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VNA Health Care Announces New Chief Financial Officer Don Klink

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

VNA Health Care announces a new leadership hire. Don Klink joined VNA as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for VNA’s financial administration, including all budgeting and financial and regulatory reporting, and oversees revenue management, accounting operations, and payroll. Don brings more than 25 years of experience as a senior level finance executive to this role. Prior to joining VNA, he worked in the healthcare field for Hudson Global, Accretive Health, and Addus Homecare Corporation.

“I am excited to start this new challenge with VNA Health Care and look forward to working with the team to help VNA continue to grow and expand in order to provide affordable healthcare to those in need,” said Don.

Linnea Windel, President/CEO said “Don’s extensive experience and understanding of healthcare make him a key addition to VNA’s senior leadership team. I’m confident Don will provide strong financial leadership to our organization, contributing to our position as one of the top Federally Qualified Health Centers in the nation.”

Don holds a bachelor of science in Accounting from Bradley University in Peoria and an MBA with a focus on finance and strategy from the University of Chicago. He is a licensed CPA and holds a certification as a charted global management accountant.

VNA Health Care provides affordable health care to 65,000 women, men and children living primarily in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties.  VNA runs ten community health centers and is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission.

News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, May 22nd, 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.
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
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
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
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors and adding a number of additional sponsors. Many sponsorships are still available – starting at just $250. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182;

• Celebrated several East Aurora 131 students and their accomplishments;

• Welcomed dozens of new members to Coffee & Connections with networking and an orientation to Chamber benefits;

• Congratulated North Aurora Police Chief David Summer on his retirement;

• Completed 2017 Leadership Academy with a wrap-up breakfast where the participants shared their experiences with the program and their visits to local community organizations;

• Attended the Fox Valley United Way’s annual breakfast, Alden of Waterford’s Spring Fling, Tommy Hilfiger’s business networking event, as well as the Aurora Downtown board meeting;

• Celebrated KCT Credit Union’s 80th anniversary with a ribbon cutting and open house;

• Met with community members to begin planning a resource fair to support students with disabilities and their families.

This week, we are preparing for:

• Fox Valley Networking Professionals, an upcoming Exporting Forum and Luncheon, the Golf Classic, and more for our members.

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.

Mayor Irvin Announces New Mayor’s Office Leadership Team
As Mayor Richard C. Irvin began his second week in office, he announced key staff changes in the Mayor’s Office, with more announcements planned in the upcoming weeks.

“My goal is to always surround myself with proven leaders who are dedicated to their area of endeavor and committed to the betterment of Aurora,” said Irvin. “The Mayor’s Office is just our first step in aligning positions at City Hall for the best maximum outcomes across the board.”

Mayor Irvin has appointed longtime City executive Alex G. Alexandrou as Aurora’s next Chief Management Officer. Bringing nearly three decades of municipal leadership to the Mayor’s Office, Alexandrou will be responsible for the daily operations of the City. He has 17 years of leadership with the City of Aurora serving under former Mayors Stover, Weisner and O’Connor, most recently serving as Chief Administrative Services Officer.

For more details, visit the Chamber blog.

Calendar of Events
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Ribbon Cutting: James Town Allstate
Friday, June 2, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
7 W. Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Metro 59 Apartments
Wednesday, June 7, 4 – 8 p.m.
1016 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Springfield Update

Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

April 2017 General Assembly Report

Illinois Chamber Releases ‘Job Crusherz’ List

“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

Fair Maps

Jobs

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.

Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

Construction set to begin on Blackhawk Park

Moody’s Upgrades FVPD Credit Rating

Fox Valley Park District seats first elected board

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare for and emergency event, including severe weather and natural disasters. The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

Information, tips, and planning guides may be found at https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/index.php

If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

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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Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, at 6:00 p.m.

Aurora Public Library – Santori Library

101 South River Street, Aurora, Illinois 60506 (Rooms 125/126)

 

Kane County is the fifth most populous county in the State of Illinois with two major metropolitan cities — Elgin and Aurora. Both Elgin and Aurora span multiple county jurisdictions and are in close proximity to the City of Chicago allowing for easy transportation access. Aurora is the second largest city in the state and the largest in Kane County.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Aurora Public Library will present a Forum to address the interrelated issues on gangs and drugs. Guest speakers include former gang members, counselors, law enforcement officers, and presenters with special topical knowledge. The Forum will be followed by a question and answer session. Presenters include African American Men of Unity, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, and, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Please join the Kane County Sheriff’s Office as they present the little known facts on community initiatives that are taking place right in our own back yards to combat gangs and reduce the flow of drugs to our local neighborhood youth and schools.

