Archive for May, 2015

Which Vocational Degrees Pay Off?

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

U.S. News & World Report recently published Which Vocational Degrees Pay Off? Some one-year certificates lead to double-digit wage gains.

A four-year college degree isn’t for everyone. Especially for students who never liked school. The conventional advice for these folks is to master a technical skill in order to have a career more rewarding than serving fast food. Increasingly, many choose to go back to school and get a vocational certification or a degree. But, is there any evidence that this sort of job training pays off?

A new California study concludes that in some fields, especially health care, the answer is yes. In other fields, not so much. The working paper, “Career Technical Education and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from California Community Colleges,” was published online by the National Bureau of Economic Research in April 2015.

Here’s how much extra a student will earn annually by finishing a vocational degree in a field, compared with a similar student who didn’t finish.

Here's how much extra a student will earn annually by finishing a vocational degree in a field, compared with a similar student who didn't finish.

GiGi U Graduates, ‘You’re Hired!’

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Chris and Matt were hired as Sears Centre employees yesterday. After a round of interviews, both GiGi U graduates were offered positions as part-time greeters for major events at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates!

GiGi U is a goal-oriented program for adults with Down syndrome. Program participants, like Chris and Matt, work on the development of their confidence, health and wellness, career skills and communication skills.

GiGi U and all other programs at GiGi’s are FREE to participants and their families!

We can only offer free programming, like GiGi U, through the generosity of our volunteers and supporters! If you haven’t already – please join or support GiGi’s 5K Run Walk Dash!

This event is a great way to share the achievements of individuals with Down syndrome!

Help Us Spread the Word!

You can help us highlight the achievements of GiGi’s participants through social media by sharing the achievement messages from GiGi’s Facebook page.

This is a great way to increase awareness about why you support GiGi’s Playhouse. Each and every day individuals with Down syndrome believe in themselves and achieve great things! Help us tell people!

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Join or support #GiGis5KRunWalkDash at www.gigisplayhouse.org/5K.

 

This Week’s News from Our Members

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Thank you for Tom Goetz and Yvonne Irving from KCT Credit Union for sponsoring the May Fox Valley Networking Professionals Breakfast.

The Aurora Public Library is pleased to announce that the main branch will be moving to a new location on June 1. Our new mailing and billing address will be Santori Library, 101 South River St., Aurora, IL 60506. Telephone and fax numbers are the same. We look forward to seeing you at the new Santori Library.

Old Second Bank is hosting an “All American” Collection campaign to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. From May 26 through July 3 you can honor and empower the lives of many of our veterans simply by donating your pocket change. What seems minimal to you, can have maximum impact on the lives of these wounded warriors. Please stop by any one of the Old Second National Bank branches to make a donation and help change the lives of these injured servicemen and women.

Goodwill Store and Donation Center has a Grand Opening celebration on June 5 to June 7, at 8:00 a.m. at their new location, 1543 Mesa Lane, Aurora. Be sure to stop in for amazing merchandise and values.

June 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is collaborating with elected officials in Aurora to host an event for the small business community at Waubonsee Community College. “Connecting communities to Illinois Business Opportunities” promotes opportunity for economic growth. Click here to register.

The Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce the hiring of Cort Carlson as Executive Director. Cort has 16 years of management, communications, sales, marketing and promotions experience and brings executive leadership to the tourism bureau.

The Growing Place Garden Center is celebrating all things miniature. Festivities at the Naperville Store are on Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event moves to the Aurora location on Sunday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waubonsee Vision 2050 Futures Summit will be Tuesday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove Campus, Academic and Professional Center. The featured guest speaker is Nicholas J. Webb, a world-renowned business futurist and innovation thought leader. Registration is required by Monday, June 15 for this free-of-charge event by contacting Waubonsee.edu/vision2050.

2015 Palmer Cup will be June 12 – 14 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. This event pits the best athletes from the USA and Europe against each other over a three day competition. The event includes free public admission and parking. Spectators will also have the opportunity to walk the fairways of one of Golf Digest’s “American’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” alongside the PGA Tour stars of tomorrow.

 

Illinois Budget Impasse Drives Borrowing Costs to 17-Month High

Sunday, May 31st, 2015
From Bloomberg Business. by and

Illinois’s Republican governor and Democratic-led legislature are at an impasse over how to fill a $6.2 billion budget hole, undermining the state’s credit in the eyes of investors and driving up borrowing costs.

