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What’s In Store in Springfield

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The week before Thanksgiving, the General Assembly returned to Springfield on Wednesday and Thursday to continue discussions on legislation addressing a number of topics and issues.

This week, Veto Session continues with the legislators returning for a second week Tuesday through Thursday. Although a number of topics are expected to be discussed, many observers believe few points of interest will be acted on.

Gov. Elect Bruce Rauner has asked current elected officials to hold off on passing anything major during the session. A recent conference call with Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs staff included highlights on the following:

Minimum Wage Hike

Despite nearly three years of legislative debate and an advisory referendum placed on the ballot last month that received more than 67 percent approval from the voters, it appears unlikely that a vote increasing the minimum wage will take place during veto session. Illinois already has one of the highest minimum wages in the nation and small businesses simply cannot afford an increase of nearly 21 percent to their labor costs as our state’s economy continues to recovery from the Great Recession and our economic growth lags behind neighboring states.

Amendment #5 to SB 68 was debated late last week. Current write up calls for a staggered minimum wage increasing from $9.25 to $11 over the next three years.

Many expect this to be a January issue andduring a recent conference call, reference was made that most of the fight would take place in the House.

Manufacturers’ Purchase Credit

In August, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Purchase Credit (MPC) was subject to the automatic sunset provisions of the Illinois sales tax. The Illinois Chamber has been actively reaching out to legislators over the summer to explain how important the MPC credit is to our manufacturing members throughout the state and working to make sure that extension of the MPC is on a list of items to be considered during fall veto session. While there are no guarantees given, extension of the MPC is certainly an opportunity for members of the General Assembly to send a signal that legislators are willing to be responsive to the needs of the Illinois business community.

Premium Tax for Self-Insured Companies

Active consideration appears to be given to repeal the recently-enacted insurance premium tax (SB 3324/Public Act 98-0978) during fall veto session. The new tax imposes a 3.5 percent tax on insurance premiums paid directly by Industrial Insureds to unauthorized insurers (without the use of a Surplus Lines Broker) — in short, almost all self-insurers, including some large not-for-profits.

Prior to SB 3324, these self-insurance transactions were exempt from premium tax. Most legislators, including the bill’s sponsor, have indicated that they were not made aware of the new tax and its significant negative effect on Illinois-based businesses as the bill moved through the General Assembly. In fact, the new tax was not mentioned during House and Senate floor debates on the bill. Legislators that did not understand the full impact of SB 3324 will hopefully now have an opportunity to reconsider their vote prior to the January 1 effective date of the new tax.

Health Benefits Exchange

Advocates and coalition members for a state-based healthcare exchange are expected to meet during veto session to discuss the possibility of introducing legislation in the House to create a state-based exchange. The Senate has already passed a bill. The House could not reach consensus on the issue and it stalled.

Gov. Pat Quinn is urging the creation of a state-based exchange so Illinois does not potentially lose the Federal subsidies if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes them down next year in their ruling. Illinois currently partners with the Federal government to run its healthcare exchange. Federal law, as written, states tax credits to be given to individuals in exchanges established by the states. The Supreme Court will rule whether those tax credits are applicable to individual in exchanges run by the Federal government.

Those health insurers not participating on the exchange will have a capped assessment at the five-year average from their previous contribution to CHIP.

Lawsuit Lending

Legislation may also be introduced to regulate lawsuit lending in Illinois. This has been an initiative of the Illinois Chamber and others in the past and continues to be a priority to regulate an industry that seeks out plaintiffs with promising pending lawsuits and offer them “up front” cash to cover immediate living or medical expenses while they are engaged in a lawsuit and await settlement. These third-party loans are provided at exorbitant interest rates, and are then paid back to the lender from any settlement or judgment award the plaintiff may later receive.

In a real sense, the consumer lawsuit lender is a gambler who bets on the plaintiff’s case being successful. If the plaintiff recovers substantially through settlement or a damages award, the lawsuit lender wins big. But, if the plaintiff loses, the lawsuit lender recovers nothing. This fact leads lawsuit lenders to seek control over strategic decisions in litigation in order to prosecute lawsuits in their own interests, even if those interests diverge from those of the plaintiffs.

Legal reform advocates, such as the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), and consumer advocacy groups are promoting legislation that would actually protect consumers and curb lending abuses by bringing lawsuit lending into alignment with existing state law. These efforts would make consumer lawsuit lending subject to the same fair-lending laws already in force in that particular state.

Income Tax Extension

No action is expected to take place during the session.

Auto IRA

Legislation introduced earlier this year would mandate that employers set up an automatic Individual Retirement Account for their employees, a system to be administered by the Illinois Dept. of Revenue and a newly created board led by the Illinois Treasurer.

The legislation targets small businesses with 25 or more employees and forces them to set up the accounts and to automatically deduct at least 3 percent from their employees’ paychecks. An employee would have to actively pursue “opting out” if they did not want to participate.

The Illinois and Aurora chambers are part of a coalition that opposes this proposal as it is a mandate on employers, not an option. Small businesses currently have a variety of private sector options they may choose to participate in for retirement purposes. And the money from participants would not be held in or managed by a depository institution or a trained financial professional. Instead, it would be deposited into a new government holding account to be invested potentially by state officials. The consumer losses suffered under other state administered investment programs are reason enough to oppose implementing yet another government-run investment program.

Legislation for Public Utilities

During the first week of session, HA#1 and HA#2 were recommended to be adopted to HB 3975 in House Public Utilities Committee to extend the sunset date for the implementation of modernizing and upgrading Illinois’ electrical system.

Year in Review: An Annual Report to Our Membership

Friday, October 31st, 2014
We appreciate all of our members, community partners, and volunteers. During yesterday’s Annual Celebration of Membership,
we shared the following data with those in attendance. We believe this information supports the work of our members, our volunteers,
and our staff. We are focused on supporting our business members. If you are interested in discussing membership with
the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, please contact our office.
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Signed and Sealed
986
Certificates of Origin
(a 44% increase over previous year)

 

Offered
376
Products, Programs, Services for Our Business Members

 

Held
107
Public Policy Meetings

 

Welcomed
155,227
Visitors to Website

 

Represented more than
40,000
Employees in Membership

 

Maintained
5-star
Accreditation with
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

Business Members Represented
60
Communities in Illinois

 

Took Positions on
45
Bills in Illinois General Assembly

 

Business Members Realized
28,327
Hits to 534 Job Postings

 

According to National Study
by The Schapiro Group
73%
of Consumers were More Aware
of Chamber Member Businesses

 

Hosted more than
130
Events for Members

 

