Archive for August, 2012

Celebrations, Leadership Development, Member News

Thursday, August 30th, 2012


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2 Cafe
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Balihoo Productions
Barracuda Exteriors, LLC
Basil’s Greek Dining
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Cube 214 Consulting
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Express Employment Professionals
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Imprint Enterprises Inc.
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
Meade Industries
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501
Provena Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rockpoint Logistics
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
ServPro of Aurora
Sherwin-Williams
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Stumm Insurance, LLC
S&S Metal Recycling
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Westfield Fox Valley

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Small Business Fair

Thank you to Congresswoman Judy Biggert and all of our partners – including Quad County African American Chamber, Waubonsee’s SBDC, City of Aurora, and representatives from State and Federal agencies – for a successful Small Business Fair at Eola Center last week.

Ribbon Cuttings

Congratulations to the World Finance office at Ogden and Eola on their recent opening and ribbon cutting. Thank you to the Ambassadors and members who joined us for the celebration.


Congratulations to the World Finance Corporation office on West Galena Boulevard on their recent ribbon cutting that included Ambassadors, Board members and City representatives.

Leadership Academy 2012 Opens Registrations
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

JONATHAN HELTON, MERRILL LYNCH: “I had no idea how informative the Academy would be. I have gained great new clients; I now coach a local sports team; and I have friends in leadership positions throughout Aurora.”

During the past three decades, more than 400 have graduated from the program. Alumni have moved up the corporate ladder to executive positions; they have been elected or appointed to leadership roles in local and state government; they have become involved in numerous boards and advisory groups in the community.

For additional details, visit the Leadership Academy page at www.AuroraChamber.com today.

Calendar of Events
Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, August 28, 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Aurora Leadership Academy Begins
Wednesday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Ill. Chamber Small Business Conference
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park

Premier Members
Premier Members

Member News
Rush-Copley Medical Center President and CEO Barry C. Finn has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council. MCHC is a membership and service association comprised of more than 150 hospitals and healthcare organizations working together to improve the quality of healthcare services in the Chicagoland area.

Fox Valley Park District is running a “Fall into Fitness” promotion throughout September by offering a free seven-day pass to any of the District’s three fitness centers.

Dining and entertaining are together as one on Friday, Sept. 6, when Rockin’ Oldies Dinner Theatre Variety Show hits the Park District’s Prisco Community Center for a performance at noon. Call the Prisco Center for details and tickets.

Kuljit S. Kapur, DO, has joined the “Nursing Home Rounding” team at Dreyer Medical Clinic; she will be rounding at Countryside Nursing Home.

WBIG/Fox Sports Radio begins their 8th season of broadcasting Chicago Bears Football on Sunday, Sept. 9, as the Bears take on the Indianapolis Colts.

Waubonsee Community College recently achieved gold level status for meeting criteria set out by the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

For the 13th consecutive year, Waubonsee has received the Certificate of Achievement in Excellence in Financial Reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Association for Individual Development will host its annual auction on Friday, Sept. 14, featuring raffle baskets, Dutch auction, as well as silent and live auctions. For information and weekly updates, visit AID online.


Mayor Weisner Congratulates Chamber on Five-Star Accreditation

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Office of the Mayor
Proclamation
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
Five-Star Accreditation

WHEREAS, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce was established as a private, nonprofit organization in March 1906 as the Aurora Chamber of Commerce; and

WHEREAS, the Aurora Chamber serves as a catalyst for business success for its membership in Aurora, North Aurora, and dozens of surrounding communities; and

WHEREAS, the Aurora Chamber strengthens the local economy, promotes the community, represents the interests of business with government, provides networking opportunities and builds relationships; and

WHEREAS, the Aurora Chamber has continued to address the current needs of the business community and has created opportunities for responsible economic growth; and

WHEREAS, the Aurora Chamber promotes and represents our community at the local, State and Federal level; and

WHEREAS, the City of Aurora and the Aurora Chamber have formed a strong partnership to promote Aurora as a City Second to None and as a community to live, work and play; and

WHEREAS, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce was recently accredited with five-star distinction by the United States Chamber of Commerce which places it in the top one percent of chambers in the nation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thomas J. Weisner, Mayor of the City of Aurora, Illinois, do hereby congratulate the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce on its five-star designation and for its ongoing commitment to the economic development and workforce development of the region.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Aurora to be affixed this 14th day of August, 2012.

