VNA Health Care Receives Proclamation for 100 Years of Service

December 7th, 2018

On Dec. 5, 2018, the City of Aurora presented VNA Health Care with a proclamation setting Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, as VNA Health Care Day in Aurora in honor of the organization’s 100th Anniversary.

Local community leaders and donors joined VNA Health Care to celebrate the organization’s century of service at a Founders’ Day Tea held at Moreton Arboretum. VNA Health Care was founded in Aurora on Dec. 5, 1918, by a small group of concerned citizens who came together to address the health care needs of the vulnerable population living in and around Aurora at that time.

“We cannot know precisely what was in the minds of the men and women who met at City Hall to form what would become VNA Health Care.” said Linnea Windel, VNA Health Care president & CEO, “What we do know is that their intentions were compassionate and that they moved to action, obtaining funding, securing space, hiring a nurse and engaging volunteer physicians, in order to open its doors within weeks of that inaugural meeting”.

Throughout this century of service, VNA has grown and adapted to serve the healthcare needs of communities across suburban Chicago. This special occasion was an opportunity to honor patients, supporters and community members who gathered to celebrate VNA’s accomplishments in extending high-quality, compassionate, and convenient care for all.

VNA Health Care operates 14 clinics in suburban Chicago and serves more than 72,000 people a year. VNA 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 birth weights, 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. 

 

Employers Should be Aware of W-2 Scam, Protect Employee Information

December 7th, 2018
Small businesses should be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft and W-2 scams. Employers hold sensitive tax data on their employees – such as Form W-2 data – which is highly valued by identity thieves.
All employers are targets for the W-2 scam. This scheme has become one of the more dangerous email scams. Here’s how it works:
  • These emails appear to be from an executive or organization leader to a payroll or human resources employee.
  • The message usually starts with a simple greeting, like: “Hey, you in today?”
  • By the end of the email exchange, all of an organization’s Forms W-2 for their employees may be in the hands of cybercriminals.
  • Because payroll officials believe they are corresponding with an executive, it may take weeks for someone to realize a data theft has occurred.
  • Generally, the criminals are trying to quickly take advantage of their theft, sometimes filing fraudulent tax returns within a day or two.
This scam is such a threat to taxpayers that a special IRS reporting process has been established. Here’s an abbreviated list of how a business should report these schemes. They should:
  • Email dataloss@irs.gov to notify the IRS of a W-2 data loss and provide contact information. In the subject line, type “W2 Data Loss” so that the email can be routed properly. The business should not attach any employee personally identifiable information data.
  • Email the Federation of Tax Administrators at StateAlert@taxadmin.org to get information on how to report victim information to the states.
  • File a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. Businesses and payroll service providers may be asked to file a report with their local law enforcement agency.
  • Notify employees. The employee may then take steps to protect themselves from identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission’s www.identitytheft.gov provides guidance on general steps employees should take.
  • Forward the scam email to phishing@irs.gov.

Tanner House to Sparkle with Holiday Decor

December 5th, 2018

Visitors to the free open houses at the Tanner House Museum in Aurora will find a variety of decor this December.  In addition to colorful traditional decorations throughout, the 1857 home itself will be featured as an authentically-built, to-scale gingerbread house in the kitchen, and in the library, tiny elf-aliens will be delivering gifts from a spaceship parked outside a dollhouse.

Also new this year will be the “photo booth” concept used in the parlor.  Visitors interested in taking selfies can dress up in vintage style with items provided by the Aurora Historical Society.  Docents will be available to snap the shutter.  A century-old view camera will be on display.

The open houses begin Sunday, December 9.  Openings are on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm, and on Fridays from 4pm to 7pm.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.  The museum is located at 304 Oak Avenue, the corner of Oak and Cedar, in Aurora, 60506.  The last day of the program is Sunday, December 30.

There is more information online at www.aurorahistory.net or on Facebook at aurorahistory.

