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11/12/2018 Member News
Member Accolades (and news)

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Rosecrance was recently recognized as one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America, at an awards program presented by Springbuk®. Locally, Rosecrance won the Illinois’ healthiest employer award for 500-1,499 employees and nationally, Rosecrance ranked 26th out of 100.

The top one hundred workplaces were honored at the Fitbit Captivate Conference in Chicago on September 20th. The winning organizations were acknowledged for their commitment to employee health and exceptional corporate wellness programming.

“At Rosecrance we strive to create a healthier, stronger workforce, which allows us to provide the best possible care to our clients,” explains Kristin Hamblock, Rosecrance Director of Compensation and Benefits.

She adds, “It’s been rewarding to see our Wellness Program grow and to witness staff utilize the program to make positive changes. Our workplace culture really celebrates the idea that a healthy lifestyle also means a happy one.”

Over 1,000 of America’s top wellness programs were evaluated for this award across the country. Award applicants were evaluated across six key categories: Culture and Leadership Commitment, Foundational Components, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Communications, Programming and Interventions, and lastly, Reporting and Analytics. Applicants were evaluated with the proprietary Healthiest Employers® Index, a 1-100 rubric for wellness programming.

By winning this award, Rosecrance is recognized as one of the best of the best in worksite health nationally and considered an exemplary leader for the effectiveness of its wellness initiatives.

They also announced Craig Stallings has accepted the position of Senior Director of Operations, a position that will provide comprehensive leadership of Rosecrance operations.

Stallings is a licensed clinical professional counselor and certified addictions counselor with nearly 25 years’ experience in behavioral healthcare and 21 years of progressive growth at Rosecrance. As Senior Director of Operations, Stallings will research advances in mental health and substance use treatment, monitor key metrics and contracts, work with administrators on ongoing operations, and implement best practices that are consistent with Rosecrance Health Network strategic plan.

RSM US LLP, the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce that Mike Bass has been appointed to serve as partner and Drew Faries has been appointed to serve as principal, effective October 1, 2018.

Bass has more than 14 years of experience providing strategic tax planning advice and services to businesses and individuals. Bass works closely with owner-manager companies across a variety of industries and is dedicated to helping clients achieve their business and personal objectives.

Faries brings more than 18 years of consulting experience, helping clients to understand their complex business challenges and align people, processes and technology and achieve their goals. Faries will continue to lead the Central Illinois consulting practice, dedicated to assisting clients successfully define and develop digital and technology strategy and complete multi-year transformations and outsourcing initiatives that improve their business processes and management techniques.

“Mike and Drew’s commitment to the firm, clients and this community is unparalleled,” said Dave Seiler, Central Illinois market managing partner. “They both have a deep understanding of their clients’ businesses and challenges and have developed strong client service teams that provide innovative solutions and advice empowering clients to confidently move forward with their goals. I am thrilled to welcome Mike and Drew into their new leadership roles within our Central Illinois practice.”

Bass and Faries are focused on understanding what’s important to Central Illinois businesses and their success. Bass can be reached at Faries can be reached at

i3 Broadband is pleased to announce that Reuben Chambers has joined i3 Broadband as a Business Manager in our Champaign-Urbana market. Reuben brings more than 15 years of successful commercial sales experience in the telecommunications industry. He will be responsible for growing market share in the Champaign-Urbana area as well as expanding alliances in underserved areas in the community.

“i3 is uniquely poised to meet the needs of teleworkers and to transmit all the data that drives business and manage data transmission at light speed with our 100 percent fiber network”

“We are extremely happy to have Reuben join our team in Champaign-Urbana. He brings extensive experience in telecommunications to his new role at i3 Broadband,” said Grier Raclin, President and CEO of i3 Broadband. “Having Reuben on board supports our strategic objective to continue to grow our network in the Champaign-Urbana area. He is very well connected to the community and we are delighted to welcome Reuben to our growing team.”

“i3 is uniquely poised to meet the needs of teleworkers and to transmit all the data that drives business and manage data transmission at light speed with our 100 percent fiber network,” said Chambers. “Despite the thirst for more data and speed, i3 has mastered the personal touch of doing business. It was one of the many reasons I’m excited to work for a local company that is deeply invested in the community.”

Prior to joining i3 Broadband, Reuben worked in multiple telecommunications roles. Previously, he worked at Comcast Business as a Senior Business Account Executive.

Reuben is a member of the CU Sunrise Rotary and has been a member of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce for 15 years. You can reach him directly at (217) 530-0416 or

Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., is pleased to announce that Craig S. Young has been elected as the firm’s next Managing Partner effective October 1, 2018. Young succeeds Timothy L. Bertschy, who has served as the firm’s Managing Partner since September of 2014.

Young is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and he formerly served as chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice. He has represented clients in many areas of the firm’s practice, and is primarily known as a nationally recognized Workers' Compensation defense lawyer. He has spoken extensively on Workers’ Compensation law at local and national industry events. Young has a strong reputation for advising clients on the overall management of their workers' compensation risk.
“I look forward to furthering the successes the firm has experienced under Tim’s leadership” said Young, “and to play a role in continuing the firm’s Midwest growth.”

During Bertschy’s term as Managing Partner, the firm relocated into new offices in Chicago, Champaign and Peoria, IL and opened a new office in St. Louis, MO.

“Craig’s understanding of the culture of this firm and what we stand for, coupled with his integrity, make him the perfect choice to lead our firm going forward,” Bertschy said. “He is a great lawyer with an unparalleled record of community service.”

A native of Canton, IL and graduate of Bradley University (summa cum laude, 1982), Young started at Heyl Royster as a summer clerk in 1983 while enrolled in the University of Illinois College of Law, where he obtained his J.D. degree in 1985. He joined the firm as an associate that same year and became a partner in 1992.

Young is a former president of the Peoria County Bar Association (2014-2015). In recognition of his many contributions to the Peoria-area community, in 2008 Young received the Peoria County Bar Association's Distinguished Community Service Award. He has served as president of the Heart of Illinois United Way. He is past Advisory Board Chair of the Peoria Tri-County Salvation Army, and the recipient of its 2012 William Booth Award for Community Service. In 1994, he was instrumental in forming and serving on the Peoria Community Teen Pregnancy Task Force. He chaired Peoria's delegation to the President's Summit on Volunteerism.

Young has served as president of the Bradley University National Alumni Board and as vice president of Financial Support for that board. He has served as the Board president of Lutheran Senior Ministries and as Church Council president of the Salem Lutheran Church. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Abraham Lincoln Court and Defense Research Institute (Past Chair, National Workers' Compensation Committee).

The firm is also pleased to announce that partner Brian Smith of our Champaign office has been named the chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor Practice. Smith has extensive experience defending employers, including educational institutions, in federal and state courts, and administrative proceedings before the EEOC and IDHR. His experience representing employers encompasses disciplinary actions, discrimination claims, terminations, wage-and-hour issues, restrictive covenants, employment agreements, and various leave issues. In addition to Smith’s new role as Employment & Labor Practice Chair, he will maintain his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, civil rights and education law.
Heyl Royster is a regional Midwest law firm with more than 120 lawyers and seven offices located in Illinois (Peoria, Champaign, Chicago, Edwardsville, Rockford, and Springfield) and Missouri (St. Louis). The firm provides legal services for businesses and corporations, professionals, healthcare organizations, governmental entities, universities, insurance carriers, and other major institutions. Heyl Royster lawyers have successfully defended clients in all of the federal courts and in each of the 102 counties in the State of Illinois, as well as in courtrooms in Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The firm also counsels clients on all aspects of business life.

Heyl Royster is a regional Midwest law firm with more than 120 lawyers and seven offices located in Illinois (Peoria, Champaign, Chicago, Edwardsville, Rockford, and Springfield) and Missouri (St. Louis). The firm provides legal services for businesses and corporations, professionals, healthcare organizations, governmental entities, universities, insurance carriers, and other major institutions. Heyl Royster lawyers have successfully defended clients in all of the federal courts and in each of the 102 counties in the State of Illinois, as well as in courtrooms in Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The firm also counsels clients on all aspects of business life.

HL Precision Manufacturing, Inc. (HL) is pleased to announce it is now certified to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015.

ISO 9001:2015 is the new standard focusing on quality management systems and performance, more specifically risk-based thinking and accountability in all organizational processes. The goal of ISO 9001:2015 is to improve quality aligning with a business’ wider business strategy, including communications, efficiency and continuous improvement.

“I am extremely proud of our team and their efforts in stepping up to the new ISO 9001:2015 certification,” President & CEO Steve Hillard said. “Our commitment to continuous improvement, including this recent ascension to the newest ISO certification, continues to be about much more than simply ‘flying the flag.’”

The company has made many improvements leading up to the certification, including a SWOT analysis for all business strategies, a metric to calculate the velocity of the business and advanced ISO training for its employees. HL’s achievement reflects vigorous quality management and further evidence of its commitment to providing quality products and customer satisfaction.

“Our company has been— and will remain to be— about our commitment to continuously improve our organization through improved process and controls, while continuing to invest in the best technology and people to better support our customer’s evolving requirement,” Hillard said. “Clear evidence of this commitment is reflected by the mature rating received just three years hence our original certification to the prior ISO standard.”

ISO is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards. ISO helps organizations demonstrate to customers they can offer consistent high-quality processes and services. HL previously earned certification under ISO 9001:2008 in 2015 and has been audited annually by its registrar. HL is also ITAR certified and compliant under DFARS 252.204-7012.

For more information about HL and its broad range of capabilities available, please contact the company at (217) 398-6881,, or visit its website at

Rosecrance is pleased to announce that its Florian program has been selected as a recipient for the 2018 Excellence in Mental Health Award.

The Excellence in Mental Health Award, presented by the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH), celebrates innovative practices in mental health treatment and organizations who have implemented new or emerging technologies to improve treatment outcomes. Additionally, the award recognizes efforts to maintain access to services and improve quality care.

The Rosecrance Florian Program, which launched in 2014, was designed by Dan DeGryse, Florian Program Director and Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief, and Rosecrance President/CEO Phil Eaton. The residential program is tailored specifically to the needs of uniformed service personnel such as firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, and military who are experiencing substance use or mental health disorders. The Rosecrance Florian Program offers the best opportunity for lasting recovery by
incorporating occupational factors into the treatment process.

“The Florian Program was one of the first of its kind in the entire country and its impact has been remarkable,” says Eaton.

DeGryse adds, “Even strong people need help sometimes and the program reminds first responders that they are not alone while equipping them with tools to maintain their behavioral health and well-being.”

The award will be presented at the Educational Conference & Expo on September 5 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, IL.

ESS Clean, Inc. was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council and Best Companies Group.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The 2018 Best Places to Work in Illinois list is made up of 30 companies in the small employer category (15-99 U.S. employees), 24 companies in the medium employer category (100-499 U.S. employees), and 21 companies in the large employer category (500 or more U.S. employees). ESS Clean, Inc. has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois in the medium category.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Illinois and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

ESS Clean, Inc. was recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 17 and will be profiled in a special publication on June 18. Here are a few words from the CEO of ESS Clean,Inc., Paul Taylor;  “Almost every morning, after I get past the first 15 minutes of groggy shuffling through the house in the dark, I get excited about the day ahead and working with my team at ESS Clean. I consider myself to be the most blessed person on earth. My work family is smart, dedicated and fun! I am really not surprised that ESS Clean was selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois. We have worked hard to create a fun and positive culture. We have a team of dedicated, positive people and everyone makes it a priority to take care of our customers, whatever it takes. While I am very pleased that we made the list, I am even more eager to see how we can make our company better going forward.”

RSM US LLP announces promotions in their Champaign office:

Brooke Chilton – Assurance Senior Associate – Chilton transferred from our Chicago office to our Champaign office in September 2017 as an assurance associate. Chilton has a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing her CPA certification. In this new role, she will be responsible for leading a team through the full audit process, preparing financial statements, and understanding of the needs and strategies of our diverse client base.

Kim Dahye – Assurance Senior Associate – Dahye joined RSM in 2016 and has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Illinois. She is currently pursuing her CPA certification. In this new role, she will be responsible for leading a team through the full audit process, preparing financial statements, and understanding of the needs and strategies of our diverse client base.

Luke Montoya – Strategic Sourcing Director – Montoya joined RSM in 2012 and has a Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and a Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University. In this new role, he will lead, direct, and execute large, complex sourcing and procurement activities across all functions and lines of business for RSM. He will also set direction and strategy, identify and implement cost savings improvements, and lead the negotiation and management of vendor contracts.

