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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Gov. Rauner, Ill. GA Take Steps to Resolve FY15 Budget Shortfall

Faced with a $1.6 billion FY15 budget deficit upon taking office, Gov. Bruce Rauner almost immediately asked for executive powers to reorganize spending and enable the State to get through the fiscal year, which covers spending needs through June 30.

Without immediate action, the State would have been unable to make payroll at Illinois prisons, low-income working families would lose their child care assistance, court reporters would be laid off and money for services for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled would run out. In addition, inaction would have further delayed and perhaps jeopardized critical categorical school funding and State aid payments.

After negotiations in which House Republicans were full participants, the General Assembly agreed this week to language contained in HB 317 and HB 318. HB 317, an appropriations bill, made cuts and transfers in State spending. HB 318, a budget implementation bill, granted the Governor the legal authority to carry out and implement the cuts in spending and spending transfers made in HB 317. Together, these bills work to fill critical holes in the deliberately unbalanced FY15 budget passed by majority Democrats and signed by former Governor Quinn.

Approximately $1.3 billion of the moves occurred in the form of budget transfers from various funds, and approximately $400 million was in the form of an across-the-board budget cut. The HB 317-HB 318 package created $97 million in budgetary flexibility that can be used to respond to specific challenges, including the challenge of school districts that have run out of reserves.

The House vote on HB 317 was 72-45-0 and the House vote on HB 318 was 69-48-0, with all House Republicans voting in favor of the measures. The Senate followed up by approving both bills on Thursday, March 26, sending the measures to Gov. Rauner for final action. Rauner, who pushed for and signed both bills into law, expressed a readiness to follow up on this work in alliance with House Republicans. The two bills became law as Public Acts 99-0001 and 99-0002, the first bills signed into law by the new Governor.

House Panel Hears FY16 Revenue Estimates

The House Revenue and Finance Committee heard testimony on Friday, March 27, from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA), the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB), and the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) on expected State revenues in FY16, the spending period that will begin on July 1.

Spending pressures in FY16 are being driven by the continuing phase-down of the “temporary” January 2011 income tax increase. CGFA estimates that the State’s cash intake from the income tax hike is dropping by nearly $5 billion over the two-year period starting in FY14 and leveling off in FY16. This matches the two-year period marked by a drop in the State’s personal income tax rate from 5.00% to 3.75%. GOMB’s numbers and IDOR’s numbers closely match these estimates.

House Committees Advance 512 Bills to Floor

Including action in “committee deadline week,” which ended on Friday, March 27, the Illinois House advanced 512 bills from committee to the House floor in the 2015 spring session. House committees began meeting in February to take testimony and hear advocacy from witnesses, proponents and opponents for and against the measures filed by House members. This work was finished up this week. After the conclusion of the two-week “Easter break,” the House and its committees will consider floor action and amendments to the House bills that advanced out of committee. The House will also start looking at bills coming over from the state Senate.

Most of the 4,198 House bills filed so far in the spring session will not be considered further this spring, at least under their own names. Less than 13% of the bills filed this spring were able to achieve approval by a House committee. Advocates sometimes try to “consolidate” a stalled bill into a moving bill by redrafting the stalled bill as an amendment to the moving one. In addition, bills that do not move in the 2015 spring session may be taken up by the Illinois General Assembly in fall 2015 or spring 2016.

Jobless Rate Falls to 6.0% in February

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced on Tuesday, March 24, that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2015 fell to 6.0% from 6.1% in January. While an estimated 391,100 workers remained jobless in February, the overall numbers indicated that Illinois could be coming out of recession-scale unemployment numbers for the first time since the 2000s. 13,800 net new jobs were created in February, all in the private sector.

Unadjusted numbers for January:

2015

United      States

Illinois

MSA

LWIA 5

Kane       County

Aurora

Joliet

Elgin

Rockford

Waukegan

January

6.1

6.9

6.9

6.7

6.9

6.6

9.5

9.5

8.8

10.1

 

The new Prairie State figures represented an improvement of almost two full percentage points from the deep-recession figure of 7.9% posted twelve months earlier in February 2014. Economists and commentators often use “year-over-year” unemployment figures, particularly for specific states and metropolitan areas, as a tactic to reduce false signals resulting from random fluctuations in the overall numbers.

Most areas of Illinois employment showed strength in February, with two key sectors – trade, transportation and utilities, and professional and business services – each adding more than 5,000 net new paid positions statewide. Three areas of weakness were statewide manufacturing, which lost 800 jobs statewide, educational and health services, which gave up 1,400 positions, and government, which yielded 1,600 positions.

IDES has rolled out a new, automated database for the use of Illinois residents seeking jobs and in possession of vital skill sets. Illinois Job Link offers a wide variety of positions and opportunities.