/s/Thomas J. Weisner, Mayor
City of Aurora

Member News, Programs from Aurora Chamber

Monday, August 20th, 2012


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2 Cafe
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Balihoo Productions
Barracuda Exteriors, LLC
Basil’s Greek Dining
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Cube 214 Consulting
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Express Employment Professionals
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Imprint Enterprises Inc.
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
Meade Industries
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501
Provena Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rockpoint Logistics
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
ServPro of Aurora
Sherwin-Williams
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Stumm Insurance, LLC
S&S Metal Recycling
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Westfield Fox Valley

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Mayor Weisner, City Council Recognizes Chamber’s Accreditation

At the August 14 City Council Meeting, Mayor Tom Weisner presented a proclamation recognizing the Aurora Chamber’s recent re-accreditation from the U.S. Chamber with five-star distinction. This distinction places it in the top one percent of chambers of commerce in the United States. President and CEO Joe Henning provided an update on the Chamber’s programs and activities to the City Council during the meeting. Board members, Ambassadors and volunteers joined the Chamber staff in accepting the proclamation from the Mayor.

Leadership Academy 2012 Opens Registrations
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

PETER TARGOS, CATERPILLAR: “We all learned how to improve our personal leadership skills, how those skills are used locally by leaders in our community, and most importantly how we can apply what we learned through practice and giving back to our community.”

During the past three decades, more than 400 have graduated from the program. Alumni have moved up the corporate ladder to executive positions; they have been elected or appointed to leadership roles in local and state government; they have become involved in numerous boards and advisory groups in the community.

For additional details, visit the Leadership Academy page at www.AuroraChamber.com today.

Calendar of Events
Business Development Workshops & Opportunity Fair
Thursday, August 23, at 9:00 a.m.
Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, August 28, 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Aurora Leadership Academy Begins
Wednesday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Premier Members
Premier Members

Member News
Congratulations to Backthird Studio on winning the “Vox Pop” award in its division of the Independent Music Awards for Made in Aurora: Volume 1.

The Aurora Historical Society will present a release party for Matt Hanley’s True Tales of Aurora. Hanley will be available to sign his first book at the Pierce Art and History Center on Friday, Aug. 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Jason Evans, partner-in-charge at Sikich LLP, takes a “coffee break” with Daily Herald Business Ledger.

On Saturday, August 25, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, (often billed as the Hottest place in town), is turning Hot-Pink when three pink fire engines roll into town as part of the Guardian’s of the Ribbon – National Pink Heals Tour. The event will be located at the corner of New York and Broadway (Rte. 25) — on the grounds of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and Aurora’s Central Fire Station — in downtown Aurora. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes Manjari Malkani, MD, rheumatology; Andrei Pankov, MD, psychiatry; and Shawn Lapetino, MD, pathology, to its staff.

Fox Valley Park District announces the return of Bug Fest from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Lippold Park and Red Oak Nature Center. The event is free to the community.

Congratulations to members McKesson, Caterpillar, Verizon Wireless, and FedEx for recently being named some of the 50 Happiest Companies in 2011 by CareerBliss.

Fox Valley Animal Welfare League has partnered with Humanitarian Service Project in helping local senior citizens keep their companion pets by opening the FVAWL Food Pantry Pet Project.

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Sobek, Waubonsee Community College president, on recently receiving the Trustee Education Award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association. Dr. Sobek also began her term as vice president of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents. She will serve as president of the group in 2014.

Just a reminder that as an Aurora Chamber member, you receive discounts to Chicagoland Speedway’s once-in-a-lifetime races next month. Visit their website and use discount code 1CLS2012 for great discounts.