Holiday Celebration Wednesday; Your #AuroraChamber News for Week of Dec. 3

December 3rd, 2018

Last Chance. Join Us Wednesday.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Annual Holiday Celebration »
Money-Saving Programs For Members »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Welcome New Members »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Caught On Camera »
Member News »
Did You Know? »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

LAST CHANCE. JOIN US WEDNESDAY.

Holiday Celebration

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Can You Save with an Association Health Plan?

As you know, our Chamber provides you and your business with resources to help make your lives a little easier. We are always looking for valued partners who can help us provide value to our members.

Our member has several insurance companies who are very experienced in providing association plan solutions to entities such as ours. Some of the benefits of buying insurance through this plan include:

• 5-15% lower rates than what you could get on your own
• Renewal rate cap of 7% once we get 500 employee lives in the plan
• All of the unused claim dollars are returned to you and your business

Read more here. If you are interested in participating (with no obligation), please contact Joseph Henning, president and CEO.

Public Policy Updates

The House and Senate released their 2019 spring schedules for the 101st General Assembly. The current General Assembly will meet one more time during “Lame Duck Session” on Jan. 7 and 8. The new General Assembly will be sworn in on Jan. 9 and the Governor will be sworn in on Jan. 14. On Feb. 20, the Governor will present the Budget Address. Other dates of note include the Senate Committee deadline on March 22, the House Committee deadline on March 29, and the Senate and House Third-Reading Deadline on April 12. Committee and 3rd Reading deadlines may be extended by the Speaker or the Senate President. Additionally, individual bills may have their deadlines extended. Adjournment is scheduled for May 31.
Other Recent Policy News

2018 Midterm Election Recap »
This Week in the General Assembly »
Ill. Quality of Life Only Average »
Illinois Jobs, Unemployment »
Durkin Re-elected as House Republican Leader »
Gov. Rauner Announces $1.5M in Recreational Trails Program Grants »
Ill. House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Gaming Issues »
Highlights of Tax Reform for Businesses »
U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches Education, Workforce Fellowship »
Governor Signs Bill to Transition to Multi-year
Vehicle Registration Opportunity
»
Governor Signs Legislation to Help Keep Illinois Students in Illinois »
State of Illinois Sells $965 Million in Bonds »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Welcome New Members

Aurora Downtown
Marissa Amoni
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
(630) 674-2099
Community-Based Organization

OHU Aurora Early Learning Center
Karen Player
525 College Avenue, Aurora
(630) 256-7703
Childcare

Fox Valley Developers
Michael Poulakidas
346 N. Lake Street, Aurora
(630) 892-5150
Real Estate Developers

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora Limousine Service      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Do Or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Gateway Mortgage Group      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.       New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC- Duckie Huynh      Obregon Medical Clinic      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Presence Mercy Medical Center      Quality Logo Products      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Staffmark      Stonebridge Country Club      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Thoughtwave Software & Solutions      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Register Today: Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie St., Aurora

Aurora Young Professionals Kick-Off
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center, 732 Prairie St., Aurora

Chamber Offices Closed
Monday, Dec. 24 & Tuesday, Dec. 25

Chamber Offices Closed
Monday, Dec. 31 & Tuesday, Jan. 1

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

Congratulations to M/I Homes Gramercy Square for their recent open house. Thank you to Ald. Edward Bugg for joining us for the ribbon cutting. It’s the season for gatherings and we joined First American Bank on East New York Street to begin welcoming in the season. Be sure and join us for the 2018 Holiday Celebration at Aurora Country Club on Dec. 5 for an evening of holiday cheer. Bring co-workers, customers, and friends. For these and more photos of recent activities, please visit our Facebook page.

