December 2021| Stockton Chamber of Commerce December
Mission: The Stockton Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote economic growth in and around the Village of Stockton by supporting local businesses and special events while encouraging hospitality, beautification, and community pride.
Stockton Chamber of Commerce 33rd Annual Christmas Walk

Thank you to all of the businesses that participated in the 2021 Christmas Walk. It was a huge success!! Special thank you to Main Street Parties and Event for being amazing hosts, ACE Hardware for donating us salt when the sideways were slippery, the Chamber Board Member, Mary Stayner & Tom Wurster, Six Point Services, Stockton Township Library for the Literacy packages to the children, Northwest Reading Council for sponsoring story hour, Amy May Photography and Subway for providing us with cookies and hot cocoa.
More photos from the Christmas Walk by Amy May Photography can be found here:
Our 2021 Miss Merry Christmas and Jack Frost!!
Our 2021 Miss Merry Christmas is Elsie Coppes and Little Jack is Griffin McPeek. They were crowned at the Festival of Lights.
Networking Event with Galena Country
Stockton Chamber of Commerce and Galena Country are teaming up for a networking event on December 9th from 5:30 - 7. Use this link to register:

 We are looking forward to seeing you all there!!
Annual Meeting
SAVE THE DATE!!! Stockton Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner will be Thursday, February 17th from 5:30-7. More information regarding how to RSVP will be available soon.
2022 Membership Form
The New Year is approaching! If you are ready to renew your membership or sign up for the first time this is your chance. Chamber business members help to strengthen our community, our network ties, and educational opportunities. The Chamber Board wants to support your business. You can renew your yearly membership or become a new member by filling out the membership form below through the link and mailing it in with your payment to:

Stockton Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 3
Stockton, IL 61085

New Member
Mud Run Beer Company is the newest member of the chamber of commerce. Stop by Mud Run Beer Company for freshly brewed beer made right here in Stockton, and great menu items which included smoked meats.
UW Illinois Economic Development Announces First Diversity and Inclusion Event
Northwest Illinois Economic Development will be hosting a Spanish-Language Small Business Outreach event at the DeSoto House Hotel on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 from 8 to 11am. NWILED welcomes individuals and businesses from the Spanish community of Carroll and Jo Daviess Counties to attend and learn how to start, expand, and relocate a business. Established community leaders will be onsite to serve as translators. The sharing of resources will be the primary focus of the open house event. There is no set presentation or program. Attendees are free to come at their leisure to meet NWILED staff, schedule a free private Spanish-language business consultation, pick up a Spanish-language business packet, and enjoy a free
breakfast. Bilingual inclusion staff from Dupaco Community Credit Union will also be at the event. For questions contact 815-297-7361
Economics of Soil Health Program
Join the University of Illinois Extension and Jo Daviess Soil and Water Health Coalition for a program on "The Economics of Soil Health.” This event will feature Extension Specialists from Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in addition to experienced producers who will be discussing the costs and benefits of regenerative agriculture. This free program will be offered at the Elizabeth Community Building, HWY 20 W., Elizabeth, IL on December 8, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required by Friday, December 3. To register or for more information call us at 815-858-2273 or visit us online at
The Jo Daviess County Soil and Water Health Coalition were created to support a farmer-led conversation. The coalition is an affiliation of interested individuals leading the effort to encourage education, experimentation, and workable solutions that improve soil health and water quality in a way that enhances profitable agriculture.
According to coalition member Roger Reddington, “This is a chance to share and consider ideas and explore ways to improve soil health, water quality, and your bottom line.” The goals of the program are to illustrate the impacts of various production strategies focusing on soil health and how they may support profits over time. 

Joining in the morning sessions are Dan Smith Southwest Regional Specialist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (“Tillage Economics”) and Dr. Marshall McDaniel, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University (“Can Improvements in Soil Health Make You Money?”).

