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News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
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
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors and adding a number of additional sponsors. Many sponsorships are still available – starting at just $250. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182;

• Celebrated several East Aurora 131 students and their accomplishments;

• Welcomed dozens of new members to Coffee & Connections with networking and an orientation to Chamber benefits;

• Congratulated North Aurora Police Chief David Summer on his retirement;

• Completed 2017 Leadership Academy with a wrap-up breakfast where the participants shared their experiences with the program and their visits to local community organizations;

• Attended the Fox Valley United Way’s annual breakfast, Alden of Waterford’s Spring Fling, Tommy Hilfiger’s business networking event, as well as the Aurora Downtown board meeting;

• Celebrated KCT Credit Union’s 80th anniversary with a ribbon cutting and open house;

• Met with community members to begin planning a resource fair to support students with disabilities and their families.

This week, we are preparing for:

• Fox Valley Networking Professionals, an upcoming Exporting Forum and Luncheon, the Golf Classic, and more for our members.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

Mayor Irvin Announces New Mayor’s Office Leadership Team
As Mayor Richard C. Irvin began his second week in office, he announced key staff changes in the Mayor’s Office, with more announcements planned in the upcoming weeks.

“My goal is to always surround myself with proven leaders who are dedicated to their area of endeavor and committed to the betterment of Aurora,” said Irvin. “The Mayor’s Office is just our first step in aligning positions at City Hall for the best maximum outcomes across the board.”

Mayor Irvin has appointed longtime City executive Alex G. Alexandrou as Aurora’s next Chief Management Officer. Bringing nearly three decades of municipal leadership to the Mayor’s Office, Alexandrou will be responsible for the daily operations of the City. He has 17 years of leadership with the City of Aurora serving under former Mayors Stover, Weisner and O’Connor, most recently serving as Chief Administrative Services Officer.

For more details, visit the Chamber blog.

Calendar of Events
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Ribbon Cutting: James Town Allstate
Friday, June 2, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
7 W. Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Metro 59 Apartments
Wednesday, June 7, 4 – 8 p.m.
1016 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 29, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

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Public Policy Update
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Springfield Update

Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

April 2017 General Assembly Report

Illinois Chamber Releases ‘Job Crusherz’ List

“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

Fair Maps

Jobs

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.

Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

Construction set to begin on Blackhawk Park

Moody’s Upgrades FVPD Credit Rating

Fox Valley Park District seats first elected board

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare for and emergency event, including severe weather and natural disasters. The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

Information, tips, and planning guides may be found at https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/index.php

If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

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 Bee Atomic on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Springfield Update

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Last week, the Senate favorably passed six pieces of legislation in the Senate’s “grand bargain” package. Language was added to several of the bills that removed the “if and only if” language that would have required every bill to be signed into law in order for the entire package to become law.

The bills that passed favorably included education funding reform (SB 1), local government consolidation (SB 3), $7 million in borrowed money to pay back the bill backlog (SB 4), gaming expansion (SB 7), procurement reform (SB 8), and pension reform (SB 16). All of those have since been assigned to House committees for next week.

Two major pieces of the Senate’s grand bargain also saw amendments this week.

SB 9, otherwise known as the tax omnibus bill, received some tweaks. The 502-page amendment remains similar to the previous version. However, the new version reduces the personal income tax levy from the previous version from 4.99 percent to 4.95 percent (current law is 3.25 percent). In addition, the corporate rate would rise to 7 percent. The income tax rates for both corporations and individuals would be applied retroactively to January 2017 and the rates would expire January 1, 2024.

The new amendment would retain taxation of certain services. The scope of the services taxed appear unchanged from the previous version. The services taxed at 6.25 percent statewide include:

1) Storage (including parking for cars, aircraft, boat slips, and RV parking);

2) Repair, servicing, alternation, fitting, cleaning, painting, coating, towing, inspection or maintenance of tangible personal property or tangible personal property affixed to real estate (tax does not apply to new construction, reconstruction, or expansion of a building or structure);

3) Landscaping services;

4) Laundry, dry cleaning, including linen service;

5) Cable television, video and audio streaming, direct satellite broadcast;

6) Private detective, alarm and security;

7) Structural pest control; and

8) Personal care services (but excluding haircuts).

Among other things, this legislation caps the vendor discount at $1,000 for sellers in any calendar month, reinstates the graphic arts machinery and equipment exemption, expands the manufacturing machinery and equipment exemption, the unitary business non-combination rule would be repealed, the definition of the “United States” would be expanded, and the research and development credit would be reinstated retroactively.