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
EEI Announces Two Junior Engineers »
On America Recycles Day, Are You Recycling Correctly? »
Congratulations, West Aurora School District 129! »
Can You Save with an Association Health Plan? »
Volunteers Sought to Serve on City of Aurora Boards, Commissions »
Illinois Communities Preparing for Solar »
Park District Earns Financial, Distinguished Budget Awards »
Save the Date: March 1 – College & Career Fair »
Aurora Receives National Grant to Offer Free Financial Counseling to Residents »
EEI’s Member Earns APWA CPII Certification »
Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Konen Insurance »
Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Umbrella Technologies »
W-2 Wage Earners Should Do a Paycheck Checkup ASAP »
An Estimated Tax Payment in 2018 Could Help Avoid a Penalty in 2019 »
Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Next Month »
House Method Names Aurora ‘Most Underrated Town’ in Illinois »
Mayor Irvin Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program »
Aurora Police First in State to Join ‘Neighbors’ App »

Did You Know?

Last fiscal year, the #AuroraChamber website saw more than four million hits from nearly 350,000 visitors. One of the most popular destinations was the Member Directory with nearly 275,000 hits – an average of nearly 400 hits per member. Is your directory listing up to date? If you see something that needs to be changed or added, contact Reba Osborne, director of membership, for assistance.

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

The #AuroraChamber has a number of videos online to assist you in using your member profile to your advantage. Current videos include:

How to Pay Invoices Online
How to Post a Hot Deal
How to Add a Job Posting
How to Update Your Personal Profile
How to Update Your Company Profile
How to Manage and Post Events

About The Aurora Chamber

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.

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Police, Fire Subject of Aurora Historical Society 2019 Calendar

December 3rd, 2018

The brave souls who have looked after the safety of the city and her citizens over the last century and a half are saluted in the 2019 calendar from the Aurora Historical Society.

“Vintage Aurora: Police and Fire” is comprised of photos drawn from the archives of the society. The pictures span the years 1872-1970 and include the men and the machinery, as well as a few horses of the fire departments (in the mid-1800s there were as many as four companies operating at the same time), and police  department.

The calendar is $14.95 plus tax, with a 10% discount to historical society members.  It is available at the gift shop at 20 E. Downer Pl., 60505 or online at www.aurorahistory.net.  Online orders will be shipped at an additional charge.   Gift shop hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays from noon to4 p.m. and noon-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.

Nov. 30: This Week in Illinois in Springfield

November 30th, 2018

Employment Law

Both chambers were successful in overriding the Governor’s amendatory veto to SB 904 (Hastings/Hoffman), a bill that would have had drastic implications for workers’ compensation costs. The Illinois Chamber’s Employment Law Council was able to negotiate and concerns were addressed with the passage of HB 3452 (Hoffman/Hastings) and HB 200 (Hoffman/Hastings).

The General Assembly was also successful in overriding the Governor’s amendatory veto to SB 1737(Munoz/Hoffman). This bill made changes to the workers’ compensation insurance rates overseen by the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) and also addressed short term health insurance plans. The Illinois Chamber considered the provisions on captive insurance an overall net positive and supported overriding the Governor’s veto. The bill now becomes law.

The General Assembly overrode the Governor’s amendatory veto to HB 4743, (Ford/Lightford). This legislation amends the Equal Pay Act providing that no employer may discriminate between employees by paying wages to an African-American employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employee who is not African-American for the same or substantially similar work on a job that requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility and is performed under similar working conditions. An unjustified pay differential based on race already is a form of discrimination under the Illinois Human Rights Act. The bill now becomes law.

 

Energy

Both chambers passed SB 849 (Zalewski/McGuire) this week. The bill prohibits home rule units of government from taxing or imposing a fee on the generation of electricity or the emissions from electric generation. The bill extended the sunset to Jan. 1, 2021. Amendment 2 was an initiative of the Illinois Chamber Energy Council. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

 

Environment

The House Environment Committee continued to hold hearings this week on proposed amendments to SB 3101 (Sente). The bill’s amendments sought to regulate the use of ethylene oxide (EtO) in Illinois. However, given the high profile nature and complexity of the issue, the sponsor decided to pull the bill from moving during veto. The US EPA held a town hall hearing on EtO in Willowbrook last night. Expect this issue to be picked up in 2019.

