Archive for October, 2017

IMSA Named Winner of 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) was named a winner of the 16th annual Chicago Innovation Awards for its new innovation center, IN2. The winners were announced at an event held at Chicago’s Harris Theater on Monday, Oct. 30, with nearly 1,500 business and civic leaders, and supporters of innovation in attendance. The Chicago Innovation Awards, celebrating its 16th year, is the Chicago region’s foremost recognition of the most innovative new products or services brought to market or to public service each year.

In true entrepreneurial spirit, IN2 Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry, IMSA’s startup raised $2M in private funds from alumni, corporations, foundations and friends. Illinois’ first secondary education innovation center, IN2 is an incubator for the next generation of discoverers, creators and thinkers through STEM entrepreneurship and makerspace education.

“Our vision is to create a model for U.S. education that empowers young people to transform their ideas into reality and into solutions to the complex social challenges of our time through entrepreneurship and innovation,” explains IMSA President Dr. José Torres.

IN2 collaborates with corporate partners that include British Petroleum, ComEd, Caterpillar, First National Bank, and organizations such as Illinois Computing Educators. Additionally, IN2@IMSA has partnerships with Illinois higher education including Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern, and the University of Illinois. Volunteer idea baristas – community members with specific areas of expertise – assist students and community startups in idea development and guide them to take their concept to the next level.

“Chicago’s innovators continue to demonstrate the breadth of innovation found in the Chicago region, cutting across all industries, sectors and sizes,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards.

The winning organizations receive a variety of honors including the opportunity to ring the NASDAQ Bell in New York City, and meetings with the Mayor, Governor and Cook County President.

“(More than) 530 organizations nominated for this year’s awards,” said Luke Tanen, executive director of the Chicago Innovation Awards. “As a group, these nominees generated record totals in economic output, with nearly $3.4 billion in new revenues achieved from their new products and services, along with the creation of (more than) 15,000 new jobs. The winners represent the best from this very impressive group.”

The complete list of this year’s Chicago Innovation Award winners can be found at www.chicagoinnovation.com.

Chamber Member News for Week of Oct. 30

Monday, October 30th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Aaron’s
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Kluber Architects + Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magick Woods, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
MedCom Group, LLC
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Staffing Network, LLC & QPA
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Stonebridge Country Club
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Woodforest National Bank
World Finance Corporation
WSPY

Welcome New Members

World Finance Corporation (Elite)
Daniel Valdez-Bernal
2616 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
(630) 820-3863
Loans

MedCom Group (Elite)
Ivette Arredondo
3535 E. New York Street, Aurora
(630) 585-0400
Real Estate

 

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Celebrating Our Members
2017 Annual Celebration of Membership
presented by

First Secure Community Bank

Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

This year’s Annual Celebration of Membership will showcase regional employers that have embraced the Connect. Grow. Influence. benefits of Aurora Chamber membership. We want to recognize and share stories that have helped build our community.

Each member of the Aurora Chamber is important – whether a solopreneur or an employer of hundreds. With this diversity, our region remains strong – and a strong community creates more jobs, products, services, and opportunity.

The 2017 Annual Celebration of Membership is sponsored in part by Northwestern Medicine, BMO Harris Bank, Earthmover Credit Union, and Waubonsee Community College.

Please join us for this annual celebration.

To register, visit http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/2017-annual-celebration-of-membership-14579

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Calendar of Events
Timeless Treasures

We celebrated the opening of Your Timeless Treasures this week with a ribbon cutting. Thank you to everyone who turned out for the event. For more photos, visit our Facebook page.

Ribbon Cutting: State Farm – Danielle Rouille
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
43 S. Randall Rd, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Re-Opening: Asbury Gardens
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
210 Airport Rd, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Re-Opening: Tease Arial, Dance & Fitness
Friday, Nov. 10, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
4014 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Grand Opening: Woodforest National Bank
Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 – 6:00 p.m.
140 S. River St, Ste. 114, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Red Kettle Kick-Off: Salvation Army
Monday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
Paramount Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Ave. Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 6:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Homewood Suites
Thursday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8 p.m.
4320 Meridian Parkway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Giving Tuesday

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:

Ill. Budget Update

Rep. David Harris Latest to Announce

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

Illinois: Gambling

Illinois Education

Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Economic Development: Amazon

Reps. Currie, Sente to Retire; AG Madigan Out

Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

Member News
Do or Dye Designs

Congratulations Do or Dye Designs on their recent ribbon cutting. For more photos of the event visit our Facebook album.

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.