Ian Barnett joined the firm’s Champaign office in August 2018 as a Senior Associate in the Assurance practice. Barnett holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Rosecrance is pleased to announce an expansion of substance abuse treatment services in the heart of central Illinois, beginning in late December.

Located at 2302 Moreland Boulevard in Champaign, the facility will function as a Center for Recovery by providing treatment and integrated services for young adults and adults seeking treatment for substance use disorders.

The new center will offer adult residential and outpatient substance use treatment and structured, supportive recovery living to allow clients to become grounded in recovery as they progress toward a successful and drug and alcohol-free life. Clients at the new Rosecrance facility may be in various stages of their journey. Treatment services will be evidence-based and grounded in the principles of 12-Step Recovery.

“The isolating experience of addiction doesn’t discriminate and the families in central Illinois have been intensely affected,” says Rosecrance CEO/President, Phil Eaton. “Our community partners have communicated an urgent need for quality treatment services in the area and we have been very intentional and steadfast with our efforts to meet those needs.”

In Central Illinois 58 people died of drug overdose in 2017 in the immediate seven-county region of Champaign, Ford, Vermillion, Edgar, Douglas, Piatt, and DeWitt counties. The region has seen a 35 percent increase in deaths from drug overdose in the past five years.

“Our goal is to create a center that fosters community and supports our clients to enter a journey toward lasting recovery. We feel passionate that our expanded presence will be an invaluable resource to the community and function as a catalyst for positive change,” says Eaton.

Rosecrance’s decades of experience in addiction treatment demonstrate that long-term recovery is fostered by certain elements: quality, evidence-based programs; a structured and supportive living environment, personal accountability, life and career coaching, and guidance in goal setting. The new center of recovery will be a robust resource for all of these needs with residential treatment, partial hospitalization treatment, detoxification services, outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment, short and long-term recovery living, alumni support, and community recovery activities.

“Whether it is a young woman who lost her mother to cancer and began using pills to escape her grief or a Purple Heart recipient who served our country in Iraq and relied on alcohol to cope with PTSD--we have deep experiences with the people who need our help,” says Executive Director of Rosecrance Central Illinois, Chris Gleason. “We see stories of tragedy turn to triumph time and time again, and that impact fuels us to continue the work that we do.”

He adds, “We are very excited to provide resources to this community and establish a center that helps adults gain traction toward a brighter, more successful future.”

Current plans for the location call for 32 existing employees plus six positions being added. As services expand, more employment growth is possible. Rosecrance will serve more than 6,000 clients this year through its existing substance use and mental health programs in Central Illinois. With this expansion, Rosecrance plans to further its role and reach to serve even more individuals in need.

Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk was awarded the Corporate Leadership Award by the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce during its 13th Annual Statewide Convention in Peoria. Roger Goodson, Senior Manager of Field Operations and Production for the Peoria District accepted the award on behalf of Hauk and Illinois American Water.

According to Larry Ivory, president and CEO of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, the award is presented to an individual who champions diversity within his or her company.

First Bank & Trust, IL (“First Bank”) will convert to First Mid Bank & Trust, N.A. (“First Mid”). The First Bank branches in Champaign, Marshall, Martinsville, Paris, Rantoul and Savoy will close on Friday evening, August 10 and open on Monday, August 13 as First Mid. The First Mid banking center located at 2229 South Neil Street in Champaign will merge with First Bank at 1251 Woodfield Dr. in Savoy.

First Mid Bank & Trust and First Bank have been working together for several months to make the transition as smooth as possible for customers. Customers received Welcome Packets in the mail with important information about their accounts and any changes they may expect.

“We’ve been getting the word out through direct mail, email, TV, radio, our websites and other means so that customers are prepared,” said First Bank President Matt Carr. “There will be some one time actions customers will need to take, such as logging into Online Banking and activating new Debit Cards. Our Customer Support Center and all our banking centers are prepared to help customers with any questions they may have.”
Chartered in 1865, First Mid Bank & Trust is recognized as one of America’s top performing banks, having earned a five-star Bauer Financial rating, been recognized as a top 100 community bank by S&P Global Market Intelligence, as well as being named Small Business Administration (SBA) 2017 Central/Southern Illinois Community Lender of the Year. With the completion of the First Bank acquisition, First Mid now has 59 banking centers and 76 ATMs across Illinois. This growth expands its overall service area and offers customers banking capabilities in 42 Illinois and Missouri communities.

First Mid Chairman and CEO Joe Dively said, “We are continually looking for ways to expand banking products and services to our customers, including insurance and wealth management services. We look forward to maintaining strong relationships and involvement in these communities.”

Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District is investing approximately $2 million to upgrade its water service distribution system. The investment includes replacing and installing over 7,000 feet of water main across the service area including Champaign, Urbana and Savoy. A map of the proposed work can be viewed here – This investment notice does not include the water main extension project near Sadorus. That project, which includes over three miles of water main installation and is an investment of over $1.2 million, is nearing completion. Once completed, the Sadorus community will be connected to Illinois American Water’s Champaign County water service distribution system.

According to Dave Farrar, senior manager of field operations and production, Illinois American Water’s water main replacement program focuses on replacing mains where leaks occur, corrosion has caused damage or the size of the pipe isn’t sufficient. Much of the pipe to be replaced will be upsized from 2-inch galvanized pipe to 6-inch and 8-inch ductile iron pipe. In addition several loops will be created within the distribution system to help ensure quality water service.

Farrar said, “Continuous investment in our local water infrastructure is critical for ensuring customers receive quality, reliable drinking water service. This work to replace and upgrade water mains will help ensure adequate water pressure and flow to homes, businesses and for fire protection. Water main replacements also help to decrease the occurrence of water main breaks and related traffic and service impact.”

Customers affected directly by the work will be notified via letter about the impact and any necessary steps. The letter will include a local contact for questions. Illinois American Water reminds motorists traveling through construction zones to obey speed limits, focus on the road and discontinue cell phone use.

Rogards - Tonya Horn, owner of Rogards in Champaign, IL, was recently elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Independent Stationers, an industry leading nationwide member-owned business products cooperative. Tonya is the first woman to serve as Chairman of the organization’s Board. Said Tonya, “I’m humbled to be elected Chairman of our group’s Board of Directors. I’m looking forward to working with our board and extremely talented staff at IS to navigate our group through these dynamic times. I’m confident that our group will continue to be a progressive leader within our industry, putting our members in a position to adapt and thrive.”

SVN/Ramshaw Real Estate - Congratulations to Alex Ruggieri and Noah Ruggieri on publishing their book, The Executive’s Guide to Buying Commercial Property.

SERVPRO® of Champaign/Urbana received the CHAIRMAN'S Platinum award at the recent SERVPRO convention, held at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL, from June 25-29. David McGuire of SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana and other high-performing franchisees were recognized during an Awards Extravaganza at the annual event, which was attended by nearly 3,000 owners, key staff, and corporate representatives.

“We’re proud to have earned this distinction and proud to be a member of the SERVPRO franchise family serving home and business owners in the SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana area,” said David McGuire, SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana Owner. “When you combine a dedicated team of disaster remediation professionals with the innovative tools, business framework, and ongoing training provided by the SERVPRO Franchise Network, you have a winning formula for success. We look forward to providing world class disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services to home and business owners in our community for many years to come.”

Sue Steen, chief executive officer of Servpro Industries, Inc., said that the Awards Extravaganza event was the highlight of a convention packed with learning opportunities. This year’s event theme, “Bring the Brand to Life”, represented the four main areas of focus that help add life to any brand; Serve the Customer, Build the Brand, Management, and Leadership. The theme was a thread running through the 70 breakout sessions and three general sessions available to the franchise owners and key team members in attendance. “In addition, these entrepreneurs learned about new internal technical enhancements designed to help them streamline their business operations,” added Steen. “Our goal each year is to help our franchisees grow their businesses as they continue to provide best-in-class services to their clients.”

“Running a small business is a challenge,” said Steen, “and SERVPRO understands that. Our annual convention gives us the opportunity to recognize our top performing franchises while we provide each of our individual franchisees with the tools, knowledge, and group experience they need to help them excel at building their businesses. Our business owners are an extraordinary group of entrepreneurs. When they succeed, it does more than enhance SERVPRO’s reputation as an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration, and remediation services. It also ensures that these dedicated professionals have the tools they need to provide world-class service to their customers and their communities.”

For more information about SERVPRO of Champaign/Urbana, please contact David McGuire at (217) 355-0077 or or visit

First Mid Bank & Trust was named 2017 Central/Southern Illinois Community Bank of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This award is presented to the community bank with the best overall performance record for lending to small businesses in Illinois. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Eric McRae, Chief Credit Officer for the company stated, “At First Mid we recognize that small businesses drive our local economy, and we remain committed to their success. We are honored to receive recognition from the SBA for the fifth consecutive year for our role in supporting small business.”

The bank also recently announced that David Hiden has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. He will lead the development and execution of First Mid’s business and technology strategies.

“We are very fortunate to have David join the First Mid team”, said Mike Taylor, Chief Operating Officer. “With a strong banking background that includes 25 years of Information Technology (IT) experiences, David brings a wealth of experience in building teams, developing strategic IT plans and executing on delivering quality service to both internal and external customers.”

Prior to joining First Mid, Hiden held senior IT positions with Barnett Bank, Bank of America, Superior Bank and First Atlantic Bank. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance and M.I.S from the University of North Florida. Hiden is an active volunteer with the United Way, Alzheimer's Association and the Haiti Children’s Health Ministries Board of Directors.

Carle - As a longtime leader in providing quality health care services for all, Carle launches a Mobile Health Clinic delivering the world-class care of Carle to underserved members of the Champaign-Urbana community. The 40-foot treatment unit ensures families receive in-person, same-day care from Carle doctors, nurses and social workers. The clinic will provide non-critical services for infants through adult care.

“Offering a reliable resource for all, not just some, is an intrinsic value of Carle. The Carle Mobile Health Clinic is an avenue to ensure, no matter the circumstance, quality health care is an option for every member of the Champaign-Urbana community,” said Lynn Ullestad, director of Critical Care Transport and Mobile Clinic Service.
Access to healthcare is a priority.

The Carle Mobile Health Clinic was made possible by generous contributions from Carle and Health Alliance employees and physicians, the 2017 Carle Golf Open and other donors.

The Carle Mobile Health Clinic offers families without the means to visit a healthcare facility, the opportunity to get basic health needs met. Services provided include:
• Link to primary care and other community resources
• Chronic condition screening and education
• Treatment of acute illnesses
• Basic wellness care and assessments
• School/preschool physicals and immunizations
• Basic lab testing
• Robust social services
• Addressing the root causes of health concerns facing our community

Working with community partners, we assess the areas of most critical need to establish service windows and locations. The initial focus areas are communities in Champaign-Urbana that consistently represent the highest chronic illness rates. The mobile clinic also provides services at regularly scheduled locations starting mid-July.

“Carle is dedicated to providing care to all those who need it – no matter their circumstances – and has done so for decades. By providing healthcare services in the neighborhoods of community members most in need, we improve their access to quality healthcare and can begin meeting the 1/3 of low-income families who don’t affiliate with a health provider, receive no proactive care or check-ups and receive all care in the emergency room,” said Julianna Sellett, vice president, Community Health Initiatives.

For information on the Mobile Health Clinic’s location, please call (217) 365-7928 or

Developmental Services Center (DSC) - Evan Burie of Urbana and Stephanie Davenport of Mahomet have joined Director of Development, Janice McAteer in her continued efforts to increase funding for the organization. For years, DSC has been adding to their funding sources through events and campaigns but has also been working to develop major and planned gifts as a way to cement their impact for the future.

Burie has stepped into a new position at DSC, as Special Events & Marketing Coordinator. Formerly employed with Enterprise Rent-a-Car, as a Branch Manager in Decatur, Burie managed all daily operations and employees. In his new role, he will be handling all DSC events including the upcoming C-U in the Prairibbean XIV (August 4) and the 6th annual C-U Oktoberfest (October 6) “Evan comes highly recommended and his skills will be invaluable to DSC, when working with our growing, large scale events. He was looking to make a career change to an organization where he believed in the mission and could make a difference - that was a quality I was looking for,” said McAteer.

Davenport is filling an existing position in the department, as a Development Specialist where she is writing grants, managing social media, in-kind giving, and sharing, through stories, the ways in which DSC impacts the lives of people who choose our services. She was previously working at DSC as the Employment 1st/LEAP Coordinator. She also has an established career history in communications, media, and is a published writer. “Stephanie already worked closely with our department in her previous role, where she had really grown her program and seen a lot of success. With her background in writing and public relations, she was a natural fit to quickly transition into this role and will help us to hit the ground running.” said McAteer.

