Morton Matters Newsletter
April 2017
In This Issue
Save the Date
Business After Hours

April 20 at
Bertha Frank PAC
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Join Our List
Chamber Board Members
Jacque Austin
Paul Beckman
Brian Cross
Jamie Durdel
Nick Esser
Justin Ferrill
Barbara Heer
Craig Hilliard
Shelly Hunt, Treas.
Mary Jane Johnson
Cathy Kemp
David Mills
Tim Mueller
David Zern, Pres.
Alissa Williams, Vice Pres.
2017 Calendar
2017 150% Club
A Brush of Color
Aaron Miller, Real Estate Broker
Ackerman Family Farms
Alltrust Financial Management
Apostolic Christian Restmor
Barbara Heer, Broker
Brandon Wood Retirement Center
Carius Dairy Queen
CORE Construction
Country Financial
Craig Barley
Crossroads Concrete
David Mills CPA LLC
David W. Kinsinger DDS
Deputy Duct, Div. of ATC Insulators
Heartland Veterinary Clinic
em.bel.lish hair design
IT360 Inc.
JA ROECKER Architecure/Structures
Jay Fox Insurance Agency
Jim Maloof Realtor
Jm Yordy
Keach Architectural Design
Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club
Knapp Johnson Funeral Home
Kuhl Insurance
LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant
Le Nails & Spa
Lennie's Quality Meat Shop
Lighthouse Buick GMC
Liquor Station
Littlefield & Lovell Orthodontics
Marie Fisk, Realtor
Markley's Pest Elimination
McDonald's of Morton
Merlin Birky
Mike Murphy Ford
Mike Yordy Excavation
Mohr & Kerr Engineering & Land Surveying
Morton Buildings
Morton Collision Repair
Morton Dental Center
Morton Family Dentistry
Morton Financial Services
Morton VFW
Oak Lawn Estates
PC Doctor Computer Consulting
Peoria Area Association of Realtors
Ranson & Ranson Dental
RMH Foods
Schooner's of Morton
Season's Gastropub
Stephens Electric
The Iona Group
The Prassas Co./Morton
Towne Center
The Whisler Agency
Tri County Cleaning Systems
Two Men and a Truck
Village of Morton
Villas of Holly Brook
Web Services Inc.
West Central IL Bldg & Construction Trades Council
Witzig Financial Services
Wm. Aupperle & Sons
Yinlun USA Inc.
Yogi's Super Liquors
Save the Date - Plaza Dedication
Finishing touches to the Memorial Plaza are in process. A ceremony to dedicate the Plaza and Veteran's Memorial to our community is scheduled for Memorial Day, May 29 at 11:00 am. Immediately following this dedication, the American Legion will have a Veteran's Ceremony. 
Opening for Chamber/EDC Intern
The Chamber/EDCis looking for a paid intern to do marketing and outreach for 15-20 hours per week. Position available from present to November 2017. Gain valuable knowledge in networking possibilities, career opportunities, and real world business experience, plus gain a wonderful asset to include on your resume. Deadline to apply is April 12.
Reserve Your Ad in the Festival Guide
We are now taking reservations for ads in the 2017 Morton Pumpkin Festival Official Guide Booklet. Early bird pricing is good through April 30. Ads range in price from $100 to $2,000.
Make the Most of Your Membership
April 4
Noon - 1:00 pm
Morton Chamber of Commerce

This informal get together includes a review of free member services, promotional opportunities, and our events and programs. New members, new managers, and current members who would like a quick reminder of their benefits are encouraged to join us! Free to members, but please register so we know how much lunch to provide.
LEAP - Energy Cost Savings
April 25
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Morton Chamber of Commerce
FREE to Chamber Members

Ameren Illinois will present on their Energy Efficiency Programs and cash incentives that are available for Morton area businesses to take advantage of.  The presentation will also include examples of area businesses that have received Ameren Illinois incentives and were able to install energy efficient equipment to lower their natural gas and electric bills. Presenter: John Beintema, LEED Green Associate. Lunch Provided.
Morton Forecast Breakfast 
April 25 from 7:00 - 8:30 am
District 709 Administration Building
Tickets: $15

Join us for pumpkin pancakes and presentations on future plans and key initiatives that will shape the future of our community.

Speakers from Village of Morton, School District 709, 
Morton Public Library, and Morton Park District.

Thanks to Justin Ferrill - Coldwell Banker Commercial 
for sponsoring this event!
Welcome Lenora Fisher!
Lenora Fisher is joining our team as Community Development Director for the Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce. She will be focusing on business assistance, website data and marketing, workforce initiatives and community projects. Lenora's extensive background in public engagement, small business marketing and development, and grant experience will be welcomed to our organizations. 

"I am excited about working with Morton businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents to ensure continued success and economic growth", said Lenora. " As a military kid, I've traveled all over the world and seen a lot of communities.  Morton stands out as a place that has stood the tests of time and has shown great leadership in helping people and businesses thrive.  I look forward to getting to know it better, understanding the strengths of the community and working with those strengths to ensure further success now and into the future."
Chamber Annual Golf Outing
May 5
Shotgun Start at Noon
Pine Lakes Golf Club
$110 per Golfer

Join us for the Morton Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing. Cost includes lunch, green fee, cart and dinner. $35 for non-golfers who want to join us for dinner at approximately 5 pm. Proceeds go to Project Pumpkin, an endowment fund the Morton Chamber launched in 2013 in partnership with the Morton Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to provide access to the Pumpkin Festival for families in need of our community.

Thanks to our lead sponsor:   
Business Briefs
The Morton Villas of Hollybrook dining room is open to the public every day from 7 to 9 am for breakfast, 11 am to 1 pm for lunch, and 4:30 to 6 pm for dinner. Meals are served buffet style. All you can eat for $8 each.
Illinois Chamber Employer Action Day
April 26
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wyndham Springfield City Center

Join the Illinois Chamber at their annual Employer Action Day. Governor Rauner will be speaking and interviewed by Todd Maisch, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber. Hear from Dr. Beth Purvis about education reform. Senators Andy Manar and Barbara Flynn Currie are also invited to join the discussion.

Contact Leigh Ann Brown at the Morton Chamber if you are attending and would like to carpool from Morton. 309-263-2491 or
Chamber Welcomes New Members for 2017
The Morton Park District provides recreation opportunities to the public and manages over 300 acres of property in Morton.

Locally owned and operated, they have been serving the Greater Peoria area since 1898, and are proud of their strong customer service and a conservative banking philosophy. The doors are now open at their new Morton location at 805 W. Jackson St.
Legislative Forum on May 1
Monday, May 1
7:30 - 8:30 am
Freedom Hall

The Morton Chamber Government Affairs committee will be hosting Illinois Senator Brady and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce at Freedom Hall. They will share legislative updates along with briefings on upcoming bills impacting business, health, education and infrastructure. Register today to join this upcoming forum that will include networking, Q&A, coffee and light breakfast. $10 members and $15 non-members.
Morton Community Foundation News
by Scott Witzig

You're invited to our 2017 Grant Announcement Business After Hours, to be held at Bertha Frank Performing Arts Cener on Thursday, April 20, 4:30 - 6:00 pm. It is an open house format, but there will be a presentation at 5:00 pm, during which we will announce the recipients of nearly $40,000 in grants.   Read more