State of the City Address Recap

April 20th, 2015

Thank you to Mayor Tom Weisner for joining us at the annual State of the City address last week. For those wishing to view the address, please click on http://www.aurorausa.com/.

 

And, again, we would like to thank the generous Chamber members who sponsored the event, including:

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.

Cadence Health

Centrue Bank

Chicago Premium Outlets

Cordogan, Clark & Associates

Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum

Engineering Enterprises, Inc.

FHP – O-Cedar

First Midwest Bank

Heartland Recycling

Hollywood Casino – Aurora

HRGreen

Mitutoyo America Corporation

Old Second National Bank

OnLight Aurora

Presence Mercy Medical Center

R.C. Wegman Construction Company

Rasmussen College

Republic Services

Restoration Techs

Rush-Copley Medical Center

SmithAmundsen

Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.

Waubonsee Community College

General Assembly: Illinois House

April 20th, 2015

First of two weeks of Illinois House floor action. The two weeks in mid-April ending on April 24 are the weeks set aside for floor action and final passage of House bills out of the House of Representatives. In many cases, including the fourteen House Republican members who are serving their first full terms, this is a time of intense participation in the lawmaking process as final questions are asked and answered, a bill is debated on the floor, and the final roll call taken that decides whether the bill will survive and be sent to the state Senate for further action.

House members spent long hours on the House floor this week. 444 bills had been advanced from House committees and placed on the chamber’s calendar for possible final action. The Illinois House streams live audio and video feeds of its floor action to the general public.

Local Government Consolidation Task Force

April 20th, 2015

Sanguinetti Task Force continues meetings. The Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Mandate Reform, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, continued to hold meetings this week dedicated to the cause of reduction of burden on Illinois local governments. At a hearing in Carbondale on Monday, April 13, Sanguinetti and her colleagues continued to learn that many of these burdens are caused by mandates imposed on local governments and school districts from Springfield.

The General Assembly may well be asked, before the end of the 2015 spring session, to look at specific legislative proposals aimed at reducing these burdens. These proposals could include not only mandate reductions, but also suggested changes on local governmental labor-management relations and the consolidation of specific units of local government into efficiency-sized units.

This Week’s Member News

April 20th, 2015

Oswego Community Unit School District 308 announces Oswego East High School Senior James Jones is one of 800 African American high school students who recently won an Achievement Scholarship through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The Bednarcik Junior High School Science Olympiad Team recently won several awards at the Neuqua Valley regional competition and medaled in 13 of 23 events for a fourth place overall finish. They moved on to compete in the state tournament at the University of Illinois and students will advance in two separate state categories. The number of students scoring a 24 or higher on the ACT exam has jumped from 30 percent to 35 percent between 2012 and 2014.

The Oasis Christian Fellowship of Aurora is offering “Seeds of Success” on Thursday, April 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 228 E. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL. The cost is $35 and lunch will be provided.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Advocate Dreyer Medical Clinic has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.

Old Second is looking for volunteers to help with the 2nd 2 None Run & Walk, 5k & 10k on Sunday, April 26, at RiverEdge Park. Call Mary Agnes at (630) 479-8116 for more information. To register on-line for the race click here.

Thursday, May 7, at 8:00 a.m., Aurora University’s Human Resource Institute will feature “Concealed Carry in Illinois: What HR Needs to Know” at the school’s Orchard Center. Admission is free and open to the public. Call (630) 947-8923 for more information.

The Dunham Fund has awarded $25,000 grant to the growing online volunteer resource center, Volunteer Fox Valley.

Congratulations to Denise Blettner, Director of Community Engagement for Fox Valley United Way and Hector Ochoa, Mortgage Loan Officer for Old Second Bank for receiving the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Clyde Hewitt Merit Award 2013 – 2014. The Clyde Hewitt Award recognizes members who, through their attendance and participation in club meetings, functions and projects are considered worthy of special recognition.

Registration is open for the 54th annual Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race to be held on Sunday, June 7, on the Fox River. For more information contact the Fox Valley Park District.

VNA Hospice is the host site for the Hospice Foundation of America annual teleconference on Wednesday, April 22. The teleconference is broadcast live and takes place from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be served. To register for the event or for more information contact mmerges@vnahealth.com.

