Story and Photo by Museum Website Director Ed Emmons
Twenty Three year old Kaitlynd Emmons of Pekin, had a Pekinopoly game given to her and wanted it to go to a place where it would be appreciated and seen by people. She told us that she got on her computer and started researching places, and came across the Tazewell County Museum Website.
She then contacted the Museum and today Kaitlynd brought the Pekinopoly game to the Museum. All she knew is that she thought it was from 1989. I tried finding out more about the origin of this game, so I stopped by Pekin's Chamber of Commerce and talked with Director Bill Fleming. He told me that they had found an old game down stairs some time ago, but he was not sure how it came to be, other than it was probably a fundraising tool. He told me to contact Carol Shields who was the Director of the Chamber in 1989.
When I talked to Carol Shields she did remember the game but could not remember how many were produced, but told me that it definitely was done for fundraising. She suggested I try to contact Peggy Collins who at the time was on the Board of the Chamber and was the chairman of the fundraiser. I did contact Peggy and she believes that the Chamber had approximately 200 games produced. "It was strictly for the Chamber fundraiser, we had Board Members and the fundraising committee of 5 or 6 people go out and sell spots on the board to businesses", Peggy told me. The game was a take off from the very popular Monopoly Board Game.
Kaitlynd is a Junior at Eureka College studying for her Bachelors Degree.
In all fairness to Kaitlynd, she is not any relation to yours truly. As a side note, the photo on the game and box of the game was taken by Jim Deverman.