176, 601, 15 and 51 n Chemical Workers, Local 79 n Ironworkers, Local 444 n Operating Engineers, Local 150 and 649 n Painters, Local 467 n Laborers, Local 393 n Cement Masons, Local 11 n Roofers, Local 11 n Sheet Metal Workers, Local 1 n Plumbers & Pipefitters, Local 657 and 130 n United Auto Workers (UAW)


UNIONS: n Chemical Workers (ICWUC)

Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) n United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 1564 represents employees of certain grocery stores (Kroger in Ottawa and Streator). n United Steelworkers represents employees at Illinois Cement and area glassworks.


NOT AFFILIATED WITH AFL-CIO: n National Education Association (NEA)

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) n 33
n Teamsters


Whether you are looking for a traditional church service or a modern alternative, the Illinois Valley has a variety of options for residents and visitors to practice their faith. As a community that embraces diversity in many aspects, our places of worship are no different. With a mix of beautiful old churches, some over 100 years, to virtual options, everyone is sure to find a place that meets their needs.

The area is also home to many civic clubs and organizations that continuously impact our communities in a positive way. If you are looking for ways to give back and make a change through volunteering, advocacy, or providing access to important resources, the Illinois Valley has plenty of options for you.


A variety of faiths are based in the Illinois Valley:

• Assemblies of God

• Baptist

• Christian

• Christian Science

• Congregational & United Church of Christ

• Eastern Orthodox

• Episcopal

• Evangelical

• Jehovah’s Witness

• Judaism

• Lutheran

• Nazarene

• Non-Denominational

• Pentecostal Christian

• Presbyterian

• Roman Catholic

• United Methodist

• And more

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St. Hyacinth Catholic Church Illinois Valley Food Pantry

B.E.S.T., Inc.

Boy Scouts of AmericaW.D. Boyce Council

Cops 4 Cancer

Habitat for Humanity of La Salle, Bureau & Putnam Counties

Habitat ReStore - Peru

Hegeler Carus Foundation

Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau

Horizon House of Illinois Valley, Inc,

Illini Valley Association of Realtors

Illinois National Guard Recruitment

Illinois Small Business Development Center

Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living

Illinois Valley Flying Club

Illinois Valley Food Pantry

Illinois Valley PADS/ Lily Pads Resale Boutique

Illinois Valley SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)

Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotary

La Salle Business Association

La Salle County CASA

Mendota Area Senior Services

North Central Area Transit

North Central Illinois Council of Governments

North Central Illinois ARTworks

North Central Regional Betterment Coalition

Project Success of Eastern Bureau County

Special Olympics Illinois Region A

Starved Rock Country Community Foundation

Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS AND CLUBS IN THE AREA: IL SBDC at the Starved Rock Country Alliance 844.369.8898 View our success stories! The IL SBDC at the Starved Rock Country Alliance provides no-cost, confidential, one-on-one business advising to entrepreneurs and small business owners within Bureau, Grundy, LaSalle, Livingston, and Putnam counties. OUR IMPACT 6/2017 - 9/2022 92 New Business Starts 140 Full-Time Jobs Created 187 Part-Time Jobs created 886 Jobs Retained $10.9 M in Capital Funding IL SBDC at the Starved Rock Country Alliance Linda Hessenberger NMLS# 477893 (815) 220-1865 1721 Midtown Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 Mortgages Designed Around You! Apply Now! SM-LA2021913 Boy Scout Troop 123 - Peru
IV Leads Group
La Salle Rotary
Ottawa Noon Rotary
Perfectly Flawed
Peru Rotary


Shopping the downtown districts of the Illinois Valley can be enjoyed on your own or with a group of friends. With an interesting blend of one-of-akind shops and unforgettable service, visitors enjoy walking from store to store, taking in the craftsmanship of the historic architecture and appreciating the passion owners have for their businesses in the Illinois Valley.

A stroll down the numerous downtown streets will show shoppers the charm

of the restored storefronts and revitalization of building facades to their former glory. It’s the perfect blend of new meets old. The beautiful green spaces and plantings throughout the downtown districts create a relaxed feeling and gorgeous scenery to take in.

With plenty of places to stop for a refreshing drink or a scrumptious meal, visitors will love spending time with family and friends as they explore the shops of the Illinois Valley.

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Downtown Ottawa Debo Ace Hardware That Guy’s Secret


Every small business has its unique story. For Amia, it all began with a passion for fashion that turned into a career. Amia Boutique was started out of the home of owner Christine Pellegrini. Since then, they have grown locally and nationally, now operating a brick-and-mortar location, and a website.

They strive to provide the latest trends at affordable prices, carrying girl’s youth through women’s 3XL. At Amia, they believe that fashion is unique to each individual, colored in shades of gray rather than black and white. That’s why they offer such a wide variety in clothing – edgy, active, dressy, casual, and more. There’s sure to be something for everyone at Amia.


In 2002, Mark and Teri Wenzel founded August Hill Winery on the same stretch of land that Mark’s grandfather, August (Augie) Engelhaupt, nurtured with such care. Many years later, August Hill has expanded to include caves for aging wine, a tasting room in Utica, the ISC sparkling wine program, and a staff that is family or feels like family. Throughout their growth, they continue to be guided by Augie’s spirit, and carry a part of his signature in their logo to remind them of their roots.


Batteries and Things Inc. was originally formed in 2003 as a source for common and hard-to-find batteries. Today Batteries and Things Inc. offers an everexpanding product line that includes ink and toner cartridges, battery chargers, and much more. Through direct relationships with manufacturers, they are able to offer all of their products at exceptionally low prices. To serve you better as a “one-stop battery shop,” they stock just about every type of battery for consumer, professional, and industrial use.


SAS is a women’s clothing boutique that offers all sizes. They carry clothing, shoes, accessories, and handbags. Located in downtown La Salle, they use a personal touch to help spruce up any outfit. Look to them to find pieces to stretch a wardrobe from season to season. SAS is the right fit for any woman, and they carry versatile, comfortable fashion that can complement any occasion or lifestyle. Make sure you visit 735 1st Street and see all they have to offer.


Uniforms ETC. is a medical uniform store for medical professionals and students. They offer a wide variety of uniforms for both men and women, as well as medical accessories. A student discount is available with proper ID. Group discounts for hospitals and offices are also offered. In January and July, they offer 20-percent-off sale months. Uniforms ETC. takes pride in having great customer relationships and the best quality and variety in medical uniforms.

Glad Monogram Creations is the home of the personalized elephant for babies. They can create anything a customer may want. Doing embroidery since 1995, they use one of their designs or a specific logo from a customer.


Established in 1925 by Frank Vlastnik, a tailor at Kuppenheimer Cloths in Chicago, Vlastnik’s Menswear has now been serving the community for decades. Frank brought his cloth samples and handmade suit craftmanship to the Illinois Valley, and was later joined by his sons once they returned from the army in the 1950s. Thirty years later, his grandsons Dale and Richard joined the family business. Vlastnik’s Menswear now carries not only suits, but also work boots, clothes, shoes, and accessories. n 37



No matter what kind of food you’re in the mood for, the Illinois Valley has it covered. The variety of options is an eclectic mix of traditional, ethnic, specialty, and gourmet, and you can find restaurants that offer a casual, laid-back feel or ones that are more formal and upscale. If you’re in search of a gourmet meal, full brunch, or simply a glass of wine or craft beer to enjoy with friends, you’ll find plenty of options to try.

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Mill Street Patio in downtown Utica Stone Jug Barbecue


The “bagel shop” first opened in 1995 as Big Apple Bagel, owned and operated by sisters Anne Loveland and Julie Padilla. It was renamed Fourth Street Bakery in 2005. The bakery is conveniently Located on 4th Street in Peru, and is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fourth Street Bakery is a great place for breakfast or lunch. They carry bagels from scratch, muffins, donuts, fritters, Danishes, croissants and more. Dine-in, outside seating, or instore pick-up is available. Swing by for a coffee or a tasty bite.


Founded by the original owners Louis “Louie” and Stephanie “Pat” Mazzorana in 1937, the Igloo was then passed on to Rich and Chris Decker on Dec. 16, 2010. The Igloo’s attraction has developed on many levels, but the food is at the top of the list. An Igloo staple since 1937 has been the hand-trimmed, hand-cut, hand-pounded, and hand-breaded pork tenderloin. They are made fresh daily, never frozen. Anyone that knows the Igloo also knows the classic taste of our hand-cut fries and homemade chili. These are just a few of the top picks on our vast menu that includes sandwiches, salads, side orders, desserts, a kid’s meal, and a wide variety of beverages. The Igloo was named #1 Diner in the State of Illinois by the Food Network.


With two separate dining rooms, The Right Spice is a great place to host an anniversary party, birthday party, rehearsal dinner, or almost any occasion. Owners George Steinbach and Deanna Mallery offer a friendly atmosphere for people to come and enjoy themselves. Besides fantastic food, every weekend you’re almost sure to find some great entertainment. Whether you enjoy guitar music, karaoke, or being entertained by an impersonator, The Right Spice has something to offer everyone. Besides fantastic weekend entertainment, you can always enjoy your favorite sports teams any night on one of six high-definition televisions. Football, basketball, baseball, golf, and more, you’ll find it at The Right Spice.


