Illinois Has Tough Road Ahead

January 27th, 2015

This month marked a change in the political landscape of our great state. After 12 years of one-party leadership in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner began his term on Jan. 12. Two days later, the 99th General Assembly was sworn in. Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton were re-elected to their posts.

On Jan. 15, We Ask America polled 1,026 registered voters whether Republican Gov. Rauner should try to solve the state’s problems by working to find common ground with the Democratic-controlled legislature.

An overwhelming 67 percent said they want Rauner to find common ground, while 22 percent said he should take a more confrontational approach.

For months, we’ve read and heard how dire the forecast of our state’s economic outlook.

With the income tax dropping from 5 percent to 3.75 percent Jan. 1, the state is poised to collect $5 billion less in revenue, as spending grows and nearly $7 billion of unpaid bills wait to be paid.

Some projections of unfunded pension liabilities place the deficit as high as $110 billion.

Solutions are painful. Eliminating a deficit requires spending cuts or increases in taxes. Neither is popular.

Years of avoiding tough choices and doing nothing have devastated the FY 2015 budget. Little has been offered to offset the temporary tax elimination. FY 2015 will be challenging. FY 2016 will be worse.

The state is constrained as to what it can cut. Illinois cannot cut debt service or pension payments. After adjusting for matching revenue, it would take an estimated 20 percent in cuts to remaining spending — including education, Medicaid, public safety and transportation — to eliminate the deficit.

Borrowing to cover deficits would make our current problems even worse. Pay-later financing is a major contributor to the issue. A temporary, short-term fix, pay-later financing has long-term ramifications that we are now realizing.

The state’s fiscal problems have been mounting for decades. One single policy option will not be enough to solve Illinois’ fiscal problems. Some painful, difficult decisions will need to be made.

Having to pay previous years’ bills now means Illinoisans will need to reduce their expectations for government services. Moreover, we must be prepared to pay more for government services, now and in the future.

Illinois needs a long-term plan to address these problems. Our leaders and elected officials need the discipline it will take to hold to that plan.

While the Democrats hold majority in the State House and Senate and Gov. Rauner is Republican, our state needs to work together to solve its current problems.

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will continue to work with our business members and communities to share their needs and concerns. We look forward to working with our State elected officials to change Illinois’ future.

The chamber’s legislative agenda as well as local legislators’ contact information may be found on the chamber website. For updates on legislative activities, follow the chamber on Facebook and twitter.

Leadership, Programs, New Members in This Week’s Newsletter

January 26th, 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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January 26, 2015
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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
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
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
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Patio Restaurant of Aurora, Inc.
John Koliopoulos
Steve Koliopoulos
4400 Fox Valley Center Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 820-8800
Restaurants & Taverns

Chihuahua Tire Shop
Monica Rodriguez
1201 Aurora Avenue Ln.
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 844-9500
Auto Repair

Procam Photo & Video Gear
Roy Flieth
4300 Westbrook Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 631-0907
Photographers & Supplies, Retail

Inland Real Estate
Bill Goodwin
201 East Veterans Parkway
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 553-3600
Real Estate

Advanced Physicians
Debbie Brooks
3052 Weber Dr.
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 898-9700
Health Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Leadership Academy Begins Next Month
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area. This program focuses on the unique strengths of our community and encourages a diverse mix of participants to engage in our community’s success.

Again this year, we are partnering with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to provide the opportunity to a wider audience.

Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

For more information and application, visit the Chamber website.

Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, January 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m.
Bright Oaks of Aurora, 161 S. Lincolnway, Suite 302, North Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, January 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, January 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Old Second National Bank
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting – Change of Date
Tuesday, February 3, at 4 p.m.
Sunnymere, 925 Sixth Ave., Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
Martin Whalen Office Solutions

Thank you to Martin Whalen Office Solutions, Inc. for sponsoring the January “Coffee & Connections.”

For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.

Board Nominations Sought
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the Nominating Committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Friday, February 13, at 5:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to twenty-two (22) persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing.

U.S. Chamber Federation Partnership
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is continuously looking for ways to provide our members with additional services and resources. Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that welcomes you, through your existing membership with the Aurora Chamber, as a new member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at no additional cost.

For more information, check out the Aurora Chamber blog.

