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Leadership Academy Registration Due this Friday

Monday, February 20th, 2017
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Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank – Aurora
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
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Leadership Academy 2017 Applications Available
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Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 3.

Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

Events for Members
WYNTK Using Digital to Grow Your Business
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
495 N. Commons Drive, Aurora
Please pre-register

State of the City – Mayor’s Address
Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

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

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State Government: Get Government Back on Track

General Assembly

Governor’s Budget Address

General Assembly: Senate Package Update

General Assembly: House Bills Filed

Energy: Smart Meters

Human Services: Developmental Disabilities

Education: School Funding Reform Commission

Budget: FY17

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.

Eat Spaghetti; Support Coat Drive

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Seeks Support

NLEI Offers Construction Training Program

Businesses Encouraged to Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill

VNA Health Care Dental Clinic Expansion: New Patients Welcome

Food Hub Project Site Request for Information

Kane County Winter 2017 ExporTech Program

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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State Government: Get Government Back on Track

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Rep. Tom Demmer files government reform package. House Republican Conference Chairman Tom Demmer has filed a package of bills and constitutional amendments designed to fix a broken state government system. The Dixon Republican collectively calls the proposed reforms the Get Government Back on Track package.

“It’s time for us to modernize the House and Senate. The current system is a relic of the backroom deals and power grabs of years gone by. If we want a different result, we have to build a different system,” said Rep. Demmer.

Demmer’s government reform package would do six things:

  • Make Illinois more relevant and more accurately represented in the Electoral College by awarding Presidential Electoral Votes by Congressional district instead of the current winner-take-all formula (HB 495);
  • Create the Joint Committee of the General Assembly on Rules and Operations, a bipartisan panel of legislators who would review and make recommendations on House and Senate rules, committees, procedures, and structure of the General Assembly (HB 787);
  • Create a Board of Repealers to review and make recommendations on how to eliminate outdated, irrelevant, or conflicting laws, instead of just adding more to the books every year (HB 789);
  • Give the Governor the ability to call for a vote on a specific bill through a new “fast-track” authority (HB 3119);
  • Make the current Illinois constitutional requirement that the State enact an annual balanced budget enforceable by requiring the budget to be certified by the Illinois State Comptroller (HJRCA 19); and

Combine the office of Illinois State Comptroller and Illinois State Treasurer into one office with consolidated responsibilities (HJRCA 25).

General Assembly

Monday, February 20th, 2017

House committees meet, begin to advance bills. House members filed 3,921 bills in January and February 2017. Under the “First Reading” deadline, bills filed by mid-February may be considered in a House committee in the 2017 spring session. House bills filed after Friday, February 10 cannot be considered this spring as independent, free-standing pieces of legislation.

Following the bill introduction deadline, the House schedule has set aside six weeks of session time in February and March for committee action. During this six-week period, House committees will hold hearings, listen to testimony from witnesses, and hold votes on bills to be advanced to the House floor for further discussion and debate. In spring 2017, the House has organized 57 permanent and special committees to hear bills and conduct legislative action. Many of these committees began to meet this week.

Governor’s Budget Address

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Governor Rauner delivers budget address to General Assembly. Speaking to a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate on Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual Budget Address, outlining his priorities and introducing his third balanced budget in as many years to be considered by lawmakers.

Saying “We must think anew and act anew,” the Governor presented a balanced budget that focuses on the future. It invests in Illinois’ future with record funding for education, transforms our pension system, and makes structural changes to improve our jobs climate.

At the request of senators from both parties, Governor Rauner outlined his parameters to the General Assembly on the Senate’s “grand bargain” compromise. He made it clear that the final product must be a good deal for taxpayers and job creators. Rauner laid the foundation for balanced budgets for years to come, controlling spending so government lives within its means, and enacting real spending reductions with meaningful pension reform.

Governor Rauner once again said he would consider new revenue if it accompanies changes to grow the economy. He asked legislators if they make an income tax increase permanent, the property tax freeze must also be permanent. Rauner also reminded the legislature that term limits are important to restoring confidence in state government and workers’ compensation reform is critical to attracting job creators to Illinois.

