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This Week’s Newsletter from Aurora Chamber

Monday, October 31st, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Endiro Coffee
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Spartan House
Ron Woerman
1032 Prairie Street, Aurora
(630) 340-4546
Restaurant

Pet People
Terri Montigny
3015 E. New York Street, Aurora
(331) 301-5677
Pet Grooming

 

Contact Us

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

 

Legislative Breakfast: Hon. Keith Wheeler
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.
Orchard Valley Restaurant, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Join us for the first Legislative Breakfast of the Chamber’s fiscal year as we welcome Hon. Keith Wheeler, Illinois state representative of the 50th district.

Join us for breakfast and conversation with our elected official. We’ll hear what he is working on in Springfield and have discussion on the needs of business and employers in the greater Fox Valley.

Register

Did You Know?
Did you know that the Aurora Region Chamber orchestrated 33 ribbon cutting ceremonies and 18 grand openings, anniversaries, and other celebrations for our member businesses during our most recent fiscal year?Let us know if your business has an upcoming celebration. The Chamber works with you to set up a date, invite fellow members, Ambassadors, and elected officials. We’ll even bring the “big” scissors for a photo opportunity. We ask for at least four weeks’ notice to promote the event. Contact Reba for more details at (630) 256-3184.
Just One Week Remains: Visit AuroraProsperity.org
Register To VoteThe wait is over! Visit www.AuroraProsperity.org today.

Your participation matters.

This website was created to provide Aurora Chamber members and their employees with a comprehensive, central location to learn more about the political process and how it affects our region. We encourage all citizens to get engaged if you choose to do so.

It is our goal is to provide useful, non-partisan, and non-biased information to help you become more knowledgeable about the political process. We hope you will take time to learn about the issues, use the tools provided to take action, and spread the word by encouraging others to become active.

Political participation is a cornerstone of American democracy-your voice, your vote, and your opinion matter.

Please check out this website’s resources, explore its tools, and let us know what you think!

This website does not endorse any specific political candidates, parties, or causes. Instead, it provides you with the resources and tools you need to become educated and involved.

Keep up-to-date on the upcoming elections, register to vote, and learn more about Aurora Chamber’s top issues by visiting our AuroraProsperity.org site.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Legislative Breakfast: Hon. Keith Wheeler
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.
Orchard Valley Restaurant, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora2016 Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

WYNTK: Personnel Policies & Changes for 2017
Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

WYNTK: Cybersecurity in Light of ‘Leaks
Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.Visit the Chamber blog:

U.S. Census Shares Halloween Facts

Pensions: Possible Payment Delays

Outmigration: Illinoisans Leaving the State

Health Care: Affordable Care Act

Budget: Debt Refinancing

Voters Overwhelmingly Support ‘Lockbox’

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.Mutual Ground: Our Sincerest Thanks!

Park District to resume prescribed burns Nov. 1

Park District Hosts Veterans Day Luncheon Nov. 4

IMSA Announces New Executive Director for Professional Field Services

CIS to Hold Turkey Fest; Supports Adolescents with Services

Community Invited to Farewell Open House for Mayor Tom Weisner

Aurora City Council Nominates Alderman O’Connor as Acting Mayor

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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U.S. Census Shares Halloween Facts

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Facts for Features

Halloween: October 31, 2016

Trick or Treat!

41.1 million

The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2015 — children ages 5 to 14 — across the U.S. Of course, many other children — older than age 15 and younger than age 5 — also go trick-or-treating.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 Population Estimates, PEPASR6H

Trick or Treat

118.3 million

The number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter 2016 — all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing Vacancies and Homeownership, Table 8

Hauntingly Delicious

 

37,128

The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2014. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $16.0 billion, up from $15.2 billion in 2013.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311351, 311352

Candy corn

17,815

The number of people employed by U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced nonchocolate confectionary products. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $8.2 billion in 2014.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, NAICS 311340

3,217

The number of U.S. confectionary and nut stores that sell candy and other confectionary products, employing 22,086 people in 2014.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 445292

Places to Spend Halloween

Some places around the country that may put you in the Halloween mood:

Tombstone, Ariz. (estimated population 1,312)

 Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. (estimated population 10,242)

Kill Devil Hills, N.C. (estimated population 7,058)

Transylvania County, N.C. (estimated population 33,211)

Slaughter Beach, Del. (estimated population 230)

Casper, Wyo. (estimated population 60,285)

Scarville, Iowa (estimated population 71)

Halloween

Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities, such as costumes, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns.

