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Jan. 25: Public Policy Update

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner

Governor takes steps to increase opportunities.  Moving beyond traditional “affirmative action,” Gov. Bruce Rauner called on Tuesday, Jan. 20, for increased participation by Illinois veterans and members of opportunity groups in Illinois business procurement, apprenticeship programs, and trade union training programs.  In addition, the Department of Central management Services (CMS) — the state’s chief hiring and procurement arm — is instructed to study the hiring and awarding of contracts to Illinois veterans.  The Governor’s instructions are included in Executive Order 15-12.

CMS is directed to study participation of veteran-owned businesses in Illinois’s procurement process, with a report due by June 30.  The executive order also reaffirms the State’s commitment to procurement support for businesses owned and controlled by members of opportunity groups, with a report due by Dec. 31.  Opportunity groups listed by the Governor include members of racial minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.  The Department is instructed to recommend solutions and methods to remedy any disparity in procurement awards.

More than 800,000 veterans of the United States Armed Forces live in Illinois.  Although these are individuals who have put their civilian careers aside and, in many cases, come under hostile fire to defend our Nation’s freedoms, the members of this group have not in some cases been given the bonus considerations for Illinois jobs and procurement opportunities to which they are entitled by law.  The Chicago Sun-Times describes how Rauner’s order is expected to help veterans.

Revenue – Amazon/Internet Sales Tax

State to redouble efforts to collect sales taxes from non-traditional businesses; Amazon to start collecting sales tax.  Under federal law, each state must fulfill certain legal conditions in order to enjoy the right to mandate that a business that is not physically located in Illinois must charge Illinois sales tax when physically selling something to an Illinois resident.  New administrative rules, which took effect on Jan. 1 expand the definition of out-of-state retailers that fall under these conditions and are subject to these requirements.  This technical-sounding change in State law could lead to more demands for sales taxes popping up on Illinois residents’ video screens in future as we shop online for taxable goods and services.  The Associated Press has the story.

Illinois consumers already routinely pay sales taxes of 6.25 percent and up on goods purchased over a traditional sales counter and physically carried out of the store.  Goods purchased online and shipped by parcel delivery do not have a physical location that matches the traditional legal definition of where a State sales tax can be charged and collected.  Many of the 50 U.S. states have taken actions aimed at creating statutory laws, case laws, and administrative laws that will govern these online sales and legally enable sales taxes to be charged and collected.  The change in Illinois administrative law was pushed through by officials for the former Gov. Quinn administration.  It covers entities that sell $10,000 or more in taxable goods and services to Illinois residents in the prior year through catalog, mail-order, and Internet sales platforms.  Amazon.com has agreed to cooperate with Illinois’ new law and rules, and will start charging and collecting Illinois sales taxes on Feb. 1 for deliveries made to addresses in Illinois.

The National Conference of State Legislatures, which is monitoring Internet and other out-of-state sales throughout the U.S., estimates that Illinois is failing to collect an estimated $1 billion in annual sales taxes that would be paid if the goods were to be purchased over a physical in-state sales counter.  However, a marketing association representing cross-state-line retailers expressed disagreement to an AP reporter with the legal status of the new Illinois administrative law.  It is possible that a legal challenge will be mounted against this new push from Springfield.

Education – FY16 Budget

Illinois State Board of Education requests budget hike of almost 11 percent.  The Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois’ chief agency that oversees elementary and secondary education, has the right to submit a public budget request to Governor Bruce Rauner.  On Wednesday, Jan. 21, ISBE’s governing board recommended that the State increase funding for elementary and secondary education by 10.7 percent in fiscal year 2016 (FY16).  Monies designated in this budget area will cover the State’s general state aid (GSA) grants to local school districts, as well as many targeted programs that are partially or mostly funded by the State.  Additional State aid includes general funds intended to partly cover the cost to local school districts of “mandated categoricals,” programs mandated by State or federal law.  There have been sharp increases in the costs of many programs intended to help students with special needs and enable local school districts to meet their responsibilities to students with individualized education plans (IEPs).  Federal and local tax funds are also used to cover these mandated costs, as well as the general cost of teaching students and maintaining each school district.

Gov. Rauner has designated the Rev. James Meeks as chairman of the ISBE.  A former member of the State Senate, Rev. Meeks is expected to be confirmed in office by his former colleagues.  However, the request by Rev. Meeks and the ISBE board for additional monies will have to be weighed against the overall budget crisis facing the State of Illinois and its general funds.  The Chicago Tribune describes the Meeks-ISBE request.

Education – Social Media Passwords

Cyberbullying law gives new rights to school officials.  In continued efforts to combat cyberbullying, the Illinois General Assembly has enacted a new law to require the sharing of social media passwords.  The new law, which became effective on Jan. 1, allows school and university officials to demand that a student turn over his or her social media password to authorities.  The new law is intended to unmask persons who attack their peers while sheltering under a pseudonym.

