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Chamber News for Week of August 06, 2018

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Toy Drive for Childhood Cancer Awareness

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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.
Aurora-Area Business Launches September Toy Drive for Childhood Cancer Awareness »
Suburban Series: Networking in Kane County »
Kane County 2018 Exports Grant Program »
Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference »
Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing »
On the Road in Kane County »
Aurora Area CVB Wins 2018 Reader’s Choice Award »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Endiro Coffee      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.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      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      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Staffmark      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 

New Members

Your Highest Light, LLC
Elizabeth Cermak
319 Butterfield Road, North Aurora
(630) 750-2311
Mental Health Services

Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC (Elite)
Carolann LaPointe
1005 Internationale Parkway, Suite 102, Woodridge
630-739-9900
Information Technology Consulting

Dave Richert Homes – eXp Realty
Dave Richert
260 LRA Drive, Aurora
(630) 906-7266
Real Estate

DRF Trusted Property Solutions
Javier Claycombe
10242 S. Bode Street, Plainfield
(312) 292-6703
Property Management

Wendy’s – Kirk Road (Opening Soon)
Andrea Yates
2962 Kirk Road, Aurora
(630) 236-3982
Restaurants & Taverns

Porto’s Peri Peri
Sedat and Mona Dilek
4151 McCoy Drive, Suite 153, Aurora
(847) 528-0014
Restaurants & Taverns

TEMPUR-PEDIC Stores – Route 59
Nate Brewer
740 North Route #59, #100, Aurora
(630) 299-0251
Specialty Retail

Nali Jewelers, Inc.
Nabeel Ali
1214 Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
(630) 978-4695
Specialty Retail

Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Ket Herena
164 Division St. Suite 403, Elgin
(847) 532-9989
Utilities

IPS-Solar
Amit Shukla
(952) 239-5896
Mental Health Services

Calendar of Events

IT Lunch & Learn: VIA & ARCC
Thursday, August 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
2000 S. Batavia Ave, Suite, 110, Geneva

Ribbon Cutting: Earthmover Credit Union
Tuesday, August 14, 5 – 6:00 p.m.
2205 Baseline Rd, Oswego
Ribbon Cutting @ 5:15 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Face to Face Beauty Studio
Wednesday, August 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1222 N. Eola, Suite C, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, August 30, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Location TBD, Aurora
Sponsored by Caton Commercial Real Estate

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

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This Week’s News from Aurora Chamber

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Historical Society Maintains July 4 Bell Ringing

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Premier Investors »
Member News »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Have You Registered for the 2018 Golf Classic?

Golf Classic

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

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.
Matching Pallet Fundraiser Set for June 29 »
Chicagoland Safety Health and Environmental Conference »
Historical Society Maintains July 4 Bell Ringing »
Technical Assistance to Boost Small-Scale Manufacturing »
Hansberger Family Donates $1M to Kids Golf Foundation »
On the Road in Kane County »
World Relief to Host Corporate Partners Program »
Aurora Area CVB Wins 2018 Reader’s Choice Award »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »
Ill. Chamber Opens EDIE Nominations »

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Endiro Coffee      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.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      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      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Staffmark      Thoughtwave Software & Solutions      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

Freedom Development Group, LLC (Premier)
John Everest Thomas
910 W. Van Buren, Suite 500, Chicago
(312) 781-7588
Real Estate/Apartments & Condominiums

Henkels & McCoy, Inc. (Premier)
Theresa Lafontaine
975 Corporate Boulevard, Aurora
(630) 239-2000
Utilities/Construction Services/Engineering

Water Street Studios
Danielle Hollis
160 S. Water Street, Batavia
(630) 761-9977
Art Galleries

The Kwak Brothers
Sam Kwak
2578 Oak Trails Drive, Aurora
(773) 968-0388
Real Estate

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Meggie Lindberg
1720 N Orchard Road, Aurora
(630) 581-8550
Restaurants & Taverns

Calendar of Events

Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 12
Orchard Valley Golf Course
2411 West Illinois Ave, Aurora
Sponsorships AvailableCoffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, AuroraGrand Opening: Treasures Paradise
Wednesday, July 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.Grand Opening: AJ’s Liquorland
Thursday, July 26, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
2150 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Glanbia
Friday, July 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
948 Meridian Lake Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

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43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189
www.aurora-chamber.com

#AuroraChamber News for June 18

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Applications for Export Assistance Now Open

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2018 Golf Classic »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
ON TO 2050 Public Comment Period »
ON TO 2050 Open House »
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New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Applications for Export Assistance Now Open

Metro Chicago Exports is now accepting applications for its export assistance programs, which help businesses reach their export potential by providing financial, networking, and training support. Exporters located in the city of Chicago and Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties with fewer than 500 employees are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis now through Sept. 30.

