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House Bills Filed with Impact on Business

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

 

Taxes

The House Revenue Committee met Feb. 11 and assigned several bills to subcommittee. One of those is HB 4300, the Rep. Jack Franks bill that would close loopholes, which means an effective tax increase on businesses and individuals, with a return to a three-factor formula for income tax apportionment from the current single sales factor apportionment.

HB 4354 would redefine manufacturing to include graphic arts production and include “production-related property” formerly included in the manufacturers’ purchase credit as exempt machinery and equipment. It was sent to a subcommittee, and is basically similar to the above.

HB 5563, by Rep. Ann Williams, would amend the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act provision concerning certificates of registration, to remove a requirement that publicly traded corporations must provide the last four digits of the social security numbers of their CFO, COO, and any other officer or employee with responsibility for preparing tax returns.

HB 5634, filed by Rep. Keith Wheeler, extends the Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Exemption to production related tangible personal property.

HB 5659, also filed by Rep. Wheeler, would amend the Illinois Income Tax Act to restore the research and development credit and provides that the credit applies on a permanent basis. The bill extends the credit carry forward period to 20 years from the current five years. The legislation increases the amount of the credit by providing that the increase in qualifying expenditures shall be an increase over 50% (instead of 100%) of the average of the qualifying expenditures for each year in the base period.

HB 5716, by Rep. Michael Zalewski, would revive the graphic arts machinery and equipment exemption and provides that the exemption applies for all periods on and after Sept. 1, 2004. The bill also provides that the graphic arts exemption includes production-related tangible personal property beginning on July 1, 2014; that the manufacturing and assembly exemption includes production related tangible personal property; and that the graphic arts exemption and the manufacturing machinery and equipment exemption are each exempt from the Acts’ automatic sunset provisions.

The Senate Revenue Committee has scheduled a Feb. 17 hearing on SB 2148 sponsored by Sen. Toi Hutchinson, the committee Chairperson. That bill would amend the Illinois Income Tax Act to require an addback of the federal Domestic Production Activities Deduction, would eliminate the foreign dividend subtraction, and would eliminate the unitary non-combination rule.

SB 2511, sponsored by Sen. Chris Nybo, would amend the Illinois Income Tax Act to eliminate the “throwback” rule.

Employment Law Bills

HB 4999, filed by Rep. Will Guzzardi and known as the Workplace Privacy in Social Media bill, amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act and would make it unlawful for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to authenticate or access a personal online account in the presence of the employer, to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer. It prohibits retaliation against an employee or applicant.

HB 5738, carried by Rep. John Cabello, creates the Bone Marrow and Organ Donor Leave Protection Act and requires employers with 51 or more employees to permit employees to take leave for purposes of donating organs or bone marrow and prohibits retaliation for taking leave. It allows 30 days for organ donation and five days leave for bone marrow donation.

HB 5759, sponsored by Rep. Jay Hoffman, would amend the Prevailing Wage Act to require public bodies to specify in the call for bids that each bidder be a responsible bidder and requires contractors and subcontractors to report the hours worked by minorities and females. It also requires IDOT, CDB, and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority to report that information to lawmakers.

HB 6162, filed by Rep. Andrew Skoog, creates the Employee Sick Leave Act to allow employees to use personal sick leave benefits provided by the employer for absences due to an illness, injury, or medical appointment of the employee’s child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent, for reasonable periods of time as the employee’s attendance may be necessary, on the same terms upon which the employee is able to use sick leave benefits for the employee’s own illness or injury.

Other Bills

HR 77, sponsored by Rep. La Shawn Ford, passed unanimously out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee. Ford believes it would be a pro-business policy move to eliminate the first quarter cash crunch of small and mid-market businesses paying unemployment taxes by allowing for quarterly payments based upon the accrued obligations. There is concern about how this would be accomplished without violating the bond covenants for the approximately $500 million in unemployment insurance bonds yet outstanding.

HB 580, sponsored by Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch, passed the House Labor and Commerce Committee 16-7-1. This bill revisits a previous attempt by the legislature to empower an arbitrator to settle negotiation disputes between public sector unions and the governor.

Governor’s Budget Address and General Assembly Schedule

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Both the House and Senate will return to session Tuesday, Feb. 16. Gov. Bruce Rauner will give his State of the Budget speech on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Highlights will be provided via social media, blogs, and our newsletter.