Davenport is native to Champaign County and a Parkland College graduate. Burie is a graduate of Illinois State University. The skills and commitment to our mission that Burie and Davenport bring adds more depth to our Development Department,” said DSC CEO, Dale Morrissey. “This expansion will allow Janice to focus more on major and planned gifts, which is the next step in building DSC’s newly established endowment through the DSC Foundation. DSC is excited to look toward the future and building a legacy for the organization. Making these additions to our team are building blocks toward that goal.”

DSC’s Mission: DSC supports people in living a rich and meaningful life. DSC was formed in 1972 by the merger of four community organizations serving people with disabilities. The result is a comprehensive organization that is able to provide multiple services in Champaign, Ford, Piatt, and Iroquois Counties as resources allow. DSC serves individuals who may have epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

M2 - Homecoming 2018 is upon us, which means M2 Fashion Week is here, July 16th -July 21st, with almost a thousand dresses still to be chosen at M2 - The Place for Prom and Pageants. M2 Fashion Week is one of the biggest events of the season and the most popular time to buy, with M2 showcasing several new designer collections including Sherri Hill, Jovani, Ellie Wilde, and more.

M2 will be hosting their first ever fashion show on July 21st, to wrap up the excitement from Fashion Week. With it being an exclusive event with only a limited number of tickets available, one will have to follow their social media on July 6th in order to grab a seat for the show! Immediately following the show, guests are welcome to shop all looks that were featured, as well as the rest in store. There will be special gifts and surprises, as well as a VIP area for all customers with refreshments, candies, and snacks during Fashion Week.

About M2- The Place for Prom
Over the past years, M2- The Place for Prom has catered to the prom and pageant needs of customers in the Champaign-Urbana area and beyond. The store has grown and become known for offering superior service, style, and selection, while adhering to their PROMise of registering your dress, style, and color to your school to ensure your individuality. To learn more visit, call us at (217) 337-7766, or follow us @m2prom on Instagram.

Congratulations to Market Place Shopping Center for being named a regional favorite by Illinois Country Living magazine.

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust recently announced organizational changes in Champaign, Decatur and surrounding areas, due to the merger with First Bank & Trust (“First Bank”). The acquisition was completed on May 1, 2018 and the conversion of accounts from First Bank to First Mid is expected to happen later this year.

Eric McRae, Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer said, “The acquisition and integration of First Bank & Trust provides the opportunity to make key strategic management changes in the markets where our lending organizations overlap. These important moves make us more efficient, effective, and better positioned for future growth.”

Matt Carr, previously President of First Bank, will oversee all former First Bank markets, plus First Mid lending operations in the Champaign, Decatur and surrounding areas, including Indianapolis. As Executive Vice President, Northern Region, Carr will combine the lending teams and operations of both banks in these markets and add to the depth of experience in this leadership role.

Mitch Swim, after four years effectively leading the Decatur and Champaign Regions as Senior Vice President/Regional Community President, is moving into the new corporate role of Senior Special Assets Officer and will play a crucial role in maintaining and improving asset quality for First Mid.

Mike Krueger, long-time Champaign Community President, has been named Consumer and HELOC Credit Manager and will oversee these lines of business for the bank. Joining Krueger will be Jaci Manzella, previously Retail Loan Officer, who has been named HELOC Processing & Underwriting Manager.

Menold Construction - Residents in Mahomet and surrounding areas can now benefit from the resources and expertise of two professional construction and restoration teams.

Menold Construction and Restoration has merged with the USPRO team in Mahomet. They will continue in their tradition of service excellence at their location on 807 West Oak. Area residents will benefit from an expanded restoration and remodeling team, as well as new services such as mold remediation, pathogen control services, comprehensive commercial remodeling, and advanced contents restoration.

The companies will merge together gradually over the course of the 2018 calendar year to bridge their services, practices, employees, and community involvements. USPRO President Jody Wesley will retire from restoration and remodeling upon completion of the transition. He celebrates 42 years of success in the industry.

“This is a unique situation that enables customers in the area to benefit from additional services,” stated Wesley. “It’s great to know that my customers will be in good hands.”

Tom Menold, President of Menold Construction and Restoration agrees, adding that this action can be best described as, “a coming together of two like-minded companies that have perfected the process of caring for their communities.” He is excited to offer expanded services to the area.

Both Tom Menold and Jody Wesley began their business ownership journeys in the late 70’s. While they were in different geographic areas, both shared a strong work ethic and a dedication to customer service. With mutual respect for each other’s work and value structures, the gentleman anticipate a smooth and positive transition period for all involved.

Hickory Point Bank has announced that Francesca Hunter has been named Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Lending for the Champaign-Urbana area

First State Bnak announced today that Lacey Ferry has joined the Champaign banking team as a Business Banking Officer. She will be responsible for building strong, successful relationships with Champaign-Urbana consumer and business customers.

Lacey has significant branch management and business development experience throughout Champaign County. “Through her leadership and coaching, Lacey will ensure all customers receive an exceptional First State experience. We are extremely pleased to have her as part of our team and a partner to local businesses,” states Gerry Smith, SVP and Champaign Market President.

“I am enthusiastic about being a part of First State! It’s a true community bank that delivers on its promise of local decision-making with quick response times and extended hours to fit consumer and business needs.”

First State Bank is a subsidiary of First State Bancorp of Monticello, Inc., wholly owned by its employees with a strong commitment to service excellence. Together with its affiliate First State Bank of Bloomington, it operates locations in Monticello, Bloomington, Champaign, Tuscola, Atwood, Hammond and Heyworth.

For additional information, please contact Gerry Smith via the contact information listed above.

A&R Mechanical Contractors, Inc., a Champaign/Urbana-based plumbing, piping, ventilation and civil site utility contractor, is expanding their square footage to meet their growing business demands. The new construction will boast 12,000 square feet for fabrication and production along with 1,500 square feet of office space resulting in additional jobs for the Champaign/Urbana workforce. It will also enable A&R to meet the increased call for innovative solutions and extensive construction projects in the Central Illinois Area.

RSM US LLP, the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce the following addition to the firm’s Champaign office.

Isaac Barker transferred from our Chicago office to our Champaign office in April 2018 as a Supervisor in our Risk Advisory Services practice. Barker is a certified Encase Examiner, Computer Examiner, and Apple Macintosh Technician. He specializes in digital forensics, incident response services, and corporate litigation. Barker has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and is a member of HTCIA (High Technology Crime Investigation Association).

The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of their new Executive Director, Kelly Hill. Kelly brings energy, expertize, and excellence to the Foundation and will carry on a tradition of supporting the school districts in creative and innovative collaborative capacities.

Kelly Hill has been a longtime member of the C-U community serving in a variety of professional positions. Most recently Hill was the Development Director at Habitat for Humanity where she directed community engagement and fundraising activities for Habitat in the Champaign County area. Previous to her position at Habitat, Hill had been active on school and community based committees; Champaign County Community Coalition, Women’s Business Council, Champaign Center Partnership, Interfaith Alliance, as well as participating in the Cradle-2-Career community wide initiative. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, and her Master’s degree in sport administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she served as the Women’s Basketball Coach.
The CUSF Board of Directors is excited to continue their work of grant distribution, fundraising, and community outreach with Kelly Hill leading efforts and initiatives for the Foundation.

Congratulations to Krannert Center for celebrating their 50th anniversary this season.

First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust announced today that the acquisition of First BancTrust Corporation (“First Bank”) has been completed. The acquisition represents approximately $479 million in total assets, $392 million in deposits and $370 million in loans through seven full-service banking centers in Illinois, operating as First Bank & Trust.

There are no immediate changes for First Bank customers. The conversion of accounts from First Bank to First Mid is expected to happen later this year. Customers will receive information well in advance of any changes that may affect them. The merger of First Bank with First Mid will result in multiple First Mid banking centers in Champaign County; therefore, the current First Mid banking center located at 2229 South Neil Street, Champaign, Illinois, will close and combine operations with the new banking centers. The closure of the Neil Street location will happen at the same time as the conversion of accounts from First Bank to First Mid, later this year.

“We are very excited to expand our presence in the attractive and growing Champaign-Urbana region and to extend our footprint in the adjacent counties to the east of our headquarters,” said Joe Dively, First Mid Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to maintaining strong relationships and involvement in these communities and the opportunity to bring expanded services to our First Bank customers.”

With the completion of this acquisition, First Mid has approximately $3.3 billion in total assets. In addition, First Mid operates a trust and wealth management business with approximately $1.5 billion in assets under management and an insurance business with $3.9 million in annual revenue. First Mid has a long history of successfully acquiring and integrating businesses. First Bank represents the fourth acquisition over the last three years, including three banking institutions and one insurance agency.

Congratulations to First State Bank for 10 years of business in Champaign.

Clark-Lindsey’s Vice President of Residential Services, Ron Wilcox, was honored with the Leadership in Action Award from LeadingAge Illinois in Schaumburg, IL. This award is given to an individual whose actions and leadership greatly enhance the work environment and the quality of life for their colleagues and residents. The individual’s accomplishments demonstrate a commitment to a team approach and excellence in the workplace. This collaborative style of leadership has resulted in trusted and respected relationships with his team and high levels of resident satisfaction.

Ron is committed to helping others work together in order to effectively accomplish those individual goals which align with the organization’s strategic objectives. His deep understanding of Clark-Lindsey’s “why” inspires his ability to encourage his team to see challenges as opportunities to grow, contribute, and shine. His title of “Vice President of Residential Services” covers a wide range of responsibilities including: resident services, transportation, dining services, community outreach, wellness and activities and marketing.

LeadingAge Illinois is one of the largest and most respected associations of providers serving Illinois older adults. LeadingAge Illinois serves over 500 home and community based services, senior housing, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, supportive living and skilled nursing. Rehabilitation centers.

Farnsworth Group, Inc., a national full-service engineering and architecture firm, is proud to announce the continued growth of its Champaign office.

The Champaign office’s transportation group has added two new staff members including Rich Tarntino and Mike Carnahan, PE. Tarntino joins our team as a transportation project designer with 26 years of CAD experience. He also teaches Beginning Microstation and Advanced GeoPak courses at Parkland College. Carnahan comes to us from the Illinois Department of Transportation, District 5 in Paris, Illinois and is a licensed professional engineer. He joins Farnsworth Group as an inspector and brings with him 31 years of transportation project experience.

The Champaign office’s architecture group also continues to grow with the addition of Jenna Joo and Patricia McKissack. Joo is an architectural designer working towards her professional license. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2016 with a Master of Architecture and a Master of Business Administration. McKissack joins the team as an architectural designer after three years as a student intern. She is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning. McKissack also participated in the University of Illinois redevelopment project for the Danville Riverfront Studio, in which students worked together with the public to design a site that could spark community development in the area.

The Champaign office now has a structural engineering presence with the transfer of John Zeman, SE, PE, from our Bloomington office, and the addition of Ivano Ipsaro-Passione to our staff. Zeman, a project engineer, has been with Farnsworth Group since 2010 and has seven years of structural engineering experience. Passione, an engineering intern, comes to us from the Michigan Department of Transportation and is currently working towards his professional license.

RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – was recently ranked the fifth largest accounting, tax and consulting services firm in the U.S. for the twelfth consecutive year by Accounting Today.

Rosecrance President/CEO Philip Eaton was recently recognized by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers as a recipient of the Nelson J. Bradley Career Achievement Award.

The Nelson J. Bradley Career Achievement Award recognizes the career achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to modern addiction treatment. Eaton has been a leader in the field of addiction treatment for over 40 years, having begun his career as a social worker at Rosecrance in 1971. Named CEO and President in 1982, Mr. Eaton’s vision and skill led Rosecrance to open the first treatment program for adolescents in Northern Illinois and to develop Rosecrance as an example of the finest addiction treatment in the nation.

Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Rajita Singhal as an engineer.

Singhal joins the team in Fehr Graham’s Champaign office and will focus on potable and wastewater projects. Singhal earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Mumbai in India. She received her master’s in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December.

The firm also announced the hiring of John Bailey as an engineering technician.

Bailey has an associate’s degree in land surveying from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. Bailey is enrolled in the organizational professional development program at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, which includes Professional Land Surveyor licensure course work.

Rosecrance is proud to announce its recognition as one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by Interactive Health, a national provider known for its preventive health programs that encourage employees to adopt new health habits. Rosecrance is one of 184 companies across the country recognized this year for empowering employees to make significant and sometimes life-saving changes to improve their health. This is the sixth consecutive year Rosecrance has won the award.