Are you looking for the nostalgic days of drive-ins, carhops, and a big, frosty mug of root beer? If so, The Rootbeer Stand in Oglesby is for you. If you are just looking for tasty food at a good price served by friendly staff, The Rootbeer Stand is for you too. Located a hop, skip, and jump away from both Starved Rock State Park and Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby’s The Rootbeer Stand offers a 1950s dining experience in the 21st century. A friendly, smiling face greets diners – a larger-than-life, burger-and-root-beer-holding statue. The Rootbeer Stand offers booth-style dining indoors and a carport for those wanting to dine in their vehicle. You might visit The Rootbeer Stand for the atmosphere, but you’ll go back for the food.


Star Union Spirits is the first licensed distillery in Peru, Illinois, in well over 100 years and is excited to offer hand-crafted artisan spirits that are locally made.

Tapping into the rich commercial heritage of the Illinois Valley – Star Union Products Company, producing Star Model Beer, operated here from 1845 to 1966 – the distillery is fondly named Star Union Spirits.

Co-founders Bob Windy, a Peru native, and business partner Jeff Yosowitz opened the company’s doors in the historic, Westclox factory building and is an anchor tenant generating further economic revitalization and spirits innovation in the region.

Rob, a veteran hospitality GM, and Anthony, a classically trained Chef, both from Chicagoland, moved to the Illinois Valley to open Thyme Craft Kitchen in December 2019. Thyme Craft Kitchen is a place with purpose, serving food and drink that’s fresh and local, coming directly from the farm, and prepared in front of the customer. It’s sourced locally with an everchanging menu highlighting the Illinois farmer. Thyme Craft Kitchen features creative cocktails and drinks sourced from the Midwest, along with a handpicked international natural wine list. It’s a restaurant of quality and uniqueness in a familiar, comfortable atmosphere. n 39


The City of La Salle, established in 1837, has long prided itself on being the premiere destination in the county with incentives to encourage development, as well as maintaining its historic buildings and encouraging community events to keep excitement high for visitors and residents alike.

The city’s name comes from explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle, who scouted the area back in the late 1600s. The city wouldn’t be established until 20 years after Illinois declared statehood in 1818. With the construction of the Illinois & Michigan Canal in 1848, the city saw a large increase in residents and interest as it became a vital component of the burgeoning trade route. Much of the city’s history remains celebrated through local sites such as the Hegeler Carus Mansion, Lock 16 Canal Boat, and its beautiful restored downtown, which has been maintained through a historic district designation.

While the city once benefited due to its proximity to the canal, it now reaps the rewards of its placement at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 39, which makes it a prime spot for development. Incentives such as Tax Increment Financing districts and Enterprise Zones have

encouraged significant businesses to come to and thrive in the city, such as Inman Electric Motors, Inc. and Viakable Manufacturing LLC. Smaller incentives, such as the city’s Façade Grant program, help small business owners fix up their storefronts and assist in continuing to beautify the city’s curb appeal.

Green spaces are also plentiful, from the city’s Hegeler Park, with an attached swimming pool, to Rotary Park further east. The latter has continuously grown to include more activities such as sports recreation, a dog park, and a brand-new disc golf course.

The city is also not lacking in entertainment and a collection of great restaurants and bars, in addition to events such as the city’s Celebrate La Salle summer festival or the La Salle Business Association’s Jazz n’ the Street event. The city continues to pull visitors, and perhaps future business owners and residents, to the area with these events as well as the city’s Celebration of Lights drive-through holiday festival, which continues to attract tourists from across the nation in the winter.

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Mark is situated in Putnam County, which is the smallest county in the State of Illinois. It’s a small village of about 550 people and is located west of Granville. Division Street divides the two villages.

Mark was incorporated in 1905 and named after Mark Elliot, the son of the farmer who donated the land that Mark is established on.

The Village of Mark, situated in the heart of what was once the rich coal fields of Illinois, depended for its support and very existence on the St. Paul Coal Company’s mine. When the mine closed in the 1920s, many miners and their families moved to other mining camps or manufacturing cities, such as Nokomis, Benld, Rockford, Detroit, Highwood, and the Denver, Colorado; Roundup, Montana; and San Francisco, California regions. The families that remained here commuted daily to the neighboring cities to work.

Mark today is comprised of residential dwellings, a few local businesses, and its largest manufacturer, Mennie Machine Company. Mennie Machine Company is a woman-owned company employing more than 325 people and offering precision machining components and assemblies for automotive, computer, industrial, municipal, hydraulic, fuel systems, and heavy equipment industries. n 41


With its exposed limestone and coal, Oglesby’s roots began in coal mining. However, the cement industry quickly took precedence. Originally named Portland for the similarities in the cement manufactured there to Portland cement, it was later renamed Oglesby after Governor Richard Oglesby. The cement industry in Oglesby has been continuing to expand and adapt since it first began over a century ago. The Marquette Cement Company that began in 1898 is still active; today, it is a distribution terminal and operates under the name of Buzzi Unicem USA.

To help prepare workers to meet the needs of the community and businesses, Oglesby is also home to Illinois Valley Community College. IVCC offers a wide variety of certificates and associate and transfer degrees from nursing to manufacturing.

Oglesby is well-known for its beautiful parks. McPhedran Park, Oglesby’s latest addition, features a beautiful pond with a 1/3-mile track encircling it. The pond is complete with a fishing pier and is stocked with fish. Along the track are six workout stations. There is also a fun playground for the kids, and it is a dog-friendly park. Also, with three rivers and three state parks just minutes from the heart of Oglesby, there is always something fun to do outdoors. There is a boat launch area nearby for those who enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and even a little white-water rafting.

Not only is Oglesby a great place to play, but it’s also an excellent place for business. With its location just off Interstates 39 and 80, Oglesby is a prime location for business and distribution, with many sites available for development and some with buildings and infrastructure already in place. Enterprise Zones, TIF Districts, and low taxes are just a few benefits available in Oglesby.

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The historic and friendly City of Ottawa sits at the beautiful confluence of the Fox and Illinois Rivers. Its award-winning downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Ottawa Historic Commercial District. The vibrant and revitalized downtown is full of unique places to shop and signature restaurants, many of them located in restored historic commercial buildings.

A dramatic highlight of Ottawa’s history was its hosting in 1858 of the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate, held in Washington Park, now the heart of a National Historic District. These debates brought Lincoln to the attention of the nation and launched him on his pathway to the White House. Today, the debate site is marked with heroic-sized, original statues of Lincoln and Douglas in the midst of a beautiful fountain setting. Because of this event and many Lincoln visits, Ottawa

has been certified as a Looking For Lincoln community by the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.

Located on top of the world’s finest silica sand, Ottawa’s history includes glass-making and mining and is still home to Pilkington North America, which manufactures architectural glass. Other major employers include Sabic Innovative Plastics, Mitsuboshi Belts, Clover Technology, Ottawa Dental Lab, ITW ZipPak, US Silica, Sigan, and major distribution centers for Kohl’s, PetSmart, and Tyson Foods. The Ottawa Industrial Park is completely ready to respond to the needs of new business and industry, and recently, utilities have been extended to the I-80 interchange with Route 71, opening it up for development. More information may be found at Ottawa’s economic development website, n 43


Located on the Illinois River, Peru lies three miles west of the intersection of two major interstate highways: Interstate 39 and Interstate 80. The city is also the western terminus of the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal. Prior to its construction, the Illinois River was not navigable beyond Peru.

There are several business districts located in Peru. The Manufacturing district begins north of the intersection of I-80 and IL-251 including James Hardie, Unytite, Canam, Metokote, and Eakas Corporation. You’ll also find our large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Kohls. Proceeding south on 251, you’ll notice Target, HyVee, Liberty Village, several restaurants, and branches of St. Margaret’s Health Peru. These businesses are some of the city’s largest employers. The US-6 Corridor includes Peru’s downtown with its two historic mainstays, Debo’s Hardware, and Vlastnik’s Menswear. This area includes Peru’s Municipal building and several other business and dining establishments.

We take pride in the history Peru offers its residents. The city has at least three additional historic companies. It is the national headquarters of American Nickeloid, started in 1898, and the W.H. Maze Co started the year the Illinois and Michigan Canal opened in 1848, dealing in lumber and nails. This company is one of America’s last remaining nail makers. Peru is also home to the offices of Carus Chemical Company, started in 1915. Today, it is one of the largest manufacturers of potassium permanganate in the world.

Peru’s real estate taxes are some of the lowest in La Salle County thanks to being a regional retail hub. Peru generates 1 out of every 3 retail sales and retail sales tax dollars in La Salle County. The City of Peru makes it a priority to keep its property taxes one of the lowest in North Central Illinois.

Careful planning by generations of community leaders has produced high quality neighborhoods with proximity to open spaces, schools, medical care, places of work, recreation, and the riverfront.

Peru is proud of its park and recreation facilities including Centennial Park and its numerous shelters. Among them are the newly open Schweickert Band Shell which hosts summer concerts under the oaks. Baker Lake features fishing and a glimpse of wildlife wrapped in a one-mile paved walking & biking path. Washington Park offers 12,000 square feet of fun with its baseball-themed splash pad. For our baseball fans, Veterans Park features multiple baseball and softball fields plus… the Pistol Shrimp baseball team, a member of the collegiate Prospect League, relocated to Peru. The Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp played their first season in the summer of 2021.

Peru is home to the Illinois Valley YMCA. Visit their outstanding health and fitness facility as well as three indoor swimming pools and a water park, one of the finest of its size in the country!