Creating a Strong Local Economy
  • Produced workshops on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace, Concealed Carry, Affordable Care Act, and other Employment Law programs to support our businesses
  • Conducted business retention, expansion, and development activities
  • Produced week-long Small Business Aurora event
  • Forged ongoing collaboration with regional and statewide economic development programs
  • Graduated the 35th Leadership Academy class
  • Offered opportunities to improve their bottom line with affinity programs for office supplies, utilities, and internet services
  • Responded to information requests and data research for member support services
  • CEO represented membership on numerous workforce development groups, including River Valley Workforce Investment Board, Governor’s 21st Century Workforce Development Advisory Fund, and Pathways to Prosperity
  • Provided intermediary responsibilities for Aurora Region Pathways to Prosperity initiative with City of Aurora, community colleges, and public school districts
Representing Business to Government
  • Presented on behalf of business at City Council meetings
  • Held monthly Aurora First meetings to support improvements in Permitting, Electrical Ordinances, and other initiatives
  • Board and CEO attended Illinois Business Lobby Day in Springfield
  • Participated in 107 public policy meetings with elected officials, State departments, and local committees and groups
  • CEO and Board represented business members on various task forces, committees, and advisory groups
  • Conducted member surveys and provided input to elected officials on issues ranging from business taxes, state finances, economic development, and education reform
  • Hosted regular Council on Legislative Affairs to address pending legislation that would impact business community
  • Took positions on 45 bills in Illinois General Assembly, including Pension Reform, Workers’ Compensation, Minimum Wage, Taxes, and more
  • Coordinated grassroots engagement of members with elected officials through meetings, communications, and business visits
Relationship Building Opportunities
  • Presented six successful Coffee & Connections programs with more than 300 total attendees
  • Hosted the Mayor’s State of the City address with more than 400 in attendance
  • Hosted the State of the Village of North Aurora address
  • Offered two Business Development Leads Groups for interested members
  • Leveraged U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership while offering Federation Partnership to participating small business members
  • Offered Constant Contact affinity program to better connect member businesses with their customers and prospects
  • Coordinated more than 55 ribbon cuttings, grand openings, groundbreakings, and open houses for business members
  • Offered Not-For-Profit Alliance to support collaboration, advancement of participating members
  • Coordinated annual Holiday Celebration in collaboration with Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce
Promoting Our Community
  • Maintained existing website with nearly 65,000 unique visitors
  • Realized more than 2.2 million page hits to the website
  • Reached 718 fans on Facebook page
  • Counted 2,079 twitter followers
  • CEO commenced writing a monthly column in Beacon News
  • Responded to all media interview requests
  • Produced weekly e-newsletters, blogs, and social media posts
  • Supported community special events
  • Collaborated with City of Aurora and Village of North Aurora as well as more than 50 other partners on various initiatives
  • Collaborated on Diversity Network to support business-inclusion practices in community
  • CEO and staff served on numerous state and national boards and committees
Promoting Our Members
  • Provided members with sponsorship, marketing, and promotional opportunities via our newsletters, eBlasts, special events, and www.AuroraChamber.com website
  • Offered additional levels of membership, including Premier Membership with 12 members and Elite Membership with more than 50 members
  • Promoted several Member-to-Member discount programs
  • Successfully supported the Shop Local and Shop Small campaigns
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com

Employer Law Program This Week; Register for Golf, Reception

Monday, May 26th, 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
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris NA
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
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind & Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters 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.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
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
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Naperville Township
Rachel Ossyra
139 Water Str.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 544-4927
Government & Municipal Services

Costco
Jessica Juarez
1320 S. Route 59
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 328-2900
Retail

PLS – 954 E. New York St.
Manny Lopez
954 E. New York Str., Unit B
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 851-4328
Loans

PLS – 902 N. Lake St.
Mari Garcia
902 N. Lake Str., Unit A
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 264-1700
Loans

PLS – 1261 N. Lake St.
Karen Rega
1261 N. Lake Str., Unit K
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 859-1000
Loans

PLS – 2904 E. Ogden Ave.
Maribel Acosta
2904 E. Ogden Ave.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 723-0500
Loans

PLS – 2150 W. Galena Blvd.
Sandy Tellez
2150 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 801-8033
Loans

Contact Us

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

 

Registration Now Open!
2014 Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Limited Sponsorships Remain; contact the Chamber for details.Did you know: Even you don’t golf, you can join us for the casual reception following the outing? We have several great items on the silent auction table from some great Chamber members. You’ll have to join us that evening to find out more — or maybe we’ll announce a few between now and that evening. Follow us on Facebook or twitter to find out more.

Thank you to our current list of sponsors: FirstMerit Bank, Cadence Health, Rush-Copley, BMO Harris Bank, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, River Front Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Geneva Construction, Engineering Enterprises, KKC Imaging, Healy Chapel, Waubonsee Community College, Earthmover Credit Union, American Heartland Bank and Trust, Alarm Detection Systems, Kelmscott Communications, Village of North Aurora, Old Second National Bank, Hollywood Casino – Aurora, Continental Audi of Naperville, Imagetec, Rasmussen College, Konen Insurance Agency, Wine Sergi Insurance, Heartland Recycling CCDD, Valley Fastener Group LLC, Van’s Lock & Key Service, and R.C. Wegman Construction Company.

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This Thursday:
Will Recent Changes to Exempt Class Impact You, Your Business?
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., AuroraWhat are the current FLSA requirements for exempt and non-exempt employees? How can these new regulations impact your business? Join us for this crash course and get answers. Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, will lead the discussion and help you prepare.This program will prepare attendees by reviewing:

  • Current classification of employees as exempt or nonexempt under the current FLSA regulations and state law to ensure current compliance.
  • Pay policies and work rules to ensure current compliance and helping to identify any that may need to be updated.
  • Processes in place to track hours worked

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Public Policy News
The General Assembly session is scheduled to adjourn May 31; budget and revenue matters remain the topic of focusThe Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Mark Your Calendars:
Programs forMember Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 27, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber officesBusiness Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, May 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting:
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
Wednesday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m.
Open House from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
1110 Jericho Road, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
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Business Owners, Managers:
Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You

Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the
Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, June 3, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

FirstMerit Bank presents
the 2014 Aurora Chamber Golf Classic

Tuesday, June 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora
$175 Aurora Chamber members
$225 General Admission
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Member News
Naper Settlement is proud to participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.This May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

Today is the last day of Heartland Blood Centers’ Aurora facility’s Memorial Day Blood Drive. Donate by 7:00 p.m. today, May 27, in order to participate. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or go online to www.heartlandbc.org. Photo ID Required.

The Salvation Army’s Donut Days will be May 30 and 31 and June 6 and 7 this year. Volunteers are needed to sign up for two hour shifts between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accept monetary donations for The Salvation Army’s emergency assistance programs. These programs help Aurora families with utilities, rent, medications, food, and others necessities. Contact Cindy Lawrence at (630) 897-7265 , or cynthia_lawrence@usc.salvationarmy.org if interested.

Waubonsee Community College is hosting a “Focused Sales Planning and Goal Setting” workshop at the Aurora Campus on Friday, May 30, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Cost is $99. To sign up for this and other workforce development classes like it this summer, click here.

Leave the driving to Naper Settlement and go on a Historic Chicago Bus Tour on Saturday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The luxury coach bus provides comfortable transportation for a day that’s all about history! Tickets are $65. Call (630) 420-6010 to reserve your spot.

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry invites the public to an Open House at their new location at 1110 Jericho Road on Saturday, May 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be self-guided tours and refreshments will be served. Email info@aurorafoodpantry.org for details.

The Growing Place has planned a “For the Birds” weekend. Go on a bird walk at the Aurora location on Saturday, May 31, at 8:30 a.m., and then stick around to learn what plants attract birds from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., there will be a class on how to make a mosaic birdbath. Cost is $125; materials and use of tools are included. Email grow@thegrowingplace.com for more information.

The 6th Annual Car Show at Jennings Terrace Senior Living Community is Sunday, June 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The car entry fee is just $10 and includes a free breakfast buffet on-site. The public is welcome to come out and enjoy the car show, buffet, out-door grill, music and 50/50 raffle.  All proceeds go to benefit Jennings Terrace.

Find a safer, healthier you at the “Safety for all Ages” event at the Prisco Community Center on Thursday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be door prizes, refreshments, a complimentary healthy lunch sponsored by Rush-Copley and the City of Aurora, and presentations put on by the Kane County Shierif’s Department, Aurora University, and more. Space is limited, so please register by May 30 by calling (630) 859-8606.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops wraps up with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” presented by Julia Skeesick, certified professional coach and owner of LifeScape Strategic Coaching and Speaking, on Thursday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department Community Room. To register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

Registration is now open for employers interested in participating in the 2014 Kendall County Job and Resource Fair at Waubonsee Community College’s Plano Campus on Friday, June 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Space is limited and employers are encouraged to register by Wednesday, May 28 at https://www.waubonsee.edu/experience/services/career/job-fairs/employer-fairs/index.php.

Join the Huskies this summer as the administrative staff and the head coaches of some of Northern Illinois University’s sports teams hit the road. They will be at The Foundry in Aurora on Wednesday, June 4. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy music, a cash bar, appetizers and a raffle. Admission is $5, $10 at the door. To reserve your spot today, RSVP by calling (815) 753-PACK or visit www.niuhuskies.com.

The 2014 Chicagoland Tour de Cure is Sunday, June 8, at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Bike riders of all levels can join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. Registration is $25, with a minimum fundraising goal of $200. To sign up or donate, click here.