With the help of effective preventive health initiatives, Interactive Health’s “Healthiest Companies in America” recipients have reached or exceeded an exemplary 70 percent participation rate in their organization’s wellness program, and their workforce’s overall health risk was low, based on the results of an annual health evaluation that involves a blood draw, lab tests and a detailed questionnaire.

MIGA has announced that they recently remodeled their two private dining rooms. One seats 8, the other seats 12, or they can be combined to seat 20. MIGA is not open for lunch but both private rooms as well as the main dining space are available for groups and private lunches. For more information visit or call 217-398-1020.  

Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk today announced the Company’s acquisition of the Village of Fisher’s water and wastewater systems. The purchase of the system adds approximately 850 new water and wastewater customers to the Company’s customer base in the Champaign County District and serves a population of nearly 2,000 residents.

The Village of Fisher Board voted in favor of the sale in July 2017. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the sale for $6.8 million on March 7, 2018.

“We look forward to investing in the Village of Fisher and ensuring quality water and reliable wastewater service to our new customers,” said Hauk.

Village of Fisher Mayor Michael Bayler also supports the acquisition. He said, “We are looking forward to Illinois American Water joining our community and helping us meet our water and wastewater needs. Their knowledge and ability to provide reliable service to our residents is an investment in our public health and economic future.”

Illinois American Water will invest $2.9 million in the first five years of ownership including security upgrades, meter replacements, wastewater plant improvements for regulatory compliance, and inflow and infiltration upgrades.

According to Dave Farrar, sr. manager of field operations and production for Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District, the company will also repair and paint the Fisher water tower. Farrar, a resident of Fisher, said, “We are committed to keeping the Fisher water tower painted orange to show community pride for residents and visitors of Fisher. The improvements planned will also enhance service, public health and fire protection to Fisher.”

New customers will soon receive an Illinois American Water welcome packet in the mail. This packet includes information about online account management, billing, payment options and more. A payment drop box will be placed at the Fisher water treatment plant located at 110 West Front Street in Fisher. Payments will be picked up regularly.

The appraisal process used for the Fisher water and wastewater systems was conducted under the supervision of the ICC and established as part of the Illinois Water Systems Viability Act. According to Hauk, this law gives communities an alternative to value their water and/or wastewater system when considering being acquired by an investor-owned water utility. He said, “Previous law only allowed the investor-owned water or sewer utility to pay the original cost minus depreciation to acquire a small system, public or private. Because of this, systems were deprived of receiving adequate value for their system.”

The Village of Fisher will be incorporated into Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District, which currently serves residents in Champaign, Urbana, Sadorus, Savoy, St. Joseph, Bondville and Pesotum.

I Hotel and Conference Center - Congratulations to Maribel Olvera and Luis Aleman on their promotions at the I Hotel and Conference Center. Olvera has been promoted to auditor and general manager of housekeeping and Aleman has been promoted to executive housekeeper.

Hickory Point Bank has announced that Mitch Wilson has been named Vice President, Mortgage Lending for the Champaign-Urbana area.

“Mitch exemplifies Hickory Point Bank’s dedication to client relationships, and is a perfect partner to continue helping families seeking home loans,” said Dan Marker, President, Champaign Region. “We look forward to providing the same great service clients have come to expect.”

Mr. Wilson is located at Hickory Point Bank, 202 W. Park Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 and may be reached at 217.351.7100.

Rogards - Planned changes to Champaign’s downtown presented a great opportunity for longtime, locally-owned Champaign business Rogards. The office supply and furniture distributor plans to relocate in early September to a newly constructed location on Boardwalk Drive in northwest Champaign.

“When we heard that the building we currently occupy was being sold as part of the planned downtown development, our initial reaction was, of course, to be a bit sad,” says Rogards President and CEO Tonya Horn. “Rogards has occupied this location for a number of years, and we’ve been thrilled to be part of the rebirth of the downtown area. But, we also immediately knew that this presented an incredible opportunity for us. The age of this building was becoming a challenge, and it was not originally constructed with us in mind. So as we have grown and changed, it’s been challenging to get the building to change along with us.”

Rogards will relocate into a 14,400 square foot office, showroom, and warehouse space being constructed by The Atkins Group as part of their Prism Warehouse development. As part of the move, Rogards plans a heavy emphasis on using the new space for a furniture showroom, a project that was already underway in the current location.

“We really want our showroom to be a place where customers can come to get inspired about what their workplaces can be,” says Horn. “There are so many studies that tie employee satisfaction and engagement to elements of the physical environment – we want to guide customers to really think about what their space says about them and their company.” In addition to having dedicated furniture showroom space in the front of the building, Horn says the plan is for the entire office to be used as a working showroom. “We’re going to invite customers not only into our showroom, but literally into our own offices so that they can see various furniture elements in action.”

Horn also says plans are in the works to get creative about different ways to invite customers into the new space. In addition to plans for an open house once the move is complete, Rogards is hoping to host more events including educational lunch and learns.

Meyer Capel - Marie J. Casteel has joined the central Illinois law firm of Meyer Capel, a professional corporation. She will practice out of the firm’s Champaign office. Her practice will concentrate on family law, including dissolution of marriage, child custody, child support, allocation of parental responsibilities, paternity, spousal support, post-dissolution modifications and orders of protection. Ms. Casteel received her juris doctorate in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. She is licensed to practice in the states of Illinois and Ohio and she has worked in Illinois since 2015. Ms. Casteel is a member of the Illinois state bar association and the Mclean and Champaign county bar associatons. She can be contacted at or 217-352-1800.

Congratulations to Visit Champaign County for winning the Illinois Tourism Award for Best Branding Initiative.

Midland States Bank - Midland States Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSBI) (“Midland”) today announced it has completed its acquisition of Alpine Bancorporation, Inc. (“Alpine”), the parent company of Alpine Bank & Trust Co. As a result of the transaction, Alpine Bank & Trust Co. is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Midland. The transaction brings Midland’s total assets to approximately $5.7 billion and its Wealth Management group to more than $3.1 billion in assets under administration, based on information as of December 31, 2017.

Rosecrance recently announced a change in leadership, appointing Chris Gleason to Executive Director of Rosecrance Central Illinois.

Chris has worked in the Behavioral Health field for more than 25 years, working in DUI, outpatient and inpatient mental health and substance abuse programs. He is a Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor, he holds a BA from Judson University in Human Services and a Masters from Argosy University in Community Counseling.

Before taking the Executive Director position in February, Chris served as the Rosecrance Outpatient Director and coordinated substance abuse and mental health services at Centegra Hospital. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer at Family Services in McHenry, and most recently is responsible for the start-up and substantial growth of all the Rosecrance McHenry County services over the past five years.

According to Rosecrance CEO/President Philip Eaton, “Chris is a person of deep faith, high character and high professional skills with deep experience in managing and developing addiction treatment and mental health programming. He is a consistent, reliable leader with a focus on quality and empowerment.”

Eaton adds, “We have tremendous opportunities in central Illinois; with the refinement of services, the merger of (former) Prairie Center, the anticipated growth of substance abuse and mental health services, collaborations with key stakeholders and a focus on overall improvement of clinical services - Chris is the absolute best person to lead us during this transition.”

Chris looks forward to this opportunity of exciting change, new responsibility and continuing to uphold the Rosecrance way.

RSM is pleased to announce the addition of several new members in the firm’s Champaign office.

Travis Meyer was hired in November 2017 as an assurance associate. Meyer has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. He recently passed the CPA exam and is working toward obtaining his CPA license.

Donavan Laible was hired in November 2017 as an assurance associate. Laible has a degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing his CPA.

Brooke Chilton transferred from our Chicago office to our Champaign office in September 2017 as an assurance associate. Prior to working in Champaign, she interned with RSM in 2015 and started fulltime in Chicago in October 2016. Chilton has a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing her CPA certification.

Congratulations to Carle for being named to the national Great Place to Work in Healthcare list for 2018.

Heyl Royster - In the recently published 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers listing, three attorneys from law firm Heyl Royster’s Champaign office were named Illinois Super Lawyers. Two of these named attorneys were the only Champaign attorneys selected in their respective categories. Partner Bruce Bonds was the only Champaign attorney listed by Super Lawyers in the Workers' Compensation category. Partner Renee Monfort was listed as a 2018 Illinois Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense category.

In the 2018 Super Lawyers’ Rising Star category, partner Joseph Guyette, was the only Rising Star listed in Champaign in the practice area of Workers' Compensation.

Overall, 23 Heyl Royster lawyers were listed as either 2018 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers selects outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The Super Lawyers list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state, and the Rising Stars list represents no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state from the pool of lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters publication.

Illinois American Water - Less than a year after acquiring the Village of Sadorus water system, Illinois American Water is investing approximately $1.2 million to upgrade Sadorus’ water distribution system. The project, which is currently under design, includes installing about three miles of water main to connect Sadorus to Illinois American Water’s Champaign County water distribution system.

M2 - Prom 2018 is upon us, and right now is the perfect time to shop as there are hundreds of dresses still to be chosen from at M2 - The Place for Prom and Pageants. With February being one of the most popular times to buy, M2 is hosting their first trunk show of the season with designer, Ellie Wilde by Mon Cheri.

Jamie Bergner, a member of the Ellie Wilde Design team, is flying in all the way to Champaign, IL in order to make an appearance for the Trunk Show. Jamie will be here all weekend long, and will be ready to help make it a shopping experience any girl won’t be able to forget. M2 will have several extra dresses in store all weekend long, including President’s Day. Along with that, M2 - The Place for Prom and Pageants is handing out free Ellie Wilde shirts and M2 Tumblers with any Ellie Wilde dress purchase, while supplies last.

KECdesign - Champaign-based foodservice equipment dealer KECdesign, recently announced the following staff promotions to round out its executive team.

• Jeremy Fellers was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Jeremy was the first employee hired by KECdesign in 2001. His scope includes all company operations, with a focus on purchasing, warehouse, fulfillment, logistics, installation, facilities and key account workflow management.

• Justin Chapman joined the company as a college intern in 2005, and has been head of KEC’s Project team for the past five years. Named Director of National Accounts, Justin will expand his scope to include inside customer service/sales and business development initiatives for customers with a regional and national footprint.

• David Matakas assumes the role as Director of Technology Solutions, responsible for all aspects of IT infrastructure and related vendor management. He has been with the firm since 2007.

• Meghan Drewes, CPA, joined the organization in 2017 as Controller. In her role as Chief Accounting Officer, she will assume full management of the accounting team and related aspects of KEC’s financial operations.

KECdesign is headquartered in Champaign, IL, and was formed in 2001. The firm is a foodservice design, equipment and supply company. It operates an ice machine leasing business (KEClease) and a warehouse showroom (KECresco), a division established in 2013 after acquiring Proctor’s Restaurant Equipment & Supply Co. which had supplied restaurants and bars in central Illinois since 1952.

Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) will celebrate the accomplishments of five of our public high school alumni on Saturday, April 14 at the 2018 CUSF Alumni Recognition Gala at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Awards will be presented in two categories: Distinguished Alumni and Local Business Community Impact. The 2018 Distinguished Alumni honorees are Deborah Frank Feinen, Centennial High School graduate, class of 1985; Janelle Johnson, Central High School Class of 1998; and Susan Kroll, Urbana High School, Class of 1984.

Deborah Frank Feinen is the current mayor of Champaign, who began her career in public service soon after graduating from law school. Over the last 22 years, she has served on the Champaign County Board, Champaign City Council, City of Champaign Township Board and Regional Planning Commission, where she has played a pivotal role in shaping Champaign’s infrastructure and increasing the vibrancy of the downtown area. Using an inclusive, collaborative approach to tackling the community’s problems, she has earned the respect of diverse groups and is noted for her ability to work with others to gain group consensus. In addition to her duties as mayor, she practices law with Tummelson, Bryan & Knox, LLP; performs pro bono work with clients from Developmental Service Center, Swann Special Care and Family Service; and makes time for volunteer work including a mission trip to Haiti. 

Susan Jepsen and Greg Reynolds of Reynolds Towing will be recognized with the Local Business Community Impact Award. According to Race Co-Director Mike Lindemann, Reynolds Towing has been instrumental in the success of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, which has donated over 1 million dollars to local charities. In addition, Ms. Jepsen and Mr. Reynolds are strong supporters of the Urbana Alumni Association and Urbana High School, offering vehicles for the homecoming parade and supplying giveaways for many events. Jepsen and Reynolds are both graduates of Urbana High School. Jepsen was class of ’77 and Reynolds was class of ’79.