The Senate’s workers’ compensation proposal also received a new amendment. SB 198 (formerly SB 12) is essentially amendment 4 to SB 12 as reported on last week with two specific changes. SB 198 adopts the move from the current medical fee charge system to an resource-based relative value scale effective September 1, 2017. In addition, the new amendment requires the Workers’ Compensation Commission to investigate all procedures, treatments, and services covered under law for ambulatory surgical treatment centers and accredited ambulatory surgical treatment facilities and establish fee schedule amounts for procedures, treatments, and services for which fee schedule amounts have not been established.

Unfortunately, key issues such as changing causation standard, defining traveling employees, and strengthening AMA guidelines are not part of this compromise. It would appear that this is likely the extent of what will be considered workers’ compensation reform.

 

Coal-Tar Ban Revitalized

The Chamber has received word that the House sponsor to a bill that would allow any municipality or county to ban coal tar sealants has begun working a roll call in the House.

As you may recall earlier on in the year, HB 2958 (Fine) would ban the use of an environmentally preferred sealant on roadways, driveways, and parking lots that are important for preserving pavements, savings money for homeowners, businesses and governments alike.

 

New Members, Programs, Events, More from Aurora Chamber

Monday, May 15th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
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
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

ServPro of Aurora (Elite)
Kelly Melone
847 S. River Street, Aurora
(630) 862-3930
Fire, Flood, Mold Restoration

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors with Prestige Sponsors Aurora Generation and Rasmussen College; Beverage Sponsor Geneva Construction Company; Putting Green Sponsor Konen Insurance Agency; Hole Sponsors Finishing Solutions Network; and Lunch Sponsors Cordogan, Clark & Associates. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182.

• Attended the inauguration of Mayor Richard Irvin and City Council members;

• Introduced potential employers to the students with disabilities who have been learning job skills with the Fox Valley Park District – boy, have those students really succeeded in their work;

• Celebrated a ribbon cutting at Pet Supplies Plus in North Aurora and their partnership with Anderson Animal Shelter’s adoption center;

• Toured SciTech with the Leadership Academy and Abbey Farms’ Nagel Emporium with the Ambassadors;

• Attended a focus group to discuss the skills needed by high school graduates in order to be successful on the job;

• Submitted an op-ed to local media expressing the need to invest in education to prepare them for career success (and explained the return on that investment);

• Met with the Nominating Committee of the Board to identify new directors and officers for the 2017-2018 year; and

• Participated in a number of meetings with expanding businesses and new businesses in the region to assist with engagement and hiring of employees.

This week, we are preparing for:

• Coffee & Connections tomorrow with new and prospective members;

• A retirement reception for Chief David Summer, North Aurora Police Department; and

• Member events including Spring Fling After Hours at Alden of Waterford; United Way’s annual community breakfast, and a ribbon cutting at KCT Credit Union.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

Did You Know?
Did you know that fellow chamber members serve as ambassadors for the Chamber? These dedicated volunteers help with chamber events, ribbon cuttings and mentor new members. Being an ambassador supports all we do as a chamber and is a great way to get your business name out in the community. If you would like to learn more about being an ambassador, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership at (630) 256-3184.
Calendar of Events
Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, May 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Spring Fling Business After Hours
Wednesday May 17, 4 – 6 p.m.
Alden of Waterford – Short-Term Rehabilitation, 2021 Randi Drive, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: KCT Credit Union
Friday, May 19, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
320 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:00 p.m

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Ribbon Cutting: James Town Allstate
Friday, June 2, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
7 W. Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Metro 59 Apartments
Wednesday, June 7, 4 – 8 p.m.
1016 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Visit the Chamber blog:

Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

April 2017 General Assembly Report

Illinois Chamber Releases ‘Job Crusherz’ List

“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

Fair Maps

Jobs

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.

Construction set to begin on Blackhawk Park

Moody’s Upgrades FVPD Credit Rating

Fox Valley Park District seats first elected board

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare for and emergency event, including severe weather and natural disasters. The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

Information, tips, and planning guides may be found at https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/index.php

If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

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 Bee Atomic on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

Monday, May 15th, 2017

For too long, Springfield politicians have been stuck in the past. They think the pressing issues of our day — large budget deficits, unfunded public pensions, and dangerously high out-migration — are similar to the ones Illinois has faced in eras past.

