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Ill. Chamber: This Week in Springfield

Friday, August 4th, 2017

The Illinois General Assembly was only in Monday this week.  The Senate lifted its parliamentarian hold on the the education funding reform bill (SB 1), which allowed the bill to leave the Senate and arrive on the governor’s desk.

As expected, Gov. Rauner issued an amendatory veto removing several provisions of the original bill including the Chicago Public School pension parity languge.

SB 1 will now return to the Senate where lawmakers can either concur with the governor’s amendatory veto with three-fifths majority vote in both chambers, file a motion to override the governor’s veto with three-fifths majority in both chambers, or let the bill die by not acting on the governor’s veto.

At this moment, it is unclear what actions will be taken by the Senate.  However, under the Illinois Constitution, the originating chamber has only 15 calendar days to either reject or accept the governor’s recommendations (Art. IV, Sec. 9).  In other words, the drop dead date for SB 1 is Aug. 15.

It would take 36 aye votes in the Senate to override the governor’s veto.  The same chamber originally passed SB 1 with 35 votes, one short needed for the override.  In he House, the climb is even steeper.  71 votes would be needed for an override.  SB 1, when originally passed only recorded 60 aye votes, 11 shy of the 71 needed for an override.

It is also important to note that the General Assembly remains in continuous session.  Therefore, issues outside of education could still be acted on.

REP. BELLCOK TO RETIRE; ADDS TO GROWING LIST 
This week marked the fourteenth state legislator this year to either resign, give up their seat to run for another office or decide not to run for re-election
State Representative Patti Bellock (R – Hinsdale) announced this week that she would not be seeking re-election in 2018 adding to the growing number of lawmakers leaving the General Assembly.  Patti has been a fierce defender of the business community during her time in the legislature.  Bellock was also a recipient of the Chamber’s Champion of Free Enterprise multiple years in a row.
Adding to the list of House Republicans not seeking re-election include Bob Pritchard (not seeking re-election), Bill Mitchell (not seeking re-election), Chad Hays (not seeking re-election), 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 Emily McAsey (resigned), Scott Drury (running for Governor), Cynthia Soto (running for another office), Laura Fine (running for state Senate), and Elaine Nektriz (not seeking re-election).  And lastly, Daniel Biss will be leaving the Senate Democrats to run for governor.

 

This Week’s #AuroraChamber News for Members

Monday, July 31st, 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

Welcome New Members

Aurora St. Charles Senior Living
Casandra Blackwell
400 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 896-4204
Property Management

City Segment (Elite Member)
Brandon Lyon
Aurora
(331) 205-8005
Marketing & Advertising

 

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

 

 

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Tomorrow marks the first of August – and students returning to school will be just around the corner. We hope everyone is able to enjoy the last days of summer before “fall” kicks in and activities begin flooding calendars.

This month, 247wallst.com published an article titled “America is running out of workers.” With June’s unemployment at 4.4 percent and 222,000 jobs having been added, American employers are finding it more and more difficult to find and hire the employees they need to be successful.

We know that is true right here in our region. We hear from our members regularly about the struggle to hire. A number of job fairs have been held in recent weeks for positions throughout the region. And still, more are planned as our local employers continue to seek qualified employees.

The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program is set to begin this month. We are working with Business and Career Services to identify prospective students, but to also encourage our local manufacturers to host tours with the students and share what today’s manufacturing environment look like. If you are interested in participating, please call the Chamber or BCS to learn more.

Of course, with the school year beginning, we are again working with schools on the Pathways to Prosperity. We also look forward to our second year of partnering with employers to support students with disabilities and giving them work experiences to gain employment skills.

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

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did You Know?
Did you know that our Chamber received a call recently from a lady who had two quotes for a home repair and she called to check whether these businesses were members of our Chamber as a criteria for determining which business to choose for the repair? Such calls are not uncommon for us and substantiates a national study that reveals that being active in a local Chamber of Commerce positively effects how consumers view them. These positive attributes include being perceived as more reputable, caring about their customers, and invested in the local community. As a result, according to the study, 73% of consumers are more likely to do business with Chamber members. Source: The Schapiro Group, Atlanta, Georgia. You can download our Chamber member logo through your member profile to add to your businesses promotional materials to take advantage of positive perception among your customers Chamber membership brings. Call Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership, (630) 256-3184 for more information.
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Ill. Chamber: This Week in Springfield

General Assembly: Special Session Report

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

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It’s Cardboard on Water; What Could Be More Fun?

