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Illinois Has Tough Road Ahead

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This month marked a change in the political landscape of our great state. After 12 years of one-party leadership in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner began his term on Jan. 12. Two days later, the 99th General Assembly was sworn in. Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton were re-elected to their posts.

On Jan. 15, We Ask America polled 1,026 registered voters whether Republican Gov. Rauner should try to solve the state’s problems by working to find common ground with the Democratic-controlled legislature.

An overwhelming 67 percent said they want Rauner to find common ground, while 22 percent said he should take a more confrontational approach.

For months, we’ve read and heard how dire the forecast of our state’s economic outlook.

With the income tax dropping from 5 percent to 3.75 percent Jan. 1, the state is poised to collect $5 billion less in revenue, as spending grows and nearly $7 billion of unpaid bills wait to be paid.

Some projections of unfunded pension liabilities place the deficit as high as $110 billion.

Solutions are painful. Eliminating a deficit requires spending cuts or increases in taxes. Neither is popular.

Years of avoiding tough choices and doing nothing have devastated the FY 2015 budget. Little has been offered to offset the temporary tax elimination. FY 2015 will be challenging. FY 2016 will be worse.

The state is constrained as to what it can cut. Illinois cannot cut debt service or pension payments. After adjusting for matching revenue, it would take an estimated 20 percent in cuts to remaining spending — including education, Medicaid, public safety and transportation — to eliminate the deficit.

Borrowing to cover deficits would make our current problems even worse. Pay-later financing is a major contributor to the issue. A temporary, short-term fix, pay-later financing has long-term ramifications that we are now realizing.

The state’s fiscal problems have been mounting for decades. One single policy option will not be enough to solve Illinois’ fiscal problems. Some painful, difficult decisions will need to be made.

Having to pay previous years’ bills now means Illinoisans will need to reduce their expectations for government services. Moreover, we must be prepared to pay more for government services, now and in the future.

Illinois needs a long-term plan to address these problems. Our leaders and elected officials need the discipline it will take to hold to that plan.

While the Democrats hold majority in the State House and Senate and Gov. Rauner is Republican, our state needs to work together to solve its current problems.

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will continue to work with our business members and communities to share their needs and concerns. We look forward to working with our State elected officials to change Illinois’ future.

The chamber’s legislative agenda as well as local legislators’ contact information may be found on the chamber website. For updates on legislative activities, follow the chamber on Facebook and twitter.

Leadership, Programs, New Members in This Week’s Newsletter

Monday, January 26th, 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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January 26, 2015
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
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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
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
ieple, LLC.
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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Patio Restaurant of Aurora, Inc.
John Koliopoulos
Steve Koliopoulos
4400 Fox Valley Center Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 820-8800
Restaurants & Taverns

Chihuahua Tire Shop
Monica Rodriguez
1201 Aurora Avenue Ln.
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 844-9500
Auto Repair

Procam Photo & Video Gear
Roy Flieth
4300 Westbrook Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 631-0907
Photographers & Supplies, Retail

Inland Real Estate
Bill Goodwin
201 East Veterans Parkway
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 553-3600
Real Estate

Advanced Physicians
Debbie Brooks
3052 Weber Dr.
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 898-9700
Health Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Leadership Academy Begins Next Month
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area. This program focuses on the unique strengths of our community and encourages a diverse mix of participants to engage in our community’s success.

Again this year, we are partnering with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to provide the opportunity to a wider audience.

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

For more information and application, visit the Chamber website.

Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, January 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m.
Bright Oaks of Aurora, 161 S. Lincolnway, Suite 302, North Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, January 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, January 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Old Second National Bank
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting – Change of Date
Tuesday, February 3, at 4 p.m.
Sunnymere, 925 Sixth Ave., Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
Martin Whalen Office Solutions

Thank you to Martin Whalen Office Solutions, Inc. for sponsoring the January “Coffee & Connections.”

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

Board Nominations Sought
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the Nominating Committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Friday, February 13, at 5:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to twenty-two (22) persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing.

U.S. Chamber Federation Partnership
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is continuously looking for ways to provide our members with additional services and resources. Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that welcomes you, through your existing membership with the Aurora Chamber, as a new member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at no additional cost.

For more information, check out the Aurora Chamber blog.

