Your #AuroraILChamber News… Recognizing Employers of Veterans

October 5th, 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.
October 05, 2015
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95.9 The River
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
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
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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

K.Hollis Jewelers
Robert Hollis
147 S. Randall Rd.
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 879-8003

National Latino Education Institute
Elba Aranda-Suh
2011 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 247-0707


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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189



Annual Celebration of Membership: Recognizing Employers of Veterans
Friday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, Waubonsee Community College, and Northwestern Medicine

This year we recognize our members that provide tremendous contributions of those who have gone above and beyond to help our nation’s heroes. Awards are presented to employers and organizations that have addressed the employment challenges faced by America’s veterans and transitioning service members. Nomination information may be found here. Sponsorships are still available for this event; contact the Chamber for details.

Community Invited to Join Waubonsee in Envisioning the Future
Waubonsee Community College invites community members to take part in the upcoming Vision 2050 Roundtables. The events are part of the college’s Waubonsee Vision 2050 project, which seeks to anticipate, imagine and elevate the collective futures of both the college and the community. The public will be asked to help refine key themes that have emerged from these discussions during the upcoming roundtable sessions. The Tuesday, Oct. 6, session is co-hosted by the Aurora Chamber and will be held at the Aurora Campus multipurpose room from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.

Please register here.

Help Wanted: PT Member Services Coordinator
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is looking for a part-time membership services coordinator to support the membership of the organization. In this position, the coordinate will serve as part of the Chamber team and coordinate member events (e.g., ribbon cuttings), schedule programs (e.g., eBlasts), and other member-focused activities. Hours are 20-24 hours per week with flexible scheduling.

For a complete listing of responsibilities and qualifications, visit our Job Postings section on the website.

Legislative Agenda
Interested in what public policy priorities for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce are on behalf of its membership? In preparation for the new fiscal year, the Board of Directors approved the Legislative Agenda for the Chamber. The Agenda, based on input from members and the Council on Legislative Affairs, covers nine topics including Education & Workforce Development, Economic Development, Intergovernmental Cooperation, Budget & Taxes, and more. For information – including a link to download the full Agenda, visit the Chamber website.
Informational Session on Housing for Workforce
You are invited to attend an informational session to learn how you can help your employees live closer to work, increase your retention rates and set your company apart as a competitive employer in your field. This free session is brought to you by local and regional organizations committed to making home buying affordable, stabilizing local workforces and strengthening communities.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4:00 p.m. at the Baker Community Center, 101 South Second St. in St. Charles.

Please send your RVSP to Berenice Vallecillos (312) 386-8623 or register at

Wondering What’s Going On in Springfield?
Support Grows for School Mandate Relief

Secretary of State Suspends Mailing Motor Vehicle Registration Renewal Reminders

College of DuPage News

This Week’s Member News
Interested in learning what else our members have been up to? Check out our blog for this week’s news from member businesses.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Waubonsee Vision 2050
Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 8:00 a.m.
Downtown Aurora Campus, multipurpose room

Housing for Your Workforce
Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St., St. Charles

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: ieple, LLC
Thursday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m.
1717 N. Naper Blvd., Ste. 200, Naperville

Ribbon Cutting: Edward Jones – Forrest White
Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 11:00 a.m.
2 Hankes Road, Suite A, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Annual Celebration of Membership
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, Waubonsee Community College, and Northwestern Medicine
Friday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Rich Harvest Farms
Painters District No. 30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Save the Dates: More Information to Follow

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 |
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Support Grows for School Mandate Relief

October 3rd, 2015

Many suburban and Downstate school superintendents are issuing statements of support for the push, led by Governor Rauner, to eliminate some of the more than 100 unfunded mandates imposed by Springfield on local school districts and their taxpayers. For example, last week St. Clair County Regional Superintendent of Schools Susan Sarfaty agreed that these unfunded mandates are costing her schools money not provided for in these districts’ property-tax-funded budgets.

Unfunded mandates targeted by the Rauner push include required drivers’ education, for which schools are supposed to be reimbursed by fees paid by pupils but often are not; daily physical education; and restrictions on school districts contracting out needed non-educational services, such as janitorial work, to the private sector. The Rauner “Turnaround Illinois” property tax relief measure, sponsored by House Republican leadership in the General Assembly as HB 4247, includes language specifically aimed at repealing barriers to use of third-party contractors for budget savings. House Democrats have so far failed to release HB 4247 from the Rules Committee for discussion and debate.

