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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.
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
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.

Sold Out: State of the City 2015

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

 
State of the City 2015

The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner’s Annual Address
Join us Thursday, April 16, at 11:00 a.m. to hear from Mayor Weisner.

From highlights of 2014 to major announcements for 2015 and forward, Mayor Weisner’s annual State of the City Address is an opportunity for business leaders, community members, and our elected officials to hear the latest from the Mayor. Space is limited.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Registration & Networking at 11:00 a.m.
Lunch at 12:00 p.m.
State of the City Address at 12:50 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner,
Mayor, City of Aurora

Mayor Weisner is currently serving his third term as Mayor of Aurora, the state’s second largest city, with a population of nearly 200,000. As Aurora’s Mayor for nearly a decade, Weisner has propelled this former “blue-collar town” into the 21st century as a high performing, progressive city by strengthening neighborhoods, revitalizing Aurora’s riverfront core, promoting sustainable development practices, developing a top-notch telecommunication infrastructure and vastly reducing crime. By focusing on public private partnerships to spur revitalization, Weisner is successfully cleaning up polluted riverfront areas and breathing new life into Aurora’s downtown urban core.

 

 
Thank You to Our Sponsors

Copyright © 2015 Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

This Week’s News for Aurora Chamber Members

Wednesday, March 11th, 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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Elite Members

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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
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.
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

Idilus, LLC
Matt Peterson
4320 Winfield Rd., Ste. 125
Warrenville, IL
(877) 545-5665
PEO, Human Resources & Employment Services

 

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

Aurora City Council Candidate Forum Set
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
Updates from Illinois Senate Democrats, Illinois House Republican Leader, and Illinois Chamber hint at priorities in Springfield this session. Details can be found on the Chamber blog.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 10, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber officesBusiness Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 12, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by: Aurora University
Register

Ribbon Cutting: M/I Homes Lehigh Station
Thursday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m.
847 Station Blvd., Aurora

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
Bernina of America, a manufacturer of home sewing, quilting and embroidery machines for more than 120 years, introduced its first Longarm quilting machine, the Bernina Q 24 Longarm.SCORE Fox Valley 2015 Small Business Forum will be Tuesday, March 31, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus, 1120 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville. The afternoon event will feature 12 educational sessions in a half-day format.

Join Naper Settlement for their April 2015 Events and Programs; Wednesday Walking Club, Flashback Friday – Meet a Curator, History Speaks Lecture Series, Super Scout Sunday, Naper Wine and Dine. More information is available online.

Save the date for Naper Wine & Dine on Monday, April 27, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit education and preservation initiatives at Naper Settlement.

2015 Kiwanis Pancake Day & Blood Drive will be Saturday, March 21, from 7:00 a.m. to noon at Aurora Central Catholic High School.

Refer a Prospective Member During March
It is always the right time to refer a prospective business! When you refer a prospective member in March and they join, you and your business will be highlighted in our eNewsletter and receive ChamberBucks to use toward an eBlast, membership list, website sponsorship or a Fox Valley Networking breakfast. Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership.
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.

This Week’s Policy Updates

Monday, March 9th, 2015

From the Illinois Senate Democrats:

House hears Manar school funding reform for first time

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) testified before an Illinois House committee this week, outlining details of his need-based school funding reform package, Senate Bill 1.

“It’s important to start this conversation early so representatives can educate themselves and their constituents about the need for better school funding. We had some marathon meetings in the Senate last year, but this was the first formal conversation we’ve had in the House,” Manar said. For more, visit the Illinois Senate Democrats blog.

Holmes supports consolidating local governments

Seeking to eliminate some redundancy from local government, State Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) voiced her support for legislation aimed at bringing separate forest preserve districts into county government.

“Illinois is cited time and again as having too many layers of government, more than any other state in the country,” Holmes said. “We need to find efficiency where we can. If most counties in the state can manage their forest preserves within county government, DuPage County can do the same.” For more, visit the Illinois Senate Democrats blog.

From the House Republican Leader:

Concerns continue as no agreement reached on growing spending crisis. With the FY15 budget more than $1.6 billion out of balance, more and more subsectors of the Illinois economy were affected this week. House Republicans reaffirmed their commitment to solving issues related to immediate funding issues faced by child care, corrections, and court reporter sectors of the economy.

“The unbalanced FY15 budget needs to be corrected immediately and brought into balance,” asserted House Republican Leader Jim Durkin on Tuesday, March 3. Pointing to the State’s failure under former Gov. Pat Quinn to meet its constitutional responsibility to enact a balanced budget, Durkin and his leadership team pledged to help “clean up the mess Governor Rauner inherited on January 12, 2015.”