 

Business Regulation

The House failed to override SB 2332 (Morrison/Lilly) this week. This bill would raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. The bill also eliminates the penalties for underage possession of tobacco products. We expect this legislation to resurface in 2019.

EEI Announces Two Junior Engineers

November 27th, 2018

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) is pleased to announce the addition of two new junior engineers to our firm.

Luying Li, E.I., has joined our firm as a Project Engineer.  She is a resident of Westmont, Illinois and holds her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from University of Cincinnati. Luying brings strong experience in water, wastewater, road design, water resources engineering and GIS analysis to our Civil Group.

Anupama “Anu” Mohanlal, E.I., has joined our firm as a Project Engineer in our Environmental Group. She is a resident of Batavia, Illinois and holds her Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Karnataka, India.  Her previous experience working with the Illinois State Water Survey has acclimated Anu to water supply and watershed challenges facing the State of Illinois.

Engineering Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1974, is an award-winning consulting engineering firm providing services to public agencies throughout northern Illinois.  Our experienced diverse staff includes licensed engineers, licensed surveyors, technicians, and support staff that provide a full range of services for planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects, plus grant and funding assistance. For additional information visit our website at www.eeiweb.com

On America Recycles Day, Are You Recycling Correctly?

November 21st, 2018

On America Recycles Day, local government leaders, multiple organizations and the waste industry, are asking consumers if they are recycling right.  Based on audits performed by the recycling industry, one in four items placed in the recycling cart is not recyclable which has led to increased contamination.

To tackle the issue of recycling contamination, the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) formed a state-wide task force to bring the recycling industry – haulers and sorting facility operators – together with government and business to develop simple, cohesive recycling education materials to help residents better understand what items should and should not be placed in recycling carts.

“Recycling is more highly contaminated with non-recyclable garbage than ever before,” said Walter Willis, SWALCO executive director and co-chair of the NWRA – SWANA task force.  “The non-recyclable items weigh down sorting facilities, reduce commodity prices, and affect the re-manufacturing markets,” continued Willis.

“Recycling facilities report contamination from 25% to over 35% in some of the recycling streams,” said Lisa Disbrow, vice chair of the Illinois Chapter of NWRA and co-chair of the NWRA and SWANA task force. “As recycling facilities add labor to help remove contamination and slow lines to improve recovery, these additional costs are passed along which may increase costs for local governments, and ultimately residents,” commented Disbrow.

The task force identified the most common items placed in the recycling cart that are not recyclable including plastic bags, tanglers (i.e. garden hoses, wire, cords, clothing), food waste, medical waste including syringes, and batteries.  As a result of the task force discussions, guidelines were developed to represent the common recycling denominators of all programs throughout the state, and the goal is to have them as go-to guidelines for all programs, all haulers, and all educators throughout the state. Participating in the discussions at the task force, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency developed and launched a new webpage this month to answer recycling questions for Illinois residents: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/waste-management/Pages/recycling.aspx

“Plastics are the most commonly misunderstood items,” explained Jennifer Jarland, Kane County Recycling Program Coordinator and member of the Task Force. “The resin identification code number in the triangle does not mean that a plastic object is recyclable!  Plastic containers – bottles, tubs, jugs and jars – are the only plastic items recyclable in your curbside carts. Please keep all flexible plastic packaging, pouches, bags, and wraps out of your recycling!”

In addition to representatives of NWRA, SWANA, IEPA, the task force participants include: USEPA, City of Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Madison County, Will County, Solid Waste Agencies of Cook County, Lake County and West Cook County, and multiple organizations including the Illinois County Solid Waste Management Association, Illinois Recycling Association, and the Steel Recycling Institute.

Congratulations, West Aurora School District 129!

November 21st, 2018

WEST AURORA HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES 150 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE!