The extra yield buyers demand on Illinois bonds relative to benchmark debt has climbed to the highest since 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Asset managers at Conning and Wasmer, Schroeder & Co. say Illinois, already with the lowest credit rating among U.S. states, is at risk of being cut closer to junk.

Challenges have only mounted since voters last year chose Governor Bruce Rauner, a Mr. Fix-it business executive, to repair Illinois’s finances. Lawmakers are poised to pass a spending plan that’s short by billions of dollars for the second straight year. The state also lacks a solution for the nation’s worst-funded pension system after the state Supreme Court this month overturned a 2013 overhaul.

“They haven’t been really willing to make tough decisions and get something done politically that everyone can agree upon,” said Justin Land, who helps oversee $4 billion of munis as director of tax-exempt management at Wasmer, Schroeder in Naples, Florida. “The market is telling you that things aren’t going to be fixed, at least not in the near-term.”

Bill Burden

After meeting with legislative leaders Friday in Springfield, Rauner told reporters his plans for tax and regulatory change have been on the table for months. There’s ample time to reach an agreement by Sunday’s deadline to pass bills by a simple majority, he said.

“We will know if they are sincere and we have true reform — we’ll know by Sunday night,” Rauner said outside the Executive Mansion. “Nobody’s going to have to say, ‘Well, we didn’t have enough time to think about it.’ That’s baloney.”

Thirty-two states are confronting budget gaps this year, next year or both, according to Standard & Poor’s. Some are reducing services, while others are proposing tax increases, even in Republican-led capitals. Yet the struggles of Illinois, with a backlog of $4.4 billion of unpaid bills, stand out, partly because the strains have left it ranked four steps above junk.

While Rauner won’t agree to new taxes without spending cuts and steps such as letting localities exempt workers from union dues, Democrats demand more revenue, suggesting steeper levies on high earners. The deficit for the fiscal year starting July 1 emerged after an income-tax increase approved in 2011 expired at the start of January.

Investors are penalizing Illinois as the fiscal pressure builds. Yields on the state’s 10-year obligations reached a 16-month high of 4.17 percent last week, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The spread was about 1.8 percentage points above benchmark debt, the widest since December 2013.

Debt from Illinois has lost about 1.3 percent this year, while the entire municipal market is about flat, Barclays Plc data show.

Downgrade Risk

Illinois is graded A3 by Moody’s Investors Service and an equivalent A- by S&P. While both give it a negative outlook, S&P put Illinois on review for a rating cut after the court’s May 8 ruling, and said it would decide within three months.

“I don’t see how this credit does not get downgraded within the next two months,” said Paul Mansour, head of municipal research in Hartford, Connecticut at Conning, which oversees $11 billion in munis for insurance companies.

Trading in Illinois bonds suggests the municipal market is moving in that direction. Federally tax-exempt general obligations maturing in March 2032 traded Thursday for an average yield of about 4.9 percent. In comparison, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch index of BBB general obligations due in about 17 years has an effective yield of 4.85 percent.

Voting Hurdle

Legislators’ task is about to get more difficult. After Sunday, a three-fifths vote will be needed to approve a spending plan.

The Democrats “are only interested in maintaining the status quo of broken budgets,” Catherine Kelly, a Rauner spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, who controls the legislative agenda, told reporters this week that the $36.3 billion budget he intends to send to Rauner, a former private-equity executive, is about $3 billion short. Democrats plan to work with Rauner to raise the money, Madigan said.

Steve Brown, a spokesman for Madigan, said by phone Thursday that Rauner’s budget, proposed in February, had “significant” gaps, including more than $2 billion in unrealized pension savings.

While Illinois voters elected their first Republican governor since 1998 in November, the choice hasn’t done much to alter the political balance of power. Democrats held onto super-majorities in the legislature, setting up the potential for bipartisan compromise — or gridlock.

“People were hopeful coming into the session because it was a fresh start,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. “Now it’s turned sour.”

City Council Appoints New City Clerk

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Aurora resident brings 14 years of experience to the Clerk’s Office

Last evening, the Aurora City Council approved the appointment of its new City Clerk, Wendy McCambridge.

