Stateline Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Got Slots

Stateline Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for GOT SLOTS


On March 8th the Stateline Chamber proudly facilitated a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Got Slots in South Beloit. The chamber was well represented at the event with members from the Executive Board, Board of Directors, supportive chamber members, and members of the Stateline Chamber’s Ambassadors Club. Terry Bouray, owner of Got Slots, greeted the group and introduced the hard-working employees that help him make Got Slots great.


Everyone in attendance was able to hear about the business’ history and about the commitment they have made for monthly charity donations.


Each month Got Slots holds a celebrity “birthday bash” to raise money for a chosen charity for that month. In March, he held an Elton John birthday bash and in addition to raising funds, they also had three braves souls agree to shaving their head if their financial goal was met. The Stateline Chamber is proud to have members like Got Slots and congratulate them on a successful ribbon cutting. We look forward to working with them more in the future.


About Got Slots: Got Slots is located at 900 Blackhawk Blvd in South Beloit, IL.

Contact: Terry Bouray 779-475-0270


About Stateline Chamber: The Stateline Chamber of Commerce is a regional Chamber, formed from the consolidation of 2 local Chambers from Rockton and Roscoe. Businesses from all kinds of industries, from around the region, are represented in the Chamber. The Chamber proactively stimulates growth in our region by offering a diverse level of community and networking events, educational opportunities, professional resources, and advocacy to their members.

Contact: Chuck Gilbert,, 815-623-9065



ROCKFORD, Illinois— Mercyhealth Occupational Health and Wellness introduces its new Mobile Health Clinic to Winnebago County.

Our mobile occupational health service provides an ideal solution for clients requiring a considerable volume of annual testing or group onboarding. Our experience occupational health professionals coordinate on-site services employees require including:

  • Respiratory programs
  • Hearing conservation programs
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Physicals (DOT, post offer, fit for duty)
  • Flu shots
  • Vaccinations
  • Vision testing

The Mobile Health Clinic staff includes physicians, nurse practitioner and nursing partners.

“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 mobile health clinic will be at Chemtool, 801 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton, IL, at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 22 for an official ribbon cutting with the Stateline Chamber. Representatives from Mercyhealth, Chemtool and the Stateline Chamber will be available for interviews.

How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?

FINANCIAL FOCUS – How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being – but, at the same time, don’t forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape?

Here are a few “healthy living” suggestions that may also apply to your investment portfolio:

Build endurance

Just as exercise can help build your endurance for the demands of a long life, a vigorous investment strategy can help you work towardyour long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement. In practical terms, this means you will need to own some investments with the potential to provide long-term growth. These are the investments that, ideally, you can hold on to for decades and eventually reap the benefits of capital appreciation. Of course, growth-oriented investments, such as most types of stocks, will rise and fall in value over the short term, and there’s no guarantee of profits, or even preserving principal. But if you choose wisely, and you’ve got the patience and discipline to hold on to your investments through the market’s ups and downs, you may well be rewarded.

Maintainan ideal “weight”

You can help yourself stay healthy by maintaining your ideal weight. This can be challenging – as you know from the recently finished holiday season, it’s easy to put on a few extra pounds. And, just as inadvertently, your portfolio can tack on some unneeded weight, too, in the form of redundant investments. Over time, you may have picked up too many similar investment vehicles, resulting in an overconcentration, or “flabbiness,” that can work against you, especially when a market downturn affects the asset class in which you’re overloaded. So, you might be better off liquidating some of your duplicate, or near-duplicate, investments, and using the proceeds to help broaden your investment mix.

Get proper rest

Many studies have shown that we need adequate rest to stay alert and healthy. In your life, you’ve probably already found that if you over-tax your body, you pay a price in your overall well-being. If you look at your investment portfolio as a living entity – which, in a way, it is, as it certainly provides life to your goals and aspirations – then you can see that it, too, can be weakened by stress. And one of the main stress factors is excessive trading. If you’re constantly buying and selling investments in an attempt to boost your returns, you may rack up hefty fees, commissions and taxes – and still not really get the results you wanted. Plus, if you’re frequently moving in and out of different investments, you’ll find it hard to follow a unified, long-term strategy. So, confine your trading to those moves that are really essential – and give your portfolio a rest.