Have a problem? Look to the glory days of state government, they say. Just cut a little spending here and there, do a massive tax hike, and another short-term pension fix to top it off. Just remember to keep the overall system intact. They swear it’ll do the trick for a few years, maybe even a decade.

Current and former elected officials may deny it, but the old ways of doing business have been anything but glorious for the people of Illinois. For the past 15 years, state government has been operating with budgets in structural deficit. That’s 15 years of complete and total failure. Fifteen years of the General Assembly failing to meet its most basic constitutional obligation — to pass a balanced budget for the governor to sign into law. Read the rest of the editorial in SJ-R.

Want an Illinois budget? Adopt a revenue estimate. K-12 schools and state universities need a state budget. Social service providers need a state budget. The most vulnerable individuals and families across Illinois need a state budget.

State government in Illinois is financially adrift because the General Assembly hasn’t stepped up to lead and make the tough decisions to work through a budget. By law we are required to begin by adopting a revenue estimate. I have filed legislation to do just that.

Why is it so important that we adopt a revenue estimate? There are three reasons:

The revenue estimate is the actual first step in our budgeting process. How do we know how much each appropriations committee has to allocate for their assigned departments and agencies if we don’t start with the Revenue Estimate?

The revenue estimate is required by state law and the Illinois Constitution. Just look it up. We have to do it. If we appropriate funds without a revenue estimate, we are, in effect, breaking the law.

The revenue estimate is an important form of taxpayer protection. If we skip the revenue estimate and just appropriate according to our wishes and the requests of the departments and agencies of state government, we will likely spend too much, which will trigger a tax increase.

Read the remainder of an opinion piece by Rep. Keith Wheeler.

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

Monday, May 15th, 2017

A proposal making its way through the Illinois General Assembly would to forbid employers from asking about an employees prior pay when being considered for an offer of employment.  HB 2462 (Biss) would make unnecessary changes to the Equal Pay Act by adding new standards to limit employer defenses and new compensatory and punitive damage penalties for those found in violation.

For nearly 15 years, Illinois law has required that “between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to an employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employee of the opposite sex for the same or substantially similar work on jobs the performance of which requires substantially similar equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions”. If enacted these proposals would eliminate employer defenses if the employee “demonstrates that an alternative employment practice exists that would serve the same business purpose without producing such differential and that the employer has refused to adopt such alternative practice.”

The bill would also create new penalties for violations, thus increasing the value of litigation.  Employers found in violation would be subject to compensatory damages, unlimited punitive damages, injunctive relief and special damages of up to $10,000.

While the business is not crazy about severely limiting an employer’s right to inquire about past wage, salary and benefit compensation, we are working to remove the more troubling provisions that significantly diminish employer defenses and the aggrandizement of litigation remedies that likely will increase claims brought under the Act.

Working with other business groups, we proposed an alternative that was modeled after the recently enacted Massachusetts law.  Only Massachusetts and the city of Philadelphia have a similar law. California Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill in the fall of 2015.

The bill passed the Senate Labor Committee 10-5-0 this week and now heads to the floor.

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

Monday, May 15th, 2017

The countdown begins.  The Illinois General Assembly has 15 scheduled session days before the May 31st adjournment.  Several legislative issues are still pending and talks on Senate’s “grand bargain” were renewed this week.

The week began with a bi-partisan group of House lawmakers signing on to a press release urging the Senate to take action on a package of bills otherwise known as the “grand bargain.”  Senate President Cullerton responded indirectly by placing a 12 o’clock noon deadline on Wednesday to run the package.  However, only one of the bills advanced.  SB 10, which would assist local governments with their borrowing passed favorably 35-15-5.

As reported earlier this session, the package of Senate bills all contained language that relied upon each bill becoming law in order for the package to be successful.  However, two amendments were filed to new bills that contained language from two other bills in the Senate’s package.  One bill would provide pension relief to Chicago’s pension funds and the other is identical to SB 10.  Most notably, both of the new bills did not contain language contingent upon other bills in the package from passing.  This move may be a precursor that package of bills may move without being all lumped together.

The workers’ compensation bill (SB 12 – Radogno) also received an amendment this week.  The new amendment was hostile in nature; in other words the chief sponsor of the bill did not file the amendment.  The new amendment made some good revisions to medical fee schedule by adopting the Chamber’s recommended move to a resource-based relative value scale.  The new amendment also removed codification of several bad case law such as traveling employee, neutral risk, and intervening cause.   However the amendment fell short at addressing AMA guidelines.  This is disappointing as the Chamber was seeking to strengthen this section by requiring the Workers’ Compensation Commission when revising an impairment rating to be a preponderance of credible evidence justify application of the other factors of age, future earnings, occupation and medical evidence.