IMSA Announces Dr. Kelly Page as Research Fellow

DecisionOne Dental Welcomes West Aurora Family Dental

Protection from Discrimination

Give Military Members a Gift from Home

Valley Fastener Group to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 16

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

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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Tips for Organizations Participating in #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Member News for Week of Oct. 23, 2017

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
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95.9 The River
Aaron’s
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Kluber Architects + Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magick Woods, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Staffing Network, LLC & QPA
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY
Woodforest National Bank

Contact Us

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

 

Celebrating Our Members:
2017 Annual Celebration of Membership
presented by First Secure Community Bank

Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

This year’s Annual Celebration of Membership will showcase regional employers that have embraced the Connect. Grow. Influence. benefits of Aurora Chamber membership. We want to recognize and share stories that have helped build our community.

Each member of the Aurora Chamber is important – whether a solopreneur or an employer of hundreds. With this diversity, our region remains strong – and a strong community creates more jobs, products, services, and opportunity.

The 2017 Annual Celebration of Membership is sponsored in part by Northwestern Medicine, BMO Harris Bank, Earthmover Credit Union, and Waubonsee Community College.

Please join us for this annual celebration.

To register, visit http://business.aurorachamber.com/Events/details/2017-annual-celebration-of-membership-14579

Did You Know….
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce exists to be the Catalyst for business growth and success. We work with policy makers to influence legislation that encourages job creation and business expansion. To learn more about our legislative agenda, visit AuroraChamber.com.
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Calendar of Events
Grand Opening: Do or Dye Designs
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
24 S. Stolp Ave, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Oct. 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsored by Leave Me Bee

Grand Opening: Timeless Treasures
Thursday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
61 S. Broadway St, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Ribbon Cutting: State Farm – Danielle Rouille
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
43 S. Randall Rd, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Re-Opening: Asbury Gardens
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
210 Airport Rd, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Re-Opening: Tease Arial, Dance & Fitness
Friday, Nov. 10, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
4014 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Annual Celebration of Membership
Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Grand Opening: Woodforest National Bank
Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 – 6:00 p.m.
140 S. River St, Ste. 114, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Red Kettle Kick-Off: Salvation Army
Monday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
Paramount Grand Gallery, 23 E. Galena Ave. Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 6:30 p.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Homewood Suites
Thursday, Dec. 7, 3:30 – 8 p.m.
4320 Meridian Parkway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

For more Chamber and community events, visit the AuroraChamber.com calendar of events.

Our Week in Review with Members
To check out a recent ribbon cutting at West Aurora Family Dental, visit here. Boutiques Repeats & Gifts celebrated 11 years in Aurora with a ribbon cutting. The Makers Space at Aurora Public Library hosted a Business Before Hours and showcased their new technology.
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:

Ill. Budget Update

Rep. David Harris Latest to Announce

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

Illinois: Gambling

Illinois Education

Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Economic Development: Amazon

Reps. Currie, Sente to Retire; AG Madigan Out

Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

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.IMSA Announces Dr. Kelly Page as Research Fellow

DecisionOne Dental Welcomes West Aurora Family Dental

Protection from Discrimination

Give Military Members a Gift from Home

Valley Fastener Group to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 16

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

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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Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy Announces Dr. Kelly Page as Research Fellow

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) announces that Dr. Kelly Page will be leading a nine-month ethnographic research project on “Developing Social Leaders Leadership at IMSA”.

Page will be working as a Research Fellow to discover and uncover stories of social leadership, social mediated literacies, and the social design principles of IMSA as a recognized global leader in developing social leaders through its STEM teaching and learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship programs.

Page will be an active member of the IMSA community, working on campus and attending social and student activities to learn about the IMSA experience first-hand and the social impact of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. This research will inform how social leadership is considered in leading learning communities and the development of social leaders to participate across a multiplicity of mediated social spaces and communities.

“When I was first introduced to the story of IMSA, I quickly realized in its social design, it is not your typical public high school. Here, young people participate with faculty in learning experiences designed to expose them to a multiplicity of social ways learning occurs, including being given the space to lead their own learning and leadership across the school. This context, as well as boasting notable social tech leaders behind YouTube, PayPal, Yelp and OK Cupid as IMSA Alumni, I considered IMSA as the perfect social learning laboratory to explore the design principles of what social leaders of tomorrow, to lead a better world would embody,” stated Page.

Page works at the intersection of social learning, communications, and social media participation. She is the founder and curator of Live What You Love, LLC, a social-design studio impacting social change. She has more than 18 years of experience working in social design and social learning of social media for startup to Fortune 500 companies, creating truly social cultures, brands, and leaders. Her work has been published in leading peer-reviewed business, education, and technology journals and featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, and Wall Street Journal. She has received awards from IDMA and a BIMA – Best in British Digital. Page is regularly invited to speak on topics such as social leadership, the art of social media and women in business, technology, and leadership. She has spoken at TEDx, Ignite, and Pecha Kucha and opened TEDx Cardiff with her talk “Rediscovering Friendship.”

