Savant’s Ryan Monette Gets Published and Joins the Chamber Board

Savant’s Ryan Monette Publishes Articles and Joins Local chamber of Commerce Board

Rockford, IL (September 26, 2016)Ryan Monette, a financial advisor with Savant Capital Management, a nationally-ranked fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, recently joined the Stateline Chamber of Commerce board of directors and was published in Investopedia.

With more than 20 million unique visitors and 60 million page views each month, Investopedia is the world’s leading source of financial content and the largest financial education website in the world. Monette has had four articles published within the past two months. His articles titled “How to Grow Your Tax-Free Bucket of Money,” “How to Fund Your HSA with IRA Dollars,” “Paying Down Debt Early,” and “Top 10 Back to School Financial Planning Tips” have given him the unique opportunity to educate more people on valuable finance related topics.

“At Savant, we always try to improve our lives and the lives of our clients through continuous education and community involvement,” said Monette. “Writing is another way for me to educate and create awareness of all the different ways to help people work toward their ideal future – from helping someone eliminate debt to saving for retirement.”

Monette looks forward to continuing to educate more and more people through his published articles, in addition to his community involvement. Monette also recently joined the Stateline Chamber of Commerce board of directors, where he will proactively work to help stimulate growth in the Rockton and Roscoe communities, while being a valuable resource to local business leaders on finance related topics.


About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $4.7 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

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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SwedishAmerican’s New Radiation Oncologist

SwedishAmerican Introduces New Radiation Oncologist

Ben Durkee, MD, PhD

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center is pleased to introduce its newest Radiation Oncologist Dr. Ben Durkee, MD, PhD.

Dr. Durkee is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology and is board eligible in radiation oncology. He has a special interest in stereotactic radiotherapy/radiosurgery and in women’s health and oncology. Dr. Durkee has won multiple awards for his clinical research, including Best of Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) 2016.

Dr. Durkee received his medical degree from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Additionally, he obtained his PhD in medical physics from the University of Wisconsin in 2009.

For more information on SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center Radiation Oncology, please call (779) 696-9376.

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.

United Way’s Campaign Kickoff

United Way’s annual community campaign kicks off

 Champions of the 2016 Community Campaign announced

(BLACKHAWK REGION) – United Way Blackhawk Region officially launched its annual community campaign at a breakfast held at the ABC Supply Co. corporate hangar at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Close to 400 United Way supporters filled the airport hangar to join in the excitement of the kickoff, enjoy a hearty breakfast and rolled up their sleeves to work on 109 community service projects across the region. An additional 320 people made for a grand total of 720 Day of Caring volunteers, aiding local nonprofits to clean, paint, landscape, build sand boxes, and assist with a variety of other projects.

Building momentum for the morning, United Way officials touted a new collaboration with the City of Beloit, City of Janesville and Rock County to provide a free, mobile-friendly volunteer connectivity platform entitled, “Get Connected.”

“Get Connected is yet another demonstration of the many ways in which United Way invests in the region and provides capacity building for its nonprofit and community partners,” said United Way Blackhawk Region Board Chair Jon Schlemmer. “This engagement platform will not only help nonprofit organizations to recruit, manage and retain support by creating meaningful relationships with volunteer and corporate supporters, but it will also give anyone interested in lending their time and talent a user-friendly system to search volunteer opportunities by keyword, agency or causes they are passionate about.”

Champions of United Way’s 2015 campaign, Milly Babcock and Kim Hendricks were on hand to pass the torch to the local business leaders championing this year’s campaign.

“Collectively, this group owns the Beloit, Janesville, and Newville Culver’s, as well as The Rock Bar and Grill in Beloit. Jim Agate, Bill and Linda Lock, and Ron and Barb Mallon exemplify what it means to take pride in their community and embrace the responsibility of leadership by generously giving back,” said Hendricks. “In addition to their long-time support of United Way, their philanthropy includes everything from Scoopie nights, Thank-a-Farmer and Vets Roll events, providing youth scholarships and serving in a variety of volunteer capacities. Truly, these champions know what it means to live united; they give, advocate and volunteer.”

