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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013


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Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
McKesson
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Contact Us

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

State of the City with Mayor Tom Weisner
Tom

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Thank you to our sponsors:

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Mark Your Calendars
Mark your calendar now. The Chamber, in partnership with Aurora Downtown, The Quad County African American Chamber and the Aurora Hispanic Chamber will host a candidates’ forum for Aurora City Council candidates on Tuesday, April 2, at 8:00 a.m. at Waubonsee Community College’s downtown Aurora campus. Visit the Chamber website for details.

Welcome, Pam, to the Chamber
Pamela Fedor has joined the Aurora Chamber as director of Programs and Events. She has more than 20 years’ experience in promoting, training, and developing customer service programs. Pam has trained and developed management leadership programs for Hollywood Casino, Marshall Field’s, and MacNeal Hospital. She attended Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills and Governor’s State University in University Park. Pam resides in Plainfield with her family. She is involved with several programs including Easter Seals, and Autism Speaks, which promote and teach about Autism Awareness. Welcome, Pam, to the Chamber.

Calendar of Events
Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

Aurora City Council Candidates’ Forum
Tuesday, April 2, at 8:00 a.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St., Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, April 11, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

WIB Progressive Lunch
Friday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m.
Basils, 4000 Fox Valley Drive, Aurora

Business After Hours
Tuesday, April 16, at 5:00 p.m.
Pure Health, 2115 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Aurora First
Wednesday, April 17, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

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Aurora University’s Schingoethe Center introduces “Bullets in the Chest, Arrows in the Back” featuring work by Artist-in-Residence Bunky Echo-Hawk. The exhibit runs through April 27.

The Aurora Public Art Commission unveiled its new art exhibit, “Dinosaurs: the Art and Science of Paleontology,” at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. The exhibit features the works of field paleontologist and artist Rob Sula and will showcase his natural history themed art, paleo-illustration and field-illustration (site maps.) The exhibit also explores the innate beauty of fossils and examines the craft of fossil restoration. The free exhibit is open from noon until 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays to Fridays through May 3.

A pair of neighborhood, Fox Valley Park District parks will have a new and improved look this spring. Golden Oaks Park is set to receive a series of improvements that include a newly-built picnic shelter, replacement of the current playground, a baseball backstop, a refurbished half-court basketball area and an adult fitness area. A new asphalt path will be added, running from the playground and along the edge of the five-acre lake to connect to the existing bike path along Sullivan Road. Nearby Arrow Wood Park will be receiving a new picnic shelter.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Fox Valley Park District has received the prestigious Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Fox Valley is one of just 11 park districts to earn the honor. Nationwide, only 1.5 percent of local government agencies achieve such a distinction in the only national awards program for government budgeting. Fox Valley’s budget document was judged on how well it serves in four different categories: policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. In earning the award, Fox Valley was rated “proficient” or “outstanding” in all four categories by a majority of judges. Also, Fox Valley was rated “outstanding” in 15 of 27 specific criteria.

Of nearly 4 million U.S. veteran households, more than 1.5 million pay more than 50 percent of their income for housing, a severe cost burden, despite having access to VA loans and other assistance. So that a local veteran family will be able to obtain simple, decent, and affordable housing, Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity, is launching a search for a local veteran family to partner in a house project. An information session for veteran and other prospective homeowners will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 30, at the FVHH office at Genesis Community Church, 1300 S. Broadway in Montgomery. Information packets and applications will be available. Childcare will not be provided.

Need help paying for child care? Need help completing the Child Care Assistance application? Attend a free informational session at Fox Valley United Way, 44 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. YWCA Child Care Assistance staff will walk you through the application process (bring copies of your last two paycheck stubs, official school schedule if in school). For more information call (630) 896-4636, ext. 108.

VNA Health Care is offering a free presentation on Medicare updates for 2013 on Tuesday, March 19, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora. The program is open to everyone and refreshments will be served. VNA offers Medicare counseling services free of charge by appointment or during drop in hours. For more information about counseling services, or to RSVP for the presentation, contact Steve Simmons at (630) 482-8156.

