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Monday, February 1st, 2016
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
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
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
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
Sprint
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

GioMari Salon
Giorgio Gonzalez
1815 Church Road
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 820-5999
Hair Salon

 

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

 

 

Share Your Thoughts:
Pulse to Report State of Regional Business
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with Old Second Bank and Invest Aurora to survey regional business and take a pulse on the economy for the area. The results of the survey will be made available at a lunch hosted by the three organizations on Wednesday, March 9.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AuroraPulse

This survey should take less than 15 minutes and will provide valuable information to assist our region’s employers throughout the coming year.

If you have any questions, comments, or difficulties with the survey, please contact Joseph Henning, Aurora Regional Chamber president & CEO, via email at jhenning@aurorachamber.com or phone at (630) 256-3180.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AuroraPulse

Thank you for your time.

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2016 Leadership Academy Scheduled for February
Details are being finalized for the 37th session of the Aurora Regional Chamber’s Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for participants to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.

Thirty hours of class time, over the course of 10 meetings, will focus on personal and professional development of the participants through a personality inventory identification and leadership development. In addition, the unique positioning and potential of the Aurora region will be highlighted with discussions on community and economic development, local government and cultural diversity, as well as civil and social services.

For information and the application, click here.

State of the Village
Wednesday, March 9
Registration at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

Presented by SmithAmundsen, SALT, and Fast Color

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/ 2016-state-of-the-village-address-10335

Join us for the Annual State of the Village address. Meet with Village of North Aurora leadership and regional business owners. Hear from President Dale Berman on where the Village wants to go as a municipal government, as an organization, and as a community over the next several years. A great deal has happened over the past year in North Aurora – and a number of new and exciting opportunities to come.

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/ 2016-state-of-the-village-address-10335

Policy Updates
General Assembly Spring 2016 Session Opens

The Illinois House reconvened on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to hear Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address. This was followed by discussion on new bills introduced by members for committee consideration and floor debate during the 2016 spring session. At the top of every list of discussion, however, was the continued impasse affecting the FY16 budget.

On Thursday, Jan. 28, Illinois House and Senate Democrats passed SB 2043. The bill, as amended in the House, was a measure appropriating more than $700 million in unfunded money for higher education. If the bill were to become law, it would add to the existing total of $6.6 billion in State unpaid bills. Gov. Rauner has stated that he will veto SB 2043. The bill did not break the impasse in the FY16 budget process.

For more public policy news, visit our blog:

Gov. Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address

FY16 Budget Still Elusive

Illinois Unemployment Uptick Higher than Nation

Governor Issues Executive Order to Modernize Illinois’ Technology

Member News
Ayeza Mohsin, DO, has joined the Hospital Rounding Team at Advocate Dreyer. Dreyer Medical Clinic launched its hospitalist program in 1997 to optimize care for its inpatients. Dreyer’s hospitalists spend all of their time caring for patients at the hospitals. Research has shown hospitalists can reduce hospital stay costs and length of stays while improving the quality of patient care and satisfaction.

Visit our blog for more news for and about our great members.

Fox Valley, Central Kane United Ways Announce Merger

Area Youth Tackle Hunger with “Souper Bowl of Caring”

Executive Director Announced for Hesed House

Mayor Weisner, Chief Ziman Recommend New APD Deputy Chief, Commanders

Mayor Weisner Selects Fire Marshal as next Aurora Fire Chief

Promoting Business Excellence (PROBE) Offered to Kane Manufacturers

Industry-Driven Youth Program Offers Train-to-Hire Internships

Save the Date
2016 State of the City Address presented by
Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Events for Members
Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Bright Oaks
Tuesday, Feb 23, at 10:30 a.m.
Bright Oaks, 1340 N. River Street, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

2016 State of the Village Address
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

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.

 

Gov. Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Governor calls for General Assembly to enact laws to bring prosperity to all citizens and all parts of Illinois.

In the midst of budget standoff that has lasted more than seven months, Gov. Rauner delivered Illinois’ annual State of the State address Wednesday. During the address, the Governor briefly touched upon his administration’s accomplishments in his first year in office which they believe saved Illinois $938 million. According to the Governor, these savings were achieved by reducing state spending by $500 million; saving $188 million through unemployment insurance fraud reduction; and saving $250 million through reforms within the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The Governor also touted implementing a revolving door ban on state officials becoming lobbyists and reforming the EDGE credit to eliminate special deals.