Aurora to Celebrate National Night Out at 45 Neighborhood Events

Aurora, Naperville Receive $1.3 Million to Collaborate on Terrorism Training

Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference

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Ill. Chamber: This Week in Springfield

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

July 28, 2017

As expected, the Senate did not send Gov. Rauner the education funding reform bill (SB 1) by the Monday noon deadline. Therefore, Gov. Rauner issued a proclamation bringing the House and Senate back to Springfield to take up education funding reform.

The legislature met Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week and will meet this coming Monday.  There is a good chance there will not be resolution on this issue by Monday, which may result the legislature to be in indefinitely until cloture is met. Attendance issues may play a key role in determining when a resolution can be had.

Given that the legislature is in town for special session, both the House and Senate remain in continuous session and can still take up non-education-related legislation.  For example, the agreed upon EDGE credit legislation (HB 162) that is currently on 3rd and final reading in the Senate.  As previously reported, HB 162 is agreed language that would provide for an extension and reinstatement of the EDGE program that contains many key components of the Chamber’s own EDGE legislation including a training expense credit, bonuses for distressed communities, and retention benefits.

As you may recall, Illinois currently does not have a job recruiting and retention credit to offer prospective companies to relocate in Illinois.  As we’ve seen in Wisconsin this week, the Badger State was successful in attracting a Foxconn factory in the southeast portion of the state.

The technology group Wednesday pledged to invest $10 billion to build a display panel plant in Wisconsin that could employ up to 13,000 workers and draw up to $3 billion in subsidies from the state.

Illinois was reportedly in the running for the plant but was unable to obtain the new facility.  This is no suggestion that if the legislature were to pass HB 162 that we would have landed the Foxconn plant.  However, it does illustrate that we need a comprehensive tax credit to be competitive against our neighboring and regional states.

The Chamber sees this as a “wake-up call” for lawmakers and urges them to take up HB 162 and send it to the governor’s desk so Illinois can remain competitive with other states on attracting jobs and investment to Illinois.

This Week’s Member News

Monday, July 24th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Summer is in full swing. We would like to take one last opportunity to thank the many sponsors and attendees of our 2017 Golf Classic. Despite the rain that morning, we were able to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of golf and networking at the cocktail reception that evening. And while we wrap up the details for the golf outing, we still have several programs and events for our members before the end of our fiscal year on August 31.

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did You Know?
The Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference is being held September 18-21, 2017 at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University. Registration is now open at www.chisafetyconf.org. Conference attendees include business owners and managers, plant managers, professional and civic association members, municipalities, consultants, risk management professionals, project managers, loss control specialists, safety committee members, HR managers, corporate executives, shop foremen, lawyers, and professional trainers.
Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Visit the Chamber blog:

General Assembly: Special Session Report

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

New Playground Coming for Waubonsie Lake Park

Sammons Joins Old Second

Gonzalez Selected as 2017 CommUnity Hero Award Recipient

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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This Week’s Chamber News

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

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

 

Contact Us

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

 

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

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

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

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

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General Assembly: Special Session Report

Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.Sammons Joins Old Second

Gonzalez Selected as 2017 CommUnity Hero Award Recipient

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Statement in Response to 2017 State Budget Passage

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General Assembly: Special Session Report

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

REVENUE OMNIBUS DETAILS

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

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

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

 

BUDGET BILL DETAILS

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

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

BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION BILL (BIMP)

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

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

 

Illinois Budget

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Key Republican Legislators Renew Urgent Call for Compromise Balanced Budget Plan. Upon returning to Springfield for special session on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Senate Deputy Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), Assistant Senate Republican Leader Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Senate Republican Caucus Whip Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles), Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), Deputy House Republican Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), Deputy House Republican Leader Dan Brady (R-Normal) and House Republican Conference Chairperson Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) offered a reminder that a compromise balanced budget with reforms is on the table and ready to be enacted.

“Last Wednesday we introduced a compromise budget and reform plan that respects the priorities of both parties and puts us on a path to end the impasse, if the Democrats will agree to engage with us. The provisions included in our plan have been thoroughly vetted. With only ten days left in the fiscal year, we don’t need more Committees of the Whole. We need immediate action!” said Durkin.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) called the package “a reasonable compromise that will allow Illinois to move forward. We have to work together to enact a state budget and the reforms necessary to make it work.” Leader Radogno was unable to attend, but urged action in the General Assembly. “The time is now,” she said.

The comprehensive proposal includes a truly balanced budget, a four-year hard spending cap, lasting property tax relief, and changes to our regulatory system that will create jobs and grow the economy. The bills also include a $288 million increase for the new school funding formula, as well as additional funding to fulfill commitments to restore child care eligibility to 185% of the federal poverty level and a wage increase to Direct Support Professionals. It also includes term limits on legislative leaders and constitutional officers.