This Week’s Newsletter: State of the City, More

April 13th, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
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
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
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
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Tommy Hilfiger
Meg Coleman
1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Ste. 745
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 236-8749
Retail

Roundy’s Supermarket – Mariano’s
Victor Karlson
3025 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 236-0683
Grocer

Above Board Indoor Environmental
Barton Robertson
Montgomery, IL 60538
(630) 973-6099
Mold Remediation/Fire Damage Restoration

The Studio at 46 West
Wally Kilburg
46 W. New York St., First Floor
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 235-1651
Photographer

Rocktown Adventures
Kevin Versino
107 Spruce St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 506-5706
Retail/Outdoor Sports

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
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State of the City this Thursday; Broadcast Available Online
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner
Mayor, City of Aurora

Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

To view the presentation online, visit www.aurora-il.org

Thank You to the Following Sponsors

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Cadence Health
Centrue Bank
Chicago Premium Outlets
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
FHP-O-Cedar
First Midwest Bank
Heartland Recycling
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
HRGreen
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Republic Services
Restoration Techs
Rush-Copley Medical Center
SmithAmundsen
Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.
Waubonsee Community College

 

Premier Members
Premier Members
2015 Golf Classic presented by FirstMerit Bank
Tuesday, June 23, at Orchard Valley Golf Course

Thank you to FirstMerit Bank for their continued support of the Golf Classic as a Presenting Sponsor. Sponsorships are available – ranging from $250 to $1,500 – and feature a number of great benefits at a remarkable value. Please contact info@aurorachamber.com for details.

Watch your email this Friday when we will announce the opening of registration.

IMSA Invites You to Innovation Breakfast
IMSA invites you to share in the discussion and planning for their Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2). The state-of-the-art innovation center is designed to ignite collaboration and entrepreneurial activity among students, educators, business and the community to solve real-world problems. This renovated 6400-square-foot physical space, due to open May of 2016, will be the home to IN2 a cross generational STEM community hub at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Your input helps plan for future programming and operations.

Please Join IMSA leadership as well as Chamber and community leaders for the discussion.

Friday, May 2, 2015
7:15 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Conclusion

Register

Simon Sinek to Discuss Team Successes
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has invited members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce to attend renowned leadership expert and best-selling author, Simon Sinek on Tuesday, May 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Community Christian Church – Yellow Box,1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Come Together and Others Don’t

Simon will explain what it takes to create an environment in which people work as they were designed-together. It is under these conditions we are at our natural best.

When registering, click on Chamber Member registration, and add “Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce” in the comments.

Register

Public Policy Update
A collection of reports from numerous local races and referenda may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 14, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting- WIT-Enterprises
Tuesday, April 14, at 4:00 9.m.
481 N. Commons Dr., Ste. F
Aurora, IL

State of the City 2015
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Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
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Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 28, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
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Save these dates:
May 19: Coffee & Connections
July 8: ACA Compliance Program

Member News
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Illinois ranks 5th in export-related jobs

April 12th, 2015

From the Chicago Tribune:

Illinois ranks fifth in the number of jobs supported by exports but the growth in number of those jobs has slowed, according to a report published Thursday.

The number of Illinois jobs supported by exports rose only slightly — by 1.3 percent — to 345,050, according to the report from the United States Trade Administration and the Commerce Department. That compares with a post-recession high of 374,162 export-related jobs in 2012.

In 2013, Illinois saw export-related jobs dip nearly 9 percent to 340,609. The decline most likely was because the state saw a drop in exports of machinery, particularly heavy equipment to Australia, said Mary Trupo, a senior adviser at the United States Trade Administration. This was partially offset by increases in other areas, mainly petroleum and coal products, agricultural products, and computer and electronic products, she said.

Texas and California topped the list of states with jobs supported by exports with 1.1 million and 775,320 jobs, respectively.

The report also found that the export of goods from Illinois grew 3 percent in 2014 to a record $68.2 billion, according to the report.

Overall, the state’s export growth has mirrored that of the nation as a whole: double-digit growth from 2004 to 2008, reflecting the strong national and global economy; a drop in 2009 related to the global recession; double-digit growth again in 2010 and 2011 as the world economy recovered; and then slow growth since 2012 as the world economy slowed.

