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Aurora Candidate Forum Tomorrow Morning

Monday, March 23rd, 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
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
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
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
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Goodwill Store & Donation Center
Beth Nowaczynski
1543 Mesa Lane
Aurora, IL 60502
Retail

Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Kelly Heldman
2567 W. Sullivan Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 907-1313
Church

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

State of the City Registration Sold Out
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner
Mayor, City of Aurora

Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Sold Out

Register

To be placed on the wait list, please email info@aurorachamber.com today.

Thank You to the Following Sponsors

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Cadence Health
Centrue Bank
Chicago Premium Outlets
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
FHP-O-Cedar
First Midwest Bank
Heartland Recycling
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
HRGreen
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Republic Services
Restoration Techs
Rush-Copley Medical Center
SmithAmundsen
Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.
Waubonsee Community College

 

Aurora City Council Candidate Forum Set;
Join Us Tomorrow Morning
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with the Fox Valley Political Action Committee and the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to host a Candidates’ Forum for City Council candidates on Tuesday, March 24, at the Copley Theatre in North Island Center. The event begins with coffee and informal introductions at 8:00 a.m. followed by questions from the business community at 8:30 a.m. The event will conclude by approximately 10:00 a.m.

The format at 8:30 that morning is a two-minute introduction from those participating followed by questions posed by a moderator to the candidates. While all candidates on the ballot are being invited, the questions will be posed to those candidates in contested races. Candidates will have two minutes to respond to the question.

Public Policy Update
Early voting begins today, Monday, March 23, and runs through April 4. Vote now or April 7. Check out the Chamber blog for recent posts as well as information on the April election, including races, polling locations, and more.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

City Council Candidates Forum
Tuesday, March 24, at 8:00 a.m.
Copley Theatre in North Island Center

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by: Zippy Shell Fox Valley
Register

State of the City 2015
Sold Out
Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Register

Save these dates:
May 1: Innovate Breakfast at IMSA
May 19: Coffee & Connections
June 11: Business After Hours: Mooseheart
June 23: Aurora Chamber Golf Classic 2015
July 8: ACA Compliance Program
July 23: Business After Hours: Hesed House
August 11: Multi-Chamber Women In Business Luncheon

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Premier Members
Member News
Check out this week’s news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members.
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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Member News, Policy Updates from Aurora Chamber

Monday, March 16th, 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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March 16, 2015
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
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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
Idilus, LLC
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
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Elburn Lions Park
Debra Cornell
500 S. Filmore St.
Elburn, IL
(630) 365-6315
Community-Based Organizations

Belle Salle Banquets
Keith Wehrle
1920 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL
(630) 449-3064
Banquet Facilities & Caterers

Planet Fitness – Aurora
Luke Urban
4306 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL
(630) 995-9555
Fitness Center

WIT-Enterprises, LLC
David Walden
481 N. Commons Dr., Ste. F
Aurora, IL
(630) 566-9291
Computer Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

State of the City Registration Sold Out
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner
Mayor, City of Aurora

Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Sold Out

Register

To be placed on the wait list, please email info@aurorachamber.com today.

Thank You to the Following Sponsors

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Cadence Health
Centrue Bank
Chicago Premium Outlets
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
FHP-O-Cedar
First Midwest Bank
Heartland Recycling
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
HRGreen Mitutoyo America Corporation
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Republic Services
Restoration Techs
Rush-Copley Medical Center
SmithAmundsen
Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.
Waubonsee Community College

 

Aurora City Council Candidate Forum Set
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with the Fox Valley Political Action Committee and the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to host a Candidates’ Forum for City Council candidates on Tuesday, March 24, at the Copley Theatre in North Island Center. The event begins with coffee and informal introductions at 8:00 a.m. followed by questions from the business community at 8:30 a.m. The event will conclude by approximately 10:00 a.m.

The format at 8:30 that morning is a two-minute introduction from those participating followed by questions posed by a moderator to the candidates. While all candidates on the ballot are being invited, the questions will be posed to those candidates in contested races. Candidates will have two minutes to respond to the question.

Public Policy Update
Check out the Chamber blog for recent posts and updates on:

Public Policy Updates: Economy, Unemployment, Budget, Pensions

Intro to Exporting and New Technologies

Mayor Weisner Encourages Community to Help Fight Crime

Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by: Aurora University
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Planet Fitness
Wednesday, March 18, at 11:00 a.m.
4306 E. New York St., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: M/I Homes Lehigh Station
Thursday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m.
847 Station Blvd., Aurora

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by: Zippy Shell Fox Valley
Register

State of the City 2015
Sold Out
Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
Congratulations to Stericycle and Dr. Gadget on their recent openings. We welcome them to the Chamber and wish them much success!

