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This Week’s Member News

Monday, July 24th, 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.
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
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
OnLight Aurora
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
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Summer is in full swing. We would like to take one last opportunity to thank the many sponsors and attendees of our 2017 Golf Classic. Despite the rain that morning, we were able to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of golf and networking at the cocktail reception that evening. And while we wrap up the details for the golf outing, we still have several programs and events for our members before the end of our fiscal year on August 31.

Below in the Calendar of Events, you will see six grand openings and ribbons cuttings to celebrate new or re-newed Chamber members. We hope you can join us at some of them to welcome new businesses to the region and to the Chamber.

Also, we have scheduled a What You Need to Know session on the American Health Care Act. While this legislation is still being discussed, debated, and decided in Washington, DC, we plan to bring you the latest implications on what current details mean for employers.

Don’t forget the July and August Fox Valley Networking Professionals breakfasts. Join us for breakfast, networking, and getting to know fellow members. This casual, welcoming event is a great way to meet new clients, potential partners, and local professionals.

On August 8, we are collaborating with several Fox Valley region chambers to offer a multi-chamber women in business lunch in Geneva. Details are below; we look forward to you joining us for this annual event.

Of course, we continue to watch and weigh in with advocacy issues of importance to our business community. This includes legislation approved by the General Assembly (such as SB 1) that has yet to be sent to the Governor’s office. Stay tuned as we work to get details and updates out to you through social media and other means.

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.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 27, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Postponed
675 Station Blvd, Aurora

Grand Opening: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.
3 N. Smith Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: StemShala
Wednesday, August 2, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
4075 Fox Valley Center Drive, Unit 2, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: East Aurora Counseling
Thursday, August 3, 3:30- 5:30 p.m.
143 S. Lincoln Ave., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Tracy’s Bistro
Friday, August 4, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4424 East New York Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Multi-Chamber Progressive Lunch
Tuesday, August 8, 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Mill Creek Country Club, 39W525 Herrington Dr., Geneva
Register by Monday, July 31. No- walk-ins.

Grand Opening: Best Elder Home Care
Wednesday, August 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1649 Montgomery Rd. Suite #9, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

WYNTK Current AHCA Legislation
Tuesday, August 29, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W Galena Blvd, Aurora
Please pre-register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 31, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsorships Available

Did You Know?
The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference is being held September 18-21, 2017 at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University. Registration is now open at www.chisafetyconf.org. Conference attendees include business owners and managers, plant managers, professional and civic association members, municipalities, consultants, risk management professionals, project managers, loss control specialists, safety committee members, HR managers, corporate executives, shop foremen, lawyers, and professional trainers.
Public Policy Update
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General Assembly: Special Session Report

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

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.

New Playground Coming for Waubonsie Lake Park

Sammons Joins Old Second

Gonzalez Selected as 2017 CommUnity Hero Award Recipient

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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Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference

Monday, July 24th, 2017

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference is being held September 18-21, 2017 at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University. Registration is now open at www.chisafetyconf.org. Conference attendees include Business owners and managers, plant managers, professional and civic association members, municipalities, consultants, Risk Management professionals, Project Managers, Loss Control Specialists, safety committee members, HR managers, corporate executives, shop foremen, lawyers, and professional trainers.

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference is the once a year premier training event for timely and expert training for OSHA/EPA compliance, general safety, industrial hygiene, environmental management and professional development.  Each year since 1988, hundreds of people attend the conference.  The 2016 conference drew over 400 people from 17 states and 89 Illinois communities.

The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference offers a wide range of topics relating to General Safety, Environmental Management, OSHA/EPA compliance, Industrial Hygiene and Professional Development. Training sessions and workshops are 1.5 hours, 3 hours or all day and provide basic, intermediate and advanced level training.  Presenters include OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists, university professors, lawyers, consultants, safety professionals, business owners, professional trainers, business and industry professionals a, and others who have extensive knowledge and experience. The 2016 conference session attendance was almost 1,800 people and the average class size was 21 people.   

This year’s wide ranging training topics include Safety Impact on Insurance Cost, OSHA Recordkeeping Rule, Clean Air Basics, Employment Testing, Temporary Workers, Illinois EPA’s New Industrial Stormwater Permit, Are You Complying with OSHA, OSHA Inspections and Reporting Requirements, Import/Export Rules, Substitutions Gone Bad, Active Shooter, The Cop and the Convict any many more.  A complete list of the 75+ topics can be found at www.chisafetyconf.org. Register NOW for Early Bird fees.