Spread the love with live music on select Friday and Saturday nights in March at CityGate Grille. All bands will play 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (630) 718-1010. Here is March’s line up: Saturday, March 23, Stephanie Aaron, Jazz and R&B; Friday, March 29, Paris Swing Lively, elegant and fun… acoustic live music for cocktails, dinner and dancing.

Save the Date: DayOne Network will be hosting its Golf Outing on June 3 at the Aurora Country Club. Get your foursome and come on out for a great cause and a day of fun.

Save the Date: 2ND2None 5K Run & Walk will be held on Sunday, April 28, benefitting Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and Communities in Schools.

Aurora Township is partnering with Comcast, Aurora’s Second Ward Alderman Juany Garza, LULAC, State Representative Linda Chapa-La Via, and West Aurora School District 129 to bring Comcast Cares Day 2013 to Aurora. The volunteer event will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please join us! For more information on volunteering or donating supplies, please contact Patricia Richardson at (630) 897-8777 or email patricia.r@auroratownship.org.

If you need to think spring, then stop by the Weed Ladies Spring Floral Sale at Naper Settlement Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The historic Daniels House is filled with beautiful silk and dried floral arrangements. Admission to the sale is free.

Naper Settlement is also debuting their free Wednesday Walking Club. It’s a one-third mile loop around Naper Settlement’s grounds. For more information call Naper Settlement.

On April 6, The Growing Place in Aurora will be hosting Blooming Beauties: Trees, Shrubs and Perennials for Spring Color, at 10:00 a.m. Join them for a colorful presentation of spring blooming plants to brighten your beds. They’ll take a look at some underused beauties, new introductions and heirloom favorites.

The 12th Annual Aurora University Graduating Art Majors Exhibit will be held through August 20. The Opening Reception will be held Tuesday, April 9, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Schingoethe Art Gallery in Dunham Hall at 1400 Marseillaise Place, Aurora.

Alden of Waterford Tuesday Lecture Series presents “Family Conflict Around Parent Care in an Aging Population: From Mediation to Litigation”. The program will be held Tuesday, April 9, starting at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served. This presentation examines the process, ethics and uses of professional Mediation. Elders and their families face multifaceted, time sensitive, tough decisions when facing life transitions that threaten health and wealth, and Mediation is often the process by which litigation is avoided.

SPARK (Strong, Prepared And Ready for Kindergarten) Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration asks Aurora to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child™ (April 14-20, 2013). As part of the national Week of the Young Child™ celebrated across the country, Aurora is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives. SPARK and the Fox Valley Park District will be hosting this year’s Week of the Young Child event on Saturday, April 13 at Prisco Community Center from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Children, parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and community members are invited to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.

You are invited to attend Keeping It Legal: Affordable Care Act webinar on Wednesday, April 10, at 1:00 p.m. hosted by Metaphrasis Language and Cultural Solutions, LLC., and led by nationally recognized compliance expert and former Department of Justice attorney, Bruce Adelson, Esq.

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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Chamber News for Week of March 11, 2013

Monday, March 11th, 2013
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Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Balihoo Productions
Basil’s Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chawla & Associates, Inc.
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Create Cut Invent
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Fox Valley Country Club
Global Data Sciences
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
McKesson
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Contact Us

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

 

State of the City with Mayor Tom Weisner
Tom Thursday, March 21, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Rd.
Aurora, IL 60504 

You are invited to join us for Mayor Weisner’s annual State of the City address. His annual address includes highlights and accomplishments of the past year as well as his vision for the future of our great City.
Register

Thank you to our sponsors:

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.

Cordogan, Clark & Associates, Inc.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc.

Family Counseling Services of Aurora

HRGreen, Inc.

Kluber Architects & Engineers

Restoration Techs, Inc.

Rush-Copley Medical Center, Inc.

