$10 Cat Adoption Program Breaks Records

August 2nd, 2015

Program Extended through August

The Aurora Animal Care and Control (AACC) had a record-breaking month during July.  As a result of the $10 cat adoption program, 78 cats now have loving homes. More cats were adopted in July than the first six months of the year combined.  On average, 12 cats are adopted per month.

“We are very pleased, and we thank everyone who adopted one of our beautiful cats,” said AACC Manager Rick Smith. “Many lives were saved through this dynamic partnership with Fox Valley Animal Welfare League.”

Because of the incredible success of the program, AACC is extending the discounted cat adoption program through the end of August.

Residents seeking to add a forever-friend to their family, can adopt an adult cat -six months and older- for only $10.00. The discounted adoption fee, which is regularly $90, includes preventative vaccinations, rabies vaccinations, a microchip and spaying/neutering.

Visit the AACC, located at 600 S. River St., to view available cats Monday – Saturday, 12:00 – 4:30 p.m

For more information, contact the AACC at 630.256.3630

Public Policy Updates

August 2nd, 2015

Economic Growth: Business Licensure Website

Governor signs one-stop license website bill co-sponsored by Reps. Keith Wheeler, Robert Pritchard, Steven Andersson, and Grant Wehrli as well as Sen. Karen McConnaughay. The measure, SB 659, directs the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to create a one-stop “licensure application website” for businesspersons wishing to create new businesses or relocate businesses to Illinois. The General Assembly has directed that information be included on the single website to “walk applicants through” the initial stages of the permit application/license application or applications that may be required for implementation of these job-creation plans. Other states have already set up similar websites.

Gov. Rauner signed SB 659 into law on Friday, July 24, and the new website should be online by July 2017.

Pensions: Public Employees
Attorney General Lisa Madigan signals that SB 1 decision may be appealed to federal Supreme Court. An Illinois Supreme Court decision in early May struck down the 2013 “pension reform” bill, SB 1, and ordered Illinois government officials and taxpayers to cover the entire unfunded costs of pension benefits promised to many Illinois workers in the public sector. These unfunded costs are estimated to exceed $100 billion, and the burden of meeting these costs is one of the elements in the FY16 budget crisis.

The Illinois Supreme Court’s decision was an interpretation of legal language within the Constitution of 1970 that granted explicit contractual protection to pension benefits. While the constitutional interpretation of each state’s constitution is traditionally a subject for the sole jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of that state, some legal scholars believe that the urgency of this issue could grant the Attorney General standing to appeal the 2015 decision to the federal Supreme Court. The Attorney General is in the process of filing a paper asking for additional time to study the issue and possibly file this appeal. Lisa Madigan’s action was described by “Crain’s Chicago Business” on Tuesday, July 28.

DuPage County: Local Government Consolidation
Peter Breen bill abolishes obsolete unit of local government. HB 3747 winds up the affairs of the DuPage County Fair and Exposition Authority. Once-rural DuPage County strongly supports its county fair and, in past years, created an independent authority to operate it. The county’s long-term planning included the farsighted acquisition of a large parcel of property, the County Farm and fairgrounds, much of which was adaptively reused in the late 1980s for the county’s governmental complex and Courthouse Square west of Wheaton.

The DuPage County Fair celebrated its 61st gathering in July 2015. The fairgrounds also serve as a host for other celebration marketplaces and special events throughout the year. As the fairground’s activities diversify, DuPage County fair management has joined other county fairs throughout Illinois in moving towards a joint public-private-sector identity. The DuPage County Fair Association is completing the task of taking over the responsibilities of the Authority, leading to the consolidation of one unit of Illinois local government. With 6,963 units in March of this year, Illinois had more units of local government than any other state in the U.S.

HB 3747 (Breen/Connelly) was signed into law on Wednesday, July 29 by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Annual Back to School Fair Set for Saturday, Aug. 15

August 2nd, 2015

Communities In Schools helps Aurora children return to school with necessary supplies.

The Communities In Schools and Project Unity’s Back To School Fair brings the best of Aurora’s resources together in a collaborative effort between the City of Aurora, First Presbyterian Church, Aurora area schools, public health agencies, non-profit organizations, churches, corporations, and hundreds of volunteers.

Volunteers are still needed on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 10:00 a.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (this is the afternoon fair shift) and from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. (this is the clean-up shift; it requires some heavy lifting). All volunteer activities will be at the Harkness Center located at 60 S. Fourth Street in Aurora, 60505.  Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Joanna at jvanlear@cisaurora.org or 630-256-4505.

Together, we help economically disadvantaged children start off the new school year with many of their school-related needs met in a “one-stop destination.”