Association for Individual Development will host its annual auction on Friday, Sept. 14, featuring raffle baskets, Dutch auction, as well as silent and live auctions. For information and weekly updates, visit AID online.

Deal of the Week: Kane County Cougars


Illinois pension reform possible in Friday’s special session – Rockford Register Star

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

See on Scoop.itIllinois Legislative Affairs

IGNNIllinois pension reform possible in Friday’s special sessionRockford Register StarSPRINGFIELD — Later this week, Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield in special session to deal with the state’s enormous pension underfunding problem.


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This Week’s News for Aurora Chamber Members

Monday, August 13th, 2012


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2 Cafe
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Balihoo Productions
Barracuda Exteriors, LLC
Basil’s Greek Dining
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Cube 214 Consulting
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Express Employment Professionals
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Imprint Enterprises Inc.
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
Meade Industries
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501
Provena Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rockpoint Logistics
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
ServPro of Aurora
Sherwin-Williams
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Stumm Insurance, LLC
S&S Metal Recycling
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Westfield Fox Valley

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Leadership Academy 2012 Opens Registrations
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

PETER TARGOS, CATERPILLAR: “We all learned how to improve our personal leadership skills, how those skills are used locally by leaders in our community, and most importantly how we can apply what we learned through practice and giving back to our community.”

During the past three decades, more than 400 have graduated from the program. Alumni have moved up the corporate ladder to executive positions; they have been elected or appointed to leadership roles in local and state government; they have become involved in numerous boards and advisory groups in the community.

For additional details, visit the Leadership Academy page at www.AuroraChamber.com today.

Calendar of Events
Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, August 16, at 12:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting: World Finance, Ogden Ave.
Wednesday, August 22, 10:00 a.m.
2616 Ogden Unit C, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: World Finance, Galena Blvd.
Wednesday, August 22, 1:00 p.m.
2150 W. Galena, Aurora

Business Development Workshops & Opportunity Fair
Thursday, August 23, at 7:30 a.m.
Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, August 28, 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

Premier Members
Premier Members

Member News
Boat builders are gathering crews and designs for the 10th annual Fox Valley United Way Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Mastodon Lake at Phillips Park in Aurora. Come out and celebrate the kick-off of the United Way’s 2012-2013 fundraising campaign. Boater set-up begins at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. Registration is limited; contact the United Way for details.

Just a reminder that as an Aurora Chamber member, you receive discounts to Chicagoland Speedway’s once-in-a-lifetime races next month. Visit their website and use discount code 1CLS2012 for great discounts.

Michael Elliott, AIA, LEED AP, REFP, and Clayton Haldeman, AIA, LEED AP, REFP of Kluber Architects + Engineers have earned their REFP (recognized educational facility planner) certification. Congratulations!

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. was recently named one of the top 10 design firms in the Midwest by Engineering News Record. CMT has offices throughout the Midwest, including Aurora , Chicago, Springfield, and Rockford.

Association for Individual Development will host its annual auction on Friday, Sept. 14, featuring raffle baskets, Dutch auction, as well as silent and live auctions. For information and weekly updates, visit AID online.

Illinois Chamber is hosting Small Business Conference on September 25 at Tinley Park Convention Center. To register, e-mail Jeanine.


Leadership Academy 2012 Opens Registrations

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

PETER TARGOS, CATERPILLAR: “We all learned how to improve our personal leadership skills, how those skills are used locally by leaders in our community, and most importantly how we can apply what we learned through practice and giving back to our community.”

During the past three decades, more than 400 have graduated from the program. Alumni have moved up the corporate ladder to executive positions; they have been elected or appointed to leadership roles in local and state government; they have become involved in numerous boards and advisory groups in the community.

For additional details, visit the Leadership Academy page at www.AuroraChamber.com today.