To enjoy your life fully, you’ll want to take care of your physical and financial health – and, as it turns out, you can make similar types of moves to help yourself in both areas.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Snappers Tab Jeff Gray As General Manager

Snappers Tab Jeff Gray As General Manager

Gray Brings Over 13 Years Minor League Experience To Snappers

BELOIT, WI – The Beloit Snappers have named Jeff Gray as the team’s new General Manager, an announcement made this morning by Snappers President Dennis Conerton.

 Gray comes to Beloit from the Swope Park Rangers of the United States Soccer League, where he served as the Director of Business Operations for the 2017 season.

 “We are pleased to welcome Jeff to the Stateline Area and to the Midwest League”, said Conerton. “He is not only passionate about the game of baseball itself, but also has successful experience working in a grass roots Minor League Baseball Community in tandem with its Major League Affiliate. His solid foundation in this business should help him hit the road running here in Beloit.”

 No stranger to baseball, beginning as a batboy in Auburn, New Yok at the age of 11, the New York native previously served as the General Manager for the Bluefield Blue Jays from 2012-2016. Gray spent a total of 13 years in the Toronto Blue Jays organization as he worked at the clubs Minor League training complex in Dunedin, Florida from 2010-2012. During his transition from Dunedin to Bluefield, Gray served as the Associate General Manager for the 2012 U.S. Military All-Star baseball team.

 Gray holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Business from Saint Leo University in Florida and an associate’s degree from Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY.

 Prior to attending Saint Leo University, Gray worked for the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League from 2004-2010.

 “I am looking forward to working for a very well-known franchise in a great league,” Gray said. “The Snappers organization has great potential in carrying on the past, but I also look forward to the growth of the city of Beloit and the surrounding area to make a better fan experience.”

 Gray comes to the Snappers after previous General Manager Seth Flolid resigned to pursue opportunities in the Minneapolis area.


March 1, 2018 (Janesville, WI) – In collaboration with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), Blackhawk Bank held a seminar and workshop on Quick Response Office Cells featuring QRM expert Bill Ritchie. The workshop was held on Tuesday, February 27th at the Blackhawk Technical College Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton, WI.

The benefits of Quick Response Manufacturing and Quick Response Office Cells for businesses are meaningful and immediately applicable. Attendees of the workshop learned how to improve staff effectiveness and team building, ways to turn quotes around faster and more accurately, how to reduce their lead times, and improve their on-time delivery all through hands-on exercises.

Workshop presenter Bill Ritchie started Customer Chain Consulting LLC in 2007 and the Tempus Institute in 2012 – both in an effort to help companies of all sizes realize the benefits of an effective operations  strategy and launch time reduction programs with QRM. Bill is certified trainer and has become known as a respected trainer in QRM.

For more information about future QRM seminars and workshops, please contact Phil Whitehead at 608-713-1997.

Blackhawk Bank has served individuals, families and business owners since 1881. The Bank operates eight full service banking centers in Rockford, Belvidere, Machesney Park and Roscoe, Illinois, and in Beloit and Janesville Wisconsin. The Bank also operates a Mortgage Processing Center in Roscoe, Illinois. Complete information about Blackhawk Bank can be found at

Savant Ranked Among the Top 10 Financial Advisors in Chicago

Firm recognized for the third consecutive year

 ROCKFORD, IL (February 22, 2018) – Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL, with 12 offices in three states, has been named one of the Top 10 Best Chicago Financial Advisors for the third consecutive year.

The selection process was conducted by AdvisoryHQ and was based on a wide range of criteria including fiduciary duty, independence, transparency, level of customized service, history of innovation, fee structure, quality of services provided, team excellence, and wealth of experience. Review and rankings were 100 percent independently researched and written. Firms were unaware they were being reviewed by AdvisoryHQ until after the reviews had been completed and published to the public.

Savant ranked as one of the Top 10 Financial Advisors in Chicago for its proprietary assessment-based approach that not only helps clients grow their portfolio, but also helps them plan and save for life’s unpredictable events. The firm was also touted for its strong emphasis on transparency and trust, and its focus on high-net-worth individuals as well as providing leeway in allowing individuals to meet criteria for becoming a client.

“For more than 30 years, we have provided financial advice made strictly in the best interest of the client,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “We believe it is important to continue to educate and proactively advise our clients on topics that have relevance to their lives and investments. We are honored to be recognized by AdvisoryHQ for our commitment to helping build ideal futures for our clients.”

