Member Spotlight

5th annual Marion Chamber Bass Tournament Sponsors
Hill Printing, Mack's Marina · and U.S. Angler's Choice
p. Mack's: (618) 964-1821, Hill Printing: (618) 997-5304 · f. No fax

Hill Printing, Mack's Marina, U.S. Angler's Choice and the Marion Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 5th annual two-person Bass Tournament at Mack's Marina on Sunday, March 15. The event was a fundraiser for the Marion Chamber Scholarship Program. 

Dale Dodd and Johnnie Dodd, both of Marion, took home $1,218.92 and the first place trophy for catching five fish weighing 21.07 pounds. They also took home the Big Bass trophy and $470 for catching a 6.17 pound fish. 

Toby Corn of West Frankfort and Jonathan Heyde of Marion took home $429.20 and the second place trophy for catching five fish weighting 19.95 pounds.

John Mocaby and William Mocaby, both of Marion, took home $311.16 and the third place trophy for catching five fish weighing 15.73 pounds.

In fourth place was Bennett Page and Tyler Neal, both of Benton, who caught five fish weighing 14.72 pounds. They earned $236.06.

Taking home fifth place and $171.68 was Tom Webster, of West Frankfort, and Pedo Webster, of Herrin, who caught five fish weighing 14.51 pounds.

In sixth place was Keith Bailey, of Simpson, and Brad Barger, of Stonefort, who took home $128.76 for catching five fish weighing 13.24 pounds.

Greg Marlow and David Smothers, both of Johnston City, earned seventh place and $85.84 for catching five fish weighing 12.63 pounds.

In eighth place was John Templeton, of Coulterville, and Greg Templeton, of Pinckneyville, who caught 12.54 pounds of fish. They were awarded $64.38.

30% of the entry fees went toward the Marion Chamber Scholarship Program. The Marion Chamber of Commerce currently offers two scholarships: John A. Logan College One Year Tuition Waiver and a Grad Spree Scholarship. The Marion Chamber of Commerce awards these scholarships based on the amount of money generated by the fundraising efforts from the previous year. The remaining monies from the tournament constituted plaques and the gross cash purse. 

Sponsors of the guaranteed $500 cash purse for 1st place were Bank of Herrin, Banterra Bank, MidCountry Bank, South Porte Bank and Farmers State Bank. The plaque/trophy sponsor was First Southern Bank

Now is the time to participate in the Chamber's electricity buying group

If you have not participated in our Chamber's electricity buying group you need to. Our broker AGE is going to open a new electricity buying pool for those not in a pool or contract now. If you use more than 15,000 kwh's a year you qualify for our program. If you are below 15,000 kwh's/yr you are already in the city/county plan.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Illinois Metro Unemployment Rates Drop; Job Growth Stalls

March was the thirteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Grad Spree needs your help

It’s that time of the year again to make plans for the Marion 2015 Friends For Life Graduation Spree, Thursday, May 14, 2015, a drug and alcohol free environment for the graduating seniors and their guests.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Brad Dillard presents at April Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 14 at noon at Kokopelli. The presentation was given by Brad Dillard with the River-to-River Relay.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Unemployment Rates Drop in All Metro Areas - Job Growth Uneven

February was the twelfth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Marion Chamber holds 5th annual Bass Tournament

47 boats competed in the tournament at Mack's Marina.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Unemployment Rates Continue Dropping in All Metro Areas

January was the eleventh month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Marion Chamber holds March Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, March 10 at noon at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Celtic Healthcare

Celtic Healthcare, formerly VNA-TIP Healthcare, held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at March 5 at their Marion location.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at SIH Cancer Institute

Southern Illinois Healthcare presented their Grand Unveiling of The Region's Own Comprehensive Cancer Center Built for The Community, by The Community

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Deadline to participate in Marion Community Day advert in SI Miners program is March 1

Marion Community Day will be held on Friday, June 26. The deadline to advertise on the Chamber's pages in the SI Miners program is March 6.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Diamond Drop raises more than $1,000 for The Poshard Foundation

