Archive for the ‘economic development’ Category

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed legislation (HB162) that overhauls the EDGE Tax Credit Program and provides much-needed transparency and taxpayer protections. “The EDGE Tax Credit Program overhaul is a bipartisan job creation program that is innovative and competitive for businesses,” Gov. Rauner said. “This legislation is another tool to use in our quest to bring high-quality and good-paying jobs to Illinois. It is crucial for the future success of our state that we make Illinois a more business friendly environment through pro-growth measures.” The EDGE tax credit program is a critical local economic development tool that incentivizes job creation, growth and competitiveness in the state. The new law extends the program until June 30, 2022. Among the key components in the EDGE tax credit overhaul is that incentives will encourage companies to expand or move to underserved areas in the state, and eligibility thresholds will be lowered to allow more small businesses to grow in Illinois. The overhaul also implements a Gov. Rauner transparency measure, requiring all EDGE agreements be posted within 10 days of the project being secured in Illinois.

Here are a few key updates to the EDGE tax credit program:

  1. Incentives will encourage companies to expand or move to underserved areas in the state.
  2. Eligibility thresholds will be lowered to allow more small businesses to grow in Illinois.
  3. Implements a Rauner Administration transparency measure by posting all EDGE agreements within 10 days of the project being secured in Illinois.

This Week’s News for Aurora Chamber Members

Monday, September 18th, 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 Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
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
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
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

Beans Greens Proteins (Elite)
Andrew Schoenwetter
300 E. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
(630) 692-9879
Restaurants & Taverns

SupportTechs, LLC
Melinda Kruder
1 E. Benton, Aurora
(630) 240-9215

Art Bar 39 Illinois
Michelle Fitzsimons
Aurora
(630) 730-5962
Entertainment

Ultimate Sports Dome II
Tom Clifford
100 Route 30, Aurora
(630) 820-8624
Sports & Recreation

LeaderOne Financial Corp.
Eric Orozco
69 E. Downer Place, 1st Floor, Aurora
(630) 908-7060
Mortgages Companies

A Town Smoke
Jay Gadhiya
4432 E. New York St. Aurora
(630) 618-1687
Retail

 

Contact Us

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

 

What You Need to Know:
Emergency Preparedness
Emergency PreparednessWhen business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A continuity plan to continue business is essential. This WYNTK seminar will assist businesses and organizations in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: Garage 31
Monday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
102 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by Endiro Coffee35th Anniversary: Lindstrom Chiropractic
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
1965 W, Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.Grand Opening: Huntington Bank
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8 – 10 a.m.
2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 8:30 a.m.

WYNTK: Emergency Preparedness Plannings
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by City Segment

5th Anniversary: McLaughlin & Associates
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr. Ste. 103, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:15 p.m.

Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

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:

Illinois: Gambling

Illinois Education

Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Economic Development: Amazon

Reps. Currie, Sente to Retire; AG Madigan Out

Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18
Gubernatorial Candidate ForumOn Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will join Daily Herald Media Group, Business Ledger, ABC-7 News and several other business organizations to host a gubernatorial candidate forum focusing on business-related issues facing Illinois. The event will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect.

Candidates confirmed to attend include J.B. Pritzker, Daniel Biss, Ameya Pawar, Bob Daiber, Scott Drury, Alexander Paterakis, Chris Kennedy, and Tio Hardiman.

$25 admission includes breakfast, networking, and forum. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democratic-gubernatorial -candidate-forum-tickets-37242741041. When ordering your ticket(s), enter Aurora in the Promo Code box.