The Business EXPO on Wednesday features business owners and vendors from across the US as they showcase their latest products and services.  An evening networking social with hors d’oeuvres follow the Business EXPO.  Mr. Robert Sams travels from Australia to present the Keynote Address at the Thursday luncheon.  Mr. Sams has more than 20 years’ experience in the fields of risk, safety, and organizational culture.  Copies of his new book, Social Sensemaking, will be available.

Media partners include Industrial Hygiene News and the Daily Herald Business Ledger.  Promotional support of the conference is provided each year by many State and local business, trade organizations, manufacturing associations and Chambers of Commerce.  Included is the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO), Schaumburg Business Association, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Regional, Hoffman Estates, Naperville and Joliet Regional Chambers of Commerce, Illinois Manufacturers Association, Three Rivers Manufacturer’s Association, the Chicagoland Chapter of International Facility Managers Association, BOMA/Suburban Chicago and the Dupage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The conference is sponsored by local chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Alliance of Hazardous Material Professions and is planned in association with OSHA, National Safety Education Center and NIU College of Engineering Technology.

The conference week concludes with the Chicagoland EHS Golf Outing at Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge on Friday September 22, 2017.  This is a great fun event for golfers and non-golfers alike.  Prizes for everyone and a coupon for a future round of golf are included.  To register or for information about event/hole sponsorships, click the link at www.chisafetyconf.org.

For more information about the conference or golf outing, contact Ken Orms at k.orms@att.net.

This Week’s Chamber News

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

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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
Do or Dye Designs
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
OnLight Aurora
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
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Tracy’s Bistro
Barbara Barclay
4424 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 618-6533
Entertainment

 

Contact Us

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

 

Thank You to Today’s Sponsors, Golfers
Golf Sponsors
Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Today, the entire Chamber team is at Aurora Country Club for the annual Golf Classic. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Meyer Wealth Advisors as well as our other sponsors and attendees.Last week, the Illinois General Assembly voted to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of the tax increase and budget. Our social media pages were inundated with constant updates for you on what was happening as well as comments from rating agencies, media editorials, and more. A statement in response to the budget passage may be found here and the recent Beacon-News article here.

Dozens attended our recent Jump Start Your Member Profile workshop to take advantage of the offerings available online with their membership. With its success, we will be planning additional workshops on the topic in the near future.

We celebrated AAA’s ribbon cutting for their new facility on Route 59. We have several more ribbon cuttings scheduled for July; check the event listing below and we hope to see you at one.

There are a number of additional programs in the works. They may be found in the Calendar Listing on the Chamber’s website. One more item of note: This month’s Coffee & Connections is scheduled for a week later than usual (July 25) at Painter’s District Council No. 30 due to a scheduling conflict. We look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Chamber Golf Classic
Presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., AuroraAmbassadors Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 13, 4:00 p.m.
Aurora Reginal Fire Museum, 53 N Broadway, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Xplore Tumbling
Friday, July 21, 4:00 p.m.
223 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections Networking Date Change
Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora Sponsorships Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 27, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora Sponsorships Available

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Thursday, July 27, 4:00 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.
3 N. Smith Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Did You Know?
Did you know that we have four ribbon cutting events coming up over the next month and that number continues to grow? Attending these events is a great way to support fellow members as they celebrate grand openings, expansions and anniversaries. In addition, these events are an effective way to network. You can register to attend these ribbon cuttings free of charge through your login member profile or through our website: www.aurorachamber.com. For more information please contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.Visit the Chamber blog:

General Assembly: Special Session Report

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

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.Sammons Joins Old Second

Gonzalez Selected as 2017 CommUnity Hero Award Recipient

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 Bee Atomic on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

We have some appreciation with yesterday’s passing of the state budget. For our higher education institutions, school districts, road and infrastructure, health-care providers, and community organizations, this budget begins to add some semblance of security to provide for necessary services.

We are pleased that the final proposal dropped service taxes from the revenue proposal and extends the research and development tax credit through 2022.

However, we remain concerned with several issues of the budget.