The City of Aurora is proud to recognize the achievements of the Aurora Water Production Division in providing some of the nation’s safest, cleanest drinking water to the City’s residents. The team has been honored with the Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. This is also the fifth year in a row in which the team has achieved the Directors Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

Aurora University Faculty Speaker Series features Sharon Miller, Chetna Patel and Regina Rahn at Perry Theatre, 349 S. Gladstone Ave. Aurora on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. Registration is required, contact artsandideas@aurora.edu.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Public Policy Updates: Economy, Unemployment, Budget, Pensions

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

COGFA forecast: Illinois Economy
Slow economic growth continues; budget deficit continues to mount a yawning challenge. The staff of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) presented their FY16 Economic Forecast to COGFA members at the Commission’s meeting in Springfield on Wednesday, March 10. COGFA is the nonpartisan economic think tank of the Illinois General Assembly, and their Revenue Update for FY15 and numbers for FY16 will be key background data to be used by the General Assembly as they modify the State’s FY15 budget and craft a FY16 budget to meet the urgent fiscal needs of the State.

COGFA’s numbers confirm that the post-2009 Illinois “recovery” has been the slowest economic expansion of the post-World War II period. In each previous recession, not only were the rates of decline in economic output less severe, but the ensuing recoveries were faster and steeper. Illinois economic trend lines, starting in 2010, show steady but very shallow, palely upward-trending movements. New jobs are created in relatively low numbers and are being created, in Illinois, in sufficient numbers to force increases in median overall wage rates.

The pale post-2009 “recovery,” combined with the pushdown of State income tax rates in January 2015 are two forces that continue to combine to create a worsening State of Illinois budget crisis. A spreadsheet presented to staff by the Commission shows net income tax revenues dropping more than $4 billion in FY16, below what would have been paid to the State under the tax rates in effect in FY14. Growth rates in tax revenues attributable to underlying rates of growth in the Illinois private-sector economy are expected to make up only $500 million of the lost income, leading to a structural deficit of $3.5 billion in FY16. To this number is supplemented accumulated past-year deficits and unpaid State bills of many billions of additional dollars, plus the spending pressures created by many “entitlement” lines within the State’s budget.

Illinois Economy: Unemployment
Unemployment remains higher than U.S. as a whole, but drops another 0.1%. The figures for January 2015, reported on Thursday, March 12 by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), show that Illinois’s jobless rate fell from 6.2% to 6.1% in January 2015. The same number was 8.2% in January 2014, down 2.1% over the 12-month period.

Soft spots in the statewide economic picture complicated the continued trend toward lower unemployment. Illinois employment – the number of Illinois residents with nonfarm payroll jobs – also dropped by 7,100 jobs in the same month. The declining employment and unemployment numbers reflected a stagnating Illinois population and the continued movement of many Illinois residents out of the labor force altogether. Movement out of the labor force is often correlated with a stagnant statewide economy, and with possible despair on the part of individuals of working age that they will be able to successfully find a job. “It’s clear Illinois has more work to do,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays, “to catch up with other states.”

Specific sectors that showed strength in Illinois included leisure and hospitality (up 3,300 jobs) and educational and health services (up 2,300 jobs). Areas of weakness included manufacturing (down 2,100 jobs), construction (down 2,500 jobs), government (down 2,700 jobs), and professional and business services (down 5,500 jobs).

State of Illinois: Budget
Clock is ticking on FY15 budget crisis situation. The decision by the General Assembly and former Gov. Quinn to pass and sign an unbalanced FY15 budget in spring 2014 continues to endanger many Illinois residents. These are persons who are paid from, or dependent on, budget lines in the FY15 State budget where the amounts set aside were not enough to fully fund the expense item until the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2015.

Examples of groups affected by unfunded FY15 budget expense lines include providers of subsidized Illinois child care, Illinois prison guards and circuit court reporters. These are individuals and contractors who have been told of a fast-approaching date when Illinois must find more money to pay them. Gov. Bruce Rauner has presented a proposal to the Illinois General Assembly to move money around within the budget to cover these anticipated urgent needs, but factions in the General Assembly who are politically opposed to the Governor have so far refused to allow this plan to come to the House floor for a vote.