Mayor Irvin Announces New Mayor’s Office Leadership Team

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

As Mayor Richard C. Irvin begins his second week in office, he is announcing key staff changes in the Mayor’s Office, with more announcements planned in the upcoming weeks.

“My goal is to always surround myself with proven leaders who are dedicated to their area of endeavor and committed to the betterment of Aurora,” said Irvin. “The Mayor’s Office is just our first step in aligning positions at City Hall for the best maximum outcomes across the board.”

Mayor Irvin has appointed longtime City executive Alex G. Alexandrou as Aurora’s next Chief Management Officer. Bringing nearly three decades of municipal leadership to the Mayor’s Office, Alexandrou will be responsible for the daily operations of the City. He has 17 years of leadership with the City of Aurora serving under former Mayors Stover, Weisner and O’Connor, most recently serving as Chief Administrative Services Officer.  Previously, he served as the City’s Risk Manager, Human Resources Director and Chief Labor Negotiator with the City’s labor unions. Prior to Aurora, Alexandrou was with the Village of Oak Park for a decade.  In April, he was elected to serve as Fox Valley Park District Commissioner – at- Large.

“As we move Aurora forward and I spend time building relationships throughout the city, region and nation, it is important to know that the daily operations of City Hall and our 1,000+ employees are in capable hands,” said Mayor Irvin. “Alex Alexandrou is a seasoned leader who will handle the position of Chief Management Officer in a progressive and professional manner.  He and others on the Mayor’s leadership team bring years of experience to the decision-making table as we continue to build Aurora together.”

Returning to the Mayor’s office after a yearlong stint as the City’s Director of Neighborhood Standards is longtime City executive and former alderman Chuck Nelson.  Nelson will fill the current vacant Assistant Chief of Staff position with a new title and duties as the City’s first-ever Deputy Mayor. As Deputy Mayor, Nelson will assist the mayor in political endeavors, business outreach, community collaborations and educational initiatives, including leading the charge to establish the City’s new education commission.

“Chuck Nelson is synonymous with Aurora,” said Mayor Irvin. “He’s a stalwart leader who is respected in all circles. As Deputy Mayor, he will represent the City on my behalf and help us to successfully implement our action plan for this administration.”

Nelson will also serve as the mayor’s liaison to the Aurora City Council, on which he served as the 4th Ward Alderman from 1993 to 2005. He will also handle veterans’ initiatives and serve as the liaison of the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council. Nelson served as Mayor Tom Weisner’s Assistant Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2015 when he was asked to head the City’s Neighborhood Standards Department.

New to the Mayor’s Office but not new to Mayor Irvin’s team is the new Mayor’s Office Coordinator, Maria Lindsay.  The longtime executive assistant to Irvin at the Law Offices of Richard C. Irvin and Associates brings nearly a decade of leadership and knowledge to her new role. She will handle the Mayor’s day-to-day schedule and coordinate special initiatives for Mayor Irvin and the leadership team.

Two experienced Mayor’s Office staffers will remain in place, but with expanded roles in the new administration.

Alex Voigt will continue in her role as Assistant Chief of Staff, a position that she has held since 2015.  During her nearly seven years with the City, she has served as Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Management Analyst, Interim EMA Manager and Interim City Clerk.  She’ll continue to manage the Mayor’s Boards and Commissions and represent the Mayor’s Office at City Council committee meetings.

The City’s Director of Communications Clayton Muhammad will also continue as part of the Mayor’s team, a position he has held since 2013.  As part of Mayor Irvin’s goal to expand visibility and publicity for the City, Muhammad and his team will publicize the many ongoing initiatives and initiatives of all City departments and auxiliaries, and enhance the City’s community relations and social media initiatives, including regular live updates from Mayor Irvin and City Council members. Previously, Muhammad served as Director of Community Relations at East Aurora School District 131 for nearly a decade.

Initial staff changes began last week during Irvin’s first days in office and will continue through this week. Additional key staff changes will be announced over the next couple of weeks.

“We are hitting the ground running with a strong leadership team in the Mayor’s Office led by Mayor Irvin. I’m honored the mayor has the confidence in me as the Chief Management Officer as we start to implement Mayor Irvin’s vision for Aurora,” said Alexandrou. “This is just the beginning and our entire team is looking forward to continued progress and excellence.”

