The primary purpose of this committee is to monitor governmental matters, which may impact area business, present recommendations to the Chamber’s Board of Directors, and to initiate appropriate action. The Government Relations Committee acts as a forum for the exchange of ideas between business and government (local, state, and federal).
This committee works collaboratively with other organizations and municipalities on community issues, in addition to supporting the mission for the Fox Valley Political Action Committee.
There are six top issues that have been identified by this committee as a concern to membership and share public policy with elected officials. They are Education & Workforce Development, Economic Development, Transportation, Taxation, Healthcare, and Tourism.
2011 Aurora City Council Candidates Questionnaires
Six seats on the Aurora City Council are open for the April 5 General Election — with four of them be contested. The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce recently sent questionnaires to the candidates to better understand their positions on business-related issues in our community. To review their responses, click here; a PDF of their responses can be reviewed by clicking on each candidate's name.
Recent Advocacy Efforts
At the February 15, 2011, meeting of the Board of Directors, the board took action on the following pending legislation in Springfield. For details, click on the accompanying link.
Oppose SB 1565: Minimum Wage Increase
Oppose HB 1301: Fire District Antitrust Exemption
At the March 15, 2011, meeting of the Board of Directors, the board took action on the following:
Oppose HB 3107: Electronic Gaming at Racetracks
Support Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama
Support SB 20: Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit
The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will continue its grassroots communication efforts for its membership. To learn more, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.