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This Week’s Aurora Chamber Newsletter

Monday, July 27th, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

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

 

 

Kane Approves $5K to Businesses for Exports
Deadline is Friday, July 31.

The Kane County Jobs Committee has approved a pilot program that would sweeten the pot for Kane County companies seeking to start or expand their export business.

Under the pilot program, Kane County would give a $5,000 matching grant to up to 10 businesses that apply for and are approved to receive a $5,000 micro-grant from Chicago Metro Exports, a public-private economic development initiative created through a consortium of seven Chicago-area counties.

As a result, a Kane County business could land $10,000, which it can use for marketing, compliance (government paperwork), training or business development. Jobs Committee chairs Becky Gillam and Theresa Barreiro suggested the pilot program as a way to get more Kane County businesses to apply.

To read more, visit our blog.

State FY16 Budget Stalemate Continues
FY16 budget stalemate continues in Springfield. As the State of Illinois entered the fourth week of the new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, there was little if any negotiation in good faith. Instead, a piece-meal approach to the budget crisis continued.

Check out more news on the AuroraChamber.com blog.

This Week’s Member News
The 2015 Western Amateur will be held August 4 – 8 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. This prestigious event invites 156 players from around the globe to complete in one of the most challenging formats in amateur golf. The event includes free public admission and parking. Spectators will also have the opportunity to walk the fairways of one of Golf Digest’s “American’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” alongside the PGA Tour stars of tomorrow.

Presence Health is partnering with A Silver Lining Foundation and cancer crusader Dr. Sandy Goldberg to bring free mammograms to uninsured patients in the Fox River Valley area. Call (312) 345-1322.

For more Member News, visit our blog.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 28, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Ribbon Cutting: Malcolm Wolf
2000 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Thursday, July 30, at 4:00 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Anytime Fitness
Register

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 11, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Multi-Chamber Women in Business Lunch
Tuesday, August 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Orchard Valley Country Club
2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
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Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 12 at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Ribbon Cutting: HealthMarkets
Thursday, August 13, at 11:00 a.m.
40 W. Downer Place, Aurora

Business After Hours: Presence Mercy Medical Center
Nice to Meet You…Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves
Wednesday, August 19, at 5:00 p.m.
1325 North Highland Ave., Aurora
Register

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, August 25, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

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

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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Protecting Our Military Personnel

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

State Rep. Barbara Wheeler has filed a resolution to protect military personnel in the wake of last Thursday’s attack on the Recruitment Center and Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. House Resolution 658 calls on the U.S. Congress to act swiftly to enact laws that allow military personnel to be armed for their protection in light of several terror attacks that have been carried out on U.S. military installations in recent years.

“The issue of ensuring the safety of those who protect our nation is two-fold in this day of terrorist threats at home and abroad,” said Wheeler. “We expect our military personnel to be able to defend themselves while overseas, but today they also need to protect themselves at home. For this reason, I have filed a resolution that calls on the U.S. Congress to act quickly to allow our service men and women to protect themselves while serving on home soil.” Read more.

Bryant’s first bill becomes law to protect National Guard members’ jobs. State Rep. Terri Bryant received the Governor’s signature on her first piece of legislation on Tuesday. Back in April, Bryant received unanimous support in the House for HB 3721, a bill designed to help National Guard members keep their jobs. Bryant, whose district shares a border with the state of Missouri, explained the need for the measure.

“When a member of the National Guard is called to duty by their own state’s Governor or by the Governor of a neighboring state, this bill would allow them to categorize their work as military service,” Bryant said. “The addition of a ‘military service’ definition to their work in another state affords members of the National Guard protection that their job will be held for them upon a call up to duty in another state.”

Bryant said that while the change may seem small, it is quite significant for the men and women of Illinois serving in the National Guard. Read more.

Illinois Medicaid Expansion Sign-ups Double Predictions

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Illinois is among a dozen states where the number of new enrollees surpassed projections for the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health law. While the surge in sign-ups lifts the number of insured people, it has also stoked worries about the future cost to taxpayers.