Peru is home to state-of-the-art school systems. Both Public and Private schools offer modern facilities that boast the latest technology. The Peru area encompasses two historic High School’s, La Salle-Peru Township, and St. Bede Academy. Both prepare their students for continuing education or immediately joining our local workforce.

Religious faith is an important part of our lives. We boast many houses of worship that serve most denominations and stand as architectural symbols of past and present spiritual values. We take great pride in our city. Peru is a great place to live, work, shop, and play. Check out our website

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Spring Valley is located on the banks of the Illinois River. It features Barto Landing, a deep lagoon for launching from the ramps, the only calm-water public access to the Illinois River for forty miles. For more than 30 years, it has been the first stop on Cabela’s MWC Tournament Schedule, the biggest walleye competition in the state, drawing fishermen from all over the United States. In addition to the MWC, several other fishing tournaments are held here annually. The landing provides free public access for excellent boating, fishing, and water sport opportunities.

Spring Valley also offers several other recreational opportunities, including Spring Creek Golf Course, Echo Bluff Nature and Recreational Area, Coal Miners Park and Fishing Pond, and several public parks. Available conditioning programs include I.V. Jazzercise and Hancock Power Yoga. Visitors can also enjoy learning about the town’s local, coal, business, and cultural history at the Spring Valley Historic Association Museum. Another special stop should be the Illinois Valley Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall, which is located at Uncle Stewy’s Roadhouse in Spring Valley. The wall was put in place as a memorial tribute to those bikers who have passed while driving their motorcycle.

The city’s ethnic heritage can be found in its unique dining opportunities. Verucchi’s Ristorante has been an Italian

favorite for more than 100 years. Pizza, paninis, gyros, sandwiches, and other entrées, can be found at Angelo’s Restaurant and Alfano’s Little Sicily. Other great eating options include Double Country, Jack’s Tap, and Bayou Express. You don’t want to miss the Golden Mine Restaurant’s strawberry waffles for breakfast, one of their homemade soups, or their other daily offerings. El Real Taco, Lucero’s Supermarket & Taqueria, Tamaleria Rosy, Marisquiria Ruiz Restaurant and Marichuy’s Taqueria will provide you with authentic Mexican favorites. Top off your tour with an ice cream treat from the Tastee Freez, which has been serving since 1950. Spring Valley Bakery, Blended Together, Bean Box Espresso and Fresh and Fruity are also other great stops to make when looking for a snack or beverage.

While visiting Spring Valley, don’t forget to schedule time to shop at our unique businesses. Valley Coin Jewelry Pawn offers expertise and a substantial collection of currency. Blue Collar Bikes has everything motorcycle, while Mean Metal Guns is all things firearms. Gifts and collectibles can be found at Valley Flowers & Gifts, Johnson’s Pharmacy, and St. Margaret’s Hospital Gift Shop. If you are looking for trendy and affordable apparel and accessories, Dept. #2 is a store you won’t want to miss.

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The Village of North Utica was established in 1852, just north of the historic I&M Canal. What began as a small community of laborers working along the canal quickly transformed into a village. Once known as the “Metropolis of La Salle County,” Utica enjoyed both steady commercial and residential growth.

More than 3 million people visit the Village of North Utica each year. Utica exhibits that small-town charm that people are searching for. There are restaurants that offer outstanding dining, shops that offer unique items and experiences, and lodging that offers a sense of home. Utica is also home to many annual events that attract thousands of visitors each year. The Burgoo Festival, held every October, attracts people from all over the Midwest and features more than 350 vendors, craftsmen, musicians, and other entertainment, as well as its famous Burgoo Stew. Utica has a variety of different events and something for everyone, including parades, fireworks shows, craft beer festivals, wine walks, and is also home to the largest Veteran’s Parade in the Midwest. All of these events are well attended and enjoyed by all.

The Village of North Utica is also known as the “Gateway to Starved Rock State Park.” Starved Rock and Matthiessen

State Parks offer outdoor recreation, including hiking, biking, camping, boating, kayaking, and bird and eagle watching, as well as providing nature trails to enjoy canyons, waterfalls, rock formations, and the overall beauty of the area.

Recently, the Illinois River Bridge was replaced. The newlydesigned bridge features a brand-new bicycle/walking path that provides outdoor enthusiasts with the ability to enjoy the state parks as well as visit the local businesses in Utica – all without having to get in the car and drive.

The Village of North Utica also remains focused on creating an experience for all those who visit. We continue to welcome visitors and encourage tourism. We want people to visit and see exactly what we all see in this community – that it’s a truly warm and wonderful place to be. The village enjoys tourism and the many repeat visitors that seek out everything that Utica has to offer. We are a small community with a big heart, and we offer a unique experience that envelops both outdoor recreation and that small-town feeling that everyone wants –to feel completely welcomed and relaxed, and to take a break from their busy lives. To learn more, visit or call 815-667-4111.

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The area coal mines drew residents and businesses to the area. Originally called Lost Grove, the town was renamed by its major after a town in New York. Much of the area today is agricultural, since much of the town was destroyed in a tornado in the 1950s.


In 1909, the town was devastated by a fire in the coal mine that killed 259 of nearly 500 men and boys who worked in the mine. Twelve of the men who had escaped returned to the mine in an attempt to rescue their co-workers still in the mine. These heroes saved many but lost their lives in their seventh trip back to the surface.


Located just south of Cherry, the town was home to many miners. Dalzell was named after the coal magnate Sam Dalzell.


DePue was originally called Trenton before undergoing a name change in 1866 in honor of an early French fur trader by the name of DePue. Lake DePue and its adjacent park feature wildlife and recreation, and thousands of spectators come from across the country to Lake DePue every summer for its wellknown boat races.


This former coal mining site is one of the oldest villages in Bureau County. Mainly a farming community for most of its history, Hollowayville has one of the lowest state sales tax rates.


Incorporated in 1890, Ladd was a coal mining town. After the mine was sold to the Illinois Third Vein Company, the business invested $100,000 to improve safety in the mine, and it became one of the safest in the state.


Originally named Greenfield, the town was renamed after Vermont’s Lamoille River. n 47
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Elijah Epperson was the first settler in the area in 1829. Princeton was originally part of Putnam County. In 1837, Bureau County was created out of Putnam County, and Princeton was named as the county seat.


The village, incorporated in 1889, was called Seatonville after an early settler named W.A. Seaton. Back in the day, it was thought to be one of the best mining towns in the area.


The Cedar Point Mine was in operation for 18 years in the early 1900s. Today, Cedar Point is home to Cedar Creek Ranch and The Gunsmoke Grill.


Lostant is unique in that it is one of the few places that is named after a female. Its name is derived from the wife of the French Minister to the U.S., the Countess of Lostant.


The first settlers in the area were William Richey and his son in 1829. He wanted to establish a trade depot and a farm. This area was named Marseilles in hopes that it would be a center for industry, like the established French town.


In November of 1853, the Chicago and Aurora Railroad merged with the Illinois Central Railroad. The station that was built there was named Mendota, an Indian name meaning “where two trails meet.”


Seneca was originally named Crotty Village for Jeremiah Crotty, who mapped out the proposed town. In 1858, Seneca was incorporated as a village.

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Originally named Hardscrabble, which means struggle, this town was later named Unionville during the Civil War. When it was incorporated early in 1867, the town became Streator after Dr. Worthy L. Streator, who funded the early mining operations there.


The Village of Tonica was named after an Indian chief that founder A.J. West had known in New York. Many of the original streets also have Native American names.


The village was named after an early settler and is known as the birthplace of Wild Bill Hickok, a famous American Army scout and lawman.


The Village of Granville was named after Granville, Massachusetts, and was a coal mining town. Hall of Fame pitcher Charles “Red” Ruffing was born in Granville.


Hennepin is located among the scenic, thickly wooded areas along the Illinois River in northwestern Putnam County. It was incorporated in 1837 and is the county seat of Putnam County.


The I, I & I Railroad purchased County Judge J.M. McNabb’s farm in order to build a station in Magnolia Township. The town that grew around it was called McNabb.


Putnam is located to the west of Senachwine Lake, along Route 29. Putnam has the distinction of being the only village on the west side of the Illinois River in Putnam County.


This small community was named after its founder, Standerd F.W. Sucher. It is home to the Putnam County Community Center. n 49
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In the Illinois Valley, you’ll have your choice of shows and art-based organizations to entertain yourself with and support. Whether you love fine art, music, or the performing arts, or every facet of art, there is something you’ll enjoy here. There are arts organizations, such as the Ottawa Art League and the North Central Illinois ARTworks, that work to engage the community with the arts, foster art and creativity, sponsor shows and other events, provide lessons, and more.

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NCI ARTworks is a regional arts agency and non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and expanding the arts community in La Salle, Putnam, and Bureau counties. To do so, they focus on educational outreach, artistic collaboration, and art space development. They strive to create venues that support public and private education, economic development, community events, and cultural tourism. Located in the Westclox ARTworks Center in the west wing of the Westclox building in Peru, the organization is supported, in part, by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


Festival 56 is a professional theatre festival located at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton. Every summer, several productions are held, including Shakespeare in the Park, with additional special events and productions in the fall and winter. Performances at Festival 56 feature a cast and crew of professional theatre artists assembled from across the country who live and work in Princeton during the season.


The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra (IVSO) plays a wide variety of orchestral works, from baroque to contemporary. You’ll find your mind wandering and your heart filling as you listen to the music played by renowned musicians.


