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Monday, May 2nd, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Sponsorships Now Open for Golf Classic
Save the Date:
Aurora Chamber Golf Classic Set for June 23

Join our growing list of sponsors for the 2016 Aurora Chamber Golf Classic. With sponsorships ranging from $250 up to $1500, there are opportunities for many of our members to promote their product or service to the golfers and Chamber members.

This year’s event returns to one of Chicagoland’s top five courses, Orchard Valley Golf Course, an 18-hole, 6,800-yard, par-72 championship layout open to the public. This beautiful course offers the appropriate challenge to all skill levels. Orchard Valley has been distinguished by Golf Digest Magazine as a 4½-star facility.

Contact the Chamber today to discuss sponsorship opportunities – and receive a discount on your golf registration before golfer registration opens to the general public. Registration will open on Monday, May 16.

Available sponsorships include:
Prestige (includes one foursome) $1,500
Activity Hole $750
Reception $750
Tee Box/Hole $500
Cart $500
Practice Range $500
Putting Green $500
Lunch Sponsor $250

To discuss opportunities, contact Maureen today at (630) 256-3182. Registration will open on Monday, May 16.

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Ribbon Cutting: Metropolitan Coworking
14 W. Downer Place, Ste. 16
Friday, May 6, at 4:00 p.m.
Open House from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
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Chamber offices
Tuesday, May 10, at 7:45 a.m.
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Ambassadors Meeting
Mike & Denise’s Pizzeria, 1760 N. Farnsworth Ave. Aurora
Thursday, May 12, at 4:00 p.m.
info@aurorachamber.com

Coffee & Connections
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Tuesday, May 17, at 8:30 a.m.
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Business Development Leads Group
Chamber offices
Tuesday, May 24, at 7:45 a.m.
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Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Thursday, May 26, at 8:00 a.m.
Register

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

Ill. General Assembly: Update on Bills

Workers’ Compensation: Call for Reform

Taxes: Property

General Assembly: Payless Payday

Budget: Ill. Higher Education

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

2016 Aurora GreenFest: Green Energy, Wild Animals, Live Music, and Local Food

Run for Rockstar Mentors

Golf for Kids Benefit Outing

Metropolitan Coworking to Hold Open House May 6

Aurora Regional Fire Museum Welcomes New Director

Community Foundation Pays Tribute to West Aurora Schools

Blackberry Farm: Old-fashioned history that’s good as new

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Ill. General Assembly: Update on Bills

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Taxes

HJRCA 8 (Mitchell) is a proposed constitutional amendment that would amend the Illinois Constitution to authorize the imposition of a graduated income tax.  This proposal was also introduced last year and never made it out of Rules committee, but was recently assigned to the House Revenue committee and to the Income tax subcommittee of the Revenue committee.

Amendment 1 to SB 2367 (Stadelman) would amend the Property Tax Code to modify the assessment procedures for certain “big box” stores defined as “limited market or special purpose property”.

SB 2921 (Hutchinson-Althoff) is an initiative of the Illinois Chamber’s Tax Institute. This bill amends the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act to provide for automatic abatement of the underpayment penalty when a taxpayer has been determined upon audit to have paid at least 95% of the taxes due. The bill also caps the underpayment penalty at 15% and eliminates the provisions in the current law that impose a 20% penalty on any underpayments paid after commencement of an audit unless the audit results are agreed to by the taxpayer.

SB 2148 (Hutchinson) would amend the Illinois Income Tax Act to decouple from IRC Section 199 – the Domestic Production Activities Deduction, requires an addback of the foreign and domestic dividend subtractions, and repeals the unitary business group “non-combination” rule. The Illinois Chamber is strongly opposed.

There are several measures before the Senate Revenue Committee that would amend the Retailers’ Occupation Tax Act to allow the sharing of certain taxpayer information by the Department of Revenue with municipalities and counties. Among the bills scheduled for consideration were SB 2562, SB 2933, and SB 3295. SB 2933, would allow the sharing of such information by the municipalities with third parties. The Chamber opposes the sharing of tax information with third parties. It is the Chamber’s understanding that the Senate Revenue Committee may hold a subject matter hearing in April to discuss the topic of sharing taxpayer’s information with other units of government.

