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IMSA Invites You to Innovation Breakfast

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

IMSA invites you to share in the discussion and planning for their Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2). The state-of-the-art innovation center is designed to ignite collaboration and entrepreneurial activity among students, educators, business and the community to solve real-world problems. This renovated 6400-square-foot physical space, due to open May of 2016, will be the home to IN2 a cross generational STEM community hub at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Your input helps plan for future programming and operations.

Please Join IMSA leadership as well as Chamber and community leaders for the discussion.

Friday, May 1, 2015
7:15 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Conclusion

Register here.

Your Weekly News from the Aurora Chamber

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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April 21, 2015
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
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

HACIA Scholarship Foundation
Cristina Aguirre
650 W. Lake St. Ste. 415
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 575-0389
Construction Services

Dee’s Place
Kareem Abdullah
1271 N. Lake St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(312) 905-4044
Restaurant

 

Contact Us

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

 

State of the City Address Recap
Thank you to Mayor Tom Weisner for joining us at the annual State of the City address last week. For those wishing to view the address, please click on http://www.aurorausa.com/.And, again, we would like to thank the generous Chamber members who sponsored the event, including:

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Cadence Health
Centrue Bank
Chicago Premium Outlets
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
FHP-O-Cedar
First Midwest Bank
Heartland Recycling
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
HRGreen
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Republic Services
Restoration Techs
Rush-Copley Medical Center
SmithAmundsen
Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.
Waubonsee Community College

 

IMSA Invites You to Innovation Breakfast
IMSA invites you to share in the discussion and planning for their Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2). The state-of-the-art innovation center is designed to ignite collaboration and entrepreneurial activity among students, educators, business and the community to solve real-world problems. This renovated 6400-square-foot physical space, due to open May of 2016, will be the home to IN2 a cross generational STEM community hub at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Your input helps plan for future programming and operations.Please Join IMSA leadership as well as Chamber and community leaders for the discussion.

Friday, May 1, 2015
7:15 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Conclusion

Register

2015 Golf Classic presented by FirstMerit Bank
Tuesday, June 23, at Orchard Valley Golf CourseThank you to FirstMerit Bank for their continued support of the Golf Classic as a Presenting Sponsor. Sponsorships are available – ranging from $250 to $1,500 – and feature a number of great benefits at a remarkable value. Please contact info@aurorachamber.com for details.

Watch your email this Friday when we will announce the opening of registration.

Simon Sinek to Discuss Team Successes
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has invited members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce to attend renowned leadership expert and best-selling author, Simon Sinek on Tuesday, May 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Community Christian Church – Yellow Box,1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville.Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Come Together and Others Don’t

Simon will explain what it takes to create an environment in which people work as they were designed-together. It is under these conditions we are at our natural best.

When registering, click on Chamber Member registration, and add “Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce” in the comments.

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars & Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber officesBusiness Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 28, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Smart Beginnings
Thursday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m.
4105 Healthway Dr., Aurora

Save these dates:
May 19: Coffee & Connections
June 11: Multi-Chamber Business After Hours at Mooseheart
July 8: ACA Compliance Program

Member News
Check out this week’s news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members.
Business Poll: Veterans Council Seeks Input
The City of Aurora Veterans Advisory Committee wants to know whether your business offers a discount on programs, services, or products for our Veterans. To participate in the survey, please take the following brief survey: Take Survey
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.

State of the City Address Recap

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Thank you to Mayor Tom Weisner for joining us at the annual State of the City address last week. For those wishing to view the address, please click on http://www.aurorausa.com/.

 

And, again, we would like to thank the generous Chamber members who sponsored the event, including:

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.

Cadence Health

Centrue Bank

Chicago Premium Outlets

Cordogan, Clark & Associates

Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum

Engineering Enterprises, Inc.

FHP – O-Cedar

First Midwest Bank

Heartland Recycling

Hollywood Casino – Aurora

HRGreen

Mitutoyo America Corporation

Old Second National Bank

OnLight Aurora

Presence Mercy Medical Center

R.C. Wegman Construction Company

Rasmussen College

Republic Services

Restoration Techs

Rush-Copley Medical Center

SmithAmundsen

Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.

Waubonsee Community College

This Week’s Newsletter: State of the City, More

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

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

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
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Tommy Hilfiger
Meg Coleman
1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Ste. 745
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 236-8749
Retail

Roundy’s Supermarket – Mariano’s
Victor Karlson
3025 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 236-0683
Grocer

Above Board Indoor Environmental
Barton Robertson
Montgomery, IL 60538
(630) 973-6099
Mold Remediation/Fire Damage Restoration

The Studio at 46 West
Wally Kilburg
46 W. New York St., First Floor
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 235-1651
Photographer

Rocktown Adventures
Kevin Versino
107 Spruce St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 506-5706
Retail/Outdoor Sports

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

State of the City this Thursday; Broadcast Available Online
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner
Mayor, City of Aurora

Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

To view the presentation online, visit www.aurora-il.org

Thank You to the Following Sponsors

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Cadence Health
Centrue Bank
Chicago Premium Outlets
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
FHP-O-Cedar
First Midwest Bank
Heartland Recycling
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
HRGreen
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Republic Services
Restoration Techs
Rush-Copley Medical Center
SmithAmundsen
Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.
Waubonsee Community College

 

Premier Members
Premier Members
2015 Golf Classic presented by FirstMerit Bank
Tuesday, June 23, at Orchard Valley Golf Course

Thank you to FirstMerit Bank for their continued support of the Golf Classic as a Presenting Sponsor. Sponsorships are available – ranging from $250 to $1,500 – and feature a number of great benefits at a remarkable value. Please contact info@aurorachamber.com for details.