“The people of Illinois want a balanced budget, and that is what is on the table here. This isn’t another lifeline, stopgap, or band-aid. This is a real, balanced budget and reforms to grow our economy, create jobs and put Illinois on a more firm fiscal footing going forward,” said Senator Brady. “We’re back in Springfield this week and it’s time to do what is right and pass a balanced budget for the people of Illinois.”

The summary of the bills are as follows:

Budget Bills (SB 2176, 2214, 2215, 2216, 2217, 2218): Comprehensive budget proposal that includes real spending cuts and a four-year spending cap, while providing funding to state agencies like the Department of Human Services to care for our state’s most vulnerable and the Department of Transportation to continue important infrastructure projects.

Property Tax Relief (HB 4066): Four-year freeze for all taxing districts, but would allow residents, through voter referendum, to lower or increase their taxes. Allows for an exemption on existing debt service payments as requested by Senate Democrats.

Local Government Consolidation (HB 4067): Strengthens and improves the already passed SB 3, and will allow for citizens-initiated consolidation on units of local government.

Education Funding (SB 1124, HB 4069): Changes to the K-12 education funding formula that treats every district equitably that is consistent with the bipartisan framework of the Governor’s School Funding Commission. Funding for early childhood education, K-12 education, community colleges and universities.

Workers’ Comp Reform (HB 4068): Uses previously negotiated language between Senate GOP and Senate Democrats, like changes to the medical fee schedule, but does not reduce benefits to workers or include a causation standard.

Pension Reform (HB 4064, HB 4065): Accepts SB 16, which has previously passed the Senate, including President Cullerton’s consideration model and the state’s pickup of Chicago Public School’s pension payments.

Term Limits (HJRCA 2, HJRCA 33): Constitutional amendment to impose 10-year term limits on legislative leaders in the General Assembly and eight-year limit on Constitutional Officers (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Treasurer, and Secretary of State).

“This plan as a whole represents areas of bipartisan consensus and reasonable compromise,” said Senator Barickman. “This is largely where we were at before Democrats walked away from the table. We still have time to pass a balanced budget, fix our broken school funding formula, and make State government better for the people of Illinois.”

“Putting government consolidation in the hands of local voters is the right thing to do to reduce the cost of government in Illinois. Unlike so much coming out of Springfield, this is not a mandate but an empowerment tool. We have over 7,000 units of local government and our property taxes prove unsustainable. Between pension reform and government consolidation, we can reduce the cost of government for taxpayers and right-size our services and costs,” said Representative Demmer.

“The comprehensive balanced budget we are offering will provide care for our state’s most vulnerable citizens and prevent further erosion of Illinois’ fragile safety net,” said Representative Bellock. “With the recent court ruling on the $2 billion backlog of unpaid Medicaid bills, it is critically important we take immediate action to address this backlog. Our plan includes more than $4 billion in bonding to help pay off old bills. We must address this crisis now. The consequences of not taking action now would be devastating to human services.”

“Illinois is close to starting its third fiscal year without a state budget, and this impasse has gone on for far too long,” said Senator McConnaughay. “We have ten days to come together, to pass a real balanced budget that will provide peace of mind to our residents, job creators, colleges and universities and our local school districts. We can get this done if there’s the will by each Caucus to work together toward true bipartisan compromise.”

“The partisanship and political posturing must end. Our families and communities need stability, and that is what is on the table with this compromise plan,” said Representative Dan Brady. “If Democrats will join us at the table, we can adopt a responsible, balanced budget that funds our priorities and implements many of the reforms we need to get our finances back on track for the long-term.”

“The plan we introduced last week has many Republican and Democratic priorities in it,” said Senator Righter. “This compromise budget represents the best shot at getting something to the Governor that he will sign into law. Time is of the essence.”

Illinois’ credit rating drops to lowest possible level that is not “junk” status. The debt rating house S&P Global Ratings has cut Illinois’ credit rating to BBB-, the lowest credit rating that can be assigned to a borrower that is not “junk bond” territory. A “junk bond” issuer of securities is a borrower whose standing and probity is seen as being so dubious that the securities cannot be viewed as being of investment-grade quality. Moody’s has taken similar action and has reduced Illinois’ rating to Baa3, which is their lowest investment-grade ranking and is equivalent to the S&P BBB-. Illinois has the lowest credit rating of the 50 U.S. states and its current rating is actually lower than the credit ratings of many Third World countries. In testimony presented to the House Revenue Committee on Friday, June 23, Nuveen’s John Miller stated that Illinois’s current credit rating is equivalent to the bond ratings of Argentina, Pakistan, and the Ivory Coast.