“State exports are always going to be more volatile than national exports,” Trupo said. “But in the case of Illinois they are tracking fairly well and are likely influenced by the same factors.”

Trade-supported jobs are important because they tend to pay more, said Trevor Kincaid, deputy assistant U.S. Trade Representative. “In fact, studies have shown that export-dependent jobs pay up to 18 percent more on average than nonexport jobs.”

The United States is negotiating free trade deals with Asia and the European Union.

The report also listed Illinois’ key agricultural exports, which include soybeans and feeds. The state’s manufacturing exports included machinery, transportation equipment, chemicals, computer and electronic products and petroleum and coal products.

 

Local Government Consolidation Task Force

April 12th, 2015

The Illinois House Republicans report the task force meets in Wheaton, looked at Illinois local government.

Underneath the State of Illinois are almost 7,000 school districts, municipalities, townships, and other units of local government. All of these educational bodies and units of government have the right to charge fees by law, and most of them can levy property and other taxes from their residents. In many cases, Illinois residents are not fully aware of all of the different units of local government they help to support. Illinois law allows public-sector advocates to set up specialty units of local government, such as mosquito-abatement districts and drainage districts, whose taxes and assessment fees appear on residents’ tax bills.

Governor Bruce Rauner and Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti have made Illinois local government consolidation and the reduction of redundant public-sector work one of the focuses of their administration. Sanguinetti is the chairperson of the Local Government Consolidation Task Force, a panel asked to look at this issue. The DuPage-based Lieutenant Governor is familiar with the work of DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin at fighting back against proliferating local governments in his county, and at their initial meeting the members of the newly-appointed Task Force expressed eagerness to look at local areas within Illinois, and at efficiency practices in other states, for guidance on how to craft recommendations to accomplish this task. Cronin offered testimony and guidance to the Task Force’s hearing in Wheaton, held on Wednesday, April 8.

Task force members agreed that Illinois, with 6,963 units of local government (#1 nationwide) has much to learn from other states. One of the commission’s top-priority tasks will be to examine numerous mandates imposed by Springfield upon Illinois educational units and units of local government.

In addition: University of Illinois index shows significant improvement trend.

The Illinois Flash Index, a tabular reduction of Illinois economic numbers and trends published by the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs, rose to 107 in March. The Institute’s Fred Giertz credited Illinois employers with reducing the State’s jobless rate to 6.0% in February. As a momentum indicator, the Flash Index often uses the most-recent figures from previous months to show the momentum of key sectors within Illinois’ economy.

Readings above 100 indicate an expanding Illinois economy. The Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois year-over-year growth rates in corporate earnings, consumer spending, and personal income. The Index had stagnated in a range bounded by 106.0 and 106.8 throughout calendar years 2014, indicating continued slow growth, high unemployment, and low profit margins discouraging private-sector hiring decisions.

Local Election News Highlights

April 12th, 2015

New College of DuPage trustees promise reform, independent thought

The College of DuPage board of trustees is set for an overhaul this spring when three new members take their seats.

The “clean slate” candidates, as they called themselves, promised a fiscal overhaul of the troubled college, bolstered by the board majority they pledged to create with Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton.

Deanne Mazzochi, Frank Napolitano and Charles Bernstein claimed victory in Tuesday’s election. They won out over nine other candidates for the board at the Glen Ellyn-based community college. Mazzochi and Napolitano secured 20 and 16 percent of the votes, respectively, while Bernstein edged out former state Rep. Sandra Pihos by less than 1 percentage point for the last open spot, according to unofficial results. The three ran as a joint effort, backed by Hamilton.

Visit the The Beacon-News for full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/glen-ellyn/news/ct-gle-college-of-dupage-election-folo-tl-0416-20150410-story.html

Opinion: Voters go for a little spring cleaning

You could almost smell the Pine Sol in the air on Tuesday.

Turns out Election Day provided an opportunity for a little spring cleaning in at least a couple local school districts.

Over in Oswego, three newbies got the highest number of votes for Community Unit School District 308, dusting off a trio of board incumbents, including President Bill Walsh, who didn’t have a whiff of a chance after he was forced to run as a write-in following a petition challenge that led to his name being removed from the ballot.