New Members, Programs, Events, More from Aurora Chamber

Monday, May 15th, 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.
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
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
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
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

ServPro of Aurora (Elite)
Kelly Melone
847 S. River Street, Aurora
(630) 862-3930
Fire, Flood, Mold Restoration

 

Contact Us

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
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors with Prestige Sponsors Aurora Generation and Rasmussen College; Beverage Sponsor Geneva Construction Company; Putting Green Sponsor Konen Insurance Agency; Hole Sponsors Finishing Solutions Network; and Lunch Sponsors Cordogan, Clark & Associates. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182.

• Attended the inauguration of Mayor Richard Irvin and City Council members;

• Introduced potential employers to the students with disabilities who have been learning job skills with the Fox Valley Park District – boy, have those students really succeeded in their work;

• Celebrated a ribbon cutting at Pet Supplies Plus in North Aurora and their partnership with Anderson Animal Shelter’s adoption center;

• Toured SciTech with the Leadership Academy and Abbey Farms’ Nagel Emporium with the Ambassadors;

• Attended a focus group to discuss the skills needed by high school graduates in order to be successful on the job;

• Submitted an op-ed to local media expressing the need to invest in education to prepare them for career success (and explained the return on that investment);

• Met with the Nominating Committee of the Board to identify new directors and officers for the 2017-2018 year; and

• Participated in a number of meetings with expanding businesses and new businesses in the region to assist with engagement and hiring of employees.

This week, we are preparing for:

• Coffee & Connections tomorrow with new and prospective members;

• A retirement reception for Chief David Summer, North Aurora Police Department; and

• Member events including Spring Fling After Hours at Alden of Waterford; United Way’s annual community breakfast, and a ribbon cutting at KCT Credit Union.

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.

Did You Know?
Did you know that fellow chamber members serve as ambassadors for the Chamber? These dedicated volunteers help with chamber events, ribbon cuttings and mentor new members. Being an ambassador supports all we do as a chamber and is a great way to get your business name out in the community. If you would like to learn more about being an ambassador, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership at (630) 256-3184.
Calendar of Events
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, May 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Spring Fling Business After Hours
Wednesday May 17, 4 – 6 p.m.
Alden of Waterford – Short-Term Rehabilitation, 2021 Randi Drive, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: KCT Credit Union
Friday, May 19, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
320 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:00 p.m

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Ribbon Cutting: James Town Allstate
Friday, June 2, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
7 W. Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Metro 59 Apartments
Wednesday, June 7, 4 – 8 p.m.
1016 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

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

Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

April 2017 General Assembly Report

Illinois Chamber Releases ‘Job Crusherz’ List

“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

Fair Maps

Jobs

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.

Construction set to begin on Blackhawk Park

Moody’s Upgrades FVPD Credit Rating

Fox Valley Park District seats first elected board

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare for and emergency event, including severe weather and natural disasters. The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

Information, tips, and planning guides may be found at https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/index.php

If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

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.

Construction set to begin on Blackhawk Park

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Construction on the much-anticipated Blackhawk Park is set to begin this summer, following approval by the Fox Valley Park District Board of Commissioners for a $640,900 bid to R.C. Wegman Construction Company of Aurora.

Located alongside Galena Boulevard between Blackhawk and View streets, the 2.8-acre site is where the original West Aurora High School stood since 1905. After the building was torn down in 2015, the City of Aurora deeded the land over to the Park District late last year in a land conveyance agreement.

Park District residents played a prominent role in planning the park. A public open house last winter allowed residents to view concept plans and offer feedback. Naming of the park was orchestrated through social media, allowing the public to vote, with Blackhawk resulting as the overwhelming favorite.

The park’s highlight design feature will be a centralized, circular “great lawn” area that encourages unstructured play. The northeast section of the park will feature innovative playground equipment, splash pad and a unique shelter reminiscent of the old West Aurora High School that occupied the site for over a century.

An interpretive plaza will offer educational opportunities and environmental awareness, marked by a flagpole at the entrance – the same flagpole location as it was for the high school. The plan also provides an area for public art displays.

“While the focus of park development is on children’s play, Blackhawk Park will be appealing to adults as well,” said Jeff Palmquist, senior director of planning, research and grants.