“We are excited to appoint a fellow Auroran to the City Clerk’s office, who brings with her many years of experience and innovative ideas,” said Mayor Tom Weisner. “The City Clerk’s position is integral to the success of our city and Wendy McCambridge will help Aurora continue to move forward.”

McCambridge has more than 14 years of experience in municipal and state government, most recently as an associate director at the Criminal Justice Information Authority, responsible for a unit tasked with monitoring more than $150 million in grant funds to agencies across Illinois.

Prior to that, she served the City of Evanston for seven years as the division manager overseeing administrative adjudication and liquor licensing. In her work at Evanston, McCambridge was instrumental in integrating new technology to increase government efficiency and transparency, implementing digital recording during hearings and at city council meetings, and adapting software to the task of tracking liquor licenses.

Before beginning her administrative career, McCambridge worked for nearly a decade in child welfare, directly in youth homes and also at the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, negotiating with and monitoring the work of private childcare facilities.

“As a nearly eight-year resident of Aurora, I am really excited to be bringing my expertise, gained over fourteen years in local government, to the place where I call home,” McCambridge said.

McCambridge earned her Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Marquette University.

McCambridge will assume the City Clerk’s position on Monday, June 22, 2015.

Register Now for Aurora Chamber Golf Classic presented by FirstMerit Bank

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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June 23, 2015
Lunch:11:30am
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2411 W. Illinois Ave.
Aurora 60506
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43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 256-3180

2015 Aurora Chamber
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Presented by FirstMerit Bank

One of Chicagoland’s top five courses, Orchard Valley Golf Course is an 18-hole, 6,800-yard, par-72 championship layout open to the public. This beautiful course offers the appropriate challenge to all skill levels. Orchard Valley has been distinguished by Golf Digest Magazine as a 4½ star facility.

Golf Registration includes:

  • Green and cart fees
  • Bucket of range balls
  • Lunch buffet (burgers, chicken breasts, and sides)
  • Four challenge holes
  • One complimentary drink ticket per golfer
  • Cocktail reception

Individual Golf Registration

$250 General Admission

$175  Aurora Chamber Members

Lunch Registration

$25 per person

Reception Registration

$30 per person

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Your Weekly Aurora Chamber News

Tuesday, May 26th, 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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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
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
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Continental Acura of Naperville
Continental Audi of Naperville
Continental Mazda of Naperville
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
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
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

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Mail: 43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Still Time to Market Your Business with 2015 Golf Classic
Presented by FirstMerit Bank
Tuesday, June 23, at Orchard Valley Golf Course
Registration and Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.
Shotgun Scramble start at 1:00 p.m. Reception begins at 6:00 p.m.

A limited number of sponsorships remain for the 2015 Golf Classic presented by FirstMerit Bank. Ranging from $750 for Reception Sponsorships to $500 for Tee Box/Hole sponsorships to $250 for Lunch Sponsorships, your business or organization can marketing your product or service to the Chamber membership and golfers. For details, contact the Chamber today.

For a list of current sponsors and supporters, visit the Chamber website.

For our members who do not golf, lunch and reception tickets are available on the registration page as well.

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Does ACA Compliance Keep You Up at Night?
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Sponsored by Konen Insurance Agency
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora
Registration and Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

ACA has most employers anxious about its impact on their businesses, particularly those with more than 30 employees. Would learning how to turn it to your advantage in controlling your premiums be worth attending our event?

While enrolling employees in benefit plans, many employers run afoul of compliance with multiple governing agencies, including the IRS. Would you attend our event to learn how to stay out of jail?

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Public Policy: Ill. General Assembly Updates
Activity continues in Springfield with committee hearings. Check out the Chamber’s blog for details on legislative activities.

Rauner Puts Parts of Agenda into Bill Form

Other Recent Blog Posts

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No quick fix for state’s pension crisis

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Aurora Main Library to Close Forever May 23

Creating Career Pathways in Aurora

This Week’s Events for Members
Business Leads Group 1 & 2 with a Guest Speaker
Wednesday, May 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Chamber Offices

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 28, at
Pomegranate Restaurant
55 S. Commons Drive, Aurora 60504
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Ribbon Cutting & Business After Hours – Avenue J Studios
Thursday, May 28, at 4:00 p.m.
208-210 Genesis Drive, North Aurora 60542
Ribbon Cutting at 4:15 p.m.

