Archive for April, 2017

April 2017 General Assembly Report

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Legislative Week 

Upon returning to Springfield after their two-week spring break, last week was both the House and Senate deadline for substantive bills to be passed favorably out of their originating chamber. However, members in leadership are often granted deadline extensions to bills.

While there was a plethora of bills that moved this week; below is a highlight of major legislation pertinent to business.

500% Tax Increase on Ill. Vital Financial Sector

In today’s interconnected world, billions of dollars travel across the globe in less than seconds. HB 3393 (Welch) and SB 1719 (Biss) would both put Illinois’ vital financial service sector and the tens of thousands of jobs it employs at risk by imposing a new 20 percent gross receipts tax on partnerships and S-corps engaged in the business of conducting investment management services. Illinois has benefited from being a top 10 globally-recognized financial hub. HB 3393 and SB 1719 would hurt our state’s global reputation and would force investors to look to less hostile cities such as Boston, Dallas, and Charlotte. SB 1719 is scheduled for a Revenue Committee hearing on Wednesday, May 3.

‘Lifeline’ Budget Set for Senate Vote

HB 109 (Harris) was set for a third reading in the Senate. As passed by the House on a 064-045-001) vote, the $817 million “lifeline budget” would provide temporary funding relief to higher education and social service and health programs. This included $258 million for programs, including senior meals and crime prevention, and indigent burials. It also included $559 million for state universities, community colleges, and educational grants for low-income students. Before the debate had even taken place Governor Bruce Rauner had pledged to veto any stopgap measure absent property tax relief.

Taxes & Fees

Amendment 1 to SB 472 (Mulore) would eliminate most of the current credits and exemptions under the Illinois Income Tax Act and the sales and use tax acts. A number of the credits would not be eliminated completely, but rather in the case of some individual credits like the property tax credit from the income tax would be eliminated for individuals with adjusted gross income over $250,000 or $500,000 in the case of a married couple filing jointly. Additionally, other credits such as the farm machinery and equipment exemption from the sales and use taxes tax would be imposed on 50% of the proceeds of sales of previously exempt property.

Employment Law

Amendment 1 to HB 198 (Guzzardi) would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.

HB 2351 (Currie) creates liens on personal property of business owners and corporate officers for failure to pay liabilities under the wage payment & collection, minimum wage, etc.

HB 2771 (Rep. C. Mitchell-D-Chicago) and SB 1296 (Sen. Hutchinson-D-Olympia Fields) as amended, both bills require employers to provide 5 sick days to employees. An employee may earn sick days 180 days after beginning employment at the accrual rate of one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked. School districts, park districts, and certain City of Chicago sister agencies are exempt. The Department of Labor will administer the program. Individuals may file civil actions with respect to violations of the new Act.

HB 2749 (Rep. Guzzardi) amends the Minimum Wage Law to increase the overtime requirement threshold to $47,476 and annually increases it by the US CPI, meaning any employees earning salaries less than this amount will have to document their overtime hours and be compensated for their overtime hours.

SB 1347 (Biss) creates the Living Wage Act to require State contracts and subcontracts to include a minimum wage paid to all workers in performance of the contract/subcontract. The minimum wage would start at $16.36 per hour on January 1, 2018.

HB 690 (Ammons) includes 30 provisions to toughen staffing industry regulation under the existing Day Labor Services Act. Crain’s Chicago Business reports staffing agencies would be fined $50 each time they failed to provide workers with an employment notice that includes their job title and pay rate. The bill passed out of the House on a 078-037-000 vote last Thursday.

HB 2462 (Moeller) and SB 981 (Biss) amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003. Prohibits an employer from: (i) screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history, (ii) requiring that an applicant’s prior wages satisfy minimum or maximum criteria, and (iii) requesting or requiring as a condition of being interviewed or as a condition of continuing to be considered for an offer of employment that an applicant disclose prior wages or salary. HB 2462 passed out of the House last Wednesday on a 091-024-000 vote and was sent to the Senate Assignments Committee.

HB 2525 (Hoffman) amends the Workers’ Compensation Act and rates and was passed out of the House last Thursday on a 066-050-000 vote where a motion to reconsider the vote was filed.

Energy & Environment

HB 2958 (Fine) would ban the sale or use of coal tar pavement sealant on driveways, parking lots, playgrounds, sidewalks, bike trails or roadways. The bill provides that municipalities or counties can adopt ordinances to enforce the ban while imposing monetary penalties.