While the Senate is in Tuesday-Thursday of next week, the House will only be in Tuesday and Wednesday. The House filing deadline just passed, and the Senate’s bill introduction deadline is Thursday, Feb. 19.

On the heels of the State of the State Address on January 27, Governor Bruce Rauner will be presenting his much anticipated Budget Address next week. This address comes at a time when the impasse over Illinois’ fiscal 2016 budget has stretched into the eight month and has pushed Illinois $6.2 billion deeper into debt. With revenue down $5 billion due to the January 1, 2016 sunset of the temporary income tax rates imposed during the Quinn Administration in 2011, and courts requiring some health and social service spending at fiscal 2015 levels or higher, the impasse is eroding Illinois’ already deteriorating finances. It is estimated that Illinois’ bill backlog will grow from $7 billion currently to as much as $12 billion when fiscal 2016 ends on June 30th. The Governor has continued to push for reforms he believes are necessary to ensure Illinois doesn’t continue to simply tax-and spend before he will entertain a tax increase for the budget.

Rauner Sets Up Public-Private Partnership to Create Jobs

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

The new Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation (ILBEDC) was created by executive order on Wednesday, February 3. The new Corporation has applied for 501(c)(3) status as a federal nonprofit. As the new firm goes into full operation, it is expected to assume some of the operational functions that have been carried out by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

A list of states that includes Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin have created public-private partnerships (3-Ps) as weapons in the overall arsenal of state promotion. Many states have seen good results from this strategy. In 2005, for example, Indiana established a new Indiana Economic Development Corporation. The new Hoosier economic development arm sold the “Crossroads of America” as a good place to create Midwestern jobs. The Indiana corporation reported that in the year after startup, it saw a 54% increase in job-creating competitive projects sited in Indiana, and a 30% reduction in incentive dollars spent by Indianapolis to create each new individual job.

In the highly competitive field of state incentives for job creation, many states are finding that it is becoming increasingly essential to operate this level of enterprise in a results-oriented manner. 3-P entities such as the new ILBEDC are not limited by the constraints placed upon purely public-sector agencies that must carry out their operations in rigid compliance with the state Personnel Code.

Comptroller Munger Warns of $6.2 Billion Price for Budget Gridlock

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

In a report to Illinois residents on Tuesday, February 2, the Illinois Comptroller projected that Illinois will fall $6.2 billion further behind on its “unpaid bills” in FY16 unless a solution to the budget crisis can be found. Leslie Munger’s office oversees the cash flows of Illinois state government, particularly the “general funds” cash flows that are at the heart of the current crisis. Many of these cash flows are related to State-financed health care, education, and other government services classified as essential.

In her statement, Comptroller Munger pointed out that Illinois has entered the eighth month of fiscal year 2016 (FY16) without a balanced budget to control State spending. During the course of this fiscal year, based upon current cash flows, general funds tax receipts are falling approximately $5.0 billion short of the monies that came in last year. At the same time, mandated State spending – even without a budget – means that cash is going out at a rate approximately $1.2 billion ahead of last year. The combination of these two categories, cash in and cash out, adds up to Munger’s $6.2 billion figure.

State of Illinois spending has actually sped up in FY16 over FY15 because of the existence of a network of interlocked court decisions, consent decrees, and continuing appropriations that bind Illinois and privilege a series of categories of social spending above the statutory appropriations powers of the State. Health care spending, particularly Medicaid spending, makes up a large percentage of this cash push.

President Obama Backs Redistricting Reform in Address to General Assembly

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

President Barack Obama addressed a special joint session of the Illinois General Assembly this week. Along with general remarks in favor of political comity and in support of the White House’s agenda in Washington, the President spoke in favor of action of a specific reform on Springfield’s agenda this year: legislative remapping.

Calling for reform in the way legislative maps are drawn, Obama criticized unnamed districts that are drawn to look like “earmuffs” or “spaghetti.” These maps and their oddly-shaped districts are factors of strategic importance in the elections of new members of Illinois legislative districts and members of Congress. Governor Bruce Rauner has strongly supported legislative redistricting reform. An increasing number of reformers are calling for this key task to be moved from partisan politicians to a nonpartisan commission. Illinois must be re-mapped after each decennial U.S. census. The next remap cycle sis scheduled to be held in 2021.

