Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

May 22nd, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, at 6:00 p.m.

Aurora Public Library – Santori Library

101 South River Street, Aurora, Illinois 60506 (Rooms 125/126)

 

Kane County is the fifth most populous county in the State of Illinois with two major metropolitan cities — Elgin and Aurora. Both Elgin and Aurora span multiple county jurisdictions and are in close proximity to the City of Chicago allowing for easy transportation access. Aurora is the second largest city in the state and the largest in Kane County.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Aurora Public Library will present a Forum to address the interrelated issues on gangs and drugs. Guest speakers include former gang members, counselors, law enforcement officers, and presenters with special topical knowledge. The Forum will be followed by a question and answer session. Presenters include African American Men of Unity, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, and, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Please join the Kane County Sheriff’s Office as they present the little known facts on community initiatives that are taking place right in our own back yards to combat gangs and reduce the flow of drugs to our local neighborhood youth and schools.

Springfield Update

May 22nd, 2017

Last week, the Senate favorably passed six pieces of legislation in the Senate’s “grand bargain” package. Language was added to several of the bills that removed the “if and only if” language that would have required every bill to be signed into law in order for the entire package to become law.

The bills that passed favorably included education funding reform (SB 1), local government consolidation (SB 3), $7 million in borrowed money to pay back the bill backlog (SB 4), gaming expansion (SB 7), procurement reform (SB 8), and pension reform (SB 16). All of those have since been assigned to House committees for next week.

Two major pieces of the Senate’s grand bargain also saw amendments this week.

SB 9, otherwise known as the tax omnibus bill, received some tweaks. The 502-page amendment remains similar to the previous version. However, the new version reduces the personal income tax levy from the previous version from 4.99 percent to 4.95 percent (current law is 3.25 percent). In addition, the corporate rate would rise to 7 percent. The income tax rates for both corporations and individuals would be applied retroactively to January 2017 and the rates would expire January 1, 2024.

The new amendment would retain taxation of certain services. The scope of the services taxed appear unchanged from the previous version. The services taxed at 6.25 percent statewide include:

1) Storage (including parking for cars, aircraft, boat slips, and RV parking);

2) Repair, servicing, alternation, fitting, cleaning, painting, coating, towing, inspection or maintenance of tangible personal property or tangible personal property affixed to real estate (tax does not apply to new construction, reconstruction, or expansion of a building or structure);

3) Landscaping services;

4) Laundry, dry cleaning, including linen service;

5) Cable television, video and audio streaming, direct satellite broadcast;

6) Private detective, alarm and security;

7) Structural pest control; and

8) Personal care services (but excluding haircuts).

Among other things, this legislation caps the vendor discount at $1,000 for sellers in any calendar month, reinstates the graphic arts machinery and equipment exemption, expands the manufacturing machinery and equipment exemption, the unitary business non-combination rule would be repealed, the definition of the “United States” would be expanded, and the research and development credit would be reinstated retroactively.

The Senate’s workers’ compensation proposal also received a new amendment. SB 198 (formerly SB 12) is essentially amendment 4 to SB 12 as reported on last week with two specific changes. SB 198 adopts the move from the current medical fee charge system to an resource-based relative value scale effective September 1, 2017. In addition, the new amendment requires the Workers’ Compensation Commission to investigate all procedures, treatments, and services covered under law for ambulatory surgical treatment centers and accredited ambulatory surgical treatment facilities and establish fee schedule amounts for procedures, treatments, and services for which fee schedule amounts have not been established.

Unfortunately, key issues such as changing causation standard, defining traveling employees, and strengthening AMA guidelines are not part of this compromise. It would appear that this is likely the extent of what will be considered workers’ compensation reform.

 

Coal-Tar Ban Revitalized

The Chamber has received word that the House sponsor to a bill that would allow any municipality or county to ban coal tar sealants has begun working a roll call in the House.

As you may recall earlier on in the year, HB 2958 (Fine) would ban the use of an environmentally preferred sealant on roadways, driveways, and parking lots that are important for preserving pavements, savings money for homeowners, businesses and governments alike.