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.World-Renowned Artist Paints Multicultural Mural in Aurora

GAR Museum Earns Top Honors from Ill. Assoc. of Museums

Naperville Heritage Society Receives $1,000,000 for Naper Settlement’s Heritage Gateway

EEI Announces Newly Licensed Professional Engineer

Martin Lipton Joins Team at Konen Insurance

Making Global Local: Third Annual Exports Conference

Residents Invited to Explore Opportunities Sept. 16 at Volunteer Mania Fair

Nicholas Knudtson Joins Team at Konen Insurance

West High to Host World Language Career Expo

Waubonsee to Host Aurora Downtown Career Fair This Month

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18

West Aurora School District 129 Approved for Federal Registered Apprenticeship Program

Fox Valley Mall, Simply Destinee Partner for the Shining a Light on Suicide

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced: ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

Thermamax, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Don’t Take the Bait: Watch Out for the W-2 Email Scam

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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Illinois: Gambling

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

COGFA releases annual report on “Wagering in Illinois.” The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) closely monitors public-sector revenue streams, including taxes and fees paid by gamblers and gambling facilities. This is a very significant sector of the U.S. economy for both the public and the private sector, with Illinois tax revenues from gambling activities rising in FY17 (ended June 30, 2017) to $1.31 billion. This was up 7.9% from FY16.

While gaming tax revenues increased overall, the 2017 annual report shows continued changes in the types of gambling that are yielding growing streams of tax revenue. Video gaming has continued to grow as a share of overall State wagering tax revenues, up from 9.1% of total State gambling taxes in FY14 to 22.6% in FY17. Video gaming tax revenues are now the second-largest component of overall Illinois wagering tax revenues, behind the Illinois State Lottery (56.3% of the FY17 total). However, Lottery ticket sales and state revenues are largely flat, while the revenues of video gaming parlors and the taxes they generate continue to increase.

Some revenue streams are declining in trends associated with changes in the gambling industry. State taxes on the overall horse racing “handle,” reflecting bets on races in Illinois and (through intertrack and off-track betting) out-of-state races, continue to decline. In FY17, Illinois collected only $6 million in total taxes in horse racing, less than 0.5% of its total gaming revenues. Admissions to casino riverboats, adjusted gross riverboat casino receipts (riverboat AGRs), and taxes on riverboat AGRs also declined in FY17. COGFA analysts believe that increased competition from video gaming continues to be a major contributing factor toward changes in the Illinois riverboat casino industry.

Economic Development: Amazon

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Amazon urged to pick Illinois for its new headquarters. The Seattle-based retailing giant Amazon has announced that it is running out of headquarters space in its current city and would like to open a second headquarters in a centralized U.S. location. The second headquarters could contain as many as 50,000 workers, who would occupy a potential eight million square feet of office space to be constructed for as much as $5 billion. Amazon has cited good transportation, strong schools, and a tech-oriented workforce as elements in their decision.

Amazon headquarters operations oversee the firm’s network of warehouses, transfer stations and delivery solutions for the firm’s hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. Chicago, with the nation’s largest workforce skilled in logistics technology, would be highly suited to serve as Amazon’s choice. Competition for the selection is expected to be heavy.

Your Weekly Chamber Member Newsletter

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
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September 12, 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 Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
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
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
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

M14Hoops
Matt Miller
2414 Church Road, Aurora
(331) 281-0192
Sports & Recreation

Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
Fatimah Kahiga
26 S. Stolp Avenue, Aurora
(630) 907-7454
Beauty Services

Meadow Lake Dental Care
Susan Schramm
3941 75 Street, Ste. 102
Aurora 60504
(630) 851-5130
Dentists

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

What You Need to Know:
Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A continuity plan to continue business is essential. This WYNTK seminar will assist businesses and organizations in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.

Sept. 15: Wellness Works Conference for Employers
Wellness Works
Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
Tracy’s Bistro, 4424 E. New York St., Aurora

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4 – 8 p.m.
675 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

2017 Wellness Works Conference
Friday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Prisco Community Center, Aurora

Grand Opening: Garage 31
Monday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
102 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

35th Anniversary: Lindstrom Chiropractic
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
1965 W, Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Grand Opening: Huntington Bank
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8 – 10 a.m.
2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 8:30 a.m.

WYNTK: Emergency Preparedness Plannings
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by City Segment

5th Anniversary: McLaughlin & Associates
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr. Ste. 103, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:15 p.m.