Have You Registered for the 2018 Golf Classic?

Golf Classic

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

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.
Roots Aurora Seeks Cultural Champion Nominations »
World Relief to Host Corporate Partners Program »
Aurora Area CVB Wins 2018 Reader’s Choice Award »
VNA Health Care, Fox Valley Park District Host “Summer Fiesta” on June 20 »
INC Presents Community Service Award »
INC Board Spotlights Gateway Foundation »
Aurora University Names Maue VP »
#AuroraLeadership Academy Recap »
Aurora University Presents Honorary Doctorate to Mayor Irvin »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »
Ill. Chamber Opens EDIE Nominations »
Earthmover Credit Union to Host BBQ for Local Man »
Bringing Leadership Awareness to the Masses »
What Service Leadership Means to Me »
Empowering Women in Leadership »
Collaborative Leadership »
A Call to Leadership – Get Involved »

ON TO 2050 Public Comment Period Now Open

A draft of ON TO 2050 is now available for public comment through August 14, 2018, at www.cmap.illinois.gov/ONTO2050, where you will be able to explore the draft plan online, download a full PDF, view the plan’s technical appendices, and submit feedback. The plan is divided into five chapters, which are further divided into goals and recommendations. ON TO 2050′s three principles of Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment inform all of its recommendations, cutting across the plan’s goals for community, prosperity, environment, governance, and mobility.

Once the public comment period closes, the plan will be revised based on feedback received, its print and online design will be finalized, and it will be prepared for adoption by the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee on October 10, 2018. The joint meeting will be followed by a celebration that all residents are invited to attend in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Attend an ON TO 2050 Open House

While the draft ON TO 2050 plan is available for public comment, please attend one of 10 public open houses in a community near you or join CMAP for a public hearing in Chicago. Attendees will be able to discuss the draft plan with CMAP staff. CMAP will also seek comments on the draft 2019-24 Transportation Improvement Program and air quality conformity analysis of proposed transportation projects.

For all open houses and public hearings, please contact onto2050@cmap.illinois.gov or (312) 386-8802 with questions or to request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      ganc.io      Gateway Mortgage Group      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      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      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA       Staffmark      Thoughtwave Software & Solutions      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

Taking Control
Christine Barker
106 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
(630) 801-1669
Mental Health Services

Calendar of Events

Jump Start Your Membership
Tuesday, June 19, 3 – 5 p.m.
43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora

Grand Opening: Telescript Pharmacy
Wednesday, June 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3535 E. New York Street, Suite 117, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

35th Anniversary: Banana Split
Thursday, June 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
820 Church Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Aurora Collective
Thursday, June 22, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: VivirMed
Wednesday, June 27 12:30 – 2 p.m.
630 N. Lake St., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 28, 8 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting: M14 Hoops
Friday, June 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2414 Church Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1 p.m.

Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 12
Orchard Valley Golf Course
2411 West Illinois Ave, Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

Aurora Chamber News for Week of June 11

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Have You Registered for the 2018 Golf Classic?

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Have You Registered for the 2018 Golf Classic? »
General Assembly Update »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Have You Registered for the 2018 Golf Classic?

Golf Classic

General Assembly Update

The 2018 Spring legislative session wrapped up for the first time in three years with a full, appropriated fiscal year budget. This session had a tumultuous beginning as everything from the #metoo movement and primary election politics played crucial roles in bill introductions.

While taxes dominated much of 2017, employment law issues stole the limelight in 2018. The General Assembly continues to give lip service to structural reforms such as workers’ compensation and property tax relief. However, on the whole the business community came out okay in the budget agreement, in the sense that we escaped any new tax burdens. The good news is that the budget does not contain any tax increases either in the form of rate increases or elimination of beneficial aspects of the federal tax reform law.