Income Tax: Tax Refund Alerts
Comptroller Munger urges Illinois individual income taxpayers to register. The Illinois Tax Refund Alert system, rolled out this spring by new Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger, allows taxpayers to monitor the status of their Illinois tax returns, including an automated text-messaging system. Similar to the familiar warnings that many of us get when our phone or cable bill is due, the test message will tell eligible taxpayers of their payment notifications. Registration is free through this portal: https://myrefund.illinoiscomptroller.com/.

Pensions
Supreme Court hears oral arguments. The Illinois pension reform law enacted in December 2013 faced questions before the Illinois Supreme Court at oral arguments on Wednesday, March 11. The Illinois Solicitor General, advocating for the law, stated that the controversial law had been enacted to solve a fiscal emergency. Established constitutional law authorizes a state, in furtherance of its constitutional duty, to exercise what are called “police powers” that potentially override other considerations. Plaintiffs seeking to strike down the law say that it improperly violates a section of the state Constitution. Illinois has the worst-funded pension system of the 50 states. A decision by the state Supreme Court, which is expected later this spring, could affect budget and pension law policies that will be before the General Assembly as it approaches the May 31 adjournment date.

This Week’s News for Aurora Chamber Members

Wednesday, March 11th, 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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March 10, 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
Idilus, LLC
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

Idilus, LLC
Matt Peterson
4320 Winfield Rd., Ste. 125
Warrenville, IL
(877) 545-5665
PEO, Human Resources & Employment Services

 

Contact Us

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

 

State of the City Registration Sold Out
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner
Mayor, City of AuroraThursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Sold Out

Register

To be placed on the wait list, please email info@aurorachamber.com today.

Thank You to the Following Sponsors

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Cadence Health
Old Second National Bank
Centrue Bank
OnLight Aurora
Chicago Premium Outlets
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Rasmussen College
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
Republic Services
First Midwest Bank
Restoration Techs
FHP-O-Cedar
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Heartland Recycling
SmithAmundsen
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
Waubonsee Community College
HRGreen

Aurora City Council Candidate Forum Set
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with the Fox Valley Political Action Committee and the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce to host a Candidates’ Forum for City Council candidates on Tuesday, March 24, at the Copley Theatre in North Island Center. The event begins with coffee and informal introductions at 8:00 a.m. followed by questions from the business community at 8:30 a.m. The event will conclude by approximately 10:00 a.m.The format at 8:30 that morning is a two-minute introduction from those participating followed by questions posed by a moderator to the candidates. While all candidates on the ballot are being invited, the questions will be posed to those candidates in contested races. Candidates will have two minutes to respond to the question.
Public Policy Update
Updates from Illinois Senate Democrats, Illinois House Republican Leader, and Illinois Chamber hint at priorities in Springfield this session. Details can be found on the Chamber blog.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 10, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber officesBusiness Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 12, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by: Aurora University
Register

Ribbon Cutting: M/I Homes Lehigh Station
Thursday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m.
847 Station Blvd., Aurora

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by: Zippy Shell Fox Valley
Register

State of the City 2015
Sold Out
Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
Bernina of America, a manufacturer of home sewing, quilting and embroidery machines for more than 120 years, introduced its first Longarm quilting machine, the Bernina Q 24 Longarm.SCORE Fox Valley 2015 Small Business Forum will be Tuesday, March 31, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus, 1120 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville. The afternoon event will feature 12 educational sessions in a half-day format.

Join Naper Settlement for their April 2015 Events and Programs; Wednesday Walking Club, Flashback Friday – Meet a Curator, History Speaks Lecture Series, Super Scout Sunday, Naper Wine and Dine. More information is available online.

Save the date for Naper Wine & Dine on Monday, April 27, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit education and preservation initiatives at Naper Settlement.

2015 Kiwanis Pancake Day & Blood Drive will be Saturday, March 21, from 7:00 a.m. to noon at Aurora Central Catholic High School.

Refer a Prospective Member During March
It is always the right time to refer a prospective business! When you refer a prospective member in March and they join, you and your business will be highlighted in our eNewsletter and receive ChamberBucks to use toward an eBlast, membership list, website sponsorship or a Fox Valley Networking breakfast. Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership.
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.