Now is the time to sign up for the 2014 GiGi’s Playhouse 5K: Run, Walk and Dash for Down Syndrome on Sunday, June 8, at the Sears Center. Registration is $25 per person until June 5, and $35 per person after. If interested in participating or supporting the cause, click here.

DayOneNetwork will host its annual, golf outing at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva on Monday, June 16, 2014. The event will feature raffles, auction items, drinks, lunch and dinner. All proceeds will go towards supporting DayOne’s services to our special needs community. Cost is $300 per golfer or $1000 per foursome. To register, go to www.dayonenetwork.org and click ‘events.’

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Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Public Policy, Exempt Labor Update, Golf Open

Monday, May 19th, 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
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
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
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters 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.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
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

Nationwide Insurance
Joseph Cassidy
910 Roosevelt Rd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(513) 310-5629
Insurance

 

Contact Us

Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Registration Now Open!
2014 Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Limited Sponsorships Remain; contact the Chamber for details.
Register
Will Recent Changes to Exempt Class
Impact You, Your Business?
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

What are the current FLSA requirements for exempt and non-exempt employees? How can these new regulations impact your business? Join us for this crash course and get answers. Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, will lead the discussion and help you prepare.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing his Secretary of Labor to update the regulations to expand the number of employees eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The president was expected to take more specific action based on statements made by White House personnel, but he left virtually all of the details to the United States Department of Labor.

The president set the stage for the Department of Labor to narrow the exceptions to the FLSA by discussing the failure of the executive or professional exemption to keep up with inflation. Commonly known as the “white-collar exemption,” the provision allows employers to classify many workers as executive, administrative, or professional, and exempt from the overtime laws.

This program will prepare attendees by reviewing:

  • Current classification of employees as exempt or nonexempt under the current FLSA regulations and state law to ensure current compliance.
  • Pay policies and work rules to ensure current compliance and helping to identify any that may need to be updated.
  • Processes in place to track hours worked

Register

Public Policy News
With just two weeks left in the General Assembly session before the scheduled May 31 adjournment date, lawmakers are focusing on budget and revenue matters. Last Thursday, the House voted on 73 separate appropriations bills that in total exceeded available state revenues – leading most observers to believe a vote on the extension of the temporary income tax increase will follow.

Last week, business leaders testified in opposition to a bill presented by Speaker Michael Madigan in House Labor Committee to place an advisory referendum on the November ballot asking voters whether or not Illinois’ minimum wage should be raised to $10 an hour. This advisory referendum is largely seen as an attempt to inject class warfare into the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial campaign by placing an issue on the ballot that can help turn out populist voters for Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn’s re-election, but the threat is very real for Illinois small businesses.

Increases in the minimum wage fall disproportionately on small businesses who are the least able to absorb such a dramatic increase in their labor costs. It also affects employer costs by increasing unemployment insurance rates and Social Security taxes. This can worsen an already adverse business environment in which employers bear costs that are already stifling their ability to grow and create jobs.

Raising the minimum wage has not proven to reduce poverty or narrow the income gap and puts a stranglehold on Illinois’ top job creators: small businesses.

The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Mark Your Calendars:
Programs forMember Businesses
Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Sunnymere, Inc.
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
World Relief Aurora

Thursday, May 22, at 4:30 p.m.
Open House from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
73 S. LaSalle Street, Aurora

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

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
Register

Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Diversity Network:
Business Before Hours

In Partnership with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, June 3, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, June 10, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

FirstMerit Bank presents the 2014 Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora
$175 Aurora Chamber members
$225 General Admission
Register

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This May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

Kluber Architects & Engineers was selected as a 2014 recipient of the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Annual Award for Business Excellence in the architecture and construction category. These awards are given in recognition of business achievement, growth and community involvement across 11 categories. President Michael Kluber was also reappointed by Mayor Thomas J. Weisner to the City of Aurora Electrical Commission this past February. Michael has been a dedicated member of the city’s Boards and Commissions since 1994, making this his 20th year of service to Aurora.

Last month, Sunnymere, Inc. was able to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) thanks to a grant from the Rush-Copley Foundation, through the Fox Valley Heart Fund. Sunnymere is grateful for the donation, which will no doubt help their independent and assisted senior living community.

Waubonsee Community College invites you to “Build Your Professional Brand Using LinkedIn” at the Aurora Campus on Tuesday, May 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cost is $49. To sign up for this and other workforce development classes like it this summer, click here.

Donate blood at Heartland Blood Centers‘ Aurora facility on Wednesday, May 21, between 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and receive a ticket to a Kane County Cougar Baseball game and be treated to a hot dog and chips! To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or go online to www.heartlandbc.org. Photo ID Required.

If you work with or have children, learn how to encourage and enhance their scientific nature with the YWCA of Aurora and The DuPage Children’s Museum’s Science and Nature Training on Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fee is $20. Click here to register.

My Fathers Hands is hosting a golf outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course on Friday, May 23. Check-in is at 12:00 p.m., the shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. and dinner, awards, and auctions will wrap it all up at 6:00 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/fathershands for more information.

The Growing Place invites you to their seminar “Landscaping 101: Rain Gardens” on Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. Find out how to build a rain garden by learning about what elements are needed, plants that will thrive and the benefits of keeping water on your property. Email grow@thegrowingplace.com for more information.

Honor fallen soldiers at the annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Aurora on Monday, May 26. Come and show your appreciation and support. The pre-parade program begins at 11:15 a.m. at the Reviewing Stand in front of the David L. Pierce Art & History Center on Downer Place. The parade begins at 12:00 pm.

Registration is now open for employers interested in participating in the 2014 Kendall County Job and Resource Fair at Waubonsee Community College‘s Plano Campus. Space is limited and employers are encouraged to register by Wednesday, May 28 at https://www.waubonsee.edu/job-fairs.

The Salvation Army‘s Donut Days will be May 30 and 31 and June 6 and 7 this year. Volunteers are needed to sign up for two hour shifts between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to accept monetary donations for The Salvation Army’s emergency assistance programs. These programs help Aurora families with utilities, rent, medications, food, and others necessities. Contact Cindy Lawrence at 630-897-7265 x13, or cynthia_lawrence@usc.salvationarmy.org if interested.

Leave the driving to Naper Settlement and go on a Historic Chicago Bus Tour on Saturday, May 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The luxury coach bus provides comfortable transportation for a day that’s all about history! Tickets are $65. Call (630) 420-6010 to reserve your spot.

More than 200 volunteers are needed to run the 2014 GiGi’s Playhouse 5K: Run, Walk and Dash for Down Syndrome on Sunday, June 8 at the Sears Center. Become one by signing up here.

Have you secured your foursome for the DayOneNetwork Golf Outing taking place Monday, June 16, at Eagle Brook Country Club yet? If not, register at www.dayonenetwork.org under ‘events.’

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Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Golf, Exempt Employees, Member News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, May 12th, 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
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May 12, 2014
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
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
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Malcolm Wolf
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters 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.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
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

Save Wave Energy
Jason Anderson
445 W. Erie Str., Ste. 110
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 854-2690
Utilities

Lily Corporation
Robert Trout
240 S. Broadway
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 892-0860
Manufacturers

Comfort Suites Aurora
Midwest Management II, Inc.
Rocky Pintozzi
111 N Broadway St
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 896-2800
Hotels

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Save the Date! 2014 Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Orchard Valley Gold Course, Aurora
Sponsorships available; contact the Chamber for details. Golfer registration will open this week. Members will be notified via e-mail.
Attn: All Employers
Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

What are the current FLSA requirements for exempt and non-exempt employees? How can these new regulations impact your business? Join us for this crash course and get answers. Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, will lead the discussion and help you prepare.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing his Secretary of Labor to update the regulations to expand the number of employees eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The president was expected to take more specific action based on statements made by White House personnel, but he left virtually all of the details to the United States Department of Labor.