2018 is an election year. There was no doubt that lawmakers wanted to get out of Springfield on time and rest up before the November elections. This election year will become one of the most contentious and costly gubernatorial elections in the nation’s history. It will be a wild ride, and only a matter of time before our airwaves are covered with campaign commercials.

The Chamber has been monitoring nearly 100 pieces of legislation in Springfield this session. Highlights may be found on our blog.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

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.
Roots Aurora Seeks Cultural Champion Nominations »
World Relief to Host Corporate Partners Program »
Aurora Area CVB Wins 2018 Reader’s Choice Award »
VNA Health Care, Fox Valley Park District Host “Summer Fiesta” on June 20 »
INC Presents Community Service Award »
INC Board Spotlights Gateway Foundation »
Aurora University Names Maue VP »
#AuroraLeadership Academy Recap »
Aurora University Presents Honorary Doctorate to Mayor Irvin »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »
Ill. Chamber Opens EDIE Nominations »
Earthmover Credit Union to Host BBQ for Local Man »
Bringing Leadership Awareness to the Masses »
What Service Leadership Means to Me »
Empowering Women in Leadership »
Collaborative Leadership »
A Call to Leadership – Get Involved »

+Intention 95.9 The River Aaron’s Above Board Indoor Environmental Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. Aurora Bank & Trust Aurora Collective Aurora Limousine Aurora University Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience Beans Greens Proteins Caterpillar, Inc. Chicago Steel Hockey Team City Segment ComEd Company 251 Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics Country Financial – West Aurora CyrusOne Do or Dye Designs Dolan & Murphy Downtown Auroran Magazine Endiro Coffee First Secure Community Bank Fox Valley Mallganc.io Gateway Mortgage Group Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava Jiffy Lube Multi-Care Kluber Architects + Engineers Konen Insurance Agency, Inc. Magick Woods, Inc. Magnetrol International, Inc. MedCom Group, LLC Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc. Mitutoyo America Corporation Mooney & Thomas P.C. Old Second National Bank New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC OnLight Aurora Painters District Council 30 Palo Creative, PLL Paramount Arts Centre Pilmer Real Estate 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 Scientel Solutions ServPro of Aurora Sign*A*Rama SmithAmundsen, LLC Staffing Network, LLC & QPA Staffmark Thoughtwave Software & Solutions Two Brothers Roundhouse Valley Fastener Group, LLC VivirMED, LLC The Voice Waubonsee Community College Weldstar Company Woodforest National Bank World Finance Corporation WSPY

New Members

Taking Control
Christine Barker
106 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
(630) 801-1669
Mental Health Services

Calendar of Events

Marketing Lunch & Learn: VIA & ARCC
Thursday, June 14, 12 p.m.
2000 S. Batavia Ave, Suite 110, Geneva

Grand Opening: Telescript Pharmacy
Wednesday, June 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3535 E. New York Street, Suite 117, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

35th Anniversary: Banana Split
Wednesday, June 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
820 Church Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Aurora Collective
Thursday, June 22, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: VivirMed
Wednesday, June 27 12:30 – 2 p.m.
630 N. Lake St., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 28, 8 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting: M14 Hoops
Friday, June 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2414 Church Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1 p.m.

Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 12
Orchard Valley Golf Course
2411 West Illinois Ave, Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

 

Aurora Chamber News for May 29, 2018: Golf Registration Opens

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Golf Classic Registration Open

Aurora Chamber

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Golf Classic Registration Open »
General Assembly Update »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Golf Classic Registration Open

Golf Classic

General Assembly Update

Both chambers have cancelled previously scheduled sessions this past weekend. They were expected to return to Springfield on Monday – leaving just four days for regular session.