 

Mayor Irvin Announces New Mayor’s Office Leadership Team

May 22nd, 2017

As Mayor Richard C. Irvin begins his second week in office, he is announcing key staff changes in the Mayor’s Office, with more announcements planned in the upcoming weeks.

“My goal is to always surround myself with proven leaders who are dedicated to their area of endeavor and committed to the betterment of Aurora,” said Irvin. “The Mayor’s Office is just our first step in aligning positions at City Hall for the best maximum outcomes across the board.”

Mayor Irvin has appointed longtime City executive Alex G. Alexandrou as Aurora’s next Chief Management Officer. Bringing nearly three decades of municipal leadership to the Mayor’s Office, Alexandrou will be responsible for the daily operations of the City. He has 17 years of leadership with the City of Aurora serving under former Mayors Stover, Weisner and O’Connor, most recently serving as Chief Administrative Services Officer.  Previously, he served as the City’s Risk Manager, Human Resources Director and Chief Labor Negotiator with the City’s labor unions. Prior to Aurora, Alexandrou was with the Village of Oak Park for a decade.  In April, he was elected to serve as Fox Valley Park District Commissioner – at- Large.

“As we move Aurora forward and I spend time building relationships throughout the city, region and nation, it is important to know that the daily operations of City Hall and our 1,000+ employees are in capable hands,” said Mayor Irvin. “Alex Alexandrou is a seasoned leader who will handle the position of Chief Management Officer in a progressive and professional manner.  He and others on the Mayor’s leadership team bring years of experience to the decision-making table as we continue to build Aurora together.”

Returning to the Mayor’s office after a yearlong stint as the City’s Director of Neighborhood Standards is longtime City executive and former alderman Chuck Nelson.  Nelson will fill the current vacant Assistant Chief of Staff position with a new title and duties as the City’s first-ever Deputy Mayor. As Deputy Mayor, Nelson will assist the mayor in political endeavors, business outreach, community collaborations and educational initiatives, including leading the charge to establish the City’s new education commission.

“Chuck Nelson is synonymous with Aurora,” said Mayor Irvin. “He’s a stalwart leader who is respected in all circles. As Deputy Mayor, he will represent the City on my behalf and help us to successfully implement our action plan for this administration.”

Nelson will also serve as the mayor’s liaison to the Aurora City Council, on which he served as the 4th Ward Alderman from 1993 to 2005. He will also handle veterans’ initiatives and serve as the liaison of the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council. Nelson served as Mayor Tom Weisner’s Assistant Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2015 when he was asked to head the City’s Neighborhood Standards Department.

New to the Mayor’s Office but not new to Mayor Irvin’s team is the new Mayor’s Office Coordinator, Maria Lindsay.  The longtime executive assistant to Irvin at the Law Offices of Richard C. Irvin and Associates brings nearly a decade of leadership and knowledge to her new role. She will handle the Mayor’s day-to-day schedule and coordinate special initiatives for Mayor Irvin and the leadership team.

Two experienced Mayor’s Office staffers will remain in place, but with expanded roles in the new administration.

Alex Voigt will continue in her role as Assistant Chief of Staff, a position that she has held since 2015.  During her nearly seven years with the City, she has served as Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Management Analyst, Interim EMA Manager and Interim City Clerk.  She’ll continue to manage the Mayor’s Boards and Commissions and represent the Mayor’s Office at City Council committee meetings.

The City’s Director of Communications Clayton Muhammad will also continue as part of the Mayor’s team, a position he has held since 2013.  As part of Mayor Irvin’s goal to expand visibility and publicity for the City, Muhammad and his team will publicize the many ongoing initiatives and initiatives of all City departments and auxiliaries, and enhance the City’s community relations and social media initiatives, including regular live updates from Mayor Irvin and City Council members. Previously, Muhammad served as Director of Community Relations at East Aurora School District 131 for nearly a decade.