Illinois and Cook County eventually will have to bear 10 percent of the cost of expanding the safety-net insurance program for the poor. The federal government agreed to pay all costs for the expansion through 2016, but it will begin lowering its share in 2017.

More than twice as many Illinois residents have enrolled under the expansion than was projected by former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. It expected 298,000 people to sign up in 2015, but 623,000 newly eligible Illinoisans enrolled by the end of June. Sign-ups have outstripped forecasts in at least a dozen states, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press.

With more people getting free health care, costs to Illinois and Cook County will increase as the federal government scales back what it pays from 100 percent to 90 percent by 2020. In 2020, the Medicaid expansion will cost the state $208.6 million and Cook County $72.6 million, according to new projections from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration. That year, the federal government’s share of the Medicaid expansion costs will be $3.03 billion.

State FY16 Budget Stalemate Continues

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

FY16 budget stalemate continues in Springfield. As the State of Illinois entered the fourth week of the new fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, there was little if any negotiation in good faith. Instead, a piece-meal approach to the budget crisis continued.

In the House, Democrats again backed a temporary budget to fund certain services at a level that is not sustainable over the course of the entire fiscal year. House Amendment 1 to HB 4143 was adopted by a narrow majority of Democrats, but did not receive enough votes to be passed on Third Reading and was therefore held for future consideration.

The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget believes this plan will ultimately require the expenditure of over $36 billion of GRF taxpayer resources for FY16.

House Republicans continue to stand united in our support for a truly balanced budget that protects the interests of taxpayers, working families and seniors.

Your Weekly News from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, July 20th, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Green Buddha Life Books
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Bank of America Merchant Services
Eileen Davis
P.O. Box 5374
Naperville, IL 60567
(331) 213-6011
Consultants

Inspire Realty Partners
Jeff Jewell
Steve Roake
3933 75th St., Ste. 102
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 423-5890
Real Estate

State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia
Lori Renzetti
8 E. Galena Blvd., Ste. 240
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 264-6855
Government

Morgan Stanley – Gregory Flynn
Greg Flynn
2211 York Rd., Ste. 100
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 573-9658
Financial Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Kane Approves $5K to Businesses for Exports
Deadline is Friday, July 31.

The Kane County Jobs Committee has approved a pilot program that would sweeten the pot for Kane County companies seeking to start or expand their export business.

Under the pilot program, Kane County would give a $5,000 matching grant to up to 10 businesses that apply for and are approved to receive a $5,000 micro-grant from Chicago Metro Exports, a public-private economic development initiative created through a consortium of seven Chicago-area counties.

As a result, a Kane County business could land $10,000, which it can use for marketing, compliance (government paperwork), training or business development. Jobs Committee chairs Becky Gillam and Theresa Barreiro suggested the pilot program as a way to get more Kane County businesses to apply.

To read more, visit our blog.

‘Happy Hour’ to Return to Illinois
“Happy Hour” is legal again in Illinois. On Wednesday, Governor Rauner signed SB 398 into law as PA 99-046. The Culinary and Hospitality Modernization Act restores “Happy Hour” in Illinois.

The law allows for discounts for up to 4 hours a day and up to 15 hours a week as long as they are promoted a week in advance. There are limitations to the Happy Hour Law including serving two or more drinks to one person for consumption by that person, increasing the volume of alcoholic liquor contained in a drink or the size of a drink, without proportionally increasing the price regularly charged for that drink on that given day, and more.

For More News, Updates…Visit Our Blog
Government Affairs Update

The Illinois House was in session last Wednesday and will return tomorrow. The Senate met Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate has no scheduled return date.

Do You Know Kane Co.’s Manufacturing Champion?

All of us in Kane County have a unique opportunity to celebrate our manufacturing businesses by nominating a Kane County awardee for the 2015 Manufacturing Champion Awards, hosted by the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing.

Congratulations, Basils Greek Dining!

Illinois is famous for some fancy, award-winning restaurants. But some of our best food comes from places that are, well, far from ordinary.