Souper Bowl of Caring Nears
Join the movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving

For the last 20 years, the Souper Bowl of Caring has shown Americans that while we are preparing to enjoy the Super Bowl, we can help out those who don’t have a bowl of soup to eat.

On Saturday, January 31, student volunteers from across the country are coming together once again to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

For more information, visit the blog post.

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.

Jan. 25: Public Policy Update

January 25th, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner

Governor takes steps to increase opportunities.  Moving beyond traditional “affirmative action,” Gov. Bruce Rauner called on Tuesday, Jan. 20, for increased participation by Illinois veterans and members of opportunity groups in Illinois business procurement, apprenticeship programs, and trade union training programs.  In addition, the Department of Central management Services (CMS) — the state’s chief hiring and procurement arm — is instructed to study the hiring and awarding of contracts to Illinois veterans.  The Governor’s instructions are included in Executive Order 15-12.

CMS is directed to study participation of veteran-owned businesses in Illinois’s procurement process, with a report due by June 30.  The executive order also reaffirms the State’s commitment to procurement support for businesses owned and controlled by members of opportunity groups, with a report due by Dec. 31.  Opportunity groups listed by the Governor include members of racial minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.  The Department is instructed to recommend solutions and methods to remedy any disparity in procurement awards.

More than 800,000 veterans of the United States Armed Forces live in Illinois.  Although these are individuals who have put their civilian careers aside and, in many cases, come under hostile fire to defend our Nation’s freedoms, the members of this group have not in some cases been given the bonus considerations for Illinois jobs and procurement opportunities to which they are entitled by law.  The Chicago Sun-Times describes how Rauner’s order is expected to help veterans.

Revenue – Amazon/Internet Sales Tax

State to redouble efforts to collect sales taxes from non-traditional businesses; Amazon to start collecting sales tax.  Under federal law, each state must fulfill certain legal conditions in order to enjoy the right to mandate that a business that is not physically located in Illinois must charge Illinois sales tax when physically selling something to an Illinois resident.  New administrative rules, which took effect on Jan. 1 expand the definition of out-of-state retailers that fall under these conditions and are subject to these requirements.  This technical-sounding change in State law could lead to more demands for sales taxes popping up on Illinois residents’ video screens in future as we shop online for taxable goods and services.  The Associated Press has the story.

Illinois consumers already routinely pay sales taxes of 6.25 percent and up on goods purchased over a traditional sales counter and physically carried out of the store.  Goods purchased online and shipped by parcel delivery do not have a physical location that matches the traditional legal definition of where a State sales tax can be charged and collected.  Many of the 50 U.S. states have taken actions aimed at creating statutory laws, case laws, and administrative laws that will govern these online sales and legally enable sales taxes to be charged and collected.  The change in Illinois administrative law was pushed through by officials for the former Gov. Quinn administration.  It covers entities that sell $10,000 or more in taxable goods and services to Illinois residents in the prior year through catalog, mail-order, and Internet sales platforms.  Amazon.com has agreed to cooperate with Illinois’ new law and rules, and will start charging and collecting Illinois sales taxes on Feb. 1 for deliveries made to addresses in Illinois.

The National Conference of State Legislatures, which is monitoring Internet and other out-of-state sales throughout the U.S., estimates that Illinois is failing to collect an estimated $1 billion in annual sales taxes that would be paid if the goods were to be purchased over a physical in-state sales counter.  However, a marketing association representing cross-state-line retailers expressed disagreement to an AP reporter with the legal status of the new Illinois administrative law.  It is possible that a legal challenge will be mounted against this new push from Springfield.

Education – FY16 Budget

Illinois State Board of Education requests budget hike of almost 11 percent.  The Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois’ chief agency that oversees elementary and secondary education, has the right to submit a public budget request to Governor Bruce Rauner.  On Wednesday, Jan. 21, ISBE’s governing board recommended that the State increase funding for elementary and secondary education by 10.7 percent in fiscal year 2016 (FY16).  Monies designated in this budget area will cover the State’s general state aid (GSA) grants to local school districts, as well as many targeted programs that are partially or mostly funded by the State.  Additional State aid includes general funds intended to partly cover the cost to local school districts of “mandated categoricals,” programs mandated by State or federal law.  There have been sharp increases in the costs of many programs intended to help students with special needs and enable local school districts to meet their responsibilities to students with individualized education plans (IEPs).  Federal and local tax funds are also used to cover these mandated costs, as well as the general cost of teaching students and maintaining each school district.