Linda Lock spoke on behalf of the champions, “It is an honor to lead the charge for United Way’s 2016 community campaign. We’re proudly asking fellow business owners and corporate leaders to host a workplace campaign and encouraging everyone to make a financial contribution. Every dollar is important and makes a meaningful difference in the lives of local people.”

Setting an enthusiastic tone for the campaign, Linda Lock announced that on Monday, Sept. 26 all Rock County Culver’s will host, “Scoopin’ for United Way” and The Rock Bar and Grill will host, “Rockin’ for United Way.” Ten percent of sales at all six locations will be donated to United Way.

Each year, United Way Blackhawk Region hosts an opportunity for community members to pledge gifts supporting United Way’s work. As set by the board of directors, the 2016 campaign goal is $2.4 million. Just under $196,000 in corporate contributions has already been pledged to the 2016 community campaign via 16 pacesetter organizations.

To learn how you can give, advocate or volunteer, visit

About United Way Blackhawk Region

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by Living United, by forging unlikely partnerships and by finding new solutions to old problems; by mobilizing the best resources; and inspiring individuals to join

the fight against a common foe, each community’s most daunting social crises. United Way Blackhawk Region Lives United against poverty, family violence, hunger and homelessness to name a few, by providing community grants and resources to 80 human services programs at 39 nonprofit agencies in Rock County, Wis. and northern Winnebago County, Ill. More information about United Way Blackhawk Region is available at

About United Way’s 2016 Community Campaign Champions

All five of these local business owners reside in the Blackhawk Region; three are graduates of high schools in Rock County.

Jim Agate and Bill Lock opened their first Culver’s restaurant in Beloit in January 1998, in subsequent years the business partners have added Culver’s locations in Huntley, Ill., Twin Falls and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Agate and Lock also own The Rock Bar and Grill Bar in Beloit. Lock and his wife Linda, have three children currently working for the Beloit Culver’s. Agate’s brother and sister are also involved in the local businesses.

Ron and Barb Mallon began their association with Culver’s in 1993, opening their first Janesville restaurant in December 1994. After opening the Milton Avenue location, the Mallon’s have continued to expand their business and currently own Culver’s restaurants on W. Court St. and Midland Rd. in Janesville, and near the I-90/ Hwy 59 interchange in Newville. The couple’s two adult sons are now partners in the family-owned business.

Launch of App Makes Loving Rockford Simple!

ROCKFORD, IL: Today marks the anticipated launch of a new app in the Rock River Valley designed by Rockford Buzz Inc, and modeled after the popular website which promotes a positive look at our region. The app is available for Samsung, Android and Apple phones and is free to download.

Since 2014, the website-based business Rockford Buzz Inc., has grown from the idea that Rockford has much to offer its residents and tourists. “We believe the heart and soul of the Rockford region is pumping steadily with great businesses, events, and diverse community spirit,” says Jacob Bradt, Founder and President of Rockford Buzz Inc. Jacob adds, “This app is a vehicle to connect all of the best things Rockford has to offer together in one place.” The Rockford Buzz app is simple and easy to use for any person with standard knowledge of using applications on a mobile device. With familiar and recognizable icons, navigating through the features such as local business profiles, deals, and positive articles or videos about Rockford Illinois, is easy!

Last but not least, the Rockford Buzz app includes a comprehensive calendar that highlights the number of events happening each day. A user can pull the event feature up on their smart phone to find a wildly diverse selection of events to choose from.

“Rockford Buzz is my go-to online calendar,” says Sarah Clark, Rockford resident, “I am so excited that there is an app now!” Sarah, a recent Buffalo NY transplant, knows the importance of a thriving local community from her years growing up out East as well as her current job working at a locally owned record store. Sarah is getting married in Rockford in October and plans to tell her friends who are flying in from Buffalo about the new app. She says that the ease of use is of great value to tourists and Rockford residents alike who want to see what her new city has to offer.

