Archive for November, 2014

What’s In Store in Springfield

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The week before Thanksgiving, the General Assembly returned to Springfield on Wednesday and Thursday to continue discussions on legislation addressing a number of topics and issues.

This week, Veto Session continues with the legislators returning for a second week Tuesday through Thursday. Although a number of topics are expected to be discussed, many observers believe few points of interest will be acted on.

Gov. Elect Bruce Rauner has asked current elected officials to hold off on passing anything major during the session. A recent conference call with Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs staff included highlights on the following:

Minimum Wage Hike

Despite nearly three years of legislative debate and an advisory referendum placed on the ballot last month that received more than 67 percent approval from the voters, it appears unlikely that a vote increasing the minimum wage will take place during veto session. Illinois already has one of the highest minimum wages in the nation and small businesses simply cannot afford an increase of nearly 21 percent to their labor costs as our state’s economy continues to recovery from the Great Recession and our economic growth lags behind neighboring states.

Amendment #5 to SB 68 was debated late last week. Current write up calls for a staggered minimum wage increasing from $9.25 to $11 over the next three years.

Many expect this to be a January issue andduring a recent conference call, reference was made that most of the fight would take place in the House.

Manufacturers’ Purchase Credit

In August, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Purchase Credit (MPC) was subject to the automatic sunset provisions of the Illinois sales tax. The Illinois Chamber has been actively reaching out to legislators over the summer to explain how important the MPC credit is to our manufacturing members throughout the state and working to make sure that extension of the MPC is on a list of items to be considered during fall veto session. While there are no guarantees given, extension of the MPC is certainly an opportunity for members of the General Assembly to send a signal that legislators are willing to be responsive to the needs of the Illinois business community.

Premium Tax for Self-Insured Companies

Active consideration appears to be given to repeal the recently-enacted insurance premium tax (SB 3324/Public Act 98-0978) during fall veto session. The new tax imposes a 3.5 percent tax on insurance premiums paid directly by Industrial Insureds to unauthorized insurers (without the use of a Surplus Lines Broker) — in short, almost all self-insurers, including some large not-for-profits.

Prior to SB 3324, these self-insurance transactions were exempt from premium tax. Most legislators, including the bill’s sponsor, have indicated that they were not made aware of the new tax and its significant negative effect on Illinois-based businesses as the bill moved through the General Assembly. In fact, the new tax was not mentioned during House and Senate floor debates on the bill. Legislators that did not understand the full impact of SB 3324 will hopefully now have an opportunity to reconsider their vote prior to the January 1 effective date of the new tax.

Health Benefits Exchange

Advocates and coalition members for a state-based healthcare exchange are expected to meet during veto session to discuss the possibility of introducing legislation in the House to create a state-based exchange. The Senate has already passed a bill. The House could not reach consensus on the issue and it stalled.

Gov. Pat Quinn is urging the creation of a state-based exchange so Illinois does not potentially lose the Federal subsidies if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes them down next year in their ruling. Illinois currently partners with the Federal government to run its healthcare exchange. Federal law, as written, states tax credits to be given to individuals in exchanges established by the states. The Supreme Court will rule whether those tax credits are applicable to individual in exchanges run by the Federal government.

Those health insurers not participating on the exchange will have a capped assessment at the five-year average from their previous contribution to CHIP.

Lawsuit Lending

Legislation may also be introduced to regulate lawsuit lending in Illinois. This has been an initiative of the Illinois Chamber and others in the past and continues to be a priority to regulate an industry that seeks out plaintiffs with promising pending lawsuits and offer them “up front” cash to cover immediate living or medical expenses while they are engaged in a lawsuit and await settlement. These third-party loans are provided at exorbitant interest rates, and are then paid back to the lender from any settlement or judgment award the plaintiff may later receive.