In his annual address to the General Assembly, Gov. Bruce Rauner told lawmakers that “Illinois’ economy has been split in two – one part with modest growth, the other in decline.” Some neighborhoods, suburbs, and workplaces located within 90 minutes of O’Hare  have partly participated in global recovery from the severe economic downtown of 2008-2009. Gov. Rauner reminded lawmakers that the remainder of the state, including areas traditionally oriented towards industry and manufacturing, have not benefitted from this global recovery. These regions need to see changes in Illinois laws and policies that will be sufficient to help communities throughout the state share in economic growth and opportunity.

Pointing out that “factory workers in Texas are now making more than Illinois folks, even without adjusting for the cost of living,” Rauner renewed his call for serious discussion, debate, and enactment of his Turnaround Agenda. Job-creating elements of the agenda include workers’ compensation reform, mandate relief for local governments, changes in relationships between the public sector and labor unions, and property tax relief. Striking a bipartisan note, the Governor called attention to elements of the Agenda that have, in the past, been supported by a wide variety of leaders.

The Governor noted that in order to improve the quality of life for all residents, Illinois needs to increase the economic opportunity for all individuals. This requires excellent education and vocational training combined with multiple career opportunities made available by companies competing to hire workers. The Governor stated that despite the natural benefits that Illinois has to offer, including economic and strategic viability, Illinois is failing its citizens by promoting an economic status quo that benefits politicians and trial attorneys at the expense of the middle class. This failed economic policy forces people and businesses out of Illinois which exacerbates the middle class deterioration while depleting the state of much needed taxes dollars that could be used to promote and protect infrastructure and programs for the most vulnerable citizens. The Governor’s proposal to address these problems is his Turnaround and Transformation agendas.

In closing, the Governor admitted that the last year was difficult but wants to build off the bipartisan progress that resulted in Criminal Justice Reforms, Police Reforms, and Unemployment Insurance changes to jumpstart mutual participation to achieve a grand compromise to move Illinois forward.

As is always the case, immediately after the State of the State, each caucus leader spoke to the media. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin made it clear that Illinois requires the structural reforms contained within the Governor’s Turnaround and Transformation agendas rather than relying on just raising taxes. They echoed the Governor’s belief that raising taxes without real institutional reform will continue Illinois’ political, structural, and financial downward spiral.

House Speaker Michael Madigan organized some human service program advocates to present their concerns regarding the lack of a state budget to the media during his press conference. Speaker Madigan reiterated that he is willing to work with the Governor, but he believes that discussions should only include budget matters and he has doubts about the Governor’s sincerity of bipartisanship when he continues to advocate for changes that are in direct conflict with Democratic Caucus core principles.

During the State of the State, Governor Rauner trumpeted his tentative bipartisan agreement to support Senate President John Cullerton’s pension proposal. In somewhat of a surprise development, the Senate majority caucus voiced their hesitancy to pass their pension proposal with the Governor’s support before a budget solution is in place.

Governor Issues Executive Order to Modernize Illinois’ Technology

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego), a 25-year small business owner of an information technology consulting firm, applauded Governor Bruce Rauner’s action today to create the new Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). The agency will transform the state’s information technology functions into one agency to provide better service to Illinois residents and businesses.

Illinois consolidates its redundant information technology functions into new Department. After studying existing redundancies in State of Illinois management operations, Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an executive order. The order directs that State information-technology (IT) operations be moved from the various departments of which they were parts to form the new Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology. These operations currently employ approximately 1,700 State personnel specializing in information technology solutions and maintenance. Executive Order 16-01 was issued on Monday, Jan. 25.

Under the State’s charts of organization that existed up until this week, each of the more than 100 State departments, bureaus, and agencies that operate under the overall supervision of the Governor had the right to operate separate, free-standing IT offices. Over time, this created significant barriers to operational productivity. Different offices developed more than 1,000 separate and incompatible software solutions, at least one of which dates back to 1974. Once adopted, these platforms became embedded into operations.

