Archive for June, 2017

Aurora to Host Fourth of July Festivities

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Aurora prepares to celebrate America’s birthday on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 with an action-packed day of Fourth of July activities - from the parade in the morning to a picnic in the afternoon to the fireworks at night!

Parade

Themed “Party On, Aurora,” Aurora’s 2017 Fourth of July Parade will be led by Grand Marshal Tony Galvez, a tireless advocate for children with disabilities.

The pre-parade program begins at 9:15 a.m. at the reviewing stand located in front of the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. The parade begins at 10 a.m. with more than 100 exciting units. Stepping off at Benton and River Streets, the parade heads east on Benton, north on Broadway, west on Galena Boulevard, south on Stolp Avenue, and west on Downer Place, ending on River.  The best viewing locations are at two separate reviewing stands: the main stage in front of the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., and a second stage near Benton and Stolp.

Picnic

Following the parade, the Aurora Historical Society will hosts its annual Independence Day Picnic and Bell Ringing Ceremony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tanner House, 305 Cedar St.  The annual event will feature old-fashioned Fourth of July with music, games, petting zoo, museum tours, pie-eating contest, food for purchase, and the national Ringing of the Bells at 1 p.m.

Fireworks and Family Activities

The City of Lights lives up to its name with a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the night sky over the Fox River at approximately 9:35 p.m. The best viewing will be at RiverEdge Park and McCullough Park, where free family-friendly activities begin at 6 p.m.

McCullough Park, 150 W. Illinois Avenue, will feature the horns of Pawnshop playing live blues, rock, soul, ska and everything in between, staring at 7 p.m. Giant inflatables for children and tempting treats from a variety of local food vendors will be for sale all evening.

RiverEdge Park, 360 N Broadway, will feature patriotic music from the American Legion Band, beginning at 6:15 p.m., and the Fox Valley Orchestra, beginning at 7:45 p.m., on the main stage of the Dunham Pavilion, Aurora’s premiere outdoor music venue. There will be a head banging contest and the traditional community line dancing will commence at 9:15 p.m. with the Cha-Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle and more!

Set a World Record

Aurora’s ‘Wayne’s World’ celebration ends with “Bohemian Rhapsody” performed live with a Guinness World Record attempt for the Most People Head Banging Simultaneously at approximately 9:00 p.m. at RiverEdge Park.  Join in on the fun — wear flannel and when the Fox Valley Orchestra performs “Stairway to Heaven,” head down to the stage to be counted. Participation is limited to the first 1,000 people in order to get an official count. Volunteers are needed – learn more by finding the event “Head Banging World Record Attempt” on Facebook.

Free Shuttle Buses

The City of Aurora offers free park-and ride shuttle service from 6 to 9 p.m. with roundtrip rides to 10 convenient locations throughout the city. The shuttles resume service following the fireworks, with the last shuttles departing at 11 p.m.

See details at www.aurora-il.org/4thofJuly

Gonzalez Selected as 2017 CommUnity Hero Award Recipient

Friday, June 30th, 2017

VNA Health Care announces that Lisa Gonzalez was recently selected to receive the 2017 CommUnity Hero Award for excellence in healthcare. The CommUnity Hero Awards was designed to uplift “Champions for a WellCommunity,” someone who tirelessly works to help people in their neighborhood live a better, healthier life. WellCare Health Plans, Inc. and The CommUnity Commitment together sponsor the CommUnity Heroes and HealthCare Heroes Award Programs.

Gonzalez is a Certified Nurse Aide and works as a patient liaison for VNA Health Care. She is based in Aurora, but visits patients at home and in the hospitals throughout VNA’s service area. By connecting face to face with VNA patients, she plays a crucial role in developing a trusted relationship between VNA and the patient. The relationships she develops help to increase patient compliance and ensures the most vulnerable patients do not fall through the cracks.

“I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with patients in my community and make a positive impact on their health,” Gonzalez says.

Gonzalez joined VNA in 2005, working as a CNA in the clinic and advancing to team lead, and later case manager for the lead program. In 2014, she was promoted to her current role.