Healthcare & Insurance

HB 302 (Martwick) deals with unclaimed life insurance benefits. It was passed out of the House on a 068-047-000 vote and sent to the Senate where it was referred to the Assignments Committee.

HB 2624 (Fine) Creates the Health Insurance Rate Review Act. Creates the independent quasi-judicial Health Insurance Rate Review Board to ensure insurance rates are reasonable and justified. It passed out of the House last Wednesday on a 065-049-000 vote.

Transportation & Infrastructure

SB 1381 (Cunningham) and HB 2691 (Phelps) are both otherwise known as the telecom re authorization bill. These two bills would transition Illinois from a Large Electing Provider to an Internet Protocol-based network. More investment in high-speed internet networks helps virtually every sector in the Illinois economy.

HB 2755 (Evans) and SB 1320 (Sandoval) both create the Innovations for Transportation Infrastructure Act. Provides that the Department of Transportation may use design-build project delivery methods.

Financial Institutions

HFA 1 to HB 1274 (Turner) would prohibit financial institutions from charging more than $1 per transaction at ATMs.

HB 523 (Turner) would extend the collection of a graduated foreclosure filing fees.

Business Regulation

HB 2774 (Turner) and SB 1502 (Hastings) would both create the ‘Right to Know Act’ in Illinois. These bills would require businesses with an online presence to adopt new privacy policy disclosures and to comply with requesters on what information the website is collecting — or else be subject to class action litigation.

SB 1462 (Holmes) provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall administer an Entrepreneur Learner’s Permit pilot program. The purpose of the program shall be to encourage and assist first-time entrepreneurs in starting new information services, biotechnology, and green technology businesses by providing reimbursements to those entrepreneurs for any State filing, permitting, or licensing fees associated with the formation of such a business in the State. The bill passed the Senate last Wednesday and was sent to the House Rules Committee with Rep. Stephanie Kifowit filing as chief sponsor.

Gaming

HB 2877 (Hoffman) allows for video gaming by organization licensees and inter-track wagering location licensees under the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975.

Pensions

HB 656 (Gordon-Booth) amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code relating to employer contributions from special trust and federal funds, provides that, beginning July 1, 2017, the rate, expressed as a percentage of salary, shall be equal to the total employer’s normal cost, expressed as a percentage of payroll. It passed out of the House on a 105-000-000 vote and was sent to Senate Assignments with Sen. Linda Holmes as chief sponsor.

Illinois Chamber Releases ‘Job Crusherz’ List

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Recently, the Illinois Chamber unveiled a website shining a spotlight on some of the worst bills currently pending in the statehouse.

The bills on the “Job Crusherz” list cover topics of minimum wage, workers’ compensation, income tax, recreational marijuana, over-regulation issues, and more.

For more information and to view the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s “Job Crusherz” list visit www.jobcrusherz.com.

Engineering Enterprises Wins ACEC-IL Special Achievement Award

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Fifty-four Illinois firms were recognized for excellence in engineering before an audience of over 400 engineers, clients and government officials at an Awards Luncheon held February 9, 2017 at The Hilton Hotel in Naperville, Illinois.  The firms were recognized for award-winning engineering projects in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois’ Forty-Sixth Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Competition.  The competition recognizes outstanding projects designed by private practice engineering firms from the State of Illinois.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) received a Special Achievement Award for the project: ” Sub-Regional Plan for Sustainable Drinking Water” which was completed for the Villages of Montgomery and Oswego and the United City of Yorkville.  The Villages of Montgomery and Oswego and the United City of Yorkville currently provide potable water to approximately 83,000 people. The 2050 population projection for the Oswego, Yorkville, Montgomery Sub-Region is approximately 193,000 people. All three of the communities currently depend on the deep sandstone aquifer for a portion of, or all of, their water supply. Given the regional declining water levels within the deep aquifer system, which are declining at the highest rate southeast of the three communities, the three communities embarked on a journey to develop a sustainable sub-regional water supply plan.

The plan included shallow sand and gravel aquifer resource evaluation, deep sandstone aquifer water modeling and Fox River modeling. The plan also included current trends (CT) and less resource intensive (LRI) water demand projection scenarios, along with a cost-effective evaluation of source water, treatment, storage and distribution improvements needed to meet each scenario. The plan also identified the total cost, potential cost distribution per community and potential future water supply and treatment rate for each community. Finally, the plan demonstrated the cost savings the three communities could realize with a minimal amount of additional water conservation within their communities.  While the $185M+ plan will require a large investment, the three communities’ future water rates project to be consistent with, or less than, many other surface water supplied communities in the area.