Global Market Opportunities for Medical Device and Equipment Manufacturers

Export Grants and Roundtables for Chicago-Area Medical Startups and Manufacturers

Metro Chicago medical supply manufacturers exported over $1.1 billion last year, fulfilling global demand for high quality American-made medical technology products. Metro Chicago exports more medical technology than any city except New York. Metro Chicago’s medical technology exports have grown by over 37% since 2007.

Compassion Foundation to Host 2nd Annual Ducky Derby

On Saturday, July 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Compassion Foundation will host its second Annual Lucky Ducky Derby event.

Overtime Rule Would Hurt More Than Help

Written by Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO

President Ronald Reagan once said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

Indeed, what the government may see as a helping hand often winds up being a ham-handed effort to impose its will on America’s job creators, resulting in more harm than good. Such is the case with the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule, which the administration claims will extend eligibility for overtime pay to some 5 million workers.

Save Money and Go ‘Green’

Learn More about Incentives to Reduce Your Energy Costs on July 30th

Join the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium, the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing and S&C Electric on July 30th from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at S&C for a program on Energy Incentives for Manufacturers. Register now!

This Week’s Member News

The 2015 Western Amateur will be held August 4 – 8 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. This prestigious event invites 156 players from around the globe to complete in one of the most challenging formats in amateur golf. The event includes free public admission and parking. Spectators will also have the opportunity to walk the fairways of one of Golf Digest’s “American’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” alongside the PGA Tour stars of tomorrow.

VNA Health Care Completes Successful Smoking Cessation Project

VNA Health Care recently completed a successful smoking cessation project aimed at impacting the smoking cessation rates of patients with cardiac, diabetes or mental health diagnosis. The project was funded through a grant from the Kane County Health Department. The grant allowed VNA to provide nurse case management education and follow up to support the patients who indicate they are ready to quit smoking.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, July 21, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Costco
Register

Business After Hours – Hesed House
Thursday, July 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Hesed House Comprehensive Resource Center
680 S. River St., Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Wayside Cross Ministries
215 E. New York St., Aurora
Friday, July 24, at 10:00 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Malcolm Wolf
2000 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Thursday, July 30, at 4:00 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Anytime Fitness
Register

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 Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Government Affairs Update

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

The Illinois House was in session last Wednesday and will return tomorrow. The Senate met Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate has no scheduled return date.

Temporary Budget Work

The Senate concurred with the one-month appropriation bill for “essential services” after the bill was amended to include state worker pay. SB 2040, as amended in the House, cleared the Senate on a vote of 39-0-15. The bill now heads to the Governor, who has stated he will not support a temporary budget.

There are concerns that the one-month budget is based on the Democrats’ budget plan, which includes a $4 billion gap for the full year. Republicans prefer to use the revenue estimate and divide by 12.

Gov. Bruce Rauner believes state government can continue to pay state workers, which would keep state government open for business. Two judges in two jurisdictions in Illinois have ruled on opposite ends: One saying there can be no paychecks without a budget in place; the other ruling that paychecks should be given. The final word on that may come from the Illinois Supreme Court as AG Madigan has asked the high court to immediately take up the measure under the motion of an emergency appeal. In the interim, the Comptroller successfully processed payroll checks for the July 15 payroll.

Veto Override

The Senate voted on a partisan roll call to override the Governor’s veto of five of the nine budget bills that passed in May; SB 2031, SB 2032, SB 2034, SB 2036, and SB 2037. In debate, Senate Pres. John Cullerton characterized these bills as the public safety components of the budget. They will now be sent to the House, which has 15 calendar days once the bills have been read into the record to act on them. At this point it is unlikely the House has the 71 votes needed to override as Rep. Jack Franks has publicly indicated he is still a “no”.

Property Tax Relief

The House took up their weekly property tax bill, which took the form of HA 1 and HA 2 to HB 680. HA 1 was the freeze which was adopted, and HA 2 was the collective bargaining limitations and prevailing wage language. The underlying bill remains on third reading. This is identical to previous proposals HB 692, HB 693 and HB 697.