In a real sense, the consumer lawsuit lender is a gambler who bets on the plaintiff’s case being successful. If the plaintiff recovers substantially through settlement or a damages award, the lawsuit lender wins big. But, if the plaintiff loses, the lawsuit lender recovers nothing. This fact leads lawsuit lenders to seek control over strategic decisions in litigation in order to prosecute lawsuits in their own interests, even if those interests diverge from those of the plaintiffs.

Legal reform advocates, such as the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), and consumer advocacy groups are promoting legislation that would actually protect consumers and curb lending abuses by bringing lawsuit lending into alignment with existing state law. These efforts would make consumer lawsuit lending subject to the same fair-lending laws already in force in that particular state.

Income Tax Extension

No action is expected to take place during the session.

Auto IRA

Legislation introduced earlier this year would mandate that employers set up an automatic Individual Retirement Account for their employees, a system to be administered by the Illinois Dept. of Revenue and a newly created board led by the Illinois Treasurer.

The legislation targets small businesses with 25 or more employees and forces them to set up the accounts and to automatically deduct at least 3 percent from their employees’ paychecks. An employee would have to actively pursue “opting out” if they did not want to participate.

The Illinois and Aurora chambers are part of a coalition that opposes this proposal as it is a mandate on employers, not an option. Small businesses currently have a variety of private sector options they may choose to participate in for retirement purposes. And the money from participants would not be held in or managed by a depository institution or a trained financial professional. Instead, it would be deposited into a new government holding account to be invested potentially by state officials. The consumer losses suffered under other state administered investment programs are reason enough to oppose implementing yet another government-run investment program.

Legislation for Public Utilities

During the first week of session, HA#1 and HA#2 were recommended to be adopted to HB 3975 in House Public Utilities Committee to extend the sunset date for the implementation of modernizing and upgrading Illinois’ electrical system.

Thie Week’s Member News

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Naper Settlement presents the second annual Naper Lights Celebration starting Thursday, Nov. 27, through Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.

Holiday Lights at Mooseheart continues through Dec. 31 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Fox Valley Marines #1233 will be once again be collecting Toys For Tots this holiday season.  They are collecting new and unwrapped toys as that will go to children in Kane County. Drop off a toy in the collection box at the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office now through Dec. 12. For details on Toys For Tots click here or to make a monetary contribution.

Seeds of Success will be on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.at The Oasis Christian Fellowship of Aurora.

Association for Individual Development reminds you that Holiday Gift Baskets make amazing gifts for friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers. For only $10, gift baskets are assembled by and benefit individuals with special needs. To order or purchase, contact the AID Elgin or Aurora offices.

In addition, AID asks that you help fulfill the requests from their client-based “Hope for the Holidays” project. Each Giving Star has a special request (e.g., arts and crafts supplies, gloves, scarves, and more) from one of their clients. Stars may be found at either AID office today.

The Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center invites you to See, Hear, Touch, and Smell but for your safety do not taste. Featured Eco-artist for December First Friday Aurora Marisa Choate’s art is for everyone, and she believes that “life doesn’t live forever so neither should art.” This work focusing on creating art that anyone can appreciate and enjoy may be viewed Friday, Dec. 5, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Center located at 205 W. Galena in Aurora.

Take a break from the holiday hustle and join Green Buddha for a peaceful, natural, and harmonic healing session with Gong Guru Andres Peraza on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. This will be a good opportunity to find relaxation through the healing properties of sound vibration. Admission for the session is $20 at the door or $17 through online pre-registration.

Free Choral and Flute Ensembles Christmas Concert at Aurora University on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Aurora University began classes during the summer at the Aurora University Orchard Center, a facility that includes ample parking, nine classrooms, a computer lab, lounge, and faculty and administrative offices. The building, located at 2245 Sequoia Drive, is less than five miles from the mail campus. Adult and graduate classes are primarily located at the site.

A recent study shows that Aurora University continues to make significant contributions throughout its surrounding communities. The report found that AU annually contributes more than $340 million to the Chicago-area economy, up from $325 million when a similar study was conducted in 2011. The increase results from additional business activity, construction, higher alumni earnings, and the social benefits associated with a college education.

