Member News

October 19th, 2014

Waubonsee Community College has secured an OSHA training grant worth $119,505 to allow the Workforce Development Department to provide free workplace safety training to employers and staffing agencies that hire temporary workers.

This spring, 10 Waubonsee students who had been enrolled in the colleges’ Therapeutic Massage program achieved a rare feat, as all 10 passed the state massage therapy board exams in one sitting.

The College’s Driver Safety Program received three awards during National Safety Council’s National Safety Congress event recently.

Congratulations to Metro West Council of Government which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall.

Beginning in November, The Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center will offer an experiential six-week course on “Using Sound to Support Our Healing Processes.” Contact the center for details.

In addition, the Center will host “Sound Journey” with gong guru Andre Peraza as part of Aurora’s First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Swallow of Magnetrol Internationalwho recently received an Outstanding Alumni Award from North Central College. A 1994 graduate of the College, Swallow was recognized as a visionary corporate leader, philanthropist, and College Trustee.

Alarm Detection Systems offers enhanced security measures with the latest technology for your home and business, including video surveillance systems, keyless entry, alarms and fire protection.

Prisco’s Fine Foods recently rebranded as Prisco’s Family Market. Located on the west side on Prairie Street, Prisco’s continues to offer an excellent shopping experience. They have added an expanded cheese selection and catering menu as well as an online presence with door-buster deals, blog, and recipes.

On Nov. 8, Phyllis Kramer will launch the 17th annual series of cooking classes at Prisco’s with “Add Some Spice to Your Life.” The following Friday (Nov. 14), she will be back with “Cocktail Party.” Registration and information may be found on the Prisco’s website.

Ankur Patel has been named vice president of commercial lending at Old Second Bank in its downtown Aurora branch. In addition, Phillip DeLaFuente, Michelle Domson, Troy Langeness, Scott Trandel, and Sue Welsh were named “Five Star Mortgage Professionals” in Chicago magazine for the second year in a row. Elvia Campos was named “Five Star” professional for the first time.

Advocate Dreyer announces the appointment of Chintan Mistry, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, as chief medical officers.

The City of Aurora’s Building and Permits team recently earned the 2014 Digital Government Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Government. The award highlights outstanding government websites and applications. Aurora was recognized for its implementation of broadcast real-time inspection transparency emails designed to broadcast inspection activity to all private sector parties upon schedule or result.

Congratulations to Daniel D. Dolan with Dolan & Murphy. The City of Aurora recently dedicated Daniel D. Dolan Drive along Watson Street between Fifth and Seventh avenues on Aurora’s East Side. A lifelong resident and business leader in Aurora, Dolan’s childhood home is located along the drive.

5B’s Barbecue will be at Fox Valley Montessori School on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Chicken, pork chops, hot dog and Boca burger dinners will be served with drive-through style convenience.  Call Becky for more details.

Special offer from First Choice Coffee and Water Service. Cold weather is approaching and they are offering free coffee demonstrations for your employees with more than 200 options to choose from. Contact Kathy Bryant for further details

Naper Settlement’s Winter Season begins Nov. 1 at the outdoor history museum. The Visitor Center exhibits and exteriors of the buildings are available for touring. The audio tour is included.

The Elgin Community College Health and Life Sciences building designed by Kluber Architects + Engineers continues to earn distinctions for exceptional architectural design and functionality.

You’re Invited to the Annual Membership Celebration.

October 13th, 2014

We look forward to you joining us for
the Annual Membership Celebration.

Celebration of Membership
Ted Dabrowski is Vice President of Policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, where he develops and recommends solutions to the state’s economic and fiscal problems with a focus on Illinois budget and tax policy, health care, pension reform, education policy and job creation.

The Illinois Policy Institute is an independent research and education organization generating public policy solutions aimed at promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois. The Illinois Policy Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that generates marketable policy solutions to unleash Illinois’ talent and entrepreneurial ability. Ted develops and recommends solutions to the state’s economic and fiscal problems with a focus on Illinois budget and tax policy, health care, pension reform, education policy, and job creation.