The president set the stage for the Department of Labor to narrow the exceptions to the FLSA by discussing the failure of the executive or professional exemption to keep up with inflation. Commonly known as the “white-collar exemption,” the provision allows employers to classify many workers as executive, administrative, or professional, and exempt from the overtime laws.

This program will prepare attendees by reviewing:

  • Current classification of employees as exempt or nonexempt under the current FLSA regulations and state law to ensure current compliance.
  • Pay policies and work rules to ensure current compliance and helping to identify any that may need to be updated.
  • Processes in place to track hours worked

Register

Public Policy News
With only 17 scheduled legislative session days left until the May 31 General Assembly adjournment, the window of opportunity for the legislature to pass a Chamber-opposed extension of the 5% income tax is quickly narrowing. All Democrat legislative leaders, including Governor Pat Quinn, have endorsed the extension. However, it appears to be a heavier lift for Speaker Madigan in the House to muster up 60 votes for its approval despite his super majority of 71 members.

The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, May 13, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Open House

Wednesday, May 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Contact Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership, for details.

Business After Business:
Lutheran Bible Translators, Inc.

Thursday, May 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lutheran Bible Translators, 303 N. Lake St., Aurora
Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
Sears Appliance & Hardware Store

Friday, May 16, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
3 N. Randall Rd., Batavia

Coffee & Connections Networking Event
Tuesday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Co-sponsored by Sunnymere, Inc.
Register

Ribbon Cutting:
World Relief Aurora

Thursday, May 22, at 4:30 p.m.
Open House from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
73 S. LaSalle Street, Aurora

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

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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Popular Community Bank
Register

Changes to Exempt Class May Impact You
Thursday, May 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

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Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Birkett, Superintendent of Indian Prairie Community Unit School District #204 and a Naperville Heritage Society board member, who was recently presented the Humanitarian of the Year Award for Dedication to Excellence in Education by Hesed House.

Kluber Architects + Engineers is pleased to announce that Elgin Community College received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the design of its Health and Life Sciences Building (Building A). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

Learn about Hospice Care from expert Dr. Jerome Donnelly, Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine for Hospice and Palliative Medicine, at Jennings Terrace Senior Living Community. The informative session will take place on Tuesday, May 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Contact Diane Beukelman at dbeueklman@jenningsterrace.com for details.

The Menta Group and Employment First-Team Transition invite interested employers to join them Tuesday, May 13, for the 2014 Transition Fair at White Pines Country Club, 500 W. Jefferson Street, in Bensenville. Students will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Participating Chamber members include Fox Valley Park District, Waubonsee Community College, and Association for Individual Development. For details and information, contact The Menta Group.

The Beacon-News is proud to launch a series of events hosted by Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Elder and newly appointed vice president of digital content for Sun-Times Media Local. Join the Beacon-News at the kick-off of this community listening tour Wednesday, May 14, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. RSVP to Nancy Stuenkel.

Celebrate a community that cares at the Fox Valley United Way‘s Annual Breakfast on Thursday, May 15 at Piper’s Banquets. Check-in is at 7:00 a.m. and the breakfast goes from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Admission is $20 per person, $175 per ten-person table. Register at www.uwfoxvalley.org.

YWCA Aurora welcomes Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-author of the New York Times bestselling book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” as the keynote speaker of their Leaders of Change Luncheon. It will take place Thursday, May 15 at Piper’s Banquets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Go to http://www.ywcaaurora.org/ leadersofchange for pricing and registration.

Join Representative Stephanie Kifowit, Attorney Doug Sury of Keay & Costello, and Patricia Keating of Exclusive Condominium Management for a HOA Information Session on Thursday. May 15, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library, Eola Branch. Discuss the role of an owner and board member, and learn ten things every association should know.

The Growing Place invites you to their seminar “Quick Tips: Combining Annuals and Perennials” this weekend, May 17-18, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. At the top of every hour, horticulturists will spend ten minutes sharing quick tips on how to create long-lasting color in your garden beds. Email grow@thegrowingplace.com for more information.

Civil Wars days is at Naper Settlement this weekend, May 17-18, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet famous figures of the past and experience firsthand a turbulent time period in our nation’s history. Advanced tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Visit www.napersettlement.com for details.

ComEd will be hosting a series of Trade Ally Workshops at Northern Illinois University Conference Center on Monday, May 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that will prepare distributors, contractors, engineers/specifiers and energy efficiency partners for the upcoming program year. Space is limited. Register here.

My Fathers Hands is hosting a golf outing at Orchard Valley Golf Course on Friday, May 23. Check-in is at 12:00 p.m., the shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m. and dinner, awards, and auctions will wrap it all up at 6:00 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/fathershands for more information.

Registration is now open for employers interested in participating in the 2014 Kendall County Job and Resource Fair at Waubonsee Community College‘s Plano Campus. Space is limited and employers are encouraged to register by Wednesday, May 28 at https://www.waubonsee.edu/ job-fairs/.

Have you secured your foursome for the DayOneNetwork Golf Outing taking place Monday, June 16, at Eagle Brook Country Club yet? If not, register at www.dayonenetwork.org under ‘events.’

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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Membership Lunch, Public Policy, Member News

Monday, April 7th, 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.
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Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
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.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Team Transition–Employment First
Jim Lundstrom
195 Poplar Place
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 907-2400
Community-based Organization

Rainbow International of Aurora
James King
2150 Jericho Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(331) 212-3700
Fire Restoration

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

State of the Village 2014
This Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Today at 5:00 p.m.Dale Berman
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

Sponsored by:

Ryland Homes

 

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber.

Follow up on twitter and Facebook for breaking news on public policy action as it happens.

In recent developments:

  • Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Executive Committee. SB 68 amends the Minimum Wage Law. It increases the Illinois minimum wage to $9.25 per hour on October 1, 2014, $10 per hour on July 1, 2015, and $10.65 per hour on July 1, 2016. The Chamber opposes SB 68 which is on third reading in the Senate. Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialized world which creates a disadvantage for businesses to create jobs and remain competitive. Business associations throughout the state oppose the legislation which has generated more than 15,000 letters in opposition from businesses in recent days. If you have not already sent a letter, click here.
  • Status of Illinois’ Flat Tax. The House Revenue & Finance Committee voted against sending HJRCA33 to the full House; sponsored by Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, seeks to amend the Illinois Constitution to eliminate the current flat tax with a graduated income tax. Recently, Americans for Prosperity Foundation Illinois unveiled a Progressive Tax Calculator that shows how the proposed progressive income tax would impact households in Illinois. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.In addition, the Chamber opposes Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 40 (Harmon), which proposes to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would permit a graduated rate for the state income tax on individuals and corporations. It provides that there may be one tax on the income of individuals and corporations, that this may be a tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels. SJRCA advanced out of a subcommittee and will be heard in the full Senate Executive Committee.
  • A Millionaire’s Tax? Much coverage was provided on House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed HJRCA51 which proposes a three percent surcharge on any taxpayer reporting net income of more than one million dollars. As presented, it would also impact partnerships, trusts, and subchapter S employers. In order to change the Illinois Constitution, HJRCA51 must first pass each chamber of the General Assembly with a supermajority (71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate). Upon passage, the question will then appear on the November ballot where it will require approval of the electorate in the State. Passed by the House Revenue & Finance Committee last week, the proposal will now go to the full House.
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 Wednesday, April 23, 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. Members who have served as a Director in the past should have had one year pass after the expiration of their term before seeking re-election.

 

2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 8, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 9, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Sponsored by Ryland Homes
Register

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Experience Aurora Homeownership Expo
Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
River Street Plaza, 140 S. River Street, Downtown Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m.
TGM Springbrook, 4104 Ogden Ave., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, April 16, at 12:00 p.m.
Mind and Body Chiropractic, 3535 E. New York St., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, April 17, at 12:00 p.m.
Maurices, 1720 Orchard Gateway Blvd., North Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 22, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 23, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Window World
Register

Not-For-Profit Alliance:
Legal Issues & Managing Volunteers

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen LLC
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

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In conjunction with the Dunham Fund, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently announced that it has partnered with OnLight Aurora to help address local community needs through its “Doing Our Part” initiative. The Dunham Fund has agreed to provide a $1 for $1 match, up to $250,000 for all funds raised by the Community Foundation. All monies raised will be placed in a fund at the Community Foundation and used to assist local organizations in accessing the fiber optic capabilities at a significantly reduced rate.In 2013, OnLight Aurora provided connectivity to educational institutions, non-profit organizations and an array of businesses, including West Aurora School District 129, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora University, Alarm Detection Systems and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

The Dunham Fund has also pledged a $250,000 challenge grant to the Aurora Civic Center Authority to benefit the Paramount Theatre 2014 Broadway Series and RiverEdge Park productions.

