Karl Eschelbach Memorial

The Triangle of Opportunity and Tazewell and Woodford County loss one of its finest leaders and volunteers on Saturday January 20, 2018. Karl Eschelbach has served on our board since 1996. He was instrumental in many of the past projects and always had a new adventure up his sleeve. He will be so missed by all who knew him. Here is a link to his memorial:


Triangle of Opportunity

Communities located between I-74, I-55 & I-155



WELCOME to the Triangle of Opportunity web site.  It is our hope the information provided on this site will be of value to you.

25 Years
The Triangle of Opportunity celebrates 25-years of existence. In 1993 a group of farsighted individuals decided there was a need for some of the small communities to form an organization to promote common goals. As a result of this need the "Triangle of Opportunity" was formed. The purpose of the "Triangle" is to improve the quality of life for the residents in the area bound (and adjacent) to interstates 74, 55, and 155.To achieve this goal we strive to:

  1. We encourage other villages to join the Triangle of Opportunity
  2. We support an increasing in the economic development base for our area.
  3. We promote and support regional educational opportunities.
  4. We support establishment of recreational activities/facilities.
  5. We support the establishment of new businesses and business retention.
  6. We promote tourism in our communities.

For an overview of our activities see "Goals".


Goals & Accomplishments


Goals & Accomplishments


Develop a stronger unified presence/identity to communicate with existing economic developers:
Enable enhancement of existing Triangle area businesses and promote development opportunities for new ones.
Establish and link Triangle communities' listings of available sites for development. Become a conduit for networking that benefits the triangle area, its organizations, and residents.

Cooperation between Triangle Communities:

          Enhance existing, and develop new area-wide public and private services.
          Share additional services between local governments such as volume purchasing, etc.
          Encourage rural entrepreneurship in triangle Communities


          Encourage youth to become a greater part of their community and reward one senior high school student every   year for their past and continued service to their community by providing a college scholarship in the amount of $500.00.


          Encourage development of a bicycle route through BikeConnectHOI, coordinateda tri-county bike route throughout Peoria,Tazewell, and Woodford Counties;

Promote recreational opportunities throughout the region, such as river canoeing, horse trail-rides, safe bike paths, traveling sports teams and host tournaments.


  1. Establish the Triangle of Opportunity in 1993
  2. Organized the Mapping process for Atlanta, Danvers, & Hopedale, IL.
  3. Helped to create the Atlanta "A" Team to promote business, education,beautification & preservation of thier heritage.
  4. Assisted with the creation of Hopedale Betterment Association
  5. Created the Minier Economic Developement Council
  6. Compiled and Distributed the Triangle Business Directory in 1995 and 1997.
  7. Conducted the inaugural bicycle tour in 1996
  8. Distributed 2000 calendars and 7500 copies of the Business Directory in 1997
  9. Shared community resources through Business After Hours events
  10. Promoted the Tremont Commerce Association Business expo and Food Fair in 1999
  11. Established networking between member communities
  12. Compiled and distributed business Directory in 2000/2001
  13. Promoted tourism in the triangle area
  14. Established the triangle of Opportunity website in 2007
  15. Compiled and distributed 10,000 copies of business directory
  16. Awarded a $500 scholarship to Brittany Doble, a senior from Dee-Mack High School in 2011
  17. Awarded a $500 scholarship to Lindsay Morr, A senior from Olympia High School in 2011
  18. Compiled a color brochure showing tourism sites within the triangle, highlighting Armington, Atlanta, Danvers, Funk's grove, Goodfield, Hopedale, Mackinaw, Minier, Stanford and Tremont
  19. Donated funds to St. Jude Children's research hospital with proceeds from 2012 Annual Bike Tour.
  20. Awarded $500 Scholarship to Caleb Seaton, a senior from Morton High School in 2013
  21. Donated funds to Heart of Illinois Downs Syndrom Association from proceeds from 2013 Bike Tour
  22. Donated funds to family needing shelter after 2013 tornado
  23. Donated to education fund for children of local man killed in military training exercise, Reid Nannon
  24. Awarded a $500 scholarship to Kyleigh Block, A senior from Dee-Mack High School in 2014
  25. Donated funds from the 2014 Triangle Bike Tour to the area Junior Achievement.
  26. Awarded a $500 scholarship to Madison McGinnes, A senior from Dee-Mack High School in 2015
  27. Donated funds from the 2015 Triangle Bike Tour to the McClean Co. Food Bank.
  28. Awarded a $500 scholarship to Shannon Morr, A senior from Olympia High School in 2016
  29. Donated funds from the 2016 Triangle Bike Tour to Triangle Scholarship Grant and Tremont FFA.
  30. Awarded a $500 scholarship to Mary Kate Adams, A senior from Olympia High School in 2017
  31. Donated funds from  2017 Triangle Bike Tour to Triangle Scholarship Grant and the Olympia West D.A.R. E Program

