Archive for September, 2015
School District 308 would like to congratulate Wheatlands fourth grade student Jensen Coonradt who recently won the World Robot Olympiad, and will travel to Qatar in November to compete in the world championships. Jensen and her TeamRoboGals partner Kaiya Hollister of Aurora have a Go Fund Me page and are asking for donations for the trip to Qatar.
PharmaCannis Health & Wellness will host an Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program this Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1:30 p.m. The course, held at the North Aurora Public Library, will give an in-depth look at all aspects of the Illinois act set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Registration is required by Oct. 1.
Support AID by advertising in the 2015 Auction program book. You can also show your support by purchasing ad space to congratulate a special client. For more information, contact Wendy at (843) 931-2294.
Pregnancy Information Center 30th Annual Fundraiser Banquet is Monday, September 24, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Harvest New Beginnings, 5315 Douglas Rd., Oswego. Janet Parshall will be the guest speaker. Call (630) 896-8600 for ticket info.
Naper Settlement October 2015 Special Events and Programs include; Dinner on the Town: Country Fair, Flashback Fridays – Meet a Curator, Oktoberfest, Headstones in History: A Naperville Cemetery Walk, Getting Down to Business Walking Tour, All Hallows Eve, History Speaks Lecture Series: Grimm’s Grimmest. For more information on these events click here.
Oktoberfest: Join Naper Settlement for an annual autumn event that includes live music including classic oompah to classic rock, German-style cuisine and beer, and kids’ activities on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 adults and $5 ages 4-12 until Thursday, Oct. 1 at noon. Food and beverages available for purchase at the event.
DuPage Children’s Museum presents Innovation 15, Building Blocks for Future Leaders. Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. will lead a panel of successful leaders on Thursday, October 22, at 5:30 p.m.
The UL International Crown is a global team match play event – the first of its kind in women’s and men’s professional golf, bringing tremendous opportunity for the local community, corporations, and youth to take part. Rich Harvest Farms will offer numerous youth programs in conjunction with the UL International Crown that will create a special experience they will never forget. For more information regarding this explosive tournament: visit the Website or watch the Video.
U.S. News and World Report cited the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley as an industry leader in providing numerous scholarships to local students.
VNA Health Care received in funding to open a new health center in Joliet. This expansion in Will County will offer affordable healthcare to more than 94.000 low-income people within the area. VNA ranks high in the areas of prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights and asthma care, according to 2014 Health Resources and Services Administration. VNA will receive funds that are designated by HRSA to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure and improve primary care service delivery.
Lori Campbell, Chief of Operations for The Label Printers, co-chaired the September biennial Technical Conference of TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) in Chicago. This year’s conference set a new record with 384 people in attendance.
Maria Garcia attended to her 300th birth as a doula for VNA Health Care’s Healthy Families program. Maria is trained to provide physical and emotional support to clients during their pregnancies, throughout labor and after the baby is born.
SPARK Aurora welcomes Mobile Learning Adventure on October 3 at the Aurora Downtown Farmers Market from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Naper Settlement received Conservation @ Work certification on Thursday, September 17, from The Conservation Foundation. The award recognizes businesses that have included environmentally sustainable practices in their landscaping design.
Although Illinois is close to ending its third month without a spending plan for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2015, the House session this week did not show any signs of progress. On Thursday, Democrats on the House Executive Committee passed a $3.8 billion spending bill without specifying a funding source for the monies pledged by the committee to be spent.
While the House committee’s action cleared SB 2046 for further action on the House floor, the lack of real negotiations on the State budget mean that spending bills of this type are seen by close observers of Springfield as less than serious. The full House did not take up SB 2046 for debate this week, and did not discuss an overall spending plan or budget agreement. Gov. Rauner has stated his intent to veto this and other piecemeal budget bills that would overspend anticipated revenues by billions of dollars.
The Pew Charitable Trusts has conducted a nonpartisan survey of states with ongoing challenges in crafting a budget for fiscal year 2016. They have found that, in states other than Illinois, substantial progress has been made. Alabama and Massachusetts, after extensive wrangling, have achieved compromise budgets for the 2016 fiscal year. The budgets of New Hampshire and North Carolina, after being caught in policy-related impasses, have been signed into law. In Illinois’ neighboring state of Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has signed a two-year budget.
The Pew Charitable Trusts pointed to two states, Illinois and Pennsylvania, as examples of ongoing budget showdowns “with no end in sight.”
The report, issued on Monday, September 21, responds to and provides background for Illinois’ slow recovery from the 2008-14 economic downturn.
The Reboot Illinois report traced job creation over a five-year period covering much of the downturn, from June 2009 through June 2014. During this five-year span, the Prairie State ranked 42nd among the 50 states for job creation since June 2009. Illinois increased its job positions by 3.0% during this recession-affected time period. During the same span of time, jobs in Wisconsin increased by 4.4%, the same numbers in Iowa increased by 5.0%, Kentuckians saw 5.1% more positions during the five-year period, and the number of jobs during the same period in Indiana increased by 7.8%.
To further the mission of educating the community about heart health, Rush-Copley will host the sixth annual “Rock the Heart,” – a fundraiser on Friday, September 25, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant in downtown Aurora.
The event will offer a casual and fun way to support and understand the mission of the Rush-Copley Fox Valley Heart Fund — promoting cardiovascular health while reducing gender and economic disparity.
Attendees will be treated to live music from:
- Singer/Songwriter Showcase (featuring Brent Brown, Kevin Presbrey, Gregory Hyde and Matthew Nanke)
- Kali Ma (Beatles)
- Shark Sandwich (90’s rock)
- Mason Rivers (Country)
- This End Up (Dance)
The celebration will include raffles and complimentary appetizers and drink specials.
About the Fox Valley Heart Fund
The Fox Valley Heart Fund was founded in 2004 to help men and women from every racial and socio-economic background overcome the unique challenges and barriers they face to living heart-healthy lives. One of the most important accomplishments was the creation of the Aurora Community Heart Clinic, a partnership with Rush-Copley and VNA Health Care. During the past year, 227 patients were seen in the Clinic. These patients received preventive screenings or follow-up care and learned how to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. The Fox Valley Heart Fund also supports community outreach programs related to cardiovascular risk reduction topics, offering screening and risk assessments, an Annual Women’s Heart Symposium, donations of AEDs to local churches and nonprofits and supports the efforts of the Heart Sisters support group.
To Purchase Tickets
Ticket prices are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and include live music and one raffle entry. Free Rock the Heart t-shirts for the first 250 people. Tickets to Rock the Heart can be purchased online at rushcopley.com/rocktheheart.