Widely-disseminated news stories have mourned students who have harmed themselves in other states after being bullied by electronic messages posted in a public forum.  Illinois law, one of the toughest anti-cyberbullying legal packages in the U.S., gives authorities the power to reduce the possibility of events like this happening in this state.  School officials are empowered to take pre-emptive action against veiled, cloaked electronic bullying and posting of materials intended to hurt a student. The authorities are required to possess reasonable cause to believe that a student has violated a school’s disciplinary rule or policy.

Even with pre-emptive powers like these, it is not possible to reduce the rate of cyberbullying to zero.  Many Illinois school districts have taken the lead, however, in fighting back against bullying.  School districts routinely adopt written disciplinary rules and policies, which are distributed to students and their parents.  When written and distributed, these rules govern the conduct of all students on a 24/7 basis, including conduct carried out by a student when not physically located on school property.

Some persons have expressed concern about the new law, believing that it may go too far to one side in the ongoing battle over privacy and autonomy when one is not on government property.  The new law (HB 4207 – 98th General Assembly) was signed into law in August 2014 as Public Act 98-801.

Quinn – Executive Orders

Seven executive orders rescinded.  In his final days in office, the departing Gov. Quinn issued seven decrees.  On Friday, Jan. 16, new Governor Bruce Rauner rescinded all of them.  The action was taken in Executive Order 15-11.

The Quinn end-of-term orders had not been promulgated prior to the election.  They had not been scrutinized by the Illinois voting public, or by the state’s reporters and press.  They were all issued on or after Jan. 5 in Quinn’s final week in office.   Several of the former executive’s orders, if they had been implemented, would have sharply increased the operating costs of the State of Illinois and its agencies in a time of budgetary crisis.

Nothing in Gov. Rauner’s actions prevents issues raised by the former executive from being re-drafted as bills in the General Assembly, and debated and negotiated in public.  The Rauner move clears the deck for new, mutually agreed policymaking.

Transportation – Toll Road Rebuilding

Toll highway rebuild to continue.  Governor Bruce Rauner has approved an exemption from the overall spending freeze for ongoing rebuilding and widening projects being implemented by the Illinois Tollways.  The package of construction projects is expected to cost more than $1 billion.  The rebuilding and widening projects are “self-financed” through toll increases paid for by toll road users.  They are expected to reduce traffic bottlenecks and increase the ability of toll road users to drive to work, go shopping, and carry out other day-to-day activities.  Immediately affected is a $174 million package of contracts for roadway and bridge reconstruction and widening on the close-to-Chicago section of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, a stretch of roadway that stretches between Elgin and O’Hare Airport.  This Jane Addams work can now go forward.

Illinois Tollways debts are separate from the other debts of the State.  The Illinois Toll Highway Authority collects tolls and sells debt securities based on future Chicago-area and Northern Illinois toll revenues.  These future revenue streams are relatively predictable and secure, based upon the spreadsheets collaborated upon by the Tollways and their underwriters.  The Governor and his staff examined the financial status of the Tollways’ debt and projects and concluded that completing currently-planned Tollway expansion and reconstruction work would not damage the general fiscal standing of the State or the specific fiscal standing of the Illinois Tollways.

Transportation – Toll Road Speed Limits

Some sections of Illinois toll roads can now be legally driven at 70 mph.  A change in policy by the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, the independent panel that serves as a governing board for Illinois toll roads, was necessary to bring these limited-access highways into line with Illinois’ overall 70 mph policy.

Other changes in law that affect toll road users include a 40 percent increase in tolls paid by drivers of two-axle and three-axle trailers, typically used by commercial drivers who guide Class 8 heavy freight-carrying trucks.  The toll increase became effective on Jan. 1 as part of an overall package of toll increases imposed by the Illinois Tollway upon its users.  Proceeds from the toll increases are intended to service debts sold by the Toll Highway Authority to maintain and expand their existing inventory of infrastructure.

Many limited-access highways located outside major Illinois metropolitan areas can now be legally driven at 70 mph.  Drivers are warned to continue to maintain safe speeds depending on actual driving conditions.  In addition, posted speed limits often drop sharply as a limited-access highway approaches a densely populated area.  Drivers should watch out for these changes in traffic density and obey posted speed limits.  Sections of toll roads that run through densely populated and trafficked areas, such as sections of the Tri-State Tollway, are not expected to be reposted to higher speeds.