Aurora Historical Society’s Tanner House will be open free of charge this holiday season on Fridays and Sundays.

West Aurora High School Basketball is back on Fox Sports Radio WBIG starting Nov. 28. Join legendary Hall of Fame Broadcaster Neal Ormond as he calls every game, home and away, all season long on The Big One WBIG AM 1280.

Waubonsee Community College announces the following appointments: President Dr. Christine Sobek has begun serving on the Dean’s Advisory Board at Northern Illinois University’s College of Education; Marc Dale Jr., director of Registration and Records/Registrar, has been appointed chair-elect for the Northwest District of Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; Sharon Garcia, assistant dean for Communications, Humanities, and Fine Arts has been appointed by the Aurora City Council to serve on the Aurora Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board; Dr. Medea Rambish, dean for Developmental Education and College Readiness, has assumed the office of president of the Illinois chapter of the National Developmental Education Professional Association; Lesa Norris, dean for Workforce Development, was reappointed as a Kane County representative on the local Workforce Investment Board.

The Holiday Express train is welcoming all aboard during the first three weekends in December at Fox Valley Park District’s Blackberry Farm for its annual Yuletide celebration amid thousands of glittering lights and festive activities. The holiday spirit comes to life from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21.

Shop Local this Holiday Season; We All Benefit

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

This week begins the holiday season for many of us. It also starts the chaotic rush of list making, shopping and shipping. By all reports, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be bigger than ever. But on Saturday, we all have an opportunity to support our local businesses and our community.

For the third consecutive year, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with American Express and others to encourage the community to support our local businesses.

Celebrate the local character of our retailers. In a world that is increasingly mass produced and packaged, there are a number of options for consumers to find something unique and personal within our community. By supporting these businesses, you are helping to preserve their distinctive character.

For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $68 of additional economic activity is generated through additional spending cycles. According to a Civic Economics’ study of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, this activity is in addition to wages and local taxes. Businesses tend to use local services such as marketing, accounting, and consulting firms. They get their supplies — such as paper, signage, and products — from fellow local businesses.

These businesses build strong communities that link us with our neighbors. They contribute to the causes and societal needs of our community.

In addition, when supporting our local retailers, restaurants, and service providers, you realize lower taxes. According to the American Independent Business Alliance, a local focus on shopping and dining locally means a more efficient use of land which results in less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services.

More importantly, the Alliance reports that specialty retail — primarily small neighborhood-located businesses — generate a net annual return to municipalities of $326 per 1,000 square feet of store space. Most other businesses in the survey actually cost the taxpayers more than the return on the investment.

Furthermore, according to the City of Aurora and Village of North Aurora, they each receive one percent in gross sales back from the State of Illinois. This money is applied to essential public services such as police, fire and public works. In addition, North Aurora receives $0.50 per $100 general merchandise purchases while Aurora (a home-rule community) receives $1.25 per $100 for road improvements and capital projects.

While supporting our local businesses, we are also reducing our reliance on other taxes. We realize more effective and efficient services.

I encourage you to support the many retailers, restaurants and service providers in our area this shopping season. Keep our tax dollars in the community where they can truly make a difference.

Check out the business directory at AuroraChamber.com and select a couple of local businesses to visit. Choose to do some of your holiday shopping at a local business. Join us on Facebook and let us know what you find.

Holiday Celebration Next Week; Look Forward to Seeing You There

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
Sleepy’s – Farnsworth
Sleepy’s – North Aurora
Sleepy’s – Rt. 59
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Women’s Business Development Center
Joi Taylor
8 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 853-3477
Business & Trade Associations

Fox Valley Orchestra
Jonathon Hauser
91 S. Hankes Road
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 891-2525
Education

Chicago Smart Business Solutions
Jamal Wolfe
1785 Indian Hill Lane
Aurora, IL 60503
(309) 242-0408
Information Technology Consulting

Gravity Building
Jimi Allen
56 S. LaSalle Street
Aurora, IL 60505
(331) 684-8212
Co-working Facility

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Holiday Celebration
Students get look at tech careers as part of Pathways initiative
About 125 high school students from East Aurora, West Aurora, Indian Prairie, and the Oswego school districts as well as some Waubonsee Community College students boarded school buses Thursday for a day trip to the BP Naperville campus where they learned about new technologies, possible career paths, and skills they’ll need to be successful in the workplace.