Extensive landscaping – including a rain garden adjacent to the splash pad – will buffer the park from nearby traffic and provide natural beauty.

Completion of the park is expected in the fall of 2017.

Moody’s Upgrades FVPD Credit Rating

Monday, May 8th, 2017
District ascends from ‘high grade’ to ‘prime’
 
Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Fox Valley Park District’s outstanding general obligation (GO) rating to Aa1 from Aa3, which repositions Fox Valley from “high grade” to “prime,” just one level below the top rating.
 
Illinois Park Districts as a sector receive an overall rating of Aa from Moody’s as an institutional framework score. Fox Valley Park District’s superior Aa1 rating signifies even more confidence in its future ability to raise revenues and decrease expenditures.
 
“Our vision as a Park District includes a commitment to being fiscally responsible to our residents, a pledge our Board and staff follow every day,” said Board President Chuck Anderson. “This is welcome confirmation that we consistently maintain good fund balances, budget carefully and adhere to sound fiscal practices on behalf of our resident taxpayers.”
 
In the report, Moody’s noted that the rating reflects the Fox Valley Park District’s large and diverse tax base, healthy liquidity, slightly above average socioeconomic profile, low debt burden with rapid amortization and a low unfunded pension burden.
 
Executive Director Jim Pilmer credited Diana Erickson, senior director of finance and administration, “for her outstanding financial management that helped us achieve this highly desirable rating” as the District worked through the challenges and financial restraints of a six-year tax levy freeze.
 
“Our economic development is also a credit to our collaboration with the villages of Montgomery and North Aurora, the city of Aurora and the Forest Preserve District of Kane County,” said Pilmer.
 
Pilmer noted that the elevated rating will have a positive impact on the Park District’s ability to borrow funds and refinance debt at lower rates, which translates into reduced tax bills for residents.
 
“Our excellent credit rating is the result of sound financial management and our commitment to fiscal prudence today and for future generations,” said Pilmer.

Your Weekly News from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, May 8th, 2017
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May 08, 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.
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
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
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)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

First American Bank
Amy Robertson
3054 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 499-2500 Banks

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Ill. Budget: ‘Lifeline’ Plan
Democrats’ “lifeline” budget would cover less than one-third of human service needs. The analysis, by the nonpartisan Civic Federation’s Institute for Fiscal Sustainability, contained severe criticism of HB 109. The emergency appropriations bill, pushed through the House earlier this spring session on a partisan roll call, was touted by its sponsors as a “lifeline” to stretched providers of human services. The bill was supposed to substitute for a full-year, constitutionally balanced budget. Analysts for the Civic Federation, however, discovered that the Democrats’ bill would provide only 27.1 cents on the dollar for the human-services funding shortfall based on FY16 spending numbers.

The majority party’s “lifeline” plan has been proclaimed as providing rescue money to Illinois institutions of higher education. The Institute’s analysts, after running the numbers, stated that the plan would provide only 56.2 cents of the dollars previously allocated by higher education and not paid in FY16. House Republicans opposed the so-called “lifeline” plan as being both ludicrously inadequate to meet its proclaimed purposes and a distraction from the hard work of generating progress toward government reform and a constitutional balanced budget.

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Met with the Kane County Health Department to discuss opportunities to support our employers and some worksite wellness programs.

• Supported East Aurora High School’s Senior Job Fair (this Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as an opportunity for our members to identify, interview, and hire students;

• Celebrated the grand openings and ribbon cuttings at West Suburban Bank (Butterfield at Church roads), Advance Auto Parts (across Butterfield from West Suburban Bank), and All Spoked Up in downtown Aurora;

• Met with the City of Aurora and Fox Valley Park District to invite auto sales and service businesses (and similar employers) to an open house at Cole Center on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to observe students in a training program organized by the Park District;

• Welcomed CyrusOne to the membership at the Premier Investment level;

• Participated in the Small Business Week Expo on Wednesday;

• Welcomed members of the Aurora Chamber as well as those from Batavia, Geneva, Oswego, and Yorkville to hear Ben Taylor with the U.S. Chamber discuss business implications during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration;

• Shared our efforts with the City’s roundtable to address concerns and needs of students with disabilities;

• Monitored and weighed in on activities in the Illinois Senate as several bills were taken up;

• Toured Alarm Detection Systems with the Leadership Academy; and

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors with Prestige Sponsors Aurora Generation and Rasmussen College; Beverage Sponsor Geneva Construction Company; Putting Green Sponsor Konen Insurance Agency; Hole Sponsors Finishing Solutions Network; and Lunch Sponsors Cordogan, Clark & Associates. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182.