CUSF solicits nominations for the three alumni awards from the community at large. Distinguished Alumni honorees must have graduated from a Unit 4 or District 116 public high school at least 10 years ago and demonstrate distinguished contributions to our society. The Local Business Community Impact Award recognizes local business owners who demonstrate an impact on the community through their commitment to philanthropy, service, volunteerism and support. All nominations are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the school districts, alumni groups and CU Schools Foundation.

Hickory Point Bank announced today that Dan Marker will become President, Champaign Region effective February 8, 2018. Dan succeeds Steve Tock, who will continue to manage the Champaign region’s commercial business and serve as mentor to Mr. Marker.

“This is an exciting time for Hickory Point Bank, and especially for the Champaign region,” said Anthony G. Nestler, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Hickory Point Bank has enjoyed tremendous success since Steve Tock joined the Bank in 2002, followed by the additions of Jan Miller and Chuck Eyman in 2010, and a renovation and move to a first-class downtown building on Park Ave. in 2014. This succession from Steve to Dan represents a changing of the guard that will allow us to grow with our customers well into the future.”

“Dan is the perfect choice to lead Hickory Point Bank Champaign, and I’m very pleased that he has accepted the appointment,” said Steve Tock, Community President. “I’m delighted to focus more of my attention on client relationships, and look forward to working closely with Dan to grow our presence in the community.”

Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that 17 attorneys joined the firm in 2017. “The talent of our new attorneys is truly outstanding, and they fit in perfectly to the collegial culture at Heyl Royster,” said Managing Partner Tim Bertschy.

In Champaign, 2 attorneys joined the firm. Benjamin C. Ford and Bryan J. Vayr joined the firm as Associates.

Mr. Ford concentrates his practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense and civil rights defense. Before joining Heyl Royster, he worked for legal assistance representing indigent clients in consumer defense cases in Illinois State Court, as well as representing debtors in Bankruptcy cases in Federal Court. Prior to that, he worked for a medium-sized, civil litigation law firm in Belleville, IL. Ford received his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Mr. Vayr focuses his practice on complex civil rights, governmental defense, and professional liability defense. Prior to joining Heyl Royster, he worked at the Champaign County States Attorney’s Office, a Chicago-based firm specializing in complex litigation, and the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. Vayr received his J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law. While in law school, he was Managing Articles Editor for the University of Illinois Law Review.

Sperry Van Ness - IHC Global is proud to announce that Alex Ruggieri has joined the IHC Global Board of Directors, where he represents the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one of IHC Global’s founding sponsors. As he stepped into his new role, Ruggieri said, “I am looking forward to serving IHC Global’s important mission to address urban challenges through better development and improved living conditions around the world. I hope to bring new ideas and perspectives to the table.”

“Alex brings to IHC Global a special blend of expertise and commitment, which we greatly value,” commented IHC Global Board Co-Chair Joe Hanauer in announcing Ruggieri’s appointment. Co-chair Bob Dubinsky added “We welcome Alex to the Board! The real estate sector is a key player in this time of unprecedented urbanization, helping robust emerging markets to develop and nurturing local economies through jobs, housing and opportunity.”

Ruggieri serves as a senior advisor for Sperry Van Ness, specializing in the sale of investment properties in Champaign-Urbana and Central Illinois. With almost 40 years of commercial real estate industry experience, he has an outstanding record of business achievement and service to the real estate industry and has also been active in the broader community. A frequent commentator on commercial real estate, Ruggieri hosts a popular radio talk show Central Illinois Business on WDWS 1400AM, and also writes a column for the Illinois REALTOR Magazine. His community service includes serving as a Board Member of Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA and Champaign Housing Corporation.

“We are delighted and honored that Alex has joined the IHC Global Board,” said President and CEO Judith Hermanson. “His real estate business acumen and deep experience in commercial real estate will be a huge help to IHCGlobal and our partners around the globe.” She added, “We know that transparent property markets, individual property rights and other fundamentals of real estate practice are critical to ensuring better housing and living conditions for everyone. Alex will help to get us there!”

Meyer Capel Law Firm proudly announces that Bloomington-Normal attorney, Jason a. Barickman, and Champaign-Urbana attorney, Forrest J. Heyman, have become shareholders with the law firm.

Jason Barickman joined the law firm in 2012. Due to his unique blend of skills and experience, he focuses on commercial real estate, outside general counsel services and other transactional business representation, for clients ranging from individuals and startups to publicly traded institutions. Mr. Barickman received his juris doctorate degree in 2005 from the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Barickman also serves in the Illinois State Senate, representing the 53rd legislative district. He may be contacted at or (217) 352-1800.

Forrest Heyman became an associate attorney with the firm in 2012 upon receipt of his juris doctorate degree from the University of Illinois College of law. His areas of practice include estate planning & administration, business planning, corporate transactions, and real estate. He is a member of the Champaign county and the Illinois state bar association. Mr. Heyman can be contacted at or (217) 352-1800.

The firm also announced that three of its attorneys-Randy Green, Scott Kording, and Tristan Bullington-have been selected to the 2018 Illinois Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Green is based at the law firm's Champaign office and focuses his practice in corporate and real estate transactions. Kording and Bullington work at the firm's Bloomington office. Kording's practice emphasizes criminal defense/traffic and general civil litigation. Bullington focuses his practice on divorce and family law litigation, as well as criminal defense.

This is Green's eighth consecutive year, Kording's fourth consecutive year, and Bullington's first year receiving this recognition.

Meyer capel, a professional corporation, provides legal services throughout the state of Illinois. The law firm currently employs 34 attorneys in its Champaign, Illinois and Bloomington, Illinois offices.

Midland States Bank announced that Fred Van Etten has joined Midland as President of the Company’s equipment finance business. Mr. Van Etten joins Midland from Scottrade Financial Services, Inc., where he served as President of Scottrade Bank Equipment Finance. Midland also announced that Heartland Business Credit, its equipment leasing subsidiary, will be rebranded as Midland Equipment Finance and operated as a division of Midland States Bank.

Leon J. Holschbach, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said, “Since acquiring Heartland Business Credit as part of the Heartland Bank acquisition at the end of 2014, we have grown our leasing portfolio from approximately $115 million to more than $200 million today. Now we are ready to further expand our equipment financing business as we continue to manage the overall growth of our balance sheet. This expansion reflects our emphasis on the lending areas that generate the most attractive risk-adjusted returns.”

Midland also expects to further its equipment finance team through the addition of a group of equipment finance professionals that worked with Mr. Van Etten at Scottrade. Midland Equipment Finance will be headquartered in Clayton, Missouri.

Holschbach also said, “We are very pleased to welcome Fred and his group to Midland. Following the sale of Scottrade to TD Ameritrade, Fred and his team became available. Fred has a long track record of running highly productive equipment financing businesses. Not only will the size of our equipment financing team expand, but we will also expand our offerings to include loans, leases and hybrid products to better serve the needs of this market. And bringing our equipment financing operations more squarely into our banking footprint will allow our bankers to offer additional financing and leasing options to our business customers.”

Mr. Van Etten has more than 30 years of financial services industry experience. In 2012, Mr. Van Etten helped found Scottrade Bank Equipment Finance and served as President of that business until the sale of Scottrade to TD Ameritrade in September 2017. Prior to joining Scottrade, he held a number of other leadership positions in the equipment financing industry. He has received his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University at the W.P. Carey School of Business.

City of Champaign - Congratulations to Kerri Wiman for being promoted to director of the Neighborhood Services Department and Carrie Siems for being promoted to financial services manager/city accountant.

The Champaign Public Library has earned more national recognition, honored as one of the country’s top public libraries by the Library Journal.

In its 2017 ratings, Library Journal gave CPL three stars (out of five), which ranks the library in the top 3.5% of public libraries nationwide.

This is the 10th year in a row CPL has earned this distinction, which places the library among 69 American libraries to make the publication’s “All-Time All-Stars” list.

“An award like this one is a reflection of our community’s involvement and high level of commitment,” library director Donna Pittman said. “Champaign values and actively supports having a vital public library. We are a place for everyone.”

This year 7,409 public libraries in the U.S. qualified to be rated. The rating system recognizes public libraries that lead in community engagement. Scores are based on fiscal year 2015 per-capita numbers, including items checked out, ebook circulation, library visits, event attendance and use of public computers at the library.

Midland States Bank announced that R. Dean Bingham, President and Chief Operating Officer of Agracel, Inc. of Effingham, Illinois, was appointed to the Bank’s board of directors.

Jeff Smith, Chairman of Midland States Bank Board of Directors said,"Dean brings a wealth of experience, from his involvement in the area to his extensive knowledge with industrial real estate. Dean is a perfect fit for our board and will play a key role in the continued growth of Midland." Dean currently serves as the President and Chief Operation Officer of Agracel, Inc., a provider of industrial development services to agriculture based communities. His professional experience includes positions of financial analysis and manufacturing engineering and spans three decades before joining Agracel, Inc. He has received his B.S. of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois.

“It is my honor to be nominated to the Board of Directors for Midland States Bank. I’m very excited to be part of this rapidly evolving company and look forward to having the opportunity to make a contribution to the Bank's continued success," said Dean.

Dean currently serves on the Board of Directors for Effingham Regional Alliance and Effingham County Community Foundation. Dean and his wife

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust - First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. (“First Mid”) (NASDAQ: FMBH) and First BancTrust Corporation (“First Bank”) (OTCQX:FIRT) announced today the execution of a definitive agreement under which First Mid will acquire all of the outstanding shares of First Bank, the holding company for First Bank & Trust, IL (“First Bank & Trust”). The acquisition provides First Mid with a deeper presence in the attractive and growing Champaign-Urbana region and extends its footprint into the adjacent counties to the east of its headquarters.

Under the terms of the agreement, First Bank shareholders will receive 0.80 shares of FMBH common stock and $5.00 in cash for each share of FIRT common stock. Based upon First Mid’s closing price of $38.67 on December 8, 2017, the aggregate transaction value is approximately $73.8 million.
First Bank is a $466 million asset financial services holding company headquartered in Champaign, IL. First Bank’s banking subsidiary, First Bank & Trust, is an Illinois-chartered bank and currently operates eight banking centers across three counties. As of September 30, 2017, First Bank had total deposits and loans of approximately $378 million and $368 million, respectively. Matthew Carr, President of First Bank, will join First Mid in a leadership role after the closing of the acquisition.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by each company’s board of directors and is expected to close in mid-2018, subject to regulatory approvals, the approval of First Bank’s stockholders and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

“The acquisition of First Bank deepens our presence in the attractive Champaign-Urbana market and provides expanded opportunities in adjacent counties,” said Joe Dively, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “First Bank has a long history of providing excellent service with a community-minded focus and the merged organizations will be even stronger. Finally, I am very excited to have Matt Carr join our organization with an expanded role while continuing to lead First Bank’s markets.”

Following completion of the transaction, First Mid is expected to have approximately $3.3 billion in total assets. In addition, First Mid currently operates a wealth and trust management business with approximately $1.5 billion in assets under management and an insurance business with $3.5 million in annual revenue. First Mid has a long history of successfully acquiring and integrating businesses. First Bank represents the fourth acquisition over the last three years, including three banking institutions and one insurance business.

Jack Franklin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank, said, “The culture and vision of the two companies align perfectly, making First Mid a natural strategic partner. First Mid’s strong capital position and additional services and capabilities provide First Bank’s customers with a larger lending capacity and an expanded array of products and services to choose from.”

“As previously announced, it is my intent to retire in 2018 and I will do so at the closing of the merger. I’m excited for Matt to continue to have a leadership position in the First Bank markets and a broader role
under the combined company. We will work together to provide for a smooth integration of the two organizations. It has been a privilege to work with all the great employees and customers of First Bank and I am confident the combined company will continue our exceptionally strong commitment to customers, employees, communities and shareholders,” Franklin concluded.

FIG Partners, LLC acted as financial advisor and Schiff Hardin LLP served as legal advisor to First Mid. D.A. Davidson & Co. acted as financial advisor and Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP served as legal advisor to First Bank.

A slide presentation relating to the transaction can be accessed under the investor relations section of First Mid’s website at In addition, the presentation is included as an exhibit to the Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission announcing the transaction.

Fehr Graham - Furst-McNess Co. and Fehr Graham were awarded a 2018 ACEC-IL Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois.

Furst-McNess hired Fehr Graham to clean up one of its properties, the former WEK Holdings LLC site, in Freeport, Illinois. The effort won a Merit Award in a new nomination category – Environmental. Fehr Graham assessed and remediated the site since 2003.

Congratulations to Bailey Edward Design, Inc. for receiving the 2017 Excellence Award from the American Institute of Architects.