“Lisa understands the challenges and barriers many of our patient face. She visits high-risk health center patients in their homes, and sometimes she must go to great lengths to find patients who have missed critical appointments,” says Claire Dobbins, Vice President of Clinical Services/Chief Clinical Officer. “Patients relate to Lisa and come to trust her, and she quickly becomes their ‘go-to’ contact at VNA.”

 

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.

Illinois Budget

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Key Republican Legislators Renew Urgent Call for Compromise Balanced Budget Plan. Upon returning to Springfield for special session on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Senate Deputy Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), Assistant Senate Republican Leader Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Senate Republican Caucus Whip Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles), Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), Deputy House Republican Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), Deputy House Republican Leader Dan Brady (R-Normal) and House Republican Conference Chairperson Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) offered a reminder that a compromise balanced budget with reforms is on the table and ready to be enacted.

“Last Wednesday we introduced a compromise budget and reform plan that respects the priorities of both parties and puts us on a path to end the impasse, if the Democrats will agree to engage with us. The provisions included in our plan have been thoroughly vetted. With only ten days left in the fiscal year, we don’t need more Committees of the Whole. We need immediate action!” said Durkin.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) called the package “a reasonable compromise that will allow Illinois to move forward. We have to work together to enact a state budget and the reforms necessary to make it work.” Leader Radogno was unable to attend, but urged action in the General Assembly. “The time is now,” she said.

The comprehensive proposal includes a truly balanced budget, a four-year hard spending cap, lasting property tax relief, and changes to our regulatory system that will create jobs and grow the economy. The bills also include a $288 million increase for the new school funding formula, as well as additional funding to fulfill commitments to restore child care eligibility to 185% of the federal poverty level and a wage increase to Direct Support Professionals. It also includes term limits on legislative leaders and constitutional officers.

“The people of Illinois want a balanced budget, and that is what is on the table here. This isn’t another lifeline, stopgap, or band-aid. This is a real, balanced budget and reforms to grow our economy, create jobs and put Illinois on a more firm fiscal footing going forward,” said Senator Brady. “We’re back in Springfield this week and it’s time to do what is right and pass a balanced budget for the people of Illinois.”

The summary of the bills are as follows:

Budget Bills (SB 2176, 2214, 2215, 2216, 2217, 2218): Comprehensive budget proposal that includes real spending cuts and a four-year spending cap, while providing funding to state agencies like the Department of Human Services to care for our state’s most vulnerable and the Department of Transportation to continue important infrastructure projects.

Property Tax Relief (HB 4066): Four-year freeze for all taxing districts, but would allow residents, through voter referendum, to lower or increase their taxes. Allows for an exemption on existing debt service payments as requested by Senate Democrats.

Local Government Consolidation (HB 4067): Strengthens and improves the already passed SB 3, and will allow for citizens-initiated consolidation on units of local government.

Education Funding (SB 1124, HB 4069): Changes to the K-12 education funding formula that treats every district equitably that is consistent with the bipartisan framework of the Governor’s School Funding Commission. Funding for early childhood education, K-12 education, community colleges and universities.

Workers’ Comp Reform (HB 4068): Uses previously negotiated language between Senate GOP and Senate Democrats, like changes to the medical fee schedule, but does not reduce benefits to workers or include a causation standard.

Pension Reform (HB 4064, HB 4065): Accepts SB 16, which has previously passed the Senate, including President Cullerton’s consideration model and the state’s pickup of Chicago Public School’s pension payments.

Term Limits (HJRCA 2, HJRCA 33): Constitutional amendment to impose 10-year term limits on legislative leaders in the General Assembly and eight-year limit on Constitutional Officers (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Treasurer, and Secretary of State).

“This plan as a whole represents areas of bipartisan consensus and reasonable compromise,” said Senator Barickman. “This is largely where we were at before Democrats walked away from the table. We still have time to pass a balanced budget, fix our broken school funding formula, and make State government better for the people of Illinois.”