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Waubonsee Community College
Cadence Health Convenient Care

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Resources, Programs, More from Aurora Chamber

October 6th, 2014
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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Celebration of Membership
October 06, 2014
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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
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
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
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.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
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
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Culver’s of North Aurora
Don and Julie Michels
411 S. Lincolnway
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 844-2280
Restaurant

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Annual Celebration of Membership
Please Join Us:
Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Oct. 30, at Aurora Country Club
11:00 a.m.: Registration & Networking
12:00 p.m.: Lunch & Program
Register
Tuesday: Diversity Network to Feature Business Resources
In partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Chamber invites you to a Special Event/Business Before Hours. The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses). In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 8:00 a.m., at the Chamber offices for assistance and resources.
Register
Election Season Gets Closer
The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 2. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

To register to vote, check your registration or find your polling location, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections at www.elections.state.il.us and click on the Voters button at the top. Residents of Aurora who reside in Kane, Kendall or Will counties can contact the Aurora Election Commission at auroravotes.org or by calling (630) 897-4030.

Many recent posts on public policy can be found on the Chamber’s blog. Be sure to bookmark it and check regularly for breaking information.

Job Postings
Know someone looking for employment? Direct them over to the Local Job Postings section of the Aurora Chamber website. There are currently dozens of positions posted in the database. If you’re looking to promote a position within your business or organization, contact the Chamber for details. It’s included with your membership; are you taking advantage of it?
Member News
Your fellow Chamber members has a number of programs and activities for your entertainment or professional development. To view the latest news from fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
VoteForJobs.com
With fewer than two months until the November election, the U.S. Chamber has launched Vote for Jobs – their most comprehensive effort to date to ensure that voters have the tools they need to bring about real change this November.

The website VoteForJobs.com is now live and provides a number of key tools that compare candidates on job creating issues, outline the most competitive races in the country, and showcase efforts to elect candidates who have a record of fighting back against government overreach and promoting American free enterprise.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Special Event: The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses).In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business.
In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 14, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, October 15, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Before Hours at Office Depot
Thursday, October 23, at 8 a.m.
Office Depot Store – 2302 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora, 60506
Register

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Programs, News from Aurora Chamber Members

October 4th, 2014

Aurora University will hold an Adult Degree Completion Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, visit www.aurora.edu/adultopenhouse today.

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will offer several public education programs. Although the events are free, seating is limited and reservations are requested. Curator David Lewis will present “The Great Chicago Fire of 1871” on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:00 p.m. Lewis will present “Horse Tails & Tales: The Romance of Fire Horses.”

Downtown Auroran Magazine is publishing its first Holiday Guide out this November. To advertise in the free, local culture magazine, contact Marissa Amoni at downtownauroran@gmail.com. Advertising deadline is Oct. 10, 2014.

Stories in Stone – A First Person Cemetery Walk at Naper Settlement on Saturday, Oct. 11 when history comes alive as you “meet” Naperville residents from the past, all with an interesting story to tell. For ages 13 and up as some historical material may be too graphic for younger audiences. Tickets may be purchased at the Naper Settlement Pre-Emption House the day of the program. Groups of up to 15 guests will depart for the Naperville Cemetery every 30 minutes for a walking experience of approximately one hour. Tours start at 2 p.m. with the last tour stepping off at 3:30 p.m.

Ambassadors Harlem vs Aurora Guns & Hoses hosted by Ritas Ministry on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Come watch the Harlem Ambassadors comedy-style basketball featuring high-flying slams n dunks and hilarious comedy take on our own Aurora Guns and Hoses (Police and Fire Departments).

DayOne is hosting several free seminars to help parents of individuals with developmental disabilities. Sign up by calling Executive Director Stephen Taylor at (630) 482-7608 for the following seminars: “Micro Boards” on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., facilitated by Illinois Association of Micro Boards and Cooperatives; “Life-Long Planning” on Friday, Oct. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., facilitated by Theresa Varnett; and “Financial Planning for the Family with Special Needs” on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m., facilitated by Alexandra Baig, MBA, Financial Advisor. All seminars are hosted by DayOneNetwork, 1551 East Fabyan Parkway, Geneva. Seminars require an advance reservation as seating is limited to 40 persons.

