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Candidate Meet & Greet Opportunities, Chamber Newsletter

Monday, March 27th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts – Kirk & Butterfield
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
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
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
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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Oswego
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2255 Sullivan Road, Aurora
(630) 239-2321
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SOTC Thank You
Our sincere appreciation to Mayor Robert J. O’Connor for delivering his 2017 State of the City address, titled Strong Foundation. Strong Future. to the more than 400 Aurora Chamber members and community leaders in attendance last week. A video of the address may be found HERE.

Also, thank you to our presenting sponsor Alarm Detection Systems as well as the many sponsors and supporters of the event: Aurora Bank & Trust, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Engineering Enterprises, First Secure Community Bank – Aurora, Freudenberg Household Products, Heartland Recycling Aurora, Hollywood Casino – Aurora, HRGreen, Invest Aurora, Konen Insurance Agency, Northwestern Medicine Convenient Care Aurora, Old Second National Bank, R.C. Wegman Construction Company, Rush-Copley Medical Center, SALT Translation, SmithAmundsen LLC, The Salvation Army, Walter E. Deuchler Associates, and Waubonsee Community College.

 

Get to Know the Candidates
Four candidate meet and greets remain before next week’s municipal elections. All of the meet-and-greets will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m.

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: 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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Register Now for Employer Action Day

US Chamber Releases Congressional Scorecard

Fair Maps

Jobs

Human Services: New ID Cards

Education: School Accountability Plan

Economy: Tourism

Chicago: Population Trends

Budget: COGFA Projections

Budget: Pension Reform

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.

Volunteers Sought for Community-Wide Service Day on April 8

Engineering Enterprises’ Frohlich Earns P.E.

Two Engineering Enterprises Employees Earn Certification

Attend the Effective Administration Assistant Course

Save the Date! 30th Anniversary Open House @ IMSA

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Register Now for Employer Action Day

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Registration is now open for this year’s Employer Action Day.  This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Wyndam in Springfield.  The event will feature a keynote from Gov. Rauner, members from ALEC and the US Chamber, Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis, and more!  Don’t miss this opportunity to add your voice to the business communities largest lobby day in Illinois. Register now!

US Chamber Releases Congressional Scorecard

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

This week the U.S Chamber of Commerce honored 266 members of the U.S House of Representatives and 55 members of the U.S Senate with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition for pro-growth policies in the second session of the 114th Congress.

Winners from the Illinois Delegation include:

  • Mark Kirk (R) – 100%
  • Daniel Lipinski (D) – 79%
  • Peter Roskam (R) – 100%
  • Bob Dold (R) – 93%
  • Mike Bost (R) – 100%
  • Rodney Davis (R) – 100%
  • Randall Hultgren (R) – 100%
  • John Shimkus (R) – 100%
  • Adam Kinzinger (R) – 100%
  • Darin LaHood (R) – 100%

During the second session of the 114th Congress, the Chamber scored members on 8 Senate votes and 14 House votes related to access to capital for small businesses, ensuring our workforce has the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow, and helping American manufacturers compete in a global economy. In addition, votes in support of building the U.S. water infrastructure system, protecting intellectual property, and updating energy policy also factored into scoring.

Fair Maps

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

A poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute last fall found that 72% of voters supported the creation of an independent commission to draw legislative district maps. House Republicans again called on House Democrats to respect the wishes of Illinoisans by allowing redistricting reform, House Joint Resolution Constitution Amendment 17 (HJRCA 17), to be called for a vote.

HJRCA 17 would allow voters to decide if the Illinois Constitution should be amended to create a special commission for the purpose of drawing legislative districts. House Republicans reiterated that the current process of allowing the majority party to draw districts has failed the State and the lack of fair representation has led to legislators not being accountable to the people they represent, which is why the Illinois General Assembly has not passed a balanced budget in ten years.

Jobs

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

New jobs created; economists continue to point to Illinois’ lagging job growth. The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s February 2017 unemployment report, showed the Prairie State’s jobless rate dropping from 5.7% to 5.4%. The current number was measured by the widely-followed U-3 ratio; other methods of measuring unemployment and underemployment also count people in other categories, such as involuntary part-time employment. These alternative metrics show much higher jobless numbers in Illinois.

Illinois has not created nearly as many new jobs as have neighboring and other U.S. states. In a pattern of lagging recovery from the severe recession of 2009-10, Illinois has created only 47,000 new nonfarm payroll jobs over the most recently measured twelve-month period – job growth of 0.8%. Poor numbers are concentrated in many Downstate communities and metropolitan areas, with unemployment of 11.1% posted for January 2017 in greater Rockford, 7.7% in the Decatur area and 7.0% in Carbondale. In fact, Illinois has virtually the same number of nonfarm payroll jobs as the number of employment positions that were posted and paid more than 16 years ago, during the previous job peak of September 2000.

