Dairyhaus Opens for 35th Season

Dairyhäus celebrates recent renovation and opening day with Stateline Chamber Ribbon Cutting.

Rockton, IL – It didn’t take long for a group of young and old ice cream lovers to gather at the Dairyhäus on Friday, March 30th. Everyone there was ready to welcome the 35th season and participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony that also celebrated some recent renovations.

Mulligan Restoration recently helped the Dairyhäus freshen up a bit by revamping the front door and the adjacent windows. Current Owner Brent Murray mentioned that there are more plans in store to take effect in the coming years.

The Stateline Chamber started the day’s celebration with Chuck Gilbert, Chamber Executive Director and Founder of the Dairyhäus, welcoming the well gathered audience, of Stateline Chamber Ambassadors, Board members, other supportive chamber members, and of course the community eager to enjoy the good stuff. Local newspapers and TV  stations were on-hand to provide flavorful media coverage.

Brent Murray addressed the crowd and cut the ribbon, officially opening Dairyhäus for business. He thanked his wife, Meredith, for her continued support as well as his mother and father, the store’s dedicated staff, Chuck Gilbert for his mentorship, and the community.

“The Stateline community means the world to me” Murray said.  “Without all the great people I don’t know if I’d enjoy doing this so much”.  Chuck Gilbert, original owner back in 1983 added, “I have a lot of pride when I see this place still here and can take my grandchildren in for ice cream”. A list of ice cream flavors and more information is available by visiting www.dairyhausrockton.com or by visiting their social media outlets such as Facebook.


About The Dairyhäus: The Dairyhäus was founded in 1983 by Chuck Gilbert, a salesman at local Taylor Freezer, as a way to showcase locally made ice cream manufacturing equipment. After many cones, sundaes, and scoops later the shoppe was passed down to Annie Murray. She was given the recipe book of the original twenty four flavors so she could continue the legacy that Dairyhäus holds today. Annie built a pillar of flavors which resulted in families returning summer after summer for our one of a kind service and scrumptious ice cream. Wanting to keep the business traditional and family friendly she then passed the shoppe down to her son, the present day owner, Brent Murray. Since then, ice cream lovers of the world have enjoyed homemade, handcrafted ice cream in a profusion of flavors. Today Brent and his team continues to consolidate Rockton’s emblem of not only ice cream, but community as well.

2018 Awards Finalists Announced

Our 2018 Awards Banquet is set for April 13th, and we now have our list of finalists for the Awards. We would like to thank the community for all of the great nominations you sent in. There are a lot of wonderful people and organizations in the Stateline area, and we feel that these finalists are a shining example of that.

We will announce the winners of each award at the banquet, in addition to the Ambassadors’ pick for Ambassador of the Year, and the Board of Directors’ pick for Member of the Year. To secure your tickets to the banquet, you can call into the office, send in the registration form we mailed to our members, or buy them online.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

This award recognizes a new Stateline Chamber member business for their excellence in a new business venture. Businesses that have been open for less than 2 years are eligible. We encourage you to nominate businesses that have made an immediate impact on the community.


808 Cheesecake – With their incredibly tasty cakes, 808 Cheesecake is a new business in Roscoe that is primed to be around for a while. We are happy to have such a unique business in our area.

Louie’s Tap House – Taking over the old Clubhouse space, Louie’s opened to thunderous support. The Tap House offers the area’s largest offering of craft beers on tap in a great atmosphere. Plus, with a wonderful food menu, serving breakfast lunch and dinner in their Breakfast & Dining Room, they really make Roscoe that much better.

RockTek Workspace – After FatWallet moved out of the facility, and it went underutilized for so many years, FatWallet founder, Tim Storm reinvigorate the space as a cooperative workspace that has grown to house dozens of businesses and community events. FatWallet may be out, but in its place stands a beacon of business and economic development for the Stateline area.

Community Service Award

This award recognizes a business or individual which shows a dedication to community service, both literally and figuratively. Long-term volunteerism should be recognized. This award is a way of showing that we appreciate what those volunteers do for the Stateline.