What Does the EU Debt Crisis Mean for the United States?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

From the U.S. Chamber’s Free Enterprise Publication:

If the maxim is true that when one economic powerhouse sneezes, another catches a cold, then the United States may be feeling a bit under the weather now.

Greece, Spain, and Italy may be thousands of miles away, but in today’s increasingly globalized world, the sovereign debt crisis in those countries could be preventing a more robust economic recovery in the United States.

“The U.S. doesn’t have the choice to insulate itself from what’s happening in the European economy,” says U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President for International Affairs Myron Brilliant. “Our two economies are so intertwined and the relationship is so broad and deep that we can’t isolate ourselves from Europe’s economic problems.”

Europe is the United States’ largest commercial partner, with a relationship valued at more than $5 trillion. Together the two economies constitute nearly half of world GDP and 40% of world trade. U.S. companies employ millions of Europeans, and European companies here do the same.

That level of integration—and the 17-nation eurozone’s struggle to overhaul its institutions and streamline its decision making to restore investors’ confidence—has many U.S. businesses feeling uneasy.

For the full article, click here.

Great Networking Opportunities Await Aurora Chamber Members

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012


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2 Cafe
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Balihoo Productions
Barracuda Exteriors, LLC
Basil’s Greek Dining
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
Cube 214 Consulting
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Express Employment Professionals
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Imprint Enterprises Inc.
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
Meade Industries
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Piper’s Banquets
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501
Provena Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
River West Radiation Therapy Center
Rockpoint Logistics
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
ServPro of Aurora
Sherwin-Williams
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Stumm Insurance, LLC
S&S Metal Recycling
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)
Westfield Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

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Calendar of Events
Diversity Network
Tuesday, August 7, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake St., Aurora

LinkUp, Lunch & Learn
Friday, August 10, at 11:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, August 16, at 12:00 p.m.
Chamber offices

Business Development Workshops & Opportunity Fair
Thursday, August 23, at 7:30 a.m.
Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora

State Extends Small Business
Job Creation Tax Credit
Stating the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Illinois, Gov. Quinn has stated that it must be nurtured. According to the State’s website, that’s why Gov. Quinn proposed and worked with the Illinois General Assembly to pass the Illinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit. The tax credit gives small business owners an extra boost to grow their business over the next year. After creating one or more new, full-time positions that meet the eligibility requirements, small businesses can register here to receive a $2,500 per job tax credit.

Based on feedback received during the pilot program from the small businesses and entrepreneurs from across the State, a few key components were added. First, the program has been extended to run from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016. The other new piece to this program is that PEOs (Professional Employer Organizations) would be able to receive a tax credit based on their working relationship with an eligible business.

Put Illinois to Work businesses are still a key component to the Illinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit. If you hire your worker-trainees into full-time positions before June 30, 2016, no matter what size of business you operate, you will be eligible to receive a tax credit.

For additional information, visit the Job Creation Tax Credit website.

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Member News
Boat builders are gathering crews and designs for the 10th annual Fox Valley United Way Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Mastodon Lake at Phillips Park in Aurora. Come out and celebrate the kick-off of the United Way’s 2012-2013 fundraising campaign. Boater set-up begins at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. Registration is limited; contact the United Way for details.

Association for Individual Development will host its annual auction on Friday, Sept. 14, featuring raffle baskets, Dutch auction, as well as silent and live auctions. For information and weekly updates, visit AID online.

Illinois Chamber is hosting Small Business Conference on September 25 at Tinley Park Convention Center. To register, e-mail Jeanine.

Rebuilding Together Aurora and the City of Aurora will host Green Home House Calls on September 8 at Waubonsee Community College‘s Aurora campus. The program is open to any homeowner in the City of Aurora and will feature free training and DIY energy-efficiency materials. In addition, attendees will receive a Green Kit valued at $130 which includes a programmable thermostat, caulk and caulk gun, weather stripping and a low-flow shower head. To register, go to www.rtaurora.org/greenhomes.


Congratulations to State Sen. Linda Holmes on the ribbon cutting and grand opening held recently at her new Aurora offices.