The Senate took up its own property tax bill, sponsored by Senate Pres. Cullerton. SB 316 as amended would have imposed a property tax freeze for the 2016 through 2018 levy years. The bill also contained provisions dealing with Chicago teacher pension funding and would also have mandated the adoption of a new state school aid formula by sunsetting the current formula effective July 1, 2017. Due to the immediate effective date, SB 316 needed a three-fifths majority and ultimately failed on a vote of 32-0-22.

Overtime Rule Would Hurt More Than Help

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Written by Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO

President Ronald Reagan once said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

Indeed, what the government may see as a helping hand often winds up being a ham-handed effort to impose its will on America’s job creators, resulting in more harm than good. Such is the case with the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule, which the administration claims will extend eligibility for overtime pay to some 5 million workers.

Under current regulations, a worker qualifies for overtime pay if his or her wages for 40 hours of work per week fall below a $23,660 threshold. The proposed rule would more than double that threshold, making employees earning up to $50,440 eligible for overtime when the regulation takes effect in 2016. In addition, this threshold is scheduled to go up each year so that it continues to reflect the 40th percentile of earners.

In this arbitrary and intrusive way, the administration has decided that Washington knows best when it comes to how each job should be classified and how much employees should be paid. And, as usual, the administration fails to consider the impact on employers and the potentially harmful consequences for workers.

Many employers–especially small and midsize businesses–wouldn’t be able to absorb the increased labor and litigation costs. These added costs would mean fewer opportunities for growth and could even result in a curb on hiring. And employees–those who the rule purports to “help”–may gain overtime eligibility, but they are likely to lose hours, health care and retirement benefits, opportunities for advancement, flexible work schedules, and actual income earned. Members of the U.S. Chamber are already saying that to stay in business they will be keeping overall employee compensation at the same level.

Government wage mandates are no substitute for economic growth, and contrary to the administration’s assertions, they do little to lift the middle class. If our leaders want to see hiring accelerate and incomes climb, they should pursue pro-growth policies that enable employers to expand, invest, and create more high-paying opportunities for workers.

That’s why the U.S. Chamber continues to advocate for commonsense regulatory and legal reform, a simplified tax code that lowers rates for businesses and individuals, long-term investment in infrastructure, and policies that will allow the United States to capitalize on its vast energy resources.

In the meantime, we’ll use every tool at our disposal to fight onerous rules and regulations that hurt workers and employers more than they help them.

Biz Incentives, Springfield Update and More from Aurora Chamber

Monday, July 13th, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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July 13, 2015
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Elite Members

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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Green Buddha Life Books
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

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

 

 

Kane Could Give $5K to Businesses for Exports
The Kane County Jobs Committee is proposing a pilot program that would sweeten the pot for Kane County companies seeking to start or expand their export business.

Under a proposed pilot program, Kane County would give a $5,000 matching grant to up to 10 businesses that apply for and are approved to receive a $5,000 micro-grant from Chicago Metro Exports, a public-private economic development initiative created through a consortium of seven Chicago-area counties.

As a result, a Kane County business could land $10,000, which it can use for marketing, compliance (government paperwork), training or business development. Jobs Committee chairs Becky Gillam and Theresa Barreiro suggested the pilot program as a way to get more Kane County businesses to apply.

To read more, visit our blog.

