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US Chamber Releases Congressional Scorecard

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

This week the U.S Chamber of Commerce honored 266 members of the U.S House of Representatives and 55 members of the U.S Senate with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition for pro-growth policies in the second session of the 114th Congress.

Winners from the Illinois Delegation include:

  • Mark Kirk (R) – 100%
  • Daniel Lipinski (D) – 79%
  • Peter Roskam (R) – 100%
  • Bob Dold (R) – 93%
  • Mike Bost (R) – 100%
  • Rodney Davis (R) – 100%
  • Randall Hultgren (R) – 100%
  • John Shimkus (R) – 100%
  • Adam Kinzinger (R) – 100%
  • Darin LaHood (R) – 100%

During the second session of the 114th Congress, the Chamber scored members on 8 Senate votes and 14 House votes related to access to capital for small businesses, ensuring our workforce has the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow, and helping American manufacturers compete in a global economy. In addition, votes in support of building the U.S. water infrastructure system, protecting intellectual property, and updating energy policy also factored into scoring.

DOL Overtime Rule Update

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Following the recent election, many have questions about the impact of the overtime rule and whether the push for a phase in bill will continue. Though the U.S. Chamber will continue to lobby for a phase-in bill during the lame duck session, it is increasingly likely that Congress will not take up legislation to delay the rule. Instead, Congress will wait to address the rule in the 115th Congress. As you know, the rule goes into effect this Dec. 1 and businesses should continue with their compliance processes.

In addition, SmithAmundsen LLC recently reported, “Hon. Judge Amos L. Mazzant III in the pending DOL overtime preliminary injunction lawsuit, State of Nevada et al v. United States Department of Labor et al. (Case No. 4:16-cv-00731-ALM, Eastern District of Texas), heard arguments (last Wednesday) as to whether the DOL should be enjoined at this time from implementing the new overtime and salary increase rule. The court – questioning the nationwide implications at stake here – was not interested in what the next administration will do come 2017 and wanted to focus on the law now.”

“After hearing arguments, the judge took them under advisement and stated he ‘hopes’ to have a ruling by Nov. 22. If he denies the preliminary injunction motion, he will have an additional hearing on Nov. 28 before the December 1 implementation deadline.”

 

This Week’s Newsletter for Chamber Members

Monday, October 24th, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Endiro Coffee
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Register To Vote

The wait is over! Visit www.AuroraProsperity.org today.

Your participation matters.

This website was created to provide Aurora Chamber members and their employees with a comprehensive, central location to learn more about the political process and how it affects our region. We encourage all citizens to get engaged if you choose to do so.

It is our goal is to provide useful, non-partisan, and non-biased information to help you become more knowledgeable about the political process. We hope you will take time to learn about the issues, use the tools provided to take action, and spread the word by encouraging others to become active.

Political participation is a cornerstone of American democracy-your voice, your vote, and your opinion matter.

Please check out this website’s resources, explore its tools, and let us know what you think!

This website does not endorse any specific political candidates, parties, or causes. Instead, it provides you with the resources and tools you need to become educated and involved.

Keep up-to-date on the upcoming elections, register to vote, and learn more about Aurora Chamber’s top issues by visiting our AuroraProsperity.org site.

Community Invited to Farewell Open House for Mayor Weisner
The Aurora community will have a final opportunity to wish Mayor Tom Weisner well prior to his retirement.

A public open house will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd.

During the open house, Mayor Weisner and Mrs. Weisner will welcome and speak with visitors. Guests will also have an opportunity to watch a scrolling pictorial review of some of the highlights of Mayor Weisner’s administration since he first took office in 2005.

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

Legislative Breakfast: Hon. Keith Wheeler
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.
Orchard Valley Restaurant, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora

Join us for the first Legislative Breakfast of the Chamber’s fiscal year as we welcome Hon. Keith Wheeler, Illinois state representative of the 50th district.

Wheeler is a sixth-generation resident of Kendall County and lives in Oswego with his family. He grew up in Oswego, graduated from Oswego High School, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For the last 24 years, Wheeler has been a successful small business owner with offices in Oswego and Chicago. He has served the community as the chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business Fox Valley Area Action Council for Small Business, as well as former treasurer of the Oswego Bears Youth Football and Cheer Pop Warner programs.

Perhaps most importantly (editor’s note), more recently, Wheeler served as Board Chairman for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. He states, “I am very proud to have served in (this position) as we must work hard to improve the jobs and business climate in Illinois.”

Join us for breakfast and conversation with our elected official. We’ll hear what he is working on in Springfield and have discussion on the needs of business and employers in the greater Fox Valley.