The 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet’s Diamond Drop raised $1,060 for The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Brandon Zanotti speaks at February Membership Luncheon

Cindy Gibbons with the City of Marion spoke about the Sister City Program and Brandon Zanotti, Williamson County States Attorney, gave a presentation.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Illinois Business Leader Magazine

This inaugural edition includes articles on the most timely of issues: a new administration in Springfield; fracking and how it affects you; infrastructure funding for roads, rail and waterways; healthcare mandates; international trade; and worker's compensation, the minimum wage, and other human resources challenges.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What does buying local mean for you?

Shopping local supports the local business, but what does it mean for YOU, the local resident?

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Monday, February 09, 2015

Kristin Paul promoted to Office Manager at Chamber


The Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted on Tuesday to promote Kristin Paul to Office Manager at the Chamber.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

New member benefits added

The Board of Directors voted to add the following Member Benefits: Monthly Luncheon Sponsorship, Member eBlast, and Member Spotlight.

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Feb. 15: Deadline for Health Insurance

At the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, we're here to help you start 2015 off on the right foot. That's why we're offering an affordable health care solution that can help you and your employees now.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

December Unemployment Rates Fall in All Metro Areas

December unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bank On Marion presents at Business Before Hours program

Bank On Marion presented at the January Business Before Hours Program.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet held

The Marion Chamber of Commerce held its 94th Annual Auction & Awards Banquet on Friday, January 16, 2015 at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Video of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Annual Auction & Awards Banquet released

A video of the 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet is available for viewing online.

For a copy of the video, please contact the Marion Chamber of Commerce at director@marionillinois.com or 997-6311.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Diamond Drop to benefit The Poshard Foundation

The 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, at The Pavilion of the City of Marion. The event will feature a social hour, sponsored by Mayer Networks, that begins at 5:30; dinner, beginning at 7 p.m.; award presentations including the Business/Industry of Year Award presentation to AISIN Light Metals; a wine pull, also sponsored by Mayer Networks; and a Diamond Drop, which is a fun event where participants can win thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Marion Chamber announces 2014 Business & Industry of the Year

The Marion Chamber of Commerce announced that the 2014 Business & Industry of the Year is AISIN Light Metals of Marion, Illinois.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Farmers State Bank holds ribbon cutting ceremony, open house

Farmers State Bank held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at their second location - 2806 Outer Drive, Marion, Illinois.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Board election results announced, MJHS Choir performs at December Luncheon

Results of the Board of Directors election were announced and the Marion Junior High School Jazz Choir and Women's Choir performed at the December Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hospice of Southern Illinois hosts Business After Hours program at Marion Subaru

The December Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours program was held on Tuesday, December 2 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.at Marion Subaru and was sponsored by Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Nine elected to Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Nine members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce have been elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Each will serve on the Board from 2015 to 2017.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Free Shop Southern Illinois decals now available

Wesley's Custom Graphics is offering FREE Shop Southern Illinois decals to everyone! To receive your free decal, visit Wesley's Custom Graphics, which is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and located at 208 West DeYoung in Marion.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Electricity & Natural Gas Rate Negotiations Begin For Marion Chamber Members

The Marion Chamber of Commerce and its exclusive program coordinator, Affordable Gas & Electric (AGE), announced they will begin negotiations for electricity and natural gas contract renewals for members who are part of the Southern Illinois Chamber of Commerce Bulk Electricity & Natural Gas Buying Group.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

CASA presents at November Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on November 11 at noon at Kokopelli.

The speaker for November was Jayme Frey Figueroa, Executive Director from Casa of Williamson County.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Heartland Regional Medical Center hosts Business After Hours event

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

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Groundbreaking ceremony held at Williamson County Regional Airport

The Williamson County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for construction of a new Airline Terminal at Williamson County Regional Airport on Friday, October 31 at 11:30 a.m.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Member Spotlight

5th annual Marion Chamber Bass Tournament Sponsors
Hill Printing, Mack's Marina · and U.S. Angler's Choice
p. Mack's: (618) 964-1821, Hill Printing: (618) 997-5304 · f. No fax

Hill Printing, Mack's Marina, U.S. Angler's Choice and the Marion Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 5th annual two-person Bass Tournament at Mack's Marina on Sunday, March 15. The event was a fundraiser for the Marion Chamber Scholarship Program. 

