Member Spotlight

Illinois Army National Guard's 130TH Infantry Regiment
11427 Minuteman Road · Marion, IL 62959
p. 618-638-4032 · f.

The Illinois Army National Guard's 130TH Infantry Regiment enjoys a long and distinguished history of service to the United States.

Our stated mission is close with, engage, and kill the enemy in close combat through shock, firepower, and maneuver.  One of the oldest regiments in the United States' order of battle, the Black Hawks have fought with valorous distinction in every single American war.  Serving as French colonial militia during the French and Indian War, we met the British and her allies on the field of battle and forced the surrender of then-Colonel George Washington at Fort Necessity.

We spent the American Revolution as ranging with George Rogers Clark through the Northwest Territory, raiding British outposts while defending our homes. We would return to Canada during the War of 1812, invading several times with the ebb and flow of war.

In the company of a young Captain Abraham Lincoln, we pursued and captured Chief Black Hawk and his Sauk tribe rebels, an action from which we take our name as the nickname as the Army's Black Hawk Regiment.

We joined Winfield Scott on the Long Walk during the Mexican War, fighting hard at Veracruz and Cerro Gordo.  We took an interesting war trophy that time - the peg leg of Santa Ana, and it's still proudly on display.

We fought through the Civil War at Vicksburg, the Wilderness Campaign, Chattanooga, and Forts Henry and Donnelson.  While other Union troops fled, we held the line at Shiloh, gave them time to regroup, and go on to win the day.  For our renown, General Sherman would specifically task us to spearhead his March to the Sea and the Sack of Atlanta. 

We went to the Philippines during the Spanish War, and stayed on for the insurrection.  It was here our regiment crafted the insignia of the 33rd Infantry Division, the Golden Cross, originally as a symbol to terrorize the insurrectionists - gold as a color taboo to the Muslim Moros, and the cross indicative of the unit being predominantly Christian in faith.

We fought through the Somme, Lorraine, Meuse-Argonne, and Picardy sectors during the Great War, and have the honored distinction of being the only Allied unit to never withdraw, and never request reinforcement.

We returned to the Pacific in the Second World War, fighting across the breadth of New Guinea and Morotai, and spearheading the amphibious landings to wrest Luzon from the Japanese.  We froze in Korea, and supplied the Army with replacements in Vietnam.  We deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq several times over.  We have our Medals of Honor and Distinguished Service Crosses, but we left far more inverted rifles, helmets, and dog tags in every corner of the globe.

Short of warfighting, we have no greater mission than to recruit, train, and prepare as the United States' force of choice in any future conflict. Community support and organizational buy-in are key to bolstering individual Soldier, and therefore unit, readiness and effectiveness.  As business and civic leaders, we turn to you as the civilian center of gravity for our area Troops, and hope through an understanding of our capabilities and core competencies, we will gain your endorsement in meeting our mission.

For more information about the National Guard please visit www.nationalguard.com

Ribbon Cutting at Heartland Regional Medical Center

Heartland Regional Medical Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate their new Rehab Services Clinic satellite location.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Business Before Hours program features The HUB

The Marion Chamber of Commerce's Business Before Hours program was held on Thursday, October 23 at Heartland Regional Medical Center and featured The HUB.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walker's Bluff holds Open House

Walker's Bluff held an Open House on Wednesday, October 15 to showcase their facilities.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pepsi MidAmerica holds building dedication ceremony honoring John Rains

On October 17, Pepsi MidAmerica dedicated their Human Resources building in honor of John Rains.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Nomination process open for Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Nominations Committee is now accepting nominations for the Board of Directors.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Centerstone presents at October Membership Luncheon

The October 2014 Membership Luncheon featured representatives from Centerstone.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ribbon cutting held at Casey's on West Main in Marion

Casey's on West Main in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Friday, October 3

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Baysinger Architects hosts Business After Hours event

The October Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, October 2 from 2-6 p.m. at Baysinger Architects.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

30th annual Marion Chamber Golf Scramble a SUCCESS!

The 30th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble was held on Thursday, September 25 at Kokopelli.

More >>

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Curves holds Ribbon Cutting

Curves in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Monday, September 15 to kick off its Open House week.

More >>

Monday, September 15, 2014

Illinois National Guard hosts September Membership Luncheon

This was no ordinary Membership Luncheon!

The Marion Chamber of Commerce September Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, September 9 at noon at the 2ND Battalion - 130TH Infantry Regimental Armory at 11427 Minuteman Road in Marion, Illinois.