This Week’s Policy Updates

Monday, March 9th, 2015

From the Illinois Senate Democrats:

House hears Manar school funding reform for first time

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) testified before an Illinois House committee this week, outlining details of his need-based school funding reform package, Senate Bill 1.

“It’s important to start this conversation early so representatives can educate themselves and their constituents about the need for better school funding. We had some marathon meetings in the Senate last year, but this was the first formal conversation we’ve had in the House,” Manar said. For more, visit the Illinois Senate Democrats blog.

Holmes supports consolidating local governments

Seeking to eliminate some redundancy from local government, State Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) voiced her support for legislation aimed at bringing separate forest preserve districts into county government.

“Illinois is cited time and again as having too many layers of government, more than any other state in the country,” Holmes said. “We need to find efficiency where we can. If most counties in the state can manage their forest preserves within county government, DuPage County can do the same.” For more, visit the Illinois Senate Democrats blog.

From the House Republican Leader:

Concerns continue as no agreement reached on growing spending crisis. With the FY15 budget more than $1.6 billion out of balance, more and more subsectors of the Illinois economy were affected this week. House Republicans reaffirmed their commitment to solving issues related to immediate funding issues faced by child care, corrections, and court reporter sectors of the economy.

“The unbalanced FY15 budget needs to be corrected immediately and brought into balance,” asserted House Republican Leader Jim Durkin on Tuesday, March 3. Pointing to the State’s failure under former Gov. Pat Quinn to meet its constitutional responsibility to enact a balanced budget, Durkin and his leadership team pledged to help “clean up the mess Governor Rauner inherited on January 12, 2015.”

Filing deadline sees 4,140 bills submitted for House consideration. The filing deadline was Friday, February 27, and by the close of business House members had turned in 4,140 substantive and appropriations bills for their colleagues to look at. Not all of these bills will get out of committee for full House consideration. Some filings, such as appropriations bills and resolutions, will continue after the deadline.

House committees have three more weeks, until March 27, to look at the bills filed before the deadline. Bills that fail to meet this deadline can be worked on by their sponsors and other interested parties for possible future action in the 2016 spring session. In many cases, a bill needs to be carefully looked at before it becomes a law. The status of bills filed in the Illinois House and Senate can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website.

Demmer bill could make equity crowdfunding a reality in Illinois. Current technology allows small businesses to solicit investments and raise capital from friends and acquaintances over the Internet, but Illinois law does not currently allow this activity. Cumbersome laws and regulations require the seller of equity in a firm to follow complex Wall Street-style safety requirements intended to prevent large-scale investment swindles. These regulations are not closely matched to the needs of a small community that hopes to raise money for a neighborhood-oriented commercial enterprise such as a coffee shop, craft store, or small movie theater.

Ironically, it is easier under current law in Illinois to get people to donate charity funds online through a social-media aggregator, such as Kickstarter, than it is to raise equity funds through crowdfunding. This is true even though a typical investor in an equity crowdfunding network is often not looking to “strike it rich” or earn a substantial return on his or her “investment.” Typical crowdfunded enterprises tend to be small-scale enterprises that thicken the social bonds of a community. They tend to be startups and small businesses.

Representative Tom Demmer has introduced HB 3091 to legalize some crowdfunding in Illinois. To be eligible to solicit an investment through HB 3091-style crowdfunding, a small enterprise will have to do substantially all of its business here in Illinois; firms that do transactions that cross state lines will continue to have to follow federal law. HB 3091 was filed on Wednesday, February 25, and was referred to the House Rules Committee.

From the Illinois Chamber of Commerce:

First State of the Budget Speech Outlines Massive Cuts, Plans for Growth

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s speech signals a much-needed return to fiscal sanity. Rauner dubbed this the “turnaround budget”, and it’s a plan that the state’s business community should support. Rauner included pension reform, cost cutting, streamlining rules and regulations, and tax reform as priorities, and the Chamber couldn’t be happier to hear that we have a champion for the state’s economy in the governor’s office.

 

“For far too long, we’ve been spending beyond our means,” Rauner said. “Saying nois not popular. But it is now or never for Illinois. It’s make or break time.” Rauner was harshly criticized for suggesting cuts, although in many cases, the funding will be higher next fiscal year with the example of an additional $300 million for education. He also touched on the current budget crisis, which sports a $1.6 billion dollar hole, and hopes the legislature will give him the authority to re-allocate current dollars to pay for prison guards, court reporters, and day care centers.