Dale Dodd and Johnnie Dodd, both of Marion, took home $1,218.92 and the first place trophy for catching five fish weighing 21.07 pounds. They also took home the Big Bass trophy and $470 for catching a 6.17 pound fish. 

Toby Corn of West Frankfort and Jonathan Heyde of Marion took home $429.20 and the second place trophy for catching five fish weighting 19.95 pounds.

John Mocaby and William Mocaby, both of Marion, took home $311.16 and the third place trophy for catching five fish weighing 15.73 pounds.

In fourth place was Bennett Page and Tyler Neal, both of Benton, who caught five fish weighing 14.72 pounds. They earned $236.06.

Taking home fifth place and $171.68 was Tom Webster, of West Frankfort, and Pedo Webster, of Herrin, who caught five fish weighing 14.51 pounds.

In sixth place was Keith Bailey, of Simpson, and Brad Barger, of Stonefort, who took home $128.76 for catching five fish weighing 13.24 pounds.

Greg Marlow and David Smothers, both of Johnston City, earned seventh place and $85.84 for catching five fish weighing 12.63 pounds.

In eighth place was John Templeton, of Coulterville, and Greg Templeton, of Pinckneyville, who caught 12.54 pounds of fish. They were awarded $64.38.

30% of the entry fees went toward the Marion Chamber Scholarship Program. The Marion Chamber of Commerce currently offers two scholarships: John A. Logan College One Year Tuition Waiver and a Grad Spree Scholarship. The Marion Chamber of Commerce awards these scholarships based on the amount of money generated by the fundraising efforts from the previous year. The remaining monies from the tournament constituted plaques and the gross cash purse. 

Sponsors of the guaranteed $500 cash purse for 1st place were Bank of Herrin, Banterra Bank, MidCountry Bank, South Porte Bank and Farmers State Bank. The plaque/trophy sponsor was First Southern Bank

Now is the time to participate in the Chamber's electricity buying group

If you have not participated in our Chamber's electricity buying group you need to. Our broker AGE is going to open a new electricity buying pool for those not in a pool or contract now. If you use more than 15,000 kwh's a year you qualify for our program. If you are below 15,000 kwh's/yr you are already in the city/county plan.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Illinois Metro Unemployment Rates Drop; Job Growth Stalls

March was the thirteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Grad Spree needs your help

It’s that time of the year again to make plans for the Marion 2015 Friends For Life Graduation Spree, Thursday, May 14, 2015, a drug and alcohol free environment for the graduating seniors and their guests.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Brad Dillard presents at April Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 14 at noon at Kokopelli. The presentation was given by Brad Dillard with the River-to-River Relay.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Unemployment Rates Drop in All Metro Areas - Job Growth Uneven

February was the twelfth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Marion Chamber holds 5th annual Bass Tournament

47 boats competed in the tournament at Mack's Marina.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Unemployment Rates Continue Dropping in All Metro Areas

January was the eleventh month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Marion Chamber holds March Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on Tuesday, March 10 at noon at Kokopelli.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Celtic Healthcare

Celtic Healthcare, formerly VNA-TIP Healthcare, held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at March 5 at their Marion location.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at SIH Cancer Institute

Southern Illinois Healthcare presented their Grand Unveiling of The Region's Own Comprehensive Cancer Center Built for The Community, by The Community

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Deadline to participate in Marion Community Day advert in SI Miners program is March 1

Marion Community Day will be held on Friday, June 26. The deadline to advertise on the Chamber's pages in the SI Miners program is March 6.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Diamond Drop raises more than $1,000 for The Poshard Foundation

The 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet’s Diamond Drop raised $1,060 for The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.