Souper Bowl of Caring Nears
Join the movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving

For the last 20 years, the Souper Bowl of Caring has shown Americans that while we are preparing to enjoy the Super Bowl, we can help out those who don’t have a bowl of soup to eat.

On Saturday, January 31, student volunteers from across the country are coming together once again to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

For more information, visit the blog post.

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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Leadership Academy Nears

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Leadership Academy

The Aurora Regional Leadership Academy offers a center for excellence for the development of leaders in the Fox Valley area. The Academy provides an opportunity for future community leaders of diverse backgrounds and interests to gain knowledge, business acumen, and skills in building community. In addition, participants gain an expanded professional network necessary to assume leadership roles in the rapidly changing public, private, and non-profit sectors.

This year, the Aurora Chamber is excited to partner again with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce in offering this program to the region.

The Leadership Academy has fostered a rich diversity of Aurora area leadership since its inception in 1979. Importantly, the Academy promotes strong relations among leaders from a variety of occupations, backgrounds, and demographics. The relationships have proven to be immensely beneficial both to the civic well-being of the Aurora region, to the participants, and to their employers.

The program brings together individuals who have demonstrated leadership or leadership potential in their careers – both professional and civic – in order to enhance the quality of civic and community leadership throughout our region. Participants examine issues of education, healthcare, crime and violence, economic development, community leadership, diversity, and more. They meet with experts and practitioners and they visit key institutions. Participants develop an informed understanding of where and how they can direct their own civic and community leadership efforts and how their own organization can make a greater impact.

Curriculum

The Academy’s 10-session curriculum is designed and organized to give participants a wide range of topics and programs to expand their knowledge of the community. Topics include:

  • Social Services
  • Local Government
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Civil Service
  • Community Awareness
  • Leadership
  • Economic Development
  • and More

 

Throughout, exercises and projects will strengthen each attendee’s leadership and personal development. Each participant will work within the group on a project to benefit the community.

Benefits

Participants develop skills in:

  • Leading others
  • Facilitating positive change
  • Building coalitions
  • Problem solving

 

Employers benefit by:

  • Employees with heightened leadership skills
  • Participation in a community network
  • A greater understanding of community diversity

 

The Community benefits by developing community leaders and volunteers that can provide solutions.

For more information on the Academy, including a registration form and program outline, visit AuroraChamber.com/leadership.asp. Deadline for application to the program is Tuesday, Feb. 2. First class is Friday, Feb. 6, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora.

Small Business Members Get Added Benefit

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is continuously looking for ways to provide our members with additional services and resources. Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that welcomes you, through your existing membership with the Aurora Chamber, as a new member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at no additional cost.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation and 96% of their members are small businesses like you. Through your membership with the U.S. Chamber, you will have access to the many valuable benefits designed specifically for small businesses, including the toolkits available on Small Business Nation, news and advocacy updates, and other products, services, and publications.

In the coming week, you will receive an email directly from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce providing you with your membership number and information on how to access the many resources now available to you. Be sure to add smallbusiness@uschambersmallbusinessnation.com to your address book to ensure the email reaches you. We hope you find as much value in your membership with the U.S. Chamber as we have.

If you have any questions on this additional benefit, please contact the Aurora Chamber at (630) 256-3180 or via email info@aurorachamber.com.

 

Souper Bowl of Caring Nears

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Join the movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving

For the last 20 years, the Souper Bowl of Caring has shown Americans that while we are preparing to enjoy the Super Bowl, we can help out those who don’t have a bowl of soup to eat.

On Saturday, January 31, student volunteers from across the country are coming together once again to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

Won’t you join us as we join them?

In cooperation with Jewel-Osco, Fox Valley United Way is working together to help fill the shelves at the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and the Kendall County Food Pantry. Each year these pantries experience a significant reduction in donations after the holidays, limiting their ability to help families who are struggling to avoid homelessness.

This year, youth volunteers and adult supervisors will be accepting monetary and food donations at seven locations in and around Aurora and in Kendall County.

How can you help?