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Intersect Illinois
Monday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora

Farewell Open House for Mayor Weisner
Monday, Oct. 24, 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Paramount Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Legislative Breakfast: Hon. Keith Wheeler
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.
Orchard Valley Restaurant, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

WYNTK: Personnel Policies & Changes for 2017
Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

WYNTK: Cybersecurity in Light of ‘Leaks
Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Did You Know?
A Loras College poll in September found that 75% if Illinois residents believe the direction of the state is going in the wrong direction. In addition, a BIPAC poll recently found that 31% if employees trust their current or former employer for providing credible information on political issues and elections that directly affect their job or company? In an effort to support our members in communicating importance of voting in the upcoming election, the Aurora Regional Chamber has launched www.AuroraProsperity.org in partnership with Illinois Prosperity Project and BIPAC.
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Pensions: Possible Payment Delays

Outmigration: Illinoisans Leaving the State

Health Care: Affordable Care Act

Budget: Debt Refinancing

Voters Overwhelmingly Support ‘Lockbox’

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

VNA Health Care to Offer A Crucial Catch Day – Screening Saves Lives

IMSA Announces New Executive Director for Professional Field Services

CIS to Hold Turkey Fest; Supports Adolescents with Services

Community Invited to Farewell Open House for Mayor Tom Weisner

Aurora City Council Nominates Alderman O’Connor as Acting Mayor

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Aurora Chamber Calls on Congress to help Local Business Growth, Job Creation

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
The Illinois Chamber joined nearly 150 business organizations from across the country in signing a letter sent to all members of Congress calling for the legislative branch to urgently reduce the regulatory burden on small, medium and regional banks.

“We have joined in this call to Congress because we see firsthand how the financial regulations imposed on our community banks have resulted in depleted capital and higher costs for Main Street businesses, cutting them off from the products and service they need to grow,” said Benjamin Brockschmidt. “Our entrepreneurs and local business owners provide the foundation for our community’s economy and are essential to its future. However, they can’t succeed without the support of our banks.”
 
The letter, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and signed by business organization is nearly all 50 states, shows the widespread impact the regulatory regime imposed on banks if having on Main Street economic growth. The letter calls on Congress to address these concerns by fixing the rigid “one size fits all system” that harms small, medium, and regional banks, and their customers.

“Lawmakers have failed to provide community banks with the relief they need in order to support Main Street businesses and best serve consumers,” said Tom Quaadman, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness. “In order to break the cycle of anemic growth, low productivity, and lack of labor participation, Congress must make it a priority to ensure these institutions have access to the capital and tools they need to support local businesses.”

 
You can read a full copy of the letter here, and learn more about the U.S. Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness’ Financing America’s Economic Growth Campaign to address the financial regulatory burden here.

Monday, September 26th, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
Cadence Health Convenient Care, part of Northwestern Medicine
CatAtlantic Homes
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Delnor Glen Senior Living, part of Northwestern Medicine
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Fitness & Health Center
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

Employers, Encourage Your Employees to Vote with These Resources
Four years ago, according to the Pew Center on the States (2012) one in four eligible citizens were not registered to vote for the General Election. That is an astounding estimate of 51 million U.S. citizens.

Citizens who register and vote in elections have a unique opportunity to shape local, state, and federal governments. The candidates we elect to office will directly impact our region’s and our country’s policy agenda. Whether a policy maker’s decisions are large or small, your decisions on Election Day determine the direction we go. Make sure you’re registered so you can have a say.

This week, Sept. 26-30, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is joining with other organizations – and most importantly our members, to support Voter Registration Week.

If you are not already registered to vote or if you need to update your information on file with your voter registration, this is a great time to do so. Take time to visit the voter registration page on http://www.illinoisprosperity.org/languages/english/ezvote.asp?g=illinois. Once you’re there, simply enter your ZIP code and complete the voter registration process.

While you’re on the website, be sure to check out the candidates on your ballot, other pertinent election issues important to our nation and our state. Everything you need to become an informed voter has been provided.

Don’t be silent during this election. If you are already registered to vote, take time to make sure your voter registration information, such as your home address, is accurate and up-to-date.

Your vote counts, but you can’t vote if you aren’t registered.

Kane County Set to Unveil Incentives of Up to $2,500 for Minority Businesses
Kane County is set to unveil a program aimed at advancing the development of minority businesses and business entrepreneurs.

The concept is similar to the successful Kane County Export Grant Program in that it piggybacks on another program in order to provide additional incentives for Kane County businesses to apply.

In this case, the Kane County incentive would pay for loan closing costs and fees up to $2,500 for any local business that applies for and wins funding from the state of Illinois’ new Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship program.