September, 1868: Concurrent with the arrival of Frank Haven Hall as superintendent of School District 129, the first high school classes were held on the third floor of Old Stone School (the site of the current Todd Early Childhood Center). At that time, lower grades were taught on the first floor of the building.

June, 1870: The first west side high school class, comprised of 5 students, graduated.

June, 1884: Fire destroyed the Old Stone School building. It was quickly rebuilt on the same site and was renamed Oak Street School. The high school was located on the second floor.

November 18, 1893: The first football game between East and West Aurora was played on Hurd’s Island. The rivalry has continued over the years, becoming the oldest high school football rivalry in the state. On October 12, 2018 the 126th game was played.

September 1906:  In response to overcrowding, a separate facility for high school students was constructed on the corner of Galena and Blackhawk streets. Including the principal, the new school had 7 teachers. Courses offered were English, Science, History, Drawing, Mathematics, Latin and Commercial.

1920-1940: As the city grew on the west side, so did the mission and offerings of the high school. The West High Band formed in 1920. Appreciation of culture and the arts flourished, attested to by the commission, in the 1930s, of a massive WPA mural tracing the history of alphabetic writing from antiquity to modern times. In the late 1930s, the curriculum was organized into 4 general divisions: college preparatory, commercial, vocational and general.

  •  In 1936, West students voted to adopt the nickname “Blackhawk” for all athletic teams, in honor of the much-admired Native American Sac and Fox tribal leader who had lived in northern Illinois more than 100 years earlier.

September, 1953: Due to post-World War II growth on the city’s west side, a new high school was built on farm land just north of New York Street at LeGrande, which surrounded the athletic field constructed in 1926. This is the site of the present school. The initial enrollment of the 10th, 11th and 12th grades was around 600.  Within the former high school building on Blackhawk Street, West Aurora Junior High School was created for grades 7, 8 and 9 (in 1958 it was re-named Benjamin Franklin Junior High School).

1960s: Major additions to the high school were made in 1961 and 1966. They included the auditorium, classrooms and a field house.

1977-1981: To handle the anticipated enrollment growth in the district, an additional campus for the high school and Franklin Junior High School was built on farmland just west of Randall Road at Sullivan Road. However, the population growth did not materialize, due to an economic recession, and the high school students were re-integrated into the 1953 building on New York Street.  The North Campus building was later sold to the State of Illinois and become the Illinois Math and Science Academy.

1997-2004: The high school continued to grow and achieve in many academic, arts and athletic arenas. As a result, major additions to the building and facilities took place following successful referenda in 1997 and 2004. Classrooms, administrative offices, a new library, a field house, an expanded cafeteria and music rooms were added. The school embraced social diversity as one of its greatest strengths, and added a multitude of clubs and programs to capitalize on that. West High athletic teams achieved many conference, regional and state honors, and numerous individual athletes became state finalists. The team highlight was winning the boys state basketball championship in 2000.

April, 2015: The District 129 community overwhelmingly approved an $84 million bond referendum that benefitted virtually every school in the district. To improve the learning environment for the roughly 3,700 students at the high school, classrooms were updated, the Veterans Fieldhouse was built, and state of the art geothermal heating and cooling was installed throughout. West Aurora is now one of the largest high schools under one roof in the state of Illinois.

 

2018-19: West Aurora High School celebrates its 150th anniversary with great pride in the achievements of its students, faculty and administration, and with great appreciation to the community for continued support of academic excellence in the Aurora area.

Thank you, #AuroraChamber members….

November 19th, 2018

As we approach Thanksgiving, we want to extend our gratitude and appreciation.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Annual Holiday Celebration »
Money-Saving Programs For Members »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Welcome New Members »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Caught On Camera »
Member News »
Did You Know? »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

As we approach Thanksgiving, we want to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all of the members of the Aurora Chamber for your investment in the Chamber so that together we can continue to move the region forward with a shared vision. We couldn’t do that without you. While we have other opportunities to show our appreciation throughout the year, this time of year makes our appreciation all the more necessary. Thank you. May your thanksgiving holiday be filled with laughter, gratitude, and those you love.