Initial staff changes began last week during Irvin’s first days in office and will continue through this week. Additional key staff changes will be announced over the next couple of weeks.

“We are hitting the ground running with a strong leadership team in the Mayor’s Office led by Mayor Irvin. I’m honored the mayor has the confidence in me as the Chief Management Officer as we start to implement Mayor Irvin’s vision for Aurora,” said Alexandrou. “This is just the beginning and our entire team is looking forward to continued progress and excellence.”

New Members, Programs, Events, More from Aurora Chamber

May 15th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

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ServPro of Aurora (Elite)
Kelly Melone
847 S. River Street, Aurora
(630) 862-3930
Fire, Flood, Mold Restoration

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors with Prestige Sponsors Aurora Generation and Rasmussen College; Beverage Sponsor Geneva Construction Company; Putting Green Sponsor Konen Insurance Agency; Hole Sponsors Finishing Solutions Network; and Lunch Sponsors Cordogan, Clark & Associates. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182.

• Attended the inauguration of Mayor Richard Irvin and City Council members;

• Introduced potential employers to the students with disabilities who have been learning job skills with the Fox Valley Park District – boy, have those students really succeeded in their work;

• Celebrated a ribbon cutting at Pet Supplies Plus in North Aurora and their partnership with Anderson Animal Shelter’s adoption center;

• Toured SciTech with the Leadership Academy and Abbey Farms’ Nagel Emporium with the Ambassadors;

• Attended a focus group to discuss the skills needed by high school graduates in order to be successful on the job;

• Submitted an op-ed to local media expressing the need to invest in education to prepare them for career success (and explained the return on that investment);

• Met with the Nominating Committee of the Board to identify new directors and officers for the 2017-2018 year; and

• Participated in a number of meetings with expanding businesses and new businesses in the region to assist with engagement and hiring of employees.

This week, we are preparing for:

• Coffee & Connections tomorrow with new and prospective members;

• A retirement reception for Chief David Summer, North Aurora Police Department; and

• Member events including Spring Fling After Hours at Alden of Waterford; United Way’s annual community breakfast, and a ribbon cutting at KCT Credit Union.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

Did You Know?
Did you know that fellow chamber members serve as ambassadors for the Chamber? These dedicated volunteers help with chamber events, ribbon cuttings and mentor new members. Being an ambassador supports all we do as a chamber and is a great way to get your business name out in the community. If you would like to learn more about being an ambassador, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership at (630) 256-3184.
Calendar of Events
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, May 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Spring Fling Business After Hours
Wednesday May 17, 4 – 6 p.m.
Alden of Waterford – Short-Term Rehabilitation, 2021 Randi Drive, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: KCT Credit Union
Friday, May 19, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
320 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:00 p.m

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Ribbon Cutting: James Town Allstate
Friday, June 2, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
7 W. Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Metro 59 Apartments
Wednesday, June 7, 4 – 8 p.m.
1016 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

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Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

April 2017 General Assembly Report

Illinois Chamber Releases ‘Job Crusherz’ List

“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

Fair Maps

Jobs

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Construction set to begin on Blackhawk Park

Moody’s Upgrades FVPD Credit Rating

Fox Valley Park District seats first elected board

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare for and emergency event, including severe weather and natural disasters. The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

Information, tips, and planning guides may be found at https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/index.php

If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

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Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

May 15th, 2017

For too long, Springfield politicians have been stuck in the past. They think the pressing issues of our day — large budget deficits, unfunded public pensions, and dangerously high out-migration — are similar to the ones Illinois has faced in eras past.

Have a problem? Look to the glory days of state government, they say. Just cut a little spending here and there, do a massive tax hike, and another short-term pension fix to top it off. Just remember to keep the overall system intact. They swear it’ll do the trick for a few years, maybe even a decade.