While the package remains fluid, talks are ongoing and changes to workers’ compensation, property tax freeze and the tax omnibus bill are likely between now and May 31st.

Your Weekly News from the Aurora Chamber

Monday, May 8th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
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
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

First American Bank
Amy Robertson
3054 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 499-2500 Banks

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Ill. Budget: ‘Lifeline’ Plan
Democrats’ “lifeline” budget would cover less than one-third of human service needs. The analysis, by the nonpartisan Civic Federation’s Institute for Fiscal Sustainability, contained severe criticism of HB 109. The emergency appropriations bill, pushed through the House earlier this spring session on a partisan roll call, was touted by its sponsors as a “lifeline” to stretched providers of human services. The bill was supposed to substitute for a full-year, constitutionally balanced budget. Analysts for the Civic Federation, however, discovered that the Democrats’ bill would provide only 27.1 cents on the dollar for the human-services funding shortfall based on FY16 spending numbers.

The majority party’s “lifeline” plan has been proclaimed as providing rescue money to Illinois institutions of higher education. The Institute’s analysts, after running the numbers, stated that the plan would provide only 56.2 cents of the dollars previously allocated by higher education and not paid in FY16. House Republicans opposed the so-called “lifeline” plan as being both ludicrously inadequate to meet its proclaimed purposes and a distraction from the hard work of generating progress toward government reform and a constitutional balanced budget.

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Met with the Kane County Health Department to discuss opportunities to support our employers and some worksite wellness programs.

• Supported East Aurora High School’s Senior Job Fair (this Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as an opportunity for our members to identify, interview, and hire students;

• Celebrated the grand openings and ribbon cuttings at West Suburban Bank (Butterfield at Church roads), Advance Auto Parts (across Butterfield from West Suburban Bank), and All Spoked Up in downtown Aurora;

• Met with the City of Aurora and Fox Valley Park District to invite auto sales and service businesses (and similar employers) to an open house at Cole Center on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to observe students in a training program organized by the Park District;

• Welcomed CyrusOne to the membership at the Premier Investment level;

• Participated in the Small Business Week Expo on Wednesday;

• Welcomed members of the Aurora Chamber as well as those from Batavia, Geneva, Oswego, and Yorkville to hear Ben Taylor with the U.S. Chamber discuss business implications during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration;

• Shared our efforts with the City’s roundtable to address concerns and needs of students with disabilities;

• Monitored and weighed in on activities in the Illinois Senate as several bills were taken up;

• Toured Alarm Detection Systems with the Leadership Academy; and

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors with Prestige Sponsors Aurora Generation and Rasmussen College; Beverage Sponsor Geneva Construction Company; Putting Green Sponsor Konen Insurance Agency; Hole Sponsors Finishing Solutions Network; and Lunch Sponsors Cordogan, Clark & Associates. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182.

This week, we are preparing for:

• Inauguration of Mayor-elect Richard Irvin and City Council members on Tuesday, May 9, at Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery;

• Additional meetings to support students with disabilities finding summer and post-high school work;

• Grand opening and ribbon cutting for Pet Supplies Plus (North Aurora);

• Ambassadors Meeting on Thursday at Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms; and

• Leadership Academy’s visit to SciTech Hands-On Museum.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week.

Did You Know?
Did you know that the Aurora Chamber has an agreement with the Illinois Chamber that allows Aurora Chamber members to register and attend webinars, seminars, and conferences organized by the Illinois Chamber for the Chamber-member price. You must be a member of the Aurora Chamber and register through us. For a list of some upcoming programs, visit Professional Development Available in Conjunction with Ill. Chamber. For questions, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184 or email rosborne@aurorachamber.com.
Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: Pet Supplies Plus
Wednesday, May 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
180 N. Randall Rd., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, May 11, at 4:00 p.m.
Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, May 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Spring Fling Business After Hours
Wednesday May 17, 4 – 6 p.m.
Alden of Waterford – Short-Term Rehabilitation, 2021 Randi Drive, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: KCT Credit Union
Friday, May 19, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
320 E. Indian Trail Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:00 p.m

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsorship Available

Ribbon Cutting: James Town Allstate
Friday, June 2, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
7 W. Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.