Special Achievement Awards are given for projects worthy of recognition of the engineer and the owner/client for achieving engineering excellence.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1974, is a progressive, award winning consulting engineering firm which provides planning, design and construction services for water, wastewater, transportation, stormwater and GIS to municipalities, counties and state agencies throughout northern Illinois.  For additional information, visit www.eeiweb.com.

Engineering Enterprises Recognized for Elburn’s Wastewater Facility Improvements

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

The Village of Elburn and Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) accepted the American Public Works Association (APWA), Fox Valley Branch (FVB) Project of the Year Award in the Environmental category for $5 million but less than $25 million. The award was accepted at a luncheon held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Two Brothers Brewing Company in Aurora, Illinois. The project was also awarded the Chicago Metro Chapter (CMC) Project of the Year Award on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Medinah Shriners Facility in Addison, Illinois.

After 30+ years of service with only minimal improvements to the facility, it was time for the Village of Elburn Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) to be modernized.  Not only were some components beyond their useful life, the Village’s headworks and raw sewage pump station were wholly inadequate.  Due to undersized secondary clarifiers, the Village had exceeded their total suspended solids effluent limit eleven times in four years.  A combination of installing a new Headworks and Raw Sewage Pump Station and expanding secondary clarification and aerobic digestion, along with repurposing some structures and upgrading others, allowed for a cost-effective modernization.

Proactive planning by the Village allowed them to be one of the first WWTF’s in Illinois to meet newly adopted nutrient reporting standards.  A strong partnership between the Village, Engineer and Contractor made for an efficient construction project that included 25,000 hours of labor with zero lost time incidents.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., celebrating over 40years in business, is a progressive, award winning consulting engineering firm which provides planning, design and construction services for water, wastewater, transportation, stormwater and GIS to municipalities, counties and state agencies throughout northern Illinois.  For additional information, visit www.eeiweb.com.

Upgrade Your Manufacturing Skills at Waubonsee

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Shop Math: This course covers basic math concepts used in manufacturing.

•    Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 16-30

  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Waubonsee Community College – Downtown Aurora
    • Cost: $355

CAM Programming for the Lathe: This is a study of the Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) methodologies used by industry to aid CNC programming for lathe.

  • Saturdays, June 3-24
  • 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    • Waubonsee Community College – Sugar Grove
    • Cost: $550

CAM Programming for the Mill: This is a study of
the Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
methodologies used by the industry to aid CNC
programming for the mill and mill turn applications.

  • Saturdays, July 8-29
  • 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Waubonsee Community College – Sugar Grove
  • Cost: $550

 

If you have any questions, please call the WCC Workforce Development Office at (630) 906-4152.

Mayor O’Connor, Students to Plant Trees for Arbor Day

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The City of Aurora, in cooperation with ComEd, will observe Arbor Day on Friday, April 28, 2017, with tree planting ceremonies at five different schools – the largest amount in one year – across Aurora.

On Friday, April 28, Mayor Robert J. O’Connor will join students, teachers and school officials to speak about the significance of trees in our community and to plant additional trees on the grounds of Jefferson Middle School, Holy Angels School, Cowherd Middle School, Fischer Middle School and The Wheatlands Elementary.

“One of the things I enjoy most is getting out and visiting our schools,” said Mayor Robert J. O’Connor. “To be able to connect with our children and discuss the importance of our environment is especially important.”

The schedules is as follows:

Jefferson Middle School, 1151 Plum Street, 8:45 a.m.

Holy Angels School, 720 Kensington Place, 9:30 a.m.

Cowherd Middle School, 441 N. Farnsworth Ave., 10:15 a.m.

Fischer Middle School, 1305 Long Grove Drive, 11 a.m.

The Wheatlands Elementary, 2290 Barrington Drive West, 11:45 a.m.

 

Each year, ComEd joins the City of Aurora at various schools on the Arbor Day schedule to demonstrate the importance of trees and tree safety to the students in attendance.

“ComEd understands that trees and youth are so valuable to our communities,” said Nick Day, vegetation program manager for ComEd. “We just enjoy getting involved and demonstrating to young people the value of planting the right tree in the right place, and getting them thinking about the ways in which our built environment from trees to power lines all work together.”