Employment Law

SB 2506 (Righter) is an initiative of the Illinois Chamber. This would require the Department of Human Rights to close its investigation if the charge filed with IDHR is based on a litigated discrimination violation that is identical to a charge filed with a local government unit or the federal EEOC and such protection also is provided by the other governmental body.

SB 2613 (Bertino-Tarrant) would mandate four weeks for child bereavement.

SB 3097 (Collins) and HB 6162 (Skoog) would require employers 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 on the same terms upon which the employee is able to use sick leave benefits for the employee’s own illness or injury.

SB 2147 (Hutchinson) would create the Healthy Workplace Act and require employers to provide seven paid sick days to employees.

HB 4999 (Rep. Guzzardi) amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act making 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. An amendment is being prepared to address concerns.

HB 5533 (Rep. Morrison) creates the Limitations on Actions for Negligent Hiring Act limiting a cause of action brought against a party solely for hiring an employee or independent contractor who has been convicted of a nonviolent, non-sexual offense.

HB 3297 (Mitchell) would create the Employee Paid Health Care Time Act and would employees to accrue paid health care time at a rate of no less than one hour for every 22 hours worked for an employer with 50 or more employees and at a rate of one hour for every 40 hours worked for an employer with fewer than 50 employees.

Infrastructure

HJRCA 36 is a lockbox amendment. This constitutional amendment would end Road Fund diversions by preventing any money from being removed from the Road Fund for any purpose other than transportation. As a result of this, transportation investment will be predictable, allowing businesses to plan investments long term.

HB 3755 (Hoffman) would require rail carriers to operate with a two-man crew.

SB 2592 (Althoff and Rep. Munoz) would impose a $3 surcharge in addition to other registration fees for motor vehicles of the first division, motorcycles, motor driven cycles, pedalcycles, and vehicles registered in the 8,000 lb. and less flat weight plate category to be used to help fund the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Healthcare

HB 6025 (Yingling) amends the Biometric Information Privacy Act to provide that a private entity may not require a person/customer to provide his/her biometric identifier or biometric information as a condition for the provision of goods or services. The bill makes an exception for an employer to conduct background checks or implement employee security protocols. In addition, this provision does not apply to 1) companies that provide medical services, 2) law enforcement agencies or 3) governmental entities.

The Public Health committee passed  SB 2403 (Rose), as amended, which requires hospitals to adopt and implement evidence based protocols for the early recognition and treatment of patients with sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock based on generally accepted standards of care.

HB 5750 (G. Harris) creates a one percent assessment on health claims paid by a health insurance carrier or third party administrator.

HB 5576 (Nekritz) passed out of House Human Services Committee with a vote of 8-6. The bill mandates coverage without cost sharing for all contraceptive drugs, devices, and other products, including voluntary sterilization. Insurance companies must cover a service or item without cost sharing if the attending provider recommends a particular service or item based on a determination of medical necessity. Insurance must pay for up to 12 months of contraception at one time.

SB 2403 (Rose) passed as amended out of the Senate Public Health Committee. The bill would require hospitals to adopt and implement evidence based protocols for the early recognition and treatment of patients with sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock based on generally accepted standards of care.

Procurement

HB 5759 (Hoffman) would require contractors and subcontractors to comply with Responsible Bidder requirements outlined in the Illinois Procurement Code to qualify for public works projects at the local level. In addition, would require contractors and subcontractors to identify and report to the public body in charge the number of hours worked by minorities and females for each craft or type of worker or mechanic needed to execute the contract.  Each contractor and subcontractor shall provide this information on a certified payroll report, or on a monthly manpower utilization report.

SB 2873 (Rezin) would streamline and update the state procurement process, improve efficiencies and improve vendor communications while putting into place compliance safeguards for vendors. The goal is to improve state-vendor interaction and opportunities while ensure that the state receives the best return on every dollar spent.

Other

HB 5526 (Smiddy) would require any person selling meat in Illinois must package the meat with a label indicating the country in which the meat was produced.