State of the Village Address this Thursday

Monday, February 13th, 2017
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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
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank – Aurora
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Nutrivo
Rebecca Tanchick
1785 Edgelawn Drive, Aurora
(331) 256-8852
Nutritional Foods & Vitamins

Sharp Business Solutions
Vicki Drendel
1815 S. Meyers Road, Suite 100, Oakbrook Terrace
(630) 620-6024
Copier/Fax Sale & Service

Val’s Paper Passion
Valerie Winkfield
610 East 88th Street, Chicago
(312) 316-4813
Specialty Retail

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

State of the Village: North Aurora Address
Thursday, Feb. 16, 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

VONA

Join us for the Annual State of the Village address from President Dale Berman. Hear where the Village wants to go as a municipal government, as an organization, and as a community over the next several years. Meet with Village of North Aurora leadership and regional business owners. Find out what new and exciting opportunities are coming to North Aurora.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Northwestern Medicine, River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Signarama North Aurora, and Springs at Orchard Road.

Leadership Academy 2017 Applications Available
Play Video

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 3.

Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

Events for Members
State of the Village
Registration Now Open
Thursday, Feb. 16, 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

WYNTK Using Digital to Grow Your Business
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
495 N. Commons Drive, Aurora
Please pre-register

State of the City – Mayor’s Address
Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

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

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

Visit the Chamber blog:

General Assembly: Senate Package Update

General Assembly: House Bills Filed

Energy: Smart Meters

Human Services: Developmental Disabilities

Education: School Funding Reform Commission

Budget: FY17

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.

Food Hub Project Site Request for Information

Kane County Winter 2017 ExporTech Program

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Bee Atomic on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

General Assembly: Senate Package Update

Saturday, February 11th, 2017
On Wednesday, the Illinois Senate took action on four pieces of the Senate’s budget and reform package.  SB 3 (local government consolidation), SB 8 (procurement reform), and SB 10 (local government borrowing) all passed with a majority of Democrats voting in favor and Senate Republicans either voting ‘no’ or ‘present’ on the proposals. Senate leaders considered these three pieces to be “low hanging fruit” due to the non-controversial nature of the three.  While the three passed favorably, a motion has been filed to reconsider the votes on these three bills, therefore they remain in the Senate.  

SB 11 (pension reform) was also called for a vote but failed to receive a simple majority in the Senate; further proving that any high-profile bill such as pension reform or even a tax increase is going to need bi-partisan support.  On a technical note, due to the failure of SB 11, expect a new trailer bill to be introduced that would carry the pension reform language.

It was reported earlier in the week that the Senate Democrats were going to remove the business opportunity tax from SB 9 (tax omnibus bill) and replace it with an expansion of sales tax on food and drugs.  It was also reported that the new rate of sales tax would be reduced from 6.25% to 5.75%.  However, at this moment there has not been any official language filed in the Senate that reflects the reports.  


It is also worth mentioning that there were no amendments filed this week on SB 12 (workers’ compensation reform).  In addition, it has been widely reported that the minimum wage component to the package (SB 2) will be removed from the package. We remain opposed to the Senate’s due to the net-negative impact SB 9 would impose on the state’s business community.  

Expect new floor amendments for each bill to the package sometime next week.  Amendments would be added to 1) strip the minimum wage bill from each bill in the package, thus no longer requiring its passage, and 2) update each bill with the new pension reform trailer bill number.

General Assembly: House Bills Filed

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Deadline this week to file new House bills for 2017 spring session. As of Friday, February 10, 3,826 House bills had been filed by members of both parties. After the bill filing deadline, House committees will have six weeks to look at these measures and make determinations on which of them to send to the House floor for full consideration and debate. In some cases, the bills will be amended in committee; a bill is often changed and improved between when it is filed and when it is approved by both houses and signed into law. The deadline for House committee action will be March 31.

Leadership Academy, State of the Village

Monday, February 6th, 2017
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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
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank – Aurora
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

State of the Village: North Aurora Address
Thursday, Feb. 16, 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

VONA

Join us for the Annual State of the Village address from President Dale Berman. Hear where the Village wants to go as a municipal government, as an organization, and as a community over the next several years. Meet with Village of North Aurora leadership and regional business owners. Find out what new and exciting opportunities are coming to North Aurora.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Northwestern Medicine, River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Signarama North Aurora, and Springs at Orchard Road.