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust - Congratulations to Jim Miller for being named the vice president - agriculture/commercial lending at First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.

Rosecrance - Paul Gilmet recently joined the Rosecrance team as its Alumni Coordinator. Paul will work closely with Fr. Jim Swarthout in developing a new and robust menu of alumni services.

Paul graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He joins the team with a strong background in developing alumni programs within the treatment services setting.

He indicates there are so many ways that Rosecrance can serve clients once they leave treatment, whether through retreats, monthly gatherings, alumni chapters, networking events, recovery enhancement (including wellness, fitness, and meditation), social media engagement, or other social gatherings.

Though Paul is new to the Rosecrance team, he is already making steps towards change, and very literally too. SoulCycle Northshore recently held a charity ride for Rosecrance to support Red Ribbon Week and Paul participated in the event.

“I’ve seen so many people recover from addiction, stay well, and live purposeful and productive lives. In working with our alumni, I get to be reminded of that on a daily basis,” says Gilmet.

He adds, “People who have come out of the grips of addiction have a unique bond. Getting people connected, involved in events and activities together, and keeping them engaged in their Rosecrance recovery is just another way we can help our clients achieve lifelong recovery.”

217, Inc. has been known for their quality in HVAC, plumbing, drain cleaning, and sewer service and workmanship in the Champaign-Urbana area since 2014. Locally owned and operated, 217, Inc. believes in giving back to the community that they serve. As every busy year comes to an end, 217, Inc. gives back to their community, Champaign- Urbana, by providing and installing a new furnace to a family in need that has no means to purchase one themselves.

217, Inc will take a house and make it a warm home for someone in need this winter. Nominations are being taken now through November 30th with the nominee announced the first week of December and installation to follow. To participate, or nominate a family in need, go to and submit an application.

For additional information contact:

Garrett Mosgrove, Director of Operations
217, Inc.

Midland States Bank announced that David Noble, its Community Development & CRA Officer, was elected to the Board of Directors for Housing Action Illinois, a statewide coalition formed to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois.

Congratulations to Countryside School for celebrating their 25th anniversary. Learn more HERE.

Meyer Capel Law Firm announces the addition of Travis J. Quick to its litigation practice. Mr. Quick will concentrate in business and commercial litigation. He has fourteen years of business and commercial litigation experience, having practiced in Chicago and Wichita, Kansas. He has also worked as an in-house litigation attorney for a large privately-held diversified manufacturing company.

He received his University of Illinois College of Law, J.D. in 2003. Mr. Quick is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Champaign County Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Kansas.

The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® - REALTOR® Jeffrey Barkstall, GRI, broker with Century 21 Heartland Real Estate--Champaign is the 2017 REALTOR of the Year for the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. Barkstall received the award at the CCAR annual awards banquet on October 27th at the Pear Tree Estate in Champaign in celebration of the Association’s 100th anniversary.

The award is based on involvement to the REALTOR® association, real estate industry and contributions to the community.

Throughout his real estate career, Barkstall has been an active volunteer with the REALTOR® Association. In 2014-15, he served as president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®.
Barkstall is a graduate of Parkland College receiving an Associate’s degree in Banking and also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Barkstall received his real estate license in 1984 while a still a student at SIU-C.

He also has served on numerous committees for CCAR including the Governmental Affairs Involvement Group, Strategic Planning Committee, Multiple Listing Committee and as chairman of the Member Services Involvement Group and the Public Relations Working Group. Barkstall recently was elected to serve a three-year term on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors. In 2018, he will serve as a vice chairman of the Illinois REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Working Group and as a member of the Illinois Bi-Centennial Task Force, Nominating Committee and Professional Development Member Involvement Group. He also has served as a member of the IR State Legislative Contacts Working Group.

“This year we recognize Jeffrey Barkstall for his steadfast contributions to the real estate industry and to the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®,” said CCAR President Max McComb. “Jeffrey is a leader who can be counted on for his involvement in the industry and has truly stepped forward in many ways to make a difference in the REALTOR® association. Not only is Jeffrey spending many volunteer hours at the local level but will serve in the upcoming year as a member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois REALTORS® Association and on many statewide committees.”

Barkstall will be recognized at the Illinois REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year banquet at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield on April 9, 2018.

Other Individuals recognized at the CCAR Awards banquet include:

REALTOR® Curtis Royse, Associate Broker with RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign, received the R.O.O.K.I.E. of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a new REALTOR® who has been in the industry no more than two years but who has actively served on Association committees.

REALTOR® Eddie Mullins, a broker with RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign received the Affiliate Choice Award. The award is recognized annually to a REALTOR® selected by affiliate members in recognition of his/her outstanding contributions to the real estate industry.

Tom Roth with Prime Lending of Champaign received the Affiliate of the Year award. The award is bestowed on a CCAR affiliate member each year in recognition for their contribution to furthering the local real estate professional through participation in Association activities and committees and assisting REALTOR® members.

The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary organization serving Champaign County and surrounding areas and is the leading resource for REALTORS® members and an advocate for homeownership and private property rights.

Silgan Closures - Congratulations to Silgan Closures for winning the 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award.

The award has been given out to Illinois organizations since 1987 by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Harrington as a property management/brokerage assistant in their Champaign office. Richard joins Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty after previously working for RKF in Chicago where he supported the brokerage team on both tenant and landlord representation assignments. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in communication studies and a minor in entrepreneurial management.

Richard was born and raised in Champaign-Urbana and attended The High School of Saint Thomas More. During his time at Iowa he spent a semester living in Spain where he studied international business and traveled the world. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and close friends.

They also announced the addition of Ryan Murphy, CCIM as a commercial real estate broker in their Champaign office. Ryan joins Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty after previously working for Fox Development Corporation in Champaign where he served as their Director of Real Estate & Construction. In his role at Fox Development Corporation he handled Landlord representation for the Research Park at the University of Illinois, Corporate Center and Shoppes of Knollwood, performed market/financial analyses, and managed tenant fit-outs and new construction.

Ryan is a native of Champaign. He graduated from Illinois State University, State Farm College of Business, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. While at Illinois State, Ryan was a member of the ISU Men’s Golf team and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Ryan remains an avid golfer in which his dog, Putter, can attest. He enjoys traveling, boating, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.

Health Alliance - John M. Snyder, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Carle health system, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Alliance Medical Plans. He will continue to serve as System Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all hospital and clinic operations, as well as ancillary businesses of the Carle health system. James C. Leonard, MD, remains President and CEO of the Carle health system.

“For Health Alliance in particular, there are new markets to explore, new opportunities in existing markets, new products to develop, new relationships to forge, and new ways to improve our member, employer, and broker experiences. These are truly exciting times,” stated Snyder.

In addition to his responsibilities at Carle and Health Alliance, John Snyder is an adjunct professor at University of Illinois in the College of Applied Health Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been serving as Chief Administrative Officer at Health Alliance for 2 years, and in that role he has been the key executive responsible for leading operations.

Rosecrance recently hired Lisa Abrams the new Executive Director at the Lakeview Recovery Home.

Abrams has worked in the field of addiction treatment and mental health since 2002 and began as a psychiatric technician. Abrams is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Supervisory Alcohol and Drug Counselor responsible for oversight and management of day-to-day operations of Rosecrance services in Chicago.

She is also a Certified Intervention professional and a member of the American Mental Health Counseling Association. She earned her M.A. in Professional Counseling from Argosy University and her B.A. from DePaul University.

Though Lisa has only been a part of the Rosecrance team since August, she has already made quite the positive impression.

“My heart aligns with the Rosecrance mission and core values,” says Abrams. “Rosecrance Lakeview provides clients the opportunity to engage in real life recovery and put the mission and core values into action!”

Urbana Free Library - 3D printing is the latest addition to the growing list of services provided by The Urbana Free Library. The newly launched service will bring 3D printing to all ages, although 3D printing has been available for years to teens through the Library’s Teen Open Lab program.

The Library’s 3D printer, which uses plastic filament to build objects layer by layer, isn’t just for creating toys and trinkets. It can be used to make everything from household items such as napkin rings, cookie cutters, and vases, to practical items such as cell phone cases and business card holders, and even prototypes for hobbyists and business owners.

Pricing for printed items is based on weight—just 12¢ per gram with a $2 job fee. An item such as a small bookmark can weigh 1 gram and an item such as a spinning top toy can weigh 10 grams. Several color options are available, and items also can be painted for a more personalized look.

Users can custom-design objects using 3D modeling software, or they can download designs from websites such as Thingiverse, which provide files for print-ready objects. Users will then simply upload the digital file of the object to the Library’s website and Library staff members will evaluate and price the item. Once paid for, staff members will print the item and notify the user when the item is ready for pickup.

Executive Director Celeste Choate stated, “Urbana is an engaged community where people like to learn and to make things. We are thrilled to offer this new 3D printing service, which will allow people of all ages to learn new skills critical to the digital age and express their creativity!”

Library staff can answer basic questions and assist users in getting started with their 3D print projects. People who want more extensive instruction are invited to attend one of the Library’s free 3D printing classes. Class space is limited and registration is required.

For more information, visit or contact Joel Spencer ( or M.C. Neal ( at 217-367-4405.

Developmental Services Center - Karma Skinner was recently recognized for 30 years of service at the Developmental Services Center. She started with the company in September of 1987 as an administrative manager. She has been the director of human resources since 1992.

Metter Center at the Crossing is celebrating its 20 year anniversary in September. The center was started in 1990 as Mettler Physical Therapy by Paul Mettler, DPT. It began as a private practice physical therapy clinic with 1 employee. The practice moved several times from 1990 – 1997 as it grew and expanded and added fitness and wellness components to its make-up. In 1996 Paul Mettler spotted land in a developing area of southwest Champaign – Robeson Crossing. A 13,000 foot building was designed to house a physical therapy, fitness and wellness business and renamed to its current name, Mettler Center at the Crossing. In 2005 the current building was remodeled and 3000 sq ft additional space was added. Over the years Mettler Center has served thousands of local residents with physical therapy and fitness and wellness at the current location and at various other sites.

At present Mettler Center has consolidated all of its services to this location. Mettler Center at the Crossing now employs 7 full-time physical therapists as well as over 75 other staff, including massage therapists, personal trainers, group exercise instructors, a Registered Dietician and many others in managerial and support staff roles. It supports over 1000 patient visits a month in physical therapy, a fitness membership of 1900 and many other non-patient or member visits to its massage, personal training, group fitness classes and other services.

RSM US LLP, the leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, announces the following promotions in the firm’s Champaign office.

“I am pleased that these professionals are being recognized for their contributions to our Central Illinois practice,” said Dave Seiler, Central Illinois practice leader. “Their combined experience is invaluable as RSM continues to focus on truly understanding our clients in a variety of industries and providing them with the best possible service. I am excited about the strength and depth of our team and how our clients will continue to benefit as a result of the promotion of these talented professionals.”

Jacob Bender has been promoted to Assurance Senior Associate. In this new role, he will be responsible for leading a team through the full audit process, preparing financial statements, and understanding of the needs and strategies of our diverse client base. Bender, who joined the firm in June of 2015, has a Master of Science in accountancy from Illinois State University.

Stephanie Berkey has been promoted to Health Care Consulting Supervisor. In her role as a health care supervisor, she will be responsible for preparing and reviewing nursing home cost reports, training staff on nursing home billing procedures and working directly with clients to ensure all their needs are met. Berkey joined the firm in September of 2015 and has a Bachelor’s degree from Eureka College.

Kaitlyn Bradd has been promoted to Assurance Senior Associate. In this new role, she will be responsible for leading a team through the full audit process, preparing financial statements, and understanding of the needs and strategies of our diverse client base. Bradd, who joined the firm in August of 2015, has a Bachelor’s degree from Millikin University.

Rob Sutter has been promoted to Assurance Supervisor. In this new role, he will be responsible for coordinating the auditing of all required financial statements, related disclosures, and other client deliverables, preparing all necessary financial statements and related disclosures and supervising audit associates and seniors on engagement teams by monitoring and reporting productivity and adherence to work plan schedules. Sutter joined the firm in December of 2015 and has a Masters degree from Illinois State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

Alex Torres has been promoted to Assurance Senior Associate. In this new role, she will be responsible for leading a team through the full audit process, preparing financial statements, and understanding of the needs and strategies of our diverse client base. Torres, who joined the firm in October of 2015, has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.

Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm with 10 locations in three states, announced it has hired Gregg Breese as senior environmental scientist.

