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Monday, September 26th, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
Cadence Health Convenient Care, part of Northwestern Medicine
CatAtlantic Homes
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Delnor Glen Senior Living, part of Northwestern Medicine
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Fitness & Health Center
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
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
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

Employers, Encourage Your Employees to Vote with These Resources
Four years ago, according to the Pew Center on the States (2012) one in four eligible citizens were not registered to vote for the General Election. That is an astounding estimate of 51 million U.S. citizens.

Citizens who register and vote in elections have a unique opportunity to shape local, state, and federal governments. The candidates we elect to office will directly impact our region’s and our country’s policy agenda. Whether a policy maker’s decisions are large or small, your decisions on Election Day determine the direction we go. Make sure you’re registered so you can have a say.

This week, Sept. 26-30, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is joining with other organizations – and most importantly our members, to support Voter Registration Week.

If you are not already registered to vote or if you need to update your information on file with your voter registration, this is a great time to do so. Take time to visit the voter registration page on http://www.illinoisprosperity.org/languages/english/ezvote.asp?g=illinois. Once you’re there, simply enter your ZIP code and complete the voter registration process.

While you’re on the website, be sure to check out the candidates on your ballot, other pertinent election issues important to our nation and our state. Everything you need to become an informed voter has been provided.

Don’t be silent during this election. If you are already registered to vote, take time to make sure your voter registration information, such as your home address, is accurate and up-to-date.

Your vote counts, but you can’t vote if you aren’t registered.

Kane County Set to Unveil Incentives of Up to $2,500 for Minority Businesses
Kane County is set to unveil a program aimed at advancing the development of minority businesses and business entrepreneurs.

The concept is similar to the successful Kane County Export Grant Program in that it piggybacks on another program in order to provide additional incentives for Kane County businesses to apply.

In this case, the Kane County incentive would pay for loan closing costs and fees up to $2,500 for any local business that applies for and wins funding from the state of Illinois’ new Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship program.

Under that program, just announced by Gov. Bruce Rauner, up to 15 minority/women-owned startup or small businesses in the Chicago region – including Kane County – will be selected by the state to receive training and mentorship as well as access to capital in the form of loans. The ADME selection process emphasizes the business’s potential to create jobs.

The aim of Kane County’s program, which was brought up in resolution form at the Sept. 16 Kane County Board Jobs Committee meeting, is the same as ADME: to strengthen start-up and small businesses by tapping into the potential of underrepresented communities, including African-American, Latino, Asian-American, women, and veteran entrepreneurs.

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U.S. Chamber Launches ‘Vote For Jobs’ Website
Last week, the U.S. Chamber launched a comprehensive effort to mobilize the business community and Main Street economic voters leading up to Election Day. The initiative includes an online toolkit that provides users with the information needed to vote in their states and districts, as well as the opportunity for businesses to engage their employees in the effort. You may have seen The Wall Street Journal article highlighting our voter turnout efforts, which can be accessed here.

The effort features the Vote For Jobs website with state-specific voting information including early voting and absentee ballots. We encourage you also to visit the voter toolkit, which includes sample Get-Out-The-Vote email messages, blog posts, press releases, and more.

The launch is being supported with a new video to remind all Americans of the virtues of free enterprise and the power of our democracy. With your partnership, we are uniquely positioned to engage tens of millions of voters in the final weeks of the election: building upon a century of working together to strengthen our country’s economy and future.

Events for Members
Ribbon Cutting: Sports Clips
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3:30 p.m.
405 N. Eola Rd, Ste. H, Aurora
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Multi Chamber Business After Hours
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
K Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Rd., Batavia

Membership Luncheon. Lt. Governor Sanguinetti
Friday, Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Intersect Illinois
Monday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora

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

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Public Policy Update
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2015-2016 Ill. Chamber Legislative Ratings

Ill. GA: Human Trafficking Task Force

Gambling: Video Gaming

Ill. Budget: Unpaid Bills

Northern Illinois University Diverse Supplier Fair, October 5, 2016

Democratizing Our Economy through Local Economic Innovation

Looking to Expand in Global Markets?

Labor: Family Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave

Endorse Businesses For Safe Roads

Employee Voter Registration Week

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

West Aurora Seeks Business Professionals

Robotics Club Seeks Mentors

Montgomery 5K and 10K River Run is Set

Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy Welcomes Alumna Kathleen Clarke to Board of Trustees

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., Announces the Promotion of Several Staff Members

Pumpkin Weekends throughout October at Blackberry Farm – 11 days in all

Fictional saloon offers a swig of 1910 in Aurora

Aurora’s GAR Museum Earns Statewide Preservation Award

Aurora Receives $15 Million Tax Credit Award to Develop Downtown Arts Center

Meves Named Chief Investment Officer at Old Second

VNA Health Care hosts “VNA Uncorked” on Sept. 30

Aurora Named One of the Best-Run Cities in America

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.