Dressed to Thrill

A sampling of occupations that one may dress up as for a Halloween costume:

Chart

The estimates of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers and detectives and criminal investigators are not statistically different from one another.

Spooktacular

4,449

The number of motion picture theaters (except drive-ins) in the U.S. in 2014 where one could possibly enjoy a horror movie. California (511), Texas (326), New York (265) and Florida (195) had the most of such establishments. There were 219 drive-in motion picture theaters in 2014 — Ohio had 23, and California and Pennsylvania each had 19 drive-in motion picture theaters.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 512131 & 512132

40,900

The number of acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2015, with a total estimated production value of $90.2 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 318.0 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York. Pumpkins are frequently carved as decorations around Halloween. Source:U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Page 8

Carved Pumpkin
$1.04 Billion

The estimated construction spending on theme/amusement parks in 2015. Halloween events at theme/amusement parks can be frighteningly fun. For more information about construction spending, visit <www.census.gov/constructionspending>.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Value of Construction Put in Place Survey

1,078

The number of formal wear and costume rental establishments in the U.S. This industry had 6,611 paid employees across the nation in 2014 (for the pay period including March 12, 2014).   Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 County Business Patterns, NAICS 532220

302

The number of broom, brush, and mop and casket manufacturing establishments (for the more authentic witches and vampires). Combined, these two industries employed 12,627 people and had a total value of shipments of $3.6 billion in 2012.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census, NAICS 339994 and NAICS 339995

$1.03 billion

Dollar value of U.S. fresh apples exported in 2015. Whether bobbing for or dipping in caramel, apples can be a fun treat around Halloween.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Trade Statistics, Commodity Code 080810

Who You Gonna Call?

89.0%

The percentage of households that had a cellular phone in 2011, compared with only 36.0 percent in 1998. The percentage of households with a cellular phone only (no landline) rose from less than 1.0 percent in 1998 to 28.0 percent in 2011.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Extended Measures of Well-Being: Living Conditions in the United States, 2011


Mutual Ground: Our Sincerest Thanks!

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Mutual Ground’s Board of Directors, staff, and the clients we serve would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in the 9th Annual Walk for Hope fundraiser presented by Paylocity this past Saturday, October 22nd, at Blackberry Farm! The event was a huge success and so far we’ve raised over $70,000 through online donations! We will be posting pictures of the event on our Facebook page soon so make sure you follow us by clicking the Facebook icon at the bottom of the page!

We are currently looking for individuals interested in joining Mutual Ground’s spring fundraiser planning committee. Our next committee meeting will be held next Wednesday, November 2nd, at 5:30 p.m. If you’re interested in joining this committee or would like more information, please contact Jocelyn Padilla, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at jpadilla@mutualground.org.

If you enjoyed Walk for Hope we have two events coming up this Sunday, October 30th. Don’t miss out! 

FraidyCat 5k, Ghost Run 10k & Meow Mile Hosted by the Oswego Chamber

Mutual Ground is excited to have been chosen as the benefiting charity for this year’s event on October 30th. As the benefiting charity, Mutual Ground will receive a portion of the proceeds.

The more runners that register the more Mutual Ground receives! You can register today by clicking the link below.

All registered participants who register for the 2016 FraidyCat 5k, Ghost Run 10k & Meow Mile will receive a long-sleeve tech shirt and reusable draw-string gear bag.

Register Here

REV – Rock to End Violence

Mutual Ground, in collaboration with the Law Office Pub & Music Hall, is proud to announce a new quarterly concert series called REV – Rock to End Violence.

The kick-off concert will be held at the Law Office Pub and Music Hall at 226 S. Bridge St, in Yorkville this Sunday, October 30th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The goal of this quarterly concert series is to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in Kendall County and to raise funds for Mutual Ground.