The Chamber’s statement that day explained that “Years of fiscal games have come to close with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s state of the budget speech today.” Chamber President and CEO Todd Maisch continued, “The Illinois Chamber has asked for financial stability for years, and acknowledges that this spending outline is what fiscal reality looks like. The business community anticipated the considerable pain in the governor’s speech because taxing and spending was never going to fix the problem. This is the day the check is due.”

 

 

This Week’s Chamber Newsletter

Wednesday, March 4th, 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

Immigration Law Office of Jeremy Lime
Jeremy Lime
900 N. Lake St., Ste. 200
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 995-3088
DLegal Services

M/I Homes – Lehigh Station
Tanya Naji
847 Station Blvd., Ste. 230
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 577-5220
Builders & Developers

Smart Beginnings
Marie Bill
4105 Healthway Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 618-3797
Childcare

Trust Lending
Aaron Resnick
3 N. Lincolnway
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 800-2702
Loans

 

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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
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State of the City Registration Open
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner
Mayor, City of Aurora

Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

$50 General Admission
$35 Aurora Chamber Members

Register

Thank You to the Following Sponsors

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Cadence Health
Old Second National Bank
Centrue Bank
OnLight Aurora
Chicago Premium Outlets
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Rasmussen College
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
Republic Services
First Midwest Bank
Restoration Techs
FHP-O-Cedar
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Heartland Recycling
SmithAmundsen
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
Waubonsee Community College
HRGreen

Public Policy Update
Last week, the House was in session Wednesday and Thursday. The deadline for bill introductions in the House was Friday. Senate members spent the week in district. Senate-bill introductions concluded last Friday. The next substantive deadline is Friday, March 27, which is the deadline for bills to be passed out of standing committees.

Deadlines are for stand-alone introductions. As such, introduced bills may be amended at any time. Committee hearings for both houses will begin this week.

A brief listing of some of the recent introductions can be found on the Chamber blog.

Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Ribbon Cutting: Stericycle
Tuesday, March 3, at 10:00 a.m.
3557 Butterfield Rd., Suite 151, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Dr. Gadget
Friday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m.
4430 E. New York St., Aurora

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 10, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 12, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting: M/I Homes Lehigh Station
Thursday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m.
847 Station Blvd., Aurora

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, March 24, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, March 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Register

State of the City 2015
Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
PLS

Thank you to PL$ for sponsoring the February Fox Valley Networking Professionals Breakfast.

Advocate Dreyer Medical Clinic new West Aurora facility is scheduled to open in March of 2016 and will offer primary and specialty care.

Naper Settlement‘s Camp Naper Summer Day Camps registration begins March 1, for kids in grades one through eight. More information is available online.

The Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professionals, has awarded initial accreditation status to Waubonsee’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Paramedic program. Waubonsee Community College and Delnor Hospital have partnered to develop and operate the EMT-Paramedic program since 2007.

Refer a Prospective Member During March
It is always the right time to refer a prospective business! When you refer a prospective member in March and they join, you and your business will be highlighted in our eNewsletter and receive ChamberBucks to use toward an eBlast, membership list, website sponsorship or a Fox Valley Networking breakfast. Submit your referral to Jane Abe, IOM, ACE, director of membership.
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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Recent Bills Introduced in General Assembly

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Last week, the House was in session Wednesday and Thursday. The deadline for bill introductions in the House was Friday. Senate members spent the week in district. Senate-bill introductions concluded last Friday. The next substantive deadline is Friday, March 27, which is the deadline for bills to be passed out of standing committees.

Deadlines are for stand-alone introductions. As such, introduced bills may be amended at any time. Committee hearings for both houses will begin this week.

Here is a brief listing of some of the recent introductions.

SB 1836 creates the Healthy Workplace Act and requires employers to provide seven paid sick days to part-time and full-time employees each year they are employed.

HB 3554 provides that employees must be given notice of the shifts to be worked two weeks in advance of the scheduled shift. In addition, it establishes requirements for minimum pay for working shifts outside of scheduled shifts.

HB 3619 expands the Equal Pay Act of 2003 to include all employers rather any employer with four or more employees. It increases the maximum civil penalty for all violations to $5,000.

HB 3336 provides a sales tax exemption for building materials, machinery, and equipment used in the construction and operation of data centers. It includes an electricity excise tax exemption to help offset some of the high-power costs incurred in the operation of data centers.