Current and former elected officials may deny it, but the old ways of doing business have been anything but glorious for the people of Illinois. For the past 15 years, state government has been operating with budgets in structural deficit. That’s 15 years of complete and total failure. Fifteen years of the General Assembly failing to meet its most basic constitutional obligation — to pass a balanced budget for the governor to sign into law. Read the rest of the editorial in SJ-R.

Want an Illinois budget? Adopt a revenue estimate. K-12 schools and state universities need a state budget. Social service providers need a state budget. The most vulnerable individuals and families across Illinois need a state budget.

State government in Illinois is financially adrift because the General Assembly hasn’t stepped up to lead and make the tough decisions to work through a budget. By law we are required to begin by adopting a revenue estimate. I have filed legislation to do just that.

Why is it so important that we adopt a revenue estimate? There are three reasons:

The revenue estimate is the actual first step in our budgeting process. How do we know how much each appropriations committee has to allocate for their assigned departments and agencies if we don’t start with the Revenue Estimate?

The revenue estimate is required by state law and the Illinois Constitution. Just look it up. We have to do it. If we appropriate funds without a revenue estimate, we are, in effect, breaking the law.

The revenue estimate is an important form of taxpayer protection. If we skip the revenue estimate and just appropriate according to our wishes and the requests of the departments and agencies of state government, we will likely spend too much, which will trigger a tax increase.

Read the remainder of an opinion piece by Rep. Keith Wheeler.

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

May 15th, 2017

A proposal making its way through the Illinois General Assembly would to forbid employers from asking about an employees prior pay when being considered for an offer of employment.  HB 2462 (Biss) would make unnecessary changes to the Equal Pay Act by adding new standards to limit employer defenses and new compensatory and punitive damage penalties for those found in violation.

For nearly 15 years, Illinois law has required that “between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to an employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employee of the opposite sex for the same or substantially similar work on jobs the performance of which requires substantially similar equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions”. If enacted these proposals would eliminate employer defenses if the employee “demonstrates that an alternative employment practice exists that would serve the same business purpose without producing such differential and that the employer has refused to adopt such alternative practice.”

The bill would also create new penalties for violations, thus increasing the value of litigation.  Employers found in violation would be subject to compensatory damages, unlimited punitive damages, injunctive relief and special damages of up to $10,000.

While the business is not crazy about severely limiting an employer’s right to inquire about past wage, salary and benefit compensation, we are working to remove the more troubling provisions that significantly diminish employer defenses and the aggrandizement of litigation remedies that likely will increase claims brought under the Act.

Working with other business groups, we proposed an alternative that was modeled after the recently enacted Massachusetts law.  Only Massachusetts and the city of Philadelphia have a similar law. California Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill in the fall of 2015.

The bill passed the Senate Labor Committee 10-5-0 this week and now heads to the floor.

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

May 15th, 2017

The countdown begins.  The Illinois General Assembly has 15 scheduled session days before the May 31st adjournment.  Several legislative issues are still pending and talks on Senate’s “grand bargain” were renewed this week.

The week began with a bi-partisan group of House lawmakers signing on to a press release urging the Senate to take action on a package of bills otherwise known as the “grand bargain.”  Senate President Cullerton responded indirectly by placing a 12 o’clock noon deadline on Wednesday to run the package.  However, only one of the bills advanced.  SB 10, which would assist local governments with their borrowing passed favorably 35-15-5.

As reported earlier this session, the package of Senate bills all contained language that relied upon each bill becoming law in order for the package to be successful.  However, two amendments were filed to new bills that contained language from two other bills in the Senate’s package.  One bill would provide pension relief to Chicago’s pension funds and the other is identical to SB 10.  Most notably, both of the new bills did not contain language contingent upon other bills in the package from passing.  This move may be a precursor that package of bills may move without being all lumped together.

The workers’ compensation bill (SB 12 – Radogno) also received an amendment this week.  The new amendment was hostile in nature; in other words the chief sponsor of the bill did not file the amendment.  The new amendment made some good revisions to medical fee schedule by adopting the Chamber’s recommended move to a resource-based relative value scale.  The new amendment also removed codification of several bad case law such as traveling employee, neutral risk, and intervening cause.   However the amendment fell short at addressing AMA guidelines.  This is disappointing as the Chamber was seeking to strengthen this section by requiring the Workers’ Compensation Commission when revising an impairment rating to be a preponderance of credible evidence justify application of the other factors of age, future earnings, occupation and medical evidence.

