Illinois GA: Education Funding

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

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

June 26th, 2017
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95.9 The River
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
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
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
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
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Enterprise Car Sales
Chris Person
4000 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
(630) 820-8510
Automotive Sales, Rental & Service

STEMshala Enrichment Center
Ripujeet and Archana Sharma
4075 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
(630) 299-3663
Education

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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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.

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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

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

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?

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

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.

Aurora Chamber Member Events, News

June 19th, 2017
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95.9 The River
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
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
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
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
WSPY

Welcome New Members

Xplore Tumbling and Gymnastics
Michelle Masciola
223 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
(630) 229-6115
Gymnastics

 

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Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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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

Behind the Scenes at the Chamber
Golfer registration remains open for the 2017 Golf Classic at Aurora Country Club presented by Meyer Wealth Advisors. Registration for members is $175 through June 30. For information on sponsorships, contact Maureen Gasek at (630) 256-3182.

In addition to several meetings with Chamber members as well as prospective members, the team supported Sky Zone’s ribbon cutting. There was a great turnout for the Trade Forum at Waubonsee Community College’s downtown Aurora campus where we shared what is necessary for our local exporters to obtain a certificate of origin.

We were happy to support a number of our members in the several processes and meetings with various local government organizations. There is a great deal of development occurring in our region and we’re looking forward to announcing some job creating projects in the near future.

Workforce and education were a major theme of the week as we participated in a Mayor’s Transition Team meeting on Education and Workforce Development, attended the national association’s annual meeting on education attainment, and continued organizing a resource fair for parents and students with disabilities (including services, opportunities, and career support).

This week we are looking forward to meeting with members and employers and preparing for next week’s programs, including a ribbon cutting for AAA on Monday and Fox Valley Networking Professionals on Thursday, June 29.

Don’t forget: “Jump Start Your Member Profile” workshop is scheduled for June 27 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.

Did You Know?
As a member of the Aurora Chamber, we are available to assist you in coordinating and working with our elected and municipal officials. For instance, we can help you plan, coordinate, and celebrate a ribbon cutting, grand opening, or groundbreaking. We can help coordinate meetings to discuss various public policy topics with our elected officials to explain the impact of these policies on growth, job creation, and expansion. Our goal is to help you succeed; give us a call or email if there is something we can do to help. For questions, contact Reba Morgan Osborne, director of membership, at (630) 256-3184
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
Sponsorships Available

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

 

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May Unemployment Drops Slightly

Budget Threatens Lottery Games

Transportation: Construction Shutdown Looms

Higher Education, No Budget Impact

Gov. Calls for Special Session

Illinois Budget Update

Minimum Wage Increase a Bad Bet for Job Creators

Local Government: Ill. Township Consolidation

Ill. Budget: Debt Rating

Budget: Ill. General Assembly

Pre-K effort that advances ’21st Century skills’

End-of-Session Wrap Up in Springfield

Ill. Chamber Shares Springfield Update

Ill. House GOP on Budget

Springfield Update

Illinois Budget: An Opion From State Rep. Keith Wheeler

Equal-Pay Act Changes Limit Employer Defenses

‘Grand Bargain’ Update

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.

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

VNA Health Care and Fox Valley Park District host “Summer HealthFest” on June 21

CMT Employee Anniversaries

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

Mayor’s Transition Team to Host Town Hall Meetings

Meyer Wealth Honors Two East High Grads with Scholarships

You’re Invited: Mayor Irvin to Make Special Announcement

Park District, City, Illinois DCFS Team Up to Promote Water Safety, Prevent Drowning

VNA Health Care Announces New Chief Financial Officer Don Klink

Community Initiative to Combat Gangs and Drugs

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

June 18th, 2017

Mayor Richard C. Irvin announced yesterday new initiatives in innovation and information technology for the City of Aurora.