 

U.S. Chamber Launches ‘Vote For Jobs’ Website

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Last week, the U.S. Chamber launched a comprehensive effort to mobilize the business community and Main Street economic voters leading up to Election Day. The initiative includes an online toolkit that provides users with the information needed to vote in their states and districts, as well as the opportunity for businesses to engage their employees in the effort. You may have seen The Wall Street Journal article highlighting our voter turnout efforts, which can be accessed here.

The effort features the Vote For Jobs website with state-specific voting information including early voting and absentee ballots. We encourage you also to visit the voter toolkit, which includes sample Get-Out-The-Vote email messages, blog posts, press releases, and more.

The launch is being supported with a new video to remind all Americans of the virtues of free enterprise and the power of our democracy. With your partnership, we are uniquely positioned to engage tens of millions of voters in the final weeks of the election: building upon a century of working together to strengthen our country’s economy and future.

2015-2016 Ill. Chamber Legislative Ratings

Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Last Thursday, the Chamber released the names of the 2015-2016 Champions of Free Enterprise awards.  The Illinois Chamber’s Champion of Free Enterprise Award is awarded biennially to recognize Illinois Senators and Representatives who have committed to support and defend the employers of Illinois and support the policies of a free enterprise system to help Illinois’ economy grow and prosper.
In order to be eligible for the award, a lawmaker must have received an average of 85 percent or better voting record over the previous two General Assembly sessions as rated in the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating published at the end of each session.
Congratulations to State Sen. Karen McConnaughay and Reps. Mike Fortner and Robert Pritchard on being recognized by the Ill. Chamber as Champions of Free Enterprise. Also, thank you to Sen. Michael Connelly as well as Reps. Steven Andersson, Mark Batinick, Grant Wehrli, and Keith Wheeler for their support of the agenda during the 2015-2016 general assembly.
The Chamber plans on releasing these ratings to the public in the coming weeks to lawmakers in-district.  To view the ratings in detail, please click here.

Ill. GA: Human Trafficking Task Force

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

House Republicans appointed to Human Trafficking Task Force. The 14-member Task Force has been asked to develop ideas for new State laws and policies to crack down on human trafficking. The Task Force was created by HB 2822 (Jesiel/McConnaughay), which was enacted into law earlier this year as P.A. 99-864. Three House Republican legislators, Sheri Jesiel, Patti Bellock and Barbara Wheeler, served as lead sponsors of the bill and have been appointed to serve on the Task Force.

The new Task Force has been asked to hold hearings and report to the General Assembly on or before June 30, 2017 on ways and means to address the growing problem of human trafficking across Illinois. In addition to lawmakers, the Task Force will include a high-ranking member of the Illinois State Police to be chosen by the Director and a representative of the Chicago Regional Human Trafficking Task Force to be chosen by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

“Human trafficking” is a euphemism used to describe the forced movement or confinement of human beings. Most, but not all, of the victims of human trafficking are girls or women, and most, but not all, are trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center, which operates a nationwide hotline (1-888-373-7888) to report cases of human trafficking, reports that since 2007 they have received 130,485 reports of human trafficking throughout the United States. Many of these reports are multiple references to single individuals. The Center believes these reports represent 27,775 separate cases of human trafficking involving up to 29,880 victims. In some cases, more than one person is being victimized.

The Center further discloses that 3,646 cases of alleged human trafficking have been reported to it so far this year throughout the U.S., including 94 cases from Illinois.

Gambling: Video Gaming

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

COGFA tracks continued growth in Illinois video gaming. The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA), the nonpartisan budget-analysis arm of the General Assembly, annually tracks and reports on revenues from Illinois-based wagering activities. Due to changes in law and technology, our gaming industries are shifting in identity. Illinois gaming taxes are deposited into either general funds or into other, earmarked State budget funds, depending on which type of gambling the tax was imposed on.

COGFA’s 2016 “Wagering in Illinois” report, released on Monday, September 19, details a continued shift in Illinois gaming activity in FY16 away from other forms of gambling toward video gaming. Video gaming was approved in the Video Gaming Act, enacted in 2009, and the first video gaming machines were approved in 2012. Video gaming is now four years old in Illinois. From every dollar taken in by Illinois in taxes imposed on gambling during the recently-concluded fiscal year, 20.5 cents was paid by the video gaming industry. This was an increase from 16.5% in FY15 and 9.1% in FY14. There are now more than 24,000 licensed video games in operation in more than 5,600 locations throughout Illinois.

Ill. Budget: Unpaid Bills

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Backlog of unpaid bill hits $8.6 billion. The unpaid-bill count, tracked on a day-to-day basis by the office of Comptroller Leslie Munger, hit more than $8.6 billion this week. The red-ink number is closely watched by holders of Illinois debt paper and by international credit rating agencies and firms that rank worldwide debtors by chances of insolvency. For example Moody’s, the world’s largest credit-rating firm, currently ranks Illinois general obligation debt backed by general funds at Baa2, two ranks above “junk bond” level. Moody’s adds that they have a “negative outlook” on Illinois’ current Baa2 rating. Analysts at Moody’s report that Illinois’ “structural budget gap” currently equals at least 15% of Illinois general fund and pension expenditures.