Timberlake Playhouse Livestream
Timber Lake Playhouse, the premier professional summer theatre of northwest Illinois, announces that they will Live Stream the Saturday, December 11th performance of the new holiday-themed musical comedy What a Wonderful World.  The musical features a score of classic and contemporary pop hits made famous by artists including Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Kelly Clarkson, R.E.M., Imagine Dragons, Kenny Chesney, The Romantics, Shawn Mendes, Hootie & The Blowfish, and Nancy Sinatra among many others.
“Since COVID shut down production at Timber Lake, we have been looking at how we can continue to bring our productions to our patrons as well as expand our audience base around the world,” said Executive Director, Dan Danielowski. “Live stream technology is a way to put TLP productions into your homes on your television, phone, or computer.” 
Recently, TLP has partnered with DePaul University to create a pilot program to live stream the world premiere musical of What a Wonderful World. JoAnne Zielinski and Wendy Roderweiss from DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts faculty will lead a team of professional crew members whose credits hale from TV shows such as “The Kominsky Method”, “Euphoria”, “How to Get Away with Murder”, and “Twenties”.
“When Broadway shut down due to COVID-19, Timber Lake Playhouse saw their industry completely halted,” said JoAnne Zielinski, Associate Professor, DePaul University. “No one knew the kind of impact it would create. Theatres scrambled to reinvent themselves and look for new opportunities to stay relevant. As a patron and supporter of Timber Lake,” said Zielinski, “I felt a real calling to initiate a conversation about the possibilities of live streaming.” Soon after, she made a connection with TLP’s Artistic Director, Paul Stancato, and the project was born. 
“When people cannot be with us in person for a show, live streaming allows our patrons to still be a part of it,” said Paul Stancato, TLP Artistic Director. “We are thrilled to be working with DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts and Broadway On Demand to bring What A Wonderful World to audiences across the country.”
The goal of the pilot is to create a sustainable framework for the playhouse to live stream all productions beginning in the summer of 2022 by hiring DePaul’s film students in paid internship positions.  “DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts has been successfully live streaming high-end events through their Visiting Artist Series for a decade,” said Zielinski. “We train our film students in the medium of live streaming and these internships will give our students the practical, professional experience they need in live-event production.”
What a Wonderful World was developed by Lively McCabe Entertainment of New York City in partnership with BMG. It features a book by Jeremy Desmon, an award-winning musical theatre book writer, and lyricist. Arrangements and orchestrations are by Jesse Vargas, and the show is directed by TLP Artistic Director Paul Stancato. The Live Stream will be available through Broadway on Demand at $25 per ticket. A link is provided on the TLP website.
“Over the past year and a half, TLP audiences have grown to include theatre patrons from around the country,” said Danielowski. “To be able to live stream this show will allow those new audiences, as well as our TLP summer patrons who travel to warmer climates in the winter to see this incredible World Premiere event.”
Opening night events will include a tree lighting event where the entire Front of House Forest will be decorated with thousands of lights. The lighting event will take place at 6:30 with hot chocolate, cider, and cookies available. Opening Thursday and Friday night patrons can take a ride around the TLP campus on the Christmas Trolley and Santa Claus will visit TLP before the show the entire first weekend. Pictures can be taken with Santa in the lobby before the show.
“I am excited about our new partnership with Broadway On Demand and DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts,” said Stancato. “To be able to share this wonderful experience with audiences all across the country is what the streaming space is meant for.”

Adopt -A -Highway
Jo Daviess County has revived the Adopt-A-Highway program and is seeking businesses and organizations to sponsor select roadways as part of a pilot program. In exchange for volunteering, sponsors receive their names on designated road signs. The program is a great way for businesses and organizations to show community pride and promote workplace morale and teamwork.
Groups interested in volunteering or learning more can connect with Steve Keeffer at the Jo Daviess County Highway Department at 815-591-2337 or .
Individuals interested volunteering or learning more can connect with Hendrica Regez of the Jo Daviess County Board at 815-776-0557 or .
Adoptable roadways are:
Menominee Road
Stagecoach Trail east of Heller Lane
Elizabeth Scales Mound Road from U.S. 20 to Stagecoach Trail
Scout Camp Road from Schapville Road to Stagecoach Trail
Canyon Park Road from U.S. 20 to Canyon Road
Derinda Road
Massbach Road south of East Thoren Road
Is your business hiring?
We are creating a weekly newsletter to post on our social media for all of our members who have job opportunities open. The Chamber understands the struggle to find workers post-pandemic, and we want to help you! Just send us your job information at, and we will take care of it from there. It is just another benefit of being a chamber member!