Archive for April, 2015

Events, Programs of Interest to Aurora Chamber Members

Monday, April 27th, 2015
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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April 27, 2015
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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
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rick’s Auto Service
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
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Rick’s Auto Service
Rick Smith
101 N. Highland Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
(331) 256-6307
Auto Repair
Thank you, Michele Simms, for the referral.

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

IMSA Invites You to Innovation Breakfast this Friday
IMSA invites you to share in the discussion and planning for their Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2). The state-of-the-art innovation center is designed to ignite collaboration and entrepreneurial activity among students, educators, business and the community to solve real-world problems. This renovated 6400-square-foot physical space, due to open May of 2016, will be the home to IN2 a cross generational STEM community hub at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Your input helps plan for future programming and operations.

Please Join IMSA leadership as well as Chamber and community leaders for the discussion.

Friday, May 1, 2015
7:15 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Conclusion

Register

2015 Golf Classic presented by FirstMerit Bank
Tuesday, June 23, at Orchard Valley Golf Course

Thank you to FirstMerit Bank for their continued support of the Golf Classic as a Presenting Sponsor. Sponsorships are available – ranging from $250 to – and feature a number of great benefits at a remarkable value. Please contact info@aurorachamber.com for details.

Register

Simon Sinek to Discuss Team Successes
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has invited members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce to attend renowned leadership expert and best-selling author, Simon Sinek on Tuesday, May 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Community Christian Church – Yellow Box,1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Come Together and Others Don’t

Simon will explain what it takes to create an environment in which people work as they were designed-together. It is under these conditions we are at our natural best.

When registering, click on Chamber Member registration, and add “Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce” in the comments.

Register

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Public Policy: Ill. General Assembly Updates
With both the Senate and House back in session after Spring Break, activity is heightened as the scheduled session continues. Bills are being moved out of committee and sent to the other chamber.

Economic Development Update

A reorganization of Illinois’ economic development apparatus, a priority of Governor Rauner, took an important step forward this week as HB 574, co-sponsored by Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Burr Ridge), was unanimously approved by the House Executive Committee and now awaits consideration by the full House. Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) is also a co-sponsor of the legislation.

HB 574 would create a not-for-profit corporation focused solely on economic development while the existing economic development agency, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) would focus on other priorities. The idea is the new corporation will be agile and able to respond quickly to economic development opportunities.

HB 574 also contains provisions eliminating the current Historic Preservation Agency and transferring its functions to DCEO. Additionally, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum will be become its own agency.

With May 31 approaching, many are watching Springfield to see whether pension reform, school funding, financial reforms, and more are addressed. For an update on selected GA bills, visit the Aurora Chamber blog.

This Week’s Events for Members
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 28, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Smart Beginnings
Thursday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m.
4105 Healthway Dr., Aurora

IMSA Innovation Breakfast
Friday, May 1, at 7:00 a.m.
1500 Sullivan Rd., Aurora
Register

Save these dates:
May 19: Coffee & Connections
June 11: Multi-Chamber Business After Hours at Mooseheart
July 8: ACA Compliance Program

Member News
Check out this week’s news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members.
Business Poll: Veterans Council Seeks Input
The City of Aurora Veterans Advisory Committee wants to know whether your business offers a discount on programs, services, or products for our Veterans. To participate in the survey, please take the following brief survey: Take Survey
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.

Illinois General Assembly Updates

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

With both the Senate and House back in session after Spring Break, activity is heightened as the scheduled session continues. Bills are being moved out of committee and sent to the other chamber.

DCEO Update

A reorganization of Illinois’ economic development apparatus, a priority of Governor Rauner, took an important step forward this week as HB 574, co-sponsored by Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Burr Ridge), was unanimously approved by the House ExecutiveCommittee and now awaits consideration by the full House. Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) is also a co-sponsor of the legislation.

HB 574 would create a not-for-profit corporation focused solely on economic development while the existing economic development agency, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) would focus on other priorities. The idea is the new corporation will be agile and able to respond quickly to economic development opportunities.

HB 574 also contains provisions eliminating the current Historic Preservation Agency and transferring its functions to DCEO. Additionally, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum will be become its own agency.

With May 31 approaching, many are watching Springfield to see whether pension reform, school funding, financial reforms, and more are addressed.