Jeremy Jones – With his positive attitude, and great support for the Chamber, Jeremy is an asset to the Stateline area. He serves as a Chamber Ambassador, a mentor for the High School’s Entrepreneurship class, and on multiple Chamber event committees, including the Scholarship Committee where he helps give money to area students.

Laura Baluch – As the Stateline Chamber’s inaugural President, Laura worked every day to ensure the Chamber’s future success. Her and her law firm, BSLBV, are longtime supports of the Chamber, offering volunteer time and strong financial support. She also volunteers with Stateline Baseball, Club Blue, American Heart Association, and the Rockford Women’s Cosmopolitan Club.

Anabel Toye – Currently serving as the Secretary for the Chamber, Anabel has been volunteering her time with us since 2014 when she joined the Rockton Chamber Board. Anabel helps plan special events as the committee’s chair, helps plan the Casino Night, and here business, Anabel’s Cleaning, is a part of “Cleaning For a Reason” that offers free house cleaning for cancer patients,

Pride of the Stateline Award

This award recognizes an individual, business or organization for their contributions to the Stateline community. The things that make the Stateline great deserve to be lifted up, but sometimes we take for granted what we have. This award helps to recognize what we have and shouts out loud that we are proud of our own.


Dairyhaus – This year, Dairyhaus is celebrating its 35th year. Making homemade ice cream is no small task. It’s amazing how Dairyhaus has perfected the art while keeping the quaint small town feel. Dairyhaus is a destination for families, friends, and ice cream lovers alike. There is no better place to spend a summer afternoon in downtown Rockton.

Hononegah High School – Ask anyone new to the area why they choose to move here, or why so many families stay here, and you will get the same answer – for the high-quality education their children receive at Hononegah. HCHS is constantly rated among the top districts in IL and the nation. The general sentiment is that as Hononegah goes – so goes the Stateline.

Taylor Company – One of Rockton’s largest employers, Taylor Company supplies the world with industry-leading freezer equipment. Most notably, supplying machines to everyone’s childhood obsession, McDonald’s. Taylor Company continues to be a huge part of the economic development in the Stateline area.

Business of the Year

This award recognizes a Stateline Chamber Member Business for a year of excellence. Growth, economic impact, community support, etc… the Business of the Year shows excellence in everything they do.


Kids Spot, Inc. – Roscoe continues to benefit from Kids Spot’s growth. They invest in the community with their facilities, employing local youth, and bringing families into the community for their top-notch training in Cheer, Dance, and Gymnastics. Stop in and you will see their facilities glowing with young talent, hopes & dreams, and a true community-minded business.

RockTek Workspace – In addition to housing dozens of established and start-up businesses, RockTek supplies meeting and entertainment space to the Chamber and other area organizations in it’s beautiful modern facility. The RockTek team truly is driven by growing business & community together.

Sugar Britches – When Jodi May opened Sugar Britches, it was more than just a candy store. She wanted to create something for the community to be proud of; something with some personality, a unique take on handmade chocolates, and a throwback to the days when kids would save their allowance to spend it all at the local candy store. It worked.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes a business or individual which has a strong history of excellence. Long-term sustainable success is hard to come by. To look back on your life with personal pride is a wonderful achievement. This award is a way of showing that their peers look back with them and share that same level of pride.


Cyndy Fogarty – In an area where many antique shops open and close regularly, Cyndy’s Country Cottage has been a staple – showing that a dedication to community and customer service will pay dividends over time. Cyndy is a respected volunteer and businesswomen in the community that shows us all what truly matters.

Marge Bauch – At the helm of the family business (Roscoe Ready Mix) for 27 years, Marge has a long history of community service. She has served the Chamber as Board Secretary and currently heads up our Ambassadors Club.

Dr. Lynn Gibson – When HCHS announced that Dr. Gibson was retiring, it came as no surprise that the community wondered who could possibly fill her shoes. She has been an amazing leader for the district, working with the community on plans that have developed HCHS into the beacon of pride we have today. We are indebted to her leadership and collaborative nature.