The Governor has instructed the executive personnel of the new Department to centralize and consolidate all information technology decisions and spending. This is the standard model recommended by IT management professionals and utilized by 29 other U.S. states. With Rauner’s executive order, Illinois has become the 30th state to set up a consolidated department of information technology. The head of the new Department, Hardik Bhatt, is Illinois’ Chief Information Officer.

Rauner and Bhatt have stated that one of their first priorities will be to use this consolidation as an opportunity to reduce the vulnerability of the State’s electronic infrastructure to hacking and other cyberattacks, including cyberattacks originating from terrorists and other sources outside the U.S.

Illinois Unemployment Uptick Higher than Nation

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Department of Employment Security (DES) reports that December 2015 jobless rate rose by 0.2% over November.

The year-end unemployment rate of 5.9% was 0.9% higher than the nationwide rate of 5.0%, and reflected a decline of 16,300 jobs in Illinois. This decline coincided with a month in which overall U.S. total employment rose by 292,000 jobs. IDES reports that Illinois had 3,000 fewer nonfarm payroll jobs in December 2015 than were filled by working Illinois residents twelve months earlier. These figures show that the Illinois job recovery from the 2018-14 downturn, after moving forward very slowly for multiple years, completely stalled in 2015.

Cross-tabs contained within the Department’s report made clear that much of the weakness had been concentrated in the retail sector, defined for unemployment-reporting purposes as “Trade, Transportation and Utilities.” Seasonally adjusted trade/transportation jobs declined by 12,100 from November 2015, making this the weakest sector in this Illinois month-to-month report. Retail job creation continued to be affected by the continued transition of significant subsets of Christmas retail activity to non-traditional distribution pathways. On a year-to-year basis, however, the weakest Illinois sector continued to be manufacturing, with Illinois factories maintaining 14,000 fewer manufacturing jobs in December 2015 than had been on Illinois payrolls in December 2014.

The Department also reported on where joblessness was concentrated in the final calendar month of 2015. Metro areas with unemployment significantly higher than the 5.9% statewide rate included Carbondale (6.5%), Danville (7.4%), Decatur (7.4%), Kankakee (7.0%), Peoria (7.0%) and Rockford (7.2%). Joblessness, as in previous months, was disproportionately felt in Downstate cities and metropolitan areas traditionally oriented toward manufacturing and industry.

Illinois’ 5.9% jobless rate continued to be significantly higher than the rates posted in many neighboring states. The December 2015 rates in states that border on Illinois were as follows: Indiana, 4.4%; Iowa, 3.4%; Kentucky, 5.3%; Missouri, 4.4%; and Wisconsin, 4.3%. During the same 12-month period that Illinois lost 3,000 net nonfarm payroll jobs, Indiana generated 57,100 net new jobs, Iowa generated 25,600 net new jobs, Kentucky generated 40,200 net new jobs, and Missouri generated 26,000 net new jobs.

FY16 Budget Still Elusive

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

$6.6 billion in unpaid State bills could lead to further debt downgrade.

In a report published Tuesday, Jan. 26, the credit-rating firm Moody’s pointed to Illinois’ $6.6 billion in unpaid bills as of Dec. 31, 2015. Moody’s, the world’s largest debt-rating firm, has previously downgraded Illinois’ credit rating six separate times since 2003. Illinois is currently rated by Moody’s as Baa1 with a negative outlook. This rating, three notches above “junk bond” level, is typically interpreted by markets as signaling that Illinois bonds carry a relatively low investment-quality ranking. Moody’s labeled the unpaid-bills “a clear indicator of weak liquidity and governance.”

Illinois is currently carrying $27 billion in general obligation debt in global bond markets. Downgrades to Illinois’ credit rating increase the rates of interest that Illinois is required to pay, further increasing costs to taxpayers of building Illinois’ roads, bridges, and other tangible infrastructure. In Illinois’ most recent sale of GO bonds on Jan. 14, the State and its taxpayers were required to pledge to pay interest rates averaging 1.61% higher than comparable interest rates faced by AAA-rated states such as Indiana.

