What is the Virtual Enterprises International?
The Virtual Enterprise (VE) is a simulated business environment. The VEI employees (i.e. the students) will be involved in actual “on-the-job” work experiences, including purchasing, sales, marketing, accounting, personnel, etc. The only difference between the VE and an actual business is that no material goods are produced or legal tender exchanged. However, in our case, services will be provided. The VE will generate the documents and information needed to do business with other VE’s in New York City, other States and abroad. Students will work in one or more of the departments in the VE organization. In their department, they will be expected to work individually and as a member of a team to fulfill the responsibilities and tasks associated with your department. Students will develop initiative, creativity, and responsibility, enhance your oral and written communication skills, and improve their ability to work on a team.
Who: Students will be interviewing for a position within VEI. Our company name was already decided upon: Mistic. Students will be interviewing for one of the following Vice President positions within Mistic: VP of Finance, VP of Sales and Promotion, VP of Marketing, VP of Administration and VP of HR.
What: I need volunteers to administer the interview questions to the students on September 27th, 28th and possible the 30th. Volunteers will also be assisted in the interview process by one of the Executive level members. Those students who wanted to run for an Executive level position have already interviewed and they have their role. Since they are Executive level they need to be involved in the interview process and they will assist the volunteers who are running the interview. Have the Executive ask at least 1-2 questions off the template and any follow-up questions they may have.
When: September 27th, 28th and possibly the 30th from 1:11 – 2::01. This is 7th period and that’s when VEI takes place. Plan on showing up at 12:45 and leaving by 2:30
Why: Students are going to gain real-world experience by interviewing with business professionals such as yourself. The “interview process” has been on-going in class with me observing classroom behavior, business skills and etiquette and how students work in groups. This is the final stage of that interview and it would be more beneficial to them if someone, other than myself, actually interviewed them.
Where: The specific interview location will be West Aurora High School. There will be interview tables set up along the concourse outside of the Auditorium. Five interview tables will be set up and five interviews will be going on at the same time.
The Waubonsie Valley High School Robotics Club is looking for some professional mentors to periodically assist our club in designing and building our robots in preparation for our competition season. We are looking for any mentors that potentially work in the field of robotics directly or the mechanical engineering field.
If your career path or personal interests have a skill set that match the robotics field or mechanical engineering field we would love for you to come and work with our students from time to time based on your availability. We meet Tuesday and Thursday from 230 to 5 at WVHS.
Please contact Matt Ristow, Technology and Engineering Education Department, at if you are interested in helping out. We have an energetic, hard working group of approximately 35 students comprising 7-8 teams of 4-6 team members. Please come out, share your knowledge and have some fun with the students!
Last week, the U.S. Chamber launched a comprehensive effort to mobilize the business community and Main Street economic voters leading up to Election Day. The initiative includes an online toolkit that provides users with the information needed to vote in their states and districts, as well as the opportunity for businesses to engage their employees in the effort. You may have seen The Wall Street Journal article highlighting our voter turnout efforts, which can be accessed here.
The effort features the Vote For Jobs website with state-specific voting information including early voting and absentee ballots. We encourage you also to visit the voter toolkit, which includes sample Get-Out-The-Vote email messages, blog posts, press releases, and more.
The launch is being supported with a new video to remind all Americans of the virtues of free enterprise and the power of our democracy. With your partnership, we are uniquely positioned to engage tens of millions of voters in the final weeks of the election: building upon a century of working together to strengthen our country’s economy and future.
House Republicans appointed to Human Trafficking Task Force. The 14-member Task Force has been asked to develop ideas for new State laws and policies to crack down on human trafficking. The Task Force was created by HB 2822 (Jesiel/McConnaughay), which was enacted into law earlier this year as P.A. 99-864. Three House Republican legislators, Sheri Jesiel, Patti Bellock and Barbara Wheeler, served as lead sponsors of the bill and have been appointed to serve on the Task Force.
The new Task Force has been asked to hold hearings and report to the General Assembly on or before June 30, 2017 on ways and means to address the growing problem of human trafficking across Illinois. In addition to lawmakers, the Task Force will include a high-ranking member of the Illinois State Police to be chosen by the Director and a representative of the Chicago Regional Human Trafficking Task Force to be chosen by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“Human trafficking” is a euphemism used to describe the forced movement or confinement of human beings. Most, but not all, of the victims of human trafficking are girls or women, and most, but not all, are trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center, which operates a nationwide hotline (1-888-373-7888) to report cases of human trafficking, reports that since 2007 they have received 130,485 reports of human trafficking throughout the United States. Many of these reports are multiple references to single individuals. The Center believes these reports represent 27,775 separate cases of human trafficking involving up to 29,880 victims. In some cases, more than one person is being victimized.