SwedishAmerican to Host FREE Health Talk at St. Peter and Paul Church in Rockford

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is hosting a free health talk on Sunday, April 22 at 1 PM at St. Peter and Paul Church, 617 Lincoln Avenue, Rockford. SwedishAmerican Family Physician Dr. Marden Torrijos will discuss hypertension and high blood pressure. Individuals can learn if they are at risk, available treatment options and tips for families and individuals to stay healthy. Dr. Torrijos is fluent in Spanish and can answer your questions.

Nurses from SwedishAmerican will also be conducting free blood pressure checks. Everyone will take home a free gift. For more information on Dr. Torrijos, please visit www.swedishamerican.org or call (779) 696-7910.

About SwedishAmerican
A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center to Host FREE Educational Talks in April

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center is hosting two free educational talks during the month of April:

Drumming for Wellness will be held on Monday, April 9 at 6:00 PM. SwedishAmerican cancer patients and families are FREE; $10 for all other attendees. Space is limited. Register by calling (779) 696-7081.

Bethany Stiltner, ATR-BC will facilitate the workshop and help individuals get back into their natural groove with rhythmic breathing, guided meditation and meditative drumming. Individuals will experience the healing impact of sound through the vibration of drums, shakers, chimes, wood instruments and vocal toning.

Doodling for Fun & Relaxation will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM. This workshop will give participants information on how to get started with this fun and relaxing past time. No experience needed. Registration is required. Call (779) 696-1663.

All events will be held at Katy’s Place, located inside the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center, 3535 North Bell School Road, Rockford, IL.


About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Beloit Health System Earns 2018 United Way “Live United” Award

Beloit Health System Earns 2018 United Way “Live United” Award

Beloit Health System has received the 2018 United Way Blackhawk Region “Live United” Award.  This prestigious award is given to an organization that displays exceptional support for the United Way through its workforce campaign and volunteer support.

“I was humbled, proud and excited to accept this award on behalf of our employees, physicians and volunteers.  They give so much of themselves each day to our patients, families and our greater community.  It is because of their hard work, dedication and commitment to caring that we received this award,” says Tim McKevett, Beloit Health System President and CEO.

In addition to the “Live United” Award, Beloit Health System was also one of only five organizations in the Stateline area to achieve the United Way’s “Cornerstone Status” by raising over $100,000. Beloit Health System employees also volunteer their time and talents in the community to support United Way its many partner agencies.

“I can’t overstate the generosity of our employees, physicians and volunteers. Their support has enabled the Health System to reach new goals,” added McKevett.  “Not only did they exceed expectations in supporting the United Way, but their efforts were instrumental in enabling us to make the Hendricks Family Heart Hospital, the area’s premier cardiac center of excellence, a reality for our community.”

The 2018 United Way Campaign at Beloit Health System was led by employee captains, Regina Dunkin, Ashley Braswell, Cinthia Brazil, Melissa Leonard, and Heather VanGalder.

The awards were presented during the annual United Way Blackhawk Region Awards breakfast that honors local companies for their support of United Way.


About Beloit Health System
Beloit Health System provides care for the residents of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Home to the Hendricks Family Heart Hospital, Beloit Health System provides the area’s most innovative heart and vascular program. In 2017, the System’s joint replacement program, The Advanced Joint Care Center, became the first in Wisconsin to earn advanced certification in total hip and total knee replacement from the Joint Commission. Beloit Health System facilities include: Beloit Memorial Hospital, Beloit/UW Cancer Center, Occupational Health, Sports and Family Medicine, NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus, NorthPointe Surgery Center; the assisted living facilities located at NorthPointe Terrace and Riverside Terrace; and Beloit Regional Hospice. In addition, the system offers a network of doctors and advanced practice professionals providing care at the Beloit Clinic, Westside Clinic, Clinton Clinic, Darien Clinic, and Janesville Clinic. Visit us online at beloithealthsystem.org.