Hesed House reminds you that 2014 Soup’s On! Is Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Naperville Central High School. Soup’s On! Is a casual, family afternoon event featuring great food from more than 25 area restaurants and merchants. Funds raised benefit four local charities, including Hesed House. Tickets can be obtained at www.soupsonrotary.com.

Quad County Urban League has been selected as local partner for the Transportation Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program. Applicants (from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties) must be individuals who have not successfully completed a union apprenticeship and training program in the past or who are not currently journeymen in good standing. For more information, contact the Urban League or visit www.TCARTIllinois.org.

Waubonsee Community College’s Adult Literacy Project will offer online training at your pace this Oct. for interested tutors. For details, contact the Adult Literacy Project today at (630) 801-7900.

Chicago-based accounting firm Wolf & Company is proud to announce that Wolf and national CPA and advisory firm BKD, LLP are joining forces.  Wolf & Company will officially become BKD on November 1, 2014.

Resources, Programs, More from Aurora Chamber

September 29th, 2014
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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Hiring Our Heroes
September 29, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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
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
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
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.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
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
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Law Offices of Chi H. Chun, Ltd.
Chi H. Chun
648 N. Randall Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 276-6409
Legal Services
Referred by Dr. Young Kim, Lincolnway Dental Center, P.C.

Inkster iFixster
Derrick Laster
1009A W. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 746-9497
Computer Repair/Office Supplies

Alternative Utility
Services, Inc. (AUS)

Fritz Kreiss
770 N. Halsted, Ste. 156
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 724-6777
Utilities

DuPage Children’s Museum
Reba Morgan Osborne
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 637-8000
Museum
Referred by Roger Schnorr, Old Second National Bank.

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Hiring Our Heroes Tomorrow
Thank you to all of the employers and supporters who have helped to make this one of the best HOH events in our area. And, thank you to our service men and women and their families.
Annual Celebration of Membership
Please Join Us:
Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Oct. 30, at Aurora Country Club
11:00 a.m.: Registration & Networking
12:00 p.m.: Lunch & Program
Register
Diversity Network to Feature Business Resources
In partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Chamber invites you to a Special Event/Business Before Hours. The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses). In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 8:00 a.m., at the Chamber offices for assistance and resources.
Register
Election Season Gets Closer
The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 2. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

To register to vote, check your registration or find your polling location, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections at www.elections.state.il.us and click on the Voters button at the top. Residents of Aurora who reside in Kane, Kendall or Will counties can contact the Aurora Election Commission at auroravotes.org or by calling (630) 897-4030.

Many recent posts on public policy can be found on the Chamber’s blog. Be sure to bookmark it and check regularly for breaking information.

Job Postings
Know someone looking for employment? Direct them over to the Local Job Postings section of the Aurora Chamber website. There are currently dozens of positions posted in the database. If you’re looking to promote a position within your business or organization, contact the Chamber for details. It’s included with your membership; are you taking advantage of it?
Member News
For more news about fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
VoteForJobs.com
With fewer than two months until the November election, the U.S. Chamber has launched Vote for Jobs – their most comprehensive effort to date to ensure that voters have the tools they need to bring about real change this November.

The website VoteForJobs.com is now live and provides a number of key tools that compare candidates on job creating issues, outline the most competitive races in the country, and showcase efforts to elect candidates who have a record of fighting back against government overreach and promoting American free enterprise.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Veterans and interested business may visit www.HiringOurHeroes.org for details and to register

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Special Event: The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses).In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business.
In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 14, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, October 15, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Before Hours at Office Depot
Thursday, October 23, at 8 a.m.
Office Depot Store – 2302 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora, 60506
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.

September 29th, 2014

Employees can be one of the most powerful voices in this year’s elections. Your vote does matter. But are you registered to vote?

The week of September 22-26 kicked off an Employee Voter Registration effort and The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is participating to ensure you have easy access to all the information you need to be prepared to vote in November. Don’t let “not being registered” be the reason you don’t vote.