Purchase Tickets

Park District to resume prescribed burns Nov. 1

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Beginning Nov. 1, the Fox Valley Park District will resume its program of prescribed burns at selected park sites and natural areas.

For decades, the FVPD has conducted these specialized burns for their ecological benefits. Fire plays an essential role in creating healthy ecosystems by reducing the abundance of invasive, non-native plant species.

Prescribed burns create a setting for beneficial native plants and wildflowers to flourish. Burning also releases nutrients into the soil, encourages new seed growth and opens woodland floors to allow increased sunlight that spurs vibrant growth and promotes plant diversity.

“Fire has occurred naturally for thousands of years, and plays an essential role in healthy, native ecosystems,” said Monkia Kastle, Natural Areas Specialist. “Burning creates greater biodiversity and the positive effects are beneficial to woodlands, prairies, wetlands and the wildlife that inhabit these areas.”

Prior to conducting a prescribed burn, trained staff survey the burn area to create a detailed plan of action. Sites are burned according to dryness of vegetation, wind direction/speed and other variables, so exact dates and times for specific burns are dependent upon conditions. Most times, it is a day-of decision.

Following is a list of potential sites targeted for burning between Nov. 1, 2016, and May 15, 2017:

First Priority

  • Aurora Prairie
  • Blackberry Trail Park
  • Cheshire Lake Park
  • Church Road Park
  • Eola Hill
  • Orchard and Prairie (VG Trail)
  • South Broadway
  • Stuart Sports Complex
  • Waubonsie Lake

 

Second Priority

  • Arrowood Park
  • Galena Blvd. bridge (VG Trail)
  • Hoscheit Park
  • New Haven
  • Propernick Park
  • Simmons Park
  • Stonegate Park
  • Willow Lake
  • Wingfoot Park
Third Priority

  • Barnes Road
  • Blackberry Farm
  • Chesterfield Park
  • Golfview Park
  • Lippold Park
  • Meadow Lake Park
  • South Island Park
  • Splash Country Water Park
  • Tanner Trails Park
  • Turnstone Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View locations for these sites on the interactive parks map. The FVPD makes every effort to notify neighboring residents as to when a prescribed burn will take place. For the latest details and announcements, check the Park District website (www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org) and Facebook page. For questions, please call 630-897-0516.

Park District Hosts Veterans Day Luncheon Nov. 4

Monday, October 24th, 2016

In honor of all community members who have served in the Armed Forces, the Fox Valley Park District is hosting a Veterans Day Luncheon from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Prisco Community Center (150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora).

The luncheon is free to veterans and will be catered by Upper Crust. Entertainment will be provided by Americana singer-songwriter Rick Pickren, who’s packing his guitars, banjos and harmonicas for a stars-and-stripes themed show rich in cowboy and rail history, lore and song.

In addition, veterans advocate Herschel Luckinbill will share information on the Honor Flight Chicago and Vets Roll programs and the many benefits they provide veterans. Prize drawings will take place as well.

“We hold this luncheon each year to honor and salute veterans for the freedoms and opportunities they’ve provided us through their dedicated service,” said Park District spokesman Jeff Long.

The luncheon fee for non-veterans is $7 per resident and $11 per non-resident. Advance registration by Nov. 1 is required for all attendees to assure seating.

In addition, the Fox Valley Park District has proclaimed November as Veterans Appreciation Month and is providing veterans unlimited visits to the District’s fitness centers at no charge. Veterans and their families enjoy free admission to Prisco, Eola and Vaughan fitness centers throughout November.

The complimentary fitness and luncheon apply to all veterans and active military, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserves. Participants need to show a valid military ID card.

For information on the Veterans Day luncheon and the free veterans fitness offers, call 630-859-8606.

This Week’s Newsletter for Chamber Members

Monday, October 24th, 2016
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October 24, 2016
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Elite Members

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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Endiro Coffee
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

Visit AuroraProsperity.org
Register To Vote

The wait is over! Visit www.AuroraProsperity.org today.

Your participation matters.

This website was created to provide Aurora Chamber members and their employees with a comprehensive, central location to learn more about the political process and how it affects our region. We encourage all citizens to get engaged if you choose to do so.

