Naperville Heritage Society Receives $1,000,000 for Naper Settlement’s Heritage Gateway

September 13th, 2017

We are incredibly excited to announce that the Naperville Heritage Society received a generous combined grant award and gifts totaling $1,000,000 in support of the museum’s Heritage Gateway and Innovation Hall. The gift comes from the Tellabs Foundation, and Christopher and Christine Birck and The Birck Family Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation.

The proposed state-of-the-art welcome center will host digital and interactive exhibitions that will tell the dynamic history of Naperville’s growth in the 20th and 21st century. The center’s exhibition space, Innovation Hall, will have a digital wall that will be a repository for stories, files and photos. Visitors can upload and archive their own story through the digital wall and share how they have made their own mark in history.

For more information or to donate (financially, or through oral histories or with artifacts), please email us.


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September 13th, 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 Limousine
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
City Segment
Company 251
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
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
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
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
The Voice
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company

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Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A continuity plan to continue business is essential. This WYNTK seminar will assist businesses and organizations in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.

Sept. 15: Wellness Works Conference for Employers
Wellness Works
Premier Members
Premier Members
Calendar of Events
Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
Tracy’s Bistro, 4424 E. New York St., Aurora

Grand Opening: 500 Station Blvd.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4 – 8 p.m.
675 Station Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

2017 Wellness Works Conference
Friday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Prisco Community Center, Aurora

Grand Opening: Garage 31
Monday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
102 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

35th Anniversary: Lindstrom Chiropractic
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
1965 W, Downer Pl., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Grand Opening: Huntington Bank
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8 – 10 a.m.
2430 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 8:30 a.m.

WYNTK: Emergency Preparedness Plannings
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by City Segment

5th Anniversary: McLaughlin & Associates
Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
495 N. Commons Dr. Ste. 103, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:15 p.m.

Public Policy Update
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Procurement Streamlining a Win for Illinois Business

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

One More Leaves Ill. GA

Social Security Expedites Decisions to Those with Serious Disabilities

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

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

Make Your Voice Heard; Submit NAFTA Comments

Gov. Rauner Takes Action on Several Bills

This Week: Gov. Signs Education Bill

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18
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 -candidate-forum-tickets-37242741041. When ordering your ticket(s), enter Aurora in the Promo Code box.

Member News
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Making Global Local: Third Annual Exports Conference

Aurora Fire, Police to Host Sept. 11 Memorial

Residents Invited to Explore Opportunities Sept. 16 at Volunteer Mania Fair

Nicholas Knudtson Joins Team at Konen Insurance

Aurora Named one of the Best Cities to Raise a Family

VNA Health Care Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture

West High to Host World Language Career Expo

Waubonsee to Host Aurora Downtown Career Fair This Month

Join Us for an Ill. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Oct. 18

VNA Recognized for Quality Achievements, Awarded $171K by HRSA

IMSA, Tellabs Foundation Announce Next Generation Innovators Award Winners

West Aurora School District 129 Approved for Federal Registered Apprenticeship Program

Fox Valley Mall, Simply Destinee Partner for the Shining a Light on Suicide

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme Announced: ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

Park Renovations Coming to Meadow Lake; New Park at Randall Highlands

Thermamax, Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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EEI Announces Newly Licensed Professional Engineer

September 11th, 2017

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) is proud to announce that Christopher Ott from Sugar Grove, Illinois has passed the Professional Engineer (P.E.) exam and has earned the title of Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

Ott is a 2013, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois with a BS in Civil Engineering. Chris interned with EEI prior to coming on staff full time in 2013. Since joining EEI, Chris has become an important member of our Transportation Group working on various roadway projects. He is an active member of the American Public Works Association Membership Committee.

With his P.E. licensure, Ott joins 18 other licensed professional engineers at EEI. In addition, he has also been promoted to Senior Project Engineer I status within the organization.

The P.E. license is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, regulated by the State in the interest of supporting integrity within the profession and public safety. It is a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality.

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

Martin Lipton Joins Team at Konen Insurance

September 11th, 2017

Konen Insurance, Inc welcomes Martin Lipton as Personal Lines Account Manager in its Aurora office. Lipton will be responsible for home, auto and life insurance.

Prior to joining Konen Insurance, Lipton was an Account Manager with State Farm. While at State Farm, he earned his license in P&C, life and health. Lipton received his bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in business from Xavier University.

Konen Insurance is a full service independent insurance agency serving the Fox Valley area for over 50 years.  Brian Konen and Jerry Knudtson are second-generation owners offering clients insurance and risk management consulting for business, personal, life and health insurance needs.

U.S. Chamber: Overtime Rule Update

September 8th, 2017

We are pleased to report that late last week the Eastern District of Texas granted the Chamber’s motion for a permanent injunction on the Obama administration’s overtime rule. As you are aware, the Obama administration’s rule would have resulted in salaried professional employees being converted to hourly wages, reduced workplace flexibility and remote electronic access to work, and halted opportunities for career advancement.