Following the tree plantings, City crews will also distribute saplings to students that they can plant at home.

15th Annual El Día de los Niños Set for Saturday

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

El Día de los Niños, presented by the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board (AHHAB),  returns this year to celebrate children with a day of fun and learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The popular community event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at a new location – the Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 Indian Trail Road. Admission is free and it is open to the public.

“El Día de los Niños is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the value that children bring to our lives and to our community,” said Dr. Adrienne Merced-Holloway, AHHAB Board Chair.  “But it also give us at the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board and our stakeholders an opportunity to really connect with them and their parents to share worthwhile academic information and community resources.”

The event features fun and educational activities for kids in honor of Children’s Day, which is celebrated throughout Latin America to honor children and their contributions to the community.

Children can also bounce around in giant inflatables, touch a fire truck and police cruiser, check out a book from the bookmobile, and get a checkup from the Alivo Medical Center Mobile Health Unit.  New this year is an out-of-this-world gaming truck provided by Countrywide Financial along with other activities to spark children’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math fields.

Stage entertainment includes the comedy play “Puff,” by Jesus Serrano, performances by Ballet Folklorico, the Greenman Elementary School Choir, and Kimberly Moorman, and a presentation by the East Aurora ROTC.

Nonprofit partners will be on hand to share information with parents on all of the programs they offer to families, including the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, the Aurora Public Library, the Fox Valley Orchestra, Family Focus, Sci-Tech Hands-on Museum, the Aurora Police and Fire Departments and many others,

Vendors will be on site with food for sale..

Sponsors of El Día de los Niños 2017 include the City of Aurora, West Aurora School District 129, East Aurora School District 131, Indian Prairie School District 204, Community Unit School District 308, Rasmussen College, Countrywide Financial, and the Home Depot.

For more information,visit www.aurorahispanicheritage.com.

This Week with the Aurora Chamber

Monday, April 24th, 2017
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Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
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
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
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A Report Card:
The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora
Sponsored by Earthmover Credit Union

On Wednesday, March 3, 2017, the Aurora Regional Chamber will discuss President Donald Trump’s “First One-Hundred Days” (OK, 104, to be exact). Ben Taylor, executive director, Great Lakes Regional Office U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be our featured speaker. From the transition and inauguration, through the confirmation process, and on to various Executive Actions and proposed legislation in the 115th Congress, we will seek to answer the following: “Where have we been; where are we now; and where are we headed? Likely topics of discussion include healthcare, tax and regulatory reform, as well as infrastructure. Please bring your questions and concerns; we want to make this an interactive session! Ben will share what he has learned and observed and what this means to employers and our region.

Register today.

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Last week, the Chamber team was busy working on a number of programs and activities to support our members, employers, and community. Among the highlights, we:

• Met with East Aurora 131 to identify opportunities for students with disabilities to enter the workforce;

• Met with Mayor-elect Richard Irvin to discuss business needs, including development services and workforce development;

• Toured Hesed House with Leadership Academy and discussed the social services available in our community;

• Continued planning for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club and welcome Meyer Wealth Advisors as presenting sponsor of the event as well as Prestige Sponsors Aurora Generation and Rasmussen College and Beverage Sponsor Geneva Construction Company;

• Prepared and planned for A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration on Wednesday, May 3, presented by Earthmover Credit Union;

• Promoted National Small Business Week and the event on Wednesday, May 3, for local small businesses; and

• Served on local not-for-profit boards, supporting the great work they do for our region.

This week, we are preparing for:

• The return of state officials to Springfield as the House returns for work today and the Senate tomorrow;

• Working on worksite wellness programs with Kane County Health Department and its community health improvement plans;

• Thursday’s grand opening and ribbon cutting of Round One at Fox Valley Mall; and

• Leadership Academy’s visit and tour of Rush-Copley Medical Center on Friday.

If you would like to know more about any of these activities – or more of what we are working on to support our business members, please reach out and let us know: jhenning@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3180.

Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Did You Know?
Did you know that April 30 through May 6 is National Small Business Week? Our country’s progress has been driven by pioneers who think big, take risks, and work hard. Some 80 percent of the Aurora Chamber’s membership reports fewer than 20 employees. Small business is the backbone of our region. We salute our region’s small businesses and are here to support small business.