Those who want to take in a high-quality production have options in the Illinois Valley.

Engle Lane Theatre in Streator and Stage 212 in La Salle host multiple full-scale plays or musicals throughout the year, along with individual acts and traveling shows. The theaters are open to all age groups and skill sets to audition, so you can watch or participate.

Volunteers gain valuable skills as they assist with the background and technical work required to put on productions.


Music Suite 408 is a community-based program that enriches the community through music, art, creative writing, community workshops, performances, and more. Music Suite 408 offers individual or group instruction, encourages a love of the arts, and helps students thrive and reach their full potential.

Believing in La Salle is OUR business!

We are a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, committed to bringing all of the resources of our business community together to benefit everyone.

The LBA works collaboratively with our city government, other business organizations and civic organizations to find beneficial and positive solutions and create a growing and encouraging business environment.

Friday, 9/8/23

Mid-May thru October Beautification Efforts

Throughout La Salle

The concrete planters downtown and the sidewalk planters are planted and maintained through joint effort between the City and the LBA

Saturday, 1/28/23

Wedding Expo

Auditorium Ballroom

Planning a wedding or do you know someone who is getting married? This event will showcase all of the local vendors that truly make La Salle your one-stop shop for weddings!

Mid-April Spring Awards Dinner

Uptown Grill

Honor the Business of the Year and Businessperson of the Year, held at Uptown Grill

Friday, 6/2/23 – Saturday, 6/3/23 Art & Music Festival

Pulaski Park

Two-day music and art festival with food, drink and craft vendors, art show


and Rib Cook-off

On First Street Blues music, BBQ themed food vendors, rib cook-off, beer garden

Saturday, 9/9/23

“JazzN’ the Street”

On First Street

Jazz music, food vendors, local wine tastings, craft beers, local wine, fireworks

Saturday, 11/25/23

Small Business Saturday

Throughout La Salle

Nationally recognized event sponsored by American Express, businesses run promos, “passport” stamped with 4 proofs of purchase can enter to win prizes

Friday 12/1 – Sunday, 12/3/23


2nd Street Parking Lot

Now a 3-day event! Unique shopping experience, authentic German food & drinks, live band, reindeer & entertainment

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Are you looking for fun activities to do while you’re in the Illinois Valley? You’ll find a variety of activities here that you can do by yourself or with a group of family and friends.


Starved Rock State Park is arguably the crown jewel of the Illinois Valley, bringing in millions of visitors each year. With the picturesque scenery of the canyons and cliffs, it’s a magical place that lives up to its hype. Starved Rock State Park has been named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, the #1 Fan Favorite, and #1 attraction in Illinois by the Illinois Office of Tourism. The thirteen miles of trails at the park include breathtaking views atop cliffs that look over Lover’s Leap, Wildcat, and Starved Rock Canyons as well as

Pulpit Rock and various other bluffs and vantage points along the Illinois River. Seasonal waterfalls that are best viewed in the spring or after heavy rainfall are located at 14 of the 18 canyons. In the winter, you’ll see American Bald eagles and ice falls.

After you’ve had your fill of hiking, you can stop by the lodge for some rest and relaxation. With guided hikes, independent hikes, live music and shows, trolley tours, dining, shopping, and boating, you’ll fall in love with Starved Rock State Park.

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BBQ N Blues Starved Rock


Matthiessen State Park is located only a few minutes from Starved Rock. Although it’s smaller, it has magnificent canyons, seasonal waterfalls, five miles of hiking trails, six miles of cross-country skiing trails, and nine miles of trails for mountain biking and horseback riding. If you love camping, check out the primitive camping sites.

The Vermilion River flows through the park, making it even more beautiful. No matter what season you visit, you’ll find something to admire and photograph.


Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp is a summer collegiate baseball team in the Prospect League. The League is composed of top college players from around the country who aspire to play professionally. Originally founded in Lisle, Illinois, in 2019, the team moved to Peru in 2021. Home games at Veterans Memorial Park feature family-friendly fun for fans of all ages, including exciting theme nights, local food trucks, giveaways, and their zany mascot SouthClaw Sam. In 2022, the team had three draft picks, went 39-22 overall, and picked up their first playoff victory. Visit www.PistolShrimpBaseball. com or follow on any social media platform for more information.


Buffalo Rock State Park is a 298-acre park along a bluff on the Illinois River between Ottawa and Utica. The park was home to Native Americans in Illinois who used the rock as a “blind canyon” to capture American buffalo that once were plentiful in the region. Now, two can be seen daily within a fenced section of the park. Three primitive campsites exist in the park along a section of the I&M Canal towpath.

Buffalo Rock is also home to earthen sculptures called Effigy Tumuli. They were inspired by the great Native American burial grounds and created by artist Michael Heizer. Heizer created five sculptures: a snake, a turtle, a catfish, a frog, and a water strider – all of which are native to the Illinois Valley. n 53
Matthiessen State Park Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp Baseball Buffalo Rock State Park



The Volunteer, a replica of a 19th-century canal boat, offers hour-long narrated, mule-pulled boat tours on the I&M Canal. The I&M Canal State Trail along the canal also offers a well-traveled tow path for 61 miles of hiking and biking from La Salle to Rockdale, near Joliet.

The Lock 16 Visitor Center and Café and Gift Shop are located near the La Salle Canal Boat. The old building used to house a horse buggy business. The center and café host a number of activities, lectures, afternoon tea, and cultural programs. For more information, visit


County fairs offer residents and visitors a chance to celebrate each county’s unique history with several days of fun activities and shows. Throughout the Illinois Valley, there are several county fairs to attend in the summer months. You’ll find the Marshall-Putnam County Fair, La Salle County 4-H Fair, the Bureau County Fair, the Tri-County Fair in Mendota, and much more.


The Red Covered Bridge, located just north of Princeton, is a true jewel in Bureau County. One of just five such bridges left in Illinois, the wellmaintained Red Covered Bridge was built in 1863 and is still open to traffic. The 149-foot bridge spans over Big Bureau Creek. Nearby is a park with picnic tables if you want to make a day of it.

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While visiting the Red Covered Bridge, add a stop at the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park into your itinerary. The Hennepin Canal State Trail was completed in 1907 and has mainly been used for recreational purposes for much of its existence.

You’ll find activities to do yearround at the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park. Explore hiking, biking, and horseback riding along the 155-mile trail that parallels the canal. Boating is another common activity on the canal. You can bring along a picnic lunch or dinner and enjoy it at one of the picnic tables located in the park.

During the winter, you can go snowmobiling or cross-country skiing. There are approximately 155 miles of hiking trails, 91 miles of surfaced bike paths, and about 90 miles of snowmobile trails. Between April and October, you can bring your horse to ride the 73 miles of trails.

The towpath runs from the Illinois River to the Rock River and is a great place to fish as well. For more information about the Hennepin Canal, State Trail, and things to do, visit the Visitor Center in Sheffield. Call 815454-2328 for more information. n 55
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Tens of thousands of visitors gather every year to watch the Pro National Championship Boat Races on Lake DePue. The racing event is hosted by the DePue Men’s Club. Attending the races is a tradition for many in the area. Whether there is too much or too little water, the community pulls together to remedy the situation and make the races happen. There is a small admission fee, and the event also includes live music and beer gardens. For more information, visit


Cabela’s Walleye Tournament is a fishing competition where teams compete for almost one million in cash and prizes. One location for this circuit is Spring Valley. The best walleye anglers will be named the MWC State Champions or the World Walleye Champions. The mission of the Spring Valley Walleye Club and the MWC is to teach and instill a love for fishing and to protect and conserve fisheries. For more information, visit masterswalleyecircuit. com and

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TMB Avenger Salute to Veterans is a featured event for the City of Peru and the whole region. With well over 500 veterans in attendance, the parade of flags and aircraft salute is a tribute to patriotism to behold.

This event features a tremendous number of airplanes – both WW II military plans and general aviation aircraft from all over the country. It is the largest gathering of TBMs left flying today. The Gruman TBM Avenger (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors)

is a World War II American torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and eventually used by several air and naval services around the world.

A true family event, the TBM Avenger Salute to Veterans welcomes 17,000 attendees and shares a message of remembrance and respect. The salute continues to grow every year in veterans, aircraft, and families to honor. The event is held annually in May. Visit for details. n 57 Locally Owned & Operated by
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Located in La Salle, the Hegeler Carus Mansion was built for Edward C. Hegeler, a partner in the Matthiessen Hegeler Zinc Company.

The Second Empire style mansion was designed by architect William W. Boyington, the architect of the Chicago Water Tower. It was completed in 1876.

The home not only housed the Hegeler family, but was also the home to the publishing company for which Paul Carus was the managing editor. It remained the family’s home until 2004, when its sole resident, Alwin Carus, passed away.

The home has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit


The Reddick Mansion, located in Ottawa, is architecturally breathtaking, and it is a must-see for history fans. It sits near Ottawa’s Washington Square, where the first Lincoln-Dougle debate took place. While visitors should stop by the park for a full historical experience, they should leave plenty of time in their schedules to tour this 22-room Italianate mansion, which may have been one of the most expensive preCivil War mansions built in Illinois. This mansion is spectacular to visit all year round, and the Christmas Candlelight Open House is magical to see during the holiday season.