Women at Work Committee Holds First Luncheon of the Year

On Wednesday, March 21st the Stateline Chamber’s Women at Work Committee held a luncheon at NorthPointe Wellness. With over 20 attendees, it was a well-received event for the first luncheon of the year by the committee. The group enjoyed a networking scavenger hunt, a Mexican fiesta buffet catered by ABC Catering, presentation, and in the fiesta spirit a piñata. The poor thing didn’t stand a chance.


Lea Evers, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones, gave an educational presentation called Five Money Questions for Women. The presentation talked about how different long-term financial planning is for women than it is for men, and why it is so important to be thinking about it now.


The Women at Work Committee has a new Chair this year, Angi Kolthoff of Des Plains Office Equipment. When asked how she feels about taking on this new role she told us, “It’s very rewarding collaborating with the amazing women on this committee to offer events that support women in every workplace and ultimately make our community better. What a pleasure it has been to meet so many incredible people through this opportunity. It really is an honor to serve the Stateline area and I look forward to seeing our events continue to grow.”

Beloit Health System Participates in Inaugural Statewide Flag Raising Ceremony and Moment of Silence

Beloit Health System to Participate in Inaugural Statewide Flag Raising Ceremony and Moment of Silence

Honoring Organ, Tissue and Eye Donors and Families

Monday April 2, 10:08 a.m.


Beloit Health System is among the more than 85 Donate Life Wisconsin member and partner hospital organizations that will simultaneously host a statewide Donate Life Flag raising ceremony and moment of silence to promote the mission of organ, tissue and eye donation, and honor donors and their families.

Donate Life Wisconsin created the inaugural Pause to Give Life event as a new, statewide observance to take place annually on the first Monday morning of April to mark the start of National Donate Life Month.


Monday, April 2 at 10:08 a.m. to highlight the fact that one donor can save eight lives followed by a moment of silence for 1 minute and 14 seconds to recognize the more than 114,000 patients waiting for a life-saving transplant. Of those patients, more than 2,000 are right here in Wisconsin.


Beloit Memorial Hospital – Front Lawn

1969 West Hart Road

Beloit, WI 53511

About the Donate Life Flag:

The Donate Life flag was first introduced in 2006. Since then it has become a national symbol of unity, remembrance and hope, while honoring those touched by donation and transplantation. During the past 12 years, 50,000 Donate Life Flags have flown across America.

About Donate Life Wisconsin:

Donate Life Wisconsin (DLW) is a nonprofit alliance of organizations and caring individuals dedicated to increasing donated organs, eyes and tissues to save and heal lives. Through education and advocacy, DLW inspires people to register as donors and works together to create a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility.

Wisconsin Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Facts:

  • Anyone age 15 and half or older can register as a donor regardless of health, gender or ethnic or racial background.
  • Nearly 3 million, or almost 60 percent of those eligible, have said yes and registered as donors.
  • More than 800 organs were transplanted and more than 700 people received an organ transplant in 2017.
  • There were more than 160 living kidney and liver donors, nearly 250 deceased organ donors, nearly 1,000 tissue donors and nearly 1,200 eye donors in 2017.

Media Contacts:

Beloit Health System, Tina Creighton, tcreighton@beloithealthsystem.org608-931-6060

Donate Life Wisconsin, Pam Kassner, pam@superpear.com414-510-1838

Stateline Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Mercy Health Mobile Clinic

On Thursday, March 22 the Stateline Chamber held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony as Mercyhealth introduced the new Occupational Mobile Health Clinic which will be extremely beneficial to companies who require a high volume of annual testing or group onboarding. The ribbon cutting was held at Chemtool, 801 . Rockton Rd., Rockton, IL.  Onsite services include respiratory programs, hearing programs, flu shots, and more. The  Mobile Health Clinic staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, and nursing partners.

A presentation was given by Jeni Hallett, VP Clinics at Mercyhealth, and tours of the Mobile Health Clinic were provided by several nurse practitioners and nursing partners. The Stateline Chamber.