JOIN THE FUN!

Holiday Celebration

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Money-Saving Programs For Members

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Can You Save with an Association Health Plan?

As you know, our Chamber provides you and your business with resources to help make your lives a little easier. We are always looking for valued partners who can help us provide value to our members.

We were recently approached with an opportunity to help our members buy insurance through an association health plan at a better rate than what we could do on our own. As you might know, there has been a lot of discussion about “Association Health Plans” in the media and the new law/Executive Order that was signed.

Our member has several insurance companies who are very experienced in providing association plan solutions to entities such as ours. Some of the benefits of buying insurance through this plan include:

• 5-15% lower rates than what you could get on your own
• Renewal rate cap of 7% once we get 500 employee lives in the plan
• All of the unused claim dollars are returned to you and your business

Read more here.

If you are interested in participating (with no obligation), please contact Joseph Henning, president and CEO.

Public Policy Updates

2018 Midterm Election Recap
This month saw record turnout for a mid-term election. As of this posting, there were still a number of national (and local) races undecided. For full post, click here.
Other Recent Policy News

This Week in the General Assembly »
Ill. Quality of Life Only Average »
Illinois Jobs, Unemployment »
Durkin Re-elected as House Republican Leader »
Gov. Rauner Announces $1.5M in Recreational Trails Program Grants »
Ill. House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Gaming Issues »
Highlights of Tax Reform for Businesses »
U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches Education, Workforce Fellowship Program »
Governor Signs Bill to Transition to Multi-year
Vehicle Registration Opportunity
»
Governor Signs Legislation to Help Keep Illinois Students in Illinois »
State of Illinois Sells $965 Million in Bonds »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Welcome New Members

Aurora Downtown
Marissa Amoni
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
(630) 674-2099
Community-Based Organization

OHU Aurora Early Learning Center
Karen Player
525 College Avenue, Aurora
(630) 256-7703
Childcare

Fox Valley Developers
Michael Poulakidas
346 N. Lake Street, Aurora
(630) 892-5150
Real Estate Developers

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Gateway Mortgage Group      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Lendio of Naperville      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC      Obregon Medical Clinic      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orochem Technologies, Inc.      Painters District Council 30    Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Presence Mercy Medical Center      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Staffmark      Tempur-Pedic Stores – Route 59      Thoughtwave Software & Solutions      T-Mobile     Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

Calendar of Events

Chamber Offices Closed
Thursday, Nov. 22 & Friday, Nov. 23

#ShopLocal Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 24

#GivingTuesday
Tuesday, Nov. 27

Save the Date: Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Country Club

Aurora Young Professionals Kick-Off
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center, 732 Prairie St., Aurora

Chamber Offices Closed
Monday, Dec. 24 & Tuesday, Dec. 25

Chamber Offices Closed
Monday, Dec. 31 & Tuesday, Jan. 1

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

This month, we hosted a variety of programs and events. Officer John Martinez (left) with the Aurora Police Department spoke to downtown business leaders on safety and preparedness. Several ribbon cuttings were held, including the grand opening of Sport Clips on Orchard Road (right). This location is yet one more Veteran – and Woman-owned business in Aurora. For these and more photos of recent activities, please visit our Facebook page.

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
Can You Save with an Association Health Plan? »
11th Annual Holiday Food Drive »
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

This month, there are a number of member-focused events happening. #ShopLocal is Saturday, Nov. 24, and #GivingTuesday is Tuesday, Nov. 27. Be sure and follow us on social media to see what local retailers and community organizations are doing to participate in these events. For a list of not-for-profits participating in #GIvingTuesday, click here.

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The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of more than 700 members representing nearly 40,000 employees. Our mission is be the catalyst for business success by providing leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members.

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Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189

www.aurora-chamber.com