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is pleased to announce that Austin Dempsey has been recently selected as the newest member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The selection was confirmed at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting last month.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. recently attended WATERCON2014-Illinois’s largest water and wastewater conference. They presented on “Renovation Realities of a Lime Softening Treatment Plant” and “Non-Revenue Water Reduction: From Audit to Action,” and Jeff Freeman, EEI’s Vice President, accepted the inaugural Robert T. Sasman Volunteer Appreciation Award. It was a great way to celebrate 40 years of excellence in the civil engineering and land surveying field.

Congratulations to The Label Printers for winning the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute Inc.’s prestigious Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence – Medium Category – for the fifth time in a row, in their fifth year of eligibility.

This April and May, head to Hotel Arista Spa and Salon and save up to $35 on special spa packages, including facials, massages, and body treatments. To book an appointment or get more information, call (630) 579-3650.

Join the YWCA this week, April 6-12, in promoting high-quality early learning opportunities for all young children by reading Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert to a child. Fill out a reading log and email it or mail it back to the YWCA’s office and help them reach their Record Reading Goal!

The Community Career Center is currently presenting Accenture Skills to Succeed. Upcoming workshops include “Interviewing Skills” on Tuesday, April 8; “Networking Skills” on Thursday, April 10; “Managing Your Finances” on Tuesday, April 15; and “Age and Interviewing” on Thursday, April 17. All programs are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and are free for center members, $15 for non-members. RSVP at www.communitycareercenter.org.

Explore Aurora University‘s Graduate Programs Open House on Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Meet with graduate faculty to discuss program options. Admission representatives and financial aid counselors also will be available to answer your questions. To register, go to www.aurora.edu/gradopenhouse.

The public is invited to attend the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting at J&K Halfmoon Tavern in Hinckley on Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be food, refreshments, revelry, games, prizes, and more! Admission is $30. Please contact (630) 256-3192 or Ellen@enjoyaurora.com for more information or to register.

Come Friday, April 11, to Waubonsee Community College‘s Spring Job and Internship Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Academic and Professional Center. Attend workshops and make connections at this free event-no pre-registration required. For more information, visit www.waubonsee.edu/jobfairs.

The City of Aurora, Centrue Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Realtor Association of the Fox Valley, and numerous businesses and organizations will host “Experience Aurora Homeownership Expo” Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at River Street Plaza in Downtown Aurora. Tours, assistance programs, open houses, food and fun are on the agenda for the program.

The Aurora Youth Summit, for students 13-20, was created for the purpose of increasing the number of adolescents involved in their community and future. It will be held at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) on Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A number of resources will be available to students who attend the Summit including scholarship information, leadership skills, job opportunities, information on FAFSA, as well as inspirational speakers. Applications may be obtained by contacting barbara.hernandez18@gmail.com.

The Growing Place invites you to their “From Garden to Table: Cooking Sampler” workshop at their Aurora location on Saturday, April 12, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sample recipes inspired by spring’s first fruits and flavors. The focus will be strawberries, early salads and creative uses for early herbs. Look for more free cooking samplers throughout the season.

St. Andrews Country Club is hosting a special fundraiser and presentation to benefit the Open Door Clinic on Saturday, April 12, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Five-time Olympic medalist Greg Louganis will be on hand to talk about his life as a positive gay male, Olympian and person with HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $50 per person with limited seating available. Contact Lynne Kennedy at lynnek@opendoorclinic.org for more information.

Boys and girls, ages 6 to 15, are invited to come out to the Vaughan Athletic Center on Sunday, April 13, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. for the NFL Pass, Punt, and Kick Competition, sponsored by the Fox Valley Park District, West Aurora School District #129, and East Aurora School District #131. The top boy and girl finishers in each group will move on to sectionals. For more information, contact Anna Kish at (630) 897-0516 or akish@fvpd.net.

Combine a love of food with a love of history at Naper Settlement with “Food Revolution: How the Civil War Changed Food in America” presented by Dr. Bruce Kraig, the founding President of Culinary Historians of Chicago on Sunday, April 13, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Student discounts available. Call (630) 420-6010 for more information or to register.

Refresh your soul at Presence Fox Knoll‘s Lenten Reflection and Mass on Wednesday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a light lunch after Mass. RSVP by April 11. Call (877) 737-4636 to register for this free event.

The Fox Valley Park District‘s Blackberry Farm is holding a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for middle school students. There will be a DJ, dinner, hay rides, prizes, and giveaways. Admission is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Please register at (630) 892-1550 before April 11.

SPARK and the Fox Valley Park District will host this year’s Week of the Young Child event on April 12, 2014, at Prisco Community Center, 150 W Illinois Ave. from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and community members are invited to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.  This free event will feature entertainment and activities for children and resources for their parents and caregivers. 

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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Public Policy, Programs, Member News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, March 24th, 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.
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March 24, 2014
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basil’s Greek Dining
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.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

RampNow
John Sargent
2225 Tanglewood
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 892-7267
Lifts/Handicap Remodeling

Maurices
Kayla Archer
1730 Orchard Gateway Blvd.
North Aurora Town Center
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 907-0492
Retails/Clothes

State Farm Insurance
Omar Delgado
569 W. Galena Blvd., Ste. 101
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 897-9900
Insurance

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Local Primary Election Results
Below are the unofficial results of last Tuesday’s General Primary election. The General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. In addition to County contests, the following races will be held.

Election Results
Aurora Reports All-Time Low for Major Crime
Reported major crime in Illinois’ second largest city reached an all-time low in 2013, according to final crime statistics released today by the Aurora Police.

Spurred by a property crime reduction of almost 17% including a burglary reduction of just under 39%, the lowest number ever recorded in the City – Aurora’s crime rate per 100,000 population plummeted 13.47% compared to 2012 and 38.77 % in the past 10 years.

For full report, visit the Chamber blog.

Public Policy News
The Aurora Regional Chamber monitors pending legislation that may have an impact on our business members. If you have questions, or would like to share your thoughts on the Chamber’s legislative agenda, please contact the Chamber. In recent news:

  • New Tax on Illinois Employers Proposed: Last Thursday, Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed HJRCA 51, a 3 percent income tax hike on individuals making more than $1 million. This proposal is estimated to raise a little more than $1 billion in new revenue. The proposal estimates that each Illinois school district would expect to see funding increased by $550 per student. The Illinois Chamber opposes the proposal as it will kill jobs, act as a disincentive for job creation, and may lead to more employers subject to the new tax leaving the state. The vast majority of small businesses are organized in ways where the tax code treats the income of the business as the income of the owners. Thus, small business income is taxed at the individual rate. This proposal dramatically increases individual tax rates on small business owners and decreases the amount of resources available to reinvest in the business and create jobs. It also acts as a disincentive to work hard, grow a business and become successful. To read the full post, visit the Illinois Chamber.
  • Minimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Executive Committee: Late Thursday, Senate Executive Committee passed SB 68 as amended, legislation sponsored by Democrat Senator Kimberly Lightford to raise the minimum wage to $10.65 per hour. Chambers throughout the state oppose the legislation which has generated more than 15,000 letters in opposition from our members in the last two days. If you have not already sent a letter, click here.As of Friday, Senator Lightford believes she is a few votes short of passage by the full Senate, however, Democrat Senate President Cullerton claims to be working on the roll call. It was also reported during Speaker Madigan’s press conference yesterday on HJRCA 51 that he is working the roll call in the House as well. Governor Pat Quinn has made raising the minimum wage to over $10 per hour a priority in his re-election campaign.