The Chamber has been monitoring nearly 100 pieces of legislation in Springfield this session. Highlights may be found on our blog.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

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.
#AuroraLeadership Academy Recap »
Aurora University Presents Honorary Doctorate to Mayor Irvin »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »
Ill. Chamber Opens EDIE Nominations »
Earthmover Credit Union to Host BBQ for Local Man »
Bringing Leadership Awareness to the Masses »
What Service Leadership Means to Me »
Empowering Women in Leadership »
Collaborative Leadership »
A Call to Leadership – Get Involved »

Elite Members

+Intention 95.9 The River Aaron’s Above Board Indoor Environmental Accurate Personnel 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 Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics Country Financial – West Aurora CyrusOne Do or Dye Designs Dolan & Murphy Downtown Auroran Magazine Eagle Digital Marketing Endiro Coffee First Secure Community Bank ganc.io Gateway Mortgage Group Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava Jiffy Lube Multi-Care Kluber Architects + Engineers Konen Insurance Agency, Inc. Magick Woods, Inc. Magnetrol International, Inc. MedCom Group, LLC Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc. Mitutoyo America Corporation Mooney & Thomas P.C. Old Second National Bank New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC OnLight Aurora Painters District Council 30 Palo Creative, PLL Paramount Arts Centre Pilmer Real Estate 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 Scientel Solutions ServPro of Aurora Sign*A*Rama SmithAmundsen, LLC Staffing Network, LLC & QPA Staffmark Thoughtwave Software & Solutions Two Brothers Roundhouse Valley Fastener Group, LLC VivirMED, LLC The Voice Waubonsee Community College Weldstar Company Woodforest National Bank World Finance Corporation WSPY

New Members

Fundamental Health
Dr. Ryan Robinson
4255 Westbrook Drive, Suite 203, Aurora
(630) 206-9002
Chiropractors

Aurora Collective (Premier)
Brandon Lyons
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
(331) 223-1435 (work)
Marketing & Advertising

Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience (Elite)
Barbara Geiger
5122 Main Street, Downers Grove
(630) 935-1127
Real Estate

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 31, 8 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons, Aurora
Sponsored by Pure Skin Solutions

Dedication Ceremony: Fire Museum
Friday, June 1, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
53 N. Broadway, Aurora
Apple Tree Dedication @ 12 p.m.

Marketing Lunch & Learn: VIA & ARCC
Thursday, June 14, 12 p.m.
2000 S. Batavia Ave, Suite 110, Geneva

Grand Opening: Telescript Pharmacy
Wednesday, June 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3535 E. New York Street, Suite 117, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

35th Anniversary: Banana Split
Wednesday, June 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
820 Church Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: Aurora Collective
Thursday, June 22, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: VivirMed
Wednesday, June 27 12:30 – 2 p.m.
630 N. Lake St., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 28, 8 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting: M14 Hoops
Friday, June 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2414 Church Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1 p.m.

Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 12
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 West Illinois Ave, Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

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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

 

General Assembly Update: May 25, 2018

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Both chambers have cancelled previously scheduled Saturday and Sunday sessions this weekend. They will return to Springfield on Monday — leaving just four days for regular session.

The Chamber has been monitoring nearly 100 pieces of legislation in Springfield this session. Below are a few highlights.

Business Regulation (6)

  • HB 4081 establishes egregious regulations on call centers and back office operations. The bill was postponed again in Senate committee at the request of the sponsor who did not have enough votes for passage. The Chamber has submitted an opponent witness slip.

Economic Development (9)

  • HB 4858 passed both houses recently. Sponsored by Rep. Pritchard, the bill allows local school districts and community colleges to apply for and receive grants for the acquisition of land, construction of facilities, and purchase of equipment, dedicated solely to the instruction of occupations in manufacturing.
  • HB 5214 would amend the Illinois Income Tax Act to allow for more Angel Investment opportunities and passed both houses.
  • SB 3285, creating the Illinois Home Grown Business Opportunity Act, remains on third reading in the House.

Education & Workforce Development (4)

  • HB 5247 would allow for high school youth (16 years and older) to participate in registered apprenticeship programs toward a certificate or degree. It has returned to the House after Senate approval with amendment.

Environment (4)

Gaming (4)

  • HB 5186 and SB 3432 create Sports Wagering Act. Both remain in original committee in respective chamber.

Government (6)

  • Both constitutional amendment resolutions failed in their respective houses (HJRCA 0043 and SJRCA 0026).

Healthcare (5)

  • HB 3479 requires fair reimbursement to pharmacies under managed care agreements.
  • HB 4146 prohibits modification of drug coverage during plan year.
  • HB 4900 establishes generic drug price controls.
  • SB 2332, the Tobacco 21 legislation, remains on second reading in the House.

