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Business News – In Brief | February 2023

by Peoria Magazine |
Business News in Brief

Becky Mills has joined Heartland Bank and Trust Company as senior vice president/director of marketing and customer experience. She will be responsible for marketing and corporate overall brand and corporate customer experience functions of the organization.

Brad Davis, a wealth advisor with Investment Strategists at Better Banks, has earned the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) designation, indicating that he has completed rigorous education and training and meets high ethical standards in all of his advisory relationships.

Dr. Lou Balmer-Millar has assumed the responsibilities of chief sustainability officer for Caterpillar Inc. This is in addition to her current responsibility as senior vice president of the large power systems division within the energy and transportation segment. Balmer-Millar succeeds Julie Lagacy, who was Caterpillar’s first chief sustainability and strategy officer.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University is offering a training event to provide guidance on tax-planning issues facing small businesses. The free Zoom class, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, will discuss good record keeping, employee retention credit, the Inflation Reduction Act and other topics. The event is co-sponsored by the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the Minority Business Development Center and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The Junior League of Peoria will hold a recruitment social at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the new Creve Coeur Club at River Station. Anyone interested in joining the Junior League should RSVP to Heather Bean Oyler at [email protected] or 309-453-7036.

The Peoria Historical Society will host two presentations about Peoria’s abolitionist movement and Underground Railroad. Historian Corey Curtis of Peoria will lead the presentations at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Pettengill-Morron House Museum, 1212 W. Moss Ave. Tickets include a guided tour of the Moss Avenue mansion Moses Pettengill built in 1868. Tickets may be purchased at or at the door. Contact the Peoria Historical Society at 309-674-1921.

The Junior League of Peoria will kick off a new community focus and celebrate the conclusion of its annual Little Black Dress Initiative at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. RSVP at [email protected].

WTVP has announced the return of WTVP Travels with a 14-day tour of Portugal and Its Islands, May 25 – June 7, 2024. An informational travel meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at the WTVP Studio, 101 State Street, Peoria. Details at

September Nott of Peoria has been honored by the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center in Peoria as a member of the 2022 class of the Fresenius-Kabi Donation Hall of Fame. Nott is a longtime platelet donor and supporter of the platelet donation community, with 187 donations and 490 units. During the pandemic, she helped protect and connect the platelet donor community, donating roughly 1,800 hand-sewn masks to platelet donors and platelet collection staff members.

OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places OSF Saint Francis among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

For the first time, UnityPoint Health – Pekin Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center is in full compliance with Illinois juvenile detention standards. The IDJJ’s annual inspection highlighted the facility’s compliance in the areas of education; admission policy and procedures; personnel, staffing and supervision; detention programs, youth discipline and confinement; and medical and health care.