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Save the Dates: Many January 2015 Events

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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
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
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
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
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
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

 

Public Policy Update
Judy Baar Topinka

Last week, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Described as an “advocate for all of her constituents,” anyone who met her would walk away referring to her simply as Judy. And all would know to whom you were referring. She distinguished herself by remaining core to her values and loyal to her oath. She served as State Representative, State Senator, Treasurer, and Comptroller – and was a mentor to many. We extend our condolences to her son and family and to her team in the Comptroller’s office.During the recently-concluded veto session, both houses passed SB 2758, which creates the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act and establishes a retirement savings program in the form of an automatic Roth IRA payroll deduction of three percent. The intent of this legislation is to promote greater retirement savings for private-sector employees who do not currently have a retirement savings plan. All employers with 25 or more employees must offer this as a payroll option to employees, who do not have a pension or other retirement plan, but there is no mandated matching fund from the employer, and the employee may opt out. The governor must act on SB 2758 before Jan. 14.

The 99th General Assembly Inauguration will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14, following the Gubernatorial Inauguration on Monday, Jan. 12.

COA Veterans Advisory Council Seeks Support
The City of Aurora’s Veterans Advisory Council and the Veteran community of Aurora invite community businesses and members to support the fundraising campaign to a new Veterans monument. Valued sponsors of the “Salute to Aurora’s Fallen Heroes” can participate by completing the information below and mailing it to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The monument will be placed at the entrance of the Sunken Gardens at Phillips Park. The new monument will honor all Aurorans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the nation’s conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan.For more information, visit the Chamber blog.
Aurora to Host a Number of Get Covered Illinois Events
The first of a number of Get Covered Illinois events in Aurora will be held Monday, Dec. 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue. More events will be held through February 2015. Whether you need to find healthcare insurance or renew your current health insurance, certified navigators will help answer your questions and assist your enrollment.For more information, visit the Chamber blog.
Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.For more information, click here.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Chamber offices closed
Thursday, Dec. 25
Thursday, Jan. 1Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 8:30 a.m.

Economic Forecast
Thursday, Jan. 22, at 11:30 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Sunnymere
Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4:00 p.m.

Leadership Academy
Begins Friday, Jan. 23, at 8:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8:00 a.m.

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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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Your Weekly Newsletter from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, December 8th, 2014
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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December 08, 2014
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95.9 The River
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
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
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
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
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

 

 

Holiday Celebration Thanks
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Holiday Celebration
On behalf of our partners – Aurora Hispanic and Quad County African American chambers of commerce, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our sponsors and attendees at the annual Holiday Celebration last week. Thank you to Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.; Cano Container Company; Daleiden Mortuary; Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum; Geneva Construction Company; Healy Chapel; Kelmscott Communications; Konen Insurance Agency; Mitutoyo America Corporation; Old Second National Bank; Paramount Arts Centre; Pipe Fitters Local 597; Rasmussen College; Rush-Copley Medical Center; and Valley Linen Supply/Aurora Laundry.

Shop Local Saturday Update
According to American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business, more than $14.3 billion was spent with independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday.

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

Aurora to Host a Number of Get Covered Illinois Events
The first of a number of Get Covered Illinois events in Aurora will be held Monday, Dec. 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue. More events will be held through February 2015. Whether you need to find healthcare insurance or renew your current health insurance, certified navigators will help answer your questions and assist your enrollment.

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

COA Veterans Advisory Council Seeks Support
The City of Aurora’s Veterans Advisory Council and the Veteran community of Aurora invite community businesses and members to support the fundraising campaign to a new Veterans monument. Valued sponsors of the “Salute to Aurora’s Fallen Heroes” can participate by completing the information below and mailing it to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The monument will be placed at the entrance of the Sunken Gardens at Phillips Park. The new monument will honor all Aurorans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the nation’s conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

Public Policy Update
Last week, House Speaker Michael Madigan adjourned the Illinois House with “sine die.” In effect, and barring any recall to special session by Governor Pat Quinn, the House will remain adjourned until January when the new members are sworn in.

With the end of the 98th General Assembly, a number of legislative issues expired. SB 16, the school funding reform proposal, was one of the items remaining behind. Other issues included a minimum wage increase as well as an extension of the income tax increase.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

For more information, click here.

Premier Members
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Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
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.