“Putting government consolidation in the hands of local voters is the right thing to do to reduce the cost of government in Illinois. Unlike so much coming out of Springfield, this is not a mandate but an empowerment tool. We have over 7,000 units of local government and our property taxes prove unsustainable. Between pension reform and government consolidation, we can reduce the cost of government for taxpayers and right-size our services and costs,” said Representative Demmer.

“The comprehensive balanced budget we are offering will provide care for our state’s most vulnerable citizens and prevent further erosion of Illinois’ fragile safety net,” said Representative Bellock. “With the recent court ruling on the $2 billion backlog of unpaid Medicaid bills, it is critically important we take immediate action to address this backlog. Our plan includes more than $4 billion in bonding to help pay off old bills. We must address this crisis now. The consequences of not taking action now would be devastating to human services.”

“Illinois is close to starting its third fiscal year without a state budget, and this impasse has gone on for far too long,” said Senator McConnaughay. “We have ten days to come together, to pass a real balanced budget that will provide peace of mind to our residents, job creators, colleges and universities and our local school districts. We can get this done if there’s the will by each Caucus to work together toward true bipartisan compromise.”

“The partisanship and political posturing must end. Our families and communities need stability, and that is what is on the table with this compromise plan,” said Representative Dan Brady. “If Democrats will join us at the table, we can adopt a responsible, balanced budget that funds our priorities and implements many of the reforms we need to get our finances back on track for the long-term.”

“The plan we introduced last week has many Republican and Democratic priorities in it,” said Senator Righter. “This compromise budget represents the best shot at getting something to the Governor that he will sign into law. Time is of the essence.”

Illinois’ credit rating drops to lowest possible level that is not “junk” status. The debt rating house S&P Global Ratings has cut Illinois’ credit rating to BBB-, the lowest credit rating that can be assigned to a borrower that is not “junk bond” territory. A “junk bond” issuer of securities is a borrower whose standing and probity is seen as being so dubious that the securities cannot be viewed as being of investment-grade quality. Moody’s has taken similar action and has reduced Illinois’ rating to Baa3, which is their lowest investment-grade ranking and is equivalent to the S&P BBB-. Illinois has the lowest credit rating of the 50 U.S. states and its current rating is actually lower than the credit ratings of many Third World countries. In testimony presented to the House Revenue Committee on Friday, June 23, Nuveen’s John Miller stated that Illinois’s current credit rating is equivalent to the bond ratings of Argentina, Pakistan, and the Ivory Coast.

S&P accompanied its June 2017 ratings cut with a warning that the State of Illinois risks “entering a negative credit spiral” as its debt status falls over the edge into junk bond territory.
A diminution of Illinois’ debt to junk bond status would have serious negative effects on the credit of many entities affiliated with the State, including Illinois’ public universities, municipalities, and school districts. All but two of Illinois’ public universities have already had their debt grades reduced to “junk bond” level. These universities, school districts, and local governments are only some of the entities that are dependent on State funds. Their debt and credit status would take a hit if these State moneys were reduced or cut off, and this decline in their status would further add to the potential burden to be borne by Illinois taxpayers.

Illinois GA: Education Funding

Monday, June 26th, 2017

All school districts benefit from more equitable compromise funding fix. All Illinois school districts would benefit from a more equitable distribution of state education dollars under a compromise proposal introduced by State Rep. Bob Pritchard to fix the state’s broken school aid formula and end the budget stalemate, according to data released by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

The legislation, House Bill 4069, is a true compromise that embraces the priorities of lawmakers from both parties and both legislative chambers, and reflects the recommendations of the Governor’s bipartisan, bicameral Illinois School Funding Reform Commission.

In addition, according to the Illinois State Board of Education data, House Bill 4069 ensures that no school district would lose funding and represents the most fair and equitable plan for all Illinois students.