Waubonsee Community College

Library Bid Packages Issued March 18
Bid Package #1 for the New Aurora Public Library, estimated at approximately $8.25 million, will be issued Monday, March 18. Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses are encouraged to apply. The first package includes 10 categories, including concrete foundations, masonry, structural steel, earthwork, framing and glazing, and more. Bid responses are due by Wednesday, April 3, with construction to begin Wednesday, May 1. To receive the bid package when it is released on March 18, contact R.C. Wegman Construction Company’s Terry Sowers.
Sign Reboot Illinois’ Petition to Stop
Illinois’ Pension Crisis
The second “weekly order of business” focused on public pension reform held two days later was not as long and every amendment that was discussed failed. Again, like the concealed carry debate, no final legislation was passed to deal with our state’s public pension crisis. 

To voice your concern and to help stop Illinois’ pension crisis, sign Reboot Illinois’ pension petition by clicking here.

Call to Action: Contact Your Legislator about the Minimum Wage Increase
In his recent State of the State address, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called for an increase in Illinois’ minimum wage that could make Illinois have the highest minimum wage in the nation. The current minimum wage of $8.25 is the highest in the Midwest and tied at fourth highest in the nation. 

Illinois continues to lag behind other states when rated on measures that promote a friendly climate for businesses. A hike in the minimum wage would increase labor costs for many small businesses by over 21% and could result in employee layoffs or reduced hours.

Visit our blog for an article dispelling the five myths about the minimum wage.

To contact your elected officials in Springfield, visit the Chamber’s Prosperity Project at www.illinoisprosperity.org/auroraregion

Mark Your Calendars
Mark your calendar now. The Chamber, in partnership with additional organizations including Aurora Downtown, will host a candidates’ forum for Aurora City Council candidates on Tuesday, April 2, at 8:00 a.m. at Waubonsee Community College’s downtown Aurora campus. More details will be announced shortly.
Calendar of Events
Ribbon Cutting & Open House at Office of State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit
Monday, March 11, from 5 – 7 p.m.
1677 Montgomery Rd., Suite 116, Aurora
Register

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Chamber offices

 

Ambassadors
Thursday, March 14, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, March 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Register

Aurora First
Wednesday, March 20, at 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

State of the City with Mayor Tom Weisner
Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting & Open House at Office of State Sen. Linda Holmes
Monday, March 25, from 5 – 7 p.m.
75 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 202, Aurora

Business Development Leads Group
Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

Premier Members
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Member News
 

Economic Forecast
Thank you to Stewart Beach, CFA, CFP, of Clear Perspective Advisors, for presenting his 2013 Economic Forecast.

YWCA is offering free workshops for families and child care providers. Share and learn ideas for a stronger family. Build a stronger community of family and providers caring for children. To register, call (630) 580-5715 or email carrie.pierce@ywcachicago.org.

Aurora University’s Schingoethe Center introduces “Bullets in the Chest, Arrows in the Back” featuring work by Artist-in-Residence Bunky Echo-Hawk. The exhibit runs through April 27.

The Aurora Public Art Commission unveiled its new art exhibit, “Dinosaurs: the Art and Science of Paleontology,” at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. The exhibit features the works of field paleontologist and artist Rob Sula and will showcase his natural history themed art, paleo-illustration and field-illustration (site maps.) The exhibit also explores the innate beauty of fossils and examines the craft of fossil restoration. The free exhibit is open from noon until 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays to Fridays through May 3.

Save the Date: DayOne Network will be hosting their Golf Outing on June 3, 2013, at the Aurora Country Club.

Save the Date: 2ND2None 5K Run & Walk will be held Sunday, April 28, benefitting Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and Communities in Schools.

Second Tuesday Lecture Series: When Stuff Takes Over a Life: The Hoarding Dilemma, will be held Tuesday, March 12, at Alden Gardens of Waterford. Program will start at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served. Hoarding is a widespread problem that tends to worsen as we age. This presentation will summarize what seems to help and what seems to hinder a clean-up process, and offers some insight into the reasons people hoard and why it is too hard for them to stop. RSVP no later than 3 days prior to session.