The backlog, counted as of Thursday, September 22, represents more than $8.6 billion in bills payable from Illinois general funds. These bills have either been presented to the Illinois Comptroller for payment, or are known to be waiting in the coffers of various State agencies for presentation and payment. Many of these bills are request for reimbursement to providers of supplies and services to the State and its clients, particularly medical and nursing care provided to Medicaid patients.

The unpaid-bill ledger count reported weekly by Munger’s office is likely to continue to fluctuate in future weeks. However, the overall red-ink trend is expected to continue to go upward, based on tax payments to the State continuing to fall short of monies obligated by continuing appropriations, court orders, and consent decrees. Illinois’ unpaid-bill debt is only a small fraction of the total debts owed by the Illinois public sector. One estimate indicates that the State of Illinois alone has compiled obligations, including future pension obligations, of more than $45,500 per taxpayer.

Employers, Encourage Your Employees to Vote with These Resources

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Four years ago, according to the Pew Center on the States (2012) one in four eligible citizens were not registered to vote for the General Election. That is an astounding estimate of 51 million U.S. citizens.

Citizens who register and vote in elections have a unique opportunity to shape local, state, and federal governments.  The candidates we elect to office will directly impact our region’s and our country’s policy agenda.  Whether a policy maker’s decisions are large or small, your decisions on Election Day determine the direction we go.  Make sure you’re registered so you can have a say.

Next week, Sept. 26-30, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is joining with other organizations – and most importantly our members, to support Voter Registration Week.

If you are not already registered to vote or if you need to update your information on file with your voter registration, this is a great time to do so. Take time to visit the voter registration page on http://www.illinoisprosperity.org/languages/english/ezvote.asp?g=illinois .  Once you’re there, simply enter your ZIP code and complete the voter registration process.

While you’re on the website, be sure to check out the candidates on your ballot, other pertinent election issues important to our nation and our state. Everything you need to become an informed voter has been provided.

Don’t be silent during this election.  If you are already registered to vote, take time to make sure your voter registration information, such as your home address, is accurate and up-to-date.

Your vote counts, but you can’t vote if you aren’t registered.

ACA Compliance, News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, September 19th, 2016
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September 19, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
Cadence Health Convenient Care, part of Northwestern Medicine
CatAtlantic Homes
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Delnor Glen Senior Living, part of Northwestern Medicine
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Fitness & Health Center
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
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
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Boutique Repeats & Gifts
Teri Case
444 N. Eola Road, Ste 106
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 585-0920
Retail

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

What You Need to Know:
Employers, ACA for 2016 and Beyond
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., downtown Aurora

Chamber members rank ACA compliance a top concern in business. Are you prepared for what the Affordable Care Act has in store? Knowing your healthcare cost drivers and available containment tools can benefit small and large businesses. Understanding the shift in ACA compliance requirements is a growing priority. Join us for clarity on this issue.

We have What You Need to Know.

Among the topics covered will be:

• Compliance concerns for 2016 and beyond
• DOL audit exposure
• Managing healthcare costs
• Comments on the changing group marketplace

Register

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Events for Members
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council No. 30, Aurora
Register

WYNTK: Employers, ACA for 2016 and Beyond
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Grand Re-Opening: Holiday Inns & Suites
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
111 N. Broadway Ave, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting at 4:00 p.m.
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Sports Clips
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3:30 p.m.
405 N. Eola Rd, Ste. H, Aurora
Register

Multi Chamber Business After Hours
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
K Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Rd., Batavia

Membership Luncheon. Lt. Governor Sanguinetti
Friday, Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Intersect Illinois
Monday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora

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

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

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

Visit the Chamber blog:

Northern Illinois University Diverse Supplier Fair, October 5, 2016

Democratizing Our Economy through Local Economic Innovation

Looking to Expand in Global Markets?

Labor: Family Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave

Higher Education: U.S. News Ranking

General Assembly: Redistricting

Jobs: Illinois Labor Force

Endorse Businesses For Safe Roads

Employee Voter Registration Week

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Aurora Receives $15 Million Tax Credit Award to Develop Downtown Arts Center

Meves Named Chief Investment Officer at Old Second

Waubonsee to Host Career Fair Sept. 23

VNA Health Care hosts “VNA Uncorked” on Sept. 30

Aurora Named One of the Best-Run Cities in America

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.

 

Northern Illinois University Diverse Supplier Fair, October 5, 2016

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Labor: Family Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

New Illinois laws expand employee leave in family situations. The Child Bereavement Leave Act was signed into law on July 29. The new law requires Illinois employers with 50 or more employees to grant up to 10 days (two work weeks) of unpaid leave to eligible full-time employees who have lost a child. The leave most be preceded by 48 hours of notice, except in emergency situations, and most be completed within 60 days after the child’s death. In many cases, Illinois employers are choosing to voluntarily pay workers who take bereavement leave.

A separate bill, the Employee Sick Leave Act, was also signed this summer but will not go into effect until January 1, 2017. The new law concentrates on employers who voluntarily provide their employees with paid sick leave. It expands the permissible use of this sick leave to cover time needed to care for the employer’s immediate family members, including parents-in-law and grandparents.