Likewise, over on Aurora’s East Side, voters swept away the only two incumbents on the District 131 ballot, including the board president who, with 10.1 percent of the votes, came in sixth out of nine.

Visit the The Beacon-News for full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/opinion/ct-abn-crosby-school-board-ct-0410-20150410-story.html

New Oswego village president, trustees ready to begin work

Oswego Village President-Elect Gail Johnson intends to bring her style of leadership to the office, one she described as open and collaborative.

“I am a straight-shooter and tell it like it is,” Johnson said.”I will continue to do that in office. It might not always be what someone wants to hear, but I can promise it will always be the truth.”

Johnson defeated opponent Tony Giles in a close race for village president in the April 7 election, a race between two sitting village trustees completing their first and second terms, respectively.

Visit the The Beacon-News for full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-oswego-leaders-st-0412-20150410-story.html

Naperville elections, West Aurora tax hike boost voter turnout

This week’s local elections did not draw throngs of voters to the polls, unofficial election results indicate. However, Naperville’s participation exceeded neighboring communities in the consolidated contests that were decided Tuesday.

Visit the The Naperville Sun for full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-voter-turnout-st-0410-20150409-story.html

Three new board members for District 308 hope to improve communication

Three new members will be seated to the Community Unit School District 308 School Board in the coming weeks.

Brad Banks, Lauri Doyle and Jared Ploger didn’t run together, but they supported one another in Tuesday’s race and had similar platforms that called for better communication between district officials and parents, staff and residents.

Visit the The Beacon-News for full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-oswego-board-winners-st-0409-20150409-story.html

Four new faces for East Aurora School Board

When the four new members of the East Aurora School Board are seated in early May, they’ll have a lot to tackle.

There’s summer construction projects to consider, a facility study in the works and a teachers contract that expires in June.

A new budget has to be adopted for the coming school year, state funding is still questionable and there’s the possibility of refinancing the district’s long-term debt.

Visit the The Beacon-News for full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-east-aurora-school-board-winners-st-0409-20150408-story.html

Aurora’s 5th Ward City Council race not over yet

Not only is the 5th Ward aldermanic race in Aurora not over yet, it likely will not be over for at least two weeks.

The race between Carl Franco and Steve Solarz right now is a difference of 23 votes, with Franco on the winning end. As of Wednesday afternoon, Franco had 1,121 votes and Solarz, 1,098.

But there are still some outstanding votes – absentee, provisional and grace period ballots – to be counted.

Visit the The Beacon-News for full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-aurora-elect-0409-20150408-story.html

Heinz gets eighth term on Montgomery Village Board

The incumbents were re-elected Tuesday to the Montgomery Village Board, and nobody in a way is more of an incumbent than Pete Heinz.

Heinz was elected to his eighth term on the board, village officials said.

Along with Heinz, voters also gave incumbents Stan Bond and Doug Marecek the nod to keep serving on the board. Newcomer Will Nanzer was also on the ballot, but fell short of election. Bond earned 31 percent of the vote, Marecek 29 percent, Heinz almost 28 percent and Nanzer 12 percent.

Visit the The Beacon-News for full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-monty-elect-st-0409-20150408-story.html

Slim lead divides Franco, Solarz in Aurora 5th Ward City Council race

It appears the face of the Aurora City Council will not change much due to Tuesday’s election.

With six City Council seats up, three incumbents faced no opposition, one incumbent held a prohibitive lead and another was leading, according to unofficial results Tuesday evening.

The only change for sure will be in the 5th Ward, where no incumbent was running. According to unofficial results from the Aurora Election Commission, with all 14 precincts reporting, Carl Franco, a retired air traffic controller, held a slim 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent lead over businessman Steve Solarz.

Visit the The Beacon-News for full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-aurora-election-st-0408-20150407-story.html

West Aurora declares victory in referendum vote

West Aurora School District will be making significant improvements to schools in the coming years after voters on Tuesday backed an $84.2 million borrowing plan to finance building projects.

With 50 of 51 precincts reporting, 61 percent of voters approved the borrowing plan, according to unofficial vote totals late Tuesday.