We are concerned with the permanent 32 percent tax increase that individuals and employers now face. We fear that this will continue the recently reported exodus of residents and employers leaving our state. We realize that the only way to get out of this situation is to increase revenues while reducing expenses. Unfortunately, we do not believe that the proposed cuts in the budget come close enough to matching the increase in taxes.

Further, without real reform, we foresee limited, if any, job growth and economic development. A lack of property tax freeze continues to strap our residents with one of the highest tax burdens in the nation. Without workers’ compensation reform, our employers continue at a disadvantage when compared to other businesses in the Midwest.

Even Comptroller Mendoza’s office has been quoted as saying, “This is not a cash infusion.”

Andrea Durbin, chair of Pay Now Illinois (the coalition that sought court orders for the state to pay for contracted services already provided) has stated, the “budget lacks full funding to pay back bills from 2016 and 2017.”

The approved budget simply continues the status quo. It does little to address the nearly $15 billion in unpaid bills. It fails to adequately address the $250 billion in pension debt. It continues an annual deficit. It does not help grow jobs or restore confidence in state government. It does not pay down the increasing state debt.

Because of this, Moody’s warns of “further deterioration” as the budget does little “to address massively unfunded pensions or to pay down bills.”

It is simply a start. More needs to be done to support job growth, economic development, and restore confidence in our state. We have a long way to go, but this is a start.

General Assembly: Special Session Report

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

The House kicked things off over the long holiday weekend by first approving the revenue increase bill (SB 9), the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal (SB 6), and the budget implementation bill (SB 42) on Sunday. Most notably 15 Republican representatives voted in favor of the tax increase.

 

The Senate then came in two days later on July 4 to concur on the three bills, prompting Gov. Rauner to immediately veto all three bills in their entirety. With remarkable efficiency we rarely see in Springfield, the Senate then promptly overrode the Governor’s veto in under an hour.

 

The Illinois House then came in Thursday to override the governor’s total veto on the three pieces of legislation. However, this time several Republican representatives switched their votes on the revenue proposal from yes to no. Republican representatives that switched their votes include Reps. Cavaletto, Davidsmeyer, Meier, and Reis. This prompted Democrats, who previously voted against the increase to vote in favor. Democratic reps who flipped include Reps. Halpin, Manely, Mayfield, and Scherer.

 

Most notably, there are no economic reforms. No workers’ compensation reforms, no property tax relief, and no small business investment incentives. The state’s $15 billion bill backlog appears to get lip service, but not much else. Fund sweeps and interagency borrowing provide only $1.5 billion to throw at the backlog, assuming that the budget is balanced.

 

The budget doesn’t look balanced. It relies on dubious savings and accounting maneuvers (some of which have been endorsed by Republicans in the past). As we have seen, authorizing spending is not the same thing as actually having the funds to pay the bills. Other aspects of the package unnecessarily burden specific industries including transportation, agriculture, petroleum and insurance. Not to mention, the Senate left town without taking any action on extending the EDGE tax credit proposal as laid out in HB 162.

 

There are certainly positives to the pending budget package. The long impasse is finally at an end, granting a temporary reprieve from national embarrassment. Avoiding junk bond status. Higher education and others can finally get in line to be paid.

 

As the most prominent opponent of the service tax, we are gratified it was dropped. We quickly killed the stunningly bad “Jobs Tax” and it never came back, nor did a 20% gross receipts tax on financial transactions. A few important tax savings provisions were included in the tax increase legislation.

 

However, the outlines of another major battle are already forming. Baked into the budget package is a poison pill in the appropriation for K-12 education. The appropriation for schools is authorized only if the Governor signs one of two bills that change the way education is funded in Illinois. The only bill that has passed the legislature on the issue is one the Governor has threatened to veto, which would set up another veto showdown in the coming weeks. More on this issue later as its implications become clearer.

 

So what were exactly included in these bills that are now law of the land in Illinois? Below you will find a brief synopsis of the package of bills. These do not include every aspect (keep in mind these bills are several hundred pages long), but do provide a snapshot of each proposal.

