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Member News for Week of Oct. 23, 2017

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
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95.9 The River
Aaron’s
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
Kluber Architects + Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magick Woods, 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
Staffing Network, LLC & QPA
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY
Woodforest National Bank

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

 

Celebrating Our Members:
2017 Annual Celebration of Membership
presented by First Secure Community Bank

Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

This year’s Annual Celebration of Membership will showcase regional employers that have embraced the Connect. Grow. Influence. benefits of Aurora Chamber membership. We want to recognize and share stories that have helped build our community.

Each member of the Aurora Chamber is important – whether a solopreneur or an employer of hundreds. With this diversity, our region remains strong – and a strong community creates more jobs, products, services, and opportunity.

The 2017 Annual Celebration of Membership is sponsored in part by Northwestern Medicine, BMO Harris Bank, Earthmover Credit Union, and Waubonsee Community College.

Please join us for this annual celebration.

To register, visit http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/2017-annual-celebration-of-membership-14579

Did You Know….
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce exists to be the Catalyst for business growth and success. We work with policy makers to influence legislation that encourages job creation and business expansion. To learn more about our legislative agenda, visit AuroraChamber.com.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: Do or Dye Designs
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
24 S. Stolp Ave, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsored by Leave Me Bee

Grand Opening: Timeless Treasures
Thursday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
61 S. Broadway St, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting: State Farm – Danielle Rouille
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
43 S. Randall Rd, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Re-Opening: Asbury Gardens
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
210 Airport Rd, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Re-Opening: Tease Arial, Dance & Fitness
Friday, Nov. 10, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
4014 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Grand Opening: Woodforest National Bank
Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 – 6:00 p.m.
140 S. River St, Ste. 114, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Red Kettle Kick-Off: Salvation Army
Monday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
Paramount Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Ave. Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 6:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Homewood Suites
Thursday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8 p.m.
4320 Meridian Parkway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

For more Chamber and community events, visit the AuroraChamber.com calendar of events.

Our Week in Review with Members
To check out a recent ribbon cutting at West Aurora Family Dental, visit here. Boutiques Repeats & Gifts celebrated 11 years in Aurora with a ribbon cutting. The Makers Space at Aurora Public Library hosted a Business Before Hours and showcased their new technology.
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:

Ill. Budget Update

Rep. David Harris Latest to Announce

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

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

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.IMSA Announces Dr. Kelly Page as Research Fellow

DecisionOne Dental Welcomes West Aurora Family Dental

Protection from Discrimination

Give Military Members a Gift from Home

Valley Fastener Group to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 16

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

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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Chamber Member News for Week of Oct. 16

Monday, October 16th, 2017
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October 16, 2017
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95.9 The River
Aaron’s
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
+Intention
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
Staffing Network
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Woodforest National Bank
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Woodforest National Bank
Jodi Reeves
140 S. River Street, Suite 114, Aurora
(630) 338-5164
Banks

Aaron’s
Casey Pristou
1218 N. Lake Street, Aurora
(630) 723-5300
Home Furnishings & Accessories

West Aurora Family Dental
Susan Schramm
1940 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
(630) 892-8224
Dentists

Quality Logo Products, Inc.
Kelsey Brown
724 N. Highland Avenue, Aurora
(866) 312-5646
Promotional Products

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Ill. Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Wednesday
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.

Did You Know….
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce exists to be the Champion for a stronger community. We connect our employers with the educational community and government to support workforce development as well as worksite wellness and more. Last fiscal year, the Aurora Chamber counted 72 collaborative partners working on 57 community improvement projects.
Special Needs Resource a Success
Special Needs Resource Fair

Hundreds of families turn out Saturday, Oct. 14, for the Fox Valley Special Needs Resource Fair. More than 40 service providers were on hand to share resources, services, and programs to benefit the community. View more details.

You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair
Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with the City of Aurora and Metra as well as other organizations – will provide small business owners the opportunity to meet and network with prime contractors, subcontractors and assist agencies.