Public Policy Update

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Last week, House Speaker Michael Madigan adjourned the Illinois House with “sine die.” In effect, and barring any recall to special session by Governor Pat Quinn, the House will remain adjourned until January when the new members are sworn in.

With the end of the 98th General Assembly, a number of legislative issues expired. SB 16, the school funding reform proposal, was one of the items remaining behind. Other issues included a minimum wage increase as well as an extension of the income tax increase.

In addition, the end of the session realized the retirement of key House leaders from our region. Our thanks and appreciation are extended to Tom Cross (Oswego-97th), Tim Schmitz (Batavia-65th), Kay Hatcher (Yorkville-50th), and Darlene Senger (Naperville-41st) for their service and dedication to the residents and businesses of our area. We wish them well as they begin new opportunities.

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will be sworn in on Jan. 12. When the House reconvenes on Jan. 14, new members will be representing those districts. While the House and Senate will remain in Democrat control, the Governor’s office will have switched to the Republican party.

Many of those items that were left unresolved last week will likely return. In addition, topics including pension reform and workers’ compensation reform will need to be addressed.

We will continue to monitor the activities. We will continue to work with our business members to advocate for legislation that supports their growth and success. We will continue to ask for your support in communicating the impact proposed legislation will have on you, your business, and your employees. We hope you will accept that challenge and work with us.

This Week’s Chamber Member Newsletter

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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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December 01, 2014
In This Issue

 

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
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
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

Holiday Celebration
Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

For more information, click here.

WBDC to Launch ScaleUp Aurora; Seeks Coordinator
In collaboration with a number of local community leaders and organizations – including the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center plans to launch a ScaleUp Aurora satellite to support and strengthen local small businesses.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Public Policy Update
The week before Thanksgiving, the General Assembly returned to Springfield on Wednesday and Thursday to continue discussions on legislation addressing a number of topics and issues.

This week, Veto Session continues with the legislators returning for a second week Tuesday through Thursday. Although a number of topics are expected to be discussed, many observers believe few points of interest will be acted on.

Gov. Elect Bruce Rauner has asked current elected officials to hold off on passing anything major during the session. A recent conference call with Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs staff included highlights on a number of legislative issues.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

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Upcoming Programs for Members
Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
No meeting due to Holiday Celebration

Holiday Celebration 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery
Bring the whole office for a holiday celebration! We’ll do all the planning so you can enjoy yourself and network with community leaders and other businesses. Presented in partnership with the Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce.
Register

Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
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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What’s In Store in Springfield

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The week before Thanksgiving, the General Assembly returned to Springfield on Wednesday and Thursday to continue discussions on legislation addressing a number of topics and issues.

This week, Veto Session continues with the legislators returning for a second week Tuesday through Thursday. Although a number of topics are expected to be discussed, many observers believe few points of interest will be acted on.

Gov. Elect Bruce Rauner has asked current elected officials to hold off on passing anything major during the session. A recent conference call with Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs staff included highlights on the following:

Minimum Wage Hike

Despite nearly three years of legislative debate and an advisory referendum placed on the ballot last month that received more than 67 percent approval from the voters, it appears unlikely that a vote increasing the minimum wage will take place during veto session. Illinois already has one of the highest minimum wages in the nation and small businesses simply cannot afford an increase of nearly 21 percent to their labor costs as our state’s economy continues to recovery from the Great Recession and our economic growth lags behind neighboring states.

Amendment #5 to SB 68 was debated late last week. Current write up calls for a staggered minimum wage increasing from $9.25 to $11 over the next three years.

Many expect this to be a January issue andduring a recent conference call, reference was made that most of the fight would take place in the House.

Manufacturers’ Purchase Credit

In August, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Purchase Credit (MPC) was subject to the automatic sunset provisions of the Illinois sales tax. The Illinois Chamber has been actively reaching out to legislators over the summer to explain how important the MPC credit is to our manufacturing members throughout the state and working to make sure that extension of the MPC is on a list of items to be considered during fall veto session. While there are no guarantees given, extension of the MPC is certainly an opportunity for members of the General Assembly to send a signal that legislators are willing to be responsive to the needs of the Illinois business community.

Premium Tax for Self-Insured Companies

Active consideration appears to be given to repeal the recently-enacted insurance premium tax (SB 3324/Public Act 98-0978) during fall veto session. The new tax imposes a 3.5 percent tax on insurance premiums paid directly by Industrial Insureds to unauthorized insurers (without the use of a Surplus Lines Broker) — in short, almost all self-insurers, including some large not-for-profits.