More >>

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Marion Chamber launches Mobile App

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is working to help our community become more competitive online. In order for us to achieve this, we need to be sure all of the community businesses are setup properly and ready to broadcast. Each voting member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce has been sent a username and password to access/change/update their business and advertising services provided as part of their membership with the Marion Chamber.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors of the 2014 Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Melise's hosts August Business After Hours event

Melise's hosted the August Business After Hours event

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Member Quarterly Luncheon held

Every quarter the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee holds a New Member Quarterly Luncheon. This quarter’s New Member Quarterly Luncheon was held at Walt’s on August 19 at noon.

More >>

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The HUB presents at August Membership Luncheon

Hilary LeHew and Martin Holleley from The HUB presented at the August Membership Luncheon.

More >>

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ribbon cutting and open house held at Jackson & Gray

Marion Chamber of Commerce members and area residents gathered to help celebrate Jackson & Gray Insurance Co.'s 50th anniversary and building renovation following a fire last year.

More >>

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

July Business After Hours held at South Porte Bank

The July Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, July 24 from 4-6:30 p.m. at South Porte Bank.

Those in attendance enjoyed networking as well as hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided by Kokopelli and a reception for Judy Batchelor, who is now sailing with South Porte Bank!

More >>

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Business Before Hours a success

The first Business Before Hours event was held on Thursday, July 24. More than 30 people participated in the inaugural event. Attendees participated in a "Six Degrees of Separation" networking activity, enjoyed breakfast provided by Heartland Regional Medical Center and listened to a presentation about Disaster Recovery by James Mayer with Mayer Networks.

More >>

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Groundbreaking ceremony held at VW of Marion

Volkswagen of Marion, part of the Ike Family of Dealerships, celebrated the start of construction on their new facility. The ground breaking ceremony was held on Monday, July 14 at 11 am at 4403 W. DeYoung, Marion, IL 62959.

More >>

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ribbon cutting held at Doggie Stylez

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Doggie Stylez in Marion. An open house followed.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Marion IL Sister City Ambassadors travel to Kanie Town Japan

To follow their travels to Kanie Town, their activities while there and their journey home, follow them on Facebook!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Illinois National Guard presents at Monthly Membership Luncheon

The Illinois National Guard presented at the July Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mike Bost speaks at Marion Chamber's Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

Ill. State Rep. Mike Bost spoke at the Legislative Affairs Comm. mtg on 6/18 at South Porte Bank recently.

More >>

Friday, June 27, 2014

Chamber Electricity Aggregation Program

Did you miss your chance to save BIG on your Ameren electric
bills last spring? Enroll your accounts this SUMMER!

More >>

Friday, June 20, 2014

Marion Chamber of Commerce launches new Web site

The Marion Chamber of Commerce has launched a new Web site and new and exciting tools for its members.

More >>

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mayer Networks holds Ribbon Cutting

Mayer Networks in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting on June 6.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Marion Ministerial Alliance spoke at Chamber luncheon

The Marion Ministerial Alliance spoke at the June Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon at Kokopelli on June 10.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Events in the next 30 days...
DateEvent
10/01/14
 -10/31/14
Three shows up in October at LEAA

All three shows are up until the end of Oct. at the Arts Centre on the downtown square in Marion. Arts Centre hours are 9-1 on Mon., and 11-3 Tues.-Sat. 

more info...
10/24/14
 -10/25/14
Halloween Spooktacular

Marion Park District in partnership with ArtStarts welcomes K-8th to the annual Halloween Spooktacular.

more info...
10/25/14
Pancake Breakfast

Kiwanis Club of Marion will have its Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, October 25 from 6:30-10:30 a.m. at the K of C Hall on North Russell Street.
 

more info...
10/25/14
3rd annual Monster Bash Costume Party

Walker's Bluff's Tasting Room presents the 3rd annual Monster Bash Costume Party on Saturday, October 25. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10 cover. 

more info...
10/28/14
Williamson CEO Program informational events

The Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program is now in Williamson County! This new opportunity is available to Juniors and Seniors in Williamson County, with enrollment for the 2015 class to begin this fall. Students will learn about business from YOU!

Please attend the following area events to find out more about the program and how YOU can become involved.

more info...
11/04/14
Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting will be held at 8 a.m. at Heartland Regional Medical Center. 

more info...
11/06/14
Business After Hours Program - Heartland Regional Medical Center

The November Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be held on Thursday, November 6 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the cafe of Heartland Regional Medical Center. 

more info...
11/08/14
2014 Southern Illinois Chili Cook Off

This is the 6th Annual Southern Illinois Chili Cook Off.  We need your help to raise money for local charities.  ALL MONEY STAYS LOCAL!!!


more info...
11/08/14
6th annual Southern Illinois Chili Cookoff

November 8, 2014
9am-4pm
Marion Elks Club Parking Lot

$50 entry fee for chili teams
$25 entry fee for Bloody Mary contest
$5 for public to sample all chilis

Event also includes: silent auction, networking, live music, socializing, chili tasting, family-friendly atmosphere and games!

more info...
11/08/14
Miss Southern Sweetheart Pageant Crowning

Miss Southern Sweetheart Pageant Crowning will take place on Saturday, November 8 at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. 

more info...
11/11/14
Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce monthly Membership Luncheon will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at noon at Kokopelli. 