This event will provide one free educational workshop: DBE Certification 101. This workshop will discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) qualifications, as well as, the documents that are needed when submitting a certification application and how to avoid common mistakes.

To register, contact Romayne Newton at rnewton@metrarr.com with the names of the individuals that will be attending.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect

Enterprise Car Sales
Congratulations to Enterprise Car Sales on their recent ribbon cutting and opening.

Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

For more Chamber and community events, visit the AuroraChamber.com calendar of events.

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:

Ill. Budget Update

Rep. David Harris Latest to Announce

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

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

Member News
Cosmopolitan Club
Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora welcomed Aurora Chamber staff at their recent meeting.

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.

Public Invited to Blackhawk Park Grand Opening Oct. 18

Protection from Discrimination

Give Military Members a Gift from Home

Valley Fastener Group to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 16

You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair

Special Needs Fair to Connect Residents with Services

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

NIU Law School Names Irvin ‘Alumnus of the Year’

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

Congratulations! Mayor Irvin Elected to IML Board

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

IMSA Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

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.

Ill. Budget Update

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

State report: Budget out of balance by $1.7 billion. The state’s fiscal year 2018 budget is out of balance by $1.7 billion, according to a fiscal policy report released Thursday by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. The imbalance might have been avoided if the General Assembly had enacted $2 billion in reforms proposed by the Rauner Administration and Republican leaders earlier this year.

The Illinois Economic and Fiscal Policy Report provides a five-year economic outlook based on the budget along with state and national growth forecasts. The GOMB compiles the report, which is available for public view at https://www.illinois.gov/gov/budget/Pages/PolicyReports.aspx.

In the report, GOMB Director Scott Harry asserts that with stronger economic growth accompanied by spending controls, Illinois could achieve budget surpluses and reduce its bill backlog to an estimated $500 million by the end of fiscal year 2023.

Enacting the Rauner Administration and Republican leaders 2018 budget proposals, according to Harry, would have saved the state enough to balance this year’s budget. The plan proposed savings through reforms in government group health insurance programs ($600 million); Medicaid ($525 million); and issuing revenue rather than general obligation bonds to pay down the state’s bill backlog ($60 million in interest this year, and $390 million over the 12-year life of the bond).

Harry said nearly $700 million in pension reform savings were part of the governor’s plan, including a call to end the practice of near-retirement salary spiking.

“Balancing the budget and enacting reforms would let us grow the economy, control spending, pay down our debt, and invest in jobs,” Harry said.

“It is time for the political leaders of our state to come together to build long-term fiscal stability so we can expand our economy,” he added. “The only way to resolve our fiscal issues is to grow the economy faster than our spending.”

Chamber Member News for Week of Oct. 09

Monday, October 9th, 2017
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October 09, 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
+Intention
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

+Intention (Elite Member)
Julie Hamilton
Aurora, IL
(630) 677-2194
Marketing & Advertising

Staffing Network
Iris Miller
100 Overland Drive, Suite A, North Aurora
(847) 250-4953
Employment Opportunities

Elite Tutoring Place of Aurora
Scott Filipowski
1167 N. Eola Road, Suite 101, Aurora
(630) 820-5851
Education

Orkin Commercial Services
Dennis Gantzert
603 E. Diehl Road, Naperville
(630) 505-7258
Pest Control

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

New Grease Trap Program Announced
The next meeting of Aurora First® — an Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce program – will feature the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. at the Aurora Chamber offices.

Fox Metro is piloting a new inspection software called SwiftComply. It will help run a more efficient Restaurant Grease Interceptor Inspection Program. The objective of SwiftComply is to bring the three aspects of Grease Interceptor maintenance together: the regulating body (Fox Metro), restaurant managers, and grease pumpers, by allowing all information to be collected in one place.

The CEO of SwiftComply will share information and answer questions at the informational meeting. Fox Metro representatives will also be in attendance.

More information can be found by visiting: http://www.swiftcomply.com/foxmetro/

If you are interested in joining us for the discussion and presentation, please click the following link: http://business.aurorachamber.com/events/details/fox- metro-introduces-swiftcomply-14552

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.