We’ve made registering to vote easy for you. Visit the Illinois Chamber’s new and improved Illinois Prosperity Project website at www.illinoisprosperity.org. You’ll start by entering your ZIP code and be able to easily complete the voter registration process. You can also find out how to update your voter registration information if you’ve recently moved or changed address and find other information about voting.

Registering to vote is the first step towards making a difference. The Illinois Chamber encourages you to vote for candidates that support job creation and that will help foster an economic environment in Illinois for employees and employers to succeed. As part of this we just want to make sure your voice is heard by registering to vote. Together Illinois employers and employees vote and make a difference in this year’s election. 

Fight for your job today by making sure you are registered to vote in the upcoming November election.

Andrew Proctor
Director of Advocacy
Illinois Chamber of Commerce 

News About Our Members

September 28th, 2014

Ballydoyle Irish Pub will host a grand opening for “The New Whiskey Bar & Lounge” this Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:00 p.m. The Bar & Lounge will feature more than 140 whiskeys.

Come out and help celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for First Midwest Bank on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at 2 South Broadway, Downtown Aurora.

Downtown Auroran Magazine is publishing its first Holiday Guide out this November. To advertise in the free, local culture magazine, contact Marissa Amoni at downtownauroran@gmail.com. Advertising deadline is Oct. 10, 2014.

Enjoy traditional German music and classic rock, along with German-style beverages and cuisine and family-friendly activities during Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 3, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 4, from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. Free parking is available. Advance tickets online are $10 adults and $5 youth 4-12. Tickets at the gate cost $15 adults and $10 youth (4-12). Members are free. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

As part of Aurora’s First Fridays, If These Walls Could Talk invites the public to a Gallery Night on Friday, Oct. 3, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Enjoy free drinks, appetizers, and the new creations from the members of the Aurora Art League. The art will be on display through November 5. Call Tim Frederick at (331) 212-5962 to find out more.

Join the YWCA of Aurora and organizations across the city as they celebrate and promote a safer, more peaceful community with “Peace in the Park” on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Phillips Park Pavilion. Everyone is welcome to this free family event. There will be fun children activities, crafts, a bouncy house, and food for sale. Visit http://www.ywcaaurora.org for more details.

To benefit Presence Health Fox River Valley Region Care, the Second Annual Presence Health Fox River Valley Region Fundraiser—a Roaring ‘20s Gala—is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at The Lincoln Inn in Batavia. All proceeds go to benefit Presence Mercy Medical Center, Presence McAuley Manor, Presence Fox Knoll, and Presence Pine View Care Center. A limited number of raffle tickets will be available to win one of several Chicago overnight experiences. For tickets and information, call (630) 801-2662 or visit www.presencehealth.org/20sgala.

Celebrate Differences is hosting a Harvest Fest on Oct. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Kellogg Farm Pond in Yorkville.   Entertainment & Family Fun! Live music stage, games & entertainment, learning & education, outdoor BBQ, hayrides, camp fire & s’mores, pumpkin paining, family fall portraits, face packing and each family receives a free pumpkin.

The Fox Valley Park District will hold a free “Paws in the Park” festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Lincoln Park in Aurora. Dog owners are welcome to bring their pets to the event, which is hosted in conjunction with the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League. The event will feature approximately 60 vendors with pet-related products and gifts, rescue organizations, behavior and obedience specialists, a blessing of all the animals, police dog demonstrations, contests for dogs and numerous prize drawings.

Take a walk along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line during the Railroad Ramble Walking Tour on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., presented by Naper Settlement. Learn about the history and influence of rail service in Naperville, including the cultural impact of the railroad on the community, its industry and commerce, and art and architecture. Tour includes about 14 blocks of walking and steps off from the southwest corner of Burlington Square Park. Tickets are $12 per person. Call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.org for more information.

Hesed House reminds you that 2014 Soup’s On! Is Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Naperville Central High School. Soup’s On! Is a casual family afternoon event featuring great food from more than 25 area restaurants and merchants. Funds raised benefit four local charities, including Hesed House. Tickets can be obtained at www.soupsonrotary.com.