The event was sponsored by BP; Accenture, a management consulting and technology-services company; and Junior Achievement, a nonprofit that helps prepare students with work skills.

For full article, visit the Naperville Sun.

Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive Underway
Dolan & Murphy is excited to announce the launch of the Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith and Marie Wilkinson food pantries.

More information – including the Pallet Match Program, may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

For more information, click here.

WBDC to Launch ScaleUp Aurora; Seeks Coordinator
In collaboration with a number of local community leaders and organizations – including the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center plans to launch a ScaleUp Aurora satellite to support and strengthen local small businesses.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Premier Members
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Upcoming Programs for Members
Small Business Saturday

Shop Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Help Small Businesses Do More Business
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
No meeting due to Holiday Celebration

Holiday Celebration 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery
Bring the whole office for a holiday celebration! We’ll do all the planning so you can enjoy yourself and network with community leaders and other businesses. Presented in partnership with the Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce.
Register

Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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This Week’s News from Aurora Chamber Members

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Thank you to Rasmussen College for sponsoring November Coffee & Connections. It was a terrific turn out!

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is pleased to host the sixth Annual Gingerbread FIREhouse Contest Exhibition this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. More than $500 in cash and prizes will be awarded in three different divisions.

Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity is selling 2,500 tickets to win a Volkswagan Jetta or Buick Verano.

Advocate Dryer welcomes Chandrika Roa, MD, to the obstetrics/gynecology department.

Naper Settlement presents the second annual Naper Lights Celebration this Thursday through Jan. 1, 2015.

Holiday Lights at Mooseheart begins this Friday and runs through Dec. 31 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Fox Valley Marines #1233 will be once again collecting new and unwrapped toys as part of Toys For Tots this holiday season that will go to children in Kane County. For details on Toys For Tots click here or to make a monetary contribution.

Seeds of Success will be on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.at The Oasis Christian Fellowship of Aurora.

Cruz Investments & Wealth Management would like to introduce Laura McKneight as Director of 1st Impressions.

This month DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd. is celebrating the firm’s 40th anniversary!

Association for Individual Development reminds you that Holiday Gift Baskets make amazing gifts for friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers. For only $10, gift baskets are assembled by and benefit individuals with special needs. To order or purchase, contact the AID Elgin or Aurora offices.

In addition, AID asks that you help fulfill the requests from their client-based “Hope for the Holidays” project. Each Giving Star has a special request (e.g., arts and crafts supplies, gloves, scarves, and more) from one of their clients. Stars may be found at either AID office today.

The Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center invites you to See, Hear, Touch, and Smell but for your safety do not taste. Featured Eco-artist for December First Friday Aurora Marisa Choate’s art is for everyone, and she believes that “life doesn’t live forever so neither should art.” This work focusing on creating art that anyone can appreciate and enjoy may be viewed Friday, Dec. 5, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Center.

Now you can find pieces from the Green Buddha Life Eco-Art Gallery on their website from the comfort of your own home. Stay indoors, and make yourself a warm drink, while you shop their current collection of artwork or get a discount on admission to an upcoming event.

Aurora Historical Society’s Tanner House will be open free of charge this holiday season on Fridays and Sundays.

West Aurora High School Basketball is back on Fox Sports Radio WBIG AM 1280 starting Nov. 28. Join legendary Hall Of Fame broadcaster Neal Ormond as he calls every game, home and away, all season long.