While the package remains fluid, talks are ongoing and changes to workers’ compensation, property tax freeze and the tax omnibus bill are likely between now and May 31st.

Construction set to begin on Blackhawk Park

May 10th, 2017

Construction on the much-anticipated Blackhawk Park is set to begin this summer, following approval by the Fox Valley Park District Board of Commissioners for a $640,900 bid to R.C. Wegman Construction Company of Aurora.

Located alongside Galena Boulevard between Blackhawk and View streets, the 2.8-acre site is where the original West Aurora High School stood since 1905. After the building was torn down in 2015, the City of Aurora deeded the land over to the Park District late last year in a land conveyance agreement.

Park District residents played a prominent role in planning the park. A public open house last winter allowed residents to view concept plans and offer feedback. Naming of the park was orchestrated through social media, allowing the public to vote, with Blackhawk resulting as the overwhelming favorite.

The park’s highlight design feature will be a centralized, circular “great lawn” area that encourages unstructured play. The northeast section of the park will feature innovative playground equipment, splash pad and a unique shelter reminiscent of the old West Aurora High School that occupied the site for over a century.

An interpretive plaza will offer educational opportunities and environmental awareness, marked by a flagpole at the entrance – the same flagpole location as it was for the high school. The plan also provides an area for public art displays.

“While the focus of park development is on children’s play, Blackhawk Park will be appealing to adults as well,” said Jeff Palmquist, senior director of planning, research and grants.

Extensive landscaping – including a rain garden adjacent to the splash pad – will buffer the park from nearby traffic and provide natural beauty.

Completion of the park is expected in the fall of 2017.

Moody’s Upgrades FVPD Credit Rating

May 8th, 2017
District ascends from ‘high grade’ to ‘prime’
 
Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Fox Valley Park District’s outstanding general obligation (GO) rating to Aa1 from Aa3, which repositions Fox Valley from “high grade” to “prime,” just one level below the top rating.
 
Illinois Park Districts as a sector receive an overall rating of Aa from Moody’s as an institutional framework score. Fox Valley Park District’s superior Aa1 rating signifies even more confidence in its future ability to raise revenues and decrease expenditures.
 
“Our vision as a Park District includes a commitment to being fiscally responsible to our residents, a pledge our Board and staff follow every day,” said Board President Chuck Anderson. “This is welcome confirmation that we consistently maintain good fund balances, budget carefully and adhere to sound fiscal practices on behalf of our resident taxpayers.”
 
In the report, Moody’s noted that the rating reflects the Fox Valley Park District’s large and diverse tax base, healthy liquidity, slightly above average socioeconomic profile, low debt burden with rapid amortization and a low unfunded pension burden.
 
Executive Director Jim Pilmer credited Diana Erickson, senior director of finance and administration, “for her outstanding financial management that helped us achieve this highly desirable rating” as the District worked through the challenges and financial restraints of a six-year tax levy freeze.
 
“Our economic development is also a credit to our collaboration with the villages of Montgomery and North Aurora, the city of Aurora and the Forest Preserve District of Kane County,” said Pilmer.
 
Pilmer noted that the elevated rating will have a positive impact on the Park District’s ability to borrow funds and refinance debt at lower rates, which translates into reduced tax bills for residents.
 
“Our excellent credit rating is the result of sound financial management and our commitment to fiscal prudence today and for future generations,” said Pilmer.