House Republicans Continue Push for Audit of Troubled Expense Accounts

After the story of mammoth expense-account spending by senior executives of the College of DuPage broke earlier this year, House Republican taxpayer advocates began calling for a deeper inquiry into the financial reality behind the troubled college management team’s books. The College’s board recently approved a severance package of benefits totaling $763,000 for the college’s president.

DuPage County lawmakers have made this a key focus area in 2015. HR 55, a resolution requesting that the Illinois Auditor General conduct a performance audit of the College of DuPage to cover fiscal years 2011 through 2014, was unanimously approved in House committee on Wednesday, March 25. HR 55’s lead co-sponsors are Representatives Jeanne Ives, Jim Durkin, Patti Bellock, Peter Breen, and Ron Sandack.

State Employees File Lawsuit, Seek Clarification

Three Illinois state employees filed a lawsuit on Monday, March 23, to seek legal clarification of their right to not make mandatory payments to labor unions in lieu of union dues. Called “fair share” payments, the funds raised by their mandatory payments are supposed to recompense public-sector labor unions for the administrative burden of representing all of the members of a unionized State office or workforce. Gov. Rauner has publicly called for granting freedom to Illinois State workers to decide whether or not to belong to a union and pay dues.

Illinois Helps U.S. Navy Prepare for Launch of New Submarine

The capital ship, which will be called the “USS Illinois” when it enters commissioned service, is in the final stages of being fitted out on the East Coast and is expected to be launched later in 2015. Chicago business leaders are helping train two key members of the crew – the culinary specialists who will man the submersible boat’s tiny galley.

Physically slightly smaller and with smaller crews than the armored battleships that were once the backbone of the U.S. Navy, an attack submarine like the “U.S.S. Illinois” is in some ways even more heavily armed. A crew of 145 to 150 men will sail on a six-month tour of duty, much of which will be spent submerged. Modern technology even allows submarines to communicate with naval headquarters while deep under water. Although the “Illinois” is only 370 feet long, the “silent service” believes that American submarines serve as the ultimate deterrent to potential enemy action.

The “Illinois” will be the first U.S. Navy capital ship to bear this name since an obsolete battleship commissioned in 1897. Efforts to build a new American super-battleship in the 1940s to carry on the heritage of the Prairie State did not survive the end of World War II in 1945. The Aurora-based U.S.S. Illinois Commissioning Committee is leading fundraising efforts to properly celebrate two separate events: the new vessel’s approaching launch and its commission.

What Could Illinois Do with $20B a Year?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of serving on a panel with Congressman Bill Foster and Mayor Tom Weisner, among others, to raise awareness of Illinois being a “Payer State” within our country.

In a typical year, $20 billion leaves Illinois; we pay $1.36 in federal taxes for every dollar of federal spending returned to the state. In fact, according to figures compiled by the Pew Charitable Trust, Illinois receives the third smallest amount of federal spending per capita in the country.

While the entire country is governed by the same federal tax code, individual and corporate tax burdens vary substantially between states. Many states get much more back in federal spending than others. This transfer of wealth from the “Payer States” to the “Taker States” inevitably shows up as higher state taxes, higher government debt and underinvestment in education, infrastructure and health care in the “Payer States.”

While much has been said in recent years to malign Illinois employers, they have done their best through the economic downturn to support their employees, communities, state and even their country.

According to the Tax Foundation, Illinois businesses are among the most generous in the nation. Only businesses in four other states had a higher tax rate than Illinois’ 9.5 percent last year.

It’s no wonder business men and women from throughout the state are frustrated with the opportunities before them.

With respect to our neighbors, Wisconsin had the next closest corporate income tax rate at 7.9 percent. And yet for every dollar generated from taxes, Wisconsin saw a return of $1.68.

Indiana, at 7.5 percent, realized more than $2 in the exchange. Nearly every state around Illinois saw a positive return…but not Illinois.

According to WalletHub.com, Illinois was the second least dependent on federal return on taxpayer investment. During the 1990s and 2000s, Illinois contributed $2 trillion in Federal taxes. Unfortunately, during that same 20-year period, we received less than $1.3 trillion in Federal spending — a mere 65 percent of what was contributed.

How would look if there was more equity in the distribution of Federal spending? Illinois could focus investment in new technologies and equipment, stimulate the expansion of existing businesses, address stagnant wages and revitalize infrastructure and education services. With refocused investment, Illinois would be poised to attract new business ventures and top talent. These changes would reinforce Illinois’ role as a business leader and net contributor to our nation’s prosperity.

Congressman Foster recently introduced The Payer State Transparency Act of 2015. The Act would require the Office of Management and Budget, in conjunction with the Council of Economic Advisors and the Treasury Department, to produce annual assessments of net economic effect on individual states of all federal spending programs. A comparison of these figures against a model of state tax burdens developed by the Bureau of Economic Analysis would be reported.