Multi-Chamber Business After Hours at Mooseheart
Thursday, June 11, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Mooseheart Child City & School, Route 31, Gatehouse entryway

2015 Golf Classic presented by FirstMerit Bank
Tuesday, June 23
Orchard Valley Golf Course, Orchard Road and Illinois Avenue, Aurora
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ACA Compliance Program
Wednesday, July 8, 7:30 a.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora
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Business After Hours – Hesed House
Thursday, July 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Hesed House Comprehensive Resource Center, 680 S. River St., Aurora

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Check out this week’s news from your fellow Aurora Chamber members.
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Local Program to Connect Business Opportunities June 5

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is collaborating with elected officials in Aurora to host an event for the small business community at Waubonsee Community College, Aurora Campus on June 5, 2015 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The elected officials from the Aurora region that are supporting this event will be welcoming business owners at 9:30am.

Make a Connection: “Connecting communities to Illinois Business Opportunities”, promotes opportunity for the economic growth of small businesses that include minority, women, persons with disabilities and Veteran owned businesses. Business owners will have the opportunity to engage with other professionals and learn valuable information about the process in doing business with the State and about local programs that are available to the small business community.

Registration for this event is recommended; you may register to attend at: www.CMS.Illinois.Gov/Events. For event details and booth exhibitors, please refer to the attached documents.

We encourage you take advantage of this resourceful event, circulate the attached event information by sharing it with other business owners that may benefit from it.

We look forward to seeing you!

Rauner Puts Parts of Agenda into Bill Form

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
From the Chicago Tribune, May 21, 2105, by Monique Garcia, Kim Geiger and Jessie Hellmann

With just 10 days remaining in the spring legislative session, Gov. Bruce Rauner has finally put large parts of his so-called Turnaround Agenda into bill form, a move that follows months of criticism by Democrats who argued there was no way to vet his plans.

Rauner aides shared copies of five pieces of legislation with reporters late Thursday, including measures that would make changes to workers’ compensation insurance for employees hurt on the job, overhaul the system for awarding judgments in civil cases and freeze local property taxes. Also drafted were two constitutional amendments that would set term limits for lawmakers and statewide officials and change the way legislative boundaries are drawn.

Absent from the package was one of the most high-profile items on the Republican governor’s wish list: a right-to-work law that would restrict unions’ power by limiting how they can collect dues.

Administration officials say the legislation will be formally filed Friday, but would not say who they’ve recruited to sponsor the measures. The governor’s office said it decided to release the information after Democrats walked away from the bargaining table.

Rauner had sought to use the spring budget-making process to cut a deal on his agenda, saying he’d consider a possible tax increase to offset a massive budget deficit if lawmakers agreed to the changes he wanted. He formed working groups to negotiate in private, but Democrats said the governor shouldn’t hold the spending plan “hostage” in order to win his political agenda.

Instead, Democrats have begun to craft their own budget without Rauner’s input. They’re looking to spend $36 billion on government operations next year, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of budget talks. That figure is the same amount lawmakers signed off on last year, which Rauner’s office has said was $1.6 billion out of whack. That shortfall will only grow next year after the January rollback of portions of an income tax increase, and questions remain about where the state will get the money to cover that level of spending.

While Democrats have made no secret of their desire to raise taxes to avoid deep cuts, they say a conversation on how to bring in more revenue likely won’t happen before the May 31 budget deadline. That means Rauner would be forced to manage the spending on his own as Democrats angle to cut a deal with him on taxes in the months to come. The governor also could veto such a budget and force Democrats back to the Capitol this summer.

In recent weeks, Madigan has held a series of test votes to publicly reject a number of Rauner’s ideas, bills that were cobbled together based on the governor’s talking points.

A Madigan spokesman said late Thursday that Democrats will “take a look” at the legislation Rauner plans to file, but were “reserving judgment” until the language could be reviewed.

Still, Madigan spokesman Steve Brown contended the move by Rauner was an attempt to “change the topic from the embarrassment they have been suffering” after the governor made $400,000 in contributions to Republican lawmakers last week.

A spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton said there was “still time to work with the governor on some of his initiatives, but added that the budget “should not be held hostage to an agenda to maximize profits for corporations at the expense of the middle class.”

One of Rauner’s bills would freeze property taxes at 2015 levels for all local units of government, including home rule communities such as Chicago. That means the bill would need 71 votes to pass in the House, a threshold that will be difficult to reach amid opposition from mayors complaining of their own budget pressures. Also included in that bill is language allowing local governments to determine what terms of employment should be covered under collective bargaining, and allowing them to choose whether to pay prevailing union wages.

Regarding changes to lawsuits, known as tort reform, Rauner’s legislation would limit venue shopping for friendly jurisdictions.  The administration backed away from an effort to repeal a law passed last year that reduced the number of jurors in civil cases and raised juror pay.

On workers’ compensation, Rauner’s proposal would raise the threshold for establishing that an injury occurred at work. Known as causation, it’s a change that’s largely a nonstarter with Democrats. His legislation also would reduce some medical fees, which doctors and hospitals oppose after having their payments cut when changes were last made in 2011.

The governor also wants to pursue changes to the Illinois Constitution that would limit lawmakers to 10 years in office and restrict statewide officials to no more than eight years in office. A Madigan ally led efforts to block Rauner’s push last year to put a question on the November ballot asking voters to impose term limits.

Rauner also wants to amend the constitution to overhaul how legislative districts are drawn by establishing a nonpartisan independent commission to determine boundaries. It’s an attempt to get around limits in the constitution that led a judge to strike down redistricting efforts last year.

Currently, state lawmakers are charged with drawing a new map that’s subject to approval of the governor. That’s what happened after the 2010 census when the Democrat-controlled General Assembly drew a map signed by then-Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat.

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This Week’s News From Our Members

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Thank you to Rasmussen College for sponsoring a fabulous Coffee & Connections on Tuesday, May 19, at Painters Council District 30.

June 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is collaborating with elected officials in Aurora to host an event for the small business community at Waubonsee Community College. “Connecting communities to Illinois Business Opportunities” promotes opportunity for economic growth. Click here to register.

Advocate Dreyer Medical Center will host special Sports Physical Day event on Saturday, May 30, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. The event will be held at 1221 N. Highland Ave., Aurora. Dr. Marc Hilgers, Sports Medicine expert, will be on hand to educate parents and athletes on concussions and answer questions. Call (630) 859-6800 to reserve a time.

The Growing Place Garden Center is celebrating all things miniature. Festivities at the Naperville Store are on Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event moves to the Aurora location on Sunday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family Movie Night on Friday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at GiGi’s Playhouse. Please wear your pajamas or other comfy clothes, and come watch “Big Hero 6”. Bring a snack to share, pizza and popcorn will be provided. RSVP to foxvalley@gigisplayhouse.org.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Colleen C. Jaltuch, P.E., LEED AP BD&C to our transportation group. John D. Hoffmann, P.E., CPII has been promoted to a Senior Project Engineer II.

Waubonsee Vision 2050 Futures Summit will be Tuesday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove Campus, Academic and Professional Center. The featured guest speaker is Nicholas J. Webb, a world-renowned business futurist and innovation thought leader. Registration is required by Monday, June 15 for this free-of-charge event by contacting Waubonsee.edu/vision2050.

2015 Palmer Cup will be June 12 – 14 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. This event pits the best athletes from the USA and Europe against each other over a three day competition. The event includes free public admission and parking. Spectators will also have the opportunity to walk the fairways of one of Golf Digest’s “American’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” alongside the PGA Tour stars of tomorrow.

Did you know as an Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Member, you can purchase a list of business members? Spreadsheet of Chamber Members: Receive an electronic list of more than 750 member representatives to use for direct marketing. Introduce yourself, offer special deals, or just increase your marketing database. The list contains contact name, business name, address, telephone number, business category, and website address. That’s less than 25 cents a name…. Compare that to a major list company. Special Price $100 (until 6/2/2015)

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley launches a new website. Please visit www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org to see all the exciting new features. On April 1, the Community Foundation opened a new office in Geneva. Stop by for a visit soon. Congratulations to Sharon Stredde on receiving an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Aurora University. She has dedicated more than 30 years to service for the Community Foundation.