BUSINESS REGULATION

Bill: HB 3336
Sponsor:
 Rep. Jack Franks
Status: Re-referred to House Rules
Description: Provides sales tax exemption for building materials and machinery and equipment used in the construction and operation of data centers along with an electricity excise tax exemption to help offset some of the high power costs incurred in the operation of data centers.

Bill: SB 1863
Sponsor:
 Sen. Heather Steans
Status: Referred to Senate Assignments
Description: Encourages new investment in several infrastructure areas including public buildings, transportation assets, and other public assets that are in dire need of improvements.

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Bill: SB 1238
Sponsor:  Sen. Napoleon Harris, III
Status: Senate Second Reading
Description:  SB 1238 requires Illinois employers to expand FMLA rights in two ways: employee care of a grandparent and to grandparents without in loco parentis status to care for a grandchild.

Bill: HB 166
Sponsor:  Rep. Mary Flowers
Status:  Re-referred to House Rules
Description: This legislation creates the Family Leave Insurance Program Act, which requires the Illinois Department of Labor to establish and administer a Family Leave Insurance Program that provides family leave insurance benefits to eligible employees who take unpaid family leave to care for a newborn child, a newly adopted or newly placed foster child, or a family member with a serious health condition. The program is financed by a $2.50 per month fee paid by employees of employers of 50 or more employees.

Bill: HB 432
Sponsor:  Rep. Will Guzzardi
Status:  Re-referred to House Rules
Description: Under this proposed law, employers would be required to pay overtime to any employee earning less than $69,000 per year. The weekly or monthly equivalent will increase annually by the percentage of increase in the consumer price index.

Bill: HB 2549
Sponsor:  Rep. Esther Golar
Status:  Re-referred to House Rules
Description: The Best Candidate for Job Act would require employers to consider applicants who were previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses.  It also bans discrimination against such applicants unless there is a direct relationship between the offense and the job.  Finally, it requires employers to demonstrate that it is following this law.

Bill: SB 765, 766, 767, 768
Sponsor:  Sen. Kyle McCarter
Status:  Referred to Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues
Description:  Four Senate bills to improve the unemployment insurance system by addressing fraud, an improved definition of misconduct, and eligibility requirements.

Bill: SB 770/HB 2418
Sponsor:  Sen. Kyle McCarter/Rep. Dwight Kay (Reps. Keith Wheeler, Steven Andersson, Grant Wehrli, and Mark Batinick)
Status:  Referred to Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues/Re-referred to House Rules
Description:  Establishes a primary cause standard for determining whether the workplace contributed/caused the injury; defines the scope of “traveling employee” to “employment-related travel” or the injury occurs while actively engaged in the duties of employment.

Bill: SB 771/SB 1284/HB 2420
Sponsor:  Sen. Kyle McCarter/Sen. Napoleon Harris III/Rep. Dwight Kay (Reps. Keith Wheeler, Steven Andersson, and Grant Wehrli)
Status:  Referred to Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues/Re-referred to House Rules
Description:  All three bills seek to overturn the Interstate Scaffolding decision and allows an employer to discontinue temporary benefits when an employee is discharged for “misconduct”.

Bill: SB 772/HB 2422
Sponsor:  Sen. Kyle McCarter/Rep. Dwight Kay (Reps. Keith Wheeler, Steven Andersson, and Grant Wehrli)
Status:  Referred to Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues/Re-referred to House Rules
Description:  These two identical bills filed in the House and Senate overturn the Will County Forest Preserve Decision and restores that a shoulder injury award calculation is based upon being part of the arm, caps body as a whole benefits at 500 weeks and allows an employer credit for awards previously paid for body as a whole injuries.

Bill: SB 1283
Sponsor:  Sen. Napoleon Harris III
Status:  Referred to Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues
Description:  Seeks to overturn the Will County Forest Preserve Decision.

Bill:  HB 3345
Sponsor:  Rep. Art Turner
Status:  Second Reading
Description:
  HB 3345 is a minimum wage increase bill sent to the floor out of the House Labor Committee on a partisan roll call. It would increase the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 beginning July 1, 2015 and increases it to $10 per hour on and after July 1, 2016. Provides that establishing a minimum wage is an exclusive power and function of the State, with the exception of Chicago. Creates a credit against the withholding tax liability of employers with fewer than 50 employees in an amount equal to the increased wages paid as a result of the increase in the minimum wage.