AID’s Crisis Line Needs Help! The Crisis Line of the Fox Valley offers free, supportive counseling and referrals to community resources. We are looking for empathic individuals with good communication skills to participate in our ten-week Crisis Line training program. Classes start on Tuesday, March 12, at the Association for Individual Development’s Behavioral Health site located at 1230 N. Highland Ave., Aurora.

Janice L. Ilg with Harvard Risk Management Corporation is presenting an identity theft workshop at the Eola Road Branch Library on Thursday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. All types of identity theft and methods of protection will be reviewed. The presentation is open to the general public.

Need help paying for child care? Need help completing the Child Care Assistance application? Attend a free informational session at Fox Valley United Way, 44 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. YWCA Child Care Assistance staff will walk you through the application process (bring copies of your last two paycheck stubs, official school schedule if in school). For more information call (630) 896-4636, ext. 108.

VNA Health Care is offering a free presentation on Medicare updates for 2013 on Tuesday, March 19, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora. The program is open to everyone and refreshments will be served. For more information about counseling services, or to RSVP for the presentation, contact Steve Simmons at (630) 482-8156.

The Naperville Heritage Society is proud to announce that Sikich is returning as the presenting sponsor of Naper Settlement’s 2013 Naper Nights Community Concert Series. Sikich is a professional services firm that ranks as one of the country’s Top 50 Certified Public Accounting firms and is among the top 1% of all enterprise resource planning solution partners in the world. For more information about how your business can sponsor Naper Nights, call (630) 420-6010.

Aurora Township is partnering with Comcast, Aurora’s Second Ward Alderman Juany Garza, LULAC, State Representative Linda Chapa-La Via, and West Aurora School District 129 to bring Comcast Cares Day 2013 to Aurora. The volunteer event will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information on volunteering or donating supplies, please contact Patricia Richardson at (630) 897-8777 or email patricia.r@auroratownship.org before March 15.

Kiwanis Club of Aurora 63rd Annual Pancake Day will be held Saturday, March 16, from 7:00 a.m. until noon at Aurora Central High School, 1255 N. Edgelawn Dr., Aurora. You can expect pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice, milk, and great company. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. For more information call John Ross at (630) 879-8828.

Fox Valley Park District’s Red Oak Nature Center will be offering an early, sweet taste of spring on Saturday, March 16, when the annual MapleFest takes place. The event is free to the public, with no registration required. Tours will run every hour beginning at 9 a.m. (final tour at 1 p.m.). Each group will tap a maple tree, then witness the process of how sap is boiled and converted into syrup. Group taste-tests will follow. Maple-themed treats and hot beverages will be available for a small fee. Red Oak Nature Center is located on Route 25 in North Aurora, one mile north of Route 56. For more information, contact Red Oak at (630) 897-1808.

Daniel R. Meckes was elected Chairman, President and CEO of Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Consulting Engineers (CMT). Meckes represents the fifth generation of leadership at the 67 year company and replaces Chairman and CEO Brian R. Whiston whose retirement coincided with the transition. Mr. Meckes is also pleased to announce other new leadership transitions including Senior Vice President Michael J. Doerfler as Chief Operating Officer; and Vice President William L. Bailey as Secretary. New appointments included Roger A. Austin, Vice President, and Raed A. Armouti, Director.

Pre-registration for the sixth annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm will continue until noon on Friday, March 22.The race is set for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, and features eight age divisions for both men and women racers. As a CARA-certified race, the Gallop provides CARA members with a $4 discount off their entry fee.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
This email was sent by Email Patron on behalf of Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Busting Five Myths About the Minimum Wage

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

From The Heritage Network:

When someone says “minimum wage,” what comes to mind?

Do you think of teenagers flipping burgers? Or a single parent trying to feed several kids?