Rockford Buzz provides local articles, business features, videos, deals and events to residents around the Rockford region since 2014 on Contact for press related inquiries.

Chamber Taking Applications for Office Assistant

The Stateline Chamber of Commerce is looking for a Part Time Office Assistant.

Job would include: Office experience required. Superior Customer Service skills including answering phones and assisting Chamber visitors, Basic Bookkeeping, Clerical Duties including typing, filing, mailing, and preparing documents for Chamber committees and Executive Director, Computer skills (Excel and Word), and assisting the Executive Director with various other office/event duties.

15 to 20 Hours per week

Send resume to Kristi Lambright at (no phone calls)

Application deadline 9/16/2016

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidate selected for interview will be contacted.

SwedishAmerican CEO Gains National Recognition

SwedishAmerican CEO Dr. Bill Gorski Named Top 110 Physician Leader by National Industry Magazine; Only Hospital CEO in Rockford to be Included on List


SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, is pleased to announce that the national industry magazine, Becker’s Hospital Review, has included its president and CEO, Dr. Bill Gorski, in its “110 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems” list, which features presidents and CEOs of hospitals and health systems who also hold medical degrees. Dr. Gorski is the only hospital CEO in Rockford to be included on the list.

Dr. Gorski became SwedishAmerican’s president and CEO in June of 2001. Previously, in addition to maintaining a clinical practice at the health system’s Five Points clinic, he served as president of the SwedishAmerican Primary Care Group and as the organization’s chief medical officer. In those roles, Dr. Gorski was responsible for administration and strategic planning for all system-employed physicians and their practices.

Since becoming SwedishAmerican’s president and CEO, Dr. Gorski has developed strategies that center on focused growth in key clinical areas. He has guided the organization into a new era, marked by the completion of a major $100 million campus expansion and renovation effort that included a new, four-story heart hospital. The health system also has established SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere, opened the free-standing SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center in conjunction with the UW Carbone Cancer Center, and completed a merger with Madison, Wisconsin-based UW Health that is bringing $255 million in capital investments to the Rockford region.

Dr. Gorski received his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College in Ohio. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed his family practice residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. He is board certified in family practice and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Gorski also serves on the board of directors for SwedishAmerican.

Dr. Gorski has lived in Rockford for 39 years. He and his wife, Sue, have four grown children. He shares his leadership with the community by serving on the Transform Rockford Steering Committee, the Alignment Rockford Governing Board, the Rockford Area Economic Development Council and the ROCKFORWARD! Committee. Dr. Gorski also sits on the Rock Valley College Foundation board. He was a campaign chair for the United Way in 2012 and is a former United Way Board member. In addition, Dr. Gorski is past chair of the Rockford Health Council and serves on committees for the Illinois Hospital Association.

Dr. Gorski is included on this prestigious list as he has demonstrated outstanding leadership and clinical expertise throughout his career and has lead initiatives to improve SwedishAmerican and the healthcare communities it serves. To view the full list, please visit


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.

Stateline Chamber Has New Location for First Joint Golf Play Day

The newly formed Stateline Chamber of Commerce announces new location for the 2016 Golf Play Day

Our region is known for its great golf courses. Well, it is Golf Play Day season, and the Stateline Chamber of Commerce has announced a change to their event for 2016. In 2015, the Roscoe & Rockton Chambers were still operating separately, and held their Play Days in Belvidere & Rockton, respectively. When the Chambers merged late 2015, they knew that something had to give.

The first ever Stateline Chamber Golf Play Day will be held at beautiful Ledges Golf Course in Roscoe, IL. Commenting on the move, Event Chairman, Drew Brauer, says:

We are thrilled to be able to bring it back “home” to the Ledges and support the Stateline area with this event.  While our previous partners have been excellent hosts, the Ledges is a beautiful course right here in Roscoe that will be a great location for the event.

