Your Weekly News from the Aurora Chamber

August 24th, 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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Elite Members

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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
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

Welcome New Members

Tri County Lock
Enzo Guagliardo, Owner
206 Lilac Lane, North Aurora
(630) 669-7110
Locksmiths

Law Office of Fred H. Dickson
Dallas Bartz
Fred Dickson
2000 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 209
Aurora, IL
(630) 897-8840
Law Office

System Guild, Inc.
Vanessa Quick
Luke Snopko
1800 W. Hawthorne Ln., Ste. C
West Chicago, IL
(630) 444-7250
Consulting

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Public Policy Update
School is back in session. September is almost here. The State remains without a budget for the fiscal year which began July 1. While the General Assembly is in continuous session, there is some news to report:

Governor Signs “Federal Funds” Measure
Ill. Senate Approves MAP Funding
Foster Offers Seminar for Hiring People with Disabilities
Data Security Bill Vetoed
Are You Aware of the DOL Proposed Changes?

This Week’s Member News
September is National Hunger Action Month. Please join Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry for Hunger Action Month Kick-Off Open House. Friday, August 28, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. 1110 Jericho Rd., Aurora. For more information call Maureen at (630) 692-3061.

Interested in learning what 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
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 25, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by CarStar North Aurora Collision Center
Register

Hunger Action Month Kick-Off Open House
Friday, August 28, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
1110 Jericho Rd., Aurora

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 10, at 11:30
Chamber Offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, September 15, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Register

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations, Paramount. Leading Noms for Jeff Awards!

August 24th, 2015

Paramount Theatre leads the Equity Jeff nominations in first season eligible

Chicago actor Michael Shannon (General Zod in Man of Steel; Nelson Van Alden in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) announced the 2014-15 Jeff Award Nominees this morning, and we’re thrilled to share that in their first year of being eligible, the Paramount Theatre is leading with 16 nominations.

Mary Poppins

PRODUCTION – MUSICAL – LARGE

DIRECTOR – MUSICAL: RACHEL ROCKWELL

COSTUME DESIGN – LARGE: THERESA HAM

PROJECTIONS/VIDEO DESIGN: MIKE TUTAJ

The Who's Tommy

PRODUCTION – MUSICAL – LARGE

DIRECTOR – MUSICAL: JIM CORTI 

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL: DEVIN DESANTIS

CHOREOGRAPHY: BROCK CLAWSON

LIGHTING DESIGN – LARGE: GREG HOFMANN

PROJECTIONS/VIDEO DESIGN: MIKE TUTAJ 

Les Miserables

PRODUCTION – MUSICAL – LARGE

DIRECTOR – MUSICAL: JIM CORTI

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL: DEVIN DESANTIS

MUSIC DIRECTION: TOM VENDAFREDDO

SCENIC DESIGN – LARGE: KEVIN DEPINET & JEFFREY D. KMIEC

LIGHTING DESIGN – LARGE: JESSE KLUG

The Jeff Awards recognize outstanding performances in the Chicago theatre scene. Mark your calendars: Jeff Award Winners will be announced October 5, 2015.

Click here to view the announcement video.

Governor Signs “Federal Funds” Measure

August 23rd, 2015

The measure “holds harmless” essential State spending lines that are not burdens on taxpayers who pay income and sales taxes. SB 2042, as amended in the House on August 12, will “pass through” monies given to Illinois for programs mandated or strongly encouraged by Washington, D.C. Gov. Rauner signed SB 2042 into law on Aug. 20.

Although SB 2042 was a Senate bill, the final language approved by the General Assembly and the Governor was developed in the Illinois House after pressure from House Republicans. Led by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, the GOP caucus pointed out that the overall FY16 budget impasse was holding federally-funded programs “hostage.” Even though the underlying money to pay for these federally-funded programs had been paid by Illinois residents as part of their federal tax payments, Washington was not transferring funds for these programs to Springfield until the State’s government countersigned the transfer by assigning the money to legal appropriations line items. SB 2042, as urged and supported by House Republicans, created these line items and will enable this money to be transferred.

Before passing through the House, SB 2042 was carefully stripped of State taxpayer-funded items that will increase the State’s budget deficit. House Republicans continued to draw attention to the piecemeal FY16 Illinois budget taking shape, but noted that federal dollars should not be subject to the ongoing budget battle in Springfield. The House vote on SB 2042 was 98-0-0.