    Illinois currently has the highest minimum wage in the Midwest at $8.25 an hour and the highest corporate income tax rate in the industrialize world. If Illinois were to pass a $10.65 minimum wage, that amount would almost double the rate since only 2003. This is far too drastic.

  • Curious How the Progressive Income Tax Proposed Affects You? Recently, Americans for Prosperity Foundation Illinois unveiled a Progressive Tax Calculator that shows how the proposed progressive income tax would impact households in Illinois. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the Progressive Tax Calculator to see how much a progressive tax would potentially cost them versus the flat-tax system that currently exists.
2014 State of the City Address
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner Registration Now Open!
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission

Register

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$12 Aurora Chamber members
$15 General Admission
Co-sponsored by Randall Highland Rental Townhomes
Register

Diversity Network
Tuesday, April 1, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 8, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 9, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak St., North Aurora
$25 Aurora Chamber members
$30 General Admission
Register

Ambassador Committee
Thursday, April 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
$35 Aurora Chamber members
$50 General Admission
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Thank You Johnson & Bell
Thank you to Johnson & Bell, Ltd. for sponsoring the March Coffee & Connections event. It was another great turn out of new members, Ambassadors, and Board members alike.

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We Want You! Ambassador Committee Openings!
Ambassador Committee
Calling for outgoing, personable, and dedicated Chamber Members to join the Ambassadors Committee! The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is a great group of active members that do great work for the Chamber and for the Community!

Ambassadors volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber and its members. They ensure that all members receive the maximum benefit from their investment. They enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources. Their primary responsibilities are to help in the retention of members, the recruitment of new members and to assist at events.

Now it the time to join! Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership for an application.

Sponsorships Available
ARCC/Fox Valley Networking Professionals sponsorships are available for June, July and August, 2014 (first come, first serve). Being a sponsor is a perfect way to get your business name and commercial out and in front of 35 – 50 business professionals. Your business logo is prominent on all invitations, the website, calendar of events and social media. You will also have a showcase table and a 3 minute commercial time. Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, Director of Membership, for cost and marketing opportunities.
Chamber Announces Online Training
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of a partnership with Coggno, the premier Learning Management System (LMS) and online training marketplace, to facilitate the purchase of popular online training courses from the company’s vast online library. Members can access Coggno online training courses directly through the Chamber’s website, and purchase as few or as many courses needed. Online training offers companies a cost-effective alternative to sending employees to expensive off-site conferences, giving them the opportunity to learn at their own pace on a wide variety of electronic devices, including tablets and smart phones.

To check out the inventory of more than 160 training modules, visit http://www.aurorachamber.com/ members_education.asp

2014 Community Map: Outstanding Advertising Opportunity!
Community Map

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming community map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area. Contact Barry Kenis at (630) 479-1526 or bkenis@villageprofilemail.com for details. Book your ad today!
Member News
Elgin Community College achieved LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the design of its new Health and Life Sciences Building (Building A), done by Kluber Architects + Engineers with partner Kahler Slater and construction management by Lamp, Inc. The LEED rating system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

The Community Career Center invites you to attend their “Develop The Right Habits For Success In Life” seminar on Tuesday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or their “Relaunch You: Liftoff After Layoff” seminar on Thursday, March 27, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members for each event. Interested in becoming a member? Come March 25, 29 or April 3, 5 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Make the most out of Spring Break and take the kids to either of The Growing Place‘s locations for a “Make and Take: Dinosaur Miniature Garden” workshop on Tuesday, March 26, at 10:00 a.m. Build an exotic dish garden out of a selection of succulents, vessels, dinosaurs, rocks, and other accents. Cost of materials. Registration is recommended. Don’t forget to return opening weekend, March 29 & 30, for informative talks, tool sharpening services, sales and specials.

The annual 2nd 2 None 5K Run & Walk, benefiting the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and Communities In Schools of Aurora, will be held Sunday, April 27, at the new RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. Pre-register now before the price goes up on April 1. For more information, visit www.2nd2none5k.com. Join the race that feeds children at risk of hunger.

Enjoy the (hopefully) warmer weather with Naper Settlement‘s Wednesday Walking Club, every Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., starting April 2 and continuing until October 29. Walk to earn incentives like tickets to Naper Settlement programs and events. This drop-in program is free, but registration is required.

Explore Aurora University‘s transfer and adult degree completion programs at their Transfer and Adult Spring Event on Thursday, April 3, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Learn more about easy transfer of credit, courses that build upon previous studies and one-on-one academic advising. Register at www.aurora.edu/transferopenhouse. For those who want to learn more about freshman admission, come to the Spring Freshman Open House on Saturday, April 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An academic fair, tours and a luncheon will follow the presentations and panel discussion. Register at www.aurora.edu/freshmanopenhouse.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops continue with “A Feminine Approach to Money Management,” presented by financial freedom coach Karie Hill, on Thursday, April 3 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department Community Room. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything. The YWCA is also hosting Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Events on Saturday, March 29, and Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the YWCA Patterson & McDaniel Family Center. Whether you use the YWCA’s services or not, make sure to enroll by March 31 in order to avoid IRS penalties of $95 per person.

The Aurora Youth Summit was created for the purpose of increasing the number of adolescents involved in their community and future. This event is for students between 13 and 20. The event will take place at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) on Saturday, April 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A number of resources will be available to students who attend the Summit including scholarship information, leadership skills, job opportunities, information on FAFSA, as well as inspirational speakers. Applications may be obtained by contacting barbara.hernandez18@gmail.com.

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, 2014 Legal Updates, & More

Monday, February 17th, 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.
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February 17, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
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
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
In & Out Creative – Log Web Video
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Leadership Academy 2014 Registration Open
Leadership Academy

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.

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

With the encouragement and support of the Dunham Fund, the Academy has completed its first phase of redevelopment. This year’s program focuses on the unique strengths of our community and encourages a diverse mix of participants to engage in our community’s success.

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 7. Registration is limited.

For information and an application to the Academy, click here.

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Are Your Company’s Policies Ready for 2014: There’s Still Time
Thursday, March 20, 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
Sponsored by SmithAmundsen, LLC
$59 General Admission / $39 Aurora Chamber members

2013 saw a number of legislative acts that impact business. Is your company ready? Have you reviewed and/or updated your human resources and organization policies to reflect these changes? Join us for a Legal Review seminar on Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m. for an update on the many changes, including:

  • Concealed Carry
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Hands-free Mobile Phones
  • Whistleblower Procedures
  • Employee Contracts and more.

Julie Proscia, partner with SmithAmundsen, LLC, will provide guidance and information for companies of all sizes. Whether you are the CEO, HR Director, or department manager, this seminar is a must to make sure you are prepared for the changes in how your business operates. Attendees will receive policy templates for many of these new requirements.

A continental breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.

Register

Outstanding Ambassador for
2013 Award Winners
Ambassador Award Winners

A great group of dedicated Ambassador Committee Members were awarded “The Extra Effort Awesome Ambassador Award” this month. The award was based on the number of Chamber events they attended/volunteered to work, referrals generated and the number of new members they brought to the Chamber.

The 2013 Top Award Winners (L – R): Mike Cooper – Sales Kitchen; Dawn Tully – Liberty Mutual; Rob Garritano – Big Broadcasting WBIG Radio AM 1280; Denise Blettner – Fox Valley United Way and Becky Gilbert – Montage Apparel and Promotions (Jim Gilbert is accepting on her behalf).

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassadors are members who volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber and its members. They ensure that all members receive the maximum benefit from their investment. They enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources. Their primary responsibilities are to help in the retention of members, the recruitment of new members and to assist at events.

The Chamber could not be successful without our Ambassador Committee Members. Thank you to all and congratulations to the top 2013 Ambassador Winners!

Premier Members
Premier Members
Eblasts – Available Dates for March & April
Do you have a special event to promote or a March seminar you would like to invite fellow Chamber Members to?