AdvisoryHQ is a review and ranking news media organization for the financial advisory, investment, mortgage, banking, wealth management, and accounting sectors across the U.S., U.K., and Canada. To view the complete list of rankings, click here.


About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with more than $5 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.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. Click here for more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures.

Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes New Regional Cancer Center Director

SwedishAmerican is pleased to announce Natalie Wilson, MBA, BSN, RN has been named director of the Regional Cancer Center. Effective February 12, Natalie previously served as an operations manager at SwedishAmerican Stateline Clinic in Roscoe.

Natalie brings 15 years of nursing experience, ten of which was in pediatric oncology at UW Health, and six years working in management. A Rockford native, Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Rockford University.

To learn more about the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center, visit or call (779) 696-9400.

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.

Practical Solutions to Help you Sleep Better

What you fear, you create.

Can you relate to this?

Most people probably can: At one point in time, we have probably all had an experience where our mind starts worrying needlessly about something, and all of a sudden our crippling fear has created a problem where the wasn’t one.

Sports are a common time this happens. Relationships are another: You start fretting about something small, and eventually this fretting turns into paranoia, and then POOF—you find yourself bringing negative energy to the table, and alas your once irrational fear has turned into a reality.

What about this one: SLEEP!!

There’s so much emphasis these days on the importance of good sleep on your health, your heart, your metabolism and on and on, that you feel so much pressure to sleep long, sleep deep and sleep enough that your stress is making your scared to go to bed. Suddenly you have a sleep problem!

Human beings are so adept in self-sabotage, aren’t we…

No more!

The purpose of this piece is to give you some practical solutions to your sleep stress. Some of them may work for you, others mays not, but it’s worth generating tangible tools to help you sleep more soundly, as opposed to just fear mongering to you over and over that you need quality sleep to live a quality life.


Try making your room as dark as possible with blackout blinds (if you’re really serious about it, you can even duct tape any small pockets that might let the tiniest amount of light in and make it so dark it’s almost spooky). There is a lot of evidence out there that a pitch-black room helps people get into, and stay in, a deep sleep.


Don’t be a cheap a$$. Spend the money on the right pillow for you. My Pillow ( is a great one if you’re not sure what you need. These pillows aren’t cheap, but they allow you to design a pillow that’s right for you based on your sex, size, and whether you’re a stomach, back or side sleeper etc…


According to a new study, eating fish leads to a good night’s sleep. Read more here:


Experiment with your room’s temperature. Most people don’t sleep well if it’s too hot or too cold. Try turning the heat off, or turning the heat up, or opening a window, and take notes each morning to see how you slept. Did you wake up cold? Too hot that you stripped your PJs off? Adjust accordingly the following night and reassess.


Are you waking up having to pee in the middle of the night? Consider drinking less water before bed. Conversely, are you waking up thirsty? Consider chugging a glass of H2O before you hit the sac. Like temperature, pay attention to what you’re drinking, take notes for a week about how it’s affecting you in the middle of the night, and then adjust accordingly.

Here are three more tips from a real life Sleep Expert, Dr. Steven Grundy—as opposed to the pretend sleep experts you see in mattress ads, who are nothing but mattress salesman trying to sound more important than they are.

Grundy Tip #1 – Shut and Roll
Apparently rolling your eye balls around when your eyes are shut is an effective way to help you fall asleep. Specifically, it causes your brain to release melatonin, the natural sleep hormone, and the quicker you release it, the faster you fall asleep.

He suggests thinking about your day—what you did, who you saw—as you roll your eyes around.

Grundy Tip #2 – Breathe Through Your Nose, Not Your Mouth
Most people breathe through their mouths, but new research says this has a stress effect on your brain, hindering your chances of falling asleep fast. Meanwhile, breathing through our nose sends relaxation signals to your brain.

Grundy Tip #3 – Tell Yourself ‘I’m Staying Awake’
It’s the whole reverse psychology thing. Tell yourself, ‘I”m not going to picture a polar bear,’ and what pops into your brain? A big, white polar bear, of course. Apparently for some people repeating this to themselves helps their brain go the other direction and fall fast asleep. A little hokey? Perhaps, but might be worth giving it a shot.

One final tip: Take melatonin! It’s a great natural sleep aid. Just don’t take it every night and become reliant on it.

Sweet Dreams!

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Grant Supports Family Nature Day

Natural Land Institute is proud to announce that it has received a $2,500 grant for Family Nature Day from the Community
Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund.