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The La Salle County Historical Society’s museum located in downtown Utica is comprised of five facilities: the 1848 Canal Warehouse, the 1865 One-Room School House, the Heritage Center, the Blacksmith Shop, and the 1875 Barn. The buildings house a variety of local artifacts, pioneer furnishing and other period pieces, antique equipment, and 20th-century military artifacts. The Blacksmith Shop has been in operation with a forge and smith since it first opened in 1892. For more information, visit n 59 815.223.3344 Ottawa • Peru • Morris • Mendota Celebrating 70 Years of Service SM-LA2025144 THINGS TO DO • Commercial & Industrial Opportunities • Top Educational Facilities • Proximity To 7 Metropolital Areas Within 60-90 Miles • Strong Healthcare • Affordable Housing • Specialty Shopping & Dining • Family & Senior Oriented • GOLF • RECREATION • BOATING & FISHING • ECHO BLUFF PARK Nature Programs, High Rope Obstacie Course, Paintball, Hiking Trails, Ice Skating
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If you are into adventure, there are several spots for you to rent or launch your kayak or canoe to enjoy the beauty and rush that comes with rafting on the Class 3 rapids of the Vermilion river. If rapids aren’t your style, there are plenty of spots on the Illinois, Vermilion, Fox, and other smaller rivers for you to enjoy a peaceful paddle along our scenic winding waterways.


The Z-Tour Bike Ride is a fundraiser for the Zearing Child Enrichment Center, which is a non-profit agency that provides educational childcare for ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The ride begins and ends in Zearing Park in Princeton and winds through low-traffic roads that have a beautiful view with some rolling hills. There are five different routes to meet various skill levels, endurance, and ages. This is not a race, so the pace is up to you. A post-ride meal is provided for all riders.

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Since it began in 2014, the La Salle’s Annual Celebration of Lights has grown to light displays over a mile-long length of roadway and over 200 individual exhibitions.

The celebration begins the week of Thanksgiving and runs through the beginning of January. Patrons are able to drive through a light display at Rotary Park in La Salle. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help with the upkeep of La Salle Rotary Park.


Located off Route 29 between DePue and Spring Valley, Echo Bluff offers a wide assortment of activities. You can send your children to one of the various day camp programs, enjoy some hiking, go ice skating or play hockey in the winter, shoot archery, play gaga ball, or try your hand at paintball or the high rope and zipline challenge course. If you’re up for adventure, no matter what your age is, Echo Bluff is an outstanding place to visit. n 61 VALLEY COIN • JEWELRY • PAWN Open: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Closed on Sun. 123 W. St. Paul Street, Spring Valley | 815-663-2313 PAWN STARS OF THE ILLINOIS VALLEY THINGS TO DO
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Looking for an activity that multiple generations can play together while bonding and enjoying fresh air and exercise? Golfing can offer all that and more. The Illinois Valley offers several exceptional golf courses for golfers of every ability – beginning, intermediate, and expert. Whether you’re a hardcore golfer who loves competition or you’re just trying to get some exercise while you meet new people, you’ll be welcomed into the golf community of the Illinois Valley.

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If you’re looking for a golf course that has stood the test of time, Deer Park Golf Club in Oglesby might be what you’re seeking. It opened in 1904 in La Salle County and features a total yardage of 6,603 from the Cavanaugh Tees. Offering 18 holes, Deer Park Golf Club also has a clubhouse bar and dining room. If you want to enjoy the nice weather while you’re taking a break from your game, you can head to the outside patio.

The Pro Shop is located in the clubhouse and is a great spot to shop for top-of-the-line equipment. Whether you’re looking for new friends, an excellent game, or a nice place to grab a bite to eat, Deer Park is a good bet.


Spring Creek Golf Course in Spring Valley opened in 1964, and the course layout offers gently rolling terrain and fairways lined with gorgeous trees. The 18 holes are challenging and affordable but can be enjoyed by golfers of every skill level.

Located south of I-80, off Exit 70, Spring Creek can accommodate a large group of golfers or smaller parties. It also offers Junior Golf Camp and Junior Golf League for young golfers who want to work on their game.


Located east of La Salle on U.S. 6, Oak Ridge Golf Course offers a top-notch, championship golf course for area residents and visitors to enjoy. Established in 1994, this course features beloved bent grass tees, greens, and fairways. The golf course measures approximately 6,800 yards and features four sets of tees so any skill level can play.

With beautiful mature oak trees, sparkling lakes, and a creek along the back nine, you’ll have plenty of gorgeous scenery to enjoy as you golf. If you need some gear while you’re there, check out the onsite fully stocked pro shop that features golf balls, hats, clubs, shirts, gloves, and more. If you get hungry, be sure to stop by the dining area with its impressive 30-foot-tall stone fireplace.


• Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton

Dayton Ridge Golf Course in Ottawa

Edgewood Park Golf Club in McNabb

Green River Country Club in Walnut

Hidden Lake Country Club in Sheffield

Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course in Princeton

Indian Hills Golf Club in Tiskilwa

Mendota Golf Club in Mendota

Pine Hills Golf Course in Ottawa

South Bluff Golf Course in Peru

Tall Oaks Country Club in Toluca • Twin Creeks – Eastwood in Streator • Wyaton Hills Golf Course in Princeton


This sport has been gaining in popularity in recent years, and the Illinois Valley offers numerous places to play disc golf. Many parks, like Baker Lake in Peru and Alexander Park in Princeton, feature a disc golf course, and more are sometimes added, such as the one being constructed at La Salle Rotary Park. You’ll find a wide variety of fun and challenging courses to try. n 63
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Abacus Tax & Accounting Service 3017 Fifth St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 664-3290

Hopkins & Associates 314 S. McCoy St. | Granville, IL 61326 (815) 339-6630

u Kilday, Baxter and Associates, LLC 755 W. Walnut St. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-3500 ext. 11

u Miller Shevokas Group, Inc. 1025 Peoria St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-8808

Stewart Tax & Accounting, LLC 1910 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0244

Walker Accounting Group, LTD 219 Bucklin St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-1095

u Weber, Raymond W, CPA 4110 Progress Blvd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-5606


KC Marketing Agency, LLC 141 E. Walnut St. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 200-9220

u MCS Advertising 4110 Progress Blvd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-3011

u Mendota Broadcast Inc. & LACO Radio 3905 Progress Blvd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2100

NRG Media OttawaWCMY 1430 AM/95.3 JACKfm 216 W. Lafayette St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-6050

Royal Publishing Inc 4375 Venture Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (309) 693-3171

u Shaw Media Publishing NewsTribune, Illinois & Indiana AgriNews 426 Second St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-3200

u Starved Rock Media

One Broadcast Ln. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 223-3100

The Times 110 W. Jefferson St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 431-4011


Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. 7305 Rt. 26 | Princeton, IL 61356 (815) 876-2900

Marquis Energy LLC 11953 Prairie Industrial Pkwy. Hennepin, IL 61327 (815) 925-7300

Mid-American Growers 14240 Greenhouse Ave. Granville, IL 61326 (815) 339-6831

u Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. 3025 E. 8th Rd. | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 667-5133

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Prairie State Tractor 1701 S. 13th Ave. | Mendota, IL 61342 (815) 539-6724

R & R Flight Service, Inc 2008 Diana Dr. | Mendota, IL 61342 (815) 538-7717


u Herbolsheimer, Duncan, Eiten and Hintz P.C. 654 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0111

Jacob & Klein, Ltd. 925 Shooting Park Rd., Ste. A Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-7550

KGG LLC 111 N. Ottawa St. | Joliet, IL 60432 (815) 727-4511

Law Office of John W Fisher 925 Shooting Park Rd., Ste. B Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-4646

u Perona Peterlin & Associates 4110 Progress Blvd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 883-4102

Schweickert, Ganassin, Krzak, Rundio 2101 Marquette Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0177

Wilson Law Office, LLC 3808 Progress Blvd., Ste. A | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 408-6330

u Zukowski Law Office 817 Peoria St. | P.O. Box 484 Peru, IL 61354-0484 (815) 223-3434


u Coronet Dodge, Inc. 3705 Frontage Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2525

Duffy’s Auto Sales, Inc. 1121 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-9200

u Jeff Perry Buick-GMC Inc. 1431 37th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0034

u Schimmer Ford Lincoln Hyundai, Inc. 911 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-4500


Beard Brothers 1612 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-0756

Clean Getaway 4234 Mahoney Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 780-8459

Peru Super Wash 626 30th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2901

Route 71 Auto Body

202 W. Harper Ave. | Granville, IL 61326 (815) 339-9181


Central Bank

1721 Midtown Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-1788

u Eureka Savings Bank 250 Marquette St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0700

u Financial Plus Credit Union 2813 Plaza Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-6602

u First Federal Savings Bank 1600 38th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-3100

u First State Bank 4351 Venture Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-4484

u Heartland Bank and Trust Company 925 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-7500

u Hometown National Bank 260 Bucklin St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-7300

u Illinois Valley Credit Union 1311 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2667

u La Salle State Bank P.O. Box 462 | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-8800

u Midland States Bank 2825 Plaza Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-7130

u Spring Valley City Bank 315 N. Cornelia | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 663-2211


Camp Aramoni, Inc 809 N. 2199th Rd. | Tonica, IL 61370 (815) 224-7333

The Auditorium Ballroom 109 Wright St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 200-5577


Ariva Skin Care & Day Spa 757 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 220-1486

Soderstrom Skin Institute 2200 Marquette Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-7400