S&P accompanied its June 2017 ratings cut with a warning that the State of Illinois risks “entering a negative credit spiral” as its debt status falls over the edge into junk bond territory.
A diminution of Illinois’ debt to junk bond status would have serious negative effects on the credit of many entities affiliated with the State, including Illinois’ public universities, municipalities, and school districts. All but two of Illinois’ public universities have already had their debt grades reduced to “junk bond” level. These universities, school districts, and local governments are only some of the entities that are dependent on State funds. Their debt and credit status would take a hit if these State moneys were reduced or cut off, and this decline in their status would further add to the potential burden to be borne by Illinois taxpayers.

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Monday, June 26th, 2017
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Golfer registration remains open for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors. We’ve been securing and organizing some great items for the event; be sure and join us for the evening reception and silent auction. Registration for members is $175 through June 30. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182. For those joining us, we’ll be launching the cabana bar and deck at the country club. So even if you don’t golf, join us for the cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, cash bar.We have been monitoring (and weighing in on) the General Assembly’s special session. Be sure and follow us on Facebook and twitter for news, alerts, and more. We are happy to share your comments on the actions with our elected officials.

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

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

• Setting up your login with user name and password;
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• Making changes to your representatives and contact listings; and
• Tracking your ROI by reviewing available metrics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Groundbreaking Event, Construction of Blackhawk Park Begins

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

Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

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June 23: Springfield Special Session Update

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

This week kicked off the start to the General Assembly’s special legislative session. As you may recall, last week Gov. Rauner issued a proclamation calling legislators back to the state’s capitol to resolve the budget impasse before the end of the 2017 fiscal year (June 30).

The week began with Gov. Rauner addressing the public at the old state capitol in Springfield. During his address, the governor called for Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate to unite and approve the governor and GOP-backed ‘Capitol Compromise.’

To this point, much of the activity has been behind the scenes in caucus meetings, meetings between legislative leaders and high level staff, and at media press conferences. However, the House has held two Committees of the Whole this week on subjects relating to the GOP’s ‘Capitol Compromise.’ Yesterday’s hearing featured Leader Durkin’s workers’ compensation proposal and today’s featured the concept of a statewide property tax freeze.

The Illinois Chamber’s Employment Law Council played the lead role on behalf of the business community in testifying in support of Leader Durkin’s workers’ compensation reform proposal. HB 4068 represents a majority of where bipartisan negotiations left off in the Senate on the Senate’s grand bargained SB 12. While not perfect for the business community, the bill does make several positive changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system, such as; revisions to the medical fee schedule, closed drug formulary, freezes average weekly wage for four years at $775, provides credits for injuries to the spine, returns the shoulder to part of the arm, provides for a definition of traveling employee, and makes other substantial system changes.

The committee lasted well over five hours and included panels from both opponents and proponents of the bill. While no formal vote was taken during the committee, the bill has since been posted for a committee hearing Saturday, June 24, in the House Labor and Commerce Committee. There is word that the bill may very likely be passed favorably out of the committee. This would signal a positive step in the right direction for workers’ compensation.

The Illinois House is currently convened in a Committee of the Whole in which they are debating the concept of a statewide property tax freeze, HB 4066 (Durkin). The bill would amend PTELL to freeze property taxes for 2017 through 2020 levy years to all taxing districts, including home rule units of government. The bill would also allow voters, by referendum, to lower levies, raise levies or renew the freeze in increments up to four years.

In comparison, the Senate Democrats passed two property tax freeze proposals. SB 484 would amend PTELL for 2017 and 2018 levy years to freeze property tax levies for units of local government, including home rule units but not the City of Chicago. The freeze does not apply to taxes levied to pay off bonds or pension payments. Adding, there is no mechanism for voters to extend or reduce the freeze.

The second Senate Democrat property tax freeze freezes property tax levies for school districts (exempting City of Chicago school districts) for two years. It would allow certain school districts to obtain a waiver from the State Board of Education from the freeze. No mechanism is included for voters to reduce or extend.

Legislators are also aware that the Republican’s ‘Capitol Compromise’ includes the transfer of $268 million in Road Fund dollars permanently away from the road and bridge construction to other transportation objectives. This would include $231 million to Chicago transit, $25 million in Road Fund dollars to make debt service payments on Transportation D bonds, and increases by $2 million the Amtrak subsidy funded from the Road Fund.