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Monday, August 29th, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
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
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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Sprint by Air1Wireless
Anthony Diliberto
2117 S. Route 59, Plainfield
(847) 269-8002
Telecommunications

Center for Economic Progress
Joy Rosenberg
567 W. Lake St., Chicago
(312) 252-0280
Service Organization

Eye Boutique
Brandon Horndasch
2987 Kirk Road, Aurora
(331) 256-5758
Health Services

 

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

 

Mayor Weisner to Step Down as of Oct. 30
Mayor Tom Weisner announced his intention to step down as Mayor of Aurora effective Oct. 30, 2016. Mayor Weisner explains his decision in the following statement:”Today, I am announcing my decision to step down as Mayor of Aurora and retire within the next few weeks. I do this with considerable reluctance, as I have dearly loved my job as Mayor of this wonderful city that opened its arms to me and my wife some 43 years ago.

I have made this decision based on my sense that I cannot continue much longer to serve our city at the same level I worked to maintain over the past 11+ years.

For the complete article, visit our blog.

Wellness Works 2016
Employers large and small are invited to take part in Wellness Works 2016, a conference focusing on improving the health of their employees.Wellness Works 2016, sponsored by the Healthy Living Council of Greater Aurora, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave. in Aurora.

The conference will inform employers about the importance of promoting healthy living in the workplace. Healthy living practices for corporate and small businesses, social service organizations, schools, government agencies and other places of employment will be explored.

A worksite wellness panel, made up of representatives from local and regional employers, will address employee assistance programs, work-life balance, worksite health initiatives, program implementation, and issues facing small employers and large-scale businesses.

Guest speakers, a variety of health and business-related exhibitors, and networking opportunities will be offered.

The registration fee of $25 includes lunch.

Register

Nominate 2016 Kane Co. Manufacturer of the Year
All of us in Kane County have the opportunity to again celebrate our manufacturing businesses by nominating a Kane County awardee for the 2016 Kane County Manufacturer of the Year. This year’s winner will be celebrated at the Kane County Board Jobs Committee meeting on Friday, October 14th.The Kane County winner will also be celebrated at the Making Manufacturing Matter 2016 event on October 6th in Chicago, hosted by the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing (AIM). The Kane County winner will be responsible for any costs related to the AIM event. More information about the AIM Event can be found at http://www.illinoismanufacturing.org/event/making-manufacturing-matter-2016/
NIU Encourages Illinois Procurement Bulletin Registration for RFP Notifications
Northern Illinois University encourages vendors to register on the Illinois Procurement Bulletin – Public Institutions of Higher Education web site indicated below. Registering for My Bulletin at this web site will allow you to sign up to receive e-mail notifications of new solicitations matching your chosen criteria.www.procure.stateuniv.state.il.us

At this web site you will find notices of bids, Requests for Proposals, sole source purchases, and emergency purchases for the State of Illinois public university campuses. Bid and RFP notices run for a minimum of 15 days, as will the subsequent award notice. Where indicated on the Procurement Bulletin, you may download complete bid/RFP documents directly from this web site after you have registered.

Get Out the Vote this November
The business community and Aurora Chamber need your help to turn out the vote for Illinois’s upcoming elections. As Election Day draws near, voters will seek credible information about how to get involved in the process – something that Chamber members can easily provide their employees through the Illinois Prosperity Project.Believe it or not, 31% of employees surveyed ranked their current or former employer as the most credible source for information on political and public policy issues. To top that off, for employees who heard from their employer during the 2014 Midterm Election, 63% of them were motivated to learn more about the issues that were important to their employer and/or 43% were motivated to register to vote.
Premier Members
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Events for Members
Ribbon Cutting: The Vistas Fox Valley
1599 N. Farnsworth Ave., Aurora
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
RegisterWellness Works 2016
Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora 60506
Friday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Public Policy Update
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Safe Roads Amendment

New Illinois Child Bereavement Law

Two Ramps Reopened at Farnsworth Interchange

Mark Your Calendars: Diverse Supplier Fair 2016

Get Out the Vote this November

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act Signed by Governor

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.Adult actors invited to audition for ‘Wait Until Dark’

Waubonsee to Host Career Fair Sept. 23

Salvation Army Seeks Advisory Board Members

VNA Health Care hosts “VNA Uncorked” on Sept. 30

GOLF ranks Orchard Valley 6th best public course in Illinois

My Chef Catering Announces Next Generation of Leadership

Aurora Named One of the Best-Run Cities in America

Wellness Works 2016

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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VNA receives $15,000 grant from Community Foundation

Monday, August 29th, 2016

VNA Health Care was approved for a $15,000  capital fund grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to support the purchase of the HealthStream Learning Center. The purchase of this learning system allows VNA to provide staff with 24/7 online access to evidence-based training materials that deliver consistent curriculum that is regularly updated. This will accelerate the clinical orientation process for new staff, including providers and new and transitioning nurses, support VNA’s efforts to improve patient outcomes, and help the organization decrease medical and legal risk. The system also supports VNA’s compliance with best practice related to professional development as recommended by The Joint Commission.