2018 Bicycle Tour aug. 11th

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THanks to everyone that came out to the 2018 Bike tour. It was a great day.

We will announce the date of The 25th Annual Bike Tour for 2019 soon. 


Maps will be provided to each participant.   AUGUST 11, 2018  7:00am -2:00pm  RAIN OR SHINE

7AM Registration Opens   SELF START All Riders Off by 9am

 The routes begin at  Madison Street Hot Rod Shop, 206 E. First Ave. Deer Creek, IL.

Rest Stops
33 mile Course: Deer Creek, Mackinaw, Tremont, & Morton

50 mile Course:  Deer Creek, Mackinaw, Minier, Hopedale, Tremont & Morton

Light Breakfast, snacks & a picnic-style lunch to all registered riders at the tour start in Deer Creek

Registration Fee
Individual Fee ~ $25.00   
Family ~ $55.00 (up to 4 people)

All entrants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult & all entrants under the age of 18 must have an entry form signed by a parent. Helmets are mandatory.   Support vehicles, available as needed

Proceeds from this year's event benefit the Triangle Scholarship Grant & The Deer Creek Community Center Development Fund in honor of Karl Eschlebach.

2018 Cycling Tour Registration Form

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The Mission of the Triangle of Opportunity is to increase and support the economic base of the area, regional educational opportunities, and leadership experiences for Triangle citizens through dynamic, mutually supportive interaction in order to ultimately enhance the quality of life in the Triangle Area. One of our projects is to offer a scholarship to help with collage expenses for a High School Senior

1-$500.00 Scholarship

will be awarded at graduation to

ONE Senior from ONE of the following school districts:

Dee-Mack High School, CUSD # 701

Eureka High School CUSD #140

Morton High School, CUSD #709

Olympia High School, CUSD #16

Tremont High School, CUSD # 702

The 2018 Scholarship winner is Morgan Aldridge
from Olympia High School.

Click HERE for application.
This form, essay and letter of recommendation must be submitted by mail or email no later than

March 15, 2019

Neill Keneipp
Scholarship Committee
PO Box 437
Minier, IL 61759


For more information:  Contact Neill Keneipp at 309.392.3394 or nkeneipp3960@yahoo.com

   Deadline for the 2019 Scholarship round is March 15, 2019.

Past Grant Recipients

2018 - Morgan Aldridge, Olympia High School
2017 -  Mary Kate Adams, Olympia High School
2016 - Shannon Morr, Olympia High School
2015 - Madison McGinnes, Dee-Mack High School
2014 - Kyleigh Block, Dee-Mack High School
2013 - Calee Seaton, Morton High School
2012 - Lindsay Morr, Olympia High School
2011 - Brittany Doble, D
ee-Mack High School



Triangle of Opportunity Meetings are open to the public and all start at 7 pm unless indicated on the meetings list. The Annual Meeting Dinner is held in March each year and is a special gathering with a meal. We would love for you to join us, but would appreciate knowing that you are coming. You can send a message to the President about joining us. HERE


2018 Meeting Dates & Places
All meeting start at 7pm

July 5th - 7:00pm  - Village of Deer Creek                  Deer Creek Village Hall
101 W. 1st Deer Creek, IL.

July 5th Meeting Agenda

Sept 6th-

Nov 1st-




July 5, 2018 Meeting Agenda


2018 Officers

John Birky- President

Jess Slager - Vice President

Neill Keneipp - Secretary

Karl Eschelbach - Treasurer

John Replogle - Past President 2014, 2015 and 2016

Matt Hurley - Past President 2013

Andrew Wise - Past President 2011 and 2012