EAST PEORIA - The local chapter of United Way reached a major goal in its giving campaign.
The Heart of Illinois United Way announced that it raised $10.5 million in its 2012 Community Campaign.
That's the most the organization has ever raised and nearly twenty percent more money than last year.
United Way made the announcement at Wednesday's Community Campaign Celebration at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.
Campaign chair Steve Gosselin says the amount of money raised is special because of the economy and recent cut backs to government funding organizations.
"So while we're announcing records the reality is we have to drive this amount of money from the community because it's not coming from elsewhere. And the agencies that take care of people in need, don't have as much as they did before to do that," said Gosselin.
More than 300 local organizations help raise the money. United Way says the money will allow the organization to implement more local programs.