“The HealthStream Learning Center offers tools to identify knowledge gaps among our staff, set training goals, and compare our progress against other healthcare organizations. All of this helps to better manage our annual training initiatives,” said Kristin Fuhr, Associate Vice President of Quality, Education, & Risk Management.

VNA purchased the Healthstream Learning Center in June and began using it this month for the annual employee training required by The Joint Commission. VNA has over 400 employees who will benefit from the HealthStream Learning Center.

“We sincerely appreciate the generous support of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley in bringing this exciting project to fruition.  This funding, together with funds raised during our 2015 gala event, significantly enhances the professional development of our staff team, which in turn improves our ability to provide exceptional patient care,” said Chrissie Howorth, Vice President of Philanthropy and Business Relations.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois.  Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $75 million in assets and has awarded more than $60 million in grants and scholarships.  For more information on the Foundation, visit www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org.

VNA Health Care provides affordable health care to 65,000 women, men and children living primarily in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties.  VNA runs ten community health centers and is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Safe Roads Amendment

Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Over the past decade, $6 billion has been swept from Illinois’ Road Fund because of waste and mismanagement in Springfield.  Consequently, the State of Illinois currently has 4,200 bridges and 50% of Illinois roads that are considered in poor condition.
On Nov. 8, voters have the chance to protect transportation funding once and for all.  For the first time ever, an Illinois Chamber of Commerce initiative will be on the ballot that would require all transportation-related revenue to be dedicated solely to public highways, roads, streets, bridges, and mass transit.
If the Amendment passes, transportation funding will be secured, and the state will have the chance to make long overdue investments in our infrastructure.
If the Amendment fails, money for transportation will continue to be at risk of mismanagement and abuse by Springfield.
For more information and to stay up to date, visit the Safe Roads Amendment website here.

New Illinois Child Bereavement Law

Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Eligible employees of public and private employers with more than 50 employees are entitled to a maximum of two weeks (10 work days) of unpaid bereavement time following the death of a child.  Employees may be entitled to up to six weeks of bereavement time in the event of the death of more than one child during a 12-month period.
The time may be used to attend the funeral or alternative to a funeral, make arrangements necessitated by the death, or to grieve the death of the child.  The leave must be completed within 60 days after the date employee receives notice of the death of the child.  Employers are entitled to 48 hours of notice before the leave, unless it is not practicable.  Employers may require documentation to verify the necessity of the leave.
An employee is eligible for the leave after 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the prior 12-month period.  Child bereavement leave may not be taken in addition to unpaid leave permitted under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and may not exceed unpaid leave time allowed under that law.
Click here for more information.

Mayor Weisner to Step Down as of Oct. 30

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Mayor Tom Weisner announced his intention to step down as Mayor of Aurora effective Oct. 30, 2016. Mayor Weisner explains his decision in the following statement:

“Today, I am announcing my decision to step down as Mayor of Aurora and retire within the next few weeks.  I do this with considerable reluctance, as I have dearly loved my job as Mayor of this wonderful city that opened its arms to me and my wife some 43 years ago.

I have made this decision based on my sense that I cannot continue much longer to serve our city at the same level I worked to maintain over the past 11+ years.

I have been dealing with cancer most of my three terms as mayor.  Despite regular chemotherapy, I have been able to fully function within our “strong mayor” form of government, which unlike most cities, includes the day-to-day management of City operations, as well as the other duties most mayors perform.

I have recently begun to feel that I cannot continue to perform at the level I expect of myself and I do not wish to remain as mayor if I can’t.  For these reasons, I am today announcing my intention to step down as Mayor of Aurora, effective October 30, 2016.

Let me say that I have led a fortunate life, to date.  I have had both the honor and the stimulating challenge of leading Illinois’s second largest city through the Great Recession.  I am most thankful for both that honor and that challenge, for this has caused me to try to operate consistently at my very best.  No doubt, I haven’t always succeeded, but as Theodore Roosevelt might say, I have been blessed to be “the man in the arena.”

Where we have been successful, I can credit an exceptional city staff that has been as motivated as it has been loyal to the cause of moving Aurora forward.  From the street level to the highest management level, I have been fortunate to work with top-notch public servants.

I have also had the good fortune, over the past eleven-and-a-half years, to work with City Councils composed almost entirely of good and honest people who had had the best interests of all of Aurora’s people at heart.  For that, I am most grateful.

I do not know what the future brings . . . or how long my future will be.  When you think about it, none of us really does.  To the extent the Good Lord will abide me, I will continue to work toward what I believe in, though in a more measured way.

Lastly, let me thank the good people of Aurora who have made me so proud of this city.  It is you, who work so hard to raise a family, to provide, to abide by the law and your religious beliefs, to volunteer, to help your neighbor, and to tolerate the imperfections of government… it is you who make me feel that my life has been so worthwhile.