Prior to SB 3324, these self-insurance transactions were exempt from premium tax. Most legislators, including the bill’s sponsor, have indicated that they were not made aware of the new tax and its significant negative effect on Illinois-based businesses as the bill moved through the General Assembly. In fact, the new tax was not mentioned during House and Senate floor debates on the bill. Legislators that did not understand the full impact of SB 3324 will hopefully now have an opportunity to reconsider their vote prior to the January 1 effective date of the new tax.

Health Benefits Exchange

Advocates and coalition members for a state-based healthcare exchange are expected to meet during veto session to discuss the possibility of introducing legislation in the House to create a state-based exchange. The Senate has already passed a bill. The House could not reach consensus on the issue and it stalled.

Gov. Pat Quinn is urging the creation of a state-based exchange so Illinois does not potentially lose the Federal subsidies if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes them down next year in their ruling. Illinois currently partners with the Federal government to run its healthcare exchange. Federal law, as written, states tax credits to be given to individuals in exchanges established by the states. The Supreme Court will rule whether those tax credits are applicable to individual in exchanges run by the Federal government.

Those health insurers not participating on the exchange will have a capped assessment at the five-year average from their previous contribution to CHIP.

Lawsuit Lending

Legislation may also be introduced to regulate lawsuit lending in Illinois. This has been an initiative of the Illinois Chamber and others in the past and continues to be a priority to regulate an industry that seeks out plaintiffs with promising pending lawsuits and offer them “up front” cash to cover immediate living or medical expenses while they are engaged in a lawsuit and await settlement. These third-party loans are provided at exorbitant interest rates, and are then paid back to the lender from any settlement or judgment award the plaintiff may later receive.

In a real sense, the consumer lawsuit lender is a gambler who bets on the plaintiff’s case being successful. If the plaintiff recovers substantially through settlement or a damages award, the lawsuit lender wins big. But, if the plaintiff loses, the lawsuit lender recovers nothing. This fact leads lawsuit lenders to seek control over strategic decisions in litigation in order to prosecute lawsuits in their own interests, even if those interests diverge from those of the plaintiffs.

Legal reform advocates, such as the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), and consumer advocacy groups are promoting legislation that would actually protect consumers and curb lending abuses by bringing lawsuit lending into alignment with existing state law. These efforts would make consumer lawsuit lending subject to the same fair-lending laws already in force in that particular state.

Income Tax Extension

No action is expected to take place during the session.

Auto IRA

Legislation introduced earlier this year would mandate that employers set up an automatic Individual Retirement Account for their employees, a system to be administered by the Illinois Dept. of Revenue and a newly created board led by the Illinois Treasurer.

The legislation targets small businesses with 25 or more employees and forces them to set up the accounts and to automatically deduct at least 3 percent from their employees’ paychecks. An employee would have to actively pursue “opting out” if they did not want to participate.

The Illinois and Aurora chambers are part of a coalition that opposes this proposal as it is a mandate on employers, not an option. Small businesses currently have a variety of private sector options they may choose to participate in for retirement purposes. And the money from participants would not be held in or managed by a depository institution or a trained financial professional. Instead, it would be deposited into a new government holding account to be invested potentially by state officials. The consumer losses suffered under other state administered investment programs are reason enough to oppose implementing yet another government-run investment program.

Legislation for Public Utilities

During the first week of session, HA#1 and HA#2 were recommended to be adopted to HB 3975 in House Public Utilities Committee to extend the sunset date for the implementation of modernizing and upgrading Illinois’ electrical system.

News, Updates from the Aurora Regional Chamber

Monday, November 10th, 2014
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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Veterans Day
November 10, 2014
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

This week, when you head to Starbucks, keep your eye out for a Red, White, and Blue card by the register.

Through the 11, stores will be selling the Starbucks Veterans Card. With each card activation, Starbucks will contribute to Onward Veterans, which in turn will contribute to support organizations focused on veteran and military spouse employment like Hiring Our Heroes.

You can also take advantage of this offer online by clicking here.

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity and sharing it with your family and friends!

Election 2014 Results
While the State Treasurer race between State Rep. Tom Cross (Rep.) and State Senator Michael Frerichs (Dem.) remains too close to call at this time, other races were decided during last week’s General Election. While the official results will not be certified by the Illinois State Board of Elections until Nov. 30, unofficial results of Statewide and local races are available.