Visit the The Beacon-News for full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-west-aurora-referendum-st-0408-20150407-story.html

Mervine, Franco capture Aurora council seats

In the city’s 5th Ward, retired air traffic controller Carl Franco successfully claimed the council seat held by Alderman John “Whitey” Peters, who did not seek re-election for the first time since 2003. Before that, Peters served 26 years as the Aurora Township clerk.

With all 14 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Franco defeating human relations consultant Steve Solarz 964 votes to 928.

Visit the The Daily Herald for full article: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150407/news/150408853/

Incumbents sweep all three seats in North Aurora

Incumbents have won the three seats up for grabs on the North Aurora village board.

With all 10 precincts in town reporting, unofficial results show Mark Guethle and Laura Curtis were handily re-elected, while Mark Carroll retains the seat he was appointed to nearly a year ago to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Ryan Lambert. Guethle served from 2003 to 2005, ran for village president and lost, but was re-elected to the board in 2009. Curtis has been on the board since 2011.

Visit the The Daily Herald for full article: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150407/news/150408922/

Residents approve District 129’s $84.2M referendum

Residents on Tuesday night approved West Aurora School District 129’s $84.2 million building bond referendum.

According to unofficial results, 3,138 residents voted yes, while 2,072 residents voted no.

The proposed list of projects includes constructing a four-classroom addition at Fearn Elementary School in North Aurora in order to eliminate two mobile classrooms at the school. The estimated cost of the addition is $1.4 million.

Visit the The Kane County Chronicle for full article: http://www.kcchronicle.com/2015/04/08/residents-approve-district-129s-84-2m-referendum/ag213qt/

Guethle, Curtis re-elected to North Aurora Village Board

Incumbent Trustees Mark Guethle and Laura Curtis were re-elected Tuesday night to the North Aurora Village Board.

In addition, Trustee Mark Carroll won election to the board, after being appointed to the board in May. According to unofficial results, Guethle received 1,203 votes, followed by Curtis with 957 votes and Carroll with 910 votes. Challenger Allen Cavender received 568 votes, and challenger Anise Hesson received 527 votes.

Visit the The Kane County Chronicle for full article: http://www.kcchronicle.com/2015/04/08/guethle-curtis-re-elected-to-north-aurora-village-board/a8yu65m/

Oliver, Kelsey secure terms on WCC board

Incumbent Rebecca Oliver held a strong lead over the others running for the Waubonsee Community College Board, according to unofficial election results Tuesday.

Oliver received 12,848 votes across five counties – Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, LaSalle and Will – and the Aurora Election Commission, securing her one of the two six-year terms.

Patrick Kelsey garnered 9,513 votes, more than enough to secure the second seat, results showed. Of the total, he earned about 4,100 votes with Kane County voters.

Visit the The Kane County Chronicle for full article: http://www.kcchronicle.com/2015/04/07/oliver-kelsey-secure-terms-on-wcc-board/anqmfrd/

 

Gov. Rauner Details Legislative Agenda

April 12th, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner has begun putting a finer point on his legislative agenda, telling voters, elected officials and newspaper editorial boards during a tour of Illinois last week that his business-friendly plan is vital to improving the state’s economy.

During appearances in which he made several provocative comments, the Republican tried to build support for his proposals before legislators return to Springfield this week. Among them are a reduction in the cost of workers’ compensation insurance, tighter restrictions on eligibility for unemployment benefits and changes to the judicial system. He said he would back a modest increase in the minimum wage if the Democratic-controlled Legislature supports his plans.

“If we make those kinds of changes, we’ll increase our competitiveness, we’ll grow more jobs,” Rauner said during a stop in the Chicago suburb of Bedford Park.

For the complete article, visit the Chicago Sun-Times.

Simon Sinek to Discuss Team Successes

April 12th, 2015

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has invited members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce to attend renowned leadership expert and best-selling author, Simon Sinek on Tuesday, May 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Community Christian Church – Yellow Box,1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Come Together and Others Don’t

Simon will explain what it takes to create an environment in which people work as they were designed—together. It is under these conditions we are at our natural best.

When registering, click on Chamber Member registration, and add “Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce” in the comments.