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:

Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

One More Leaves Ill. GA

Social Security Expedites Decisions to Those with Serious Disabilities

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

Make Your Voice Heard; Submit NAFTA Comments

Gov. Rauner Takes Action on Several Bills

This Week: Gov. Signs Education Bill

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will join Daily Herald Media Group, Business Ledger, ABC-7 News and several other business organizations to host a gubernatorial candidate forum focusing on business-related issues facing Illinois. The event will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect. Candidates confirmed to attend include J.B. Pritzker, Daniel Biss, Ameya Pawar, Bob Daiber, Scott Drury, Alexander Paterakis, Chris Kennedy, and Tio Hardiman. $25 admission includes breakfast, networking, and forum. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democratic-gubernatorial -candidate-forum-tickets-37242741041. When ordering your ticket(s), enter Aurora in the Promo Code box.

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.

Making Global Local: Third Annual Exports Conference

Aurora Fire, Police to Host Sept. 11 Memorial

Residents Invited to Explore Opportunities Sept. 16 at Volunteer Mania Fair

Nicholas Knudtson Joins Team at Konen Insurance

Aurora Named one of the Best Cities to Raise a Family

VNA Health Care Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture

West High to Host World Language Career Expo

Waubonsee to Host Aurora Downtown Career Fair This Month

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18

VNA Recognized for Quality Achievements, Awarded $171K by HRSA

IMSA, Tellabs Foundation Announce Next Generation Innovators Award Winners

West Aurora School District 129 Approved for Federal Registered Apprenticeship Program

Fox Valley Mall, Simply Destinee Partner for the Shining a Light on Suicide

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced: ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

Park Renovations Coming to Meadow Lake; New Park at Randall Highlands

Thermamax, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Don’t Take the Bait: Watch Out for the W-2 Email Scam

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.

Making Global Local: Third Annual Exports Conference

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wintrust Corporate Headquarters

(9700 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont 60018)

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce International Business Council and the Business Services Division proudly present the Third Annual Export Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Wintrust Financial Corporation in Rosemont.  The event will bring together top global experts serving at the highest level of government and industry to examine the most important issues involved in exporting: legal, financing, and tax implications to market considerations and distribution needs. Panelists will share their best practices and success stories to illustrate how companies can increase their global sales. This conference was designed with both small and large businesses in mind. We anticipate that attendees will be drawn from nearly every sector of the economy. We expect to host 100-200 individuals representing the leadership of small, midsize, and large companies and trade associations.

 

Registration Fee:

Member Rate:  $95

Non-Member Rate:  $145

 

Exhibitor Tables and Sponsorships available

 

To register to attend, or for more information on Exhibitor or Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Pam Holleman, HR Specialist/Event & Publication Sales

at (855) 239-6150 or pholleman@ilchamber.org

VNA Health Care Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture

Friday, September 8th, 2017

VNA Health Care recently received a $488,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables. The funding comes from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

The grant supports VNA’s innovative program FreshFirst, a partnership with the City of Aurora. The program provides 450 SNAP participant families with weekly education classes and 20 weeks of fresh fruit and vegetable prescriptions. The prescriptions are exchanged for tokens valued at $25 per week to redeem at the Aurora Farmer’s Market. Through the partnership with the City of Aurora, VNA hosts a Farmer’s Market every Wednesday while the program meets. The tokens can be redeemed on-site at VNA or at one of the other Farmer’s Market locations in Aurora.

“FreshFirst is a fun way for both children and adults to learn about the health benefits of eating fresh produce. It gives participants and their families the opportunity to try new vegetables and fruits, and learn why they should make the effort to eat healthy,” says Ann Cheverton, Vice President of Specialty Care and Wellness Services.

Families participating in FreshFirst come to a free nutrition education class in VNA’s Healthy Lifestyle Center and Kitchen at 400 N. Highland Avenue every Wednesday. The class includes a cooking demonstration using fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market stand at VNA.