Thank you and God bless you for allowing me to be your Mayor.”

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The next general municipal election for Mayor of Aurora is scheduled to take place in April 2017.  Per state law, the City Council will be responsible for selecting an Acting Mayor from among its members to fulfill the remainder of Mayor Weisner’s current term.  Legal Counsel is currently reviewing the laws and procedures for selection of an Acting Mayor and will provide further direction to the City Council at the next regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting of the City Council on Sept. 6.

For additional details about Mayor Weisner’s tenure, visit www.aurora-il.org/mayorsoffice.

Adult actors invited to audition for ‘Wait Until Dark’

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

The Fox Valley Park District is seeking adult performers (age 16 and up) for its fall adult thriller Wait Until Dark, with auditions set for 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Prisco Community Center.

“We’re inviting actors and actresses to portray a variety of characters,” said Kyle Donahue, performing arts manager. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve been onstage before – no experience necessary! Just bring your special talents. We always welcome quirky, imaginative people – they are who make these productions great.”

For auditions, candidates should prepare a monologue and be ready to read from the script.

Wait Until Dark is a suspense thriller and Broadway hit based on the story of Susy Hendrix, a blind housewife who unwittingly possesses a doll filled with illicit drugs. Harry Roat, a brutal and sophisticated criminal, coerces two small-time thugs into helping him con Susy into giving up the doll. A battle of wits ensues, building to a dramatic final scene that is hauntingly memorable.

Cast rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Sept. 6, with four performances scheduled on Oct. 21, 22 and 23.

For more information, visit the Fox Valley Park District Performing Arts Facebook page or call 630-859-8606.

The Fox Valley Park District is a dynamic and growing park district that serves a diverse population of more than 233,000 people. Recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Agency, Fox Valley holds the nation’s highest honor as a two-time Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management. Serving the communities of Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora, the District maintains 164 parks and 48 miles of interconnected regional trails amid 2,500 acres of parkland. Sharing the shores of the Fox River, our communities are united by the District’s commitment to promote vibrant, healthy lifestyles through fun and safe recreation opportunities that are environmentally and fiscally responsible. The Fox Valley Park District … Where Fun Begins!

Waubonsee to Host Career Fair Sept. 23

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

You’re Invited!

2016 Aurora Downtown Career Fair

Friday, September 23rd

 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Waubonsee Community College,

Aurora Downtown Campus (18 S. River St., Aurora)

To register, please visit:

www.waubonseejobfairs.com

 We look forward to seeing you!

Two Ramps Reopened To Traffic At Farnsworth Interchange On The Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) In Aurora

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Two additional ramps will remain closed as work continues on the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project

Two ramps connecting the eastbound Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) to southbound Farnsworth Avenue and southbound Farnsworth Avenue to westbound I-88 in Aurora reopened today, August 23. The ramp closures were necessary to accommodate work on a new bridge and interchange improvements for the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project.

Construction on the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project is ongoing as work continues to build the new bridge and interchange reconstruction scheduled to be complete in 2017. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to new traffic patterns. Traffic shifts and ramp closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate traffic.

Salvation Army Seeks Advisory Board Members

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

The Salvation Army of Aurora is looking for new Advisory Board members who would like to engage, empower and evaluate our programs and services provided to those in need in our community. For over 130 years, The Salvation Army has provided basic human services like food, shelter and clothing as well as programs such as ESL classes, children’s character building and camps, Zumba for women, and Men’s ministry for free. As we build on our past…the future holds more opportunities for community engagement such as a capital campaign and new building project. We need your compassionate heart, creative mind and your sphere of influence to help us meet our goals. For more information please visit our website at www.salarmyaurora.org. We would love to have you participate in our Board Orientation and Strategic Planning meeting on Saturday, September 10th at the Holiday Inn Express, 2424 W. Sullivan Rd, Aurora from 8 am – 12 noon. Breakfast & Lunch provided. Please contact Beverly Peterson at beverly_peterson@usc.salvationarmy.org or 815-222-1773 for more information.

VNA Health Care hosts “VNA Uncorked” A Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Friday, September 30

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

VNA Health Care is hosting “VNA Uncorked”, a wine tasting fundraiser, on Friday, September 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at its main location at 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora. The event includes a ‘wines-around-the-world’ tasting theme with cheese pairings. Rob Lehner, a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, is a featured presenter. Guests may bid on a silent auction of wine and wine-themed gift baskets and purchase raffle tickets for a wine-cork pull raffle. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at www.eventbrite.com by searching for VNA Uncorked or call (630) 978-2532, ext. 8567 to purchase over the phone. Proceeds from VNA Uncorked support the Aurora Community Heart Clinic at VNA and VNA’s Wellness Program.

VNA Health Care provides affordable health care to over 61,000 women, men and children living primarily in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties.  VNA runs ten community health centers and is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission.