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State of City, Candidate Meetings

Monday, March 20th, 2017
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Wednesday: 2017 State of the City Address
State of the City
Library, Chamber, PAC sponsor five candidate meet-and-greets
The Aurora Public Library, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Fox Valley PAC are sponsoring informal meet-and-greets for voters to get to know mayoral, aldermanic, park district, and District 129 and 131 board candidates vying for seats in the April 4 election.

“Today’s libraries are sites for civic engagement,” said Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of Aurora Public Library. “I’m happy we can provide these opportunities for Aurora residents to speak with the candidates and make informed decisions ahead of election day.”

All of the meet-and-greets will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m.

Schedule

Eleven Fox Valley Park District candidates vying for seven seats have been invited to the first meet-and-greet on Monday, March 20 at the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library at 101 S. River St. This will be the first elected board in the park district’s 70-year history.

The candidates (and their districts) are:

1st District: Charles Anderson, Aurora; Matt Hicks Jr., Aurora

2nd District: Jerry Butler, Aurora; Mary Anne Cummings, Aurora; LuAnne Kelsey, Montgomery; Elizabeth “Beth” Waller, Montgomery

3rd District: Cynthia G. Penne, Aurora; Giovanni Santana, Aurora; Holly Scholz, Aurora; Roger Schnorr, Aurora

At-Large: Alexander G. Alexandrou, Aurora.

The board members will be elected from geographic areas dividing the 65-square-mile park district. One at-large seat will be elected from the entire park district.

A Wednesday, March 22 meet-and-greet will feature West Aurora School Board candidates at the library’s West Branch, 233 S. Constitution Drive.

Four candidates are vying for three open seats in that race: Rich Kerns and Christopher Sparks, both of North Aurora, and incumbent Valerie Dykstra and Joseph Grisson, both of Aurora.

The two candidates for Aurora mayor, Richard E. Guzman and Richard C. Irvin, will speak with voters in a casual setting on Monday, March 27 in the Dunham Atrium of the Santori Public Library.

Alderman-at-large candidates Matt Harrington and Robert J. O’Connor, and Ward 10 aldermanic candidates Keith Bradley, Judd Lofchie and Robert H. Paolicchi, will greet the public on Wednesday, March 29 in the Dunham Atrium.

Incumbent city council members in Wards 2, 4, 7 and 9 are running unopposed. Citizens will cast a vote for one at-large council member on their April 4 ballot, as mayoral candidate Irvin’s seat is not up for reelection this year. Should Irvin win the election, he would appoint his successor. Should Guzman win, Irvin will remain an at-large alderman.

Also on Wednesday, March 29, School District 131 school board candidates will greet the public in Rooms 125 and 126 of the Santori Library.

Four candidates are running for three open seats: Dan Barreiro, Anna Ishmael, incumbent Annette Johnson and Bruce Schubert.

Refreshments will be served. Call (630) 264-4125 for information.

These meet-and-greets are sponsored by Aurora Public Library, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Fox Valley PAC.

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Calendar of Events
Candidates’ Meet & Greet: Fox Valley Park District
Monday, March 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Santori Library, 101 S. River St., Aurora

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Eye Boutique

2017 State of the City Address
Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Candidates’ Meet & Greet: Aurora Mayor
Monday, March 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
Santori Library, 101 S. River St., Aurora

Candidates’ Meet & Greet: Aurora City Council
Wednesday, March 29, 6:30-8 p.m.
Santori Library, 101 S. River St., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 30, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by The Joint Chiropractic

Grand Opening: Bickford Senior Living
Thursday, April 6, 3:30-7 p.m.
7 S. Orchard Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, April 13, at 4:00 p.m.
Orchard Valley Apartments, 1240 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 27, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsord by Advanced Auto Parts

Grand Opening: Round One
Thursday, April 27, 3:30-8 p.m.
Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4 p.m.

A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

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Jobs: Revised December Numbers

Human Services: Developmental Disabilities

Elections: Fair Maps, Redistricting Reform

Education Task Force

Budget: Unpaid Bills

Taxes: Property Tax Burden

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Save the Date! 30th Anniversary Open House @ IMSA

VNA Health Care Dental Clinic Expansion: New Patients Welcome

Food Hub Project Site Request for Information

Kane County Winter 2017 ExporTech Program

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Elections: Fair Maps, Redistricting Reform

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

House Republicans call for vote on fair maps. Members of the House Republican Caucus called on House Democrats to respect the wishes of Illinoisans by allowing redistricting reform, HJRCA17, to be called for a vote immediately.

“This is one of the strongest statements we can make about reforming Illinois,” said State Rep. Tim Butler. “This isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue, so it’s time for the Democrats to decide if they stand for the status quo or for a stronger, better Illinois for generations to come.”

HJRCA 17 would allow voters to decide, by statewide referendum, to amend the Illinois Constitution to create the Independent Redistricting Commission for the purpose of drawing legislative districts. A poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute last fall found that 72% of voters, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, supported the creation of an independent commission to draw legislative district maps.

Members noted that redistricting reform is directly tied to the state budget and the failure of having unbalanced budgets for more than 10 years.

“When people are no longer able to hold their representatives accountable due to the political leanings of their district, the people have lost,” said State Rep. Tom Demmer. “That’s especially true when it comes to the fiscal issues of this state. Instead of being held accountable for taking vote after vote after vote to spend money that the State doesn’t have, far too many elected officials get a pass as soon as they go home for no other reason than the letter behind their name on the ballot.”

“Democrats in Illinois like to tout that they and they alone stand for the little guy, but how can they say that with a straight face when it’s clearly not the case,” said State Rep. Keith Wheeler. “It’s time for Illinois Democrats to stop hiding and letting ‘surrogates’ fight this crucial constitutional amendment. The question that House Democrats now need to answer is who do you stand with? Do you stand with a million reform-minded Illinoisans or Mike Madigan?”

Education Task Force

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Illinois House Education Task Force holds first meeting. The 26-member bipartisan Task Force has been asked to develop proposals that can be offered to the General Assembly as legislative language to implement the recommendations of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission. Earlier this year, the Reform Commission proposed that Illinois take steps to reduce the dependence of Illinois school districts on property tax revenues. Many Illinois lawmakers, citizens, and taxpayers believe that the current pattern of means used to fund Illinois schools is outdated in relation to other states.

The panel held its first meeting on Tuesday, March 14. Representative Bob Pritchard, the House Republican spokesman on the Task Force, called for key revisions to the Illinois school funding formula. The House Education Task Force is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, March 21.

Budget: Unpaid Bills

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Bill backlog hits all-time high of $12.8 billion. The Office of the Comptroller reported this week that Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills has reached $12.8 billion, representing $1,000 for each of the 12.8 million men, women and children who call Illinois home.

Money owed by the State and awaiting payment includes monies to Illinois health service providers, institutions of higher education, providers of social services, and many other program service providers. The last full Illinois General Assembly budget expired on June 30, 2015, and the last partial Illinois budget ceased to operate on December 31, 2016. The Illinois General Assembly is currently debating budget action for FY18, starting July 1, 2017. Challenges facing Illinois budgeteers include a pattern of flat Illinois tax revenues, reflecting few new jobs created, and rising Illinois spending commitments, particularly commitments relating to medical services provided under Medicaid and other programs.

Taxes: Property Tax Burden

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

With one of the highest tax burdens in the nation, property tax relief must be priority. Speaking at a press conference at the Capitol, State Rep. Mark Batinick and his House Republican colleagues drew attention to the number one issue for many Illinois homeowners: the need for property tax relief.

A recent poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute found that 47 percent of registered voters in Illinois say they want to move out, with 27 percent of them citing property taxes as their top reason. The Tax Foundation, the nation’s leading independent tax policy nonprofit, reported just this week that Illinois has one of the highest property tax burdens in the country (third), which contributes to the 5th highest overall tax burden in the nation.

“Families and seniors are being forced from their homes, not because they cannot afford their mortgage, but because they cannot afford their property taxes increasing each and every year,” Rep. Batinick said. “If we’re going to be asked to support a budget package, whatever that may end up looking like, we’re here to say there must be real, significant property tax relief for our constituents.”

The impact of property taxes is not limited to homeowners. Businesses are moving across state lines or closing entirely partially due to the high cost of property taxes in Illinois. The recent Tax Foundation analysis shows that Illinois’ property tax burden ranks as one of the least favorable for businesses, coming in at 46th in the nation.

City Address, Candidate Meet & Greets

Monday, March 13th, 2017
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Painters District Council 30
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Limited Seats Remain for
2017 State of the City Address
State of the City
Chamber, Library to Host Candidate Open Houses
Informal meet-and-greets for voters to get to know mayoral and aldermanic candidates vying for seats in the April 4 election are set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 27 and March 29 at the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora, 101 S. River St.

The two candidates for mayor, Richard E. Guzman and Richard C. Irvin, will speak with voters in a casual setting on Monday, March 27, in the Dunham Atrium. Alderman-at-large candidates Matt Harrington and Robert J. O’Connor, and Ward 10 alderman candidates Keith Bradley, Judd Lofchie, and Robert H. Paolicchi, will greet the public on Wednesday, March 29, also in the Dunham Atrium.

In addition, an open house is scheduled for Monday, March 20, at the library for Fox Valley Park District candidates. This is the first election for park district board and involves two contested races.

Here are the candidates who filed petitions, according to their District jurisdiction; two candidates will be elected from each District, with one at-large representative:

1st District: Chuck Anderson, Aurora; Matt Hicks, Jr., Aurora.

2nd District: LuAnne Kelsey, Montgomery; Beth Waller, Montgomery; Jerry Butler, Aurora; Mary Anne Cummings, Aurora.

3rd District: Giovanni Santana, Aurora; Holly Scholz, Aurora; Roger Schnorr, Aurora; Cynthia G. Penne, Aurora.

At-Large: Alexander G. Alexandrou, Aurora.

Incumbent city council members in Wards 2, 4, 7 and 9 are running unopposed. Voters will cast a vote for one at-large alderman on their April 4 ballot as mayoral candidate Irvin’s seat is not up for reelection this year. Should Irvin win the election, he would appoint his successor. Should Guzman win, Irvin will remain at at-large alderman.

“Today’s libraries are sites for civic engagement,” said Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of Aurora Public Library. “I’m happy we can provide these opportunities for Aurora residents to speak with the candidates and make informed decisions ahead of election day.”

Refreshments will be served. Call (630) 264-4125 for information.

These meet-and-greets are sponsored by Aurora Public Library, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Fox Valley PAC.

Did You Know?
Did you know that Meyer Wealth Advisors – Aurora Regional Chamber members since 1987 – recently upgraded their membership to the Premier level? We are so excited to have them invest with us at the highest level. Thank you, Meyer Wealth Advisors, for being key partners with us and for supporting the region’s business community. For questions about the benefits of Elite and Premier levels, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
Calendar of Events
Candidates’ Meet & Greet: Fox Valley Park District
Monday, March 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Santori Library, 101 S. River St., Aurora

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Eye Boutique

2017 State of the City Address
Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Candidates’ Meet & Greet: Aurora Mayor
Monday, March 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
Santori Library, 101 S. River St., Aurora

Candidates’ Meet & Greet: Aurora City Council
Wednesday, March 29, 6:30-8 p.m.
Santori Library, 101 S. River St., Aurora

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

Grand Opening: Bickford Senior Living
Thursday, April 6, 3:30-7 p.m.
7 S. Orchard Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 27, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

Premier Members
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Suburbs: Illinois Tollways

Education: Advanced Placement Test Results

Economy: Site Selection

Illinois Budget: FY17

State Government: Get Government Back on Track

General Assembly

Governor’s Budget Address

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.

CMT Elects Board of Directors and Officers for 2017

Park District Hosting Job Fair on March 11 with 150+ Positions Available

Save the Date! 30th Anniversary Open House @ IMSA

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Seeks Support

NLEI Offers Construction Training Program

Businesses Encouraged to Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill

VNA Health Care Dental Clinic Expansion: New Patients Welcome

Food Hub Project Site Request for Information

Kane County Winter 2017 ExporTech Program

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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City Address, Primary Results, Programs for Business

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
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Accurate Personnel
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Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank – Aurora
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
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
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Stonebridge Country Club
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

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Registration Open for 2017 State of the City Address
State of the City
Irvin, Guzman Proceed to April Election
Alderman-At-Large Richard Irvin and Assistant Chief of Staff Rick Guzman placed first and second, respectively, in the Feb. 28 Primary Election, according to unofficial results. The two will face off in the Municipal Election on April 4. According to the Chicago Tribune, with 116 of 116 precincts reporting, race results wereRichard Irvin: 3,502 votes (31.8%)
Rick Guzman: 3,131 votes (28.4%)
Linda Chapa LaVia: 2,821 votes (25.6%)
Mike Saville: 1,566 votes (14.2%)

The Chamber and its partners are scheduling a meet-and-greet opportunity with Irvin and Guzman for later this month. Other meet-and-greets are being discussed include the following races: Alderman At-Large, Tenth Ward Alderman, District 131 and District 129 School Boards, and Fox Valley Park districts 2 and 3.