The Center further discloses that 3,646 cases of alleged human trafficking have been reported to it so far this year throughout the U.S., including 94 cases from Illinois.
COGFA tracks continued growth in Illinois video gaming. The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA), the nonpartisan budget-analysis arm of the General Assembly, annually tracks and reports on revenues from Illinois-based wagering activities. Due to changes in law and technology, our gaming industries are shifting in identity. Illinois gaming taxes are deposited into either general funds or into other, earmarked State budget funds, depending on which type of gambling the tax was imposed on.
COGFA’s 2016 “Wagering in Illinois” report, released on Monday, September 19, details a continued shift in Illinois gaming activity in FY16 away from other forms of gambling toward video gaming. Video gaming was approved in the Video Gaming Act, enacted in 2009, and the first video gaming machines were approved in 2012. Video gaming is now four years old in Illinois. From every dollar taken in by Illinois in taxes imposed on gambling during the recently-concluded fiscal year, 20.5 cents was paid by the video gaming industry. This was an increase from 16.5% in FY15 and 9.1% in FY14. There are now more than 24,000 licensed video games in operation in more than 5,600 locations throughout Illinois.
Backlog of unpaid bill hits $8.6 billion. The unpaid-bill count, tracked on a day-to-day basis by the office of Comptroller Leslie Munger, hit more than $8.6 billion this week. The red-ink number is closely watched by holders of Illinois debt paper and by international credit rating agencies and firms that rank worldwide debtors by chances of insolvency. For example Moody’s, the world’s largest credit-rating firm, currently ranks Illinois general obligation debt backed by general funds at Baa2, two ranks above “junk bond” level. Moody’s adds that they have a “negative outlook” on Illinois’ current Baa2 rating. Analysts at Moody’s report that Illinois’ “structural budget gap” currently equals at least 15% of Illinois general fund and pension expenditures.
The backlog, counted as of Thursday, September 22, represents more than $8.6 billion in bills payable from Illinois general funds. These bills have either been presented to the Illinois Comptroller for payment, or are known to be waiting in the coffers of various State agencies for presentation and payment. Many of these bills are request for reimbursement to providers of supplies and services to the State and its clients, particularly medical and nursing care provided to Medicaid patients.
The unpaid-bill ledger count reported weekly by Munger’s office is likely to continue to fluctuate in future weeks. However, the overall red-ink trend is expected to continue to go upward, based on tax payments to the State continuing to fall short of monies obligated by continuing appropriations, court orders, and consent decrees. Illinois’ unpaid-bill debt is only a small fraction of the total debts owed by the Illinois public sector. One estimate indicates that the State of Illinois alone has compiled obligations, including future pension obligations, of more than $45,500 per taxpayer.
The Village of Montgomery will host its 13th annual 5k and 10K River Run on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. The Montgomery 5K and 10K River Run are USA Track and Field certified with computerized race results provided by Race Time, a premier race management service provider in northern Illinois. New to the race this year will be chip timing. The race will start and finish at Village Hall (200 North River Street Montgomery, IL 60538). Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
The race takes place on both sides of the scenic Fox River through beautiful landscaped parks and residential areas. Awards will be given to the first two male and first two female finishers in the age categories of: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71+, as well as overall male and overall female winner for both races. All entrants that were registered by August 31st will receive a River Run long sleeve dri-fit shirt and goodie bag. Awards will be presented inside Village Hall in the Board Room around 10:30 AM.
There will be several area vendors set-up prior to and after the race for participants and their families to visit. Chiro One Wellness Center, Usborne Books and More, ItWorks!, and the Chiropractic Place – Oswego. Rondi’s S.E.L.F. Fitness will also be back this year to lead in warm-ups and stretches prior to the race.
Same day race registration for the 5K is $35 for adults and $15 for children while the 10K is $45 for adults and $25 for children. Children under three are free for both races.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Montgomery VFW Post #7452 and to the Montgomery Foundation.
To sign up for this fun-filled event go to: https://www.signmeup.com/114430
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