Infrastructure (5)

Labor & Employment (20)

  • HB 2771 will require employers (with the exception of school districts, City of Chicago, unions, and park districts to provide 40 hours of paid sick time annually. It passed in the Senate and returned to the House on order of concurrence.
  • HB 4572 amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to include all employers with one or more employee. It has passed both houses.
  • HB 4595 establishes a state mutual insurance program for workers compensation. It has been postponed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • HB 4743 requires equal pay for African Americans for the same or similar job and has passed both houses.
  • HB 5046 requires employers to post employee schedules 72 hours before the first shift and includes provisions for when schedules are cut or reduced. This has been re-referred to House Rules Committee under Rule 19(a).
  • SB 0193 establishes a workers protection unit in the attorney general’s office. It was vetoed by the governor. Having passed an override vote in the senate, the bill waits in the house.
  • SB 2213 requires that state environment and workplace safety laws remain as strict as current federal laws, even if the federal laws are eased.

Taxes and Fees (22)

  • HB 2717 which would have allowed for the Ill. Department of Revenue to disclose confidential information failed to pass the House.
  • HB 4293 would have established a 20% fee on investment services was re-referred to House Rules under Rule 19(a). A similar bill, SB 3189, remains in Senate Assignments Committee.
  • HB 4415 would establish an exemption of use and service taxes. It is in the Senate on third reading.
  • HR 0955, which remains in the Rules Committee, is in opposition to the Graduated Income Tax.
  • HR 1028 was Speaker Madigan’s response in support of the Graduated Income Tax and has been placed on the calendar for order of resolutions.
  • SB 2577, better known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, passed the Senate on a 039-010-001 vote and is in the House Revenue and Finance Committee.
  • SB 2604 would rescind underpayment penalties and passed the Senate on a 053-000-000 vote. It is now in the House Revenue and Finance Committee.
  • SB 3189 which imposes an investment service tax of 20% remains in Assignments.
  • SB 3229 amends and revises the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act to correct unintended changes of SB 0009 last year. It remains on third reading in the Senate.

Technology (4)

  • HB 4819, a net neutrality bill at the state level, is on its second reading in the House. A similar bill, SB 2975, remains in the Senate Assignments committee.
  • SB 1451 which established 5G wireless capabilities has been signed by the governor.
  • SB 1502 remains on third reading in the House with consideration to postpone. This legislation would create the Data Transparency and Privacy Protection Act adding cumbersome layers to businesses operating services on the internet.
  • SB 3291 provides regulations of unmanned aircraft systems passed the Senate unanimously and waits in the House on second reading.

 

Aurora Chamber News for May 14

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
#AuroraLeadership Academy Recap

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Calendar of Events »

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Member News

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#AuroraLeadership Academy Recap »
Aurora University Presents Honorary Doctorate to Mayor Irvin »
Aurora Ranks as One of Best Cities to Live the American Dream »
Ill. Chamber Opens EDIE Nominations »
Earthmover Credit Union to Host BBQ for Local Man »
Bringing Leadership Awareness to the Masses »
What Service Leadership Means to Me »
Empowering Women in Leadership »
Collaborative Leadership »
A Call to Leadership – Get Involved »

Elite Members

+Intention 95.9 The River Aaron’s Above Board Indoor Environmental Accurate Personnel 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 Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics Country Financial – West Aurora CyrusOne Do or Dye Designs Dolan & Murphy Downtown Auroran Magazine Eagle Digital Marketing Endiro Coffee First Secure Community Bank ganc.io Gateway Mortgage Group Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava Jiffy Lube Multi-Care Kluber Architects + Engineers Konen Insurance Agency, Inc. Magick Woods, Inc. Magnetrol International, Inc. MedCom Group, LLC •  Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc. Mitutoyo America Corporation Mooney & Thomas P.C. Old Second National Bank New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC OnLight Aurora Painters District Council 30 Palo Creative, PLL Paramount Arts Centre Pilmer Real Estate 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 Scientel Solutions ServPro of Aurora Sign*A*Rama SmithAmundsen, LLC Staffing Network, LLC & QPA Staffmark Thoughtwave Software & Solutions Two Brothers Roundhouse Valley Fastener Group, LLC VivirMED, LLC The Voice Waubonsee Community College Weldstar Company Woodforest National Bank World Finance Corporation WSPY

New Members

Saffron Clothing Store
Matt Cannon
Sugar Grove
(402) 968-5721
Apparel

Dunkin Donuts
Raj Patel
444 N. Route 59, Aurora
(630) 788-9200
Restaurants & Taverns

Dunkin Donuts
Raj Patel
3999 75th Street, Aurora
(630) 499-7313
Restaurants & Taverns

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, May 31, 8 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons, Aurora
Sponsored by Pure Skin Solutions

Dedication Ceremony: Fire Museum
Friday, June 1, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
53 N. Broadway, Aurora
Apple Tree Dedication @ 12 p.m.