Filing deadline sees 4,140 bills submitted for House consideration. The filing deadline was Friday, February 27, and by the close of business House members had turned in 4,140 substantive and appropriations bills for their colleagues to look at. Not all of these bills will get out of committee for full House consideration. Some filings, such as appropriations bills and resolutions, will continue after the deadline.

House committees have three more weeks, until March 27, to look at the bills filed before the deadline. Bills that fail to meet this deadline can be worked on by their sponsors and other interested parties for possible future action in the 2016 spring session. In many cases, a bill needs to be carefully looked at before it becomes a law. The status of bills filed in the Illinois House and Senate can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website.

Demmer bill could make equity crowdfunding a reality in Illinois. Current technology allows small businesses to solicit investments and raise capital from friends and acquaintances over the Internet, but Illinois law does not currently allow this activity. Cumbersome laws and regulations require the seller of equity in a firm to follow complex Wall Street-style safety requirements intended to prevent large-scale investment swindles. These regulations are not closely matched to the needs of a small community that hopes to raise money for a neighborhood-oriented commercial enterprise such as a coffee shop, craft store, or small movie theater.

Ironically, it is easier under current law in Illinois to get people to donate charity funds online through a social-media aggregator, such as Kickstarter, than it is to raise equity funds through crowdfunding. This is true even though a typical investor in an equity crowdfunding network is often not looking to “strike it rich” or earn a substantial return on his or her “investment.” Typical crowdfunded enterprises tend to be small-scale enterprises that thicken the social bonds of a community. They tend to be startups and small businesses.

Representative Tom Demmer has introduced HB 3091 to legalize some crowdfunding in Illinois. To be eligible to solicit an investment through HB 3091-style crowdfunding, a small enterprise will have to do substantially all of its business here in Illinois; firms that do transactions that cross state lines will continue to have to follow federal law. HB 3091 was filed on Wednesday, February 25, and was referred to the House Rules Committee.

From the Illinois Chamber of Commerce:

First State of the Budget Speech Outlines Massive Cuts, Plans for Growth

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s speech signals a much-needed return to fiscal sanity. Rauner dubbed this the “turnaround budget”, and it’s a plan that the state’s business community should support. Rauner included pension reform, cost cutting, streamlining rules and regulations, and tax reform as priorities, and the Chamber couldn’t be happier to hear that we have a champion for the state’s economy in the governor’s office.

 

“For far too long, we’ve been spending beyond our means,” Rauner said. “Saying nois not popular. But it is now or never for Illinois. It’s make or break time.” Rauner was harshly criticized for suggesting cuts, although in many cases, the funding will be higher next fiscal year with the example of an additional $300 million for education. He also touched on the current budget crisis, which sports a $1.6 billion dollar hole, and hopes the legislature will give him the authority to re-allocate current dollars to pay for prison guards, court reporters, and day care centers.

The Chamber’s statement that day explained that “Years of fiscal games have come to close with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s state of the budget speech today.” Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch continued, “The Illinois Chamber has asked for financial stability for years, and acknowledges that this spending outline is what fiscal reality looks like. The business community anticipated the considerable pain in the governor’s speech because taxing and spending was never going to fix the problem. This is the day the check is due.”

 

 

This Week’s Chamber Newsletter

Wednesday, March 4th, 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 04, 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
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

Immigration Law Office of Jeremy Lime
Jeremy Lime
900 N. Lake St., Ste. 200
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 995-3088
DLegal Services

M/I Homes – Lehigh Station
Tanya Naji
847 Station Blvd., Ste. 230
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 577-5220
Builders & Developers

Smart Beginnings
Marie Bill
4105 Healthway Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 618-3797
Childcare

Trust Lending
Aaron Resnick
3 N. Lincolnway
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 800-2702
Loans

 

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 Open
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

$50 General Admission
$35 Aurora Chamber Members

Register

Thank You to the Following Sponsors

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

Public Policy Update
Last week, the House was in session Wednesday and Thursday. The deadline for bill introductions in the House was Friday. Senate members spent the week in district. Senate-bill introductions concluded last Friday. The next substantive deadline is Friday, March 27, which is the deadline for bills to be passed out of standing committees.

Deadlines are for stand-alone introductions. As such, introduced bills may be amended at any time. Committee hearings for both houses will begin this week.

A brief listing of some of the recent introductions can be found on the Chamber blog.

Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Ribbon Cutting: Stericycle
Tuesday, March 3, at 10:00 a.m.
3557 Butterfield Rd., Suite 151, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Dr. Gadget
Friday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m.
4430 E. New York St., Aurora

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 10, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 12, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting: M/I Homes Lehigh Station
Thursday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m.
847 Station Blvd., Aurora

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

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
Register

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

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
PLS

Thank you to PL$ for sponsoring the February Fox Valley Networking Professionals Breakfast.