Bill:  SB 11
Sponsor:  Sen. Kimberly Lightford/Rep. Arthur Turner
Status:  Passed the Senate; Referred to House Rules
Description:
 SB 11 is another minimum wage hike bill. It increases the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 beginning July 1, 2015 and increases it by $.50 each July 1 until July 1, 2019, at which point the minimum wage will be $11. Does not apply to a specified ordinance adopted by the City Council of City of Chicago. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates a credit against the withholding tax liability of employers with fewer than 50 employees, calculated based on the increase in the minimum wage. Effective immediately.

HEALTHCARE

Bill: HB 108
Sponsor:
Rep. Mary Flowers (Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia)
Status: House Third Reading
Description: Creates the Illinois Universal Health Care Act. All individuals in Illinois would be covered under the Illinois Health Services Program for health insurance. The bill sets forth health coverage benefits that participants are entitled to under the program and provides that it is unlawful for private health insurers to sell coverage that duplicates the program. Makes investor-ownership of health delivery facilities unlawful.

Bill: SB 1573
Sponsor:
Sen. William Haine (Sen. Linda Holmes)/Rep. Jim Durkin
Status: 
Referred to House Rules
Description:  
SB 1573 repeals the insurance premium tax (PA 98-0978) which was enacted during the fall veto session. The new tax imposes a 3.5% 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 PA98-0978, these self-insurance transactions were exempt from premium tax.

TAXES

Bill:  SB 1660
Sponsor:  
Sen. Karen McConnaughay
Status:  
Referred to Revenue
Description:  Focuses on the EDGE Credit sale or transfer. The EDGE credit is a credit against the Illinois Income Tax Act awarded for a combination of investment and new job creation in Illinois. This legislation provides that a company that is unable to use the credit against its own income taxes because it has no income may sell or transfer the credit to another company. Currently, in most cases if a company awarded an EDGE credit has no taxable income for the year for which the credit is awarded, it is unable to use the credit in that year. The credit may be carried forward to the next five tax years, but if it is not used during that period, it expires.

Bill:  SB 1737
Sponsor:
  Sen. Linda Holmes
Status:  
Referred to Senate Subcommittee on Special Issues
Description: 
 Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to allow small businesses to immediately expense property that must be depreciated for federal income tax purposes.  A “small business” is a business that has average gross annual sales for the taxable year and 2 previous taxable years of less than $10,000,000.

Bill:  SB 1828
Sponsor:
  Sen. Pamela Althoff
Status:  
Referred to Senate Assignments
Description: 
 Amends the False Claims Act to provide that only the Attorney General and not private parties has the authority to file a civil action in court regarding sales and excise taxes administered by the IDOR. Only the IDOR has the authority to file an administrative action regarding taxes it administers. The bill contains provisions authorizing the payment of rewards who provide information that leads to recovery of funds by the Illinois Attorney General or the department.

Bill:  HB 3888
Sponsor:
  Rep. Keith Wheeler (Rep. Grant Wehrli)
Status:  
Re-referred to Rules
Description: 
 Addresses the sunset of the Manufacturers’ Purchase Credit (MPC) by modifying the definition of manufacturing machinery and equipment to include production-related tangible personal property used in a manufacturing operation. The MPC “sunset” by operation of law on Aug. 31, 2014. The MPC provided for a credit against sales tax on production-related property. This legislation modifies the definition of exemption manufacturing machinery and equipment to include production-related property as an alternative to reviving the MPC. Expansion of the exemption will be much easier to administer for taxpayers and the IDOR.

Bill:  SB 1682
Sponsor:
  Rep. Tom Cullerton
Status:  
Senate Commerce and Economic Development
Description: 
 Provides that not less than 75% of the amounts collected by a municipality within DuPage County pursuant to the municipal hotel operators’ occupation tax and municipal hotel use tax shall be used to promote tourism within that municipality. Provides that the remainder of the amounts collected may be used by the municipality for economic development or capital infrastructure. Sunset of December 31, 2016.

This Week’s News from Fellow Aurora Chamber Members

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Naper Settlement opens registration for Camp Naper. Discounts available on registration now. Click here to register.