This Week’s News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, January 19th, 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

Welcome New Members

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

Zippy Shell Fox Valley
Todd Temaat
100 Overland Dr.
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 626-0444
Moving & Storage

Anytime Fitness – Aurora
Kristin Francis
1137 N. Eola Rd. Ste. 119
Aurora, IL 60502
(630)851-GYM1
Fitness Center

ILoveKickboxing.com – Aurora
Dennis de Ramos
4400 McCoy Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630)722-1911
Financial Planning Services

Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Katrina Steffes
PO Box 85
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630)564-4355
Communications, Translation/Interpretation

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
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This Week: Economic Outlook 2015
Limited seats remain for this Thursday’s
Economic Outlook 2015.Thursday, January 22, at 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
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Economic Outlook 2015
Jesse Vazquez (1963-2015)
Last week, the community was shocked to learn of the passing of Jesse Vazquez. A long-term member of the Aurora Chamber community, Jesse was committed to making the community a better place for his family, friends, fellow members, and constituents. A more complete background on Jesse, may be found on the Chamber blog.
Leadership Academy Begins Next Month
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area. This program focuses on the unique strengths of our community and encourages a diverse mix of participants to engage in our community’s success.Again this year, we are partnering with the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to provide the opportunity to a wider audience.Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

For more information and application, visit the Chamber website.

U.S. Chamber Federation Partnership
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is continuously looking for ways to provide our members with additional services and resources. Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that welcomes you, through your existing membership with the Aurora Chamber, as a new member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at no additional cost.For more information, check out the Aurora Chamber blog.
Public Policy Update
Congratulations to our recently inaugurated State officials. Last Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner and other Constitutional Officers were inaugurated. On Wednesday, members of the 99th General Assembly, including local State Senators and Representatives, were inaugurated. Contact information for these elected officials may be found here.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, January 20, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by Martin Whalen Office Solutions, Inc.Aurora First
Wednesday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m.
Aurora Chamber offices
Agenda: City of Aurora Engineering Highlights, Upcoming Road Construction, Two-Way Street ConversionsEconomic Outlook 2015
Thursday, January 22, at 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Register

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

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

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

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

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

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Souper Bowl of Caring Nears
Join the movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and servingFor the last 20 years, the Souper Bowl of Caring has shown Americans that while we are preparing to enjoy the Super Bowl, we can help out those who don’t have a bowl of soup to eat.On Saturday, January 31, student volunteers from across the country are coming together once again to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

For more information, visit the blog post.

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Congratulations, State Elected Officials

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti  
Office of the Lt. Governor
214 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

AG Lisa Madigan
Office of the Attorney General
500 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706

Secretary Jesse White
Office of the Secretary of State
213 State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62756

Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger
Office of the Comptroller
325 West Adams
Springfield, IL 62704

Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs
Office of the Treasurer
219 State House
Springfield, Illinois  62706

99th General Assembly Members
Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D), 49th District
218B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-0052

Senator Michael Connelly (R), 21st District
M103C Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Senator Linda Holmes (D), 42nd District
129 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Senator Karen McConnaughay (R), 33rd District
103D Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Senator Jim Oberweis (R), 25th District
105A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Senator Sue Rezin (R), 38th District
309I Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Senator Dave Syverson (R), 35th District
108A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Steven Andersson (R), 65th District
211-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative John D. Anthony (R), 75th District
200-2N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Mark Batinick (R), 97th District
232-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D), 83rd District
229-E Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Mike Fortner (R), 49th District
200-4N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Stephanie A. Kifowit (D), 84th District
200-3S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Robert W. Pritchard (R), 70th District
200-3N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Grant Wehrli (R), 41st District
228-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

Representative Keith Wheeler (R), 50th District
213-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706

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.

 

Your Weekly Newsletter from Aurora Chamber has Arrived

Monday, January 12th, 2015
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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January 12, 2015
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Elite Members

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

Welcome New Members

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, February 6. Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

For more information and application, visit the Chamber website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Happy Holidays: News from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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December 22, 2014
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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
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit the WBDC’s website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Save the Dates: Many January 2015 Events

Monday, December 15th, 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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December 15, 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 Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

Public Policy Update
Judy Baar Topinka

Last week, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Described as an “advocate for all of her constituents,” anyone who met her would walk away referring to her simply as Judy. And all would know to whom you were referring. She distinguished herself by remaining core to her values and loyal to her oath. She served as State Representative, State Senator, Treasurer, and Comptroller – and was a mentor to many. We extend our condolences to her son and family and to her team in the Comptroller’s office.During the recently-concluded veto session, both houses passed SB 2758, which creates the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act and establishes a retirement savings program in the form of an automatic Roth IRA payroll deduction of three percent. The intent of this legislation is to promote greater retirement savings for private-sector employees who do not currently have a retirement savings plan. All employers with 25 or more employees must offer this as a payroll option to employees, who do not have a pension or other retirement plan, but there is no mandated matching fund from the employer, and the employee may opt out. The governor must act on SB 2758 before Jan. 14.

The 99th General Assembly Inauguration will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14, following the Gubernatorial Inauguration on Monday, Jan. 12.