DecisionOne Dental Welcomes West Aurora Family Dental

Monday, October 16th, 2017

West Aurora Family Dental to Host an Open House on Oct. 18, 2017

West Aurora Family Dental, formally known as Bancroft Family Dental, introduces JoLynn Janckila who has taken over the practice after the recent passing of Dr. Bancroft.

West Aurora Family Dental is now a part of the DecisionOne Dental Partners network. “Dr. Bancroft was foremost in our minds, as we searched for a dentist whose values would align with his. We know Dr. Janckila was the right choice because like Dr. Bancroft, she is committed to improving the health of her patients through excellent and thorough dental care,” said Dr. AJ Acierno, DecisionOne Dental CEO.

Dr. Janckila received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Midwestern University-Illinois, and has been working the last two years as an associate dentist at a private practice in Janesville, Wisconsin. Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from South Dakota State University, where she was a member of the women’s Varsity Soccer team. With her recent engagement, she has now moved to Aurora with her fiancé, Ryan, and their dog, Cooper.

“I share Dr. Bancroft’s passion for using creativity and artistry in dentistry. My goal is to make sure each and every patient has a healthy and beautiful smile,” said Dr. Janckila.

In recognition of Dr. Bancroft, for every patient visiting office in the next six months Dr. Janckila will make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Dr. Bancroft’s name and there will be a card at the practice for patients to sign. An open house will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. for patients to meet Dr. Janckila. West Aurora Family Dental is located at 1940 W Galena Blvd #7 in Aurora.

Chamber Member News for Week of Oct. 16

Monday, October 16th, 2017
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95.9 The River
Aaron’s
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Advance Auto Parts
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora Bank & Trust
Aurora Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Beans Greens Proteins
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
ComEd
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
CyrusOne
Do or Dye Designs
Dolan & Murphy
Downtown Auroran Magazine
Eagle Digital Marketing
Endiro Coffee
First Secure Community Bank
Ice Miller LLP
+Intention
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Inc.
Meyer Wealth Advisors
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Old Second National Bank
OnLight Aurora
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pilmer Real Estate
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Pure Skin Solutions, LLC
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
S&S Metal Recyclers II
ServPro of Aurora
Sign*A*Rama
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Staffing Network
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
Woodforest National Bank
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Woodforest National Bank
Jodi Reeves
140 S. River Street, Suite 114, Aurora
(630) 338-5164
Banks

Aaron’s
Casey Pristou
1218 N. Lake Street, Aurora
(630) 723-5300
Home Furnishings & Accessories

West Aurora Family Dental
Susan Schramm
1940 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
(630) 892-8224
Dentists

Quality Logo Products, Inc.
Kelsey Brown
724 N. Highland Avenue, Aurora
(866) 312-5646
Promotional Products

 

Contact Us

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

 

 

Ill. Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Wednesday
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will join Daily Herald Media Group, Business Ledger, ABC-7 News and several other business organizations to host a gubernatorial candidate forum focusing on business-related issues facing Illinois. The event will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect.

Candidates confirmed to attend include J.B. Pritzker, Daniel Biss, Ameya Pawar, Bob Daiber, Scott Drury, Alexander Paterakis, Chris Kennedy, and Tio Hardiman.

$25 admission includes breakfast, networking, and forum. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democratic-gubernatorial -candidate-forum-tickets-37242741041. When ordering your ticket(s), enter Aurora in the Promo Code box.

Did You Know….
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce exists to be the Champion for a stronger community. We connect our employers with the educational community and government to support workforce development as well as worksite wellness and more. Last fiscal year, the Aurora Chamber counted 72 collaborative partners working on 57 community improvement projects.
Special Needs Resource a Success
Special Needs Resource Fair

Hundreds of families turn out Saturday, Oct. 14, for the Fox Valley Special Needs Resource Fair. More than 40 service providers were on hand to share resources, services, and programs to benefit the community. View more details.

You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair
Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with the City of Aurora and Metra as well as other organizations – will provide small business owners the opportunity to meet and network with prime contractors, subcontractors and assist agencies.

This event will provide one free educational workshop: DBE Certification 101. This workshop will discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) qualifications, as well as, the documents that are needed when submitting a certification application and how to avoid common mistakes.

To register, contact Romayne Newton at rnewton@metrarr.com with the names of the individuals that will be attending.

Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Victoria in the Park, 1700 Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect

Enterprise Car Sales
Congratulations to Enterprise Car Sales on their recent ribbon cutting and opening.

Small Business Vendor Fair
Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. Aurora

For more Chamber and community events, visit the AuroraChamber.com calendar of events.

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:

Ill. Budget Update

Rep. David Harris Latest to Announce

Manufacturing: Perception vs. Reality

Three More Ill. Legislators Announce Retirement

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Geolocation Bill to Protect Business

Illinois Jobs

Bipartisan Legislation an Important Tool for Job Growth in Illinois

Illinois: Gambling

Illinois Education

Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Economic Development: Amazon

Reps. Currie, Sente to Retire; AG Madigan Out

Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

New Form I-9 Required by Sept. 18, 2017

Member News
Cosmopolitan Club
Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora welcomed Aurora Chamber staff at their recent meeting.