Ill. Senate Approves MAP Funding

August 23rd, 2015

Every year, thousands of Illinois students take advantage of the Monetary Award Program (MAP) to help pay for the opportunity for higher education. The average student that is awarded a MAP grant receives about $2,700 to help pay for tuition. As college costs continue to skyrocket in Illinois, these grants are vital to many students’ college careers.

This year, however, due to the ongoing budget stalemate, the state has yet to invest funding in MAP grants.

“Each year, over 125,000 students in Illinois take advantage of MAP grants to help finance their college education, and with tuition costs on the rise, these grants are vital to many students’ futures,” said Kotowski. “If we fail to make this investment, we fail 125,000 leaders of tomorrow.”

The proposal, contained in Senate Bill 2043, calls for $374 million in MAP grant funding, the same amount proposed by Governor Rauner earlier this year.

“The program works: students who receive MAP grants graduate at the same rate as those that have the benefit of more financial resources, giving grant recipients an opportunity to achieve the American dream,” said Kotowski.

Foster Offers Seminar for Hiring People with Disabilities

August 23rd, 2015

Congressman Bill Foster and US Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu will host a workshop for employers considering hiring people with disabilities on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 10:00 a.m.  The event will take place at Fox Metro, 682 State Rt. 31, Oswego, in the Administration building.

Representatives from the Great Lakes ADA Center, IDES, AbilityLinks and Chicagoland Business Network will provide information on:
• Recruiting and Hiring practices
• Business Tax credits & Deductions for Employment of People with Disabilities
• Hiring qualified candidates with disabilities

Employers will be provided with the tools and knowledge to better understand the processes and practices, benefits and resources available when hiring people with disabilities.

This will be a great discussion which you cannot miss, you can go to www.foster.house.gov/disability to register.

Women’s Empowerment Luncheon Set for Sept. 2

August 23rd, 2015

You are invited to the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon which is part of the Women’s Business Development Center’s 29th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference (EWC). The luncheon will take place on September 2 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM at Chicago’s McCormick Place – West.

The EWC is one of the most preeminent events for women entrepreneurs in the Midwest. This year’s luncheon keynote speaker is Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the award -winning Girls Who Code, author of “Women Don’t Wait in Line”, an activist and social, and political entrepreneur. She will share her approach to a new model of female leadership that embraces risk and failure, as well as mentoring and social change to positively impact business.

As you may know, the WBDC, a 501(c) 3, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of women’s economic development. It was founded in 1986 to provide services and programs to support and accelerate women’s business ownership, strengthening the impact of women on the economy by creating jobs, fueling economic growth, and building strong communities. It carries out these activities through its Women’s Business Center (WBC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC). The WBDC is headquartered in Chicago and also serves a nine-state Midwest region with certification, corporate and public sector procurement opportunities and capacity building to scale women owned businesses to compete in the marketplace. In Illinois, in addition to Chicago, the WBDC serves Cook and the Collar Counties with business development training; counseling; technical assistance; access to capital including direct lending; targeted programs for veterans; Latina entrepreneurs; and home and center based child care businesses.

The WBDC offers ScaleUp Aurora to enterprising small businesses out of the Chamber’s offices.

Join hundreds of successful entrepreneurs, as well as corporate, civic, and government leaders, for what is certain to be a very relevant keynote to a powerful gathering of the strongest engine of our nation’s economy – small business owners. Detailed information can be found at www.EWC29.org.

Data Security Bill Vetoed

August 23rd, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to SB 1833, which as passed by lawmakers would have placed far-reaching requirements on businesses and provided minimal benefit to consumers.

In returning the bill to lawmakers, Rauner said, “These unnecessary requirements will hurt our economic competitiveness without providing commensurate benefit to Illinois consumers and residents whom the bill is intending to protect.”

“In particular, the bill would add ‘consumer marketing information’ and ‘geolocation information’ to the types of protected personal information. This is significant departure from the data protection laws of other states.”

This Week’s News from Our Members

August 23rd, 2015

Join Congressman Bill Foster and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu on Wednesday, August 26, at 10:00 a.m. for an event that will give employers the information they need to build a diversified workforce. For more information visit foster.house.gov/disability.

Volunteers are needed for the 2015 Fiestas Patrias, presented by the City of Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board. Click here to register to volunteer.