In partnership with Crain’s Chicago Business, Invest Aurora, and other organizations, the Aurora Chamber invites you to the Small Business Expo & Procurement Fair on Wednesday, May 3, in Aurora.

For questions, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.

Calendar of Events
Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 27, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsord by Advanced Auto Parts

Grand Opening: Round One
Thursday, April 27, 3:30-8 p.m.
Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4 p.m.

A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E, New York St., Aurora
Sponsored by Earthmover Credit Union

Grand Re-Opening: West Suburban Bank
Thursday, May 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1311 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 11:30 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, May 11, at 4:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Grand Opening: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, May 5, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
1386 Butterfield Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

New Location Celebration: All Spoked Up
Friday, May 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
14 W. Downer Place Unit 12, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Pet Supplies Plus
Wednesday, May 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
180 N. Randall Rd., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 12:30 p.m.

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

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“Lifeline” Budget Sent to Senate

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US Chamber Releases Congressional Scorecard

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Human Services: New ID Cards

Education: School Accountability Plan

Economy: Tourism

Chicago: Population Trends

Budget: COGFA Projections

Budget: Pension Reform

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.

Aurora Fire Department Launches New Fire Cadet Program

Aurora, Five Others to Receive Grants to Implement the PWR Act

Aurora Celebrates National Week of the Young Child Play.Learn.Connect.

Kids Days Announced to be a part of the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications for the 2017 Grant Program

‘Blackhawk Park’ is new name for west side development

GreenTown Returns to Fox Valley – April 27

Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River

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Summer Institute @ IMSA

Monday, April 24th, 2017

This summer, grow your skills and delve into new interests at IMSA’s professional development programs in problem-based learning, innovation and entrepreneurship topics.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship: June 12-15, $400 (all four days)

Design Thinking – Norman “Storm” Robinson III Ph.D.
This one-day workshop is for educators or individuals wishing to explore how to use design thinking to support innovative practice and creative solution-finding. Activities are designed for use in the classroom and can be translated to other ventures.
June 12, $125 (one day price)

Designing Innovation Spaces – Britta McKenna, IMSA CIO
Join us at IN2, Illinois first secondary school innovation center, as we tour innovation spaces coast to coast, and then apply design thinking principles to your real-time or future innovation spaces (maker, hacker, entrepreneurship).
June 13, $125 (one day price)

Makerspace Fast Start – Erik Swanson, IN2 Maker Manager
This one-day intensive program prepares you to operate a makerspace in your school, library or community center. Spend the day at IMSA’s state of the art makerspace in IN2. Delve into the software, hardware, student engagement, and programs you need to get your makerspace kick started, and go home with our fast start handbook.
June 14, $125 (one day price)
Entrepreneurship Education – Carl Heine, Ph.D.
This day covers lean start-up methodology in the design of entrepreneurial teaching and learning, internships, pitch contests, the TALENT curriculum and Chicago’s 1871 digital incubator.
June 15, $125 (one day price)
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Design Institute
PBL focuses on experiential learning organized around the investigation and resolution of complicated, real-world problems. Through exploration of different methods of teaching and a deeper understanding of problem based learning pedagogy, teachers will enhance student success in the classroom. June 13-15 – $600

July 10-14 “Live Lab” Educator & Student: Teaching Entrepreneurship – Carl Heine, Ph.D.
This hands-on professional development experience provides participants proven methods for teaching entrepreneurship to middle school and high school students. Students form and run startup teams, develop new products, services, effective business models, marketing strategies, pitch to investors and use the money raised to go to market.
July 10-14, $175 (curriculum may be purchased separately)

To learn more about IMSA and its programs, visit www.imsa.edu.

Aurora Library to Host Free Concerts

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Aurora Public Library, APL Foundation, and Fox Valley Orchestra are delighted to host Manneheim Steamroller’s Percussionist Tom Sharpe in concert. (Tom is also the former drummer of the rock band STYX.)  He brings his one-man show to APL for two performances.

  • Sunday, May 7, a smaller session at West Branch, 2p – 3p.
  • Sunday, May 21, large event at Santori, Dunham Atrium, 2p-3p.

Concerts  are free of charge,  but seating is first come, first served and open 20 minutes prior to concert time. After the concert, Tom will be on hand to meet, greet, and promote his newest CD (recorded recently with Elmhurst College Symphony), and his other works.

Come join us for these great musical events in May at Aurora Public Library!