College of DuPage News

October 3rd, 2015

“Clean Slate” trustees vote to reduce tuition, cut property tax levy. The newly-elected majority of the community college’s governing board voted for a revised FY16 budget that sharply changes the college’s fiscal stance. The $314.1 million spending plan will reduce tuition by $5 per credit hour and slice the school’s property tax levy by approximately 5 percent. The new budget was approved on Monday, September 28.

The “Clean Slate” property tax cut will benefit owners of real property throughout the College of DuPage’s taxing jurisdiction. The College’s jurisdiction follows the lines of high school and consolidated secondary-school districts in its western-suburban service area, and is not coterminous with DuPage County as a whole. Significant numbers of taxpayers in Cook and Will Counties will also benefit from this property tax cut. Students with bona fide residence within the district will see tuition dropping from $140 to $135 per credit hour.

Board chairwoman Kathy Hamilton stated that the cuts became possible after newly-elected trustees reduced unnecessary spending and administrative expenses. For example, the College’s former fine-cuisine restaurant, Waterleaf, was closed permanently on Aug. 29 after losing money continuously during its four-year span of operations.

Law enforcement intensifies probe of College of DuPage leadership team. Until 2015, the College was actively led by President Robert Breuder and his top aides. New personnel are transitioning into leadership roles at the College, with slots opening up as the former leadership team enters leave-of-absence status, pre-retirement status, or statuses reflecting legally contested actions of suspension and dismissal. Meanwhile, a DuPage County grand jury has issued a subpoena seeking records and data over certain policies carried out by the departing Breuder leadership team, especially policies relating to the relationship between the College’s top leadership and the Waterleaf restaurant. The subpoena appears to parallel press reports and allegations that members of the Breuder team used Waterleaf as a taxpayer-funded private eating club.

The county grand jury subpoena is not the only probe ongoing into the College of DuPage’s operations. Separate federal criminal probes are looking into President Breuder’s college-issued credit cards, reimbursements and house accounts, and into certain of the College’s video surveillance recordings. The State of Illinois issued three subpoenas earlier in 2015 to scrutinize records covering Breuder’s employment contract, personal expenses, and no-bid jobs awarded by the Breuder leadership team to a school fundraiser.

Secretary of State Suspends Mailing Motor Vehicle Registration Renewal Reminders

October 3rd, 2015

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Monday that his office will suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminder notices to the public due to the lack of a state budget.

White noted that by suspending this service, which will save approximately $450,000 per month, his office will be able to prolong the ability to mail vehicle registration renewal stickers, titles and license plates to vehicle owners for a few months longer before the postage account is depleted.

“The lack of a Fiscal Year 2016 budget is adversely impacting the Secretary of State’s office, and threatens to jeopardize the services we provide to the public,” said White. “Without a state budget in place, we are doing what we can to manage so that we may serve the people of Illinois for as long as possible. As a result, difficult decisions like suspending renewal reminder notice mailings are decisions we are being forced to make.”

White encouraged vehicle owners to be mindful of their vehicle registration status to ensure they renew in a timely manner and avoid driving on expired vehicle stickers. He also emphasized that more vehicle owners will be forced to visit facilities to renew their vehicle registration stickers because without a reminder notice they will not have a pin number needed to renew online. However, people who have signed up to receive electronic reminder notices will continue to receive them by email. To sign up for this service, please visit

Fox Valley United Way Posts Video

October 3rd, 2015

Cardboard Boat Race Video

If you were able to participate in our 13th annual cardboard boat race on August 15, you know it was a beautiful day and a bigger-than-ever event. More boats, more spectators, more sinkings-it was a great time, and a fantastic way to kick off our fundraising campaign for 2015-2016.

Once again this year, we’ve put together a video retrospective of the event.Thanks to everyone in the video, and to everyone who participated. Sometimes to LIVE UNITED means to just have fun together as a community!

Alarm Detection Systems Supports Festival of Lights

October 3rd, 2015

ADS reminds us all that the holidays – and Aurora’s Festival of Lights, are just around the corner.

One of the largest free outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois, the Festival of Lights, returns to Aurora’s Phillips Park for its ninth year in 2015, with dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children.

Sponsored by the Aurora Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Aurora, this signature winter event is a drive-through of more than one mile of spectacular lighted displays, many of which are animated, and are illuminated by tens of thousands of bulbs. It is staged at Phillips Park, 615 S. Smith Blvd. in Aurora, and will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday starting Nov. 27 through Dec. 27.

Patrons will enjoy an Elf Village, Santa’s Toy Factory, Old Man Winter, reindeer, holiday trains, gigantic snowflakes, lighted holiday trees and other seasonal favorites.