Week In Review: House Republican Leader’s Update
For an update from Leader Durkin’s office on FY16 Budget, State Payroll, College of DuPage, and the Turnaround Agenda, visit our blog.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, July 14, 7:45 a.m.
Chamber office

Ribbon Cutting: Kane County Fair
525 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL
Wednesday, July 15, at noon
Fair runs July 15-19; www.kanecountyfair.com

Ribbon Cutting: Belle Salle Banquets
1920 E. New York St., Aurora
Thursday, July 16, at 4:00 p.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, July 21, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Costco
Register

Business After Hours – Hesed House
Thursday, July 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Hesed House Comprehensive Resource Center
680 S. River St., Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Wayside Cross Ministries
215 E. New York St., Aurora
Friday, July 24, at 10:00 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Malcolm Wolf
2000 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Thursday, July 30, at 4:00 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, July 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Anytime Fitness
Register

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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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Week In Review: House Republican Leader’s Update

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

FY16 Budget Crisis
Democrats continue push for unbalanced, unconstitutional budget. As the State of Illinois entered the second week of its fiscal year without a balanced budget in place, the Democrat majority continued to take a piece-meal approach to the budget crisis.

Democrats again backed a temporary budget to fund certain services at a level that is not sustainable over the course of the entire fiscal year. SB 2040, passed by the bare minimum of 71 partisan Democrat votes in the House Thursday, does not contain one-month spending levels based on the projected FY16 revenue estimate of $32 billion.

The Democrat majority continues to insist on spending levels that are unsustainable. The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget believes this plan will ultimately require the expenditure of over $36 billion of GRF taxpayer resources for FY16. The Democrats’ bill marches the taxpayers of Illinois toward a $4 billion unbalanced budget one month at a time.

House Republicans stand united in our support for a truly balanced budget that protects the interests of taxpayers, working families and seniors.

State Employee Payroll Judicial Proceedings
Three different courts heard the issue regarding state employee payroll this week and by the end of Thursday, there were two starkly different results. 

On Tuesday, a Cook County circuit judge ordered that the Comptroller was not allowed to pay the full payroll to state employees without an appropriation. The same order allowed the Comptroller to pay eligible state employees the federal minimum wage pursuant to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. At the same time, the judge signed off on an agreed order that allowed the Comptroller to expend monies for non-appropriated funds, continuing appropriations, consent decrees and judicial operations.

The Comptroller, CMS and the unions appealed the first court order to the First District Appellate Court. A four judge panel issued a temporary restraining order staying the order to pay employees the federal minimum wage until the Appellate Court is fully able to rule on the appeal. The TRO also barred the Comptroller from paying the full payroll. In essence, the TRO prevents the Comptroller from paying any wages to state employees. The Court also provided for an expedited hearing process and should offer a ruling on the appeal no later than July 20th.

On Thursday, a St. Clair County circuit judge held a hearing on the matter filed by AFSCME and twelve other unions on the same issue of employee payroll. The unions argued that full payroll should be paid, even without an appropriation, because of the Contracts Clause of the Illinois Constitution. The St. Clair County judge, according to media reports, issued a verbal order that allows the Comptroller to process the full payroll for all State employees, based on the inability of the Comptroller to differentiate union employees from non-union employees. The Comptroller’s Office has indicated it will indeed process the full payroll, based on the order. The Attorney General’s Office has indicated it will appeal the order.

Continuing Appropriation for State Workers
Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer introduces bill to ensure State workers get paid. HB 4245 designates pay for State workers as a “continuing appropriation,” a category that legally outranks the lack of a formal State budget. Enactment of HB 4245 would ensure that State and public university employees would be paid on July 15 and succeeding pay periods throughout FY16.

HB 4245 covers all State agencies, the offices of constitutional officers such as the Secretary of State, State universities, community colleges, and a wide variety of ancillary agencies and offices in which payroll expenses are supported by State appropriations. Many House Republicans co-sponsored HB 4245 and the measure was fully supported by Governor Rauner.

Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer took to the House floor Thursday to push for a fair hearing on his legislation to ensure State workers continue to receive their paychecks. Unfortunately, House Democrats chose to engage in more hostage-taking, holding up Davidsmeyer’s effort to advance HB 4245 from the Democrat-controlled Rules Committee.

College of DuPage
Bill to Limit Size and Scope of Community College Severance Agreements Heads to Governor. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Jeanne Ives that limits the size and scope of community college buyout packages and severance agreements, and limits the length of employment contracts has passed in the Illinois House and Senate and now moves to the Governor’s desk to be signed.