Leadership Academy 2017 Applications Available
Play Video

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 3.

Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

Events for Members
State of the Village
Registration Now Open
Thursday, Feb. 16, 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

WYNTK Using Digital to Grow Your Business
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
495 N. Commons Drive, Aurora
Please pre-register

State of the City – Mayor’s Address
Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

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

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

Visit the Chamber blog:

Human Services: Developmental Disabilities

Education: School Funding Reform Commission

Budget: FY17

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.

Caterpillar Inc.

Food Hub Project Site Request for Information

Fox Valley ‘Souperstars’ Join in the Fight Against Hunger

Kane County Winter 2017 ExporTech Program

VNA to Host Volunteer Open House on Feb. 7 in 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 Bee Atomic on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Human Services: Developmental Disabilities

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

House Republicans respond to Chicago Tribune investigative report with package of House bills. The legislative package, numbered HB 737 through HB 742, would require the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to sharply increase its oversight and monitoring of Illinois’ troubled system of group homes for persons with developmental disabilities. While many homes in this class provide good-quality care and residential services to their clients, investigative reporters for Chicago’s largest newspaper found that some do not. Serious cases of patient neglect were uncovered. The bills are meant to create a client-centered process when a DD group home gets its care license revoked.

The Chicago Tribune revelations were underlined when the state attempted to move 45 patients from one particular network of group homes (Disability Services of Illinois) to new locations that would provide a different quality of care. The process of legally moving these clients from one location to another is legally time-consuming and cumbersome, and while the moving process was taking place the first network of homes dispersed the patients. The Department of Human Services came under criticism when they were unable to share information to help law enforcement search for the missing Illinois residents, who were all eventually found and successfully relocated. HB 740, sponsored by Deputy Republican Leader Patti Bellock, will require the safe and secure storage of contact information and location information so that Illinois never again loses track of those of our residents who need help the most. Other bills in the reform package were sponsored by Rep. Terri Bryant and Rep. Charles Meier.

 

Education: School Funding Reform Commission

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Blue-ribbon commission announces consensus on what a new school funding formula should look like. State aid to schools is one of the largest appropriations of Illinois’ state budget. The complex formula, which is set forth in Illinois statute and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), includes a wide variety of tweaks and variables. Money that is not provided by federal or State aid must be brought in from property tax levies and concerns about the Illinois school funding formula are increasingly intertwined with concerns about Illinois property taxes and tax rates.

In July 2016, Governor Rauner and the four legislative leaders created the bipartisan, bicameral Illinois School Funding Reform Commission. The 25 members of the Commission were asked to revamp Illinois’ education funding formula to provide a more equitable and adequately funded system for all students. The Commission met for a final time on Wednesday, February 1 to finalize a report to submit to the Governor and General Assembly. The final report provides a framework on how to move forward in establishing an equitable school funding formula. It is the hope of the Commission that the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office can work together to put this framework into legislation to create a new, more equitable and adequate funding system for FY18.

The State of Illinois currently funds 26% of the total cost of Illinois primary and secondary education. It is the Commission’s hope that in the future, the State can be the primary funding source of education. In order to get to that level of funding, the Commission’s framework points to individual “adequacy targets” for each district based on the district’s individual needs, including student enrollment, teacher salaries, low-income students, and English language learners among other factors. This target will help districts and local residents understand how much a school must spend to provide an adequate and equitable education to each student. In addition, the Commission also agreed that any new school funding formula must provide transparency when it comes to local dollars being spent on education in hopes of lessening the State’s reliance on property taxes to fund education.

In its report, the Reform Commission announced that they have reached a consensus on what a new school funding formula framework would look like. The new framework is built upon the idea of “adequacy targets” to be met by schools and school districts; a school district’s eligibility for aid will be partly tied to evidence that one or more of their schools have fallen short of adequacy targets and that, at the same time, the school is making progress toward meeting these targets. The goal of this new paradigm is to concentrate aid on vulnerable students while not, at the same time, rewarding schools and school districts that sit on their hands and maintain a perpetual state of poor performance and outcomes.