Breese has 20 years of experience working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and most recently owned and operated Breese & Associates, an environmental and sustainability consulting company. His vast expertise in wetlands, stormwater and local zoning will help Fehr Graham enhance its environmental service offerings. Breese holds key certifications in project management, planning and land use, and wetland delineations. He is also an ISO 14001 lead auditor.

“We are excited that Gregg is joining our team of environmental professionals. His experience in water, wetlands, shore lands and zoning regulations brings a new capability to our team. Gregg also brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of connections to our environmental compliance & sustainability team through his experience with the DNR Business Sector Specialist Program,” said Ken Ebbott, Branch Manager at Fehr Graham.

About Fehr Graham
Fehr Graham is a premier provider of engineering, environmental and funding solutions for commercial, industrial, institution and government clients with 10 Midwest office locations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. For more information, visit

Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana has been awarded EAGLE Re-accreditation with Commendation by the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries. Less than 10 percent of EAGLE Communities are accredited with commendation.

"We commend Cunningham Children's Home and its governing board, management, and staff for once again meeting the EAGLE standards of excellence and demonstrating their continued dedication to Christian mission," Mary Kemper, President and CEO of the United Methodist Association of Health & Welfare Ministries, said. "Through this achievement, Cunningham remains amongst the elite EAGLE communities across the nation."

EAGLE stands for Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence. The primary emphasis of EAGLE accreditation is on excellence in Christian ministry, with a focus on how organizations incorporate their Christian mission, religious heritage, and values throughout the organization and its daily operations. Other areas of importance include focusing on results and outcomes, striving to improve, meeting legal and regulatory requirements, and ensuring privacy, accuracy, accessibility and confidentiality of both client and staff data and information.

The accreditation process has three major components: a Self Study, a Peer Review Site and the Commission Decision and takes nearly two years to complete. Accreditation is good for a term of four years.

"We couldn't be more pleased," Cunningham President and CEO Marlin Livingston said. "An accolade such as this is not the reason we strive to achieve greatness everyday at Cunningham but the recognition is certainly something for which we are very proud. We won't, however, rest on our laurels. We will continue to put our best foot forward and challenge ourselves to reach new heights. And the opening of the new Education and Recreation Center in fall 2018 will afford us opportunities that we've not yet seen. It's a very exciting time here."

Rosecrance - Daniel Schmitt, Executive Director of the Freeport Community Foundation, and Dick Drogosz, founder of the John M. Drogosz Fund at the Foundation, visited the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus on August 25, and provided Rosecrance with a generous grant. The grant will help to transform an existing space at the adolescent facility into a Sensory Room, which will closely mimic Rosecrance’s Sensory Room at the Harrison Campus for adults.

The Sensory Room programming will be woven into Rosecrance’s overall experiential therapies programming, which includes activities such as fine arts, horticulture, music and exercise, and teaches the importance of relaxation and stress-reduction.

This new resource will be helpful in addressing the growing demand for services to treat mental health disorders in clients, in addition to substance use disorders. Rosecrance has seen a steady increase in clients with a dual diagnosis of substance use and mental health disorders, and is expanding programming at its adolescent residential site to treat clients with mood disorders and trauma.

Carlene Cardosi, Rosecrance Clinical Director, explains that the Sensory Room will be a space for clients to learn coping skills and self-soothing techniques.

“The main focus of the room is to be conducive to calm,” adds Keri Fager, Director of Experiential Therapies and Therapeutic Rec Coordinator. “It’s a chance for clients to actually try something new in practice and not just see it on paper. They can be vulnerable and not feel threatened.”

The Sensory Room will promote the development of thought, intelligence and social skills, and it is expected to increase concentration, awaken memories, improve mobilization, spur creativity, and improve social relations and communication skills.

Industry studies and Rosecrance’s own experience show true benefits from the techniques and resources that will be implemented in the Sensory Room.

Fager says the results are visible, “Anxiety decreases. Focus enhances. The clients leave feeling more relaxed and that’s what we want.”

Rosecrance staff is enthusiastic that the Sensory Room at Griffin Williamson will foster positive results amongst the adolescent clients.

The renovations will include painting the room in cooler, calmer shades and equipping the room with various items that foster calm and well-being, such as bean bags, rocking chairs, therapy balls, sound machines, aromatherapy, sensory toys and more.

Clients will practice activities such as yoga, deep breathing, meditation and mindfulness in small groups once a week.

The John M. Drogosz Memorial Fund was established nearly six years ago by Dick and Marianne Drogosz in memory of their son who lost his life to addiction. The fund, which is administered through the Freeport Community Foundation, aims to help nonprofit organizations with educational, prevention and/or treatment programs designed for youth dealing with substance abuse disorders.

The Audiology Clinic at the University of Illinois is offering free adult hearing screenings September 4th, 2017 through December 1st, 2017. Screening appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230 (no scheduling via email).

The Audiology Clinic educates and trains Doctor of Audiology students to provide clinical diagnostic, consultative, and treatment services for individuals with communicative impairments. The clinic is housed in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, which is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The Audiology Clinic is open to the public to provide diagnostic hearing assessments, industrial hearing evaluations, and amplification services (hearing aid consultation, demonstration, fitting dispensing and repairs, as well as assistive listening devices). Any person who is interested in hearing assessment, hearing protection devices, or management of hearing problems can make an appointment. No referral is needed.

The Audiology Clinic is located 901 S. 6th Street in Champaign (southwest corner of 6th and Daniel streets). Parking is available at designated metered spaces in the adjacent south lot. Audiology Clinic Hours Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm, phone 217-333-2230.

Berns Clancy adds staff.
Shannon Beranek has joined the staff of engineers at Berns, Clancy and Associates, Engineers, Surveyors and Planners with offices in Urbana and Danville.

Shannon received a BS engineering degree in 2001 and MS engineering degree in 2003 both from the University of Illinois College of Engineering. Her degrees are in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Shannon’s experience include work at the Illinois Center of Transportation Research facility in Rantoul where she focused on asphalt pavement design. She also worked with the full-scale pavement testing apparatus and the Advanced Transportation Loading System (ATLaS) to conduct full-scale pavement testing on various asphalt paving designs for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

At BCA she will be a project engineer.

Congratulations to Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates for being named one of Accounting Today’s 2017 Best Accounting Firms to Work For.

The annual survey and awards program, which is conducted in partnership with Best Companies Group, is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting profession, benefiting its economy, workforce and businesses.

Parkland College - Pamela Lau, Parkland College's vice president for academic services and considered the "one indispensable person" on campus, has won the national 2017 Emerging Chief Academic Officer Award.

The National Council of Instructional Administrators gives the award each year to chief administrators serving for three years or less in their community colleges who have been outstanding in four American Association of Community Colleges competency categories for leaders: organizational strategy, institutional finance, communication and collaboration.

All of the nominations are evaluated by a panel of community-college practitioners from throughout the country. Lau was nominated by Parkland College President Tom Ramage; Nancy Sutton, dean of Arts and Sciences; and Joe Walwik, chair of the Social Sciences and Human Services Department. They praised her for the initiatives she undertook during a difficult period at the college.

Meyer Capel - Congratulations to Scott Kording, Erika Harold and Forrest Heyman of Meyer Capel for being named 2017 Emerging Lawyers by Bulletin Publishing Co.

First Mid - Illinois Bank & Trust - First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FMBH) (the “Company”) announced today that Michael L. Taylor has been named Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Taylor joined the Company in 2000 and has been serving as the Chief Financial Officer since that time. Taylor’s expertise in the financial, operational, risk management, and regulatory compliance of the Company have been and will continue to be critical to the organization’s success. Taylor received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. He also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Wisconsin. He served two terms on the Accounting Board of the American Bankers Association in Washington D.C. and also served on the Eastern Illinois University Accounting Advisory Board. Taylor has volunteered and been involved in a number of local community events and organizations and currently serves on the Coles Together Board and First Baptist Church Diaconate.

First Mid also announced today that Matthew K. Smith has been named Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Smith joined the Company in 2016 and has been serving as Director of Finance where he has played a role in expanding First Mid’s relevance in the capital markets and providing strategic guidance within the organization. Before joining First Mid, he was the Corporate Treasurer and Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations for Consolidated Communications, Inc., a publicly traded company on NASDAQ. Smith earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. Smith also received a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management from DeVry University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Along with volunteering in youth sports and Special Olympics, he has been involved in a number of local community boards and currently serves on the Eastern Illinois University School of Business Advisory Board.

“The Company has grown its asset size by over 70% over the last couple of years, and significantly increased its activity and relevance in the public capital markets,” said Joe Dively, President and CEO. “This, along with our strategic growth initiatives, is a key driver behind these organizational changes. I am excited about these well-deserved promotions and the expanded roles for both Mike and Matt. They position us well for the future for both merger and acquisition activity and operational execution,” said Dively.

Bard Optical
- When you visit any Bard Optical between August 1 and September 30, you can donate school supplies to LOCAL PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

There are over one million students in the State of Illinois living in low-income situations. By simply providing school supplies, we not only help prepare students for a successful school year, but we can also help take some of the burden off struggling parents and educators. Bard Optical is asking our patients to join us in helping public school students start the school year off strong.

Supplies needed:
o #2 Pencils
o Colored pencils
o Crayons
o Folders
o Glue bottles or sticks
o Markers

Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm with 10 locations in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, announced it has hired Roland White as project manager in its Champaign office.

White brings to the firm an extensive background in transportation and civil engineering, which includes 25 years of experience in private consulting, municipal engineering and higher education infrastructure management. Prior to joining the Fehr Graham team, he was a civil engineer with the University of Illinois and a city engineer with the city of Champaign.

White, a licensed professional engineer, has served as president, chapter officer and scholarship chair of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, president of the Prairie Branch, East Central Illinois division of the American Public Works Association and as a committee member with the Illinois Public Service Institute. He has been honored with the Young Engineer Award and Outstanding Chapter Member Award by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. The American Public Works Association named him Engineer of the Year in the state of Illinois. He also received the city of Champaign Respect and Integrity Award.

“Consistent with the Fehr Graham mission, Roland has a passion for helping people and organizations achieve their goals,” said Mick Gronewold, chairman of the board and owner at Fehr Graham. “Throughout his career, Roland has developed strong relationships with many clients in the region, and we look forward to seeing him continue to build upon his successes and relationships. Roland’s experience and commitment to the Champaign region will help us continue to improve the quality of life for residents throughout central Illinois.”

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank - The Yahoo Employee Foundation (YEF) will award nearly a million dollars in grant money to three local not-for profits at a brief ceremony this Wednesday July 12th beginning at 12:30pm on the Yahoo campus 1908 S. 1st Street in Champaign. Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank will each receive checks for $320,000 from YEF based on the strong partnerships and high program impact from previous YEF funding.

Through YEF, Yahoo employees have been able to champion important causes and impact organizations around the world. Since 2000, YEF awarded over $35 million through more than 1,200 grants to organizations chosen by Yahoo employees. With the acquisition of Yahoo by Verizon, YEF will be distributing the balance of remaining funds, including the three local organizations selected by their effective use of YEF funding in previous funding cycles.

Sheila Dodd, of Habitat for Humanity, Sam Banks, of Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, and Jim Hires, President and CEO of the Eastern Illinois Foodbank will be on hand Wednesday to receive the funds and provide acknowledgements for these generous donations.

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), announces the selection of Caitlyn Pollihan as its
new Executive Director. Pollihan, who is expected to transition to executive director by July 1, 2017, brings to ISA a background in Forestry Leadership and Association Management.

Caitlyn Pollihan has served as the Executive Director of the Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) since 2009. In this role, she facilitated the development of the organization’s strategic goals and agendas and worked with members and CWSF/WFLC staff to ensure the organization’s success. Prior to this role, Caitlyn was the CWSF/WFLC Governmental Affairs Director where she was instrumental in the passage of key legislation and educating CWSF and WFLC members on legislative proposals and national policy with western implications.

Caitlyn previously served as the Staff Vice President for Government and Environment Affairs for the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri. In this role, she worked on state and local legislative initiatives, green building programs and helped create and implement a ground-breaking approach to building site safety inspections with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Caitlyn serves on several national coalitions and committees such as the USDA Planning Rule Implementation Federal Advisory Committee and the American Society of Association Executives’ Public Policy Committee. She also participates in the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Board.

Caitlyn holds a bachelor’s degree in contemporary media and journalism/public relations from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has a Certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management and has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry.

Michelle Mitchell, President-ISA Board of Directors states “The ISA Board of Directors is looking forward to having Caitlyn join us as our next Executive Director. We believe that her specific experience with the Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, as well as her experience in governmental affairs, and organizational communications will be an excellent asset to our organization. This experience, combined with her passion for membership organizations, will continue moving ISA forward in fulfilling our mission.”