House Republican Leader Durkin calls for active enforcement of balanced budget requirement.

The Unbalanced Budget Response Act, a new Act introduced by Republican Leader Jim Durkin, creates an alternate cash-flow structure if the FY16 and FY17 budgets are not balanced. Under the fiscal structure outlined in HB 4521, if the General Assembly enacts unbalanced FY16 or FY17 budgets or if no budgets are enacted, the Governor would be given the power to establish contingency reserves using previously appropriated funds. Some of the moneys in these reserves could be transferred to other agencies to meet immediate and urgent spending responsibilities, while other appropriations would remain unspent until the budgets become re-balanced.

Enactment and enforcement of HB 4521 will make it possible for Illinois to fulfill its constitutional balanced budget duties in reality and in real-time. State agencies would be given power to adopt emergency rules as necessary to reduce their spending rates in line with these gubernatorial sequestrations. The powers to be granted to the state agencies are similar to emergency powers that were granted, on a bipartisan basis, to former Gov. Pat Quinn during a budget crisis in 2009. HB 4521 was filed in the House on this past Tuesday.

No new talks planned.

In fact, talk increasingly swirls at the Capitol about the possibility that a budget won’t be in place until after the fiscal year ends in June.

On a related note, the Rauner Administration has declared an impasse in negotiations with state government’s largest employee union, AFSCME. The Administration has asked the Labor Board to determine if there is, in fact, an impasse, which would trigger the Administration’s “best and final” offer. Should that offer be rejected, the union would likely strike.

General Assembly Spring 2016 Session Opens

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

The Illinois House reconvened on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to hear Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address. This was followed by discussion on new bills introduced by members for committee consideration and floor debate during the 2016 spring session. At the top of every list of discussion, however, was the continued impasse affecting the FY16 budget.

On Thursday, Jan. 28, Illinois House and Senate Democrats passed SB 2043. The bill, as amended in the House, was a measure appropriating more than $700 million in unfunded money for higher education. If the bill were to become law, it would add to the existing total of $6.6 billion in State unpaid bills. Gov. Rauner has stated that he will veto SB 2043. The bill did not break the impasse in the FY16 budget process.

New Bills Will Drop Soon

The deadline for submitting legislation drafting requests to the General Assembly’s Legislative Reference Bureau was Friday. The deadline for introduction of new bills in the House is Feb. 11 and the Senate bill introduction deadline is Feb. 19.

Policy, Economy, Programs, and more from Aurora Chamber

Monday, January 25th, 2016
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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January 25, 2016
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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
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
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
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
Sprint
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

Motta & Motta LLC
Robert Motta
559 W. Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 844-2766
Attorneys

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

2016 Leadership Academy Scheduled for February
Details are being finalized for the 37th session of the Aurora Regional Chamber’s Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for participants to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.

Thirty hours of class time, over the course of 10 meetings, will focus on personal and professional development of the participants through a personality inventory identification and leadership development. In addition, the unique positioning and potential of the Aurora region will be highlighted with discussions on community and economic development, local government and cultural diversity, as well as civil and social services.

For information and the application, click here.

Regional Economy Pulse to Report State of Business
Save the date! The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with Old Second Bank and Invest Aurora to survey regional business and take a pulse on the economy for the area. The results of the survey will be made available at a lunch hosted by the three organizations on Wednesday, March 16. Watch your inbox for survey information and lunch details.
Promoting Business Excellence (PROBE) Offered to Kane Manufacturers
The Illinois Manufacturing and Excellence Center, in partnership with Chicago Metro Metals Consortium and Kane County, is offering the Promoting Business Excellence (PROBE) Assessment Program to Kane County Manufacturers.

PROBE is a simple yet dynamic catalyst for organizational change. Using PROBE, business advisers and business support agencies achieve deep engagement with their client businesses, helping them to achieve improved bottom line results and real forward momentum on their journey to excellence.

For full article, visit the Chamber blog.

Member News
Check out the news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members on our blog.
Save the Date
2016 State of the Village Address
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Limited sponsorships are available. Contact Maureen Gasek if interested.