The cost for lunch is $13, payable at the door.

more info...
11/18/14
Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee meeting

The Membership Committee meet on the third Tuesday of each month at noon. The location of the meeting varies. Please call the Marion Chamber of Commerce to join the Membership Committee, inquire about the location of the next meeting or if you have any questions.

more info...
11/19/14
Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee meeting

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Chamber office. 

more info...
11/20/14
Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting is held on the third Thurday of each month at 8 a.m. at South Porte Bank. 

more info...
11/20/14
Guns and Pot in the Workplace - a 2014 Update

Now in Effect - Illinois' Medical Marijuana legislation and Illinois' Firearm Concealed Carry - Don't miss this seminar that will cover what this new legislation means for Illinois employers!


more info...
11/22/14
new event

Prairie Power Check will be held on November 22 at the University Mall from 8-11 a.m.

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Member Spotlight

Illinois Army National Guard's 130TH Infantry Regiment
11427 Minuteman Road · Marion, IL 62959
p. 618-638-4032 · f.

The Illinois Army National Guard's 130TH Infantry Regiment enjoys a long and distinguished history of service to the United States.

Our stated mission is close with, engage, and kill the enemy in close combat through shock, firepower, and maneuver.  One of the oldest regiments in the United States' order of battle, the Black Hawks have fought with valorous distinction in every single American war.  Serving as French colonial militia during the French and Indian War, we met the British and her allies on the field of battle and forced the surrender of then-Colonel George Washington at Fort Necessity.

We spent the American Revolution as ranging with George Rogers Clark through the Northwest Territory, raiding British outposts while defending our homes. We would return to Canada during the War of 1812, invading several times with the ebb and flow of war.

In the company of a young Captain Abraham Lincoln, we pursued and captured Chief Black Hawk and his Sauk tribe rebels, an action from which we take our name as the nickname as the Army's Black Hawk Regiment.

We joined Winfield Scott on the Long Walk during the Mexican War, fighting hard at Veracruz and Cerro Gordo.  We took an interesting war trophy that time - the peg leg of Santa Ana, and it's still proudly on display.

We fought through the Civil War at Vicksburg, the Wilderness Campaign, Chattanooga, and Forts Henry and Donnelson.  While other Union troops fled, we held the line at Shiloh, gave them time to regroup, and go on to win the day.  For our renown, General Sherman would specifically task us to spearhead his March to the Sea and the Sack of Atlanta. 

We went to the Philippines during the Spanish War, and stayed on for the insurrection.  It was here our regiment crafted the insignia of the 33rd Infantry Division, the Golden Cross, originally as a symbol to terrorize the insurrectionists - gold as a color taboo to the Muslim Moros, and the cross indicative of the unit being predominantly Christian in faith.

We fought through the Somme, Lorraine, Meuse-Argonne, and Picardy sectors during the Great War, and have the honored distinction of being the only Allied unit to never withdraw, and never request reinforcement.

We returned to the Pacific in the Second World War, fighting across the breadth of New Guinea and Morotai, and spearheading the amphibious landings to wrest Luzon from the Japanese.  We froze in Korea, and supplied the Army with replacements in Vietnam.  We deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq several times over.  We have our Medals of Honor and Distinguished Service Crosses, but we left far more inverted rifles, helmets, and dog tags in every corner of the globe.

Short of warfighting, we have no greater mission than to recruit, train, and prepare as the United States' force of choice in any future conflict. Community support and organizational buy-in are key to bolstering individual Soldier, and therefore unit, readiness and effectiveness.  As business and civic leaders, we turn to you as the civilian center of gravity for our area Troops, and hope through an understanding of our capabilities and core competencies, we will gain your endorsement in meeting our mission.

For more information about the National Guard please visit www.nationalguard.com

Ribbon Cutting at Heartland Regional Medical Center

Heartland Regional Medical Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate their new Rehab Services Clinic satellite location.

More >>

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Business Before Hours program features The HUB

The Marion Chamber of Commerce's Business Before Hours program was held on Thursday, October 23 at Heartland Regional Medical Center and featured The HUB.

More >>

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walker's Bluff holds Open House

Walker's Bluff held an Open House on Wednesday, October 15 to showcase their facilities.