SB 2138 (Nybo) passed the Senate Judiciary with an agreement to hold the legislation until a new amendment is filed.  This bill would create the Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act.

SB 2887 (Silverstein) is expected to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee. It would introduce Vermont’s patent language into current law, even though the existing law was successfully negotiated a few years ago by all sides.

HB 4633 (Martwick) was held in the House Consumer Protection Committee. This legislation deals with unclaimed life insurance benefits.

SB 2827 (T. Cullerton) passed unanimously out of Senate Commerce and Economic Development this week.  This legislation would reduce LLC fees from $750 to $59.

SB 3315 (Bennet) would create an Advisory Committee on Workforce Shortages. The committee would be made up of appointed members and would be charged with reviewing and identifying industry and occupations in Illinois where shortages are apparent.

House Floor Amendment 1 to HB 1290 (Madigan) would allow an employee a lien right on all property of their employer, including after-acquired property, for the full amount of any wages, penalties, and interest owed to the employee.

 

Workers’ Compensation: Call for Reform

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Northern Illinois elected leader calls for workers’ comp reform. The workers’ compensation system asks employers of Illinois workers to make additional contributions on top of employee pay. Workers’ compensation is the system that repays medical care providers for the medical costs of treating injuries suffered on the job in Illinois. Employers pay insurance premiums to workers’ compensation insurers; the premiums are based upon the workplace’s claim history and the overall state of Illinois workers’ comp law.

In an op-ed piece published on Thursday, April 28, Boone County Board Chairperson Bob Walberg reported that Illinois workers’ compensation insurance costs have risen much higher than comparable costs charged to employers in neighboring and comparable states. Boone County, which borders Wisconsin, and its employers are constantly made aware of comparable workers’ comp rates and their role as an element in the overall cost of doing business in Illinois. Illinois currently has the 7th highest workers’ comp rates among the 50 states, partly because of state law’s generous treatment of injuries incurred outside the workplace or as part of a pattern of events that included both workplace and non-workplace events.

Walberg reports that on top of endangering job creation in Illinois, high workers’ comp costs also directly damage local taxpayers throughout Illinois. Local governments such as Boone County pay workers’ comp premiums as part of their overall employer-employee relationships. These costs are passed on to local taxpayers. The Illinois public sector pays $900 million in annual workers’ comp costs – an expense item that could be lowered by hundreds of millions of dollars each year if Illinois were to adopt patterns of workers’ compensation that more closely match those followed by the employers and employees of other states.

Taxes: Property

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

New study generates additional published evidence that Illinois owners, including homeowners, pay highest property taxes in nation. The study, published by CoreLogic, compares aggregated property tax extensions (the total amounts billed) with the value of the real property being taxed. According to CoreLogic, which the median property tax extension aggregate extension is 1.31% of the property being taxed, the median Illinois extension is 2.67% of value. This measurement scale makes Illinois the highest-property-tax state in the U.S., with New York second at 2.53% of value.

The CoreLogic data indicates that if an Illinois homeowner is occupying a house valued at $200,000, the homeowner will be paying a median annual property tax bill of $5,340. As always, individual homeowners’ experiences may vary. Different localities within Illinois will have different property tax rates; and within localities, different property owners may enjoy the effect of specific property tax relief measures. For example, senior citizen homeowners should be able to enjoy some relief from the Senior Citizens Homestead Property Tax Exemption, which automatically subtracts some of the value from the assessment number generated for an eligible senior citizen’s house before the tax bill is generated.

According to CoreLogic, neighboring states have lower property tax rates than Illinois. The California-based data aggregator generated median property tax burdens, calculated as a percentage of property value, of 1.95% in Wisconsin, 1.69% in Iowa, 1.26% in Missouri, and 0.88% in Indiana. CoreLogic’s data, published this week, agrees with previously public state-by–state surveys by firms such as WalletHub, which have also found Illinois to be one of the worst states in the nation in which to be taxed.