We appreciate Congressman Foster’s commitment to the people of Illinois. We look forward to better transparency – and more discussion – when it comes to this topic.

 

 

Last Call for Leadership Academy…and More in Your eMail

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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

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

Registration is due by Wednesday. For more information and application, visit the Chamber website.

Public Policy Update
Why Aren’t We Getting Our Fair Share?
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and Chamber President Joseph Henning will join Congressman Bill Foster for a panel discussion on Illinois’ “Payer State” problem. Business and community leaders are invited to join the discussion Friday, Feb. 6, in Aurora City Council Chambers at 44 E. Downer Place. The event begins at 1:30 p.m.

Other panelists include Illinois Deputy Treasurer Jay Rowell and Illinois Poison Center Medical Director and MCHC Physician Michael Wahl, MD.

In a typical year, $20 billion leaves Illinois because we are a “payer state.” In fact, we pay $1.36 in Federal taxes for every dollar of Federal spending returned to the state. Illinois ranks in the bottom three nationwide when it comes to return on the Federal dollar. What could Illinois do with that money?

To attend, register at foster.house.gov/payerstate.

Public Policy Update: Senate Announces Committees
Last week, the Illinois Senate posted the committees and members of the 99th General Assembly. Local senators and their committee assignments may be found here.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, State of the State address preparations
Preparations continue for the State of the State address to be delivered by Gov. Bruce Rauner to the General Assembly on Wednesday, February 4. The Governor and his executive staff have published an advocacy platform, “The Illinois Turnaround,” that sets forth the broad goals he will be looking for in State policymaking. Gov. Rauner has fleshed out the points made in this package in a series of speeches delivered in key Illinois cities. For full article, visit the blog.

Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, February 3, at 4:00 p.m.
Sunnymere, 925 Sixth Ave., Aurora

2015 Leadership Academy
Begins Friday, February 6, at 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
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Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 12, at 11:30 a.m.
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Board Nominations Sought
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the Nominating Committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Friday, February 13, at 5:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to 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.

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

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Women’s Business Development Center to support economic growth and job creation among small businesses. For information and details, visit our blog.

Register Now for GreenTown Aurora
The City of Aurora, in collaboration with other Fox River Valley communities, will be hosting Greentown Aurora-Fox River Valley on February 26 at Two Brothers Roundhouse. This event will bring together the public and private sectors to facilitate the sharing of ideas and promote the collaborative implementation of ongoing sustainability initiatives.

More information is available on the Chamber blog.

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Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Why Aren’t We Getting Our Fair Share?

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and Chamber President Joseph Henning will join Congressman Bill Foster for a panel discussion on Illinois’ “Payer State” problem. Business and community leaders are invited to join the discussion Friday, Feb. 6, in Aurora City Council Chambers at 44 E. Downer Place. The event begins at 1:30 p.m.

Other panelists include Illinois Deputy Treasurer Jay Rowell and Illinois Poison Center Medical Director and MCHC Physician Michael Wahl, MD.

In a typical year, $20 billion leaves Illinois because we are a “payer state.” In fact, we pay $1.36 in Federal taxes for every dollar of Federal spending returned to the state. Illinois ranks in the bottom three nationwide when it comes to return on the Federal dollar. What could Illinois do with that money?

To attend, register at foster.house.gov/payerstate.

Small Business Members Get Added Benefit

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

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

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

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

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

 

IRS News for Business

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Tips to help you choose a tax preparer: Many people look for help from professionals when they file their federal income tax return. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind when choosing a tax return preparer.

New Standard Mileage Rates Now Available. See Notice 2014-79

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
  • 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

Many people give to charity each year during the holiday season. Remember, if you want to claim a tax deduction for your gifts, you must itemize your deductions. There are several tax rules that you should know about before you give. Here are Six IRS Tips for Year-End Gifts to Charity that you should keep in mind.

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Three new ACA pages on IRS.gov!

  • Use the Affordable Care Act and Taxes – At a Glance Chart to better understand the healthcare law and how it affects you.
  • See What’s Trending for news on trending topics and answers to questions we are hearing.
  • The IRS recently updated the Health Insurance Marketplace page on IRS.gov. The page now has two key sections. The first focuses on the Form 1095-A and what individuals and families can expect at tax time with respect to information about their 2014 Marketplace coverage. Notably it includes information about how to contact the federal and state marketplaces. The second section focuses on the current open enrollment period that runs through Feb. 15.

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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Offered
376
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Held
107
Public Policy Meetings

 

Welcomed
155,227
Visitors to Website

 

Represented more than
40,000
Employees in Membership

 

Maintained
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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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May 27, 2014
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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
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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.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.

Register

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

Register

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
Register

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
Register

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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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2014 Golf Classic
May 19, 2014
In This Issue

 

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Elite Members

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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus
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
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.
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

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
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.’

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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