It is our goal is to provide useful, non-partisan, and non-biased information to help you become more knowledgeable about the political process. We hope you will take time to learn about the issues, use the tools provided to take action, and spread the word by encouraging others to become active.

Political participation is a cornerstone of American democracy-your voice, your vote, and your opinion matter.

Please check out this website’s resources, explore its tools, and let us know what you think!

This website does not endorse any specific political candidates, parties, or causes. Instead, it provides you with the resources and tools you need to become educated and involved.

Keep up-to-date on the upcoming elections, register to vote, and learn more about Aurora Chamber’s top issues by visiting our AuroraProsperity.org site.

Community Invited to Farewell Open House for Mayor Weisner
The Aurora community will have a final opportunity to wish Mayor Tom Weisner well prior to his retirement.

A public open house will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd.

During the open house, Mayor Weisner and Mrs. Weisner will welcome and speak with visitors. Guests will also have an opportunity to watch a scrolling pictorial review of some of the highlights of Mayor Weisner’s administration since he first took office in 2005.

For more information, visit the Chamber blog.

Legislative Breakfast: Hon. Keith Wheeler
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.
Orchard Valley Restaurant, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora

Join us for the first Legislative Breakfast of the Chamber’s fiscal year as we welcome Hon. Keith Wheeler, Illinois state representative of the 50th district.

Wheeler is a sixth-generation resident of Kendall County and lives in Oswego with his family. He grew up in Oswego, graduated from Oswego High School, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For the last 24 years, Wheeler has been a successful small business owner with offices in Oswego and Chicago. He has served the community as the chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business Fox Valley Area Action Council for Small Business, as well as former treasurer of the Oswego Bears Youth Football and Cheer Pop Warner programs.

Perhaps most importantly (editor’s note), more recently, Wheeler served as Board Chairman for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. He states, “I am very proud to have served in (this position) as we must work hard to improve the jobs and business climate in Illinois.”

Join us for breakfast and conversation with our elected official. We’ll hear what he is working on in Springfield and have discussion on the needs of business and employers in the greater Fox Valley.

Register

Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Intersect Illinois
Monday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora

Farewell Open House for Mayor Weisner
Monday, Oct. 24, 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Paramount Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Legislative Breakfast: Hon. Keith Wheeler
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.
Orchard Valley Restaurant, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

WYNTK: Personnel Policies & Changes for 2017
Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

WYNTK: Cybersecurity in Light of ‘Leaks
Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Did You Know?
A Loras College poll in September found that 75% if Illinois residents believe the direction of the state is going in the wrong direction. In addition, a BIPAC poll recently found that 31% if employees trust their current or former employer for providing credible information on political issues and elections that directly affect their job or company? In an effort to support our members in communicating importance of voting in the upcoming election, the Aurora Regional Chamber has launched www.AuroraProsperity.org in partnership with Illinois Prosperity Project and BIPAC.
Public Policy Update
For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Visit the Chamber blog:

Pensions: Possible Payment Delays

Outmigration: Illinoisans Leaving the State

Health Care: Affordable Care Act

Budget: Debt Refinancing

Voters Overwhelmingly Support ‘Lockbox’

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.

VNA Health Care to Offer A Crucial Catch Day – Screening Saves Lives

IMSA Announces New Executive Director for Professional Field Services

CIS to Hold Turkey Fest; Supports Adolescents with Services

Community Invited to Farewell Open House for Mayor Tom Weisner

Aurora City Council Nominates Alderman O’Connor as Acting Mayor

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.

 

VNA Health Care to Offer A Crucial Catch Day – Screening Saves Lives

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

VNA Health Care will host A Crucial Catch Day – Screening Saves Lives. The community event is an opportunity to help women reduce their risk for breast cancer by providing education, outreach, navigation and access to cancer screening resources.

The event will be held on October 25, 2016 at VNA, 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Women are invited to attend the event and learn more about ways to reduce their risks and the importance of detecting breast cancer early through regular screenings.

This event is made possible through the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) Grant Program, funded by the National Football League.  The NFL’s A Crucial Catch initiative provides funding to support increased access to potentially life-saving breast cancer education and screening resources in communities experiencing an unequal burden of cancer.