Eblasts are a great way to communicate your message-exclusively sent-to an email list of 2,400 member addresses, based on availability on Wednesdays or Fridays.

Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership for dates. First come, first reserved.

Mark Your Calendars: Programs for
Member Businesses
Aurora First
Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business After Hours: FirstMerit Bank
Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
FirstMerit Bank, 2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 27, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
Sponsored in part by Fox Valley Credit Union
Register

Diversity Network
A Collaboration with the Quad County African American Chamber
Tuesday, March 4, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

2014 Leadership Academy Begins
Friday, March 7, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices
Register

Legal Update: What’s New for 2014
Thursday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd, Aurora
$39 Aurora Chamber members
$59 General Admission
Register

State of the Village
Wednesday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant & Bar, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Register

State of the City
Thursday, May 1, at 11:30 a.m.
Registration opens Monday, Mach 3

Sponsorships for these and other programs are available. Contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180 for details.

Don’t Miss This Opportunity
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that sales for its upcoming 2014 Community Map are now underway. The 5,000 maps are on target to print this summer, and will be distributed in and around the Chamber service area. Click here for more information.
Aurora Officers Taking The Plunge For Special Olympics
Several Aurora Police Officers will be ‘taking the plunge’ for Illinois Special Olympics during the 11th annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge on March 2 at Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville.

Last year, a team from the Aurora Police joined almost 400 other brave men and women as they jumped into the freezing waters of Loon Lake inside the park. The event raised over $92,000 for Special Olympics.

The goal of the plunge is to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Illinois so the organization can continue to provide year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Donations for the Aurora Police team known as the “Zombie A-Cop-Alypse” are being taken by Ofc. Lisa Carter who can be reached at (630) 256-5347 or emailed at carterl@apd.aurora.il.us. A dedicated Special Olympics fund has also been established at the Aurora Police Credit Union, 1200 E. Indian Trail. Direct donations are being taken at www.firstgiving.com/team/254181.

The plunge will take place at 1 p.m. Interested spectators can show up at the Kendall County Fairgrounds on Rt. 71 and East Highpoint Rd., Yorkville, where they will be bused to Loon Lake beginning at 12:30.

Referrals Build Business
Referrals

When you refer a prospective member in February (and they join) your business will be acknowledged in the member newsletter and on the Chamber blog. In addition, you will receive a complimentary ticket to an upcoming Fox Valley Networking Professionals breakfast. Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership. Remember, the best compliment you can give is by giving a referral.
Member News
Naper Settlement continues to inform and entertain with part three of “The Columbian Exposition – Through the Eyes of a Visitor.” This interactive presentation on The Midway Plaisance will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Naper Settlement is also wrapping up their Downton Abbey-inspired “Tea & Talk” program with tea, treats, and trivia on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and reservations are required.

Community Career Center invites you to attend “Ask the Recruiter: Nalco/Ecolab” Q&A on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; “Windows 8 and Office 2013 Toolbar Review” workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; or “Managing Job Loss Stress and Anxiety” seminar, also on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 12:30 to2:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members per event. Interested in becoming a member? Come Feb. 20, 22 or 27 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available to you. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Join State Representative Stephanie Kifowit and the Illinois Department of Transportation for an IDOT Construction Update on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library‘s Eola branch. Learn of several ongoing and upcoming construction projects throughout the Aurora and Naperville area. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Stephanie’s constituent service office at (630) 585-1308, email Stephanie.Kifowit@att.net, or visit www.ILDistrict84.com.

The Growing Place is holding a “Landscaping 101: Curb Appeal” workshop at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at their Aurora location. For $15, learn how to create appealing front yard landscapes. Attendees will receive a $15 coupon towards a front yard plant purchase of their choice. Registration is required and spots are limited.

Win big prizes with your bean bag tossing and dice rolling skills by attending the Association for Individual Development‘s Benefit Bean Bag Tournament and Bunco Game on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2:00 p.m. All proceeds go towards AID programs and services. Contact Wendy Bialek at (847) 931-2291 for more information.

Rosary High School‘s annual Candlelight Ball is being held on Saturday, Feb. 22. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be held at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit Rosary High School. Tickets are $100 per person and semi-formal attire is required. Contact Linda Fritz at lfritz@rosaryhs.com to reserve your seat today.

Residents of the Fox Valley Park District may register for spring programs and events now. Non-resident registration will begin next week on Monday, Feb. 24.

Come to Aurora University‘s Chorale and Chamber Choir Tour Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 1347 Prairie St. To register, email auartsandideas@aurora.edu or call (630) 844-4924.

The Board of Directors of Senior Services Associates, Inc. invites you to attend their 40th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please RSVP by February 20 by calling (847) 741-0404.

Rasmussen College is hosting a career fair for the Aurora/Naperville Area at their local campus on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Gain job market insight, find employment, advance your career goals and develop professional skills all in one place.

The Souper Bowl of Caring has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 1. Come in to your local Jewel-Osco, the Montgomery Market Place, or Prisco’s Fine Foods from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and help the Fox Valley United Way raise funds and food for the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Kendall County Food Pantry.

The YWCA of Aurora‘s new Ready for Anything: Women’s Empowerment Workshops begins on March 3, with “Living Authentically” presented by Cmdr. Kristen Ziman. For more professional development workshops and to register, visit www.ywcaaurora.org/readyforanything.

Starting March 4, Presence Mercy Medical Center Health Institute will host “Live Well, Be Well,” a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, every Tuesday through April 9 from 9:00 to11:30 a.m. The program is a series of workshops, designed for adults who want to take charge of their ongoing health problems such as arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Anyone wanting to register needs to call (877) 737-4636.

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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From Public Policy to Member Benefits and Programs…and Member News

Monday, February 3rd, 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.
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February 03, 2014
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Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
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
Create Cut Invent
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
In & Out Creative – Log Web Video
Konen Insurance Agency
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
Old Second National Bank
Organo Gold
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipefitters Local 597
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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Statement on Minimum Wage
Illinois already has a minimum wage higher than all of our neighboring states and we are tied for the sixth highest minimum wage in the country. If Illinois were to pass a $10 minimum wage, that amount would almost double the rate since only 2003. This is far too drastic. For the full statement, visit the Chamber blog.

Share your thoughts on how a proposed minimum wage increase would impact your business.

DuPage Committee to Host Public Hearing Tuesday about Graduated Income Tax
The DuPage County Economic Development Committee will host a public hearing this Tuesday to gather the facts about the graduated income tax proposal in Springfield. Tonia Khouri, chairwoman of the Economic Development Committee, believes the proposed graduated income tax would have a direct impact on DuPage County’s economic development.

“The Economic Development Committee’s mission is to ensure DuPage County maintains a business-friendly environment in order to grow our local economy. While the graduated income tax proposal is a state issue, it will have a significant impact on our residents and small business owners. It is extremely important that we learn the facts regarding this issue,” said Khouri.

The final hearing, which is open to the public, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the DuPage County, JTK Administration Building’s County Board Room, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. The featured presenters include Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and Doug Whitley, president and chief executive officer of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The proposed constitutional amendments, HJRCA 33 and SJRCA 40, which have been introduced in the Illinois House and Senate, would change the state’s income tax from a flat or single rate to a graduated scale. A three-fifths supermajority from each chamber would be needed for a referendum to be put on the November 2014 ballot.

For full story, visit the Chamber blog.

Do You Love Your Customers?
If you do, refer one of your customers or clients to the Chamber! When you refer a prospective member in February (and they join) your business will be acknowledged in the member newsletter and on the Chamber blog. In addition, you will receive a complimentary ticket to an upcoming Fox Valley Networking Professionals breakfast. Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership. Remember the best compliment you can give is by giving a referral.
Have You Checked Out Reboot Illinois Lately?
Reboot Illinois is a nonpartisan website, e-mail, and social media organization working to educate and engage citizens about the big challenges we face in Illinois – especially those faced by the business community.