For the first time in 16 years, a Republican has won the Governor’s race in Illinois. Bruce Rauner defeated Gov. Pat Quinn in a three-way race. With 99.54% of precincts reporting, the Associate Press declared Rauner the winner with 50.77% of the vote to Quinn’s 45.87% and Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm’s 3.37%. Gov.-elect Rauner will be sworn into office January 12.

For more on the recent General Election, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.

Henning Named Chamber Executive of the Year
Joseph Henning
The Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives named Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, ACE, president and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce the 2014 Illinois Chamber Executive of the Year at its Fall Conference last week in Bloomington-Normal.

For more information, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.

WBDC to Launch ScaleUp Aurora; Seeks Coordinator
In collaboration with a number of local community leaders and organizations – including the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center plans to launch a ScaleUp Aurora satellite to support and strengthen local small businesses.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive Underway
Dolan & Murphy is excited to announce the launch of the Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith and Marie Wilkinson food pantries.

More information – including the Pallet Match Program, may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

For more information, click here.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Upcoming Programs for Members
Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Business Development Leads Group II
Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by Rasmussen College

Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Shop Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Help Small Businesses Do More Business
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Time and Date to be determined
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Holiday Celebration 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery
Bring the whole office for a holiday celebration! We’ll do all the planning so you can enjoy yourself and network with community leaders and other businesses. Presented in partnership with the Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce.
Register

Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
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.

Election 2014 Results

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

While the State Treasurer race between State Rep. Tom Cross (Rep.) and State Senator Michael Frerichs (Dem.) remains too close to call at this time, other races were decided during last week’s General Election. While the official results will not be certified by the Illinois State Board of Elections until Nov. 30, unofficial results of Statewide and local races are available.

For the first time in 16 years, a Republican has won the Governor’s race in Illinois. Bruce Rauner defeated Gov. Pat Quinn in a three-way race. With 99.54% of precincts reporting, the Associate Press declared Rauner the winner with 50.77% of the vote to Quinn’s 45.87% and Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm’s 3.37%. Gov.-elect Rauner will be sworn into office January 12.

Democratic incumbents U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Secretary of State Jesse White won their respective races against GOP and Libertarian challengers.  Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka won re-election.

In the U.S. Senate, Democrats lost the advantage with the GOP now holding a 52-46 advantage.

In local Congressional races, Republicans Peter Roskam (IL-6) and Randy Hultgren (IL-14) as well as Democrat Bill Foster (IL-11) fought off challenges in their races. At the end of the night, the U.S. House of Representatives maintained their GOP majority (244-184) with a net gain of 13 seats.

In the Illinois Senate, unchallenged incumbents Linda Holmes (D-42), Karen McConnaughay (R-33), and Michael Connelly (R-21) all retained their seats. With the Democrats losing just one seat last week, they will hold a 39-20 margin over Illinois Senate Republicans.

In Illinois, the House will maintain its current makeup of 71 Democrats to 47 Republicans. Among the local races, unchallenged incumbents returning to Springfield include Mike Fortner (R-49), Robert Pritchard (R-70), and Linda Chapa LaVia (D-83). Incumbents Stephanie Kifowit (D-84) successfully fended off a challenge from Krishna Bansal and John Anthony (R-75) won a challenge from Martha Shugart.

In the four open House races locally, Republicans were able to maintain those seats. Grant Wehrli won over Ed Agustin to replace Darlene Senger in the House 41. Former Aurora Regional Chamber Board Chair Keith Wheeler successfully won the race against Valerie Burd to replace retiring Kay Hatcher in the 50 District. Steven Andersson ran unopposed to succeed Tim Schmitz in the 65 District. Mark Batinick took the majority in the race to succeed Tom Cross in the House 97.

The General Assembly will return to Springfield on November 19 to begin the Veto Session. Legislators in the Illinois Senate and House will be sworn in January 14.