This week, we are preparing for:

• Inauguration of Mayor-elect Richard Irvin and City Council members on Tuesday, May 9, at Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery;

• Additional meetings to support students with disabilities finding summer and post-high school work;

• Grand opening and ribbon cutting for Pet Supplies Plus (North Aurora);

• Ambassadors Meeting on Thursday at Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms; and

• Leadership Academy’s visit to SciTech Hands-On Museum.

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.

Did You Know?
Did you know that the Aurora Chamber has an agreement with the Illinois Chamber that allows Aurora Chamber members to register and attend webinars, seminars, and conferences organized by the Illinois Chamber for the Chamber-member price. You must be a member of the Aurora Chamber and register through us. For a list of some upcoming programs, visit Professional Development Available in Conjunction with Ill. Chamber. For questions, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184 or email rosborne@aurorachamber.com.
Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: Pet Supplies Plus
Wednesday, May 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
180 N. Randall Rd., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, May 11, at 4:00 p.m.
Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, May 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Spring Fling Business After Hours
Wednesday May 17, 4 – 6 p.m.
Alden of Waterford – Short-Term Rehabilitation, 2021 Randi Drive, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: KCT Credit Union
Friday, May 19, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
320 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:00 p.m

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Ribbon Cutting: James Town Allstate
Friday, June 2, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
7 W. Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Metro 59 Apartments
Wednesday, June 7, 4 – 8 p.m.
1016 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

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

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The Consumer’s Right to Know

April 2017 General Assembly Report

Illinois Chamber Releases ‘Job Crusherz’ List

“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

Fair Maps

Jobs

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.

Fox Valley Park District seats first elected board

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare for and emergency event, including severe weather and natural disasters. The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

Information, tips, and planning guides may be found at https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/index.php

If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

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Fox Valley Park District seats first elected board

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

The first elected board in the Fox Valley Park District’s 70-year history was seated Monday night as seven commissioners were sworn in for duty.

The commissioners were elected during the April 4 general election from three districts – two commissioners representing each – with one commissioner elected at-large. FVPD, the state’s second largest park district, serves 233,000 residents in Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery.

“After 70 years and more than 800 meetings with board members appointed by the Kane County Board chairman, this is an exciting new chapter in the history of the Fox Valley Park District,” said executive director Jim Pilmer.

Incumbent Chuck Anderson, along with Matt Hicks, represent District 1, which primarily covers the service area west of the Fox River. Jerry Butler and Mary Anne Cummings represent District 2 encompassing the central portion. Incumbent Cynthia Penne and Holly Scholz represent District 3 that covers the north and east geographic zones.

Incumbent Alex Alexandrou is the at-large commissioner.

Following the swearing in by Associate Judge Rene Cruz, a lottery was conducted between commissioners from each district to determine the length of each representative’s terms.

Anderson, Cummings and Scholz will serve 4-year terms, while Hicks, Butler and Penne will serve two-year terms, allowing the election of future commissioners to be staggered starting with the 2019 elections. Alexandrou will serve a 4-year term.

Anderson was nominated and confirmed by his fellow commissioners as Board President – a role he was currently serving. Scholz will be Board Vice-President. Diana Erickson, senior director of finance and administration for FVPD, will serve as board treasurer and assistant secretary. Kim Nooncaster, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Clerk of the Board, will serve as board secretary. Jennifer Paprocki, assistant director of finance and administration, will serve as assistant treasurer.

The historic “passing of the torch” also included acknowledgements to former Board members stepping down after years of service – Theodia Gillespie, Robert Vaughan, Rachel Ossyra and Denny Wiggins.

The first official meeting for the new Board of Commissioners will take place at 6 p.m. on May 8 at the Prisco Community Center.

Celebrate Small Biz Week, 100 Days Lunch with Aurora Chamber

Monday, May 1st, 2017
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Advance Auto Parts
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
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Company 251
CyrusOne
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
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)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
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A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora
Sponsored by Earthmover Credit Union

This Wednesday, the Aurora Regional Chamber will discuss President Donald Trump’s “First 100 Days” (Okay, 104 days, to be exact). Ben Taylor, executive director, Great Lakes Regional Office U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be our featured speaker. From the transition and inauguration, through the confirmation process, and on to various Executive Actions and proposed legislation in the 115th Congress, we will seek to answer the following: “Where have we been; where are we now; and where are we headed? Likely topics of discussion include healthcare, tax and regulatory reform, as well as infrastructure. Please bring your questions and concerns; we want to make this an interactive session! Ben will share what he has learned and observed and what this means to employers and our region.