Gov. Rauner has designated the Rev. James Meeks as chairman of the ISBE.  A former member of the State Senate, Rev. Meeks is expected to be confirmed in office by his former colleagues.  However, the request by Rev. Meeks and the ISBE board for additional monies will have to be weighed against the overall budget crisis facing the State of Illinois and its general funds.  The Chicago Tribune describes the Meeks-ISBE request.

Education – Social Media Passwords

Cyberbullying law gives new rights to school officials.  In continued efforts to combat cyberbullying, the Illinois General Assembly has enacted a new law to require the sharing of social media passwords.  The new law, which became effective on Jan. 1, allows school and university officials to demand that a student turn over his or her social media password to authorities.  The new law is intended to unmask persons who attack their peers while sheltering under a pseudonym.

Widely-disseminated news stories have mourned students who have harmed themselves in other states after being bullied by electronic messages posted in a public forum.  Illinois law, one of the toughest anti-cyberbullying legal packages in the U.S., gives authorities the power to reduce the possibility of events like this happening in this state.  School officials are empowered to take pre-emptive action against veiled, cloaked electronic bullying and posting of materials intended to hurt a student. The authorities are required to possess reasonable cause to believe that a student has violated a school’s disciplinary rule or policy.

Even with pre-emptive powers like these, it is not possible to reduce the rate of cyberbullying to zero.  Many Illinois school districts have taken the lead, however, in fighting back against bullying.  School districts routinely adopt written disciplinary rules and policies, which are distributed to students and their parents.  When written and distributed, these rules govern the conduct of all students on a 24/7 basis, including conduct carried out by a student when not physically located on school property.

Some persons have expressed concern about the new law, believing that it may go too far to one side in the ongoing battle over privacy and autonomy when one is not on government property.  The new law (HB 4207 – 98th General Assembly) was signed into law in August 2014 as Public Act 98-801.

Quinn – Executive Orders

Seven executive orders rescinded.  In his final days in office, the departing Gov. Quinn issued seven decrees.  On Friday, Jan. 16, new Governor Bruce Rauner rescinded all of them.  The action was taken in Executive Order 15-11.

The Quinn end-of-term orders had not been promulgated prior to the election.  They had not been scrutinized by the Illinois voting public, or by the state’s reporters and press.  They were all issued on or after Jan. 5 in Quinn’s final week in office.   Several of the former executive’s orders, if they had been implemented, would have sharply increased the operating costs of the State of Illinois and its agencies in a time of budgetary crisis.

Nothing in Gov. Rauner’s actions prevents issues raised by the former executive from being re-drafted as bills in the General Assembly, and debated and negotiated in public.  The Rauner move clears the deck for new, mutually agreed policymaking.

Transportation – Toll Road Rebuilding

Toll highway rebuild to continue.  Governor Bruce Rauner has approved an exemption from the overall spending freeze for ongoing rebuilding and widening projects being implemented by the Illinois Tollways.  The package of construction projects is expected to cost more than $1 billion.  The rebuilding and widening projects are “self-financed” through toll increases paid for by toll road users.  They are expected to reduce traffic bottlenecks and increase the ability of toll road users to drive to work, go shopping, and carry out other day-to-day activities.  Immediately affected is a $174 million package of contracts for roadway and bridge reconstruction and widening on the close-to-Chicago section of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, a stretch of roadway that stretches between Elgin and O’Hare Airport.  This Jane Addams work can now go forward.

Illinois Tollways debts are separate from the other debts of the State.  The Illinois Toll Highway Authority collects tolls and sells debt securities based on future Chicago-area and Northern Illinois toll revenues.  These future revenue streams are relatively predictable and secure, based upon the spreadsheets collaborated upon by the Tollways and their underwriters.  The Governor and his staff examined the financial status of the Tollways’ debt and projects and concluded that completing currently-planned Tollway expansion and reconstruction work would not damage the general fiscal standing of the State or the specific fiscal standing of the Illinois Tollways.

Transportation – Toll Road Speed Limits

Some sections of Illinois toll roads can now be legally driven at 70 mph.  A change in policy by the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, the independent panel that serves as a governing board for Illinois toll roads, was necessary to bring these limited-access highways into line with Illinois’ overall 70 mph policy.