Year in Review: An Annual Report to Our Membership

Friday, October 31st, 2014
We appreciate all of our members, community partners, and volunteers. During yesterday’s Annual Celebration of Membership,
we shared the following data with those in attendance. We believe this information supports the work of our members, our volunteers,
and our staff. We are focused on supporting our business members. If you are interested in discussing membership with
the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, please contact our office.
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October 31, 2014
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Signed and Sealed
986
Certificates of Origin
(a 44% increase over previous year)

 

Offered
376
Products, Programs, Services for Our Business Members

 

Held
107
Public Policy Meetings

 

Welcomed
155,227
Visitors to Website

 

Represented more than
40,000
Employees in Membership

 

Maintained
5-star
Accreditation with
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

Business Members Represented
60
Communities in Illinois

 

Took Positions on
45
Bills in Illinois General Assembly

 

Business Members Realized
28,327
Hits to 534 Job Postings

 

According to National Study
by The Schapiro Group
73%
of Consumers were More Aware
of Chamber Member Businesses

 

Hosted more than
130
Events for Members

 

Creating a Strong Local Economy
  • Produced workshops on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace, Concealed Carry, Affordable Care Act, and other Employment Law programs to support our businesses
  • Conducted business retention, expansion, and development activities
  • Produced week-long Small Business Aurora event
  • Forged ongoing collaboration with regional and statewide economic development programs
  • Graduated the 35th Leadership Academy class
  • Offered opportunities to improve their bottom line with affinity programs for office supplies, utilities, and internet services
  • Responded to information requests and data research for member support services
  • CEO represented membership on numerous workforce development groups, including River Valley Workforce Investment Board, Governor’s 21st Century Workforce Development Advisory Fund, and Pathways to Prosperity
  • Provided intermediary responsibilities for Aurora Region Pathways to Prosperity initiative with City of Aurora, community colleges, and public school districts
Representing Business to Government
  • Presented on behalf of business at City Council meetings
  • Held monthly Aurora First meetings to support improvements in Permitting, Electrical Ordinances, and other initiatives
  • Board and CEO attended Illinois Business Lobby Day in Springfield
  • Participated in 107 public policy meetings with elected officials, State departments, and local committees and groups
  • CEO and Board represented business members on various task forces, committees, and advisory groups
  • Conducted member surveys and provided input to elected officials on issues ranging from business taxes, state finances, economic development, and education reform
  • Hosted regular Council on Legislative Affairs to address pending legislation that would impact business community
  • Took positions on 45 bills in Illinois General Assembly, including Pension Reform, Workers’ Compensation, Minimum Wage, Taxes, and more
  • Coordinated grassroots engagement of members with elected officials through meetings, communications, and business visits
Relationship Building Opportunities
  • Presented six successful Coffee & Connections programs with more than 300 total attendees
  • Hosted the Mayor’s State of the City address with more than 400 in attendance
  • Hosted the State of the Village of North Aurora address
  • Offered two Business Development Leads Groups for interested members
  • Leveraged U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership while offering Federation Partnership to participating small business members
  • Offered Constant Contact affinity program to better connect member businesses with their customers and prospects
  • Coordinated more than 55 ribbon cuttings, grand openings, groundbreakings, and open houses for business members
  • Offered Not-For-Profit Alliance to support collaboration, advancement of participating members
  • Coordinated annual Holiday Celebration in collaboration with Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce
Promoting Our Community
  • Maintained existing website with nearly 65,000 unique visitors
  • Realized more than 2.2 million page hits to the website
  • Reached 718 fans on Facebook page
  • Counted 2,079 twitter followers
  • CEO commenced writing a monthly column in Beacon News
  • Responded to all media interview requests
  • Produced weekly e-newsletters, blogs, and social media posts
  • Supported community special events
  • Collaborated with City of Aurora and Village of North Aurora as well as more than 50 other partners on various initiatives
  • Collaborated on Diversity Network to support business-inclusion practices in community
  • CEO and staff served on numerous state and national boards and committees
Promoting Our Members
  • Provided members with sponsorship, marketing, and promotional opportunities via our newsletters, eBlasts, special events, and www.AuroraChamber.com website
  • Offered additional levels of membership, including Premier Membership with 12 members and Elite Membership with more than 50 members
  • Promoted several Member-to-Member discount programs
  • Successfully supported the Shop Local and Shop Small campaigns
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com

‘Remarkable Year’ for Aurora Regional Chamber

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

This week, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Celebration of Membership. This event highlights the accomplishments of the business community, showcases the activities of the Aurora Chamber and sets the direction for the upcoming year.

This past year, we had more than 100 businesses assist the Chamber and its partners with the Aurora Regional Pathways to Prosperity initiative. Others helped craft curriculum for Aurora University’s successful launch of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. Additional organizations are involved in a growing number of causes and efforts in our community to create a stronger, more vibrant future for the community in which we all live, work and enjoy.