Register today.

April 2017 General Assembly Report
Upon returning to Springfield after their two-week spring break, last week was both the House and Senate deadline for substantive bills to be passed favorably out of their originating chamber. However, members in leadership are often granted deadline extensions to bills.

While there was a plethora of bills that moved this week; below is a highlight of major legislation pertinent to business.

500% Tax Increase on Ill. Vital Financial Sector

In today’s interconnected world, billions of dollars travel across the globe in less than seconds. HB 3393 (Welch) and SB 1719 (Biss) would both put Illinois’ vital financial service sector and the tens of thousands of jobs it employs at risk by imposing a new 20 percent gross receipts tax on partnerships and S-corps engaged in the business of conducting investment management services. Illinois has benefited from being a top 10 globally-recognized financial hub. HB 3393 and SB 1719 would hurt our state’s global reputation and would force investors to look to less hostile cities such as Boston, Dallas, and Charlotte. SB 1719 is scheduled for a Revenue Committee hearing on Wednesday, May 3.

‘Lifeline’ Budget Set for Senate Vote

HB 109 (Harris) was set for a third reading in the Senate. As passed by the House on a 064-045-001) vote, the $817 million “lifeline budget” would provide temporary funding relief to higher education and social service and health programs. This included $258 million for programs, including senior meals and crime prevention, and indigent burials. It also included $559 million for state universities, community colleges, and educational grants for low-income students. Before the debate had even taken place Governor Bruce Rauner had pledged to veto any stopgap measure absent property tax relief.

For more details on pending legislation, visit the Chamber blog.

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Supported East Aurora High School’s Senior Job Fair (May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as an opportunity for our members to identify, interview, and hire students;

• Celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Round One at Fox Valley Mall;

• Toured Rush Copley Medical Center with the Leadership Academy;

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors with Prestige Sponsors Aurora Generation and Rasmussen College; Beverage Sponsor Geneva Construction Company; and Putting Green Sponsor Konen Insurance Agency;

• Prepared and planned for A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration on Wednesday, May 3, presented by Earthmover Credit Union;

• Coordinated National Small Business Week programs and activities to recognize our membership;

• In partnership with Crain’s Chicago Business, Invest Aurora, and other organizations, the Aurora Chamber organized the Small Business Expo & Procurement Fair on Wednesday, May 3, in Aurora;

• Supported statewide school districts, community organizations, and employers by promoting #PassILBudget on social media and other opportunities; and

Monitored the General Assembly’s return to Springfield following spring recess.

This week, we are preparing for:

• Working on worksite wellness programs;

• Meetings to support students with disabilities finding summer and post-high school work;

• Small Business Procurement Fair on Wednesday morning;

• Member lunch highlighting the impact of President Trump’s first 100 days in office on Wednesday afternoon;

• Grand openings and ribbon cuttings for West Suburban Bank (Butterfield Road), Advance Auto Parts, and All Spoked Up;

• Leadership Academy’s visit to Alarm Detection Systems; and

• First Fridays in downtown Aurora.

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. We look forward to seeing you at any of this week’s events.

Did You Know?
Did you know that your business can offer special discounts to fellow chamber members? This is a great way to let other members know about your business and what you offer. You can do so by logging into your profile page under “Member to Member Discounts” If you have questions navigating posting your discounts, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
Calendar of Events
A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E, New York St., Aurora
Sponsored by Earthmover Credit Union

Grand Re-Opening: West Suburban Bank
Thursday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1311 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 11:30 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, May 11, at 4:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Grand Opening: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, May 5, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
1386 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

New Location Celebration: All Spoked Up
Friday, May 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
14 W. Downer Place Unit 12, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Pet Supplies Plus
Wednesday, May 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
180 N. Randall Rd., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

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

April 2017 General Assembly Report

Illinois Chamber Releases ‘Job Crusherz’ List

“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

Fair Maps

Jobs

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.

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare for and emergency event, including severe weather and natural disasters. The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

Information, tips, and planning guides may be found at https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/index.php

If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

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.