Celebrate the holiday season with Hotel Arista! Children can mail a letter to the North Pole, get their picture taken with Santa, and take part in a number of activities sure to spread holiday cheer to all. Make your reservations for either Saturday, Dec. 13 or Dec. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Save the date: DayOne’s Gala is Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

Save the date: CASA Kane County’s Black and White Diamond Ball is Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Aurora Chamber Member Weekly News: Join Us for Multi-Chamber Holidays

Monday, November 17th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

Holiday Celebration
Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive Underway
Dolan & Murphy is excited to announce the launch of the Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith and Marie Wilkinson food pantries.

More information – including the Pallet Match Program, may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

For more information, click here.

WBDC to Launch ScaleUp Aurora; Seeks Coordinator
In collaboration with a number of local community leaders and organizations – including the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center plans to launch a ScaleUp Aurora satellite to support and strengthen local small businesses.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Upcoming Programs for Members
Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by Rasmussen College

Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Shop Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Help Small Businesses Do More Business
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
No meeting due to Holiday Celebration

Holiday Celebration 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery
Bring the whole office for a holiday celebration! We’ll do all the planning so you can enjoy yourself and network with community leaders and other businesses. Presented in partnership with the Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce.
Register

Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Member News to Share with You

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

The Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Recognition Month and will pay its respects with free admission to its fitness centers and also a complimentary luncheon. Throughout November, veterans are invited to visit any Park District fitness facility as often as they’d like for no charge. Free admittance for veterans and immediate family members (spouses and children) is offered at the Eola Community Center, Prisco Community Center, and Vaughan Athletic Center.

Association for Individual Development reminds you that Holiday Gift Baskets make amazing gifts for friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers. For only $10, gift baskets are assembled by and benefit individuals with special needs. To order or purchase, contact the AID Elgin or Aurora offices.

In addition, AID asks that you help fulfill the requests from their client-based “Hope for the Holidays” project. Each Giving Star has a special request (e.g., arts and crafts supplies, gloves, scarves, and more) from one of their clients. Stars may be found at either AID office today.

DuPage Children’s Museum’s Just for Grown Ups Presentation “Becoming a Happy Family: Pathways to the Family Soul” is Tuesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is requested.

Heartland Blood Center’s Aurora Facility is giving away a free limited edition Hunger Games – Mockingjay t-shirt when you donate blood, Tuesday, November 18, thru Friday, November 21. Contact the center to schedule your appointment today.

Presence Mercy Medical Center’s Health Institute will begin Live Well, Be Well Workshop on November 18, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the upstairs education room. Adults age 55 or older with ongoing health conditions are welcome!

Illinois Office of Tourism and the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will present Two Brothers Roundhouse with “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award on Tuesday, November 18, at 2:30 p.m.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum is pleased to announce the sixth annual Gingerbread FIREhouse Contest and Exhibition. Registrations forms due Tuesday, November 18.

The Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center invites you to See, Hear, Touch, and Smell but for your safety do not taste. Featured Eco-artist for December First Friday Aurora Marisa Choate’s art is for everyone, and she believes that “life doesn’t live forever so neither should art.”  This work focusing on creating art that anyone can appreciate and enjoy may be viewed Friday, Dec. 5, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Center located at 205 W. Galena in Aurora.

DayOne Network welcomes Ali Paulson as the new Development Director and Kayla Simmons as the Service Coordinator.

Advocate Dryer Medical Clinic welcomes Abid K. Nazeer, MD, to the Adult Psychiatry team at their Fox Valley location. Rutuja D. Patel, DO, has joined the department of Internal Medicine.

Sunnymere of Aurora is pleased to announce the installation of a Philips Lifeline Personal Response System in our senior living community. This was purchased through the generosity of an anonymous benefactor who saw a need at Sunnymere for such a system. This Philips Lifeline provides residents a pendant they can press in the event of an emergency. There is also a different pendant for residents who are at risk of falling.

The City of Aurora’s Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board is accepting submissions for its 13th Annual 2015 Community Breakfast. Students from elementary school through high school will be recognized with prizes and scholarships to reward students for their creative talents, community service, leadership, and excellence in academics.