Under that program, just announced by Gov. Bruce Rauner, up to 15 minority/women-owned startup or small businesses in the Chicago region – including Kane County – will be selected by the state to receive training and mentorship as well as access to capital in the form of loans. The ADME selection process emphasizes the business’s potential to create jobs.

The aim of Kane County’s program, which was brought up in resolution form at the Sept. 16 Kane County Board Jobs Committee meeting, is the same as ADME: to strengthen start-up and small businesses by tapping into the potential of underrepresented communities, including African-American, Latino, Asian-American, women, and veteran entrepreneurs.

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U.S. Chamber Launches ‘Vote For Jobs’ Website
Last week, the U.S. Chamber launched a comprehensive effort to mobilize the business community and Main Street economic voters leading up to Election Day. The initiative includes an online toolkit that provides users with the information needed to vote in their states and districts, as well as the opportunity for businesses to engage their employees in the effort. You may have seen The Wall Street Journal article highlighting our voter turnout efforts, which can be accessed here.

The effort features the Vote For Jobs website with state-specific voting information including early voting and absentee ballots. We encourage you also to visit the voter toolkit, which includes sample Get-Out-The-Vote email messages, blog posts, press releases, and more.

The launch is being supported with a new video to remind all Americans of the virtues of free enterprise and the power of our democracy. With your partnership, we are uniquely positioned to engage tens of millions of voters in the final weeks of the election: building upon a century of working together to strengthen our country’s economy and future.

Events for Members
Ribbon Cutting: Sports Clips
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3:30 p.m.
405 N. Eola Rd, Ste. H, Aurora
Register

Multi Chamber Business After Hours
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
K Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Rd., Batavia

Membership Luncheon. Lt. Governor Sanguinetti
Friday, Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Intersect Illinois
Monday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

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

Visit the Chamber blog:

2015-2016 Ill. Chamber Legislative Ratings

Ill. GA: Human Trafficking Task Force

Gambling: Video Gaming

Ill. Budget: Unpaid Bills

Northern Illinois University Diverse Supplier Fair, October 5, 2016

Democratizing Our Economy through Local Economic Innovation

Looking to Expand in Global Markets?

Labor: Family Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave

Endorse Businesses For Safe Roads

Employee Voter Registration Week

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

West Aurora Seeks Business Professionals

Robotics Club Seeks Mentors

Montgomery 5K and 10K River Run is Set

Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy Welcomes Alumna Kathleen Clarke to Board of Trustees

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., Announces the Promotion of Several Staff Members

Pumpkin Weekends throughout October at Blackberry Farm – 11 days in all

Fictional saloon offers a swig of 1910 in Aurora

Aurora’s GAR Museum Earns Statewide Preservation Award

Aurora Receives $15 Million Tax Credit Award to Develop Downtown Arts Center

Meves Named Chief Investment Officer at Old Second

VNA Health Care hosts “VNA Uncorked” on Sept. 30

Aurora Named One of the Best-Run Cities in America

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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U.S. Chamber Launches ‘Vote For Jobs’ Website

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Last week, the U.S. Chamber launched a comprehensive effort to mobilize the business community and Main Street economic voters leading up to Election Day. The initiative includes an online toolkit that provides users with the information needed to vote in their states and districts, as well as the opportunity for businesses to engage their employees in the effort. You may have seen The Wall Street Journal article highlighting our voter turnout efforts, which can be accessed here.

The effort features the Vote For Jobs website with state-specific voting information including early voting and absentee ballots. We encourage you also to visit the voter toolkit, which includes sample Get-Out-The-Vote email messages, blog posts, press releases, and more.

The launch is being supported with a new video to remind all Americans of the virtues of free enterprise and the power of our democracy. With your partnership, we are uniquely positioned to engage tens of millions of voters in the final weeks of the election: building upon a century of working together to strengthen our country’s economy and future.

ACA Compliance, News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, September 19th, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
Cadence Health Convenient Care, part of Northwestern Medicine
CatAtlantic Homes
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Delnor Glen Senior Living, part of Northwestern Medicine
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Fitness & Health Center
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Boutique Repeats & Gifts
Teri Case
444 N. Eola Road, Ste 106
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 585-0920
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Aurora, Illinois 60506
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What You Need to Know:
Employers, ACA for 2016 and Beyond
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., downtown Aurora

Chamber members rank ACA compliance a top concern in business. Are you prepared for what the Affordable Care Act has in store? Knowing your healthcare cost drivers and available containment tools can benefit small and large businesses. Understanding the shift in ACA compliance requirements is a growing priority. Join us for clarity on this issue.

We have What You Need to Know.