Grand Opening: Metro 59 Apartments
Wednesday, June 7, 4 – 8 p.m.
1016 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members
Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Visit the Chamber blog:

The Consumer’s Right to Know

April 2017 General Assembly Report

Illinois Chamber Releases ‘Job Crusherz’ List

“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

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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.

Fox Valley Park District seats first elected board

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare for and emergency event, including severe weather and natural disasters. The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

Information, tips, and planning guides may be found at https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/index.php

If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

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The Consumer’s Right to Know

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

After a long session of meetings in both the House and Senate regarding an unnecessarily broad, cumbersome and ultimately, costly bill to require businesses that sell or share “personal information” about consumers to third- parties, SB 1502 Amendment #4 (Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Frankfort) was passed this week. This bill will require any company with an online presence that collects data from consumers, to identify the categories of information collected and provide a description of the customer’s rights if such information is shared or sold to third-parties. In addition, the bill requires that companies who share or sell information to third- parties, unless it fits into an exemption, to disclose what information was shared and with whom. The bill sets out 26 categories of personal information.

We should note that “personal information” doesn’t mean that the information is actually “personally identifiable.” These are really two different concepts. Personal information could be a person’s name, or a person’s age or a person’s educational background, etc. There is no requirement that any of the information be tied to an actual person that could be identified. For example, if a retailer shares the ages of purchasers of a certain washing machine with its manufacturer, but it doesn’t share the customer’s names or any other information that could identify that person, that information is considered “personal information” in the bill. Such information would have to be disclosed to the customer, upon customer request, even though the third-party has no idea who the actual customers were that purchased the washing machine. This is unnecessary time, money and resources spent on providing information that does nothing to further data privacy.

This bill presents a major challenge for companies that have various ends of their business that collect and share data. For instance, companies that have their own credit cards, loyalty programs, apps, and/or website may collect and share different kinds of data at different times. Data is also shared in order to conduct surveys with third-party manufacturers of products sold in stores. All of the data is not kept in one neat box to pull from upon customer inquiry. Businesses will have to build out a mechanism to search and find data that has been shared regardless of whether that data can actually be used to identify a person.

SB 1502 is loosely based on the state of California’s “Shine the Light” law which is much more narrowly focused in scope. That law requires disclosure to persons that have an established business relationship if information is shared for direct marketing purposes. SB 1502 has no such qualifiers. In fact, instead of using the definition of personal information as defined by the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), which requires that personal information actually be personally identifiable, this bill creates a completely new definition by making any piece of information whether tied to a person or offered in the aggregate “personal.” We would also note that information must be disclosed, even if a person shares the information themselves. For instance, if a person has a LinkedIn account and they post their picture, name, educational background, etc. for the entire LinkedIn universe to see, a company must disclose if they have also shared the same information that can be found by a simple Google search. How can information be considered private if a person has publicly shared it about themselves?

Resources that are much better spent actually protecting information that has been collected will now be diverted to building out software programs to respond to Right to Know requests. Just so readers have an idea of how fired up consumers really are about taking advantage of their right to know, we asked a few large retailers doing business in California to tell us how many people have requested the information in the past year. The first retailer told us that two people had requested the information, and the second retailer told us that three people had requested the information. California has just over 34 million residents.

The bill passed out of the Senate with a vote of 31-21-1. It will now move over to the House for additional consideration.

Ill. Budget: ‘Lifeline’ Plan

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Democrats’ “lifeline” budget would cover less than one-third of human service needs. The analysis, by the nonpartisan Civic Federation’s Institute for Fiscal Sustainability, contained severe criticism of HB 109. The emergency appropriations bill, pushed through the House earlier this spring session on a partisan roll call, was touted by its sponsors as a “lifeline” to stretched providers of human services. The bill was supposed to substitute for a full-year, constitutionally balanced budget. Analysts for the Civic Federation, however, discovered that the Democrats’ bill would provide only 27.1 cents on the dollar for the human-services funding shortfall based on FY16 spending numbers.

The majority party’s “lifeline” plan has been proclaimed as providing rescue money to Illinois institutions of higher education. The Institute’s analysts, after running the numbers, stated that the plan would provide only 56.2 cents of the dollars previously allocated by higher education and not paid in FY16. House Republicans opposed the so-called “lifeline” plan as being both ludicrously inadequate to meet its proclaimed purposes and a distraction from the hard work of generating progress toward government reform and a constitutional balanced budget.fa

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Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
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Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
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Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
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
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
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A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora
Sponsored by Earthmover Credit Union

This Wednesday, the Aurora Regional Chamber will discuss President Donald Trump’s “First 100 Days” (Okay, 104 days, to be exact). Ben Taylor, executive director, Great Lakes Regional Office U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be our featured speaker. From the transition and inauguration, through the confirmation process, and on to various Executive Actions and proposed legislation in the 115th Congress, we will seek to answer the following: “Where have we been; where are we now; and where are we headed? Likely topics of discussion include healthcare, tax and regulatory reform, as well as infrastructure. Please bring your questions and concerns; we want to make this an interactive session! Ben will share what he has learned and observed and what this means to employers and our region.