Farnsworth Offices invites all Chamber of Commerce members to attend a severe weather seminar, conducted by National Weather Service trainer Laurie Bradach, on Tuesday, April 28, at 12:30 p.m. Contact howard@farnsworthoffice.com for more information.

The Gerald Subaru 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala to benefit Hesed House is Saturday, May 2, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information contact Mary at mkoehler@hesedhouse.org.

Advocate Dreyer Medical Clinic, Fox Valley Village’s location welcomes Angela M. Ross, M.S.W., LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker and Christine Molek, M.S., CCC-SLP, pediatric speech therapist.

Save the Dates for exciting events sponsored by Association for Individual Development. Click here for more information.

GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with an Open House, Sunday, May 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

VNA “Green Gala”, A Recipe for Growth is Saturday, May 16, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at 400 H. Highland Ave. Aurora. Click here to buy tickets. Includes a silent auction, surprise guests, healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings, small plate appetizers, locally brewed craft beer, handcrafted local wine, live music and entertainment.

The Kiwanis Club of Aurora will host their 41st God & Fellowman Award dinner on Tuesday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact Denise at denise.blettner@uwfoxvalley.org.

IMSA Invites You to Innovation Breakfast

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

IMSA invites you to share in the discussion and planning for their Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2). The state-of-the-art innovation center is designed to ignite collaboration and entrepreneurial activity among students, educators, business and the community to solve real-world problems. This renovated 6400-square-foot physical space, due to open May of 2016, will be the home to IN2 a cross generational STEM community hub at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Your input helps plan for future programming and operations.

Please Join IMSA leadership as well as Chamber and community leaders for the discussion.

Friday, May 1, 2015
7:15 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Conclusion

Register here.

Your Weekly News from the Aurora Chamber

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
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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April 21, 2015
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

Follow Us!
Facebook Twitter Blog

Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

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
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
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
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

HACIA Scholarship Foundation
Cristina Aguirre
650 W. Lake St. Ste. 415
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 575-0389
Construction Services

Dee’s Place
Kareem Abdullah
1271 N. Lake St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(312) 905-4044
Restaurant

 

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 Address Recap
Thank you to Mayor Tom Weisner for joining us at the annual State of the City address last week. For those wishing to view the address, please click on http://www.aurorausa.com/.And, again, we would like to thank the generous Chamber members who sponsored the event, including:

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Cadence Health
Centrue Bank
Chicago Premium Outlets
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
FHP-O-Cedar
First Midwest Bank
Heartland Recycling
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
HRGreen
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Republic Services
Restoration Techs
Rush-Copley Medical Center
SmithAmundsen
Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.
Waubonsee Community College

 

IMSA Invites You to Innovation Breakfast
IMSA invites you to share in the discussion and planning for their Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2). The state-of-the-art innovation center is designed to ignite collaboration and entrepreneurial activity among students, educators, business and the community to solve real-world problems. This renovated 6400-square-foot physical space, due to open May of 2016, will be the home to IN2 a cross generational STEM community hub at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Your input helps plan for future programming and operations.Please Join IMSA leadership as well as Chamber and community leaders for the discussion.

Friday, May 1, 2015
7:15 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Conclusion

Register

2015 Golf Classic presented by FirstMerit Bank
Tuesday, June 23, at Orchard Valley Golf CourseThank you to FirstMerit Bank for their continued support of the Golf Classic as a Presenting Sponsor. Sponsorships are available – ranging from $250 to $1,500 – and feature a number of great benefits at a remarkable value. Please contact info@aurorachamber.com for details.

Watch your email this Friday when we will announce the opening of registration.

Simon Sinek to Discuss Team Successes
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has invited members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce to attend renowned leadership expert and best-selling author, Simon Sinek on Tuesday, May 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Community Christian Church – Yellow Box,1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville.Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Come Together and Others Don’t

Simon will explain what it takes to create an environment in which people work as they were designed-together. It is under these conditions we are at our natural best.

When registering, click on Chamber Member registration, and add “Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce” in the comments.