Sport Clips 4341 Venture Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 200-9920


u Maze Lumber Co 1100 Water St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-1742


All About Personnel

628 Columbus St., Ste. 106/7 Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 324-4034


354 Civic Rd. | La Salle, IL 61301 (779) 201-0725


1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Ste. 805 Springfield, IL 62701 (512) 814-6420


Kishauwau Cabins 901 N. 2129th Rd. | Tonica, IL 61370 (815) 442-8453

Pleasant Creek, LLC 926 N. 2150th Rd. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 431-0936


Carpet Weavers of Peru

4323 Rt. 251 | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 410-4999

DJ’s Carpet Outlet, Inc 1001 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-5000

Fran Szott’s Carpet & Flooring Outlet 3315 Frontage Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-0411 n 65
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DeMilio’s Italian Deli 1317 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-4808


Mac Chiropractic 3815 Progress Blvd., Ste. C | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 250-0953


Community United Methodist Church 73 N. Main St. | LaMoille, IL 61330 (815) 638-2348

Crossbridge Community Church 1725 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 434-3794

Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church 211 E. Minnesota St. Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 664-4540


BCA Architects, Ltd. 620 W. Lafayette St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-0108

u Chamlin & Associates, Inc. 4152 Progress Blvd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-3344

HR Green 8710 Earhart Ln. SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 (319) 841-4000

u Kmetz Architects Inc 111 Bucklin St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-3252

u Midwest Testing Services 3705 Progress Blvd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-6696


Illinois Valley Clean Team, Inc. 914 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 228-5273

Mopology Inc. 2116 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 250-0366

ServiceMaster DSI 123 W. Progress Dr. | Princeton, IL 61356 (779) 201-1343

Stanley Steemer 1310 Columbus St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 431-9940


Abigail Women’s Clinic 1610 Stroble Ave. | P.O. Box 28 Mendota, IL 61342 (815) 538-3044

Aden Lamps Foundation P.O. Box 1382 | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 712-7701

u B.E.S.T., Inc. 815 N. Orlando Smith Ave., Room C328 Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 224-0375

Boy Scouts of AmericaW.D. Boyce Council 614 N.E. Madison | Peoria, IL 61603 (309) 673-6136

Cops 4 Cancer P.O. Box 1461 | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 719-5877

Habitat for Humanity of La Salle, Bureau & Putnam Counties 1011 Shooting Park Rd., Ste. 108 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 434-2041

u Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau 2701 Black Rd., Ste. 201 | Joliet, IL 60435 (815) 216-9960

u Horizon House of Illinois Valley, Inc. 2000 Plank Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-4488

Illini Valley Association of Realtors 1125 Peoria St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-1868

Illinois National Guard Recruitment 111 N. East St. | Kewanee, IL 61443 (309) 212-4314

Illinois Small Business Development Center 613 W. Marquette St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (844) 369-8898

Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living 18 Gunia Dr. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-3126 V/TTY

Illinois Valley Flying Club 4241 Ed Urban Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-2003

Illinois Valley Food Pantry P.O. Box 184 | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-3658

Illinois Valley PADS/ Lily Pads Resale Boutique 1320 Menards Dr. - Shelter 4471 Progress Blvd. - Resale Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-3047

Illinois Valley SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) (815) 872-4721

Illinois Valley Sunrise Rotary P.O. Box 234 | Peru, IL 61354

IV Leads Group P.O. Box 1574 | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 405-3404

La Salle Business Association 600 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-1795

La Salle County CASA Government Center Bldg. North 707 E. Etna Rd. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-2620

Mendota Area Senior Services 1901 Tom Merwin Dr. | Mendota, IL 61342 (815) 539-7700

North Central Illinois Council of Governments 613 W. Marquette St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 433-5830

North Central Illinois ARTworks 408 Fifth St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 228-1253

North Central Regional Betterment Coalition La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-1222

Project Success of Eastern Bureau County 500 N. Terry St. | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 663-2085

Special Olympics Illinois Region A 605 E. Willow | Normal, IL 61761 (815) 220-8128

Starved Rock Country Community Foundation 241 Marquette St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 252-2906

Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development 1013 Adams St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-0857

The Perfectly Flawed Foundation 240 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 830-8675

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u United Way of Illinois Valley 2220 Marquette Rd., Ste. 102 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-8339


u Connecting Point Computer Center 1622 4th St. | P.O. Box 509 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-1052

Dave’s PC Shop Inc. 4238 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 488-8652


Curtis E Organizing 27951 U.S. 34 | La Moille, IL 61330 (847) 421-8651

Goldie Rapp 18762 2200 E St. | Princeton, IL 61356 (815) 876-0221

Illinois Valley Radon Mitigation, LLC 717 Bellevue Ave. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 313-5892


Advanced Asphalt Co. P.O. Box 234 Princeton, IL 61356 (815) 925-9523

Atlas Crane Service 2770 May Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 556-2300

u Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co. P.O. Box 485 | Ladd, IL 61329 (815) 894-2348

Crescent Electric Supply Co. 555 Elm Pl. | Princeton, IL 61356 (815) 875-6421

Cruz Concrete Inc 101 Wolfer Industrial Dr. Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 663-9671

Full Circle Industrial 31 Marquette Ave. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 220-0221

Gatza Electrical Contracting 4309 Mahoney Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 780-8139

Hornung Tiling, Inc 2531 Johnson St. | West Brooklyn, IL 61378 (815) 440-2588

u Illinois Cement Company 1601 Rockwell Rd. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-2112

u Illinois Valley Construction Industry Labor Management 1120 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0561

u Illinois Valley Contractors Association 1120 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0561

Illinois Valley Excavating, Inc. 4301 Plank Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-3276

u Illinois Valley Fence & Pool Inc. 2923 N. 178th Rd. | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 667-3667

IV Construction Inc. 300 1/2 Bucklin St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-2319

J B Contracting Corp. 2999 St. Vincent Ave. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-9800

u Koolmaster Co., Inc. 300 Second St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-8972

u Ladzinski Cement Finishing 2960 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-8307

Martin Equipment 2901 May Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-4711

Overhead Door Company 617 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-8471

Pederson Construction P.O. Box 312 | Hennepin, IL 61327 (815) 252-7536

u Pohar, John & Sons, Inc. 2253 Crosat St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-1048

Simply Modern Homes LLC 24243 Champion Dr. | Plainfield, IL 61350 (630) 618-8889

u Springfield Electric 2841 May Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-2650

Tieman Builders 1237 Tonti St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-3880

United Rentals Inc. 2901 N. Peoria St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-7962

u Vissering Construction 175 Benchmark Ind. Dr. | Streator, IL 61364 (815) 673-5511

Window World of Joliet 2363 Copper Ct. | Crest Hill, IL 60403 (815) 729-3100


Dimmick C.C.S.D. #175 297 N. 33rd Rd. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-2933

u IVCC - Illinois Valley Community College 815 N. Orlando Smith Rd. Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 224-2720

LaMoille CUSD #303 801 S. Main St. | LaMoille, IL 61330 (815) 638-2144

u La Salle-Peru Township High School District 120 541 Chartres St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-1721

Peru Elementary School Dist 124 1800 Church St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-1111

Putnam County CUSD 535 400 E. Silverspoon Ave. Granville, IL 61316 (815) 882-2800

Regional Office of Education #35 119 W. Madison St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-0780


Festival 56 316 S. Main St. | Princeton, IL 61356 (815) 879-5656

Hegeler Carus Foundation 1307 Seventh St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-6543

Illinois Valley Super Bowl 4242 Mahoney Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-5085

Pistol Shrimp Baseball, d/b/a Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp 2600 Plank Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (630) 708-2416

Stress Free Event Group 915 Bern St. | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 200-9209 n 67
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Central Illinois Equipment Sales 1254 Old Hwy. 26 | Hennepin, IL 61327 (815) 925-3035

Geneva Holdings Group P.O. Box 1068 | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 390-9008

Great Lakes Global Equipment & Parts 409 Plaza Dr. | Mendota, IL 61342 (815) 410-8555

Kittilson’s Garage LLC 8 ABC Wire Dr. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 220-1892


Bernardi Securities 1125 Peoria St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 587-8972

Edward Jones - Kathy Pullam, Financial Advisor 3030 4th St., Ste. A | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 780-1307

Principal Financial GroupJennifer Nagle, Financial Advisor 613 First St., Ste. 500 | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 454-5700

Raymond James Financial ServicesJames Spelich 1206 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-1891

u Witek Wealth Management 613 First St., Ste. 1B | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-3332

World Finance Corporation - Ottawa 2744 Columbus St., Ste. 400 Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-0382

World Finance Corporation - Peru 5301 Rt. 251, Ste. C | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-2240


MBody NMind 2740 Columbus St., Ste. 300 #274 Ottawa, IL 61350 (563) 920-6197

Xyngular Health & Weight Loss Products 705 Erica Dr. | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 228-7992

u YMCA 300 E. Walnut St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-7904


Goodwill Industries 1650 38th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-1003


u Beck Oil Company 703 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-1076

Beck’s Convenience Stores - La Salle 359 Third St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 734-3713

Flying J Store 644 343 Civic Rd. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 220-0611

Love’s Travel Stops #351 I-80 & E. 8th Rd. | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 667-4572

Love’s Travel Stops #529 1001 W. Walnut St. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-3561

Oglesby - Phillips 66 101 Marquette Ave. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-9036