While President Obama and other proponents of a higher minimum wage want you to visualize that single parent, the truth is that a burger-flipping teenager or college student with a part-time job paints a much more accurate picture of the minimum wage in America.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour. Today, Democrats in Congress are arguing that the President didn’t go far enough, proposing an increase to more than $10 an hour.

Minimum-wage increases reduce the number of entry-level minimum-wage jobs available—actually hurting many of the workers proponents want to help.

And who are these workers?

The President and others keep going back to five key myths about minimum-wage workers. Heritage labor expert James Sherk has already debunked them all.

Myth #1: Hordes of Minimum-Wage Workers

Very few Americans are actually working for the federal minimum wage—it’s just 2.9 percent of all workers in the United States.

In other words, 97 percent of American workers make more than minimum wage.

Myth #2: The “Working Poor” Getting By on Minimum Wage

More than half of minimum-wage workers are between the ages of 16 and 24. These young people tend to work part-time, and a majority of them are enrolled in school at the same time—so the after-school burger flipper or college student with a part-time job is the real deal. A hike in the minimum wage primarily raises pay for suburban teenagers, not the working poor.

In fact, America’s poor aren’t the “working poor” at all. Sherk explains that “Contrary to what many assume, low wages are not their primary problem, because most poor Americans do not work for the minimum wage. The problem is that most poor Americans do not work at all.” Cutting down the number of entry-level jobs by raising the minimum wage surely isn’t going to help these people who need jobs.

Myth #3: Minimum-Wage Workers Trapped in Poverty

The average family income of a minimum-wage worker is more than $53,000 a year. How is this possible at $7.25 an hour? Few workers with minimum-wage jobs are the primary earners in their families. This is also true of older minimum-wage earners. Three-fourths of workers 25 and older earning the minimum wage live above the poverty line. In fact, 62 percent have incomes over 150 percent of the poverty line.

Myth #4: Lifelong Minimum-Wage Earners

Minimum-wage earners don’t stay in those jobs forever. It’s easy to get the idea from politicians that “minimum-wage workers” are a permanent class of people. But in fact, two-thirds of minimum-wage workers earn a raise within a year. As they gain experience and employment skills, they become more productive and can command higher wages. Entry-level, minimum-wage jobs are the first rung on many workers’ career ladders.

Myth #5: More Single Parents on Minimum Wage

Very few single parents are working full-time in minimum-wage jobs. Unfortunately, politicians overuse that example. A greater proportion of employees in the overall workforce (5.6 percent) are single parents working full-time jobs, while for minimum-wage workers that proportion is 4 percent—because so many minimum-wage workers are secondary earners.

Don’t be fooled by the myths. A minimum wage increase will not reduce poverty. Instead, it will hurt many of the workers its proponents want to help. As James Sherk and Rudy Takala sum it up:

A higher minimum wage would help some workers, but few of them are poor. The larger effect is hurting the ability of potential workers living in poverty to get their foot in the door of employment. A minimum wage hike might help politicians win plaudits from the press, but it wouldn’t reduce poverty rates.

Chamber News for March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
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Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Ad Agency
Balihoo Productions
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
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dreyer Occupational Health Services
Fox Valley Country Club
Harris, NA
Ice Miller LLP
Idea Marketing Group
Kelmscott Communications
KING Industrial & Installation Service, Inc.
Konen Insurance Agency
Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
McKesson
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Mortgage Services III, LLC
Nelson Multimedia/WSPY
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
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recycling
Safeguard Construction Co.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Strayer University
Stumm Insurance, LLC
TCE Company
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
uberloop
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Wee-Dee’s North Aurora
Weldstar Company
WERV FM Radio (Next Media)

Welcome New Members

Baird & Warner
Holli Thurston
836 W. 75th Street
Naperville, IL 60565
(630) 718-2307
Real Estate

Fox Valley Homebrew
& Winery Supplies

Fred Harrison
14 W. Downer Place
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 892-0742
Retail