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Mark Your Calendars & Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber officesBusiness Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 28, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Register

Ribbon Cutting: Smart Beginnings
Thursday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m.
4105 Healthway Dr., Aurora

Save these dates:
May 19: Coffee & Connections
June 11: Multi-Chamber Business After Hours at Mooseheart
July 8: ACA Compliance Program

Member News
Check out this week’s news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members.
Business Poll: Veterans Council Seeks Input
The City of Aurora Veterans Advisory Committee wants to know whether your business offers a discount on programs, services, or products for our Veterans. To participate in the survey, please take the following brief survey: Take Survey
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.

State of the City Address Recap

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Thank you to Mayor Tom Weisner for joining us at the annual State of the City address last week. For those wishing to view the address, please click on http://www.aurorausa.com/.

 

And, again, we would like to thank the generous Chamber members who sponsored the event, including:

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.

Cadence Health

Centrue Bank

Chicago Premium Outlets

Cordogan, Clark & Associates

Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum

Engineering Enterprises, Inc.

FHP – O-Cedar

First Midwest Bank

Heartland Recycling

Hollywood Casino – Aurora

HRGreen

Mitutoyo America Corporation

Old Second National Bank

OnLight Aurora

Presence Mercy Medical Center

R.C. Wegman Construction Company

Rasmussen College

Republic Services

Restoration Techs

Rush-Copley Medical Center

SmithAmundsen

Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.

Waubonsee Community College

General Assembly: Illinois House

Monday, April 20th, 2015

First of two weeks of Illinois House floor action. The two weeks in mid-April ending on April 24 are the weeks set aside for floor action and final passage of House bills out of the House of Representatives. In many cases, including the fourteen House Republican members who are serving their first full terms, this is a time of intense participation in the lawmaking process as final questions are asked and answered, a bill is debated on the floor, and the final roll call taken that decides whether the bill will survive and be sent to the state Senate for further action.

House members spent long hours on the House floor this week. 444 bills had been advanced from House committees and placed on the chamber’s calendar for possible final action. The Illinois House streams live audio and video feeds of its floor action to the general public.

Local Government Consolidation Task Force

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Sanguinetti Task Force continues meetings. The Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Mandate Reform, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, continued to hold meetings this week dedicated to the cause of reduction of burden on Illinois local governments. At a hearing in Carbondale on Monday, April 13, Sanguinetti and her colleagues continued to learn that many of these burdens are caused by mandates imposed on local governments and school districts from Springfield.

The General Assembly may well be asked, before the end of the 2015 spring session, to look at specific legislative proposals aimed at reducing these burdens. These proposals could include not only mandate reductions, but also suggested changes on local governmental labor-management relations and the consolidation of specific units of local government into efficiency-sized units.

This Week’s Member News

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Oswego Community Unit School District 308 announces Oswego East High School Senior James Jones is one of 800 African American high school students who recently won an Achievement Scholarship through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The Bednarcik Junior High School Science Olympiad Team recently won several awards at the Neuqua Valley regional competition and medaled in 13 of 23 events for a fourth place overall finish. They moved on to compete in the state tournament at the University of Illinois and students will advance in two separate state categories. The number of students scoring a 24 or higher on the ACT exam has jumped from 30 percent to 35 percent between 2012 and 2014.

The Oasis Christian Fellowship of Aurora is offering “Seeds of Success” on Thursday, April 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 228 E. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL. The cost is $35 and lunch will be provided.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Advocate Dreyer Medical Clinic has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.

Old Second is looking for volunteers to help with the 2nd 2 None Run & Walk, 5k & 10k on Sunday, April 26, at RiverEdge Park. Call Mary Agnes at (630) 479-8116 for more information. To register on-line for the race click here.

Thursday, May 7, at 8:00 a.m., Aurora University’s Human Resource Institute will feature “Concealed Carry in Illinois: What HR Needs to Know” at the school’s Orchard Center. Admission is free and open to the public. Call (630) 947-8923 for more information.

The Dunham Fund has awarded $25,000 grant to the growing online volunteer resource center, Volunteer Fox Valley.

Congratulations to Denise Blettner, Director of Community Engagement for Fox Valley United Way and Hector Ochoa, Mortgage Loan Officer for Old Second Bank for receiving the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Clyde Hewitt Merit Award 2013 – 2014. The Clyde Hewitt Award recognizes members who, through their attendance and participation in club meetings, functions and projects are considered worthy of special recognition.