Pollihan states “I am honored to be selected as the next executive director of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and look forward to ensuring the continued growth of this dynamic organization. Working in concert with the ISA staff and members to promote the professional practice of arboriculture, building on Jim Skiera's legacy, is an exciting opportunity that I am eager to undertake.”

ISA looks forward to Pollihan’s new role as executive director as we continue to serve our members, credential holders, and other professionals throughout the industry.

Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm with 10 locations in three states, recently hired Anna Derocher as its marketing manager.

In her new role, the 19-year digital news media veteran will oversee marketing and brand development efforts for Fehr Graham companywide.

Prior to joining the Fehr Graham team, Derocher was managing editor at the Rockford Register Star and The Journal-Standard of Freeport in Illinois. She joined the Register Star as a reporter in 2000 and held several leadership positions over the years. Her focus in the last 12 years was growing digital media, including social media engagement and website traffic. Before moving to Rockford, Derocher was a reporter for two years at the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism from Winona (Minnesota) State University.

The firm also announced it has hired Tom Glendenning as project manager.

Glendenning has 35 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment and previously served as executive director of utility operations for the city of Freeport’s Water and Sewer Commission. His background and key certifications, such as Illinois Water Environment Association’s Operator of the Year, will help the firm enhance its innovative solutions around complex issues.

Glendenning is the president of the Illinois Water Environment Association and a member of the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators, the Miss-Rock Water Pollution Control Operators, and the American Water Works Association.

Krannert Center - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to sustain and expand its presentation of high-quality, diverse artistry; create residencies and engagement opportunities; and explore the impact of the arts for preK-12 students, families, artists, and partners. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

Krannert Center’s Youth Series: The IMPACT of the Arts for Youth grant work will be revealed through interviews, workshops, storytelling, stage tours, masterclasses, demonstrations, interactions, and other activities exploring early arts education experiences; connectivity around cultural, academic, and societal moments through the arts; methods of art-making; and the professional development of artists. Year one residencies will range from day-long interactions alongside performances to week-long residencies; this will build in year two to longer residencies such as a two-week continuous residency or multiple shorter visits from the same artist. During these visits, the artist/company/creative teams and students will engage in explorations about various art forms and their impact. Students and teachers will be collaborators in designing the interactions to promote conversations among our local community, university learning community, and national/international performing arts community.

Krannert Center director Mike Ross noted the critical nature of NEA funding throughout the arts community and its ability to propel long-standing, mission-centric projects like the Krannert Center Youth Series to new levels of excellence and impact. As Krannert Center prepares for the 35th anniversary of the Youth Series program in the 2017-18 season, Ross expressed the Center’s gratitude to the NEA and Chairman Chu for fueling the advancement of innovative education, creative research, and inclusive excellence in presenting and engagement through the performing arts.

Champaign County Association of Realtors - Home sales in Champaign County remained stubborn for the second consecutive month in May as supply levels were off slightly over a year ago, although prices continue to gain traction, according to the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. The total number of home sold in Champaign County decreased 3.9 percent to 271 home sales as compared to 282 home sales in May 2016. The year-to-date total number of homes sold is down slightly, off 2.6 percent to 903 sales through May as compared to 927 sales a year ago.

For the month of May 2017, the median home sale price (for all single-family homes and condominiums) was $155,000 up 5.8 percent from $146,500 in May 2016.

The year-to-date through May 2017 median home sale price stood at $149,000, up 2.8 percent from $145,000 over the same period a year ago. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more, half sold for less. The average home sale price stood at $181,808, up 5.9 percent in May 2017 from $171,602 a year ago.

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County ReStore will be changing its store hours in July to offer a higher level of customer service to its local shoppers and donors. Beginning Wednesday, July 5th, the Restore will be open for customer shopping, donation drop-offs & pickups on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 – 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 – 4 pm. The ReStore will be closed on Sundays, Mondays, and open to receive donations on Tuesdays from 10-6. “We are receiving more donations than ever before, and closing the store on Mondays and Tuesdays will give us more time to process donations and provide a better overall shopping experience,” said ReStore Director, Adam Morrisette. A full staff will still be available on Tuesdays to accept and process community donations at the back door, but the store will not be open for shopping. Tuesdays, staff and volunteers will be cleaning, organizing, and preparing the store to feature new donations.

The ReStore will also begin FREE pre-scheduled donation pickups; available Tuesday through Saturday by calling the ReStore at 217-359-0507. “We want to make it easy for the community to donate to Habitat, and want to provide the best possible customer service to our shoppers. These changes will make it easy to donate and allow our staff opportunities to prepare the ReStore for a great customer shopping experience.” said Morrisette.

Top Drawer, Habitat’s boutique store, will be closing on June 30th. Items previously featured in Top Drawer will still be available for purchase in the ReStore.
All donations to, and proceeds from the Habitat ReStore are used to support Habitat home building projects in Champaign County. For more information on the new store hours go to

WoddSpring Suites - WoodSpring Suites Champaign/Urbana is pleased to announce Julie Miller as the newly appointed General Manager. Julie has a focused career in hospitality with more than 10 years of experience in leadership and operations. Julie is excited to work with the knowledgeable staff on hand and is looking to grow her team, by developing hospitality focused career seekers.

Operated by Hotel Management Services based out of Johnson City TN, WoodSpring Suites Champaign/Urbana provides economy extended stay and nightly lodging to corporate and leisure travelers. The WoodSpring Suites team creates customer loyalty by delighting guests with exceptional service throughout every stay.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company announces that Chad Sieben has joined the bank and will serve as Vice President-Commercial Lending in the Champaign-Urbana area. Based out of the Champaign location at 1101 W. Windsor Road, Sieben is experienced in the financial industry with over ten years in retail banking, small business lending, and commercial lending.

Sieben lives in Mahomet with his wife Tara and three children. He is a Bloomington-Normal native, and graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He spends his free time serving on local associations and community development organizations, as well as supporting his children’s school and club activities.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company is an independently owned community bank with assets of $3 billion. Headquartered in Bloomington, IL, the bank has offices in communities throughout Illinois. The bank offers a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers. More information is available on the bank’s website at

Morton Community Bank is announcing news about a unique partnership between Morton Community Bank and David Vaughan Investments (DVI). These financial institutions based in Central Illinois are coming together to redefine and deliver modern trust and advisory services.

1. Major reach in IL: This will result in one of the largest privately held bank and investment advisory firms in Illinois, with $6 billion in combined assets.

2. Independently united: Each will work as distinct but complementary businesses, now offering collaborative resources and expertise.

3. Staying local: The announcement signals a promise to remain loyal to the Central Illinois area.

To learn more, please feel free to contact Will Williams, DVI President/CEO, at 309-685-0033 or Andrew Honegger, President/Co-CEO Morton Community Bank, at 309-407-3913. They can speak about the future of the partnership.

C-U at Home is excited to announce that Rob Dalhaus III will be stepping into the role of Executive Director on August 1, 2017. He has been serving as the Managing Director for the last eleven months, through leading our staff, managing day-to-day operations, and helping us better utilize community resources.

“Our C-U at Home team is blessed to have Rob fill this role and continue the legacy that God started here more than six years ago,” said Melany Jackson, founder and current Executive Director.

Before joining the team, Rob worked as the supervisor at the TIMES Center, with previous experience as a crisis clinician. Rob, his wife Jess, and their two children are all natives of St. Joseph.

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust was named 2016 Central/Southern Illinois Community Bank of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration. This award is presented to the community bank with the best overall performance record for lending to small businesses in Illinois. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Eric McRae, Executive Vice President and Senior Lender for the company stated, “First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust is committed to the economic growth of the communities we serve. Small businesses are the engines that power our local economy. First Mid is honored to receive recognition from the SBA for the fourth consecutive year for our role in supporting small business.”

University of Illinois - The Audiology Clinic is hosting an Open House for the community on June 20, 2017 from 10 AM -2:00 PM. Events includes a presentation entitled “What Listening Device Will Work For Me?” from 10:15-10:45, free hearing screening appointments from 10:45-2:00, hearing device technology demos 10:45-12:00. Call for a screening appointment. RSVP by calling 217.333.2230. Bring a friend or family member!

Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its first two Interfaith Build homes in Champaign County on Sunday June 11th with the LaKendra O’Bannon, and Nicole Blackwell-Parker families. The public is invited for a short ceremony at each home on adjacent properties, beginning at 3:00pm at 1203 Beslin in Urbana.

Both homes were initiated in mid- October with volunteers from 24 different Champaign County faith groups. The faith groups have also pledged to raise $100,000 toward the cost of the two homes. “This unique partnership has provided an invitation to people from all faiths to come together and share their faiths’ commitment to service says Sheila Dodd, Habitat’s Executive Director. “The model of neighbors helping neighbors is making a profound difference in this Urbana neighborhood, as over 60 properties have been redeveloped from blighted to greenspace, or transformed through rehab, or new construction. Our interfaith partners have connected with one another, and built relationships that will last well beyond these two builds.”

Dodd continues, “Our community has shown over the past 25 years, a tremendous commitment to provide a “hand-up” to limited income families through Habitat’s home ownership programs. We are grateful to these 24 faith groups who have initiated new partnerships of their own-- through service.” To get involved or learn more about Habitat, visit,

Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty - Ashley Quach of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty was recently honored as a graduate of the Coldwell Banker Commercial Emerging Broker Training (EBT) program. Ashley was ranked #2 in her graduating class of 65 brokers. She joined Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty in January 2017 after a successful career as a residential real estate specialist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Fred Schmidt, President and COO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates Inc., notes, “I am very proud of all the recent graduates of the Emerging Brokers Training program for having completed a rigorous curriculum to enhance their knowledge of such a complex and dynamic business. These individuals are on the path to becoming the future leaders of commercial real estate.”

The Emerging Broker Training (EBT) is a four-month, comprehensive education program targeted for CBC professionals with one year or less experience in commercial sales/leasing. The program covers the key components of the commercial real estate industry and is a blend of traditional classroom learning followed by live online classes, self-paced learning, and structured participation of a mentor in the home office. The program then ends with three more days of classroom learning.

Congratulations to Presence Covenant Medical Center for receiving international recognition as a Baby-Friendly designated birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA.

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust - Joseph R. Dively, Chairman and CEO of First Mid-Illinois Bancshares Inc., recently announced the following officer promotions at the Annual organizational meeting.

Elisha Walters has been promoted to Vice President, Regional Deposit Manager. She began her career with First Mid in 2000 as a Customer Service Representative moving into the role of Teller Supervisor and later Retail Lending Officer before becoming Regional Deposit Manager in 2014.

Brad Beesley, Executive Vice President, Trust and Wealth Management with First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, has been named one of Bank Investment Consultant’s Top 25 Program Managers*, ranking 12th in the nation.

Beesley is one of nine investment program managers associated with Raymond James that made the prestigious list of 25, compiled annually by Bank Investment Consultant. Factors considered in this year’s ranking were the team’s total assets under management, growth in team annual production, growth in team assets, average production per advisor, and number of advisors under the managers’ direct supervision. His office is located at 1317 Charleston Avenue in Mattoon (1-800-546-5721), where Beesley serves as Raymond James Branch Manager and Registered Principal.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty - AJ Thoma III, CCIM of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty in Champaign, Illinois has received the Thomas E. Harrington Sr. Circle of Distinction Award. This honor is bestowed upon the top-ranking producers throughout the three offices of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.

Josh Markiewicz of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty in Champaign, Illinois has received the Thomas E. Harrington Sr. Circle of Distinction Award. This honor is bestowed upon the top-ranking producers throughout the three offices of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.

University of Illinois Audiology Clinic - Free Hearing Screenings

The Audiology Clinic at the University of Illinois is offering free adult hearing screenings June 1st, 2017 through July 28th, 2017. Screenings appointments may be scheduled by calling 217-333-2230 (no scheduling via email).

The Audiology Clinic educates and trains Doctor of Audiology students to provide clinical diagnostic, consultative, and treatment services for individuals with communicative impairments. The clinic is housed in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, which is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The Audiology Clinic is open to the public to provide diagnostic hearing assessments, industrial hearing evaluations, and amplification services (hearing aid consultation, demonstration, fitting dispensing and repairs, as well as assistive listening devices). Any person who is interested in hearing assessment, hearing protection devices, or management of hearing problems can make an appointment. No referral is needed.

The Audiology Clinic is located 901 S. 6th Street in Champaign (southwest corner of 6th and Daniel streets). Parking is available at designated metered spaces in the adjacent south lot. Audiology Clinic Hours Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm, phone 217-33