Nearly 100 business, government, civic and education leaders from Aurora gathered for Irvin’s announcement at the Illinois Math and Science Academy’s IN2 Center for Innovation and Inquiry.
“Developing innovative ideas and policies for Aurora will require strong data analysis coupled with best practices and creative and strategic thinking,” said Irvin. “Successful innovation is greater than just technology alone. It requires the ability to generate ideas from across the board and the proven capacity to implement them.”
NOTED PROFESSOR IS NEW INNOVATION CHIEF
To lead Aurora’s new innovation initiatives, Irvin has recruited former DePaul University professor, Dr. Adrienne Merced-Holloway, to serve as the City’s first Chief Innovation Officer.
“After working with Dr. Holloway on a number of significant projects, I know she is clearly focused on strategic planning and effective results,” said Irvin. “As she works to enhance our strengths in Aurora through innovative ideas and practices, her expertise will be instrumental in connecting all facets of our community and driving innovation throughout the city.”
An accomplished professional with decades of experience in community development and higher education, Holloway was most recently an assistant professor at the DePaul University Graduate School of Public Service where she taught government, community development and research methods courses across 4 degree programs. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fordham University.
A small business owner and dedicated community volunteer, Holloway is the president of her own consulting firm and currently serves as Director of Mayor Irvin’s Transition Team, Vice-Chair of the Northern Lights Development Corporation and Board Member of the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. She also recently completed 2 terms as Chair for the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board.
Holloway will be an addition to Irvin’s previously announced Mayor’s Office staff. Her team includes the Community Services Department led by Chief Community Services Officer Dan Barreiro; and the Information Technology Department, which is now under new leadership.
NEW TECHNOLOGY CHIEF BRINGS GLOBAL EXPERIENCE
Recognizing the important role information technology will play in the City’s success, including efforts in innovation and economic development, Irvin  has also recruited the former Vice President of Information Technology of global financial services company, Morgan Stanley, to lead the City’s technology initiatives.
As Chief Information Officer, Michael R. Pegues, brings more than 20 years of experience in IT delivery and management across diverse sectors, including Financial Services, Technology/Telecommunications and Government.
“Our Technology Department is integral to the success of operations at City Hall and the economic growth of our business community,” said Irvin. “Michael has the global experience in technology and business that we need to advance. Not only is he a proven executive in the field, he is also a community advocate and veteran who is dedicated to service.”
Under the direction of the Chief Innovation Officer, Pegues will be responsible for the management, oversight and direction of the IT Department, including the Management Information Systems Division and the Police Technical Services Division, which is comprised of public safety and the 911 center. Former Chief Technology Officer, Ted Beck, will collaborate with Pegues as the City’s new Chief Information Security Officer focusing on cybersecurity and citywide IT projects.
A veteran of the United States Army, Pegues most recently served as Vice President of Enterprise Security Solutions at Morgan Stanley’s Chicago office and Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure of the company’s office in Budapest, Hungary.  He left Morgan Stanley to join Irvin’s administration.
Pegues holds a Bachelor’s of Computer Science from DeVry University and an Executive MBA from Central European University. He is an alum of West Aurora High School.
“Howard Schultz of Starbucks said when you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible,” said Irvin. “I agree, and my goal is to build a team of professionals who are leaders in their respective fields and passionate about building Aurora together.  Both Adrienne and Michael have been and will continue to be great assets to Aurora.”

 

May Unemployment Drops Slightly

June 18th, 2017

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced Thursday that the unemployment rate declined -0.1 percentage points to 4.6 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,400 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. April job growth was revised little to show a decrease of -7,300 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of -7,200 jobs.

May’s modest monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. Payroll growth has been sluggish thus far this year.

“Illinois remains -23,300 jobs short of reaching its prior peak employment reached in September 2000,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “If Illinois had grown at the National average over that time, the State would have an additional 650,000 jobs.”

“We hear from companies every week that are concerned by the current business climate in Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy. “We need to implement common sense reforms that would lead to booming job growth and expansion of opportunities across our state.”

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.3 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for May 2017, which decreased to 4.3 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -1.3 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.9 percent. At 4.6 percent, the Illinois jobless rate stands at its lowest level since February 2007, after having decreased for four consecutive months and is down -1.1 percentage points since January 2017.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -2.9 percent from the prior month to 298,100, down -23.0 percent over the same month for the prior year. This brings the number of unemployed workers to its lowest level since December 2006. The labor force decreased -0.3 percent over-the-month and declined by -0.9 percent in May over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.