COA Veterans Advisory Council Seeks Support
The City of Aurora’s Veterans Advisory Council and the Veteran community of Aurora invite community businesses and members to support the fundraising campaign to a new Veterans monument. Valued sponsors of the “Salute to Aurora’s Fallen Heroes” can participate by completing the information below and mailing it to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The monument will be placed at the entrance of the Sunken Gardens at Phillips Park. The new monument will honor all Aurorans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the nation’s conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan.For more information, visit the Chamber blog.
Aurora to Host a Number of Get Covered Illinois Events
The first of a number of Get Covered Illinois events in Aurora will be held Monday, Dec. 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue. More events will be held through February 2015. Whether you need to find healthcare insurance or renew your current health insurance, certified navigators will help answer your questions and assist your enrollment.For more information, visit the Chamber blog.
Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.For more information, click here.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Chamber offices closed
Thursday, Dec. 25
Thursday, Jan. 1Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 8:30 a.m.

Economic Forecast
Thursday, Jan. 22, at 11:30 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Sunnymere
Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4:00 p.m.

Leadership Academy
Begins Friday, Jan. 23, at 8:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8:00 a.m.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Your Weekly Newsletter from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
December 08, 2014
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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

Contact Us

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

 

 

Holiday Celebration Thanks
Holiday Celebration
Holiday Celebration

Holiday Celebration
On behalf of our partners – Aurora Hispanic and Quad County African American chambers of commerce, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our sponsors and attendees at the annual Holiday Celebration last week. Thank you to Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.; Cano Container Company; Daleiden Mortuary; Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum; Geneva Construction Company; Healy Chapel; Kelmscott Communications; Konen Insurance Agency; Mitutoyo America Corporation; Old Second National Bank; Paramount Arts Centre; Pipe Fitters Local 597; Rasmussen College; Rush-Copley Medical Center; and Valley Linen Supply/Aurora Laundry.

Shop Local Saturday Update
According to American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business, more than $14.3 billion was spent with independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday.

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

Aurora to Host a Number of Get Covered Illinois Events
The first of a number of Get Covered Illinois events in Aurora will be held Monday, Dec. 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue. More events will be held through February 2015. Whether you need to find healthcare insurance or renew your current health insurance, certified navigators will help answer your questions and assist your enrollment.

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

COA Veterans Advisory Council Seeks Support
The City of Aurora’s Veterans Advisory Council and the Veteran community of Aurora invite community businesses and members to support the fundraising campaign to a new Veterans monument. Valued sponsors of the “Salute to Aurora’s Fallen Heroes” can participate by completing the information below and mailing it to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The monument will be placed at the entrance of the Sunken Gardens at Phillips Park. The new monument will honor all Aurorans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the nation’s conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

Public Policy Update
Last week, House Speaker Michael Madigan adjourned the Illinois House with “sine die.” In effect, and barring any recall to special session by Governor Pat Quinn, the House will remain adjourned until January when the new members are sworn in.

With the end of the 98th General Assembly, a number of legislative issues expired. SB 16, the school funding reform proposal, was one of the items remaining behind. Other issues included a minimum wage increase as well as an extension of the income tax increase.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

For more information, click here.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Public Policy Update

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Last week, House Speaker Michael Madigan adjourned the Illinois House with “sine die.” In effect, and barring any recall to special session by Governor Pat Quinn, the House will remain adjourned until January when the new members are sworn in.

With the end of the 98th General Assembly, a number of legislative issues expired. SB 16, the school funding reform proposal, was one of the items remaining behind. Other issues included a minimum wage increase as well as an extension of the income tax increase.

In addition, the end of the session realized the retirement of key House leaders from our region. Our thanks and appreciation are extended to Tom Cross (Oswego-97th), Tim Schmitz (Batavia-65th), Kay Hatcher (Yorkville-50th), and Darlene Senger (Naperville-41st) for their service and dedication to the residents and businesses of our area. We wish them well as they begin new opportunities.

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will be sworn in on Jan. 12. When the House reconvenes on Jan. 14, new members will be representing those districts. While the House and Senate will remain in Democrat control, the Governor’s office will have switched to the Republican party.

Many of those items that were left unresolved last week will likely return. In addition, topics including pension reform and workers’ compensation reform will need to be addressed.

We will continue to monitor the activities. We will continue to work with our business members to advocate for legislation that supports their growth and success. We will continue to ask for your support in communicating the impact proposed legislation will have on you, your business, and your employees. We hope you will accept that challenge and work with us.

Aurora to Host a Number of Get Covered Illinois Events

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

The first of a number of Get Covered Illinois events in Aurora will be held Monday, Dec. 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue. More events will be held through February 2015. Whether you need to find healthcare insurance or renew your current health insurance, certified navigators will help answer your questions and assist your enrollment.