House Bill 4069:

  • Incorporates the agreed upon evidence-based model
  • Treats all 852 school districts the same
  • Ensures no school districts lose funding
  • Provides meaningful assistance to Chicago
  • Relies on data to drive resources and funding to schools most in need
  • Creates real equity by treating all districts and students fairly under one system, regardless of zip code
  • Offers the greatest chance of becoming law

When including both base funding and tier funding, every downstate and suburban school district would receive more funding through House Bill 4069 than under Senate Bill 1. For a more detailed, side-by-side analysis, click here. However, embracing the spirit of bipartisan compromise, House Bill 4069 represents real concessions in many areas.

The legislation reflects the same language as Senate Bill 1 with regard to:

  • Using an evidence-based model
  • Addressing poverty concentration
  • Establishing a tier structure and retaining CPS in Tier 1
  • Applying a regionalization factor and other adjustments
  • Safeguarding English learners and special education students
  • Calculating local resources
  • Establishing a base funding minimum

In areas where there were differences of opinion, the legislation offers compromise with regard to the hold harmless, mandate relief, the Chicago Block Grant and CPS pensions.

However, while House Bill 4069 and Senate Bill 1 are nearly identical, there are a few important differences.

  • House Bill 4069 provides CPS with assistance based on evidence-based practices and the demographics of their students.
  • It does NOT offer special deals hidden in the formula that are designed to fix the Chicago Public Schools’ broken pension system and pay off their overwhelming debt from years of fiscal mismanagement.
  • It relies on data, and data alone, to drive resources to the schools that need it most, including Chicago.
  • It ensures that all schools are treated the same under a formula that is the same for everyone, regardless of zip code.
  • House Bill 4069 is realistic and fair, and it represents the best and most reasonable outcome for all Illinois students.

Illinois Jobs

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Twelve of 14 Illinois metro areas fall short of national average job growth. The May 2017 monthly metropolitan-area job report was released this week by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). While unemployment rates dropped in most Illinois metro areas, this drop was attributed to a decline in the number of Illinois residents classified as being in the active labor force rather than new jobs being created. As with the state as a whole, few new jobs are being created.

Job seekers are beginning to see a tight job market in many metro areas of Illinois, with unemployment dropping to 4.1% in the key Chicago-Naperville region and to 3.9% in Lake County. For job-counting purposes, Lake County is separated from the rest of metro Chicago. Many Illinoisans are finding, however, that the continued transition of the Illinois and U.S. economies from a manufacturing-based economy to a services-based economy means that many residents need to have specialized skills in order to participate actively in the Illinois labor force.

Summer’s Heating Up with Aurora Chamber

Monday, June 26th, 2017
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Above Board Indoor Environmental
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Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
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Aurora University
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Caterpillar, Inc.
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Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
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Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
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
ServPro of Aurora
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SmithAmundsen, LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
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Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Golfer registration remains open for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors. We’ve been securing and organizing some great items for the event; be sure and join us for the evening reception and silent auction. Registration for members is $175 through June 30. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182. For those joining us, we’ll be launching the cabana bar and deck at the country club. So even if you don’t golf, join us for the cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, cash bar.We have been monitoring (and weighing in on) the General Assembly’s special session. Be sure and follow us on Facebook and twitter for news, alerts, and more. We are happy to share your comments on the actions with our elected officials.

We’ve been scheduling several ribbon cuttings. New businesses are coming to Aurora and North Aurora while several of our members are celebrating grand openings and anniversaries. Check out the calendar of events below for details.

Keep your eyes open for upcoming seminars on the proposed new AHCA, cyber security, and managing the cloud in August and September.

We continue to connect new members with resources and contacts. If you need assistance, information (including research or data), or anything, be sure to let us know. If we don’t have the information, we’ll make sure to locate it for you.

We were also at the Chicago Metropolitan Area Planning (CMAP) Event on last week where CMAP’s Downtown Master Plan was unveiled for public comment. We’ll be sharing the details and information with our membership. If you have feedback, please let us know. We are here to support our business community and help all prosper.

Don’t forget: “Jump Start Your Member Profile” workshop is scheduled for Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Members – whether new to the Chamber or wanting a refresher – will learn how to maximize their directory listing and the additional benefits available online.