Other changes in law that affect toll road users include a 40 percent increase in tolls paid by drivers of two-axle and three-axle trailers, typically used by commercial drivers who guide Class 8 heavy freight-carrying trucks.  The toll increase became effective on Jan. 1 as part of an overall package of toll increases imposed by the Illinois Tollway upon its users.  Proceeds from the toll increases are intended to service debts sold by the Toll Highway Authority to maintain and expand their existing inventory of infrastructure.

Many limited-access highways located outside major Illinois metropolitan areas can now be legally driven at 70 mph.  Drivers are warned to continue to maintain safe speeds depending on actual driving conditions.  In addition, posted speed limits often drop sharply as a limited-access highway approaches a densely populated area.  Drivers should watch out for these changes in traffic density and obey posted speed limits.  Sections of toll roads that run through densely populated and trafficked areas, such as sections of the Tri-State Tollway, are not expected to be reposted to higher speeds.

Leadership Academy Nears

January 23rd, 2015

Leadership Academy

The Aurora Regional Leadership Academy offers a center for excellence for the development of leaders in the Fox Valley area. The Academy provides an opportunity for future community leaders of diverse backgrounds and interests to gain knowledge, business acumen, and skills in building community. In addition, participants gain an expanded professional network necessary to assume leadership roles in the rapidly changing public, private, and non-profit sectors.

This year, the Aurora Chamber is excited to partner again with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce in offering this program to the region.

The Leadership Academy has fostered a rich diversity of Aurora area leadership since its inception in 1979. Importantly, the Academy promotes strong relations among leaders from a variety of occupations, backgrounds, and demographics. The relationships have proven to be immensely beneficial both to the civic well-being of the Aurora region, to the participants, and to their employers.

The program brings together individuals who have demonstrated leadership or leadership potential in their careers – both professional and civic – in order to enhance the quality of civic and community leadership throughout our region. Participants examine issues of education, healthcare, crime and violence, economic development, community leadership, diversity, and more. They meet with experts and practitioners and they visit key institutions. Participants develop an informed understanding of where and how they can direct their own civic and community leadership efforts and how their own organization can make a greater impact.

Curriculum

The Academy’s 10-session curriculum is designed and organized to give participants a wide range of topics and programs to expand their knowledge of the community. Topics include:

  • Social Services
  • Local Government
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Civil Service
  • Community Awareness
  • Leadership
  • Economic Development
  • and More

 

Throughout, exercises and projects will strengthen each attendee’s leadership and personal development. Each participant will work within the group on a project to benefit the community.

Benefits

Participants develop skills in:

  • Leading others
  • Facilitating positive change
  • Building coalitions
  • Problem solving

 

Employers benefit by:

  • Employees with heightened leadership skills
  • Participation in a community network
  • A greater understanding of community diversity

 

The Community benefits by developing community leaders and volunteers that can provide solutions.

For more information on the Academy, including a registration form and program outline, visit AuroraChamber.com/leadership.asp. Deadline for application to the program is Tuesday, Feb. 2. First class is Friday, Feb. 6, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora.

This Week’s Member News

January 23rd, 2015

Thank you to Martin Whalen Office Solutions, Inc. for sponsoring the January “Coffee & Connections” event.

Fox Valley United Way is sponsoring the SOUPer Bowl of Caring Food Drive on Saturday, January 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click here for the list of participating stores.

Fox Valley Park District presents Dinner Theatre “The Great Ladies of Song” on Wednesday, January 28. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. at Prisco Community Center. For more information, call (630)859-8606.

An open house for the public to meet Daisy Porter-Reynolds, Aurora Public Library executive director, is set for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, in the multipurpose room on the lower level of the Main Library, 1 E. Benton Street.

Fox & Hound Sports Tavern invites you to “The Bigger. The Better.” on Thursday, January 29, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All proceeds from the evening’s event will go toward Loaves & Fishes. RSVP by calling the Aurora Fox & Hound.

Save the date for CASA Kane County’s Children’s Champion Celebration Black & White Diamond Ball on Saturday, March 7. Auction tickets are available now by contacting Lori Hewitt at (630)444-3107.