Governor Applauds Bipartisan Local Government Consolidation Legislation

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Governor Bruce Rauner joined Lt. Governor Sanguinetti, legislative leaders and local elected officials last week to announce four bipartisan pieces of legislation to streamline local government delivering more control to local communities.

“Today we are one step closer to empowering our local communities and giving them the necessary tools to rein in their out of control costs,” Governor Rauner said. “These four bills are just the start of delivering more value to taxpayers by reducing layers of redundant bureaucracy. I want to thank the Lt. Governor and the Task Force for their hard work, and I look forward to working with the legislature to get these bills passed.”

“I believe the recommendations put forward today will have a tremendous impact on the people of Illinois,” said Lt. Governor Sanguinetti. “It was an honor to serve as the Chairman of the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force. I look forward to continue working with members of the Task Force as we work to streamline local government and make it more efficient for the taxpayers of Illinois.”

According to the US Census of Government, Illinois has more local units of government than any other state in the nation at 6,963. Illinois also has the second-highest effective property tax rate in the nation. These four pieces of legislation help reduce state barriers to consolidation, and empower taxpayers and local leaders to pursue efficient and effective government.

“These bills will reduce costs and improve efficiency, and that will help taxpayers across Illinois,” said Rep. Tom Demmer, a House Republican member of the Task Force.

For more information on the proposed legislation, please visit The Caucus Blog.

Economists Continue to Find More People Leaving Illinois than Coming In

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

In the most recent data released by U-Haul, Illinois ranks 50th in terms of the surplus of cargo vehicles moving out over cargo vehicles moving in. U-Haul’s numbers closely align to numbers released this week by moving-van service provider Atlas Van Lines, which placed Illinois 48th of the 50 states. The numbers released this week by U-Haul and Atlas van Lines were anticipated in January 2016 by United Van Lines, which released numbers earlier this year that also placed Illinois 48th of the 50 states in terms of household cargo departures and arrivals.

The stagnant Illinois job picture is treated as much of the cause for this phenomenon. Net migrations affect working families because of the wide variety of Illinois professionalism and areas of workplace expertise, including medicine, accounting, retailing and many other professions and crafts, whose members cannot survive and thrive unless they have a supply of potential customers.

Net cargo-space departures tracked by U-Haul in 2015 appear to be concentrated in Downstate Illinois. In sharp contrast to Downstate, the equipment lessor states that Chicago is “the No. 5 growth city” it is tracking nationwide, close in status to red-hot destinations such as northern California (Concord, Roseville, Sacramento) and central Texas (Austin, College Station). U-Haul’s competitor Penske Truck Rental has also stated that Chicago is an attractive moving destination at this time.

This Chamber Newsletter is Packed with Information

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Bickford Senior Living
Amy Orlando
7 S. Orchard Road
Aurora 60506
(630) 667-8206
Supportive Housing/Assisted Living

Eby-Brown
Michaleen Nendeau
2051 Baseline Road
Montgomery 60538
(630) 449-1337
Distribution Center

 

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

 

 

Share Your Thoughts: Pulse to Report State of Regional Business
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with Old Second Bank and Invest Aurora to survey regional business and take a pulse on the economy for the area. The results of the survey will be made available at a lunch hosted by the three organizations on Wednesday, March 16. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AuroraPulse

2016 Leadership Academy Scheduled for February
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 participants to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

Thirty hours of class time, over the course of 10 meetings, will focus on personal and professional development of the participants through a personality inventory identification and leadership development. In addition, the unique positioning and potential of the Aurora region will be highlighted with discussions on community and economic development, local government and cultural diversity, as well as civil and social services.

Academy begins Friday, Feb. 19. For information and the application, click here.

State of the Village
Wednesday, March 9
Registration at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

Presented by SmithAmundsen, SALT, and Fast Color

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/ 2016-state-of-the-village-address-10335

Join us for the Annual State of the Village address. Meet with Village of North Aurora leadership and regional business owners. Hear from President Dale Berman on where the Village wants to go as a municipal government, as an organization, and as a community over the next several years. A great deal has happened over the past year in North Aurora – and a number of new and exciting opportunities to come.