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.

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Jump Start Your Member Profile
Join us Tuesday, June 27, at 3:00 p.m. to see and hear about all of the benefits of your membership profile on AuroraChamber.com. Increase your visibility. Gain more referrals. Motivate your target audience.This hands-on workshop will guide you through:

• Setting up your login with user name and password;
• Posting jobs to increase the candidate pool;
• Submitting events to increase traffic and sales;
• Offering hot deals to members and the community;
• Sending communications to others within the database;
• Making changes to your representatives and contact listings; and
• Tracking your ROI by reviewing available metrics.

We encourage you to bring your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to update your listing while at the workshop. We will answer questions and help trouble-shoot any difficulties you may encounter. This program is for new members as well as those who may want a refresher on using www.ChamberLogin.com.

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

http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/jump-start-your-member-profile-14439

Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: AAA
Monday, June 26, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
35 S. Route 59, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:00 p.m.Jump Start Your Member Profile
Tuesday, June 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Aurora Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 29, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Chamber Golf Classic
Presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 13, 4:00 p.m.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N Broadway, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting: Xplore Tumbling
Friday, July 21, 4:00 p.m.
223 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections Networking Date Change
Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora Sponsorships Available

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

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Thursday, July 27, 4:00 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Advance Auto Parts
Friday, July 28, 11:00 a.m.
3 N. Smith Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m.

Did You Know?
Did you know we recently uploaded training videos on our website to help members navigate their member profile? Go to aurorachamber.com, under Member Benefits go to Chamber Master Training Videos. Click here for direct link. Also remember our Jump Start Your Member Profile workshop coming up next Tuesday at our chamber office. For questions, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184.
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May Unemployment Drops Slightly

Budget Threatens Lottery Games

Transportation: Construction Shutdown Looms

Higher Education, No Budget Impact

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.Michels Recognized for Service

Mayor Recruits Execs to Lead City’s Innovation, Technology Efforts

Tony Galvez Named Grand Marshal of Aurora’s Fourth of July Parade

Mayor Recruits Execs to Lead City’s Innovation, Technology Efforts

Tee Times Available for Golf for Kids Outing at Orchard Valley on June 26

With Groundbreaking Event, Construction of Blackhawk Park Begins

Aurora Chamber Awarded Five-Star Accreditation by U.S. Chamber

Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

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June 23: Springfield Special Session Update

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

This week kicked off the start to the General Assembly’s special legislative session. As you may recall, last week Gov. Rauner issued a proclamation calling legislators back to the state’s capitol to resolve the budget impasse before the end of the 2017 fiscal year (June 30).

The week began with Gov. Rauner addressing the public at the old state capitol in Springfield. During his address, the governor called for Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate to unite and approve the governor and GOP-backed ‘Capitol Compromise.’

To this point, much of the activity has been behind the scenes in caucus meetings, meetings between legislative leaders and high level staff, and at media press conferences. However, the House has held two Committees of the Whole this week on subjects relating to the GOP’s ‘Capitol Compromise.’ Yesterday’s hearing featured Leader Durkin’s workers’ compensation proposal and today’s featured the concept of a statewide property tax freeze.

The Illinois Chamber’s Employment Law Council played the lead role on behalf of the business community in testifying in support of Leader Durkin’s workers’ compensation reform proposal. HB 4068 represents a majority of where bipartisan negotiations left off in the Senate on the Senate’s grand bargained SB 12. While not perfect for the business community, the bill does make several positive changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system, such as; revisions to the medical fee schedule, closed drug formulary, freezes average weekly wage for four years at $775, provides credits for injuries to the spine, returns the shoulder to part of the arm, provides for a definition of traveling employee, and makes other substantial system changes.

The committee lasted well over five hours and included panels from both opponents and proponents of the bill. While no formal vote was taken during the committee, the bill has since been posted for a committee hearing Saturday, June 24, in the House Labor and Commerce Committee. There is word that the bill may very likely be passed favorably out of the committee. This would signal a positive step in the right direction for workers’ compensation.