Family Nature Day is a free family themed event that features several learning stations scattered throughout Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Illinois. The event will be held on Sat., June 23, 2018, 9 a.m. –
1:00 p.m. Children who visit 6 out of 12 learning stations will earn a Nygren Wetland Junior Naturalist badge and certificate and adults will earn a prize for visiting at least 6 stations.

Family Nature Day is an opportunity for Natural Land Institute to personally engage all ages in learning more about the natural world with positive experiences that will lead to a better understanding about it and
why it’s important to protect nature. “We’re giving people a chance to learn about plants, birds, mammals, insects, water, soil, and so much more with a microscopic view at this event,” said Kim Johnsen, event
coordinator and Director of Marketing & Membership for NLI. She also said, “When they have a chance to learn about all of the aspects of nature they fall in love with it. That’s what we want. When people love something they protect it. We want people to fall in love with nature so they will want to protect it in their community.”

Kids who attend Family Nature Day get a passport with facts and activities to get stamped at each station. Learning station topics are forests, mammals, archeology and human history, wetlands, pollinators,
birds, invaders (invasive species), butterflies and seeds, raptors, prairies, water protection, and soil ecology. There will also be guided tours of the Anne Meyer Prairie Garden and wagon rides during the

Registration is requested for this free event and can be made by calling 815/964-6666 or online after March 1, 2018 at Nygren Wetland Preserve is located at 3190 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton, Ill., 61072.

About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois:
The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern
Illinois. Since its founding in 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $65 million for charitable purposes in the region.

About Nygren Wetland Preserve:
The Carl & Myrna Nygren Wetland Preserve is the largest wildlife sanctuary, at 721 acres, that is owned by the Natural Land Institute. There are upland sand prairies, lowland prairies, wetlands, bottomland forest, oxbow lakes and ponds in the preserve. Raccoon Creek runs through the preserve and the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers flow along its borders. The Dianne Nora Nature Trail is a free 2.5 mile hiking trail around the wetland and is part of the Prairie State Hike app (99¢ in the Apple or Android Store).

About the Natural Land Institute
The Natural Land Institute is celebrating 60 years of preserving natural land in 2018. NLI is a 501(c)3, non-profit land trust and conservation organization based in Rockford, Illinois, which has protected more
than 17,000 acres of natural land in Illinois since 1958. NLI’s current service area covers twelve counties in northern Illinois. NLI’s mission is to create an enduring legacy of natural land in northern Illinois for
people, plants and animals. The President of the Board of Trustees is Mark Maffei. For more information and to donate:

Goldie B. Floberg CEO to Present ICPN Conference Keynote

Goldie B. Floberg Center CEO John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D, will present the keynote address at the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network (ICPN) Annual Conference March 20, 2018.


John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D, CEO of Goldie B. Floberg Center, will present the opening keynote address “Nirvana Through Nerdism: A Geek’s Guide to Mindfulness When Working with People with Challenging Behavior” to attendees of the ICPN Annual Conference. Pingo’s speech uses humor, pop culture references, and interactive experiential exercises to teach ways to resist subconscious negative narratives and recognize and overcome various types of cognitive bias. A focus on understanding and applying mindfulness and related skills will result in attendees leaving the presentation with a set of cognitive techniques that can be applied to better manage the stresses of working in the human services field.


The ICPN website states the conference goal “to explore some of the ‘pieces’ or components needed to support children and adults with intellectual/developmental disables who display challenging behaviors. This will include ruling out medical issues, completing thorough case reviews, reviewing therapy models and Applied Behavior Analysis, and utilizing supports such as Mindfulness and Trauma Informed Care.”


John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-D with over 20 years of experience serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders “…and 45 years of experience being a geek.” Pingo has provided behavioral services for people with developmental disabilities across an array of settings and has extensive experience in administration, currently serving as the CEO of the Goldie B. Floberg Center. He earned his Masters in Rehabilitation Administration and Services and his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. John is also an adjunct faculty for Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Aurora University. John has presented at the state and national levels.


Goldie B. Floberg Center –  In 2018, Goldie B. Floberg Center celebrates 100 years of helping underserved children and families in the Northern Illinois community. Goldie B. Floberg Center delivers the Mission “to empower and enrich the lives of all people served” to children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Through programs such as small group community living services, employment services, and adult learning services, Goldie B. Floberg Center partners with the people served, their families and the community to help individuals with disabilities become fully actualized citizens and members of their community.