More than 3,000 school supply kits and backpacks will be handed out during the fair. Families are also encouraged to take advantage of the free health care opportunities being offered such as immunizations, physicals, and dental screenings. In addition to this, many area social service organizations, school districts and governmental agencies will be on site to promote the programs they offer in Aurora. The fair will be held at the John Harkness Center located at, 60 S. Fourth Street in Aurora from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The fair is open to qualified Aurora area children. The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will provide food pantry vouchers and Word and Worship Church will provide a free clothes closet for participants.

To be eligible, participants must bring the following: a picture ID, proof of Aurora address, a current paycheck or public aid card.  To receive health care services, they must also bring their immunization records. Physicals and immunizations will be provided on-site in the VNA mobile clinic and complementary transportation will be provided to Aunt Martha’s clinic.  Appointments can be scheduled ahead of time.  Call VNA at (630)892-4355 or Aunt Martha’s at (630) 896-7900 to schedule.

This Week’s News from Our Members

August 2nd, 2015

Thank you to Costco for sponsoring the Coffee & Connections on Tuesday, July 21.

Naper Settlement Sundays for August are 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Hours are from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and free sundaes from Culver’s is served from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Visit napersettlement.org for more information.

Thank you to Hesed House for sponsoring a Business After Hours on Thursday, July 23.

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Presence Health is partnering with A Silver Lining Foundation and cancer crusader Dr. Sandy Goldberg to bring free mammograms to uninsured patients in the Fox River Valley area. Call (312) 345-1322.

Save the date: CASA Kane County and Cross Country Education invite you to attend “Personality Disorders and the DSM-5. Speaker will be Gregory W. Lester, PhD. Conference will be Friday, September 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Advocate Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes Lee McFadden, M.D. as an Orthopaedic Surgeon and will see patients at the Highland and Rush-Copley Campus locations.

Thank you to Anytime Fitness Aurora for sponsoring the July Fox Valley Networking Professionals.

Naperville Heritage Society receives a $50,000 NEH grant. This money will enable Naper Settlement’s staff, along with the combined expertise of the museum’s preservation team, conservation consultants and an architectural engineer, to develop a comprehensive plan to address the environmental issues that pose serious threats to the museum’s historical buildings and collections.

Fast Color’s “Deal of the Week” is Free Logo Digitizing for your embroidered item order.

Save the date: DuPage Children’s Museum presents Innovation 15, Building Blocks for Future Leaders.

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. will lead a panel of successful leaders on Thursday, October 22, at 5:30 p.m.

This Week’s Aurora Chamber Newsletter

July 27th, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
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Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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Kane Approves $5K to Businesses for Exports
Deadline is Friday, July 31.

The Kane County Jobs Committee has approved a pilot program that would sweeten the pot for Kane County companies seeking to start or expand their export business.

Under the pilot program, Kane County would give a $5,000 matching grant to up to 10 businesses that apply for and are approved to receive a $5,000 micro-grant from Chicago Metro Exports, a public-private economic development initiative created through a consortium of seven Chicago-area counties.

As a result, a Kane County business could land $10,000, which it can use for marketing, compliance (government paperwork), training or business development. Jobs Committee chairs Becky Gillam and Theresa Barreiro suggested the pilot program as a way to get more Kane County businesses to apply.

To read more, visit our blog.

State FY16 Budget Stalemate Continues
FY16 budget stalemate continues in Springfield. As the State of Illinois entered the fourth week of the new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, there was little if any negotiation in good faith. Instead, a piece-meal approach to the budget crisis continued.

Check out more news on the AuroraChamber.com blog.

This Week’s Member News
The 2015 Western Amateur will be held August 4 – 8 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. This prestigious event invites 156 players from around the globe to complete in one of the most challenging formats in amateur golf. The event includes free public admission and parking. Spectators will also have the opportunity to walk the fairways of one of Golf Digest’s “American’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” alongside the PGA Tour stars of tomorrow.

Presence Health is partnering with A Silver Lining Foundation and cancer crusader Dr. Sandy Goldberg to bring free mammograms to uninsured patients in the Fox River Valley area. Call (312) 345-1322.

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Protecting Our Military Personnel

July 26th, 2015

State Rep. Barbara Wheeler has filed a resolution to protect military personnel in the wake of last Thursday’s attack on the Recruitment Center and Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. House Resolution 658 calls on the U.S. Congress to act swiftly to enact laws that allow military personnel to be armed for their protection in light of several terror attacks that have been carried out on U.S. military installations in recent years.

“The issue of ensuring the safety of those who protect our nation is two-fold in this day of terrorist threats at home and abroad,” said Wheeler. “We expect our military personnel to be able to defend themselves while overseas, but today they also need to protect themselves at home. For this reason, I have filed a resolution that calls on the U.S. Congress to act quickly to allow our service men and women to protect themselves while serving on home soil.” Read more.