You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair
Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with the City of Aurora and Metra as well as other organizations – will provide small business owners the opportunity to meet and network with prime contractors, subcontractors and assist agencies.

This event will provide one free educational workshop: DBE Certification 101. This workshop will discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) qualifications, as well as, the documents that are needed when submitting a certification application and how to avoid common mistakes.

To register, contact Romayne Newton at rnewton@metrarr.com with the names of the individuals that will be attending.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Aurora First®
Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Special Needs Resource Fair
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect

Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

Special Needs Fair to Connect Residents with Services
The Fox Valley Special Needs Resource Committee is holding its inaugural Special Needs Resource Fair on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail Rd.

Organized by the City of Aurora, the Fox Valley Park District and the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the committee is hosting the fair to provide direct access to resources in the Fox Valley community for children and adults with special needs.

“Parents and caretakers of those with special needs have an incredible responsibility,” said Alex Voigt, Aurora Assistant Chief of Staff. “The resource fair can help connect the pieces and increase the quality of life for the entire family.”

More than 30 exhibitors will be available to discuss educational opportunities, transition programs, government services, recreational programs, legal support, employment opportunities and other services available for those with special needs.

The fair is free and open to the public. To volunteer at the fair, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/ 4090844A8A82BA5FA7-resource.

For more information, contact Alex Voigt, Mayor’s Assistant Chief of Staff, at 630-256-3010 or avoigt@aurora-il.org.

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:

Rep. David Harris Latest to Announce

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

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

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.

Give Military Members a Gift from Home

Valley Fastener Group to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 16

You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair

Special Needs Fair to Connect Residents with Services

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

NIU Law School Names Irvin ‘Alumnus of the Year’

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

Congratulations! Mayor Irvin Elected to IML Board

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

IMSA Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

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.

Rep. David Harris Latest to Announce

Sunday, October 8th, 2017
This week marked yet another member of the Illinois General Assembly to announce their intentions to not seek re-election. GOP State Rep. and long-time Champion of Free Enterprise recipient David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) announced his plans in a press release that he would not seek re-election in 2018.  He was one of the GOP members who voted in favor of the tax hike, budget compromise.
With Harris’s announcement, five of House GOP’s 10 longest tenured members now not running for re-election.
Adding to the list of House Republicans not seeking re-election include Reps. Mike Fortner (not seeking re-election), Patti Bellock, Bob Pritchard (not seeking re-election), Bill Mitchell (not seeking re-election), Chad Hays (not seeking re-election), Reggie Phillips (not seeking re-election), John Cavaletto (not seeking re-election), Sara Wojicki-Jimenez (not seeking re-election), Steve Andersson (not seeking re-election), Brian Stewart (running for Senate seat), and Barb Wheeler (not seeking re-election).  Senate Republicans include Senators Christine Radogno (resigned), Pam Althoff (not seeking re-election), Tim Bivins (not seeking re-election), and Kyle McCarter (self imposed term limits).  House Democrats include Reps. Barbara Flynn-Currie (not seeking re-election), Al Riley (not seeking re-election), Carol Sente (not seeking re-election), Emily McAsey (resigned), Scott Drury (running for Governor), Cynthia Soto (running for another office), Brandon Phelps (resigned), Litesa Wallace (running to lieutenant governor), Juliana Stratton (running to lieutenant governor), Laura Fine (running for state Senate), Dan Beiser (not seeking re-election), and Elaine Nektriz (resigned).  Senate Democrats include Daniel Biss (running for governor), James Clayborne (not seeking re-election), and Bill Haine (not seeking re-election).  Also, Attorney General Lisa Madigan will not be seeking re-election in 2018.

Aurora Chamber News: Week of Oct. 2, 2017

Monday, October 2nd, 2017
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October 02, 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

Taco Diner
Ilda Rodriquez
1056 N. Route 59, Aurora
(630)499-9344
Restaurants & Taverns

Tease Dance and Fitness
Kristin McNabb
4014 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
(630) 270-3311
Fitness Center

 

Contact Us

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

 

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.