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will offer several public education programs. Although the events are free, seating is limited and reservations are requested. On Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:00 p.m., the museum presents “Firefighter Dayna” and Molly the Fire Safety Dog. Curator David Lewis will present “The Great Chicago Fire of 1871” on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:00 p.m. Lewis will present “Horse Tails & Tales: The Romance of Fire Horses.”

Visit Naper Settlement’s website for details on some great October programs, including Oktoberfest on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, as well as Walking Clubs, Railroad Ramble, All Hallows Eve, and a special “History Speaks: Edgar Allan Poe – To Tell a Tale.”

Congratulations to Lulu Blacksmith, director of Governmental and Multicultural Affairs at Waubonsee Community College, who received her doctorate in education on Sept. 17 and was recognized as SHARE Fox Valley’s 2014 Woman of Power on Sept. 18. On Sept. 26, she will be among the finalists honored in the Latina Professional Category at the Chicago Latino Network’s Ninth Annual Awards Gala at Chicago’s Drake Hotel.

Kane Country Cougars– who recently won the Midwest League Championship – have signed a two-year agreement to affiliate with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Celebrating their 25th anniversary of the Cougars’ franchise next year, this will be the sixth Major League club the Cougars have affiliate with, following Baltimore, Florida, Oakland, Kansas City, and most recently the Cubs.

Quad County Urban League has been selected as local partner for the Transportation Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program. Applicants (from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties) must be individuals who have not successfully completed a union apprenticeship and training program in the past or who are not currently journeymen in good standing. For more information, contact the Urban League or visit www.TCARTIllinois.org.

Blackberry Farm of Fox Valley Park District will celebrate the fall season throughout October with its popular Pumpkin Weekends beginning Saturday, Oct. 4. For information, contact Blackberry Farm at (630) 892-1550.

Aurora University will hold an Adult Degree Completion Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, visit www.aurora.edu/adultopenhouse today.

Waubonsee Community College’s Adult Literacy Project will offer online training at your pace this October for interested tutors. For details, contact the Adult Literacy Project today at (630) 801-7900.

Ill. Chamber: November Advisory Referenda are Job Killers

September 26th, 2014

This November voters will be asked to weigh in on a number of advisory referendums that will harm Illinois’ economy and kill jobs. Voters will be asked whether or not they support increasing Illinois’ minimum wage to over $10 an hour and if there should be a 3% income tax surcharge on small businesses owners to fund more government spending.

The Illinois Chamber was successful at defeating legislative enactment of the proposals while they were being debating in the General Assembly last spring and we will continue to oppose the ballot measures throughout the fall election campaign.

If successfully passed, Illinois could be on track to have one of the highest minimum wages and one of the highest income tax rates in the nation. A true jobs killing agenda!

Illinois’ economy is still recovering from the Great Recession and continues to lag behind other states when rated on measures that promote a friendly climate for businesses. A hike in the minimum wage would increase labor costs for many small businesses by over 21% and would result in employee layoffs or reduced hours.

The 3% income tax surcharge dramatically increases individual tax rates on small business owners and decreases the amount of resources available to reinvest in the business and create jobs. It also acts as a disincentive to work hard, grow a business and become successful.

According to a recent report, 61% of Illinois small businesses are organized in ways where the tax code treats the income of the business as the income of the owners and would make them subject to the new tax.

While the advisory referendums are non-binding in such that they will not automatically become law if they receive a majority of the votes, it will give increased political cover for legislators to approve a minimum wage and tax hike in the next legislative session.

What you can do to Help Defeat the Jobs Killing Agenda

We have launched a new and improved website dedicated to organizing an online grassroots coalition to defeat these referendums and as a resource for Illinois employers, employees, local chambers, and the general public to use to learn more about the upcoming November election.  Click HERE to view the newly launched website.

Illinois legislators need to hear from local chambers of commerce, small business owners, and individuals who care about our economy. They need to know that Illinois’ economy cannot afford this jobs killing agenda!