 

REVENUE OMNIBUS DETAILS

Below are some pertinent highlights of what is law and what was left out in the revenue portion of the package laid out under SB 9:

  • Service taxes, soda taxes, satellite or streaming taxes as proposed in earlier versions were removed;
  • Income taxes are permanently increased for individuals to 4.95% (from 3.75) and 7% for corporations (from 5.25) beginning July 1, 2017;
  • A complete rewrite of the state’s unclaimed property law;
  • Graphic arts machinery and equipment exemption is restored;
  • The expansion of the manufacturing machinery and equipment exemption to include production-related tangible personal property formerly covered by the expired manufacturers’ purchase credit was removed from the final version of SB 9;
  • The R&D credit is restored retroactively;
  • Illinois Income Tax Act is decoupled from the federal Domestic Production Activities Deduction;
  • Unitary business non-combination rule is repealed;
  • The definition of the United States is amended to include areas of U.S jurisdiction for the purposes of natural resource exploration;
  • Earned income tax credit and education expense credits are increased;
  • Gasohol will be subject to sales tax at 100% of selling price — currently taxed at 80% of selling price; and,
  • Creates the Uniform State Tax Lien Registration Act.

It should also be noted that the tax rate increase mandated by SB 9 will require employers to change the rate of income tax withholding for their employers immediately.

 

BUDGET BILL DETAILS

The budget bill (SB 6) spends roughly $36 billion. Most notably it would provide the first full-year funding appropriation in two years. Major highlights include:

  • Provides for a full-year appropriation for state universities and community colleges;
  • Increases MAP grants;
  • Funds Medicaid;
  • Funds pension and group health;
  • $19 million in Job Training Grants;
  • $3.2 million increase for agricultural education;
  • $10 million increase to Cooperative Extension Services, County Fair and Agricultural Societies;
  • Funds both federal and state LIHEAP; and
  • Funds various social services.

BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION BILL (BIMP)

The budget implementation bill (aka BIMP), SB 42, is what makes the budget work. Or in other words, the paperwork in order to implement the spending. Nothing major to note in this proposal, but here are a few major highlights:

  • Authorizes up to $8 billion in payments for the bill backlog;
  • Implements a Tier 3 defined benefits plan for Tier 2 members; and,
  • Provides the AMTRAK operating subsidy.

 

Illinois Jobs

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Twelve of 14 Illinois metro areas fall short of national average job growth. The May 2017 monthly metropolitan-area job report was released this week by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). While unemployment rates dropped in most Illinois metro areas, this drop was attributed to a decline in the number of Illinois residents classified as being in the active labor force rather than new jobs being created. As with the state as a whole, few new jobs are being created.

Job seekers are beginning to see a tight job market in many metro areas of Illinois, with unemployment dropping to 4.1% in the key Chicago-Naperville region and to 3.9% in Lake County. For job-counting purposes, Lake County is separated from the rest of metro Chicago. Many Illinoisans are finding, however, that the continued transition of the Illinois and U.S. economies from a manufacturing-based economy to a services-based economy means that many residents need to have specialized skills in order to participate actively in the Illinois labor force.

Summer’s Heating Up with Aurora Chamber

Monday, June 26th, 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
Do or Dye Designs
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

Welcome New Members

Enterprise Car Sales
Chris Person
4000 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
(630) 820-8510
Automotive Sales, Rental & Service

STEMshala Enrichment Center
Ripujeet and Archana Sharma
4075 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
(630) 299-3663
Education

 

Contact Us

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

 

Register Today for Golf Classic
Golf Sponsors
Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Golfer registration remains open for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors. We’ve been securing and organizing some great items for the event; be sure and join us for the evening reception and silent auction. Registration for members is $175 through June 30. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182. For those joining us, we’ll be launching the cabana bar and deck at the country club. So even if you don’t golf, join us for the cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, cash bar.We have been monitoring (and weighing in on) the General Assembly’s special session. Be sure and follow us on Facebook and twitter for news, alerts, and more. We are happy to share your comments on the actions with our elected officials.

We’ve been scheduling several ribbon cuttings. New businesses are coming to Aurora and North Aurora while several of our members are celebrating grand openings and anniversaries. Check out the calendar of events below for details.

Keep your eyes open for upcoming seminars on the proposed new AHCA, cyber security, and managing the cloud in August and September.

We continue to connect new members with resources and contacts. If you need assistance, information (including research or data), or anything, be sure to let us know. If we don’t have the information, we’ll make sure to locate it for you.