Reboot Illinois is dedicated to:

  • improving our jobs/business climate
  • state debt and taxes
  • corruption and waste
  • improving our schools

Reboot is a unique one-stop shop for Illinoisans who are concerned about the future of our state and want to stay informed on key issues and reform efforts. They do so by providing great news, commentary, infographics, lists and a platform to help concerned citizens weigh in with policymakers on the issues they care about most.

The award-winning journalists at Reboot have written in support of keeping the minimum wage where it’s at, keeping taxes flat and not progressive, and in support of pension reform and lower LLC fees. They agree with us that businesses need a stable, predictable tax structure, fewer regulations, and an end to the big deal-making environment here. And they’ve advocated those views.

I’m asking you to simply click this link to add your email address to receive Reboot’s daily email at no charge.

Reboot Illinois also provides wall-to-wall coverage of the 2014 governor’s race and other key elections.

Looking For Ways to Save Money? Members
Have an Advantage
100% Off

The ComEd Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program is establishing a campaign to offer up to 100% off high-efficiency indoor fluorescent lighting upgrades to small businesses in our area. Now, for a limited-time, small businesses can brighten up, become more energy efficient, and improve their bottom line. Their Spring campaign offers up to 100% off high-efficiency indoor fluorescent lighting and up to 75% off other electric-saving improvements from ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business®. Plus, the energy assessment is free. The offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Small businesses must receive their free assessment before March 24, 2014, to be eligible for the increased incentives. SBES offers free energy assessments and incentives up to 75 percent off the cost of recommended electric-saving projects. Additionally, natural gas-saving upgrades are also being offered at up to 100% off from the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.

Project Green will be contacting ComEd customers in Aurora to conduct free energy assessments and install electricity-saving improvements.

Chamber Highlight Latest Public Policy Issues
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has added its support to the growing bi-partisan coalition that is working to improve the business climate in Illinois. Below are four of the latest issues that the Chamber is addressing:

Resolution Urging Workers’ Compensation Reform
Resolution Opposing Graduated/Progressive Income Tax
Resolution Supporting Illinois’ Independent Redistricting Amendment
Resolution Supporting New Transportation Infrastructure Construction Program

Thank You
Zippy Shell

Thank you to Todd Temaat of Zippy Shell Fox Valley for sponsoring the January Fox Valley Networking Professionals Breakfast. What a great way to get in front of business professionals with your business commercial. We appreciate Zippy Shell’s dedication and support!
Eblasts – Available Dates for February & March
Do you have a special Valentines event to promote or a March seminar you would like to invite fellow Chamber Members to?

Eblasts are a great way to communicate your message-exclusively sent-to an email list of 2,400 member addresses, based on availability on Wednesdays or Fridays.

Contact Jane E. Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership for dates. First come, first reserved.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Save the Date: Mark Your Calendars
Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber Offices

Business After Hours: FirstMerit Bank
Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
FirstMerit Bank, 2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

Business Development Leads Group 1
Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:15 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Business Development Leads Group 2
Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 27, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
$15 General Admission
$12 Aurora Chamber Members
Sponsored in part by Fox Valley Credit Union
Register

Member News
Sign*A*Rama has moved. They are now located at 197 Poplar Place, Unit #3, in North Aurora. Pay them a visit and see their new space!

Waubonsee Community College will be offering new degree and certification programs designed to help students prepare for the demands of modern manufacturing. They will focus on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operation, CNC Programming, Manual Machining and Advanced Manufacturing Technology, among others.

Congratulations to Tammy Laas, APN/FNP-BC, who has joined Dreyer Medical Clinic‘s Fox Valley Villages location.

Rush-Copley Medical Center welcomes Suzanne Bergen, MD, a gynecologic oncology specialist, to the fold. Feel free to view Dr. Bergen’s profile to learn more about her. Rush-Copley is also starting an art therapy class for those who suffer from movement disorders. It is free to the public and meets the second and fourth Monday of the month through May, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Restaurant.com, the nation’s largest dining deals website, has released a Top 50 Most Romantic Restaurants list just in time for Valentine’s Day, based on criteria such as customer feedback and certificates sold. Coming in at #2 is Aurora’s very own Domo 77.

If you are a caregiver, come to Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice‘s “Care for the Caregiver” support group. They meet Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., from Feb. 3 through March 3. Contact Jeannine Farwell or Christy Pitol at (630) 232-2233 for more information. Registration with a refundable deposit is required.

Naper Settlement is holding the second of their three-part presentation on “The Columbian Exposition – Through the Eyes of a Visitor” on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. There is also an informational meeting of their Junior Volunteer Program for children in grades 4-5 that interested parents and children must attend, on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Lastly, Naper Settlement’s History Speaks Lecture Series continues with “The Last Years of Mary Todd Lincoln,” with Donna Daniels as Mary Todd Lincoln, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Advance tickets are $6; on the day of the presentation, tickets are $7.

Come to the Community Career Center on Feb. 6, Feb. 8, or Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m. to learn what services and resources are available. Tour the Center and optimize your search efforts today.

Come to Aurora University‘s Graduate Business Programs Open House on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and learn about program options from business faculty, a recent graduate, and current students. Admission representatives and financial aid counselors will also be available to answer your questions.

The Growing Place is holding a “Create a Strong Garden” workshop at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at their Aurora location. For $20, learn how to build a kokedama, or string garden, around a selection of small houseplants. Registration is required.

The Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC) welcomes acclaimed motivational speaker Harriet Turk on Feb. 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Harriet will provide girls in fifth grade and above with powerful tools to help develop self-esteem. Admission is $50 per person. Contact Barb Thayer at bthayer@robertcrown.org for more information.

Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce is holding their 6th Annual Jazz Brunch on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Dan Seals, assistant director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Admission is $55 per person.

Interested in becoming a medical interpreter? Metaphrasis Language & Cultural Solutions, LLC is offering 48-hour medical interpreter training that will introduce participants to the role and modes of interpreting, standards of practice and code of ethics for medical interpreters, OSHA, HIPAA, medical terminology, role-play, group discussions, and more. No previous experience in healthcare/medical field is required. Candidates must pass a brief entrance exam to be considered for admission. The last day to test for admission into the March session is Thursday, Feb. 15. To schedule your exam, call (815) 464-1423 or fill out the online application at http://www.metaphrasislcs.com/ training-schedule/.

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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Statement of Minimum Wage

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Source: Illinois Chamber of Commerce

The Illinois employers as represented by the organizations below, and their members in Illinois, have not wavered and are speaking with one voice: Illinois employers cannot afford another minimum wage increase.

 

Illinois already has a minimum wage higher than all of our neighboring states and we are tied for the sixth highest minimum wage in the country. If Illinois were to pass a $10 minimum wage, that amount would almost double the rate since only 2003. This is far too drastic.

 

While the national unemployment rate continues to drop, Illinois is easily the highest in the Midwest and fourth highest in the country. Another minimum wage increase will only make hiring entry-level workers more difficult, and keep people who need these jobs, especially young people out of work. The number of teens with a job in Illinois has fallen consistently over the last ten years leaving only about a quarter currently employed. Younger workers in urban areas fare even worse; less than one in ten African American teens in Chicago are employed. Chicago’s Hispanic and Caucasian teens also face difficulty finding work, but they are statistically more than twice as likely as the city’s African American teens to be receiving the experience of a paycheck. The result is a significant number of young people are not gaining the basic and valuable work experience to propel them up the economic ladder in the future.

 

The National Restaurant Association notes that nine out of ten salaried restaurant workers, including owners and managers, started as hourly workers. Inexperienced employees have the ability to garner the necessary skills to advance and earn higher wages. Another minimum wage increase will deny them those skills and their start on the economic ladder.

A broad coalition of Illinois employers and their associations are unified in opposition to an increase in the minimum wage:

  • Illinois Retail Merchants Association
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Association of Convenience Stores
  • Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association
  • Hospitality Business Association of Chicago
  • Illinois Beverage Association
  • Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Illinois Food Retailers Association
  • Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Illinois Licensed Beverage Association
  • Illinois Lumber & Material Dealers Association
  • Midwest Equipment Dealers Association
  • Midwest Hardware Association
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Technology Manufacturing Aligned
  • Automotive Parts & Service Association of Illinois