Golf Play Days are a traditional form of fundraising for non-profits. However, the Chamber also uses it as a social event, acting as a conduit to build their network and drive professional connections that result in long term regional growth.

With 2 separate events consolidating into one, promotors anticipate the Play Day will be sold out to capacity quickly. There is currently still room for golfers and sponsors, but the Chamber encourages interested parties to act fast.

With hundreds of people involved, this will be an excellent opportunity for businesses to network and create lasting connections, in addition to having a great day on the golf course, eat lots of great food, and win fun prizes. It’s shaping up to be the best event we’ve ever had. – Drew Brauer

Board & Brush Celebrates New Location with Stateline Chamber Ribbon Cutting

On Tuesday May 31st, Board & Brush was welcomed into the Stateline Chamber, about a month after their grand opening at their new location in Roscoe. The occasion was marked with a ribbon cutting attended by Stateline Chamber Members, the owner of Board & Brush, the owner’s family, and employees.

Board & Brush came to Roscoe after Sarah Doyle, the owner of the business, found herself driving multiple times to another Board & Brush location about an hour and half away. Doyle opened the Roscoe location in order to stay close to home and attract business from the Stateline and Rockford areas, while also mixing her love for teaching and crafting.

In joining the chamber, Doyle says, “we are thrilled to bring Board & Brush to the Roscoe community. We joined the Chamber because we think it will be a great opportunity to network and meet people who share a common interest in serving their community and their customers. We couldn’t be more excited.”

At Board & Brush, customers can either book a private party or come to classes where after three hours, they walk away with a handmade and personalized wood sign. Private parties are perfect for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, or even fundraising events. In addition, couples can sign up together for a class for a discounted project. A parent/child class is also offered.

More information on Board & Brush, and the projects and events they offer, can be found on their website. Stop in their store on Main Street in Roscoe to see the variety of signs that decorate the shop and are available to create.

About Board & Brush: Board & Brush was founded in March 2015 and has since grown to having 15 different locations across the Midwest. Customers create a wood sign from start to finish, from sanding and waxing, to staining and assembling. Each piece is personalized with a customized stencil. Board & Brush offers a wide variety of workshops, private parties, birthday parties, and fundraisers.

Machesney Park US Cellular Joins Stateline Chamber with Ribbon Cutting

On Tuesday May 24th, Stateline Chamber members met at US Cellular in Machesney Park to welcome them as new members of the Chamber.

With 15 people in attendance, US Cellular and the Stateline Chamber celebrated the occasion with a ribbon cutting. Several Chamber Ambassadors were there to visit and welcome the newest member.

Before the ribbon cutting, sales manager Kashif Bazal gave a short presentation on the products and features US Cellular offers that are beneficial to businesses in particular. Following, a Bluetooth Headset was raffled off to the Chamber Members in attendance.

We are excited to add another great business to the ranks, and is look forward to the good things in store for US Cellular. More information on US Cellular can be found at their website,, or at their location on Route 173 in Machesney Park.


US Cellular is a national carrier of electronic devices and offers 4G LTE coverage throughout the country. The Machesney Park location re-opened their doors in 2014 after a store remodel to include network enhancements and hands-on access to new products, like phones, tablets, and accessories.

3 HHS Seniors Receive Chamber Scholarships

On Tuesday the 24th, we awarded financial scholarships to three seniors from Hononegah High School. Josyln Juhl, Erin Karg, and Ben Halom were each granted a scholarship of $500 to go towards their college educations.

Stateline Ambassadors, along with the recipients and their families, were in attendance to celebrate the students’ success and commitment to education.

Josyln Juhl will be attending the University of Indianapolis to study Nursing. Erin Karg will be attending Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri to study Criminal Justice and play for their softball team. Ben Halom will be attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities to study History.

We are thrilled to help these three students in the financing and pursuit of higher education. Keep an eye out in the coming months for more information in regards to next year’s scholarship.