More >>

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Brandon Zanotti speaks at February Membership Luncheon

Cindy Gibbons with the City of Marion spoke about the Sister City Program and Brandon Zanotti, Williamson County States Attorney, gave a presentation.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Illinois Business Leader Magazine

This inaugural edition includes articles on the most timely of issues: a new administration in Springfield; fracking and how it affects you; infrastructure funding for roads, rail and waterways; healthcare mandates; international trade; and worker's compensation, the minimum wage, and other human resources challenges.

More >>

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What does buying local mean for you?

Shopping local supports the local business, but what does it mean for YOU, the local resident?

More >>

Monday, February 09, 2015

Kristin Paul promoted to Office Manager at Chamber


The Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted on Tuesday to promote Kristin Paul to Office Manager at the Chamber.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

New member benefits added

The Board of Directors voted to add the following Member Benefits: Monthly Luncheon Sponsorship, Member eBlast, and Member Spotlight.

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Feb. 15: Deadline for Health Insurance

At the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, we're here to help you start 2015 off on the right foot. That's why we're offering an affordable health care solution that can help you and your employees now.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

December Unemployment Rates Fall in All Metro Areas

December unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bank On Marion presents at Business Before Hours program

Bank On Marion presented at the January Business Before Hours Program.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet held

The Marion Chamber of Commerce held its 94th Annual Auction & Awards Banquet on Friday, January 16, 2015 at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Video of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Annual Auction & Awards Banquet released

A video of the 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet is available for viewing online.

For a copy of the video, please contact the Marion Chamber of Commerce at director@marionillinois.com or 997-6311.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Diamond Drop to benefit The Poshard Foundation

The 94th annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, at The Pavilion of the City of Marion. The event will feature a social hour, sponsored by Mayer Networks, that begins at 5:30; dinner, beginning at 7 p.m.; award presentations including the Business/Industry of Year Award presentation to AISIN Light Metals; a wine pull, also sponsored by Mayer Networks; and a Diamond Drop, which is a fun event where participants can win thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Marion Chamber announces 2014 Business & Industry of the Year

The Marion Chamber of Commerce announced that the 2014 Business & Industry of the Year is AISIN Light Metals of Marion, Illinois.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Farmers State Bank holds ribbon cutting ceremony, open house

Farmers State Bank held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at their second location - 2806 Outer Drive, Marion, Illinois.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Board election results announced, MJHS Choir performs at December Luncheon

Results of the Board of Directors election were announced and the Marion Junior High School Jazz Choir and Women's Choir performed at the December Monthly Membership Luncheon.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hospice of Southern Illinois hosts Business After Hours program at Marion Subaru

The December Marion Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours program was held on Tuesday, December 2 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.at Marion Subaru and was sponsored by Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Nine elected to Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Nine members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce have been elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Each will serve on the Board from 2015 to 2017.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Free Shop Southern Illinois decals now available

Wesley's Custom Graphics is offering FREE Shop Southern Illinois decals to everyone! To receive your free decal, visit Wesley's Custom Graphics, which is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and located at 208 West DeYoung in Marion.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Electricity & Natural Gas Rate Negotiations Begin For Marion Chamber Members

The Marion Chamber of Commerce and its exclusive program coordinator, Affordable Gas & Electric (AGE), announced they will begin negotiations for electricity and natural gas contract renewals for members who are part of the Southern Illinois Chamber of Commerce Bulk Electricity & Natural Gas Buying Group.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

CASA presents at November Membership Luncheon

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon was held on November 11 at noon at Kokopelli.

The speaker for November was Jayme Frey Figueroa, Executive Director from Casa of Williamson County.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Heartland Regional Medical Center hosts Business After Hours event

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

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Groundbreaking ceremony held at Williamson County Regional Airport

The Williamson County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for construction of a new Airline Terminal at Williamson County Regional Airport on Friday, October 31 at 11:30 a.m.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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