New Grease Trap Program Announced
The next meeting of Aurora First® — an Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce program – will feature the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. at the Aurora Chamber offices.Fox Metro is piloting a new inspection software called SwiftComply. It will help run a more efficient Restaurant Grease Interceptor Inspection Program. The objective of SwiftComply is to bring the three aspects of Grease Interceptor maintenance together: the regulating body (Fox Metro), restaurant managers, and grease pumpers, by allowing all information to be collected in one place.

The CEO of SwiftComply will share information and answer questions at the informational meeting. Fox Metro representatives will also be in attendance.

More information can be found by visiting: http://www.swiftcomply.com/foxmetro/

If you are interested in joining us for the discussion and presentation, please click the following link: http://business.aurorachamber.com/events/details/fox- metro-introduces-swiftcomply-14552

You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair
Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with the City of Aurora and Metra as well as other organizations – will provide small business owners the opportunity to meet and network with prime contractors, subcontractors and assist agencies.

This event will provide one free educational workshop: DBE Certification 101. This workshop will discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) qualifications, as well as, the documents that are needed when submitting a certification application and how to avoid common mistakes.

To register, contact Romayne Newton at rnewton@metrarr.com with the names of the individuals that will be attending.

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Special Needs Resource Fair
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect

Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

Special Needs Fair to Connect Residents with Services
The Fox Valley Special Needs Resource Committee is holding its inaugural Special Needs Resource Fair on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail Rd.Organized by the City of Aurora, the Fox Valley Park District and the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the committee is hosting the fair to provide direct access to resources in the Fox Valley community for children and adults with special needs.

“Parents and caretakers of those with special needs have an incredible responsibility,” said Alex Voigt, Aurora Assistant Chief of Staff. “The resource fair can help connect the pieces and increase the quality of life for the entire family.”

More than 30 exhibitors will be available to discuss educational opportunities, transition programs, government services, recreational programs, legal support, employment opportunities and other services available for those with special needs.

The fair is free and open to the public. To volunteer at the fair, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/ 4090844A8A82BA5FA7-resource.

For more information, contact Alex Voigt, Mayor’s Assistant Chief of Staff, at 630-256-3010 or avoigt@aurora-il.org.

Public Policy Update
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Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

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

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.Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

NIU Law School Names Irvin ‘Alumnus of the Year’

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

Congratulations! Mayor Irvin Elected to IML Board

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

IMSA Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

Walk to School Day: Oct. 5, 2017

EEI Announces Newly License Professional Engineer

Pumpkin Weekends throughout October at Blackberry Farm – 11 days in all

World-Renowned Artist Paints Multicultural Mural in Aurora

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

Martin Lipton Joins Team at Konen Insurance

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Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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This Week’s Member News, Emergency Planning, Gov. Debate

Monday, September 25th, 2017
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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
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1600 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
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Salim Ali
432 Belvedere Lane, Aurora
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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.

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WYNTK: Emergency Preparedness Planning
Tuesday, Sept.. 26, 8 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.

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Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

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 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.

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

IMSA Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

Walk to School Day: Oct. 5, 2017

EEI Announces Newly License Professional Engineer

Pumpkin Weekends throughout October at Blackberry Farm – 11 days in all

World-Renowned Artist Paints Multicultural Mural in Aurora

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

Martin Lipton Joins Team at Konen Insurance

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Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

The continuing barrage of statehouse retirees continued yet again this week.  This week’s announcements include Senate Democratic Majority Leader James Clayborne (D- E. St. Louis), GOP State Reps. John Cavaletto (R – Salem) and Reggie Phillips.

Adding to the list of House Republicans not seeking re-election include Mike Fortner (not seeking re-election), Patti Bellock, Bob Pritchard (not seeking re-election), Bill Mitchell (not seeking re-election), Chad Hays (not seeking re-election), Sara Wojicki-Jimenez (not seeking re-election), Steve Andersson (not seeking re-election), Brian Stewart (running for Senate seat), and Barb Wheeler (not seeking re-election).