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.

Public Invited to Blackhawk Park Grand Opening Oct. 18

Protection from Discrimination

Give Military Members a Gift from Home

Valley Fastener Group to Celebrate National Manufacturing Day

Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 16

You’re Invited: Small-Business Vendor Fair

Special Needs Fair to Connect Residents with Services

Aurora Enters Nationwide Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge

NIU Law School Names Irvin ‘Alumnus of the Year’

2017 IN2@IMSA Fall FUNshops

Congratulations! Mayor Irvin Elected to IML Board

2018 USA Badminton Junior National Championships to be Held in Aurora Area

IMSA Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Oct. 1: National Mental Health Week

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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Protection from Discrimination

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

The City of Aurora has a Human Relations Commission with a goal to further understanding within our community and to preserve recognized rights of residents of the City particularly in the areas of equal employment, housing, and access to public services and facilities. The Commission can investigate claims of discrimination, mediate conflict, and act when our human relations ordinance is violated. The Commission also works to educate people about their rights under the ordinance and to help promote harmonious relations within our community.

The City of Aurora’s Human Relations Ordinance prohibits discrimination based on race, nationality, color, ancestry, religion or creed, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or military status.

If you believe you are the victim of discrimination in employment, housing, education, public services and facilities, public accommodations, financial institutions, insurance companies, or labor organizations, you may file a complaint with the Commission.

Please visit the Human Relations Commission web page to learn more, contact us via email to HRC@aurora-il.org, or call us at (630) 256-3007.

Ill. Budget Update

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

State report: Budget out of balance by $1.7 billion. The state’s fiscal year 2018 budget is out of balance by $1.7 billion, according to a fiscal policy report released Thursday by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. The imbalance might have been avoided if the General Assembly had enacted $2 billion in reforms proposed by the Rauner Administration and Republican leaders earlier this year.

The Illinois Economic and Fiscal Policy Report provides a five-year economic outlook based on the budget along with state and national growth forecasts. The GOMB compiles the report, which is available for public view at https://www.illinois.gov/gov/budget/Pages/PolicyReports.aspx.

In the report, GOMB Director Scott Harry asserts that with stronger economic growth accompanied by spending controls, Illinois could achieve budget surpluses and reduce its bill backlog to an estimated $500 million by the end of fiscal year 2023.

Enacting the Rauner Administration and Republican leaders 2018 budget proposals, according to Harry, would have saved the state enough to balance this year’s budget. The plan proposed savings through reforms in government group health insurance programs ($600 million); Medicaid ($525 million); and issuing revenue rather than general obligation bonds to pay down the state’s bill backlog ($60 million in interest this year, and $390 million over the 12-year life of the bond).

Harry said nearly $700 million in pension reform savings were part of the governor’s plan, including a call to end the practice of near-retirement salary spiking.

“Balancing the budget and enacting reforms would let us grow the economy, control spending, pay down our debt, and invest in jobs,” Harry said.

“It is time for the political leaders of our state to come together to build long-term fiscal stability so we can expand our economy,” he added. “The only way to resolve our fiscal issues is to grow the economy faster than our spending.”

Public Invited to Blackhawk Park Grand Opening Oct. 18

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

The Fox Valley Park District invites the public to join its grand opening ceremony for Blackhawk Park on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m.

Located along Galena Boulevard between Blackhawk and View streets on Aurora’s near west side, Blackhawk Park is built on the site where the original West Aurora High School stood since 1905.

The site’s historical significance played an influential role in its planning and development – as did Park District residents, who helped shape concept plans through open house forums last winter. Naming of the park was also put to public vote, with “Blackhawk” the overwhelming favorite.

“This has been a collaboration of community all along,” said Park District executive director Jim Pilmer. “We’re proud to have converted this into a public amenity that is free and open for everybody to enjoy.”

The ceremony will include appearances by three local citizens who share a long association with the site and the schools that stood there – Neal Ormond (West Aurora Junior High School), Larry Shepard (Benjamin Franklin Junior High School) and Dr. Paul House (Aurora Christian schools).

The park’s highlight design feature is a centralized, circular “great lawn” area that encourages unstructured play. The northeast section of the park features innovative playground equipment, a splash pad (open next spring) and a unique shelter reminiscent of the old West Aurora High School.

An interpretive plaza offers educational opportunities and environmental awareness, marked by a flagpole at the entrance – the same flagpole location as it was for the high school. The plan also provides an area for public art displays.

Extensive landscaping – including a rain garden adjacent to the splash pad – will buffer the park from nearby traffic and provide natural beauty.