2016 State of the City Address presented
by Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Limited sponsorships are available. Contact Maureen Gasek if interested.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Industry-Driven Youth Program Offers
Train-to-Hire Internships
The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help bridge the critical shortage of young adults entering manufacturing. It helps employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing, and provides recent high school graduates ages 18 – 24 with the opportunity to “try out” manufacturing before starting a manufacturing career.

The MCIP starts with a “Manufacturing Boot Camp” that covers workplace expectations, safety and tours at participating manufacturers. The boot camp is followed by a six-week paid internship at local participating manufacturers. At the end of the internship, employers can decide to hire the interns at no charge.

There is no direct cost to participating employers. The MCIP is a collaborative partnership between the Aurora Regional Chamber and Kane County Workforce Network, Business and Career Services (BCS), Medusa/Caps Consulting Group. It is funded through a grant from the Department of Labor through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development. BCS is the employer of record for the interns and covers employment insurance and worker’s liability.

More details may be found here.

Events for Members
Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Resurrection Lutheran Church & School
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Bright Oaks
Tuesday, Feb 23, at 10:30 a.m.
Bright Oaks, 1340 N. River Street, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

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.

 

Member Newsletter for the Week of Jan. 18, 2016

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
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.
Header
January 22, 2016
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
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
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
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
Sprint
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

Century 21 Affiliated – Barbara Klein
Barbara Klein
35 S Washington, Suite 300
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 336-5981
Real Estate

Simply Sweetness Food Design
Nicole Hamilton
1213 Fairview Avenue
Joliet, IL 60432
(708) 257-0876
Banquet Facilities & Caterers

Inner Harmony Acupuncture
Mavis Bates, L.Ac.
383 W. Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 605-9244
Acupuncture

Crunch Fitness
David Widdison
2300 S. Eola Rd
Aurora, IL 60503
(630) 401-8515
Fitness Center

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Industry-Driven Youth Program Offers
Train-to-Hire Internships
The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help bridge the critical shortage of young adults entering manufacturing. It helps employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing, and provides recent high school graduates ages 18 – 24 with the opportunity to “try out” manufacturing before starting a manufacturing career.

The MCIP starts with a “Manufacturing Boot Camp” that covers workplace expectations, safety and tours at participating manufacturers. The boot camp is followed by a six-week paid internship at local participating manufacturers. At the end of the internship, employers can decide to hire the interns at no charge.

There is no direct cost to participating employers. The MCIP is a collaborative partnership between the Aurora Regional Chamber and Kane County Workforce Network, Business and Career Services (BCS), Medusa/Caps Consulting Group. It is funded through a grant from the Department of Labor through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development. BCS is the employer of record for the interns and covers employment insurance and worker’s liability.

More details may be found here.

Save the Date:
2016 State of the Village Address
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Limited sponsorships are available. Contact Maureen Gasek if interested.

2016 State of the City Address presented
by Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Limited sponsorships are available. Contact Maureen Gasek if interested.

Member News
Check out the news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members on our blog.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Image Systems & Business Solutions
Painters District No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Molly Maid
Thursday, Jan. 19, at 3:30 p.m.
Molly Maid, 75 Executive Drive, Suite 109, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Resurrection Lutheran Church & School
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

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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Your First 2016 News from Aurora Chamber Has Arrived

Monday, January 11th, 2016
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
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
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
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
Sprint
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

Anytime Fitness
Gill Valerio
1331 Butterfield Road
Aurora, IL 60502
(312) 810-1148
InsuranceFitness Center

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry
Diane Renner
834 N. Highland Avenue
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 897-5431
Service Organization/Food Pantry

Armstrong Professional Services, Inc.
Bradford Armstrong
2207 Keating Dr.
Aurora, IL 60503
(630) 851-9101
IT Consulting

The Labs USA, Aurora, LLC
Mary Tobiason
3600 Thayer Ct., S-500
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 445-8168
Fitness & Aquatic Center

Fox River Insurance Agency/AAA
John Schutzius
520 Redwood Dr., Suite 2
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 755-3566
Insurance

Robert Morris University
Patty Alves
905 Meridian Lake Drive
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 375-8003
Education

LegalShield
Rick Jacobsen
42 Circle Drive West
Montgomery, IL 60538
(630) 945-0477
Legal Services
Referred by Barton Robertson, Above Board Indoor Environmental

ERC Delivery
Stacie Barnett
481 W. Fullerton Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60129
(630) 516-1199
Trucking & Transportation

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Industry-Driven Youth Program Offers
Train-to-Hire Internships
The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help bridge the critical shortage of young adults entering manufacturing. It helps employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing, and provides recent high school graduates ages 18 – 24 with the opportunity to “try out” manufacturing before starting a manufacturing career.