“Onsite concierge occupational medicine service provides the services that business needs require which minimizes away from work time and provides the high quality expert service that only a knowledgeable, well established Occupational Medicine program can provide.” said Dr. Robert Marshall, Medical Director of Mercyhealth Occupational Health Services.

The Stateline Chamber was well represented by Ambassadors, Board Members, and other supportive Chamber Members. A wooden plaque was given to recognize Mercyhealth as a new member. The plaque will be proudly displayed in the Mobile Health Clinic.

“Meet The Snappers” Scheduled For April 3rd

“Meet The Snappers” Scheduled For April 3rd

Welcome New Manager Webster Garrison And Your 2018 Beloit Snappers

BELOIT, WI – The annual “Meet the Snappers” event will take place Tuesday April 3, 2018, the Beloit Snappers announced Tuesday.  This year’s meet and greet will take place once again at Beloit Memorial High School (1225 Fourth Street, Beloit) in the Cafeteria.  Doors will open up to the public at 6:00 p.m. and the event will run until 8 p.m.

Headlining this season’s event will be new Snappers manager Webster Garrison.  Garrison is no stranger to the Athletics organization, as the 2018 campaign marks his 20th season as a coach or manager in the A’s organization, including managing at five levels. The Snappers Skipper holds a 589-576 (.506) managerial record in 10 seasons.

Though the team is unsure exactly who will be suiting up for Beloit once Opening Day rolls around, this will be the community’s first opportunity to be up close and personal with the 2018 team.  Players will also be available for autographs.  The Snappers coaching and front office staffs will join the players at the event.

In addition to new Manager Webster Garrison, the Snappers also welcome a new General Manager in Jeff Gray.

“This is a wonderful event to kick of the year,” states Gray.  “It means baseball is finally here, and it is great for the fans to meet the coaches and players, and they can form bonds with them throughout the season and follow them for years to come.”

Tickets to “Meet the Snappers” will be $5 per person and kids ages 4 and under can get in free.  Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Snappers via phone at (608) 362-2272 or in person at Pohlman Field (2301 Skyline Drive, Beloit).  Tickets to the event may also be purchased at the door of the Beloit Memorial High School Cafeteria. New team merchandise will be available to purchase at the 2018 “Meet the Snappers” event.  The menu for the evening will be traditional ballpark fare.

The Beloit Snappers are a member of the Midwest League and have been the Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics since 2013.  Opening Day for the Snappers 37th season is April 5, 2018 at Pohlman Field as the Snappers host the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. For more ticket information, contact the Snappers office at (608) 362-2272 or on our website, www.snappersbaseball.com.

Savant Named a 2018 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers by InvestmentNews

ROCKFORD, IL (March 26, 2018) – Savant Capital Management, a nationally-ranked fee-only wealth management firm, has been recognized as a 2018 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers as announced by InvestmentNews today.

Savant was chosen as one of this year’s top-50 based on employer and employee surveys delving into everything from company culture, benefits, career paths and more.

“We are honored to be named a 2018 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “We are committed to providing our team with a workplace culture that is vibrant, forward thinking, and engaging. We attribute our success to our team and we are grateful to their continued dedication to the firm and our clients.”

InvestmentNews partnered with Best Companies Group, an independent research firm specializing in identifying great places to work, to compile the inaugural survey and recognition program. The list is a first of its kind for the financial advice industry.

InvestmentNews is pleased to introduce our readers to firms with supportive cultures where advisers can thrive and are empowered to provide their clients with the best possible investment and financial planning advice,” said Suzanne Siracuse, VP/Publisher, InvestmentNews. “They are role models for other firms in the industry who are striving to improve their own human resource policies and practices.”

Savant will be recognized on May 15th at the first annual Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers Awards Luncheon in Chicago at the University Club. To learn more about the InvestmentNews 2018 50 Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers, please go to investmentnews.com/BestPlacestoWork.

Savant manages nearly $6 billion in assets and employs more than 150 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in Chicago, Freeport, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Peoria, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; and Madison and Park Falls, WI.


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Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

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