WHAT:           A Crucial Catch Day community event to provide women with free breast cancer outreach and education. Special appearance by “Staley Da Bear”, the official mascot of the Chicago Bears, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 

WHEN:           October 25, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:         VNA Health Care

                        400 N. Highland Ave., Aurora

                        (630) 892-4355

CONTACT:    Amy Downing

                        (630) 482-8113

                        adowning@vnahealth.com

IMSA Announces New Executive Director for Professional Field Services

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) announced the hire of Dr. Norman “Storm” Robinson III as the Executive Director for Professional Field Services, IMSA’s award-winning STEM education outreach programs. Dr. Robinson, an educator and mathematician, comes to IMSA with a strong background in the implementation of STEM integrative curricula and the development of STEM educator training experiences focused on problem-based learning pedagogy and design thinking.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Robinson to IMSA to lead our team of educators designing and delivering award winning STEM instruction to students and teachers across Illinois,” stated Dr. José M. Torres, IMSA President. “STEM careers in Illinois are showing tremendous growth and pioneering outreach programs, such as Fusion, Summer@IMSA, and IMSA Allies, help inspire and prepare students to pursue these professions. I look forward to working with Dr. Robinson to build the scope and capacity of these very important programs.”

“I am thrilled to join IMSA and plan to innovatively build the top-notch outreach programs that bring STEM education to students across the state, especially those in low-income, rural and urban areas,” stated Dr. Robinson. “IMSA has a phenomenal history of delivering engaging, hands-on STEM education for both students and educators and I am looking forward to expanding the reach of these programs to promote long term interest in STEM in Illinois.”

Prior to IMSA, Dr. Robinson was Program Director at Georgia Institute of Technology Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC). He has extensive experience as an education specialist at NASA Glenn Research Center, National Institute of Aerospace, and NASA Langley Research Center. He gained classroom teaching experience at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville, South Carolina, Riverside High School in Greer, South Carolina, and Marietta STEM Magnet Middle School in Marietta, Georgia.

Dr. Robinson earned a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning/Mathematics Education from Georgia State University, a Master’s degree in Natural and Applied Sciences form Oklahoma State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University.

This Week’s Aurora Chamber Newsletter

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Header
October 17, 2016
In This Issue

 

Quick Links

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Elite Members

For more information contact the chamber.

95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Endiro Coffee
Ice Miller LLP
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

Contact Us

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

 

 

Join Us for Our Fall Lunch
with Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti
This Week: Friday, Oct. 21, at 11:30 a.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti
Join us for our Fall Membership Lunch on Friday, Oct. 21, featuring Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti. Sanguinetti has been instrumental in the governor’s initiatives to reform state government, including efforts in government consolidation and school funding reform.

She is proud to serve the residents of the State of Illinois as their 47th Lieutenant Governor. She is a wife, working mother of three, and an attorney by trade. She was formerly an adjunct professor of law and a Wheaton City Councilwoman.

As Lt. Governor of Illinois, Sanguinetti is committed to fighting for all Illinois residents. She applies the same passion to her role that has propelled her throughout her life, from humble beginnings in Hialeah, FL, to becoming Illinois’ first Latina Lieutenant Governor.

Sponsored in part by BMO Harris, Old Second Bank, and Waubonsee Community College

Register

INTERSECT Illinois
Economic Development Overview
Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, from noon – 2:00 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 North Broadway, Aurora

Presented by Jim Schultz, Chairman/ CEO, Illinois Business & Economic Development Corporation. Invest Aurora and The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to formally invite you to the INTERSECT Illinois Economic Development Overview. Learn about the decisive focused action INTERSECT Illinois is taking to put Illinois back on the path to economic growth and prosperity, based on the national best practices for economic development.

Aurora’s future depends not only on attracting new business, but also on retaining and nurturing businesses, like yours. We value the investment you have made in our community. The cornerstone of ensuring Aurora’s future economic success is a strong collaborative partnership with the business community. Invest Aurora serves to strengthen the partnership by building a bridge between the business community and the City of Aurora.