In response to the $763,000 contract buyout approved by College of DuPage Trustees for President Dr. Robert Breuder earlier this year, Ives carried HB 3593, which would limit the amount of future agreements to no more than one year of salary and benefits. “The agreement that the majority of the COD trustees approved for their underperforming president was excessive and not in the best interest of the taxpayers who fund the college,” said Ives. “I would have liked to have been able to roll back his agreement, but at least moving forward there will be taxpayer protections in place.”

The bill limits employment contracts with a set start and end date to no more than four years with no provision for any automatic rollover clauses. “First, I would like to thank College of DuPage Board President Kathy Hamilton for bringing this to my attention, and Senator Connelly for his help in getting this bill through the Senate,” said Ives.

“Long-term contracts have become problematic in instances where an employee is underperforming and a change needs to be made,” Ives said. “It is important to note that the Senate Democrat Caucus commissioned an investigative report on executive compensation in the State’s Higher Education system that clearly pointed out that compensation, total cost of severance, contract length and tenure needed to be addressed statewide. While more work needs to be done, this legislation is a step in the right direction.”

Ives has been the leading force in the House of Representatives in responding to allegations of malfeasance at the College of DuPage. In addition to HB 3593, Ives was also the chief sponsor of the unanimously-approved HR 55, which directs the Illinois Auditor General to conduct a thorough performance audit of all State moneys provided to the College of DuPage for fiscal years 2007-2014.

Turnaround Illinois
Governor Rauner, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin file revised Turnaround Illinois plans. As a signal to voters that the continued Illinois budget impasse only increases the evidence that substantial reforms are needs, Leader Durkin and Governor Rauner worked together this week to refile and re-launch “Turnaround Illinois.” This package of five key reform measures represents movement together fulfilling of the issues platform that the people of Illinois supported in November 2014 when they voted for Governor Rauner.

The planks of the Turnaround Illinois platform filed this week include tort reform (HB 4246); a two-year freeze on Illinois property tax extensions (HB 4247); workers’ compensation reform (HB 4248); term limits for elected State officials (HJRCA 41), and nonpartisan redistricting (HJRCA 42).

Kane Could Give $5,000 Incentive to Businesses That Get Into Exports

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Kane County Jobs Committee is proposing a pilot program that would sweeten the pot for Kane County companies seeking to start or expand their export business.

Under a proposed pilot program, Kane County would give a $5,000 matching grant to up to 10 businesses that apply for and are approved to receive a $5,000 micro-grant from Chicago Metro Exports, a public-private economic development initiative created through a consortium of seven Chicago-area counties.

As a result, a Kane County business could land $10,000, which it can use for marketing, compliance (government paperwork), training or business development. Jobs Committee chairs Becky Gillam and Theresa Barreiro suggested the pilot program as a way to get more Kane County businesses to apply.

“The micro-grants are a wonderful opportunity for the county to support our Kane business community and their efforts to expand into new markets,” Gillam said. “We want to encourage as many businesses as we can to participate, because expanded exports often translates to job growth.”

JPMorgan Chase is providing funding for the $5,000 micro-grants for 50 companies throughout the region to increase exports. In the first round of applications, 10 Kane County companies applied and were initially assessed, six were confirmed eligible and three completed applications. Applications for second round are due July 31 — so there’s still time for Kane County businesses to participate.

Small- and mid-size enterprises that are existing exporters or new to exporting, with less than 500 employees and located in Northeastern Illinois, are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to the following targeted industries:

  • Metals – Fabricated Metal Products
  • Equipment – Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • Machinery – Engine and Power Equipment
  • Plastics – General
  • Computers and Electronics – Precision Instruments

Questions can be directed to Kelsey Schrenk, Program Manager, at (312) 589-5773.

If approved by the full Kane County Board, funding for the $5,000 matching funds would come from Grand Victoria Riverboat funds previously allocated for economic development. The existing funds were for a staff position that was not filled. The original Riverboat resolution adopted in 1993 includes the objective “to fund and promote the development of small business.”