Oglesby BP 110 N. Lewis Ave. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-8156

u Sapp Bros Illini 3130 May Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-1065


u Hurst Funeral Home 650 Fifth St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0380

u Mueller Funeral Homes 909 Pike St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0184

Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home 609 Eighth St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0096

Oakwood Cemetery Association of La Salle East U.S. 6 & East Fifth Road La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-8119

u Prey-Mueller Funeral Home 231 West Walnut St. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-8662

u Ptak Funeral Home 1026 Fourth St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0172


Batteries & Things

365 24th St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 220-0321

Best Impressions Promotional Products

345 N. Lewis Ave. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-3532

MTM Recognition 615 6th St. | Princeton, IL 61356 (815) 876-2684

Photography by Shanna 400 5th St., Ste. 186, Westclox Building Peru, IL 61354 (815) 780-2321


123 W. St. Paul St. | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 663-2313


Deer Park Golf Club, Inc. 100 Deer Park Ln. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 667-4239

u Senica’s Oak Ridge, Inc. 658 E. U.S. 6 | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-7273

u Spring Creek Golf Course 286 Spring Creek Dr. Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 894-2137


City of La Salle 745 Second St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-3755

u City of Oglesby 110 E. Walnut St. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-3389

City of Ottawa 301 W. Madison St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 433-0161

u City of Peru 1901 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-1148

u City of Spring Valley 215 N. Greenwood St. Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 664-4221

Illlinois Waterway Visitor Center/USACE 950 N. 27th Rd. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 667-4054

Judge Cynthia Raccuglia 2900 Debo Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 434-8294

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u La Salle Township Supervisor 931 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0807

La Salle County Circuit Clerk 119 W. Madison St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-8671

State Senator Sue Rezin 350 5th St., Ste. 264 | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-8720

Village of Mark P.O. Box 27 | Mark, IL 61340 (815) 339-2454

u Village of North Utica 801 S. Clark St. | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 667-4111


Gabe Sacco Design 1015 Kane St. | Dubuque, IA 52001 (563) 581-7728

Mattioda Media 122 Mill St. | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 910-6327


Hy-Vee, Inc. 1651 Midtown Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-5219

u Save-A-Lot 802 Joliet St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0333


u Debo Ace Hardware 1713 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0461


Sherman’s 3333 Frontage Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-6425

Steinberg’s Furniture, Inc 3025 5th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-6598

u Turk Furniture 212 Joliet St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-8875


A Lifetime Of Smiles/ Edward Monroe 2424 Chartres St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-6013

Compassus Hospice

4371 Venture Dr., Ste. 4373 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-1390

Illinois Valley AccuLabs, LLC 2011 Rock St., Ste. D2 | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 780-8134

OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center 1401 E. 12th St. | Mendota, IL 61342 (815) 539-7461

u St. Margaret’s Health – Peru 925 West St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-3300

u St. Margaret’s Health 600 E. First St. | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 664-5311


Advance Services Inc 1011 Shooting Park Rd., Ste. #101A Peru, IL 61354 (815) 250-0424

Express Employment Professionals 2711 Columbus St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 306-0250

Housing Authority for La Salle County 526 E. Norris Dr. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815)-434-0380

La Salle County Veterans Assistance Commission 4321 Progress Blvd., Ste. 4 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 433-1761

Peoplelink Staffing 1040 4th St., Unit C | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 780-8520

StaffQuick 902 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (779) 201-5985

The Reserves Network 4127 Progress Blvd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-3175


Brian Szuda Grivetti, Bob u Henry Hackman Kasap, Michael Moshage, Ralph O.J. Stoutner Panzica, Joseph, Jr.


American Family Insurance/ Nicole Lash Agency

1011 Shooting Park Rd., Ste. 104 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-8381

u Brennan & Stuart Insurance 222 Bucklin St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0137

Country Financial - Alec Schwab 1019 La Salle St. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 433-1440

Dimond Bros - Princeton 245 Backbone Rd. E | Princeton, IL 61356 (815) 875-4404

Dimond Bros Insurance, LLC 1701 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-7923

Elite Property Preservation, LLC Peru, IL 61354 (815) 323-0197

Farmers Insurance - Sam Vogt 118 E. Dakota St. | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 587-7221

Hartauer Insurance Agency Inc. 613 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-1795

Peru Waltham Mutual Insurance 1724 Peoria St. | P.O. Box 140 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-4414

Premier Medicare BenefitsPatricia Walters 2273 Bartley St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 488-3256

State Farm - Jessica Strauch 1631 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-1900

State Farm Insurance - Kurt Bruno 1103 Main St. | Mendota, IL 61342 (815) 539-3878

u Wayland Financial Group 613 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301-3307 (815) 224-1889

u Zamin Insurance Agency 105 W. Walnut St. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-3514 n 69
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Builder’s Choice, Inc. P.O. Box 1516 | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-6438

Sherwin-Williams #3225 1400 Midtown Rd., Ste. A Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-1125


Shearer Tree Service 585 U.S. 6 | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-8733

Wilson Landscaping Co. & Nursery 3049 E. Third Rd. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-1561


u Days Inn 120 N. Lewis Ave. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-9600

u Fairfield Inn of Peru 4385 Venture Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-7458

Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock 2643 N. Rt. 178 | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 667-3866

Hampton Inn & Suites Peru 4421 N. Peoria St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-8400

Holiday Inn Express - Peru 5253 Trompeter Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2500

Spring Valley Inn 32871 U.S. 6 | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 894-2225

u Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center One Lodge Ln. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 667-4211


Illinois Valley Minerals LLC 575 N. 18th Mile Rd. | Tonica, IL 61370 (815) 442-8402

Motion Industries 342 Civic Rd. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-7800

Wal Mart Distribution Center #6092 3100 Rt. 89 | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 664-1700


Airgas USA, LLC 2861 May Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-3566

u American Nickeloid Company 2900 W. Main St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0373

Canam Steel Corp 9 Unytite Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-9588

Carus, LLC 315 Fifth St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-6535

u Eakas Corp 6251 Rt. 251 | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-8811

Epsilyte LLC 501 Brunner St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-1525

Heavy Quip Diesel Sales 409 Plaza Dr. | Mendota, IL 61342 (312) 368-7997

u Hoover’s Mfg. Co. 4133 Progress Blvd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-1159

James Hardie Building Products 17 Unytite Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-3000

u Machinery Maintenance Inc. 309 Raccuglia Dr. | P.O. Box 1127 La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-4058

McKean Pallet Co. 1046 Rt. 26 | Lacon, IL 61540 (309) 246-7543

NanoChem Solutions 5350 Donlar Ave. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-8480

Nozzteq, Inc. 2901 Peoria St., Ste. 3 | Peru, IL 61354 (779) 201-5130

PGI Manufacturing 4747 Industrial Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-3150

Pretium Packaging 4444 Hollerich Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2633

u Taylor Made Machining, Inc. P.O. Box 177 | Mark, IL 61340 (815) 339-6267

Tee Group Films

P.O. Box 425 | Ladd, IL 61329 (815) 894-2331

u Unytite, Inc. 1 Unytite Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2221

Viakable Manufacturing LLC 2969 Chartres St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-3422

u W.H. Maze Co. 100 Church St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-8290

Washington Mills 13230 Prairie Industrial Pkwy. Hennepin, IL 61327 (815) 518-6320


Hammers Hearing Care Center 645 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-2445


Advanced Chiropractic 1104 Peoria St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-5105

Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter 315 Robinson Dr. | Morris, IL 60450 (309) 681-1100

BroadPath 618 N. Main St. | Princeton, IL 61356 (815) 231-3540

City Center Rehabilitation West, Inc. 1627 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-4479

Gergovich Family Chiropractic 130 Third St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0647

Henry, Mark A, DDS, MS

2050 Marquette Rd., Ste. 300 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-9931

u Illinois Valley Oral Surgeons

2050 Marquette Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-1534

u Imel, Curtis D.D.S. 2050 Marquette Rd., Ste. 200 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2355

La Salle Oral Surgery John P Lavierie MS, DDS 206 Marquette St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-1988

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Life Balance Counseling & Wellness, Inc.