  • Host a food drive at your place of work. Ask employees to bring non-perishable food items to be gathered and delivered to the Fox Valley United Way office by Monday, February 2. We can help you with posters and flyers for the event. We can also arrange a pick-up to make it easier.
  • Make a monetary donation. Checks should be made payable to the Fox Valley United Way – Feed the Hungry Initiative. Cash donations can also be brought to the Fox Valley United Way office located at 44 East Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505. Or you can contribute by credit card on our website at www.uwfoxvalley.org .
  • Go to your local Jewel-Osco store on Saturday, January 31, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and drop off a cash donation or help fill the food bin.

For more information, including a list of locations, please contact Deborah Collins at Fox Valley United Way – 630-896-4636. You can also visit www.uwfoxvalley.com.

 

Your Weekly Newsletter from Aurora Chamber has Arrived

Monday, January 12th, 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
January 12, 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
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
ieple, LLC.
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

Welcome New Members

ieple, LLC.
Clementina Jimenez
P.O. Box 8
Eola, IL 60519
(866) 781-4009
Technology

Oak Trust Credit Union
Cindy Williams
444 N. Eola Rd. Ste. 101
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 792-2928
Development

Loaves & Fishes Community Services
Jody Bender
1871 High Grove Ln
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-3663
Community Based Options

Country Financial – Stan Rayford, MBA
Stan Rayford
1161 Oak St. Unit 4
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 853-4596
Financial Planning Services

 

Contact Us


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

 

 

Economic Outlook 2015
Economic Outlook 2015
Leadership Academy Begins Next Month
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area. This program focuses on the unique strengths of our community and encourages a diverse mix of participants to engage in our community’s success.

Again this year, we are partnering with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to provide the opportunity to a wider audience.

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

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

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, February 6. 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.

For more information and application, visit the Chamber website.

Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, January 13, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, January 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, January 20, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by Martin Whalen Office Solutions, Inc.

Economic Outlook 2015
Thursday, January 22, at 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, January 22, at 4:00 p.m.
Sunnymere, Inc., 925 Sixth Ave., Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, January 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m.
Bright Oaks of Aurora, 161 S. Lincolnway, Suite 302, North Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, January 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, January 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
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.

Happy Holidays: News from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, December 22nd, 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.
Header
December 22, 2014
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
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

 

 

Happy Holidays from the Aurora Regional Chamber
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Aurora Regional Chamber, we want to wish you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year. Thank you for your partnership with the Chamber this past year. We look forward to working with you in 2015.
Public Policy Update: Illinois Tax Rate Changes
Effective January 1, 2015, the Illinois income tax reduces to 3.75 percent for individuals. Employers can locate the payroll withholding tables for 2015 here.

Also, effective January 1, 2015, the Illinois corporate income tax rate reduces from 7 percent (plus the 2.5 percent personal property replacement tax) to 5.25 percent (plus 2.5 percent personal property replacement tax for a total rate of 7.75 percent).

Economic Outlook 2015
Economic Outlook 2015
ScaleUp Aurora to Launch; Tools,
Support Offered
The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is launching a new initiative that is designed to provide support to companies currently generating revenues between $150,000 and $750,000 and ready to grow! The ultimate goal of the ScaleUp Aurora initiative is to continue the WBDC’s mission of creating jobs and fueling economic growth.

The ScaleUp Aurora program takes cohort participants through interactive modules that connect training to the business boardroom, where decisions are really made!

Through the 12-week program, cohort participants will gain practical skills they can put into action, including a strategic growth plan with customized action items to scale up their businesses to the next level! Accessing capital is critical for growing businesses and the WBDC will guide business owners on how to become more bankable as well as provide direct lending opportunities to cohort participants as appropriate.

At the conclusion of the program, not only will participants have the tools to grow but they will also have access to a professional support network and mentors, at no cost.

For more information, visit the WBDC’s website.

Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Chamber offices closed
Thursday, Dec. 25
Thursday, Jan. 1

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 8, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora 60506

Economic Forecast
Thursday, Jan. 22, at 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora 60504
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Sunnymere
Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4:00 p.m.
Sunnymere, Inc., 925 Sixth Avenue, Aurora 60505

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons, Aurora 60504

Leadership Academy
Begins Friday, Feb. 6, at 8:30 a.m.

Premier Members
Premier Members
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.

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.
Header
December 08, 2014
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
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
Holiday Celebration
Holiday Celebration

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.

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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.

COA Veterans Advisory Council Seeks Support

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

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.

Contact the VAC with questions.

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