Watch your email this Friday when we will announce the opening of registration.

IMSA Invites You to Innovation Breakfast
IMSA invites you to share in the discussion and planning for their Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2). The state-of-the-art innovation center is designed to ignite collaboration and entrepreneurial activity among students, educators, business and the community to solve real-world problems. This renovated 6400-square-foot physical space, due to open May of 2016, will be the home to IN2 a cross generational STEM community hub at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Your input helps plan for future programming and operations.

Please Join IMSA leadership as well as Chamber and community leaders for the discussion.

Friday, May 2, 2015
7:15 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Conclusion

Register

Simon Sinek to Discuss Team Successes
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has invited members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce to attend renowned leadership expert and best-selling author, Simon Sinek on Tuesday, May 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Community Christian Church – Yellow Box,1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Come Together and Others Don’t

Simon will explain what it takes to create an environment in which people work as they were designed-together. It is under these conditions we are at our natural best.

When registering, click on Chamber Member registration, and add “Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce” in the comments.

Register

Public Policy Update
A collection of reports from numerous local races and referenda may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 14, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting- WIT-Enterprises
Tuesday, April 14, at 4:00 9.m.
481 N. Commons Dr., Ste. F
Aurora, IL

State of the City 2015
Sold Out
Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Register

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 28, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Register

Save these dates:
May 19: Coffee & Connections
July 8: ACA Compliance Program

Member News
Check out this week’s news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members.
Business Poll: Veterans Council Seeks Input
The City of Aurora Veterans Advisory Committee wants to know whether your business offers a discount on programs, services, or products for our Veterans. To participate in the survey, please take the following brief survey: Take Survey
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.

IMSA Invites You to Innovation Breakfast

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

IMSA invites you to share in the discussion and planning for their Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2). The state-of-the-art innovation center is designed to ignite collaboration and entrepreneurial activity among students, educators, business and the community to solve real-world problems. This renovated 6400-square-foot physical space, due to open May of 2016, will be the home to IN2 a cross generational STEM community hub at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Your input helps plan for future programming and operations.

Please Join IMSA leadership as well as Chamber and community leaders for the discussion.

Friday, May 2, 2015

7:15 a.m. Registration

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Conclusion

 

Registration.

Early Voting Continues, Veterans Council Seeks Input, More

Monday, March 30th, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
March 30, 2015
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

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
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Brian Gore
1 S. River Rd.
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 859-8008
Auto Repair

Grothman Clinic of Chiropractic, P.C.
Francis Lopez
845 N. Lake St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 844-1244
Chiropractic Office

Distinctive Dentistry and Oral Surgery
Dr. Conrad Magno
1220 W. Ogden Ave., Ste. A
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 848-1212
Dentistry

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Your Vote Counts
Vote

Early voting runs through April 4. Vote now or April 7. Check out the Chamber blog for recent posts as well as information on the April election, including races, polling locations, and more.
Business Poll: Veterans Council Seeks Input
The City of Aurora Veterans Advisory Committee wants to know whether your business offers a discount on programs, services, or products for our Veterans. To participate in the survey, please take the following brief survey: Take Survey
State of the City Registration Sold Out
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner
Mayor, City of Aurora

Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Sold Out

Register

To be placed on the wait list, please email info@aurorachamber.com today.

Thank You to the Following Sponsors

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Cadence Health
Centrue Bank
Chicago Premium Outlets
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
FHP-O-Cedar
First Midwest Bank
Heartland Recycling
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
HRGreen
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Republic Services
Restoration Techs
Rush-Copley Medical Center
SmithAmundsen
Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.
Waubonsee Community College

 

Public Policy Update
In addition, many public policy highlights (courtesy of the Ill. House Republicans), may be found on the blog.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 8, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 14, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting- WIT-Enterprises
Tuesday, April 14, at 4:00 9.m.
481 N. Commons Dr., Ste. F
Aurora, IL

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 28, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Register

State of the City 2015
Sold Out
Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Register

Save these dates:
May 1: Innovate Breakfast at IMSA
May 19: Coffee & Connections
June 11: Business After Hours: Mooseheart
June 23: Aurora Chamber Golf Classic 2015
July 8: ACA Compliance Program
July 23: Business After Hours: Hesed House
August 11: Multi-Chamber Women In Business Luncheon

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
Check out this week’s news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members.
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.