The Illinois House is currently convened in a Committee of the Whole in which they are debating the concept of a statewide property tax freeze, HB 4066 (Durkin). The bill would amend PTELL to freeze property taxes for 2017 through 2020 levy years to all taxing districts, including home rule units of government. The bill would also allow voters, by referendum, to lower levies, raise levies or renew the freeze in increments up to four years.

In comparison, the Senate Democrats passed two property tax freeze proposals. SB 484 would amend PTELL for 2017 and 2018 levy years to freeze property tax levies for units of local government, including home rule units but not the City of Chicago. The freeze does not apply to taxes levied to pay off bonds or pension payments. Adding, there is no mechanism for voters to extend or reduce the freeze.

The second Senate Democrat property tax freeze freezes property tax levies for school districts (exempting City of Chicago school districts) for two years. It would allow certain school districts to obtain a waiver from the State Board of Education from the freeze. No mechanism is included for voters to reduce or extend.

Legislators are also aware that the Republican’s ‘Capitol Compromise’ includes the transfer of $268 million in Road Fund dollars permanently away from the road and bridge construction to other transportation objectives. This would include $231 million to Chicago transit, $25 million in Road Fund dollars to make debt service payments on Transportation D bonds, and increases by $2 million the Amtrak subsidy funded from the Road Fund.

Michels Recognized for Service

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustee James Michels was recently recognized by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association for his decades of service. Michels, of Elburn, has served the Waubonsee board for 30 years — since 1987 — and was recognized during the ICCTA annual banquet this month. The retired consultant and engineer has completed the second most years of service of current Waubonsee trustees.

What’s New with Performance Reviews?

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Every company has their own view on performance reviews, some companies have even done away with such reviews. However, most companies still have some sort of discussion that happens on a regular basis. This course will cover your expectations of these conversations, the process that controls them and how to achieve the desired outcomes.

  • Identify the desired outcomes from your company performance review process
  • Create a process that achieves the desired outcomes
  • How to hold a performance review conversation

To find out more information or register, visit: http://waubonseetickets.universitytickets.com (see Customized Training)

 

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

Tony Galvez Named Grand Marshal of Aurora’s Fourth of July Parade

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Mayor Richard Irvin announced today that Jose “Tony” Galvez – a stalwart advocate for people with disabilities – will serve as Grand Marshal of Aurora’s 2017 Fourth of July Parade.

“Tony is truly an inspiration to everyone in our community,” said Mayor Richard Irvin. “In spite of many challenges, he has persevered and has empowered others do the same.”

A lifelong Auroran who graduated from East Aurora High School, Galvez was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of six.  Rather than give up, Galvez pursued his biggest dream: helping other young people with disabilities live fuller lives.

“When I was just a small child I was faced with the biggest challenge in my life. I was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and have been fighting it ever since,” said Galvez. “Although I am not able to walk, this has not been an impediment. I have made it my life’s goal to help others with disabilities.”

Tony began his service by hosting large fundraising events featuring popular musicians. In the first three years, he raised more than $40,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He then expanded his mission and founded the SAN Antonio Foundation in October 2014, which helps families with ill children deal with the high costs of medical care.  To date, the SAN Antonio Foundation has raised more than $33,000 to support families in Aurora and the work of St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation and other organizations.

“Tony has accomplished more while fighting muscular dystrophy and confined to a wheel chair than most do in a lifetime,” said Scott Hawkins, one of a number of people who nominated Galvez for the position. “With his countless fundraisers and his never-complain attitude, he will undoubtedly inspire Aurora and our nation on Independence Day.”

Galvez will lead Aurora’s 2017 Fourth of July Parade on Tuesday, July 4 in downtown Aurora. The parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. from the Santori Public Library at the corner of River and Benton Streets.

“Wow. I am so honored. Blessings continue to come my way,” said Galvez when he was informed about his nomination and appointment as Grand Marshal.