General Assembly: Payless Payday

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

End of month sees payless payday for 118 members of Illinois House. The Illinois legislators were members of one the largest single groups of men and women affected by the decision of Comptroller Leslie Munger that she must shift the pay status of Illinois elected officials between payment queues. House members from both parties are paid, by law, at the end of every calendar month. Due to the State’s continued lack of a constitutional balanced budget, however, the Comptroller has determined that these payments to elected state leaders should be treated on a basis of equality with other budget-impacted State payments on an immediate basis. The decision became effective during the end-of-April pay period. The end-of-April business day was Friday, April 29.

Elected official pay commitments, including pay for Comptroller Munger, for other statewide elected officials and for members of the Illinois House and Senate have been shifted to a wait-queue that will generate payments when monies are available. As with other providers of goods and services to the State, delay times are expected in the settlements of these commitments and claims. While the move nominally affects Governor Bruce Rauner, the State’s chief executive has announced that he is serving without pay.

Observers see the move as increasing internal pressure within the General Assembly to discuss budget issues seriously with the goal of generating new spending numbers before the legislature’s scheduled May adjournment. Comptroller Munger’s office is currently posting a backlog of official unpaid bills that exceeds $6.8 billion.

Budget: Ill. Higher Education

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Governor signs bill, pushed by House Republicans, to provide stopgap funding for higher education. The bill was SB 2059 as amended in the House. On Monday, April 25, Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law, making it possible for the Comptroller’s office to begin transferring “lifeline” funding to Illinois’ nine universities, 12 campuses, 39 community college districts and approximately 120,000 Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) Grant recipients.

The money provided by SB 2059 is “lifeline” funding intended to help keep operations going and enable students to remain active in classroom learning. Full funding awaits continued work by the General Assembly to enact constitutional balanced budgets for FY16 and FY17. Illinois higher education has not received operational funding from the State since July 1, 2016, when FY16 began.

House Republicans Mike Fortner and Dan Brady identified a source of existing tax money, $600 million in the Education Assistance Fund, that could be used to provide stopgap funding for Illinois higher education. This was money previously withdrawn from the general revenue funding stream generated by the existing Illinois income tax as a rainy-day fund for purposes of Illinois education. Using this money will not require a tax increase.

All House Republicans present and voting on this measure on Friday, April 22 voted for the bill. Governor Rauner’s signature allowed this bill to become law as P.A. 99-502. The Governor expressed optimism this week that this could be a sign that Illinois budget talks are about to get serious. In an interview, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin urged his colleagues to use SB 2059 as a stimulus to conduct further talks on other issues with the goal of enacting a constitutional balanced budget before May 31, the scheduled end of the 2016 spring session. Illinois is currently the only state in the U.S. without an enacted budget for FY16.

Thank you, #Aurora2016 SOTC Sponsors

Monday, April 25th, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Thank You, #Aurora2016 State of the City Sponsors, Mayor Presented by
State of the City
We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to our generous sponsors – especially Walter E. Deuchler Associates — for your support of the #Aurora2016 State of the City Address. Mayor Thomas J. Weisner presented his address to a sold-out crowd earlier this month and highlighted the great accomplishments of the City and its business community. Highlights of the address are available at http://www.aurorachamber.com/MayorAddress.asp, including video of the address.

State of the City

Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices
mgasek@aurorachamber.com

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 28, 2016
8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by The Labs USA
Register

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, May 12, 2016
4:00 p.m.
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Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
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Public Policy Update
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Spring Legislative Recess

Economy: Jobs, Economic Development Corporation

Environment: Emissions Testing Notices

Economy: Unemployment

Ill. Budget: ‘Lifeline’ Budget Impasse Relief Bill

Ill. Budget: General Assembly

Ill: Budget: Late-payment Fees

Ill. Budget: COGFA Report

Ill. Budget: Auditor General Report

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

Dr. John Sparlin Approved as Next District 308 Superintendent of Schools

District 308 Robotics Team Wins Regional to Advance to World Championships

School District 308 Wins Prestigious International Award for Budget Excellence Again; Top 1% Performer

Business Tax Savings: April 27

Make A Connection At The Illinois Tollway Construction Resource Fair

DuPage Children’s Museum’s 2016 Benefit Ball: Lift Up Raises $544,000 for Early Education