Your Weekly News from the Aurora Chamber

May 8th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

First American Bank
Amy Robertson
3054 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 499-2500 Banks

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Ill. Budget: ‘Lifeline’ Plan
Democrats’ “lifeline” budget would cover less than one-third of human service needs. The analysis, by the nonpartisan Civic Federation’s Institute for Fiscal Sustainability, contained severe criticism of HB 109. The emergency appropriations bill, pushed through the House earlier this spring session on a partisan roll call, was touted by its sponsors as a “lifeline” to stretched providers of human services. The bill was supposed to substitute for a full-year, constitutionally balanced budget. Analysts for the Civic Federation, however, discovered that the Democrats’ bill would provide only 27.1 cents on the dollar for the human-services funding shortfall based on FY16 spending numbers.

The majority party’s “lifeline” plan has been proclaimed as providing rescue money to Illinois institutions of higher education. The Institute’s analysts, after running the numbers, stated that the plan would provide only 56.2 cents of the dollars previously allocated by higher education and not paid in FY16. House Republicans opposed the so-called “lifeline” plan as being both ludicrously inadequate to meet its proclaimed purposes and a distraction from the hard work of generating progress toward government reform and a constitutional balanced budget.

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Met with the Kane County Health Department to discuss opportunities to support our employers and some worksite wellness programs.

• Supported East Aurora High School’s Senior Job Fair (this Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as an opportunity for our members to identify, interview, and hire students;

• Celebrated the grand openings and ribbon cuttings at West Suburban Bank (Butterfield at Church roads), Advance Auto Parts (across Butterfield from West Suburban Bank), and All Spoked Up in downtown Aurora;

• Met with the City of Aurora and Fox Valley Park District to invite auto sales and service businesses (and similar employers) to an open house at Cole Center on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to observe students in a training program organized by the Park District;

• Welcomed CyrusOne to the membership at the Premier Investment level;

• Participated in the Small Business Week Expo on Wednesday;

• Welcomed members of the Aurora Chamber as well as those from Batavia, Geneva, Oswego, and Yorkville to hear Ben Taylor with the U.S. Chamber discuss business implications during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration;

• Shared our efforts with the City’s roundtable to address concerns and needs of students with disabilities;

• Monitored and weighed in on activities in the Illinois Senate as several bills were taken up;

• Toured Alarm Detection Systems with the Leadership Academy; and

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors with Prestige Sponsors Aurora Generation and Rasmussen College; Beverage Sponsor Geneva Construction Company; Putting Green Sponsor Konen Insurance Agency; Hole Sponsors Finishing Solutions Network; and Lunch Sponsors Cordogan, Clark & Associates. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182.

This week, we are preparing for:

• Inauguration of Mayor-elect Richard Irvin and City Council members on Tuesday, May 9, at Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery;

• Additional meetings to support students with disabilities finding summer and post-high school work;

• Grand opening and ribbon cutting for Pet Supplies Plus (North Aurora);

• Ambassadors Meeting on Thursday at Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms; and

• Leadership Academy’s visit to SciTech Hands-On Museum.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

Did You Know?
Did you know that the Aurora Chamber has an agreement with the Illinois Chamber that allows Aurora Chamber members to register and attend webinars, seminars, and conferences organized by the Illinois Chamber for the Chamber-member price. You must be a member of the Aurora Chamber and register through us. For a list of some upcoming programs, visit Professional Development Available in Conjunction with Ill. Chamber. For questions, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184 or email rosborne@aurorachamber.com.
Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: Pet Supplies Plus
Wednesday, May 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
180 N. Randall Rd., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, May 11, at 4:00 p.m.
Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, May 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Spring Fling Business After Hours
Wednesday May 17, 4 – 6 p.m.
Alden of Waterford – Short-Term Rehabilitation, 2021 Randi Drive, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: KCT Credit Union
Friday, May 19, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
320 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:00 p.m

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Ribbon Cutting: James Town Allstate
Friday, June 2, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
7 W. Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Metro 59 Apartments
Wednesday, June 7, 4 – 8 p.m.
1016 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

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“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

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Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Fox Valley Park District seats first elected board

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare for and emergency event, including severe weather and natural disasters. The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

Information, tips, and planning guides may be found at https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/index.php

If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

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