Bryant’s first bill becomes law to protect National Guard members’ jobs. State Rep. Terri Bryant received the Governor’s signature on her first piece of legislation on Tuesday. Back in April, Bryant received unanimous support in the House for HB 3721, a bill designed to help National Guard members keep their jobs. Bryant, whose district shares a border with the state of Missouri, explained the need for the measure.

“When a member of the National Guard is called to duty by their own state’s Governor or by the Governor of a neighboring state, this bill would allow them to categorize their work as military service,” Bryant said. “The addition of a ‘military service’ definition to their work in another state affords members of the National Guard protection that their job will be held for them upon a call up to duty in another state.”

Bryant said that while the change may seem small, it is quite significant for the men and women of Illinois serving in the National Guard. Read more.

Illinois Medicaid Expansion Sign-ups Double Predictions

July 26th, 2015

Illinois is among a dozen states where the number of new enrollees surpassed projections for the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health law. While the surge in sign-ups lifts the number of insured people, it has also stoked worries about the future cost to taxpayers.

Illinois and Cook County eventually will have to bear 10 percent of the cost of expanding the safety-net insurance program for the poor. The federal government agreed to pay all costs for the expansion through 2016, but it will begin lowering its share in 2017.

More than twice as many Illinois residents have enrolled under the expansion than was projected by former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. It expected 298,000 people to sign up in 2015, but 623,000 newly eligible Illinoisans enrolled by the end of June. Sign-ups have outstripped forecasts in at least a dozen states, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press.

With more people getting free health care, costs to Illinois and Cook County will increase as the federal government scales back what it pays from 100 percent to 90 percent by 2020. In 2020, the Medicaid expansion will cost the state $208.6 million and Cook County $72.6 million, according to new projections from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration. That year, the federal government’s share of the Medicaid expansion costs will be $3.03 billion.

State FY16 Budget Stalemate Continues

July 26th, 2015

FY16 budget stalemate continues in Springfield. As the State of Illinois entered the fourth week of the new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, there was little if any negotiation in good faith. Instead, a piece-meal approach to the budget crisis continued.

In the House, Democrats again backed a temporary budget to fund certain services at a level that is not sustainable over the course of the entire fiscal year. House Amendment 1 to HB 4143 was adopted by a narrow majority of Democrats, but did not receive enough votes to be passed on Third Reading and was therefore held for future consideration.

The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget believes this plan will ultimately require the expenditure of over $36 billion of GRF taxpayer resources for FY16.

House Republicans continue to stand united in our support for a truly balanced budget that protects the interests of taxpayers, working families and seniors.

This Week’s News from Our Members

July 26th, 2015

Support the 2015 Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle show and the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Sponsorship opportunities available, contact www.emergencyvehicleshow.com for more information.

Did you know Association for Individual Development offers sub-contract manufacturing at their two training centers? Services include: shrink wrapping, assembly, collating, packaging/repackaging, collating, labeling, inspection and fulfillment/mailing. Need a quote, call (847) 931-6237.

Naper Settlement Sundays for August are 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. Hours are from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and free sundaes from Culver’s is served from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Visit napersettlement.org for more information.

Steck Elementary School PTA is planning their 5th Annual Family Fun Run and looking for business sponsors to help with the event. The funds collected from the event go towards children’s activities and programs at Steck Elementary throughout the year. If you are interested in donating please contact Nisha at sanghvi04@gmail.com.

VNA Health Care completed a successful smoking cessation project aimed at patients with cardiac, diabetes or mental health diagnosis.

Monday, July 27, representatives from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will pay a special visit to Mike Douglas, Douglas Carpet One Floor & Home, to personally thank him for their generous support of the Foundation’s Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB) program. BFAB program builds hi-tech “smart homes” for service members returning from war who have been catastrophically injured. In recognition of that support, members of the FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) – acting on their own initiative, as ambassadors of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation – will present a specially-designed shadowbox containing hallowed 9/11 steel from Ground Zero to Mike Douglas. There will be a presentation at both store locations. North Aurora location at 12:00 p.m. and Geneva location at 2:30 p.m.

Oswego School District 308 is excited to announce administrative changes for the 2015 -2016 school year. Susan McDougall, Assistant Director for Gifted Education; Joseph Hoffman, Assistant Director of Secondary Special Education Services; Gerald Wicks, Assistant Principal at Thompson Junior High School; Margaret Darnell, Assistant Principal for Oswego East High School and Kenneth Miller, Assistant Director of Human Resources.

Vendors wanted for the annual Blue-Silver Community Bash hosted by Oswego East High School. The event will be Friday, August 21, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Vendor tables are $25.00 and you can set up and promote your business and sell products. Contact June at jcharlett01@sd308 for more information.