Save the date for DayOne Network’s Gala: Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Save the date for CASA Kane County’s Black and White Diamond Ball is Saturday, March 7, 2015. Contact Lori Hewitt for information on attending, volunteering, sponsorships and raffles.

News, Updates from the Aurora Regional Chamber

Monday, November 10th, 2014
Here is this week’s newsletter to members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. If you have Member News to include,
please send it to us by Wednesday the week prior to publication. For more information, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.
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November 10, 2014
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95.9 The River
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Bad Monkey Circus Agency: Websites-Video
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Basils Greek Dining
BMO Harris
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Caterpillar, Inc.
Central DuPage Hospital
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Liberty Mutual – Dawn Tully
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Safeguard Construction Company, Inc.
Sequoia General Contracting Corp.
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
St. Charles Bank & Trust
State Farm Insurance Companies
Stumm Insurance, LLC
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Wolf & Company LLP
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

This week, when you head to Starbucks, keep your eye out for a Red, White, and Blue card by the register.

Through the 11, stores will be selling the Starbucks Veterans Card. With each card activation, Starbucks will contribute to Onward Veterans, which in turn will contribute to support organizations focused on veteran and military spouse employment like Hiring Our Heroes.

You can also take advantage of this offer online by clicking here.

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity and sharing it with your family and friends!

Election 2014 Results
While the State Treasurer race between State Rep. Tom Cross (Rep.) and State Senator Michael Frerichs (Dem.) remains too close to call at this time, other races were decided during last week’s General Election. While the official results will not be certified by the Illinois State Board of Elections until Nov. 30, unofficial results of Statewide and local races are available.

For the first time in 16 years, a Republican has won the Governor’s race in Illinois. Bruce Rauner defeated Gov. Pat Quinn in a three-way race. With 99.54% of precincts reporting, the Associate Press declared Rauner the winner with 50.77% of the vote to Quinn’s 45.87% and Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm’s 3.37%. Gov.-elect Rauner will be sworn into office January 12.

For more on the recent General Election, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.

Henning Named Chamber Executive of the Year
Joseph Henning
The Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives named Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, ACE, president and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce the 2014 Illinois Chamber Executive of the Year at its Fall Conference last week in Bloomington-Normal.

For more information, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.

WBDC to Launch ScaleUp Aurora; Seeks Coordinator
In collaboration with a number of local community leaders and organizations – including the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center plans to launch a ScaleUp Aurora satellite to support and strengthen local small businesses.

More information may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive Underway
Dolan & Murphy is excited to announce the launch of the Seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith and Marie Wilkinson food pantries.

More information – including the Pallet Match Program, may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.

Help Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!
The holiday season is just around the corner, and once again we know that folks in our community will not have the means to celebrate the season. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering again this year with the Fox Valley United Way to make a difference.

For more information, click here.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Upcoming Programs for Members
Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Business Development Leads Group II
Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by Rasmussen College

Business Development Leads Group I
Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Shop Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Help Small Businesses Do More Business
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help business owners with their most pressing need – getting more customers. Today, shoppers across the nation continue to rally in support of small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Diversity Network: Business Before Hours
Time and Date to be determined
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce office

Holiday Celebration 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 02, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Paramount Theatre Grand Gallery
Bring the whole office for a holiday celebration! We’ll do all the planning so you can enjoy yourself and network with community leaders and other businesses. Presented in partnership with the Quad County African American and Aurora Hispanic chambers of commerce.
Register

Member News
For more news and program information from your fellow Chamber members, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.
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Henning Named Ill. Chamber Exec of the Year

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

The Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives named Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, ACE, president and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce the 2014 Illinois Chamber Executive of the Year at its Fall Conference last week in Bloomington-Normal.