More >>

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pepsi MidAmerica holds building dedication ceremony honoring John Rains

On October 17, Pepsi MidAmerica dedicated their Human Resources building in honor of John Rains.

More >>

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nomination process open for Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Nominations Committee is now accepting nominations for the Board of Directors.

More >>

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Centerstone presents at October Membership Luncheon

The October 2014 Membership Luncheon featured representatives from Centerstone.

More >>

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ribbon cutting held at Casey's on West Main in Marion

Casey's on West Main in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Friday, October 3

More >>

Friday, October 03, 2014

Baysinger Architects hosts Business After Hours event

The October Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, October 2 from 2-6 p.m. at Baysinger Architects.

More >>

Thursday, October 02, 2014

30th annual Marion Chamber Golf Scramble a SUCCESS!

The 30th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble was held on Thursday, September 25 at Kokopelli.

More >>

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Curves holds Ribbon Cutting

Curves in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Monday, September 15 to kick off its Open House week.

More >>

Monday, September 15, 2014

Illinois National Guard hosts September Membership Luncheon

This was no ordinary Membership Luncheon!

The Marion Chamber of Commerce September Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, September 9 at noon at the 2ND Battalion - 130TH Infantry Regimental Armory at 11427 Minuteman Road in Marion, Illinois.

More >>

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Marion Chamber launches Mobile App

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is working to help our community become more competitive online. In order for us to achieve this, we need to be sure all of the community businesses are setup properly and ready to broadcast. Each voting member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce has been sent a username and password to access/change/update their business and advertising services provided as part of their membership with the Marion Chamber.

More >>

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors of the 2014 Marion Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble!

More >>

Monday, July 21, 2014

Melise's hosts August Business After Hours event

Melise's hosted the August Business After Hours event

More >>

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Member Quarterly Luncheon held

Every quarter the Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee holds a New Member Quarterly Luncheon. This quarter’s New Member Quarterly Luncheon was held at Walt’s on August 19 at noon.

More >>

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The HUB presents at August Membership Luncheon

Hilary LeHew and Martin Holleley from The HUB presented at the August Membership Luncheon.

More >>

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ribbon cutting and open house held at Jackson & Gray

Marion Chamber of Commerce members and area residents gathered to help celebrate Jackson & Gray Insurance Co.'s 50th anniversary and building renovation following a fire last year.

More >>

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

July Business After Hours held at South Porte Bank

The July Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours was held on Thursday, July 24 from 4-6:30 p.m. at South Porte Bank.

Those in attendance enjoyed networking as well as hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided by Kokopelli and a reception for Judy Batchelor, who is now sailing with South Porte Bank!

More >>

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Business Before Hours a success

The first Business Before Hours event was held on Thursday, July 24. More than 30 people participated in the inaugural event. Attendees participated in a "Six Degrees of Separation" networking activity, enjoyed breakfast provided by Heartland Regional Medical Center and listened to a presentation about Disaster Recovery by James Mayer with Mayer Networks.

More >>

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Groundbreaking ceremony held at VW of Marion

Volkswagen of Marion, part of the Ike Family of Dealerships, celebrated the start of construction on their new facility. The ground breaking ceremony was held on Monday, July 14 at 11 am at 4403 W. DeYoung, Marion, IL 62959.

More >>

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ribbon cutting held at Doggie Stylez

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Doggie Stylez in Marion. An open house followed.

More >>

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Marion IL Sister City Ambassadors travel to Kanie Town Japan

To follow their travels to Kanie Town, their activities while there and their journey home, follow them on Facebook!

More >>

Friday, July 11, 2014

Illinois National Guard presents at Monthly Membership Luncheon

The Illinois National Guard presented at the July Monthly Membership Luncheon.

More >>

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mike Bost speaks at Marion Chamber's Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

Ill. State Rep. Mike Bost spoke at the Legislative Affairs Comm. mtg on 6/18 at South Porte Bank recently.

More >>

Friday, June 27, 2014

Chamber Electricity Aggregation Program

Did you miss your chance to save BIG on your Ameren electric
bills last spring? Enroll your accounts this SUMMER!

More >>

Friday, June 20, 2014

Marion Chamber of Commerce launches new Web site

The Marion Chamber of Commerce has launched a new Web site and new and exciting tools for its members.

More >>

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mayer Networks holds Ribbon Cutting

Mayer Networks in Marion held a Ribbon Cutting on June 6.

More >>

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Marion Ministerial Alliance spoke at Chamber luncheon

The Marion Ministerial Alliance spoke at the June Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon at Kokopelli on June 10.

More >>

Thursday, June 19, 2014