Register today.

April 2017 General Assembly Report
Upon returning to Springfield after their two-week spring break, last week was both the House and Senate deadline for substantive bills to be passed favorably out of their originating chamber. However, members in leadership are often granted deadline extensions to bills.

While there was a plethora of bills that moved this week; below is a highlight of major legislation pertinent to business.

500% Tax Increase on Ill. Vital Financial Sector

In today’s interconnected world, billions of dollars travel across the globe in less than seconds. HB 3393 (Welch) and SB 1719 (Biss) would both put Illinois’ vital financial service sector and the tens of thousands of jobs it employs at risk by imposing a new 20 percent gross receipts tax on partnerships and S-corps engaged in the business of conducting investment management services. Illinois has benefited from being a top 10 globally-recognized financial hub. HB 3393 and SB 1719 would hurt our state’s global reputation and would force investors to look to less hostile cities such as Boston, Dallas, and Charlotte. SB 1719 is scheduled for a Revenue Committee hearing on Wednesday, May 3.

‘Lifeline’ Budget Set for Senate Vote

HB 109 (Harris) was set for a third reading in the Senate. As passed by the House on a 064-045-001) vote, the $817 million “lifeline budget” would provide temporary funding relief to higher education and social service and health programs. This included $258 million for programs, including senior meals and crime prevention, and indigent burials. It also included $559 million for state universities, community colleges, and educational grants for low-income students. Before the debate had even taken place Governor Bruce Rauner had pledged to veto any stopgap measure absent property tax relief.

For more details on pending legislation, visit the Chamber blog.

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Supported East Aurora High School’s Senior Job Fair (May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as an opportunity for our members to identify, interview, and hire students;

• Celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Round One at Fox Valley Mall;

• Toured Rush Copley Medical Center with the Leadership Academy;

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors with Prestige Sponsors Aurora Generation and Rasmussen College; Beverage Sponsor Geneva Construction Company; and Putting Green Sponsor Konen Insurance Agency;

• Prepared and planned for A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration on Wednesday, May 3, presented by Earthmover Credit Union;

• Coordinated National Small Business Week programs and activities to recognize our membership;

• In partnership with Crain’s Chicago Business, Invest Aurora, and other organizations, the Aurora Chamber organized the Small Business Expo & Procurement Fair on Wednesday, May 3, in Aurora;

• Supported statewide school districts, community organizations, and employers by promoting #PassILBudget on social media and other opportunities; and

Monitored the General Assembly’s return to Springfield following spring recess.

This week, we are preparing for:

• Working on worksite wellness programs;

• Meetings to support students with disabilities finding summer and post-high school work;

• Small Business Procurement Fair on Wednesday morning;

• Member lunch highlighting the impact of President Trump’s first 100 days in office on Wednesday afternoon;

• Grand openings and ribbon cuttings for West Suburban Bank (Butterfield Road), Advance Auto Parts, and All Spoked Up;

• Leadership Academy’s visit to Alarm Detection Systems; and

• First Fridays in downtown Aurora.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you at any of this week’s events.

Did You Know?
Did you know that your business can offer special discounts to fellow chamber members? This is a great way to let other members know about your business and what you offer. You can do so by logging into your profile page under “Member to Member Discounts” If you have questions navigating posting your discounts, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
Calendar of Events
A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E, New York St., Aurora
Sponsored by Earthmover Credit Union

Grand Re-Opening: West Suburban Bank
Thursday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1311 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 11:30 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, May 11, at 4:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Grand Opening: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, May 5, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
1386 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

New Location Celebration: All Spoked Up
Friday, May 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
14 W. Downer Place Unit 12, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Pet Supplies Plus
Wednesday, May 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
180 N. Randall Rd., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

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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.

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Summer Institute @ IMSA

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to prepare for and emergency event, including severe weather and natural disasters. The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.

Information, tips, and planning guides may be found at https://www.aurora-il.org/ema/planandprepare/index.php

If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.

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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