The Distinguished Illinois Chamber of Commerce Executive Award, or the Brann Award, was first given in 1991 to recognize the exemplary performance and leadership of an Illinois chamber executive within their local chamber, community, and to the chamber profession. The award is named in honor of Lester W. Brann, Jr., CCE, the first recipient of the award and past president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The award recognizes the long-term professional career achievements of the candidate. Criteria to be evaluated include experience, training and education, service to IACCE and other professional organizations, service to Chamber colleagues, ethical conduct in dealing with others, a highly developed sense of professionalism, leadership, and an abiding desire to advance the profession of Chamber management.  Non-professional criteria include participation in the community, to include civic, religious, charitable, educational and other related activities.

Henning was named Chief Executive Officer of the Aurora Chamber in August 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree focusing on organizational development from Northern Illinois University as well as a certificate in not-for-profit management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He has completed the Basic Economic Development Course through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Henning earned his Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2009 at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently serves as chair on that program’s Board of Trustees. In 2013 and 2014, he chaired the Midwest site’s Board of Regents.

In 2010, he received his Accredited Chamber Executive designation from the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He has served as the chair of the board of directors for the IACCE in 2012.

In 2012, he successfully sat for and received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from The ASAE-The Center for Association Leadership.

In addition to serving on a number of boards and committees throughout the Aurora region, Henning serves on the River Valley Workforce Investment Board and has been appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to serve on the Illinois 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Advisory Committee.

His background includes business development, marketing, strategic planning, and organizational development in a number of industries including health care, entertainment, and education.

In 2007, Henning led the Aurora Chamber to achieve its first accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with four-star distinction. In 2012, he led the re-accreditation effort and successfully achieved five-star distinction; only one percent of chambers in the nation have achieved that distinction.

Election 2014 Results

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

While the State Treasurer race between State Rep. Tom Cross (Rep.) and State Senator Michael Frerichs (Dem.) remains too close to call at this time, other races were decided during last week’s General Election. While the official results will not be certified by the Illinois State Board of Elections until Nov. 30, unofficial results of Statewide and local races are available.

For the first time in 16 years, a Republican has won the Governor’s race in Illinois. Bruce Rauner defeated Gov. Pat Quinn in a three-way race. With 99.54% of precincts reporting, the Associate Press declared Rauner the winner with 50.77% of the vote to Quinn’s 45.87% and Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm’s 3.37%. Gov.-elect Rauner will be sworn into office January 12.

Democratic incumbents U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Secretary of State Jesse White won their respective races against GOP and Libertarian challengers.  Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka won re-election.

In the U.S. Senate, Democrats lost the advantage with the GOP now holding a 52-46 advantage.

In local Congressional races, Republicans Peter Roskam (IL-6) and Randy Hultgren (IL-14) as well as Democrat Bill Foster (IL-11) fought off challenges in their races. At the end of the night, the U.S. House of Representatives maintained their GOP majority (244-184) with a net gain of 13 seats.

In the Illinois Senate, unchallenged incumbents Linda Holmes (D-42), Karen McConnaughay (R-33), and Michael Connelly (R-21) all retained their seats. With the Democrats losing just one seat last week, they will hold a 39-20 margin over Illinois Senate Republicans.

In Illinois, the House will maintain its current makeup of 71 Democrats to 47 Republicans. Among the local races, unchallenged incumbents returning to Springfield include Mike Fortner (R-49), Robert Pritchard (R-70), and Linda Chapa LaVia (D-83). Incumbents Stephanie Kifowit (D-84) successfully fended off a challenge from Krishna Bansal and John Anthony (R-75) won a challenge from Martha Shugart.

In the four open House races locally, Republicans were able to maintain those seats. Grant Wehrli won over Ed Agustin to replace Darlene Senger in the House 41. Former Aurora Regional Chamber Board Chair Keith Wheeler successfully won the race against Valerie Burd to replace retiring Kay Hatcher in the 50 District. Steven Andersson ran unopposed to succeed Tim Schmitz in the 65 District. Mark Batinick took the majority in the race to succeed Tom Cross in the House 97.

The General Assembly will return to Springfield on November 19 to begin the Veto Session. Legislators in the Illinois Senate and House will be sworn in January 14.