Registration is open for the 54th annual Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race to be held on Sunday, June 7, on the Fox River. For more information contact the Fox Valley Park District.

VNA Hospice is the host site for the Hospice Foundation of America annual teleconference on Wednesday, April 22. The teleconference is broadcast live and takes place from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be served. To register for the event or for more information contact mmerges@vnahealth.com.

This Week’s Newsletter: State of the City, More

Monday, April 13th, 2015
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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April 13, 2015
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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
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Global Data Sciences
Green Buddha Life Books dba E3HRA, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
Junior Achievement of Chicago – Western Division
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
McKesson
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
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
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

Welcome New Members

Tommy Hilfiger
Meg Coleman
1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Ste. 745
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 236-8749
Retail

Roundy’s Supermarket – Mariano’s
Victor Karlson
3025 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 236-0683
Grocer

Above Board Indoor Environmental
Barton Robertson
Montgomery, IL 60538
(630) 973-6099
Mold Remediation/Fire Damage Restoration

The Studio at 46 West
Wally Kilburg
46 W. New York St., First Floor
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 235-1651
Photographer

Rocktown Adventures
Kevin Versino
107 Spruce St.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 506-5706
Retail/Outdoor Sports

 

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 this Thursday; Broadcast Available Online
Mayor Thomas J. Weisner The Hon. Thomas J. Weisner
Mayor, City of Aurora

Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

To view the presentation online, visit www.aurora-il.org

Thank You to the Following Sponsors

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Cadence Health
Centrue Bank
Chicago Premium Outlets
Cordogan, Clark & Associates
Dreyer, Foote, Streit, Furgason & Slocum
Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
FHP-O-Cedar
First Midwest Bank
Heartland Recycling
Hollywood Casino – Aurora
HRGreen
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Republic Services
Restoration Techs
Rush-Copley Medical Center
SmithAmundsen
Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc.
Waubonsee Community College

 

Premier Members
Premier Members
2015 Golf Classic presented by FirstMerit Bank
Tuesday, June 23, at Orchard Valley Golf Course

Thank you to FirstMerit Bank for their continued support of the Golf Classic as a Presenting Sponsor. Sponsorships are available – ranging from $250 to $1,500 – and feature a number of great benefits at a remarkable value. Please contact info@aurorachamber.com for details.

Watch your email this Friday when we will announce the opening of registration.

IMSA Invites You to Innovation Breakfast
IMSA invites you to share in the discussion and planning for their Center for Innovation & Inquiry (IN2). The state-of-the-art innovation center is designed to ignite collaboration and entrepreneurial activity among students, educators, business and the community to solve real-world problems. This renovated 6400-square-foot physical space, due to open May of 2016, will be the home to IN2 a cross generational STEM community hub at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora. Your input helps plan for future programming and operations.

Please Join IMSA leadership as well as Chamber and community leaders for the discussion.

Friday, May 2, 2015
7:15 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Conclusion

Register

Simon Sinek to Discuss Team Successes
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has invited members of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce to attend renowned leadership expert and best-selling author, Simon Sinek on Tuesday, May 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Community Christian Church – Yellow Box,1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Come Together and Others Don’t

Simon will explain what it takes to create an environment in which people work as they were designed-together. It is under these conditions we are at our natural best.

When registering, click on Chamber Member registration, and add “Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce” in the comments.

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Public Policy Update
A collection of reports from numerous local races and referenda may be found on the Aurora Chamber blog.
Mark Your Calendars; Save the Dates
Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 14, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Ribbon Cutting- WIT-Enterprises
Tuesday, April 14, at 4:00 9.m.
481 N. Commons Dr., Ste. F
Aurora, IL

State of the City 2015
Sold Out
Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Piper’s Banquets
1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Register

Business Leads Group 2
Wednesday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber offices

Business Leads Group 1
Tuesday, April 28, at 7:45 a.m.
Chamber offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Register

Save these dates:
May 19: Coffee & Connections
July 8: ACA Compliance Program

Member News
Check out this week’s news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members.
Business Poll: Veterans Council Seeks Input
The City of Aurora Veterans Advisory Committee wants to know whether your business offers a discount on programs, services, or products for our Veterans. To participate in the survey, please take the following brief survey: Take Survey
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