This legal victory means small businesses, nonprofits, and other employers throughout the economy will not see excessive new labor costs and major disruptions in their day to day work.  Thank you to everyone who participated in our webinars, signed our letter to Congress, and who participated in the comment period and lawsuit.  

The Chamber is looking forward to working with the Department of Labor on a new rule to create a more suitable update to the salary threshold.

U.S. Chamber: Tax Reform

September 8th, 2017
With Congress back to business this week, the work on tax reform is intensifying. ‎Thanks to your hard work and partnership last month, we were able to keep the drumbeat alive with 252 events at local, metro and state chambers (many with elected officials present) calling for fundamental tax reform over August recess. 
We agree with the major players in the administration and Congress: businesses need comprehensive tax reform consistent with our principles not merely tax cuts. ‎This week, hearings begin in earnest diving into the specifics of reform that should lower the rates for both main street businesses and corporations, simplify the code, and transition our system to more internationally competitive rules that do not disadvantage our multinationals. The President is continuing to take his case for reform on the road, visiting North Dakota this week for a bipartisan event with a Democratic Senator.
We urge you to continue to weigh in on your need for tax reform. Op-eds like this one from Pennsylvania are extremely helpful, and we would be happy to work with you to craft them (and would love to capture them to help make the case after they are published, so send them in). ‎

Making Global Local: Third Annual Exports Conference

September 8th, 2017

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wintrust Corporate Headquarters

(9700 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont 60018)

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce International Business Council and the Business Services Division proudly present the Third Annual Export Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Wintrust Financial Corporation in Rosemont.  The event will bring together top global experts serving at the highest level of government and industry to examine the most important issues involved in exporting: legal, financing, and tax implications to market considerations and distribution needs. Panelists will share their best practices and success stories to illustrate how companies can increase their global sales. This conference was designed with both small and large businesses in mind. We anticipate that attendees will be drawn from nearly every sector of the economy. We expect to host 100-200 individuals representing the leadership of small, midsize, and large companies and trade associations.


Registration Fee:

Member Rate:  $95

Non-Member Rate:  $145


Exhibitor Tables and Sponsorships available


To register to attend, or for more information on Exhibitor or Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Pam Holleman, HR Specialist/Event & Publication Sales

at (855) 239-6150 or

One More Leaves Ill. GA

September 8th, 2017

Democratic State Representative Brandon Phelps (D- Harrisburg) announced his resignation due to complications to an injury he had with his eye. Phelps has served in the House since 2003.

House Republicans not seeking re-election include Representatives Mike Fortner (not seeking re-election), Patti Bellock, Bob Pritchard (not seeking re-election), Bill Mitchell (not seeking re-election), Chad Hays (not seeking re-election), Sara Wojicki-Jimenez (not seeking re-election), Steve Andrsson (not seeking re-election), Brian Stewart (running for Senate seat), and Barb Wheeler (not seeking re-election).  Senate Republicans include Senators Christine Radogno (resigned), Tim Bivins (not seeking re-election) and Kyle McCarter (self imposed term limits).  House Democrats include Representatives Emily McAsey (resigned), Scott Drury (running for Governor), Cynthia Soto (running for another office), Laura Fine (running for state Senate), and Elaine Nektriz (not seeking re-election).  Senate Democrats include State Senators Daniel Biss (running for governor) and Bill Haine (not seeking re-election).

New UI Process Streamlines Tax Experience

September 8th, 2017
Beginning Sept. 11, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s MyTax Illinois will become Illinois employers’ most convenient option for filing unemployment insurance monthly wage reports, quarterly unemployment insurance reports, and for making contribution payments. The transition is a joint effort between the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) to simplify the tax experience for both new and existing Illinois employers.

Some of the benefits employers can expect to see include the ability to:
  • Register a new business with IDES and IDOR in one secure location;
  • Save time completing and mailing paper reports by filing wage reports and paying unemployment contributions electronically;
  • Make changes to account information quickly and easily;
  • Get immediate online confirmation that reports and payments have been received and processed timely;
  • View IDES and IDOR correspondence, account balances and other documents through a secure message center; and
  • File UI-3/40 reports, make payments and report quarterly zero wages online.
The Chamber applauds the two agencies for cutting through the bureaucracy to bring something of great value to the Illinois business community.
For more information on MyTax Illinois, please visit: Employer questions regarding MyTax Illinois may be directed to the IDOR Telephone Assistance Hot Line: 1-800-732-8866.

Ill. Senate, House Release Fall Veto Schedules

September 8th, 2017

Today, the House and Senate issued veto calendars for the upcoming fall veto session.  Both chambers are expected to be in for week 1 of veto session from Oct. 24-26 and for week 2 from Nov. 7-9.  The Senate’s calendar can be found here and House’s here.