We were also at the Chicago Metropolitan Area Planning (CMAP) Event on last week where CMAP’s Downtown Master Plan was unveiled for public comment. We’ll be sharing the details and information with our membership. If you have feedback, please let us know. We are here to support our business community and help all prosper.

Don’t forget: “Jump Start Your Member Profile” workshop is scheduled for Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Members – whether new to the Chamber or wanting a refresher – will learn how to maximize their directory listing and the additional benefits available online.

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.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Jump Start Your Member Profile
Join us Tuesday, June 27, at 3:00 p.m. to see and hear about all of the benefits of your membership profile on AuroraChamber.com. Increase your visibility. Gain more referrals. Motivate your target audience.This hands-on workshop will guide you through:

• Setting up your login with user name and password;
• Posting jobs to increase the candidate pool;
• Submitting events to increase traffic and sales;
• Offering hot deals to members and the community;
• Sending communications to others within the database;
• Making changes to your representatives and contact listings; and
• Tracking your ROI by reviewing available metrics.

We encourage you to bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to update your listing while at the workshop. We will answer questions and help trouble-shoot any difficulties you may encounter. This program is for new members as well as those who may want a refresher on using www.ChamberLogin.com.

For questions, contact Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/jump-start-your-member-profile-14439

Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: AAA
Monday, June 26, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
35 S. Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.Jump Start Your Member Profile
Tuesday, June 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 29, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Chamber Golf Classic
Presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 13, 4:00 p.m.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N Broadway, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Xplore Tumbling
Friday, July 21, 4:00 p.m.
223 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections Networking Date Change
Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora Sponsorships Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 27, 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora Sponsorships Available

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Thursday, July 27, 4:00 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.
3 N. Smith Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Did You Know?
Did you know we recently uploaded training videos on our website to help members navigate their member profile? Go to aurorachamber.com, under Member Benefits go to Chamber Master Training Videos. Click here for direct link. Also remember our Jump Start Your Member Profile workshop coming up next Tuesday at our chamber office. For questions, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
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May Unemployment Drops Slightly

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Transportation: Construction Shutdown Looms

Higher Education, No Budget Impact

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Mayor Recruits Execs to Lead City’s Innovation, Technology Efforts

Tony Galvez Named Grand Marshal of Aurora’s Fourth of July Parade

Mayor Recruits Execs to Lead City’s Innovation, Technology Efforts

Tee Times Available for Golf for Kids Outing at Orchard Valley on June 26

With Groundbreaking Event, Construction of Blackhawk Park Begins

Aurora Chamber Awarded Five-Star Accreditation by U.S. Chamber

Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

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Aurora Chamber Member Events, News

Monday, June 19th, 2017
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June 19, 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
Do or Dye Designs
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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Xplore Tumbling and Gymnastics
Michelle Masciola
223 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
(630) 229-6115
Gymnastics

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Jump Start Your Member Profile
Join us Tuesday, June 27, at 3:00 p.m. to see and hear about all of the benefits of your membership profile on AuroraChamber.com. Increase your visibility. Gain more referrals. Motivate your target audience.

This hands-on workshop will guide you through:

• Setting up your login with user name and password;
• Posting jobs to increase the candidate pool;
• Submitting events to increase traffic and sales;
• Offering hot deals to members and the community;
• Sending communications to others within the database;
• Making changes to your representatives and contact listings; and
• Tracking your ROI by reviewing available metrics.

We encourage you to bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to update your listing while at the workshop. We will answer questions and help trouble-shoot any difficulties you may encounter. This program is for new members as well as those who may want a refresher on using www.ChamberLogin.com.

For questions, contact Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/jump-start-your-member-profile-14439

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Golfer registration remains open for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors. Registration for members is $175 through June 30. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182.

In addition to several meetings with Chamber members as well as prospective members, the team supported Sky Zone’s ribbon cutting. There was a great turnout for the Trade Forum at Waubonsee Community College’s downtown Aurora campus where we shared what is necessary for our local exporters to obtain a certificate of origin.

We were happy to support a number of our members in the several processes and meetings with various local government organizations. There is a great deal of development occurring in our region and we’re looking forward to announcing some job creating projects in the near future.

Workforce and education were a major theme of the week as we participated in a Mayor’s Transition Team meeting on Education and Workforce Development, attended the national association’s annual meeting on education attainment, and continued organizing a resource fair for parents and students with disabilities (including services, opportunities, and career support).