Illinois schools have biggest funding gap in nation

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune and Phil Kadner

Illinois has the most unfair school funding system in the nation, according to a study released this week by The Education Trust.

The state’s school districts with the greatest number of students living in poverty receive substantially fewer state and local dollars than their more affluent counterparts — nearly 20 percent less, according to the study.

In addition, it contends that school districts with the largest enrollments of minority students receive 16 percent less than those districts serving the fewest.

This comes on the heels of another study by WalletHub that contends that Illinois’ tax structure places a greater burden on the poor and middle class than any other in the nation. It says Illinois has the second-worst tax system in the nation for low-income workers, who on average pay 12.1 percent of their income in taxes (that includes property, sales and income taxes) and the worst tax system for middle-income wage earners, taking 11.3 percent of their income.

While the statistics may be new, none of this comes as a surprise to anyone who has looked at either of these issues over the past 20 years.

And to a great extent, both of those ratings can be traced to this state’s overreliance on the property tax to fund the schools.

The property tax system doesn’t tax wealth. It has nothing to do with a person’s ability to pay. In fact, as a person gets older and finds himself living on a fixed income, loses his job or finds new employment at a lower wage, property tax bills remain the same or continue to increase, often forcing people to sell their homes.

Using the property tax to primarily finance public education allows a school district with the greatest property wealth (whose students typically start out with more advantages), to spend more on teacher salaries and extracurricular programs, while forcing districts with a comparatively small property tax base to cut corners.

All of this is created by legislative policies set in Springfield, and none of it happened by accident.

 

For the full article, visit the Chicago Tribune.

Aurora Veterans Council Seeks Input

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

The City of Aurora Veterans Advisory Committee wants to know whether your business offers a discount on programs, services, or products for our Veterans.

To participate in the survey, please take the following brief survey: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eas2bouvi7ulm1mz/start

Aurora Candidate Forum Tomorrow Morning

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
March 23, 2015
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

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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
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Goodwill Store & Donation Center
Beth Nowaczynski
1543 Mesa Lane
Aurora, IL 60502
Retail

Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Kelly Heldman
2567 W. Sullivan Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-1313
Church

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

State of the City Registration Sold Out
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner
Mayor, City of Aurora

Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Sold Out

Register

To be placed on the wait list, please email info@aurorachamber.com today.

Thank You to the Following Sponsors

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Cadence Health
Centrue Bank
Chicago Premium Outlets
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
FHP-O-Cedar
First Midwest Bank
Heartland Recycling
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
HRGreen
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Republic Services
Restoration Techs
Rush-Copley Medical Center
SmithAmundsen
Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.
Waubonsee Community College

 

Aurora City Council Candidate Forum Set;
Join Us Tomorrow Morning
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with the Fox Valley Political Action Committee and the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to host a Candidates’ Forum for City Council candidates on Tuesday, March 24, at the Copley Theatre in North Island Center. The event begins with coffee and informal introductions at 8:00 a.m. followed by questions from the business community at 8:30 a.m. The event will conclude by approximately 10:00 a.m.

The format at 8:30 that morning is a two-minute introduction from those participating followed by questions posed by a moderator to the candidates. While all candidates on the ballot are being invited, the questions will be posed to those candidates in contested races. Candidates will have two minutes to respond to the question.

Public Policy Update
Early voting begins today, Monday, March 23, and runs through April 4. Vote now or April 7. Check out the Chamber blog for recent posts as well as information on the April election, including races, polling locations, and more.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

City Council Candidates Forum
Tuesday, March 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Copley Theatre in North Island Center

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by: Zippy Shell Fox Valley
Register

State of the City 2015
Sold Out
Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Register

Save these dates:
May 1: Innovate Breakfast at IMSA
May 19: Coffee & Connections
June 11: Business After Hours: Mooseheart
June 23: Aurora Chamber Golf Classic 2015
July 8: ACA Compliance Program
July 23: Business After Hours: Hesed House
August 11: Multi-Chamber Women In Business Luncheon

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Please, Please! Vote on Tuesday, April 7

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

A Consolidated Election will be held Tuesday, April 7. Voters will be asked to weigh in on a number of races and referenda, including:

  • Aurora City Council
  • Village of North Aurora Trustees
  • Waubonsee Community College Trustees
  • Batavia School Board
  • East Aurora School Board
  • Indian Prairie School Board
  • Kaneland School Board
  • Oswego School Board
  • West Aurora School Board
  • West Aurora School District Referendum

 

Early Voting is open March 23 through April 4. City of Aurora residents in Kane, Kendall, and Will counties who may have missed the registration deadline, may be eligible to vote during the Grace Period.

To find your polling place, click here.

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and Fox Valley PAC encourage you to share this voting information with your friends, employees, and family. While our community and region continue to bounce back from years of economic difficulty, it is critical that we take the time to vote and express our voice.

For those wanting to meet the candidates for Aurora City Council, the Chamber and PAC (in collaboration with the Quad County African American Chamber) are hosting a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, March 24, at 8:00 a.m. at the Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., in downtown Aurora. Thank you to Rasmussen College for providing refreshments for the event.