Heartland Bank and
Trust Company

Jaclyn McGee
1575 Ogden Ave.
Aurora, IL 60503
(630) 585-9900
Banks

Contact Us

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

 

This Thursday: 2013 Economic Forecast
Limited Tickets Remain
Stewart Thursday, March 7, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N Broadway Street
Aurora, IL 60506
Register 

Featuring Stewart Beach, Clear Perspective Advisors

State of the City with Mayor Tom Weisner
Tom Thursday, March 21, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Rd.
Aurora, IL 60504
Register 

You are invited to join us for Mayor Weisner’s annual State of the City address on Thursday, March 21. His annual address includes highlights and accomplishments of the past year as well as his vision for the future of our great City.

Sign Reboot Illinois’ Petition to Stop
Illinois’ Pension Crisis
The second “weekly order of business” focused on public pension reform held two days later was not as long and every amendment that was discussed failed. Again, like the concealed carry debate, no final legislation was passed to deal with our state’s public pension crisis.

To voice your concern and to help stop Illinois’ pension crisis, sign Reboot Illinois’ pension petition by clicking HERE.

Check It Out! Hot Deals
Are you aware of the Hot Deals on the Chamber’s website? As a member of the Aurora Chamber, you can post promotions for your business. It’s included with your membership. Hot Deals on the site are also shared on social media networks to promote your deal. For information, contact Jane Abe.
Calendar of Events
Diversity Network
Tuesday, March 5, at 8:00 a.m.
Aurora Pancake House, 321 N. Lake Street, Aurora
Register 

2013 Economic Forecast
Thursday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway St., Aurora
Register

Ribbon Cutting & Open House at Office of State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit
Monday, March 11, from 5 – 7 p.m.
1677 Montgomery Rd., Suite 116, Aurora
Register

Ambassadors
Thursday, March 14, at 11:30 a.m.
Chamber offices

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, March 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Painter’s District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Register

State of the City with Mayor Tom Weisner
Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
Register

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 28, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Cafe, 55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora
Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Library Bid Packages Issued March 18
Bid Package #1 for the New Aurora Public Library, estimated at approximately $8.25 million, will be issued Monday, March 18. Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses are encouraged to apply. The first package includes 10 categories, including concrete foundations, masonry, structural steel, earthwork, framing and glazing, and more. Bid responses are due by Wednesday, April 3, with construction to begin Wednesday, May 1. To receive the bid package when it is released on March 18, contact R.C. Wegman Construction Company’s Bill Arnolde.
Member News
 

Pure Health
Congratulations to Pure Health, formerly Olson Chiropractic, on their recent ribbon cutting and grand opening for the expanded services including integrated medical and chiropractic care.

The Compassion Foundation is pleased to announce the fourth annual Community Champions Recognition Dinner on May 2 at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora. The Foundation will again acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of individuals in our community who have displayed courage, dedication, and conviction. To nominate a community champion, visit the Foundation’s website.

YWCA is offering free workshops for families and child care providers. Share and learn ideas for a stronger family. Build a stronger community of family and providers caring for children. To register, call (630) 580-5715 or email carrie.pierce@ywcachicago.org.

Aurora University’s Schingoethe Center introduces “Bullets in the Chest, Arrows in the Back” featuring work by Artist-in-Residence Bunky Echo-Hawk. The exhibit runs through April 27.

Comcast Corporation announced the Upware™ marketplace, a suite of cloud-based business solutions that can be purchased through one integrated web portal. The Upware marketplace contains a carefully selected list of third-party, cloud-based business applications from industry-leading companies in key categories such as data backup, data security, and collaboration.

John Levitt, PhD, has joined Linden Oaks at Edward as Clinical Director of the Eating Disorders and Self-Injury Programs.

Deputy Aurora Fire Chief John Lehman, a 26 year department veteran of the Aurora Fire Department, has been appointed Fire Chief pending City Council confirmation.