This week we are looking forward to meeting with members and employers and preparing for next week’s programs, including a ribbon cutting for AAA on Monday and Fox Valley Networking Professionals on Thursday, June 29.

Don’t forget: “Jump Start Your Member Profile” workshop is scheduled for June 27 at 3:00 p.m. Members – whether new to the Chamber or wanting a refresher – will learn how to maximize their directory listing and the additional benefits available online.

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?
As a member of the Aurora Chamber, we are available to assist you in coordinating and working with our elected and municipal officials. For instance, we can help you plan, coordinate, and celebrate a ribbon cutting, grand opening, or groundbreaking. We can help coordinate meetings to discuss various public policy topics with our elected officials to explain the impact of these policies on growth, job creation, and expansion. Our goal is to help you succeed; give us a call or email if there is something we can do to help. For questions, contact Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184
Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: AAA
Monday, June 26, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
35 S. Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Jump Start Your Member Profile
Tuesday, June 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 29, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Register Today: Chamber Golf Classic
Presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

 

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Public Policy Update
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May Unemployment Drops Slightly

Budget Threatens Lottery Games

Transportation: Construction Shutdown Looms

Higher Education, No Budget Impact

Gov. Calls for Special Session

Illinois Budget Update

Minimum Wage Increase a Bad Bet for Job Creators

Local Government: Ill. Township Consolidation

Ill. Budget: Debt Rating

Budget: Ill. General Assembly

Pre-K effort that advances ’21st Century skills’

End-of-Session Wrap Up in Springfield

Ill. Chamber Shares Springfield Update

Ill. House GOP on Budget

Springfield Update

Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

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.

Mayor Recruits Execs to Lead City’s Innovation, Technology Efforts

Tee Times Available for Golf for Kids Outing at Orchard Valley on June 26

With Groundbreaking Event, Construction of Blackhawk Park Begins

VNA Health Care and Fox Valley Park District host “Summer HealthFest” on June 21

CMT Employee Anniversaries

Aurora Chamber Awarded Five-Star Accreditation by U.S. Chamber

Mayor’s Transition Team to Host Town Hall Meetings

Meyer Wealth Honors Two East High Grads with Scholarships

You’re Invited: Mayor Irvin to Make Special Announcement

Park District, City, Illinois DCFS Team Up to Promote Water Safety, Prevent Drowning

VNA Health Care Announces New Chief Financial Officer Don Klink

Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

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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May Unemployment Drops Slightly

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced Thursday that the unemployment rate declined -0.1 percentage points to 4.6 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,400 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. April job growth was revised little to show a decrease of -7,300 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of -7,200 jobs.

May’s modest monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. Payroll growth has been sluggish thus far this year.

“Illinois remains -23,300 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “If Illinois had grown at the National average over that time, the State would have an additional 650,000 jobs.”

“We hear from companies every week that are concerned by the current business climate in Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “We need to implement common sense reforms that would lead to booming job growth and expansion of opportunities across our state.”

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.3 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for May 2017, which decreased to 4.3 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -1.3 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.9 percent. At 4.6 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands at its lowest level since February 2007, after having decreased for four consecutive months and is down -1.1 percentage points since January 2017.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -2.9 percent from the prior month to 298,100, down -23.0 percent over the same month for the prior year. This brings the number of unemployed workers to its lowest level since December 2006. The labor force decreased -0.3 percent over-the-month and declined by -0.9 percent in May over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

Transportation: Construction Shutdown Looms

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

IDOT will shut down roadwork if no budget is passed by July 1. Roadwork projects across Illinois could be on the chopping block as the state’s historic budget impasse continues.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will shut down roadwork statewide if lawmakers don’t pass a budget by the end of the month, officials announced Wednesday.

“Due to the General Assembly’s refusal to pass a balanced budget, the Illinois Department of Transportation loses its ability to pay contractors starting July 1,” IDOT communications director Guy Tridgell said in an email.

“While we are hopeful the situation is resolved before then, the department is notifying contractors that all construction work is to shut down on June 30. Contractors will be advised to secure work zones to ensure their safety during any potential shutdown. As always, the safety of the traveling public will be the top priority as the department works through this process​,” Tridgell said.

Roadwork projects were put in jeopardy by the budget impasse last year as well, but a stopgap bill passed in the final hour secured roadwork funding.