Naper Settlement is offering free admission to DuPage Children’s Museum members through the month of April, while the museum is closed due to flooding.

Congratulations to RC Wegman Construction Company for celebrating 60 years in business.

This Week’s News from Aurora Chamber

January 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.
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January 19, 2015
In This Issue

 

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Elite Members

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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
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
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
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Oak Trust Credit Union
Cindy Williams
444 N. Eola Rd. Ste. 101
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 792-2928
Development

Zippy Shell Fox Valley
Todd Temaat
100 Overland Dr.
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 626-0444
Moving & Storage

Anytime Fitness – Aurora
Kristin Francis
1137 N. Eola Rd. Ste. 119
Aurora, IL 60502
(630)851-GYM1
Fitness Center

ILoveKickboxing.com – Aurora
Dennis de Ramos
4400 McCoy Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630)722-1911
Financial Planning Services

Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Katrina Steffes
PO Box 85
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630)564-4355
Communications, Translation/Interpretation

 

Contact Us

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

 

This Week: Economic Outlook 2015
Limited seats remain for this Thursday’s
Economic Outlook 2015.Thursday, January 22, at 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Register
Economic Outlook 2015
Jesse Vazquez (1963-2015)
Last week, the community was shocked to learn of the passing of Jesse Vazquez. A long-term member of the Aurora Chamber community, Jesse was committed to making the community a better place for his family, friends, fellow members, and constituents. A more complete background on Jesse, may be found on the Chamber blog.
Leadership Academy Begins Next Month
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area. This program focuses on the unique strengths of our community and encourages a diverse mix of participants to engage in our community’s success.Again this year, we are partnering with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to provide the opportunity to a wider audience.Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

For more information and application, visit the Chamber website.

U.S. Chamber Federation Partnership
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is continuously looking for ways to provide our members with additional services and resources. Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that welcomes you, through your existing membership with the Aurora Chamber, as a new member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at no additional cost.For more information, check out the Aurora Chamber blog.
Public Policy Update
Congratulations to our recently inaugurated State officials. Last Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner and other Constitutional Officers were inaugurated. On Wednesday, members of the 99th General Assembly, including local State Senators and Representatives, were inaugurated. Contact information for these elected officials may be found here.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, January 20, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by Martin Whalen Office Solutions, Inc.Aurora First
Wednesday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices
Agenda: City of Aurora Engineering Highlights, Upcoming Road Construction, Two-Way Street ConversionsEconomic Outlook 2015
Thursday, January 22, at 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, January 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m.
Bright Oaks of Aurora, 161 S. Lincolnway, Suite 302, North Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, January 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, January 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Old Second National Bank
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting – Change of Date
Tuesday, February 3, at 4 p.m.
Sunnymere, 925 Sixth Ave., Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Souper Bowl of Caring Nears
Join the movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and servingFor the last 20 years, the Souper Bowl of Caring has shown Americans that while we are preparing to enjoy the Super Bowl, we can help out those who don’t have a bowl of soup to eat.On Saturday, January 31, student volunteers from across the country are coming together once again to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

For more information, visit the blog post.

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, State Elected Officials

January 18th, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti  
Office of the Lt. Governor
214 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

AG Lisa Madigan
Office of the Attorney General
500 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706

Secretary Jesse White
Office of the Secretary of State
213 State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62756

Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger
Office of the Comptroller
325 West Adams
Springfield, IL 62704

Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs
Office of the Treasurer
219 State House
Springfield, Illinois  62706

99th General Assembly Members
Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D), 49th District
218B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-0052

Senator Michael Connelly (R), 21st District
M103C Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Senator Linda Holmes (D), 42nd District
129 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Senator Karen McConnaughay (R), 33rd District
103D Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Senator Jim Oberweis (R), 25th District
105A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Senator Sue Rezin (R), 38th District
309I Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Senator Dave Syverson (R), 35th District
108A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Steven Andersson (R), 65th District
211-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative John D. Anthony (R), 75th District
200-2N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Mark Batinick (R), 97th District
232-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D), 83rd District
229-E Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Mike Fortner (R), 49th District
200-4N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Stephanie A. Kifowit (D), 84th District
200-3S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Robert W. Pritchard (R), 70th District
200-3N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Grant Wehrli (R), 41st District
228-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Keith Wheeler (R), 50th District
213-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Small Business Members Get Added Benefit

January 18th, 2015

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is continuously looking for ways to provide our members with additional services and resources. Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that welcomes you, through your existing membership with the Aurora Chamber, as a new member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at no additional cost.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation and 96% of their members are small businesses like you. Through your membership with the U.S. Chamber, you will have access to the many valuable benefits designed specifically for small businesses, including the toolkits available on Small Business Nation, news and advocacy updates, and other products, services, and publications.