The Aurora Public Art Commission unveiled its new art exhibit, “Dinosaurs: the Art and Science of Paleontology,” at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. The exhibit features the works of field paleontologist and artist Rob Sula and will showcase his natural history themed art, paleo-illustration and field-illustration (site maps.) The exhibit also explores the innate beauty of fossils and examines the craft of fossil restoration. The free exhibit is open from noon until 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays to Fridays through May 3.

Dreyer Medical Clinic welcomes Jennifer Lindsey, Psy.D., CADC, to the Department of Psychiatry at Dreyer Medical Clinic’

Detectives John Munn and Darrell Moore have been lauded by national, state, and local law enforcement organizations and legal groups over the past year for their efforts that eventually led to the vacating of a former Aurora man’s murder conviction in 2012. Their latest honors come from their own agency with the pair being named the Aurora Police Department‘s 2012 Co-Employees of the Year.

Maple Sugaring Days is back at Naper Settlement, March 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and March 10, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Learn the time-honored method of collecting sap the old-fashioned way. See how sap is turned into maple syrup; try a shaved ice treat and take home maple syrup recipes. Members are free.

The Label Printers has introduced a program titled Take Stock for Education by inviting teachers from the West Aurora (IL) school district to an Open House featuring printing materials that teachers can repurpose for their classrooms. The Take Stock for Education program offers a variety of materials, some of which will be used with students, others may be used to decorate classrooms or as office supplies for teachers in fulfilling the administrative aspects of their positions. These materials will not only help teachers provide a more enriched learning environment but they also save the school district critical financial resources.

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts when Betsey Means of WomanLore portrays Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low during this presentation to be held at Naper Settlement from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 10. An enthusiastic organizer and fundraiser, Low led the formation of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. For tickets, call (630) 420-6010.

Save the Date, DayOne Network will be hosting their Golf Outing on June 3, 2013, at the Aurora Country Club.

Save the Date, 2ND2None 5K Run & Walk will be held Sunday, April 28 benefitting Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and Communities in Schools.

Waubonsee Community College’s Adult Literacy Project, Change a Life: Be a Tutor’s next training session will be held March 9 and March 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both days are required. The training will be held at the Aurora Campus, preregistration required. Contact Elsie Mills at (630) 801-7900, ext. 4221, or emills@waubonsee.edu.

Second Tuesday Lecture Series: When Stuff Takes Over a Life: The Hoarding Dilemma, will be held Tuesday, March 12, at Alden Gardens of Waterford. Program will start at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served. Hoarding is a widespread problem that tends to worsen as we age. This presentation will summarize what seems to help and what seems to hinder a clean-up process, and offers some insight into the reasons people hoard and why it is too hard for them to stop. RSVP no later than 3 days prior to session.

AID’s Crisis Line Needs Help! The Crisis Line of the Fox Valley offers free, supportive counseling and referrals to community resources. We are looking for empathic individuals with good communication skills to participate in our ten-week Crisis Line training program. Classes start on Tuesday, March 12, at the Association for Individual Development’s Behavioral Health site located at 1230 N. Highland Ave., Aurora.

The first of three open house events hosted by the City of Aurora’s Human Relations Commission (HRC) will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on March 7, at the City’s Customer Service Center, 3770 McCoy Drive. Each open house is designed to inform community leaders and Aurora citizens of the services that the Commission provides. More information on the Human Relations Commission is available on its website: www.aurora-il.org/hrc.

Janice L. Ilg with Harvard Risk Management Corporation is presenting an identity theft workshop at the Eola Road Branch Library on Thursday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. All types of identity theft and methods of protection will be reviewed. The presentation is open to the general public.

Spread the love with live music on select Friday and Saturday nights in March at CityGate Grille. All Bands will play 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (630) 718-1010. March’s line-up includes Saturday, March 9, The Special 20′s (Chicago Blues, Swing, Rock & Roll); Friday, March 15: Phoenixx (Jazz and R&B); Saturday, March 23, Stephanie Aaron (Jazz and R&B); Friday, March 29: Paris (Swing).

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