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/ 2016-state-of-the-village-address-10335

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Next Session Days
Both the House and Senate will return to session on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and Thursday, Feb. 11. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak to the General Assembly Feb. 10. This marks the first time in nearly 38 years since a sitting president will address the General Assembly.
Member News
John Gorzak of Naperville was recently named vice president of commercial banking with Old Second National Bank. He will be responsible for new business development and cross-selling of bank products, as well as servicing new and existing commercial relationships.

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Farnsworth Offices’ Coffee and Conversation features a 2015 Income Tax Update

Community Foundation Announces Spring 2016 Grant Cycle Has Begun

The CF is Excited to Announce Its Newest Funds

Naper Settlement Announces March Programs

Junior Volunteers make a difference in their community

 

Events for Members
Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Bright Oaks
Tuesday, Feb 23, at 10:30 a.m.
Bright Oaks, 1340 N. River Street, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

2016 State of the Village Address
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

2016 State of the City Address presented
by Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

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.

 

You’re Invited…Share Your Thoughts, Join Us at Events

Monday, February 1st, 2016
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
Header
February 01, 2016
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sprint
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

GioMari Salon
Giorgio Gonzalez
1815 Church Road
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 820-5999
Hair Salon

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Share Your Thoughts:
Pulse to Report State of Regional Business
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with Old Second Bank and Invest Aurora to survey regional business and take a pulse on the economy for the area. The results of the survey will be made available at a lunch hosted by the three organizations on Wednesday, March 9.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AuroraPulse

This survey should take less than 15 minutes and will provide valuable information to assist our region’s employers throughout the coming year.

If you have any questions, comments, or difficulties with the survey, please contact Joseph Henning, Aurora Regional Chamber president & CEO, via email at jhenning@aurorachamber.com or phone at (630) 256-3180.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AuroraPulse

Thank you for your time.

Premier Members
Premier Members
2016 Leadership Academy Scheduled for February
Details are being finalized for the 37th session of the Aurora Regional Chamber’s Leadership Academy. The 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.

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 participants 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.

Thirty hours of class time, over the course of 10 meetings, will focus on personal and professional development of the participants through a personality inventory identification and leadership development. In addition, the unique positioning and potential of the Aurora region will be highlighted with discussions on community and economic development, local government and cultural diversity, as well as civil and social services.

For information and the application, click here.

State of the Village
Wednesday, March 9
Registration at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

Presented by SmithAmundsen, SALT, and Fast Color

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/ 2016-state-of-the-village-address-10335

Join us for the Annual State of the Village address. Meet with Village of North Aurora leadership and regional business owners. Hear from President Dale Berman on where the Village wants to go as a municipal government, as an organization, and as a community over the next several years. A great deal has happened over the past year in North Aurora – and a number of new and exciting opportunities to come.

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/ 2016-state-of-the-village-address-10335

Policy Updates
General Assembly Spring 2016 Session Opens

The Illinois House reconvened on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to hear Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address. This was followed by discussion on new bills introduced by members for committee consideration and floor debate during the 2016 spring session. At the top of every list of discussion, however, was the continued impasse affecting the FY16 budget.

On Thursday, Jan. 28, Illinois House and Senate Democrats passed SB 2043. The bill, as amended in the House, was a measure appropriating more than $700 million in unfunded money for higher education. If the bill were to become law, it would add to the existing total of $6.6 billion in State unpaid bills. Gov. Rauner has stated that he will veto SB 2043. The bill did not break the impasse in the FY16 budget process.

For more public policy news, visit our blog:

Gov. Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address

FY16 Budget Still Elusive

Illinois Unemployment Uptick Higher than Nation

Governor Issues Executive Order to Modernize Illinois’ Technology

Member News
Ayeza Mohsin, DO, has joined the Hospital Rounding Team at Advocate Dreyer. Dreyer Medical Clinic launched its hospitalist program in 1997 to optimize care for its inpatients. Dreyer’s hospitalists spend all of their time caring for patients at the hospitals. Research has shown hospitalists can reduce hospital stay costs and length of stays while improving the quality of patient care and satisfaction.

Visit our blog for more news for and about our great members.