The MCIP starts with a “Manufacturing Boot Camp” that covers workplace expectations, safety and tours at participating manufacturers. The boot camp is followed by a six-week paid internship at local participating manufacturers. At the end of the internship, employers can decide to hire the interns at no charge.

There is no direct cost to participating employers. The MCIP is a collaborative partnership between the Aurora Regional Chamber and Kane County Workforce Network, Business and Career Services (BCS), Medusa/Caps Consulting Group. It is funded through a grant from the Department of Labor through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development. BCS is the employer of record for the interns and covers employment insurance and worker’s liability.

More details may be found here.

Save the Date
2016 State of the City Address
presented by Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Limited sponsorships are available.
Contact Maureen Gasek if interested.
Member News
Check out the news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members on our blog.
Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, Jan. 14 at 11:30 AM
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Image Systems & Business Solutions
Painters District No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Molly Maid
Thursday, Jan. 19, at 3:30 p.m.
Molly Maid, 75 Executive Drive, Suite 109, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Resurrection Lutheran Church & School
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

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.

 

Industry-Driven Youth Program Offers Train-to-Hire Internships

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

What is the MCIP?

The Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) is designed to help bridge the critical shortage of young adults entering manufacturing. It helps employers find and hire young adults interested in manufacturing, and provides recent high school graduates ages 18 – 24 with the opportunity to “try out” manufacturing before starting a manufacturing career.

The MCIP starts with a “Manufacturing Boot Camp” that covers workplace expectations, safety and tours at participating manufacturers.  The boot camp is followed by a six-week paid internship at local participating manufacturers. At the end of the internship, employers can decide to hire the interns at no charge.

 

What does it Cost?

There is no direct cost to participating employers. The MCIP is a collaborative partnership between the Kane County Workforce Network, Business and Career Services (BCS) and Medusa / Caps Consulting Group. It is funded through a grant from the Department of Labor through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development. BCS is the employer of record for the interns, and covers employment insurance and worker’s liability.

 

What are the Benefits to Employers?

  • Opportunity to find and train motivated, entry-level employees
  • No commitment required to hire intern after internship
  • The MCIP internship is a paid internship – no charge to employers
  • Business and Career Services serves as the employer of record and covers wages, liability, and insurance during the internship

 

Partners

The MCIP builds and leverages alliances with local organizations including:

1) Kane County Workforce Network

2) Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

3) Waubonsee Community College

4) Business and Career Services

5) Medusa/Caps Consulting

 

MCIP Timeline

Jan. 25-Feb. 11                  Aurora MCIP Bootcamp Starts (includes plant tours and OSHA certification)

Feb. 9                                    Manufacturer’s MCIP Internship Selection

Feb. 11                                 “Draft Day” – Intern assignments made

Feb 22                                   Internship Program starts (six weeks)

 

Results

  • 70% of the interns are now employed or pursuing additional education and training.
  • Received 2015 Workforce Award from Elgin Development Group
  • Received 2014 “Innovative Solutions” Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership
  • Featured as a “Best Practice” by the National Association of Workforce Board Professionals
  • Covered by Northwestern University Medill Graduate School for Journalism
  • 2015 Brookings Institute Report: MCIP is a “…trusted and popular internship program….”

 

For more information contact:

MCIP Outreach Services                        Sid Hussaini      224-339-0699     sid@medusainc.com

Youth Services Manager                        Eddie Perez      224-538-1039     eperez@bcsillinois.org

MCIP Program Manager                         Rand Haas        630-351-9795     randhaas@medusainc.com

 

 

For video overview go to:            www.worknetncc.com