September is National Hunger Action Month. Please join Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry for Hunger Action Month Kick-Off Open House. Friday, August 28, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. 1110 Jericho Rd., Aurora. For more information call Maureen at (630) 692-3061

The Adult Literacy Project at Waubonsee Community College is Aurora is seeking volunteers to tutor adult students in reading, writing and speaking English. For more information go to waubonsee.edu/adultliteracy or contact Elsie Mills at (630) 801-7900.

1st Family Dental has teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Hospital of Chicago to raise $50,000. Schedule your child’s dental cleaning and checkup and $10 will be donated per child. Most insurances and medical cards are accepted.

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.

Community Career Center’s “Dancing with the Celebrities Fundraiser” is Wednesday, September 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Pavilion at Meson Sabika. Reserve your tickets by visiting communitycareercenter.org.

Senior Services invites you to celebrate Autumn in Paris, Sunday, September 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served at 12:15. Call (630) 553-5777 for ticket info.

Pregnancy Information Center 30th Annual Fundraiser Banquet is Monday, September 24, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Harvest New Beginnings, 5315 Douglas Rd., Oswego. Janet Parshall will be the guest speaker. Call (630) 896-8600 for ticket info.

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.

Phillips Park Zoo Celebrates 100 Years

August 23rd, 2015
Phillips Park Zoo celebrates its 100th Anniversary with a free celebration for the entire family on Saturday, August 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at its beautiful and historic campus located at 1000 Ray Moses Drive in Aurora.
The event includes workshops with zookeepers who will introduce visitors to the animals living at the zoo and live animal encounters with experts from Save Our American Raptors, the Fox Valley Wildlife Center, Indian Prairie Animal Hospital and Incredible Bats. There will also be fun entertainment from comedic juggler The Truly Remarkable Loon, music from Dave Rudolf, and magic by Randy the Magician.
“The Phillips Park Zoo has been home to many exciting animals and even more wonderful memories over the past century,” said Zoo Manager Randy Johnson. “We are looking forward to celebrating with some very special animal guests and inspiring a whole new generation of animal lovers who will come to learn and care for the animal world for the next hundred years.”
The celebration honors the opening of the zoo in 1915, when it originally housed exotic animals. Since then, the mission of Philips Park Zoo has changed to bring people in contact with animals native to North America – from cougars, elks and wolves to alligators, eagles and otters.
Prairie Pro Photography and The Light of the Heart will be on hand for photos and activities. Several food vendors, from Dick’s Mini Donuts to Pie Boss, will be have delicious treats for sale.
Phillips Park Zoo’s 100th Anniversary Celebration is sponsored by the Phillips Park Zoociety, the Friends of Phillips Park, and the City of Aurora.

Advocating for Our Members: Your Weekly Newsletter

August 19th, 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.
Header
August 19, 2015
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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
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

Welcome New Members

Tri County Lock
Enzo Guagliardo, Owner
206 Lilac Lane, Aurora
(630) 669-7110
Locksmiths

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Presence Mercy Invites You…
Nice to Meet You! Let Us Introduce Ourselves.
Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Presence Mercy Medical Center, 1325 Highland Ave., Aurora

Meet their executive leadership. Meet physicians and staff. Network with Chamber members and community leaders. Enjoy burgers, brats, and beverages. RSVP at www.tinyurl.com/Presence0819 by Aug. 12.

Are You Aware of the DOL Proposed Changes?
Proposed DOL Changes Impact Small and Large Businesses Alike; Now What Do You Do?

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced a proposed rule to increase the minimum salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act for exempt employees. Do you have employees that make under $50,000? Do they ever answer emails at night? If you answered yes, and the rule goes into effect, you may have to pay overtime for that email. Whether you have 10 or 10,000 employees the proposed changes will substantially impact the way you do business.

For the full article, visit our blog.

This Week’s Member News
Interested in learning what 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
Business After Hours: Presence Mercy Medical Center
Nice to Meet You…Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves
Wednesday, August 19, at 5:00 p.m.
1325 North Highland Ave., Aurora
Register

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 25, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by CarStar North Aurora Collision Center
Register

Public Policy Update
As we approach the middle of August, the State remains without a budget. While the General Assembly is in continuous session – meeting regularly and negotiating – there is some news to report:

Illinois FY16 Budget Update

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.