Human Services: New ID Cards

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

New ID cards for persons with disabilities. The ID cards, which eligible persons can show to law enforcement, contain an official notification that the bearer is age 16 or older and has a medical condition that may impair his or her ability to communicate with others. The new ID cards will be made available at all Drivers Services facilities operated by the Illinois Secretary of State.

The ID card was developed by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). Approximately 100,000 of the cards have been printed for distribution, matching estimates of the number of Illinois residents who may face challenges if encountered by police officers and other first responders. Persons who are eligible for the card include persons with physical, developmental, visual, hearing, or mental challenges and disabilities. The card application must be cosigned by a physician. An application for the specialty ID card can be found here.

Education: School Accountability Plan

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Plan retains reliance on standardized test metrics, but moves away from “No Child Left Behind.” The new plan approved by the Illinois State Board of Education creates a revised grading system to assess public school districts on their performance. While “No Child Left Behind” was widely criticized for its concentration on imposing proficiency guidelines on challenged school districts, the 2017 ISBE plan concentrates on academic growth metrics. Schools and school districts will be positively reinforced for showing healthy movements, including movements from a challenged or low baseline.

The ISBE plan follows the replacement of No Child Left Behind by the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015. Illinois, like other states, has been asked to adopt a plan that sets long-term goals, determine metrics for measuring progress towards these goals, and create a system to identify and support challenged schools and school districts. By 2032, the ISBE plan looks forward to at least 90% of children and adolescents meeting a series of age-appropriate goals. At least 90% of high school graduates should leave school in a state of readiness for college and career.

The ISBE’s reliance on standardized tests will continue to be key factors in determining whether these age-appropriate goals are being met. The ISBE will continue to use standardized tests to determine whether third graders are reading “at or above grade level” and fifth graders are “meeting or exceeding expectations” in math.

Budget: COGFA Projections

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

COGFA presents budget projections and revenue estimate. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) presented FY17 and preliminary FY18 budget projections to the House Revenue and Finance Committee this week. COGFA presented a revised revenue estimate of $33.1 billion in FY17 general funds inflows, representing a significant reduction from the FY17 preliminary estimate of $33.9 billion published by COGFA in July 2016.

COGFA’s report that revenues are falling short of projections by approximately $800 million adds to the fiscal burdens facing the State. COGFA also warned House Revenue Committee members that further extensions of these fiscal trends could further worsen this picture in FY18, the fiscal year that starts on July 1, 2017. Fiscal trends listed in this context include disappointing income tax receipts due to high unemployment and stagnant Illinois job growth, disappointing sales tax revenues, rising pension costs due to low interest rates and revisions to pension fund rates of annual return, and continued increases in the costs of Medicaid and health care for state employees.

Budget: Pension Reform

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

House Republicans offer comprehensive pension reform proposal and CPS relief. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin today called on Speaker Michael Madigan and the House Democrats to join the House Republicans in passing comprehensive pension reform that would provide significant savings for taxpayers and $215 million to the Chicago Public Schools for a one time pension parity payment.

According to Durkin, the legislation is modeled after legislation introduced in a bipartisan manner in the Senate. Specifically, HB 4027 includes:

  • Senate President John Cullerton’s “consideration model” that would require members of TRS, SURS, SERS, GARS, and CTPF to exchange their Tier 1 COLA for the right to have future raises to be counted as pensionable, or keep their COLA and sacrifice future raises as pensionable. This concept previously received union support by the We Are One Coalition
  • Provides a one-time normal cost payment to the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund of $215.2 million for FY 17
  • Closes new member participation in GARS
  • Offers Tier 1 TRS, SURS, SERS and GARS employees the option to participate in a defined contribution (DC) plan
  • Creates a voluntary Tier 3 Hybrid defined benefit/defined contribution plan for new Tier 2 employees under TRS, SURS, and certain SERS members who do not participate in Social Security

“With this legislation, we estimate the State of Illinois will realize short-term savings of $2.25 billion dollars from the general funds and a substantial step towards closing the deficit gap. This is a significant step towards achieving a balanced budget but also saving our pension systems.”

“I have secured 25 House Republican co-sponsors for this legislation. With our 26 votes the House Republicans have provided their pro-rata share of support for a structured roll call vote on this important issue. This means we will provide our fair share of votes. The Speaker needs to provide his 34 votes to move this legislation to the Senate. This legislation will earn the Governor’s signature. Speaker Madigan and I have worked in the past on pension reform and I am calling upon him to help secure passage of this legislation. This reform is a major piece of the puzzle for breaking the budget impasse,” said Durkin.

State of City, Candidate Meetings

Monday, March 20th, 2017
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March 20, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts – Kirk & Butterfield
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
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
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
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

Welcome New Members

H&B Block
Angie Schultz
1232 North Lake Street, Aurora
(630 898-9604
Tax Services

Advocate Promotions
Kent Johnson
Montgomery
(630) 853-5412
AMarketing & Advertising

James K. Michels, P.E.
Sugar Grove
(630) 816-4290
Associate Member

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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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.

Did You Know?
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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

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.

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

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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