Did You Know?
Did you know you can upgrade your membership level at any time during the year and get a full 12 months of increased visibility? Our highest membership level, Premier offers 47 times the visibility and Elite 17 times the visibility of our basic membership level. We are excited to recognize Stonebridge Country Club as our newest Elite member who recently upgraded their basic membership level. For questions about the benefits of Elite and Premier levels, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: The Joint Chiropractic
Thursday, March 9, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
1480 Orchard Rd., Ste. 110, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 9 a.m.Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Eye Boutique

2017 State of the City Address
Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

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

Grand Opening: Bickford Senior Living
Thursday, April 6, 3:30-7 p.m.
7 S. Orchard Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 27, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
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:

Suburbs: Illinois Tollways

Education: Advanced Placement Test Results

Economy: Site Selection

Illinois Budget: FY17

State Government: Get Government Back on Track

General Assembly

Governor’s Budget Address

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.CMT Elects Board of Directors and Officers for 2017

Park District Hosting Job Fair on March 11 with 150+ Positions Available

Save the Date! 30th Anniversary Open House @ IMSA

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Seeks Support

NLEI Offers Construction Training Program

Businesses Encouraged to Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill

VNA Health Care Dental Clinic Expansion: New Patients Welcome

Food Hub Project Site Request for Information

Kane County Winter 2017 ExporTech Program

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.

Irvin, Guzman Proceed to April Election

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Alderman-At-Large Richard Irvin and Assistant Chief of Staff Rick Guzman placed first and second, respectively, in the Feb. 28 Primary Election, according to unofficial results. The two will face off in the Municipal Election on April 4.  According to the Chicago Tribune, with 116 of 116 precincts reporting, race results were

Richard Irvin: 3,502 votes (31.8%)

Rick Guzman: 3,131 votes (28.4%)

Linda Chapa LaVia: 2,821 votes (25.6%)

Mike Saville: 1,566 votes (14.2%)

 

The Chamber and its partners are scheduling a meet-and-greet opportunity with Irvin and Guzman for later this month. Other meet-and-greets are being discussed include the following races: Alderman At-Large, Tenth Ward Alderman, District 131 and District 129 School Boards, and Fox Valley Park districts 2 and 3.

Illinois Budget: FY17

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

State Senate passes five “grand bargain” bills. The measures were passed on Tuesday, Feb. 28. House consideration could be delayed, however, by the insistence of many proponents that the bills be discussed as part of an overall package of spending and budget reforms. The Senate has not approved several of the key elements of the “grand bargain” reform package, including changes to future public-sector pension plans and benefits. Senate President John Cullerton, as the keeper of the Senate clerk’s desk, may choose to exercise his right to delay moving the bills over to the House for further action.

The Senate bills, if enacted into law, would appropriate some emergency spending lines for the second half of FY17, ending June 30, 2017. The bills are intended to raise money for these spending needs through various means, including a major expansion in legal gambling in Illinois. SB 7 would allow for the licensure of major new casino operations in Chicago and various locations in Downstate Illinois and Chicago’s suburbs. The familiar “video gaming” machines installed in many Illinois taverns and restaurants would be allowed to make jackpot payouts.

The Aurora Chamber remains opposed to gambling expansion and works in partnership with other regional and local chambers to oppose this effort.

Budget challenges continue to affect the State of Illinois. The February 2017 monthly revenue report and estimate released by the nonpartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) indicated a continued decline in State general funds tax revenues in February 2017. Personal income tax revenues decreased in February 2017 by $129 million from the same levels of taxes paid in one year earlier. Illinois corporate income tax revenues have practically dried up, with only $9 million (down 81 percent) received from this source in February 2017.

2017 State of the City Opens, Vote Tomorrow

Monday, February 27th, 2017
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Accurate Personnel
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Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank – Aurora
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
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
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Stonebridge Country Club
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

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Orchard Village Apartments
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Kiwanis Club of Aurora
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Jim Towns- Allstate Aurora
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Latino Worker Safety Center
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4415 W. Harrison St., Hillside
(708) 449-9500
Training

 

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Open for 2017 State of the City Address
State of the City
Calendar of Events
WYNTK Using Digital to Grow Your Business
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
495 N. Commons Drive, Aurora
Please pre-register

2017 State of the City Address
Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

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State Government: Get Government Back on Track

General Assembly

Governor’s Budget Address

General Assembly: Senate Package Update

General Assembly: House Bills Filed

Energy: Smart Meters

Human Services: Developmental Disabilities

Education: School Funding Reform Commission

Budget: FY17

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 Businessman Gives Back by Helping College Students Learn to Manage Finances

Chicago Executive Airport Safety Project Honored for Engineering Excellence

Save the Date! 30th Anniversary Open House @ IMSA

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Seeks Support

NLEI Offers Construction Training Program

Businesses Encouraged to Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill

VNA Health Care Dental Clinic Expansion: New Patients Welcome

Food Hub Project Site Request for Information

Kane County Winter 2017 ExporTech Program

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