2428 Chartres St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 780-8765

LIV Wellness Lounge 525 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 200-5614

Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa 2220 Marquette Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 780-8264

u North Central Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. 2960 Chartres St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 224-1610

Valley Regional Cancer Center 4391 Venture Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-5511

Vitas Healthcare 105 Marquette St., Ste. A La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 220-0021

Wallace Center for Hearing, LLC 4127 Progress Blvd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-3201



Senior Watch Dog, Inc 1222 Shooting Park Rd., Ste. 102 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-9394


Staples, Inc. 4350 Mahoney Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-8650


Bard Optical 3323 Frontage Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-0652

u Gailey Eye Clinic 2121 Marquette Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-1100

u Illinois Valley Eye Care 215 Richard Mautino Dr. Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 664-5331


Collection Professionals, Inc 723 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0804

La Salle County Historical Society

101 E. Canal St. | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 667-4861

PLUMBING,HEATING,COOLING Grassers Plumbing & Heating 18 Main St. | McNabb, IL 61335 (815) 882-2111

John’s Service & Sales 117 W. Walnut St. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-3637

Roto - Rooter P.O. Box 338 | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-3700

Town & Country Services 220 La Salle St. | Tonica, IL 61370 (815) 442-3415

Triple Service Inc 801 Monroe St. | Mendota, IL 61342 (815) 539-3828


Apple Press 2428 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-1451

Impact Networking 2901 N. Peoria St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-1116

u LK-CS 4130 Plank Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0391

Marco Technologies 4110 Progress Blvd., #1c | Peru, IL 61354 (309) 820-9961 ext 1572


u Biederstedt Consultants 1023 31st St. | P.O. Box 465 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 228-1183

Cannon Farm Venture P.O. Box 128 | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 228-5270

Cawley Chicago 18W140 Butterfield Rd., Ste. 120 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 (630) 810-0300

u Coldwell Banker Today’s Realtors 2409 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-1088

u Crowley Appraisal Service 200 W. St. Paul | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 664-4422

Homestead Realty 1316 Lakewood Dr. | Mendota, IL 61342 (815) 539-3811

u Janko Realty & Development 2011 Rock St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-3875

Koyak Appraisal Service 1605 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-9550

Malooley Dahm Realty 3030 4th St., Ste. B | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-9400

u Rich Building, The 11 Wolfer Ind. Park Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 663-1146

Woodland Path, LLC 701 Harger Rd., Ste. 190 attn: Laura K. Smith Oak Brook, IL 60523 (630) 575-2450


Rental Pros 2, Inc. 1150 38th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2800


9th Street Pub 253 9th St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-8960

Cajun Connection 897 E. U.S. 6 | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 667-9855

Canal Port 148 Mill St. | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 667-3010

Culvers of Peru 1600 Midtown Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 220-1980

Fire On Fifth 300 5th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 780-2050

u Fourth Street Bakery & Cafe 1255 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-1927

Grandma Rosie’s Sweet Treats 502 S. Spalding St. Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 663-8416

Hero Nutrition 111 Wright St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 343-1891 n 71
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Igloo LLC 2819 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0848

Jeremiah Joe Coffee 1501 38th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 252-9124

Jersey Mike’s Subs 4341 Venture Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (779) 201-5516

u McDonald’s of Peru 924 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-5216

McDonalds of Spring Valley 800 W. Dakota | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 663-7001

Obee’s Sub Shoppe - La Salle 113 Wright St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 220-5120

Rawfully Yours Juice Bar & Cafe 527 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 250-0527

Reaska Media DBA Sally Sue’s 110 N. Chicago St. | Magnolia, IL 61336 (309) 532-7285

Rosati’s Pizza 148 Gooding St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 780-2780

Spring Valley Bakery 119 W. St. Paul St. Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 664-5102

u Steak ‘n Shake #214 4240 Venture Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-3111

Stone Jug Barbeque 1920 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 780-8275

The Right Spice Catering & Supper Club 2102 W. 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-9824

The Root Beer Stand 225 N. Columbia Ave. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 883-9254

Thyme Craft Kitchen 405 5th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 780-8774


Amia Boutique, LLC 633 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 252-3601

Beaver Creek Golf Carts 41 N. 30th Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-3145

Habitat ReStore - Peru 1011 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 434-2041

u Peru Mall 3940 Rt. 251, Ste. E1 | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-1079

SAS Style and Sophistication, LLC 753 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 780-8354

Savvy Custom Tees LLC 552 First St., Unit D | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 250-0934

Scout Outdoor Apparel 709 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 410-5110

Starved Rock Cigars Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 640-8076

That Guy’s Secret 105 Marquette St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 250-0928

Uniforms Etc & Glad Monogram Creations 637 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-6684

u Vlastnik’s 1809 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0695

u Wal-Mart 5307 Rt. 251 | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2396

Your CBD Store 512 5th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 250-0388


River Docks Inc.

2400 Water St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0468


u Mertel Gravel Company 2400 Water St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0468

Northern White Sand 1168 U.S. 6 | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 431-8131

u RiverStone Group 539 E. Rt. 52 | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 538-3554

u Western Sand & Gravel Co LLC 400 Old N Rd. | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 664-2341


u Buckman Iron & Metal Co. 153 Canal St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-0322


Alternatives for the Older Adult 809 21st St. | Peru, IL 61354 (309) 277-0167

Aperion Care Spring Valley

1300 N. Greenwood Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 664-4708

u Heritage Health of Mendota 1201 1st Ave. | Mendota, IL 61342 (815) 539-6745

u Heritage Health of Peru, LLC 1301 21st St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-4901

Home Instead 2218 Marquette Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-7970

Liberty Village of Peru 1101 31st St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2200

Pleasant View, a Lutheran Life Community 505 College Ave. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-1130

Theos Audiology Solutions

2200 Marquette Rd., Ste. 115 Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-1100

TAVERN/ BAR Bulldogs Bar

201 E. Walnut St. | Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 343-2425

Star Union Spirits 300 5th St., Ste. 135 | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 205-1234


BeMobile - Verizon Authorized Dealer 4266 Mahoney Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 993-5599

BeMobile - Verizon Authorized Dealer - Princeton 2128 N. Main St. | Princeton, IL 61356 (815) 872-2000

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u Comcast Business (815) 719-4011

u Ficek Electric & Communication Systems 12 Gunia Dr. | P.O. Box 1456 La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-2775

TROY simplified technologies 11 Wolfer Dr. | Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 408-0473


u CIT Trucks, LLC 2650 May Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-4410

u Midwest Avtech Inc. Illinois Valley Regional Airport 4241 Ed Urban Dr. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-2003

North Central Area Transit 1784 Chessie Ln. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (833) 433-6228

PDQ Logistics, Inc. 254 La Salle Rd. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-2949

Stevenson Transfer, Inc. 300 W. Stevenson Rd. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 433-0970

Strukel of Illinois, Inc. 1955 N. 35th Rd. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-2090

Wiesbrock Trucking 1748 E. 950th Rd. | Leonore, IL 61332 (815) 856-2711


u La Salle County Travel Agency 545 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-5500

Travel Connections 1112 Peoria St. | Peru, IL 61301 (815) 780-8581


Aramark 730 Centennial Dr. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (800) 373-0565


u Ameren Illinois 340 Raccuglia Dr. | P.O. Box 1428 La Salle, IL 61301-3428 (800) 755-5000

Hickory Wind 1037 Shooting Park Rd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 202-0317

OEO Energy Solutions 143 E. Main St. | Lake Zurich, IL 60047 (800) 553-2112

Sure Step Illinois Tonica, IL 61370 (815) 488-6565


Ancare Veterinary Hospital 2400 Chartres St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 223-1000

Progress Park Veterinary Hospital 3615 Progress Blvd. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-2858


Republic Services of Ottawa 2840 E. 13th Rd. | Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 434-2035

WATER CARE u T.E.S.T. 2323 4th St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 224-1650


815 Media 141 E. Walnut St. Oglesby, IL 61348 (815) 277-1127

Sequoia Digital Marketing

1157 First St. | La Salle, IL 61301 (815) 242-3493


u Cosgrove Distributors

120 S. Greenwood St. Spring Valley, IL 61362 (815) 664-4121

Dresbach Distributing Co. 102 Pike St. | Peru, IL 61354 (815) 223-0116


August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. 106 Mill St. | Utica, IL 61373 (815) 667-5211 n 73
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Starved Rock Lock and Dam

Abacus Tax & Accounting Service ........................................ 16

Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co. 19

Central Bank 35

Chamlin & Associates, Inc. 59

City of Oglesby .................................................................... 48

City of Spring Valley ............................................................. 59

Connecting Point Computer Center 12

Curtis E Organizing 48

Debo Ace Hardware 17

Dimond Bros – Princeton...................................................... 60

Epsilyte LLC 49

Ficek Electric & Communication Systems 60

Financial Plus Credit Union 19

First State Bank 54

Hartauer Insurance Agency Inc............................................. 56

Herbolsheimer, Duncan, Eiten and Hintz P.C. 57

Hickory Wind 47

Illinois Small Business Development Center 35

Illinois Valley Clean Team, Inc. 26

Illinois Valley Community College ........................................ 18

Illinois Valley Fence & Pool Inc. 8

Illinois Valley Food Pantry 17

Illinois Valley Radon Mitigation, LLC 49

Illinois Valley Super Bowl 54

James Hardie Building Products .......................................... 75

Jeremiah Joe Coffee

............................................................ 55

La Salle Business Association 51

La Salle County Veterans Assistance Commission 18

La Salle-Peru Township High School District 120 21

Liberty Village of Peru ............... 13

Maze Lumber Co. ................................................................. 76

MBody NMind 55

McDonald’s 57

Mueller Funeral Homes 56

North Central Area Transit ...................................................... 9

Premier Orthodontics 58

Republic Services 9

Schweickert, Ganassin, Krzak, Rundio 7

Shaw Media 63

St. Margaret’s Health .............................................................. 2

Starved Rock Country Community Foundation 21

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center 16

Stevenson Transfer, Inc. 8

Strukel of Illinois, Inc. 58

Travel Connections ............................................................... 61

United Rentals, Inc. 62

Valley Coin, Jewelry & Pawn 61

Village of North Utica 63

Wallace Center for Hearing, LLC 26

Zukowski Law Office ............................................................. 62

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Oglesby Fun Fest n 75 We're Hiring in Peru © 2022 James Hardie Building Products Inc. All Rights Reserved. AD2212 10/22 Operators Hourly wages starting at $20.13 Mechanics Hourly wages starting at $26.76 - $32.78 Electricians Hourly wages starting at $31.93 - $39.11 • Benefits day one • Paid time off • 6% 401(k) match • Night shift differential SM-LA2025614
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