The festival is free, however, volunteers are on the route to accept donations that benefit local charities.

More than 45 organizations that address a variety of community needs have benefited from the Festival of Lights since its inception in 2007.  The Aurora Rotary Club distributes the funds collected at the event to organizations most in need including those that serve the homeless, youth, seniors, domestic shelters, physically and developmentally challenged, and many others.

The Festival of Lights is sponsored by over two dozen local companies, organizations, and individuals whose support has allowed the event to expand since its inception.  Hundreds of men and women setup and dismantle the festival every year and volunteer for other duties during the course of the event.

For more information, visit

This Week’s News from Our Members

October 3rd, 2015

As part of Crain’s Chicago Business’s Small Business Week, Aurora University will present two programs at its Orchard Center, 2245 Sequoia Drive in Aurora. At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, actors will enact banned workplace practices in “Taboo Topix.” On Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8:00 a.m., they will host “The Power Pyramid: Building a Structure for Business Growth.” The public is invited. Admission is free. For free advance registration or more information, call (630) 947-8923 or email

Running  through Sunday, October 11, Colonial Cafe will be featuring a traditional and tasty Oktoberfest menu.  This limited time menu features Crispy Bacon Kielbasa, Beer Bratwurst, Bavarian Pretzels, and much more. Celebrate the beginning of Fall with these festive dishes!

PumpkinPALOOZA returns to The Growing Place in Aurora on October 10-11. PumpkinPALOOZA is the celebration of all things pumpkin. This year they are decorating two extra-large pumpkins and visitors can vote for their favorite. For every vote the pumpkins receive, The Growing Place will donate $1 to Wayside Cross Ministries.

School District 308 would like to congratulate Wheatlands fourth grade student Jensen Coonradt who recently won the World Robot Olympiad, and will travel to Qatar in November to compete in the world championships. Jensen and her TeamRoboGals partner Kaiya Hollister of Aurora have a Go Fund Me page and are asking for donations for the trip to Qatar.

Support AID by advertising in the 2015 Auction program book. You can also show your support by purchasing ad space to congratulate a special client. For more information, contact Wendy at (843) 931-2294.

Naper Settlement October 2015 Special Events and Programs include; Dinner on the Town: Country Fair, Flashback Fridays – Meet a Curator, Oktoberfest, Headstones in History: A Naperville Cemetery Walk, Getting Down to Business Walking Tour, All Hallows Eve, History Speaks Lecture Series: Grimm’s Grimmest. For more information on these events, click here.

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.

The UL International Crown is a global team match play event – the first of its kind in women’s and men’s professional golf, bringing tremendous opportunity for the local community, corporations, and youth to take part. Rich Harvest Farms will offer numerous youth programs in conjunction with the UL International Crown that will create a special experience they will never forget. For more information regarding this explosive tournament: visit the Website or watch the Video.

October is Fire Prevention Month

October 1st, 2015
Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored a fire prevention campaign each October to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of fire safety.  The theme for the 2015 campaign is: “Hear the Beep where you Sleep” October 4-10, 2015.
Help spread the word and keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fire reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!
  •  Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.
  • Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.
  • Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Teach children the phrases “Get out and stay out” and “Crawl low under smoke”
  • Have a plan of escape and emphasize to children not to hide.
NFPA’s newly launched 2015 Fire Prevention Week Web site offers safety tips, statistical information, and many other resources.  Materials can be used by fire departments, teachers, families and anyone else interested in learning about how to prevent home fires or looking for resources to help teach others.

11th Annual Hike for Hesed

October 1st, 2015

October 3 at 8:00 am – 11:00 am

11th Hike

Join us on Saturday, October 3, 2015, as we raise funds for the Hesed Employment And Training (HEAT) Program which equips individuals at Hesed House with the tools necessary to regain self-sufficiency and independence! Walk alone or with a team of co-workers, family, or friends through downtown Aurora and take the journey that many individuals staying at Hesed House take daily on foot.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Hesed House located on 659 South River Street. The Hike begins at 9:00 a.m., and we hike in rain or shine. Hike as an individual or create a team. Individuals who raise $25 – or a family of four who raises $50 – will receive “HIKE for HESED” T-shirts.

Make sure to stick around after the Hike for music from Twist of Faith, food, family-friendly activities, complimentary massages, and much more!


We are so excited to announce that Pouch from NBC Chicago Fire will be making a celebrity appearance at this year’s Hike!

Please click here to register.

Join Us for Mutual Ground’s Eighth Annual Walk for Hope

September 30th, 2015