VNA focused on recruiting pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers along with families with small children to participate in FreshFirst.  The grant supports three years of the program, with an estimated total impact of 1,800 individuals.

VNA offers free wellness classes with cooking demonstrations to the general public at 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora. Visit our website at www.vnahealth.com and click on the calendar for the complete schedule.

VNA Health Care operates 10 clinics in suburban Chicago and serves over 65,000 people a year. VNA is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission.

The Aurora Farmers Market is the oldest Farmers Market in Illinois. The Market offers fresh produce, specialty food products, artisan crafts, and more. For more information on Aurora’s Farmers Market log onto the City’s website at www.aurora-il.org or call (630) 256-INFO (4636).

Aurora Named one of the Best Cities to Raise a Family

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Once again, the City of Lights ranks at the top of a national study.

A recent study from the leading personal finance outlet, WalletHub, compared the 150 most populated cities in the country, and Aurora ranked the 11th Best City to Raise a Family.

“Earlier this year, a national study ranked Aurora as one of the best cities to start a family. Now, this study takes it a step higher by saying we are one of the best cities to raise a family,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “From the cradle to college and beyond, Aurora is a place where families start and succeed for generations. We’ve known this for years, and it’s great to see others across the country recognizing it as well.”

To determine the most family-friendly places in America, WalletHub’s analysts studied the 150 cities based on 41 key metrics that take into account essential family dynamics, such as the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation.

“The physical environment in which children and families live has significant effects on children’s development,” said Soyeon Park, an associate professor in child and adolescent development at San Francisco State University and a resource expert for WalletHub. “Overall resources like affordable child care, public libraries, parks and recreational facilities that a city offers can make a difference.”

WalletHub’s recognition as the 11th Best City to Raise a Family is the latest in a list of top national rankings for the City of Aurora this year:

  • January 2017: LenEDU ranked Aurora the 12th Best City to Start a Family in America
  • April 2017: Chicago Magazine named Aurora one of the Best Places to Buy a Home
  • May 2017: WalletHub named Aurora as one of Most Diverse Cities in America
  • May 2017: SmartAsset ranked Aurora as the #1 city to live the American Dream
  • July 2017: WalletHub listed Aurora in the Top 20 Best-Run Cities in America
  • July 2017: Realtor.com ranked Aurora as the #1 city with the Most Affordable Housing Markets and Top-Ranked Elementary Schools in the nation
  • August 2017: Vitals named Aurora as the #1 city in the nation for Pediatric Health Care

This Week’s Aurora Chamber Member News

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
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September 05, 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

 

 

Sept. 15: Wellness Works Conference for Employers
Wellness Works
Last Chance! Join Office Depot Program Today, Save $25 on Qualifying Order
Office Depot
Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Grand Re-Opening: Sharp Business Systems
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1815 S. Meyers Road, Ste. 100, Oakbrook Terrace
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Ground Breaking Event – My Place Hotel
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2-4 p.m.
1000 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora
Ground Breaking @ 2:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Java Plus
Thursday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1677 Montgomery Rd, Ste. 106, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4 – 8 p.m.
675 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

2017 Wellness Works Conference
Friday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Prisco Community Center, Aurora

Grand Opening: Garage 31
Monday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
102 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

35th Anniversary: Lindstrom Chiropractic
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
1965 W, Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Grand Opening: Huntington Bank
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8 – 10 a.m.
2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 8:30 a.m.

5th Anniversary: McLaughlin & Associates
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr. Ste. 103, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:15 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora Sponsorships Available

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:

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

Make Your Voice Heard; Submit NAFTA Comments

Gov. Rauner Takes Action on Several Bills

This Week: Gov. Signs Education Bill

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.