Fox Valley, Central Kane United Ways Announce Merger

Area Youth Tackle Hunger with “Souper Bowl of Caring”

Executive Director Announced for Hesed House

Mayor Weisner, Chief Ziman Recommend New APD Deputy Chief, Commanders

Mayor Weisner Selects Fire Marshal as next Aurora Fire Chief

Promoting Business Excellence (PROBE) Offered to Kane Manufacturers

Industry-Driven Youth Program Offers Train-to-Hire Internships

Save the Date
2016 State of the City Address presented by
Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Events for Members
Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Bright Oaks
Tuesday, Feb 23, at 10:30 a.m.
Bright Oaks, 1340 N. River Street, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

2016 State of the Village Address
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora

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.

 

Gov. Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Governor calls for General Assembly to enact laws to bring prosperity to all citizens and all parts of Illinois.

In the midst of budget standoff that has lasted more than seven months, Gov. Rauner delivered Illinois’ annual State of the State address Wednesday. During the address, the Governor briefly touched upon his administration’s accomplishments in his first year in office which they believe saved Illinois $938 million. According to the Governor, these savings were achieved by reducing state spending by $500 million; saving $188 million through unemployment insurance fraud reduction; and saving $250 million through reforms within the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The Governor also touted implementing a revolving door ban on state officials becoming lobbyists and reforming the EDGE credit to eliminate special deals.

In his annual address to the General Assembly, Gov. Bruce Rauner told lawmakers that “Illinois’ economy has been split in two – one part with modest growth, the other in decline.” Some neighborhoods, suburbs, and workplaces located within 90 minutes of O’Hare  have partly participated in global recovery from the severe economic downtown of 2008-2009. Gov. Rauner reminded lawmakers that the remainder of the state, including areas traditionally oriented towards industry and manufacturing, have not benefitted from this global recovery. These regions need to see changes in Illinois laws and policies that will be sufficient to help communities throughout the state share in economic growth and opportunity.

Pointing out that “factory workers in Texas are now making more than Illinois folks, even without adjusting for the cost of living,” Rauner renewed his call for serious discussion, debate, and enactment of his Turnaround Agenda. Job-creating elements of the agenda include workers’ compensation reform, mandate relief for local governments, changes in relationships between the public sector and labor unions, and property tax relief. Striking a bipartisan note, the Governor called attention to elements of the Agenda that have, in the past, been supported by a wide variety of leaders.

The Governor noted that in order to improve the quality of life for all residents, Illinois needs to increase the economic opportunity for all individuals. This requires excellent education and vocational training combined with multiple career opportunities made available by companies competing to hire workers. The Governor stated that despite the natural benefits that Illinois has to offer, including economic and strategic viability, Illinois is failing its citizens by promoting an economic status quo that benefits politicians and trial attorneys at the expense of the middle class. This failed economic policy forces people and businesses out of Illinois which exacerbates the middle class deterioration while depleting the state of much needed taxes dollars that could be used to promote and protect infrastructure and programs for the most vulnerable citizens. The Governor’s proposal to address these problems is his Turnaround and Transformation agendas.

In closing, the Governor admitted that the last year was difficult but wants to build off the bipartisan progress that resulted in Criminal Justice Reforms, Police Reforms, and Unemployment Insurance changes to jumpstart mutual participation to achieve a grand compromise to move Illinois forward.

As is always the case, immediately after the State of the State, each caucus leader spoke to the media. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin made it clear that Illinois requires the structural reforms contained within the Governor’s Turnaround and Transformation agendas rather than relying on just raising taxes. They echoed the Governor’s belief that raising taxes without real institutional reform will continue Illinois’ political, structural, and financial downward spiral.

House Speaker Michael Madigan organized some human service program advocates to present their concerns regarding the lack of a state budget to the media during his press conference. Speaker Madigan reiterated that he is willing to work with the Governor, but he believes that discussions should only include budget matters and he has doubts about the Governor’s sincerity of bipartisanship when he continues to advocate for changes that are in direct conflict with Democratic Caucus core principles.

During the State of the State, Governor Rauner trumpeted his tentative bipartisan agreement to support Senate President John Cullerton’s pension proposal. In somewhat of a surprise development, the Senate majority caucus voiced their hesitancy to pass their pension proposal with the Governor’s support before a budget solution is in place.