Presented by Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, Invest Aurora, and Valley Industrial Association

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Legislative Breakfast: Hon. Keith Wheeler
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.
Orchard Valley Restaurant, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora

Join us for the first Legislative Breakfast of the Chamber’s fiscal year as we welcome Hon. Keith Wheeler, Illinois state representative of the 50th district.

Wheeler is a sixth-generation resident of Kendall County and lives in Oswego with his family. He grew up in Oswego, graduated from Oswego High School, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For the last 24 years, Wheeler has been a successful small business owner with offices in Oswego and Chicago. He has served the community as the chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business Fox Valley Area Action Council for Small Business, as well as former treasurer of the Oswego Bears Youth Football and Cheer Pop Warner programs.

Perhaps most importantly (editor’s note), more recently, Wheeler served as Board Chairman for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. He states, “I am very proud to have served in (this position) as we must work hard to improve the jobs and business climate in Illinois.”

Join us for breakfast and conversation with our elected official. We’ll hear what he is working on in Springfield and have discussion on the needs of business and employers in the greater Fox Valley.

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Premier Members
Premier Members
Events for Members
Multi Chamber Business After Hours
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
K Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Rd., Batavia

Membership Luncheon. Lt. Governor Sanguinetti
Friday, Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Intersect Illinois
Monday, Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora

Farewell Open House for Mayor Weisner
Monday, Oct. 24, 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Paramount Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8:00 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Legislative Breakfast: Hon. Keith Wheeler
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at 8:00 a.m.
Orchard Valley Restaurant, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

WYNTK: Personnel Policies & Changes for 2017
Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 8:00 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

WYNTK: Cybersecurity in Light of ‘Leaks
Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 8:00 a.m.
Meyer Ballroom, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Did You Know?
Did you know the Aurora Regional Chamber’s website member directory had more than 69,000 searches last year? And Member Page hits registered nearly 757,000 clicks? People are looking for your business. Can they find you? Make sure you login and check your business profile and add all the keywords that relate to your business and services you offer. This will ensure that visitors to the Aurora Chamber directory find you. If you need a login link sent to you, please contact Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership. Our website is working for your business 24/7.
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Outmigration: Illinoisans Leaving the State

Health Care: Affordable Care Act

Budget: Debt Refinancing

Voters Overwhelmingly Support ‘Lockbox’

Member News
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CIS to Hold Turkey Fest; Supports Adolescents with Services

Community Invited to Farewell Open House for Mayor Tom Weisner

Aurora City Council Nominates Alderman O’Connor as Acting Mayor

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Pensions: Possible Payment Delays

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Illinois warns bond buyers that key pension payment may be delayed. The mandated payment in FY17 of more than $7.8 billion from state general funds to the five Illinois state-managed pension systems is required by statutory law. State law requires that whenever the State falls short of past commitments to these pension funds, it must make actuarially determined annual payments to these funds to “ramp up” or “catch up.” As these five funds now post, collectively, approximately $111 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, these ramp-up payments will be a feature of the State’s budget picture for more than a decade to come.

State general funds income, particularly income taxes collected from individuals and corporations, is falling at the same time as mandated pension payments are rising. At the same time, many other mandated recipients of state general funds have appealed to court orders, consent decrees, and automatic appropriations to ensure that they get positions at or close to the head of the line for the State’s remaining funds. The result of the convergence of all of these trends was that the State of Illinois was legally compelled to print a warning in its most recent State bond prospectus released on Tuesday, October 11, that some of the mandated $7.8 billion FY17 pension payment may have to be delayed.

Warnings of this type, in bond prospectuses, are part of the data used by credit rating agencies to rate the debts of institutional borrowers. Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service, and Fitch Ratings have downgraded State of Illinois general obligation debt to only two notches above “junk bond” level. The three different firms use different terminology; in S&P phraseology, Illinois general-obligation debt is rated ‘BBB,’ or triple B. While bonds stamped with this rating can be sold as investment-grade securities, they are classified as a relatively low-ranking, risky investment. The State of Illinois, when it sells bonds in the marketplace, must offer to pay interest rates that are much high than the rates paid by other states. Illinois taxpayers must pay annual interest rates on 10-year notes that are approximately 200 basis points (2.00%) higher than the rates paid by the AAA-rated neighboring state of Indiana.