Congratulations to the 268 AT&T Illinois winners

Export Grants for Companies in Kane County – Applications Due by May 27

Registration Under Way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

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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This Week’s News from the Aurora Regional Chamber

Monday, April 11th, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
St. Charles Bank & Trust
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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In Our Community
John Calzaretta
200 West Madison
Chicago, IL 60606
(708) 308-2968
Marketing & Advertising

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Sandra Angeletti
111 S. Lincolnway, Suite D
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 844-6800
Health Services

Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys
Joshua Polanco
305A W. Indian Trail Road
Aurora, IL 60506
(708) 222-2222
Attorneys

La Quebrada Restaurant
Hortencia Guadarrama
723 S. Broadway
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 896-2535
Restaurants & Taverns

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Congratulations, Congressman Randy Hultgren
Spirit of Enterprise Award

Congratulations to Congressman Randy Hultgren who was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award last week. Thank you to Konen Insurance Agency for hosting the coffee reception and to those able to attend the event.

#Aurora2016 State of the City
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Thursday, April 14, 2016
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2016 State of the City Address presented
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Thursday, April 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Registration opens today
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Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 28, 2016
8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
mgasek@aurorachamber.com

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, May 12, 2016
4:00 p.m.
mgasek@aurorachamber.com

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
mgasek@aurorachamber.com

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

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

Support Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry While Dining Out

Annual Champions of Hope Breakfast to Benefit Hesed House

YWCA Aurora Hosts Dr. Bernice A. King for Leaders of Change Luncheon

Community Dialogues to Focus on Race

DuPage Children’s Museum Presents 2016 Benefit Ball: Lift Up

2016 Kane County Leaders Summit Invitation

DuPage Children’s Museum Receives Generous Donation

Celebrating Our Youngest Learners! Aurora Celebrates National Week of the Young Child

Registration Under Way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Ill. 99th GA Session Update

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Legislation Leaves Committees 

The Illinois House and Senate spent last week conducting committee hearings in order to meet the deadline for legislation to pass favorably out of committee.

For the novice observer to Illinois politics, the committee deadline is often met with some confusion. Sponsors of legislation will often agree in committee to “hold” their bills on Second Reading until an agreement with stakeholders is met.

Millionaire’s Tax 

A few days after New World Wealth reported that millionaires are leaving Chicago more than any other city in the United State, HJRCA 26 (Madigan) also known as the Millionaire’s Tax, reemerged out of House Rules Committee. HJRCA 26 has been placed on the House’s calendar for reconsideration. The proposed amendment would impose a three-percent surtax on incomes of more than $1 million a year.

Last year, the amendment failed to receive the 71 votes needed for passage. The vote on the amendment was 68-47. At the time, all Republicans voted against the proposal and three Democrats also voted against the measure, including Rep. Jack Franks, Rep. Ken Dunkin, and Rep. Scott Drury.

Tax Initiative Passes Out Of Committee 

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tax Institute’s initiative, SB 2921 (Hutchinson), passed the Senate Revenue Committee 11-0-0 on Wednesday. This legislation amends the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act to provide for automatic abatement of the underpayment penalty when a taxpayer has been determined upon audit to have paid at least 95% of the taxes due. The bill also caps the underpayment penalty at 15% and eliminates the provisions in the current law that impose a 20% penalty on any underpayments paid after commencement of an audit unless the audit results are agreed to by the taxpayer. The Department of Revenue requested an amendment to the legislation and will be filed upon review of the amendment.

HB 3297 (C. Mitchell) would create the Employee Paid Health Care Time Act and allow employees to accrue paid health care time at a rate of no less than one hour for every 22 hours worked for an employer with 50 or more employees and at a rate of one hour for every 40 hours worked for an employer with fewer than 50 employees. Passed committee 15-1-0.

HB 4036 (Lily) provides that all employees, not only those working for an employer having more than 49 employees, covered by the Act are entitled to a total of 12 workweeks of leave during any 12-month period. Passed committee 16-7-0.

HB 4501 (Yingling) passed favorably out of the House Counties & Townships Committee on Wednesday with a roll call vote of 7-4-0. This legislation would extend the DuPage ACT initiative to all counties in the state. This bill would allow for county government to dissolve units of local government in which the county board chairman appoints the members. As a member of the Transform Illinois Coalition, the Chamber slipped in support of this measure.

HB 4999 (Guzzardi), as amended, makes changes to the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act with regards to access to personal accounts. We will continue discussions with the Representative about a possible amendment with a few minor changes.

HB 5621 (Ives), as amended, passed the House Insurance Committee 22-0-0 with an agreement to hold on 2nd reading to work out an amendment. This bill provides that neither an insurer nor a provider may terminate an agreed-upon contract earlier than the end date of the original contract terms.

HB 5671 (Harris) is an initiative of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association and passed out of the House Human Services Committee on Tuesday 14-0-0. The sponsor agreed to hold the bill on 2nd reading until an agreement has been made. The bill authorizes HFS to create a Performance Metrics tool requiring MCOs to report on their operational performance as well as implement procedures to ensure that provider directory listings are updated.

HB 5738 (Cabello) would require employers with 51 or more employees, units of local government, boards of election commissioners, and school districts to permit employees to take leave for purposes of donating organs or bone marrow. Passed committee 18-1-0.

HB 5759 (Hoffman) would require contractors and subcontractors to comply with Responsible Bidder requirements outlined in the Illinois Procurement Code to qualify for public works projects at the local level. In addition, would require contractors and subcontractors to identify and report to the public body in charge the number of hours worked by minorities and females for each craft or type of worker or mechanic needed to execute the contract. Each contractor and subcontractor shall provide this information on a certified payroll report, or on a monthly manpower utilization report.

HJRCA 8 (Mitchell) is a proposed constitutional amendment that would amend the Illinois Constitution to authorize the imposition of a graduated income tax. This proposal was also introduced last year and never made it out of Rules committee, but was recently assigned to the House Revenue committee and to the Income tax subcommittee of the Revenue committee.

SB 1783 (Haine) passed out of Senate Insurance Committee with the agreement that the bill would be held on Second Reading and that a subject matter hearing would be held on both SB 1783 and SB 2396 (Mulroe), which both deal with unclaimed life insurance benefits.

SB 2147 (Hutchinson) would create Healthy Workplace Act and require employers to provide seven paid sick days to employees. The sponsor did not make a commitment to hold the bill on second reading but did agree to work with its opposition. Passed committee 11-4-0.

SB 2613 (Bertino-Tarrant) would mandate four weeks leave for child bereavement for employers with 50 or more employees. The sponsor did not make a commitment to hold the bill on second reading but did agree to work with its opposition. Passed committee 11-1-0.

SB 2921 (Hutchinson-Althoff) is an initiative of the Illinois Chamber’s Tax Institute. This bill amends the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act to provide for automatic abatement of the underpayment penalty when a taxpayer has been determined upon audit to have paid at least 95% of the taxes due. The bill also caps the underpayment penalty at 15% and eliminates the provisions in the current law that impose a 20% penalty on any underpayments paid after commencement of an audit unless the audit results are agreed to by the taxpayer.

State Gov.: Ill. Dept. of Innovation and Technology

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

New State department moves forward in push to consolidate in-house IT functions. The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, created by Bruce Rauner executive order in January 2016, has been asked to consolidate the information technology (IT) functions performed by a wide variety of State agencies and departments. In a joint appearance on Wednesday, March 30, the Governor asked several of his department heads and senior staff to explain to the public what they are doing to increase the IT productivity of their departments.

Historically, almost every agency had their own IT staff and in-house technology standards. In many cases, this led to the selection of incompatible software platforms; in some cases, some State agencies are still using repeatedly-updated platforms that have roots in code written as far back as the 1970s. In some cases, these platforms continue to require the same data points to be added repeatedly to redundant databases, or require the use of obsolescent or obsolete technologies such as computer tapes. Individual agency IT staff members are now moving into the new Department, where they will have the chance to work together. Consultants have told the Rauner administration and the General Assembly that, over time, the rationalization of IT technology will lead to growing productivity benefits for the State of Illinois and its taxpayers.