SB 1863 would encourage new investment in several infrastructure areas including public buildings, transportation assets, and other public assets that are in dire need of improvements.

SB 1660 focuses on the EDGE Credit sale or transfer. The EDGE credit is a credit against the Illinois Income Tax Act awarded for a combination of investment and new job creation in Illinois. This legislation provides that a company that is unable to use the credit against its own income taxes because it has no income may sell or transfer the credit to another company.

SB 1737 amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to allow small businesses to immediately expense property that must be depreciated for federal income tax purposes.

HB 3888  addresses the sunset of the Manufacturers’ Purchase Credit by modifying the definition of manufacturing machinery and equipment to include production-related, tangible personal property used in a manufacturing operation.

Minimum wage legislation SB 11 seeks to raise the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 beginning July 1 and increases it by $0.50 each July 1 until July 1, 2019, at which point the minimum wage will be $11.00. It creates a $1,500 per employee income tax credit for employers with fewer than 50 employees.

HB 166 creates the Family Leave Insurance Program Act, which requires the Illinois Department of Labor to establish and administer a Family Leave Insurance Program that provides family leave insurance benefits to eligible employees who take unpaid family leave to care for a newborn child, a newly adopted or newly placed foster child, or a family member with a serious health condition. The program is financed by a $2.50 per month fee paid by employees of employers of 50 or more employees.

HB 432 proposes employers would be required to pay overtime to any employee earning less than $69,000 per year. The weekly or monthly equivalent will increase annually by the percentage of increase in the consumer price index.

Kyle McCarter introduced four senate bills (SB 765,766,767,768) to improve the unemployment insurance system by addressing fraud, an improved definition of misconduct, and eligibility requirements.

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.

 

 

Your Weekly News from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, February 23rd, 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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February 23, 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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Stericycle
John Katchka
3557 Butterfield Rd., Suite 151
Aurora 60502
(630) 692-0524
Distribution

Roosevelt Aurora American Legion Post 84
1919 LaSalle St., Suite 204
Aurora 60505
(630) 474-5084
Family, Community & Civic Organizations

Aspen Financial Services
Matthew Kewenig
201 N. Constitution Dr.
Aurora 60506
(630) 897-7575
Financial Services

Dr. Gadget – Phone and Tablet Repair
Mohommed Haq
Faiz Hag
4430 E. New York St.
Aurora 60504
(630) 340-5569
Phone and Tablet Repair

 

Contact Us


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

 

 

Public Policy Update
Local Government Consolidation
Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti has been picked to lead a consolidation, unfunded mandates commission. With the goal of reducing property taxes paid by Illinois property owners and homeowners, Gov. Rauner on Friday asked Sanguinetti to head a new task force that will look at opportunities for savings from the consolidation of taxing bodies.

For full post, visit the Chamber’s blog.

Governor Names New DCEO Director
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced last week the selection of Jim Schultz, 55, as director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. According to the announcement, Schultz’s experience in agribusiness and as a banking entrepreneur gives him the breadth of knowledge to develop and support businesses across the State of Illinois.

For full post, visit the Chamber’s blog.

Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, February 24, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, February 25, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, February 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Stericycle
Tuesday, March 3, at 10:00 a.m.
3557 Butterfield Rd., Suite 151, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Dr. Gadget
Friday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m.
4430 E. New York St., Aurora

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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Several Events for Aurora Chamber Members on Calendar

Monday, February 9th, 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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February 09, 2015
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

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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
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Contact Us

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

 

 

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

Gov. Rauner Delivers State of the State Address

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda, presented to the General Assembly in his State of the State address on Wednesday, February 4, called for comprehensive reforms to the “iron triangle.”

Rauner’s office has posted a video of his speech online and welcomes social-media discussion of the points made in it using the hashtag #ILTurnaround.

For more on the Governor’s address, visit the blog.

Ill. Senate Passes Minimum Wage Increase
Partisan Senate majority passes minimum wage increase; bill moves to House. SB 11 would increase the standard Illinois minimum wage, applicable to most employment positions, from $8.25 an hour (current rate) to $11.00 an hour over a five-year period. The Senate vote was 35-15-1. Full details can be found on the Chamber’s blog.

Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, February 10, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

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

Ambassador’s Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 12 at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Multi-Chamber Business After Hours
Thursday, February 19 at 4:30 a.m.
Orchard Valley Golf Course
Register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
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 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.

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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