Presence Health is partnering with A Silver Lining Foundation and cancer crusader Dr. Sandy Goldberg to bring free mammograms to uninsured patients in the Fox River Valley area. Call (312) 345-1322.

North Central College is hosting an MBA: Women in Business Seminar on Wednesday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. at its Meiley-Swallow Hall in Naperville. Visit www.noctrl.edu/women-business-seminar to register.

Your Weekly News from the Aurora Chamber

July 20th, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
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Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Green Buddha Life Books
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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Bank of America Merchant Services
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Naperville, IL 60567
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Inspire Realty Partners
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Steve Roake
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Aurora, IL 60504
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Lori Renzetti
8 E. Galena Blvd., Ste. 240
Aurora, IL 60506
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Greg Flynn
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Oak Brook, IL 60523
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Kane Approves $5K to Businesses for Exports
Deadline is Friday, July 31.

The Kane County Jobs Committee has approved a pilot program that would sweeten the pot for Kane County companies seeking to start or expand their export business.

Under the pilot program, Kane County would give a $5,000 matching grant to up to 10 businesses that apply for and are approved to receive a $5,000 micro-grant from Chicago Metro Exports, a public-private economic development initiative created through a consortium of seven Chicago-area counties.

As a result, a Kane County business could land $10,000, which it can use for marketing, compliance (government paperwork), training or business development. Jobs Committee chairs Becky Gillam and Theresa Barreiro suggested the pilot program as a way to get more Kane County businesses to apply.

To read more, visit our blog.

‘Happy Hour’ to Return to Illinois
“Happy Hour” is legal again in Illinois. On Wednesday, Governor Rauner signed SB 398 into law as PA 99-046. The Culinary and Hospitality Modernization Act restores “Happy Hour” in Illinois.

The law allows for discounts for up to 4 hours a day and up to 15 hours a week as long as they are promoted a week in advance. There are limitations to the Happy Hour Law including serving two or more drinks to one person for consumption by that person, increasing the volume of alcoholic liquor contained in a drink or the size of a drink, without proportionally increasing the price regularly charged for that drink on that given day, and more.

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Government Affairs Update

The Illinois House was in session last Wednesday and will return tomorrow. The Senate met Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate has no scheduled return date.

Do You Know Kane Co.’s Manufacturing Champion?

All of us in Kane County have a unique opportunity to celebrate our manufacturing businesses by nominating a Kane County awardee for the 2015 Manufacturing Champion Awards, hosted by the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing.

Congratulations, Basils Greek Dining!

Illinois is famous for some fancy, award-winning restaurants. But some of our best food comes from places that are, well, far from ordinary.

Global Market Opportunities for Medical Device and Equipment Manufacturers

Export Grants and Roundtables for Chicago-Area Medical Startups and Manufacturers

Metro Chicago medical supply manufacturers exported over $1.1 billion last year, fulfilling global demand for high quality American-made medical technology products. Metro Chicago exports more medical technology than any city except New York. Metro Chicago’s medical technology exports have grown by over 37% since 2007.

Compassion Foundation to Host 2nd Annual Ducky Derby

On Saturday, July 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Compassion Foundation will host its second Annual Lucky Ducky Derby event.

Overtime Rule Would Hurt More Than Help

Written by Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO

President Ronald Reagan once said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

Indeed, what the government may see as a helping hand often winds up being a ham-handed effort to impose its will on America’s job creators, resulting in more harm than good. Such is the case with the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule, which the administration claims will extend eligibility for overtime pay to some 5 million workers.

Save Money and Go ‘Green’

Learn More about Incentives to Reduce Your Energy Costs on July 30th

Join the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium, the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing and S&C Electric on July 30th from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at S&C for a program on Energy Incentives for Manufacturers. Register now!

This Week’s Member News

The 2015 Western Amateur will be held August 4 – 8 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. This prestigious event invites 156 players from around the globe to complete in one of the most challenging formats in amateur golf. The event includes free public admission and parking. Spectators will also have the opportunity to walk the fairways of one of Golf Digest’s “American’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” alongside the PGA Tour stars of tomorrow.

VNA Health Care Completes Successful Smoking Cessation Project

VNA Health Care recently completed a successful smoking cessation project aimed at impacting the smoking cessation rates of patients with cardiac, diabetes or mental health diagnosis. The project was funded through a grant from the Kane County Health Department. The grant allowed VNA to provide nurse case management education and follow up to support the patients who indicate they are ready to quit smoking.

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Thursday, July 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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Ribbon Cutting: Wayside Cross Ministries
215 E. New York St., Aurora
Friday, July 24, at 10:00 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Malcolm Wolf
2000 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
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Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 30, at 8:00 a.m.
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