Advocate Dreyer Medical Clinic new West Aurora facility is scheduled to open in March of 2016 and will offer primary and specialty care.

Naper Settlement‘s Camp Naper Summer Day Camps registration begins March 1, for kids in grades one through eight. More information is available online.

The Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professionals, has awarded initial accreditation status to Waubonsee’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Paramedic program. Waubonsee Community College and Delnor Hospital have partnered to develop and operate the EMT-Paramedic program since 2007.

Refer a Prospective Member During March
It is always the right time to refer a prospective business! When you refer a prospective member in March and they join, you and your business will be highlighted in our eNewsletter and receive ChamberBucks to use toward an eBlast, membership list, website sponsorship or a Fox Valley Networking breakfast. Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership.
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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Register Today for 2015 State of the City Address

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

 
You’re Invited: State of the City 2015

The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner’s Annual Address
Join us Thursday, April 16, at 11:00 a.m. to hear from Mayor Weisner.

From highlights of 2014 to major announcements for 2015 and forward, Mayor Weisner’s annual State of the City Address is an opportunity for business leaders, community members, and our elected officials to hear the latest from the Mayor. Space is limited.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Registration & Networking at 11:00 a.m.
Lunch at 12:00 p.m.
State of the City Address at 12:50 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner,
Mayor, City of Aurora

Mayor Weisner is currently serving his third term as Mayor of Aurora, the state’s second largest city, with a population of nearly 200,000. As Aurora’s Mayor for nearly a decade, Weisner has propelled this former “blue-collar town” into the 21st century as a high performing, progressive city by strengthening neighborhoods, revitalizing Aurora’s riverfront core, promoting sustainable development practices, developing a top-notch telecommunication infrastructure and vastly reducing crime. By focusing on public private partnerships to spur revitalization, Weisner is successfully cleaning up polluted riverfront areas and breathing new life into Aurora’s downtown urban core.

 

 
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Recent Bills Introduced in General Assembly

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Last week, the House was in session Wednesday and Thursday. The deadline for bill introductions in the House was Friday. Senate members spent the week in district. Senate-bill introductions concluded last Friday. The next substantive deadline is Friday, March 27, which is the deadline for bills to be passed out of standing committees.

Deadlines are for stand-alone introductions. As such, introduced bills may be amended at any time. Committee hearings for both houses will begin this week.

Here is a brief listing of some of the recent introductions.

SB 1836 creates the Healthy Workplace Act and requires employers to provide seven paid sick days to part-time and full-time employees each year they are employed.

HB 3554 provides that employees must be given notice of the shifts to be worked two weeks in advance of the scheduled shift. In addition, it establishes requirements for minimum pay for working shifts outside of scheduled shifts.

HB 3619 expands the Equal Pay Act of 2003 to include all employers rather any employer with four or more employees. It increases the maximum civil penalty for all violations to $5,000.

HB 3336 provides a sales tax exemption for building materials, machinery, and equipment used in the construction and operation of data centers. It includes an electricity excise tax exemption to help offset some of the high-power costs incurred in the operation of data centers.

SB 1863 would encourage new investment in several infrastructure areas including public buildings, transportation assets, and other public assets that are in dire need of improvements.

SB 1660 focuses on the EDGE Credit sale or transfer. The EDGE credit is a credit against the Illinois Income Tax Act awarded for a combination of investment and new job creation in Illinois. This legislation provides that a company that is unable to use the credit against its own income taxes because it has no income may sell or transfer the credit to another company.

SB 1737 amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to allow small businesses to immediately expense property that must be depreciated for federal income tax purposes.

HB 3888  addresses the sunset of the Manufacturers’ Purchase Credit by modifying the definition of manufacturing machinery and equipment to include production-related, tangible personal property used in a manufacturing operation.

Minimum wage legislation SB 11 seeks to raise the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 beginning July 1 and increases it by $0.50 each July 1 until July 1, 2019, at which point the minimum wage will be $11.00. It creates a $1,500 per employee income tax credit for employers with fewer than 50 employees.

HB 166 creates the Family Leave Insurance Program Act, which requires the Illinois Department of Labor to establish and administer a Family Leave Insurance Program that provides family leave insurance benefits to eligible employees who take unpaid family leave to care for a newborn child, a newly adopted or newly placed foster child, or a family member with a serious health condition. The program is financed by a $2.50 per month fee paid by employees of employers of 50 or more employees.

HB 432 proposes employers would be required to pay overtime to any employee earning less than $69,000 per year. The weekly or monthly equivalent will increase annually by the percentage of increase in the consumer price index.

Kyle McCarter introduced four senate bills (SB 765,766,767,768) to improve the unemployment insurance system by addressing fraud, an improved definition of misconduct, and eligibility requirements.