Senate Republicans include Christine Radogno (resigned), Tim Bivins (not seeking re-election), and Kyle McCarter (self-imposed term limits).

House Democrats include Reps. Barbara Flynn-Currie (not seeking re-election), Carol Sente (not seeking re-election), Emily McAsey (resigned), Scott Drury (running for Governor), Cynthia Soto (running for another office), Brandon Phelps (resigned), Litesa Wallace (running to lieutenant governor), Juliana Stratton (running to lieutenant governor), Laura Fine (running for state Senate), and Elaine Nektriz (not seeking re-election).

Senate Democrats include State Sens. Daniel Biss (running for governor) and Bill Haine (not seeking re-election).

Also, Attorney General Lisa Madigan will not be seeking re-election in 2018.

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

The Aurora Chamber applauds Governor Rauner’s veto of HB 3449, the Geolocation Privacy Protection Act, which would have placed significant burden on businesses and consumers throughout Illinois. HB 3449 was one of more than 100 bills the Aurora Chamber was focused on in support of its membership during this past legislative session.

HB 3449 would have stifled innovation in Illinois’ tech industry, burdened app users, and given Illinois a bad reputation in comparison to other states for enacting more harsh regulations on job creators.

HB 3449 would have required any entity operating in the state that uses geolocation technology to make people agree to long privacy notices, often complicated and cumbersome to the average consumer. Not to mention, an additional layer of regulation on our state’s business community.

This bill was brought about as a disclosure law on the use of geolocation information. However, online companies are already subject to robust privacy oversight by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, who has actively enforced privacy and data security protections for over two decades.

While ensuring the online privacy of Illinois consumers is of the utmost importance, the language in the proposed legislation did not provide additional protections in any way. For this reason, no state has enacted a law similar to HB 3449.

Startups and small businesses play a huge part in Illinois’ economy and would have been directly affected by this legislation.

 

Illinois Jobs

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

EDGE tax credit overhaul gets Gov. Rauner’s signature. Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation (HB 162) 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.

“Thank you to Governor Rauner for signing HB 162 and renewing the EDGE Tax Credit Program,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “This is a critical local economic development tool that incentivizes job creation, growth and competitiveness in the state. We look forward to working together with companies – large and small—to move, expand and invest here in Illinois.”

“This is about bringing good jobs to our communities. To compete with our neighboring states we absolutely must make Illinois a more attractive place to do business and renewing EDGE will help us do that,” said State Rep. Grant Wehrli.​

“Enacting these incentives makes Illinois significantly more competitive with neighboring states in attracting and retaining good-paying jobs for Illinois families,” said Rep. Keith Wheeler. “This is the type of bipartisan achievement everyone can be proud of.”

“Working together on a bipartisan basis, we are now able to provide incentives that will enable job creators and entrepreneurs to flourish and expand opportunity for families all across Illinois,” said Rep. Patti Bellock. “Growing our economy and creating jobs must continue to be among the State’s top priorities.”​

 

August unemployment rate increases slightly. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced last week that the unemployment rate increased +0.2 percentage points to 5.0 percent in August and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -3,700 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. July job growth was revised down to show an increase of +600 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of +2,100 jobs.

August’s monthly payroll drop kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. While Illinois job growth has had its ups and downs since the beginning of the year, the 3-month trend shows average monthly gains of 1,100 jobs per month from June to August, while the six-month trend shows a -100 per month average job loss from March to August.

“The Illinois economy is stuck in neutral with hardly any growth over the past several months,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “As a result, this has caused the state to experience a rising unemployment rate over the past three months.”

“Illinois is working tirelessly to highlight our strongest assets – our strategic location and dedicated workforce – to bring more opportunity, competition and good paying jobs to our state,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “We need to couple that with lasting reforms and incentives to attract businesses and quality jobs in Illinois.”

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.6 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for August 2017, which increased to 4.4 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.8 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.8 percent. At 5.0 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands -0.7 percentage points lower than January 2017.