Among the topics covered will be:

• Compliance concerns for 2016 and beyond
• DOL audit exposure
• Managing healthcare costs
• Comments on the changing group marketplace

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Events for Members
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council No. 30, Aurora
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WYNTK: Employers, ACA for 2016 and Beyond
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Register

Grand Re-Opening: Holiday Inns & Suites
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
111 N. Broadway Ave, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting at 4:00 p.m.
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Sports Clips
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3:30 p.m.
405 N. Eola Rd, Ste. H, Aurora
Register

Multi Chamber Business After Hours
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
K Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Rd., Batavia

Membership Luncheon. Lt. Governor Sanguinetti
Friday, Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Intersect Illinois
Monday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

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

Visit the Chamber blog:

Northern Illinois University Diverse Supplier Fair, October 5, 2016

Democratizing Our Economy through Local Economic Innovation

Looking to Expand in Global Markets?

Labor: Family Sick Leave, Bereavement Leave

Higher Education: U.S. News Ranking

General Assembly: Redistricting

Jobs: Illinois Labor Force

Endorse Businesses For Safe Roads

Employee Voter Registration Week

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Aurora Receives $15 Million Tax Credit Award to Develop Downtown Arts Center

Meves Named Chief Investment Officer at Old Second

Waubonsee to Host Career Fair Sept. 23

VNA Health Care hosts “VNA Uncorked” on Sept. 30

Aurora Named One of the Best-Run Cities in America

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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Ill. DOL Director to Present to Local Employers

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Health Care: Ill. Co-op, ACA

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Key Affordable Care Act co-op operating in Illinois faces insolvency. Land of Lincoln Health, which believes it is the second largest provider of individual health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (50,000 consumers enrolled), owes an eight-figure sum in risk adjustment payments based upon operations undertaken by the co-op and its competitors in 2015. The Illinois Department of Insurance has ordered the health insurance co-op to cease writing new insurance business. Acting Insurance Agency Director Anne Melissa Dowling has informed federal authorities that Land of Lincoln’s books need immediate action “to prevent an immediate liquidation” of the troubled insurer.

The Affordable Care Act contains complex provisions intended to both encourage and discourage new entries into the ACA insurance market. In particular, complex subsections of the law encouraged the setup of health insurance cooperatives in many regions of the United States. Other subsections of the law created a convoluted system of “risk adjustment payments” owed by some insurers to other firms. Risk adjustment payments are supposed to provide compensatory benefits to insurers who have sick patients and present costly diagnostic codes.

During the short period of time since the ACA went into full operation, the risk adjustment policy subsection of the ACA has extracted hundreds of millions of dollars in net payments from health insurance co-ops. More than half of the co-ops operating under the ACA (13 of 23) have gone under, and Land of Lincoln is one of the remaining 10.

News to Know from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, March 21st, 2016
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
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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Aurora 60506
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31 W. Downer Place, Ste 306
Aurora 60506
(630) 538-6973
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Contact Us

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

 

 

#2016Pulse Results Available
Pulse Results

Last week, the results of the 2016 Economic Pulse Survey were released at a lunch sponsored by Steffes & Associates Language Translation (SALT). Our appreciation to Old Second Bank and Invest Aurora for their support of the survey and to (from left) Old Second President & CEO Jim Eccher, Mitutoyo America Corporation Vice President Laura Newman, and State Rep. Keith Wheeler for sharing their knowledge with the attendees as the panel discussing the survey results. The Aurora Chamber – in partnership with community organizations and employers – will use the survey results to develop and present programs in support of the region’s employers.

#Aurora2016 State of the City
Presented by

State of the City
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Registration and Networking at 11:00 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
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State of the City

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Premier Members
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Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, visit the Chamber blog:

Unofficial Results of Tuesday’s Primary

State Government: Procurement Reform

General Assembly

Budget: FY16 Budget Deficit, Unpaid Bills

Mayor Weisner Calls for Elimination of Aurora Election Commission

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 Thursday, April 7, 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 22 persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three 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.

Events for Members
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 31, 2016
8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
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2016 State of the City Address presented
by Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Registration opens today
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Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Mutual Ground’s 2nd Annual Food for Thought Fundraiser Event Set for April 21st

The Growing Place celebrates 80 years

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. Brings Engineering to Krug Elementary School

The Label Printers Sponsors Geneva High School’s F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team

Park District to host job fair on March 26 with 100+ jobs

Save the Date! Aurora GreenFest 2016

VNA Hospice Hosts Hospice Foundation of America’s Annual Teleconference on April 19 in Aurora

Support Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry While Dining Out

M Burger Celebrates Six Years with Complimentary Burger…

Park District seeks volunteers for Spring Spruce-Up on April 2

Community Foundation Surpasses $60 Million in Grants and Scholarships, Thanks Its Donors

School District 308 Hires New Professional Development and Training Director

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