Looking back, we realized we completed 45 percent more certificates of origin for our business members to export their products around the world. Aurora area goods are being sold worldwide; your neighbors, family members or friends may be involved in this growing global economy.

Still others participated in more than 100 public policy meetings to help improve the business climate and share the business voice with our elected officials at City Hall, in Springfield and Washington.

Through discount programs and member discounts, our members were able to improve their bottom line by spending less. We created important connections for our businesses to collaborate and grow. More than 170 networking opportunities were available to our members.

Key events like the State of the City, the State of the Village and the multi-chamber Holiday Celebration offered opportunities for our community’s leaders to foster a collaborative, supportive economy in our region.

We offered a number of educational events for business leaders to learn better business techniques. With legislation that impacted medical marijuana use, the Affordable Care Act and Fair Labor Standards Act (to name a few), the Aurora Chamber organized programs to make its members aware of the impact to their businesses.

Of course, we cannot do it alone. We counted more than 50 collaborative partners that helped us organize, promote and coordinate programs and activities. We had more than 140 volunteers to lend a hand. We appreciate the assistance our Ambassadors provide at meetings, with welcome calls, mentoring new members and so much more. Our committee members and board members help guide our direction, and in many cases, assist in the implementation of the plans to support our business community.

During Thursday’s lunch, we will recognize our Immediate Past Chair Keith Wheeler of Responsive Network Services for his leadership this past year. We’ll also hear from Laura Newman of Mitutoyo America Corporation who recently accepted the role of board chair.

We are celebrating a remarkable year – and appreciate all of the efforts of the business community in making this region so strong.

One last request as we continue to strengthen our area: Please vote next Tuesday.

It’s easy to be cynical. Some believe our problems are too big and our politics are too small. Some wonder whether voting is worth the bother, whether it will make a difference. The truth is that every vote and voice matters in this election. If you want your voice to be heard, vote. With so many close contests this year, every vote really does count.

Resources, Programs, More from Aurora Chamber

Monday, October 6th, 2014
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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October 06, 2014
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
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
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Culver’s of North Aurora
Don and Julie Michels
411 S. Lincolnway
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 844-2280
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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurorachamber.com

 

 

Annual Celebration of Membership
Please Join Us:
Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Oct. 30, at Aurora Country Club
11:00 a.m.: Registration & Networking
12:00 p.m.: Lunch & Program
Register
Tuesday: Diversity Network to Feature Business Resources
In partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Chamber invites you to a Special Event/Business Before Hours. The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses). In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 8:00 a.m., at the Chamber offices for assistance and resources.
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Election Season Gets Closer
The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 2. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

To register to vote, check your registration or find your polling location, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections at www.elections.state.il.us and click on the Voters button at the top. Residents of Aurora who reside in Kane, Kendall or Will counties can contact the Aurora Election Commission at auroravotes.org or by calling (630) 897-4030.

Many recent posts on public policy can be found on the Chamber’s blog. Be sure to bookmark it and check regularly for breaking information.

Job Postings
Know someone looking for employment? Direct them over to the Local Job Postings section of the Aurora Chamber website. There are currently dozens of positions posted in the database. If you’re looking to promote a position within your business or organization, contact the Chamber for details. It’s included with your membership; are you taking advantage of it?
Member News
Your fellow Chamber members has a number of programs and activities for your entertainment or professional development. To view the latest news from fellow members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
VoteForJobs.com
With fewer than two months until the November election, the U.S. Chamber has launched Vote for Jobs – their most comprehensive effort to date to ensure that voters have the tools they need to bring about real change this November.

The website VoteForJobs.com is now live and provides a number of key tools that compare candidates on job creating issues, outline the most competitive races in the country, and showcase efforts to elect candidates who have a record of fighting back against government overreach and promoting American free enterprise.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars:
Programs for Member Businesses
Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Special Event: The Illinois Comptroller’s POWER team will join us to highlight opportunities available to diverse businesses (including women-, minority-, and Veteran-owned businesses).In addition to the resource sharing, representatives will be on hand to assist qualifying businesses in completing the certification process which provides a greater access to state business.
In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, October 14, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, October 15, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Before Hours at Office Depot
Thursday, October 23, at 8 a.m.
Office Depot Store – 2302 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora, 60506
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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