West High to Host World Language Career Expo

Waubonsee to Host Aurora Downtown Career Fair This Month

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18

VNA Recognized for Quality Achievements, Awarded $171K by HRSA

IMSA, Tellabs Foundation Announce Next Generation Innovators Award Winners

West Aurora School District 129 Approved for Federal Registered Apprenticeship Program

Fox Valley Mall, Simply Destinee Partner for the Shining a Light on Suicide

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced: ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

Park Renovations Coming to Meadow Lake; New Park at Randall Highlands

Thermamax, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Don’t Take the Bait: Watch Out for the W-2 Email Scam

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.

Gov. Rauner Takes Action on Several Bills

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Gov. Rauner continues to be busy taking action on several bills. Many of which were positive defensive vetoes for the business community.

Last week, Gov. Rauner vetoed HB 2462 (Moeller/Biss) in its entirety. This bill would prohibit an employer from: (i) screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history, (ii) requiring that an applicant’s prior wages satisfy minimum or maximum criteria, and (iii) requesting or requiring as a condition of being interviewed or as a condition of continuing to be considered for an offer of employment that an applicant disclose prior wages or salary. Prohibits an employer from seeking the salary, including benefits or other compensation or salary history, of a job applicant from any current or former employer. In addition, the very concerning changes being made by HB 2462 are the undermining of employer defenses along with the expansion of civil penalties, including punitive damages and injunctive relief.

The question we ask is this legislation really about limiting what employers can ask of a job applicant or is the bill all about increasing litigation opportunities and judicial awards against employers? The Illinois Chamber’s request for a veto was granted by the Governor.

Sustaining this veto may be the most difficult of bills vetoed as 25 House Republicans joined 66 Democrats to pass the measure back in April. To sustain the veto only 3 Republicans can vote with Democrats to override. In his veto message, the Governor recommended that the General Assembly consider the Massachusetts approach. The Illinois Chamber spearheaded an effort to promote the Massachusetts alternative by supporting an amendment introduced by Rep. Hammond (R-Macomb) to HB 2094 . A similar amendment was filed in the Senate by Sen. Connelly (R-Lisle).

Business owners can breathe a sigh of relief after the Governor vetoed a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. SB 81 (Lightford/Guzzardi) would incrementally increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022 for those over 18 and to $12 per hour by 2022 for those under 18.

The legislation also creates a convoluted credit against the withholding tax liability of employers with 50 or fewer employees, calculated based on the increase in the minimum wage. The Illinois Chamber asked for a veto by the Governor. In the Senate, SB 81 received only 30 votes, 6 short of an override. Joining all Senate Republicans in voting against SB 81 were Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield). SB 81. Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) voted “present”. Senate Democrats “not voting” were Bertino-Tarrant (Shorewood), Haine (Alton), Harris (Flossmoor), and Silverstein (Chicago).

Gov. Rauner also sided with the business community by vetoing HB 2525 (Hoffman/Raoul). This bill is being promoted by the House and Senate Democrats as workers’ compensation reform. It is far from it. Codification of current bad case law for “causation” and “traveling employee” merely locks employers into the court-expanded liability. In addition, it prevents employers from being able to achieve a change in the case law from future courts. Some benefit relief is included but is far outweighed by increased regulation and litigation that are contained in the measure. The Illinois Chamber urged for a veto by the Governor. No Republicans voted for HB 2525 when it passed the House on May 31. Sixty-four Democrats supported the bill.

The Governor also stood up for the state’s technology and innovation sectors by approving HB 791 (Demmer/McConnaughay). This bill would prohibit a unit of local government from implementing an ordinance prohibiting autonomous vehicles from operating within the unit’s jurisdiction. The timing of this bill is significant, since the aldermen from the City of Chicago were working towards prohibiting autonomous vehicles from city streets. The Chamber requested the governor to sign the legislation.

Lastly, the Governor issued a veto to SB 1720 (Biss/Hernandez) at the behest of the Illinois Chamber. HB 1720 increases criminal penalties for violation of the Wage Payment & Collection Act. It also bars contractors for 5 years from bidding on any state procurement by a business violating certain Illinois employment laws, any comparable laws in other states or the federal FLSA.