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           The Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce IVAC's inaugural class of Community Cornerstone Recipients. These individuals represent many different industries from across the Illinois Valley. These recipients are hardworking, dedicated individuals whose achievements should not go unnoticed. The following selections are reflections of the work they do and we are excited to share this award with them!

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  • Adam Curran

    Spring Valley Police Department

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  • Gary Peterlin

    Perona, Peterlin & Associates

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  • Jeff VanAutreve

    Johnsons Carpet Shoppe Inc. 

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  • Jessica Kreiser

    Lighted Way Association, Inc.

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  • Julie Eilers

    Spring Valley City Bank

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  • Luke Tomsha

    The Perfectly Flawed Foundation

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  • Lisa "Kelly" Jones

    Maitri Path to Wellness, PLLC & Wellness And Recovery with Maitri, Inc. NFP

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  • Dawn Trompeter

    OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center & OSF Saint Paul Medical Center

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  • Greg Vaccaro

    LaSalle County Circuit Clerk

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  • Jennifer Bias

    Ficek Electric, Communication Systems, Inc., and Camp Aramoni, Inc.

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  • Jim Manning

    Springfield Electric

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  • Kerri Hicks

    Business Employment Skills Team, Inc.

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  • Mike Schmidt

    MCS Advertising

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  • Stanley Wolf Jr.

    Spring Valley City Bank

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  • Dean Tieman

    Tieman Bulders, Inc


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  • JC Heerdt

    Ficek Electric, Stress Free Event Group

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  • Jennifer Scheri

    Illinois Valley Community College


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  • John Spencer

    Starved Rock Media, Inc.


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  • Ryan Linnig

    Dimmick C.C.S.D. #175

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  • Robert Vickrey

    City of Peru

  • Nominations For 2024 Are Opening in July

  • Do you know someone 40 years old or more who is a true force of positive change in your community? If you know someone who lives or works in LaSalle, Bureau, or Putnam counties and is involved in local organizations (even if that someone is you) please nominate them today!

    We believe that age is just a number when it comes to making a difference, and we are thrilled to announce the launch of IVAC's Community Cornerstone Recognition. This prestigious honor celebrates the unsung heroes in our communities who are 40 years and older, transforming lives and shaping our region for the better.

    In every neighborhood, town, and city, there are remarkable individuals who embody the qualities of leadership, mentorship, vision, and compassion. They are the foundation that allow us to build into the future, dedicating their time, wisdom, and energy to improving the lives of others. Now is the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on these extraordinary people and honor their invaluable contributions.

    The Community Cornerstone Award is more than just a recognition. It is an expression of gratitude and a heartfelt tribute to those individuals who have dedicated themselves to making our communities stronger, kinder, and more vibrant. By nominating someone who deserves this honor, you have the chance to give them the recognition they truly deserve and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

    Whether they have spearheaded local initiatives, developed successful businesses, acted as a guiding light for others, or volunteered countless hours, we want to hear about these remarkable individuals. Help us identify the community cornerstones who have laid a strong foundation for our community's continued growth.

    Join us in celebrating the exceptional leaders, mentors, and change-makers who are forty and older. Nominate someone today and let their incredible story of service and dedication inspire us all.

    Together, let's honor the people you should know—the unsung heroes who are the very cornerstones of our communities.