Click HERE to Sign the Petition Today and Join the Grassroots Coalition Opposing the Jobs Killing Agenda this November!

Did You Know? This is Employee Voter Registration Week

September 24th, 2014

Educate Your Employees on Which Candidates Support Your Business

With the 2014 General Election now 41 days away, and the general public starting to focus more closely on the key races around the state, the Illinois Chamber is now releasing its voting record for the 2013-14 session of the Illinois General Assembly. It is part of a concerted effort with local and federal partners to urge business leaders – and their fellow employees – to educate themselves on the records of our elected officials and to make sure that as many private sector employees as possible vote in the upcoming election.

View the Illinois Chamber’s ’13-’14 GA Voting Record.

The Illinois Chamber’s voting record is compiled from the key votes that impact employers and the economy in Illinois. The legislature bears a great responsibility for the current economic malaise in Illinois. The Chamber’s voting record is a tremendous tool to help voters identify which legislators are working to turn things around and which are chained to status quo policies and interests.

The Aurora Regional Chamber is proud to join with The Illinois Chamber, the U.S. Chamber’s Vote for Jobs campaign, and the Business-Industry Political Action Committee’s Employee Voter Registration Week, September 22-26. These campaigns are committed to getting private sector employers and employees as actively engaged as possible in the upcoming election. Both have tools to facilitate that process. Easy steps to participate include:

• Forward on the Chamber’s voting record to employees and colleagues;

• Encourage employees to register to vote (you can simply forward them a link to any of these sites to do so: www.Illinoisprosperity.org; http://voteforjobs.com/voter-resources/; www.elections.il.gov);

• Communicate with your employees and colleagues about key issues that your business is facing and how elected officials are responding.

Surveys consistently show employees welcome reasoned information from their employer when it comes to elections. With encouragement and education, we can help maximize the impact of employers on this election.

Cast your vote, cast your voice this fall

September 23rd, 2014

Last June, Pew Research Center released a 120-page report titled “Political Polarization in the American Public.” Subtitled “How Increasing Ideological Uniformity and Partisan Antipathy Affect Politics, Compromise and Everyday Life,” the report explains Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades.

The survey of 10,000 adults nationwide found that these divisions are greatest among those who are the most engaged and active in the political process. The partisan rhetoric and lack of compromise continue to cripple necessary reformation of social and economic initiatives within our country and state.

If the most engaged and active are divided along ideological lines as the report states, where are the more moderate, compromising individuals? Why have they chosen to sit out the debate? Is it frustration? Apathy? Overload?

More than ever, we need leaders to help break the impasse. We need voters to put them in the position to bring change.

Whether you are concerned with jobs, healthcare, education, budget, or good government, you must raise your voice. We must cast our ballots in November.

Voting is more importantly a privilege than it is a right. Fewer than half of the 200 million Americans that are eligible to vote this year actually will. Your one vote is very important.

Residents of the Fox Valley who actively participate in the election process help ensure that our region remains a desirable place to live.

In fact, during the last midterm election in 2010, there were 8.9 million Illinois residents who were eligible to vote. However, only 3.8 million (approximately 42.5 percent) cast ballots. This ranked Illinois in the bottom half of states (at number 31) for voter turnout. Nine of the states had more than half of its eligible voters turn out. At the top were Maine at 56.2 percent and Minnesota at 55.9 percent.

Statewide, we have a number of key races that will shape our future: senator, governor and other statewide executive offices. Locally, there are congressional districts and Illinois General Assembly seats being contested. As a result of November’s elections, we will see a number of new faces in the State House. Retirement and higher office races have created opportunities for new representatives from the 41st, 50th, 65th, and 97th  House districts.

I encourage you to take a few minutes on Tuesday, Nov. 4, to visit your polling place and cast your ballot. Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 2.

To register to vote, check your registration or find your polling location, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections at http://www.elections.state.il.us and click on the Voters button at the top. Residents of Aurora who reside in Kane, Kendall or Will counties can contact the Aurora Election Commission at auroravotes.org or by calling (630) 897-4030.