In the coming week, you will receive an email directly from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce providing you with your membership number and information on how to access the many resources now available to you. Be sure to add smallbusiness@uschambersmallbusinessnation.com to your address book to ensure the email reaches you. We hope you find as much value in your membership with the U.S. Chamber as we have.

If you have any questions on this additional benefit, please contact the Aurora Chamber at (630) 256-3180 or via email info@aurorachamber.com.

 

Souper Bowl of Caring Nears

January 18th, 2015

Join the movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving

For the last 20 years, the Souper Bowl of Caring has shown Americans that while we are preparing to enjoy the Super Bowl, we can help out those who don’t have a bowl of soup to eat.

On Saturday, January 31, student volunteers from across the country are coming together once again to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

Won’t you join us as we join them?

In cooperation with Jewel-Osco, Fox Valley United Way is working together to help fill the shelves at the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and the Kendall County Food Pantry. Each year these pantries experience a significant reduction in donations after the holidays, limiting their ability to help families who are struggling to avoid homelessness.

This year, youth volunteers and adult supervisors will be accepting monetary and food donations at seven locations in and around Aurora and in Kendall County.

How can you help?

  • Host a food drive at your place of work. Ask employees to bring non-perishable food items to be gathered and delivered to the Fox Valley United Way office by Monday, February 2. We can help you with posters and flyers for the event. We can also arrange a pick-up to make it easier.
  • Make a monetary donation. Checks should be made payable to the Fox Valley United Way – Feed the Hungry Initiative. Cash donations can also be brought to the Fox Valley United Way office located at 44 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505. Or you can contribute by credit card on our website at www.uwfoxvalley.org .
  • Go to your local Jewel-Osco store on Saturday, January 31, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and drop off a cash donation or help fill the food bin.

For more information, including a list of locations, please contact Deborah Collins at Fox Valley United Way – 630-896-4636. You can also visit www.uwfoxvalley.com.

 

News from Aurora Chamber Members

January 18th, 2015

Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc. and Deuchler Environmental, Inc. announce that Philippe Moreau has transitioned his business interests in both firms to his associates. Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc. will be led by John Frerich and Mark Halm. Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc. is celebrating its 99th year of business. Deuchler Environmental, Inc. will be led by John Frerich, Mark Halm and Karen Clementi. Deuchler Environmental, Inc. is celebrating its 19th year of business.

SmithAmundsen is pleased to announce the inclusion of 39 attorneys on the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and 2015 Illinois Rising Star lists. Congratulations to Julie Proscia, Chamber legal counsel, on the recognition. Proscia specializes in labor and employment law.

Advocate Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes new Hospitalist Marlene K. Henze, MD, to the Hospital Rounding Team at Advocate Dreyer.

Congratulations to Bakers Marketing Group on celebrating 50 years in business.

Naper Settlement received an IDCEO grant. This money will be used to promote them as a vacation destination in the Chicagoland area.

“La France” an Aurora University Faculty Showcase free concert on Friday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. at AU Crimi Auditorium. Contact Community Relations office at (630)844-4924 for more information.

Fox Valley Park District presents Dinner Theatre “The Great Ladies of Song” on Wednesday, January 28. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m. at Prisco Community Center. For more information, call (630)859-8606.

An open house for the public to meet Daisy Porter-Reynolds, Aurora Public Library executive director, is set for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, in the multipurpose room on the lower level of the Main Library, 1 E. Benton Street.

Fox & Hound Sports Tavern invites you to “The Bigger. The Better.” on Thursday, January 29, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All proceeds from the evening’s event will go toward Loaves & Fishes. RSVP by calling the Aurora Fox & Hound.

Save the date for CASA Kane County’s Children’s Champion Celebration Black & White Diamond Ball on Saturday, March 7. Auction tickets are available now by contacting Lori Hewitt at (630)444-3107.