Grand Opening: Aurora Collective
Thursday, June 7, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Marketing Lunch & Learn: VIA & ARCC
Thursday, June 14, 12 p.m.
2000 S. Batavia Ave, Suite 110, Geneva

Grand Opening: Telescript Pharmacy
Wednesday, June 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3535 E. New York Street, Suite 117, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

35th Anniversary: Banana Split
Wednesday, June 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
820 Church Road, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:30 p.m.

Grand Opening: VivirMed
Wednesday, June 27 12:30 – 2 p.m.
630 N. Lake St., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 28, 8 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting: M14 Hoops
Friday, June 29 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2414 Church Road., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 1 p.m.

Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 12
Orchard Valley Golf Course
2411 West Illinois Ave, Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora

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43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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Happy #SmallBusinessWeek

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Aurora Chamber

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Wednesday: Small Business Expo, Fair »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Wednesday: Small Business Expo, Fair

Small Business Expo

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Aurora Chamber

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Engineering Enterprises Announces APWA Award-Winning Project, Employee »
Old Second Adds Three Residential Lending Professionals to Team »
Empowering Women in Leadership »
Collaborative Leadership »
Engineering Enterprises Announces Meyer Certification »
Proposal Streamlines Use of Biometrics »
Net Neutrality Battle Heads to Illinois House Floor »
Gov. Rauner Signs Bill to Bring 5G Wireless to Illinois »
A Call to Leadership – Get Involved »
EEI’s Talsma To Retire From Engineering Enterprises »
Proposed Bills Would Stall Jobs, Economic Development »
Workplace Equity over Equality »
Registration is on for Barnyard Dash 5K at Blackberry Farm on April 28 »
Early Detection Saves Lives »
A Cohesive Community »
A Life in the Shadow of a Leader »
Board Nominations Sought »
City of Aurora Raises Smoking Age to 21 »
Courageous Conversation »
Old Second Adds Four to Support Commercial Lines »
‘Col•lab•o•ra•tion’ – Food for Thought »
Aspiring to Servant Leadership »
Spring Yard Waste Collection Begins Next Month »
Re-think “The Best Fit” »
Leadership: Play to Your Strengths »

Elite Members

+Intention 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 Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. Country Financial – West Aurora CyrusOne Do or Dye Designs Dolan & Murphy Downtown Auroran Magazine Eagle Digital Marketing Endiro Coffee First Secure Community Bank ganc.io Gateway Mortgage Group Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava Jiffy Lube Multi-Care Kluber Architects + Engineers Konen Insurance Agency, Inc. Magick Woods, Inc. Magnetrol International, Inc. MedCom Group, LLC Meyer Wealth Advisors Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc. Mitutoyo America Corporation Mooney & Thomas P.C. Old Second National Bank New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC OnLight Aurora Painters District Council 30 Palo Creative, PLL Paramount Arts Centre Pilmer Real Estate 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 Scientel Solutions ServPro of Aurora Sign*A*Rama SmithAmundsen, LLC Staffing Network, LLC & QPA Staffmark Stonebridge Country Club Thoughtwave Software & Solutions Two Brothers Roundhouse Valley Fastener Group, LLC VivirMED, LLC The Voice Waubonsee Community College Weldstar Company Woodforest National Bank World Finance Corporation WSPY

New Members

Tredwell Coffee
Chad Dawes
14 W Downer Place, Suite 18, Aurora
(630) 897-3433
Coffee & Tea Products

Calendar of Events

Coffee with Congressman Hultgren
Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora

Small Business Expo and Procurement Fair
Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St., Aurora
For more information on participating or attending, contact (630) 256-3180

Ribbon Cutting: Rush Copley Medical Group
Thursday, May 3, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
1901 W. Galena, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Endiro Coffee
Friday, May 4, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
29 W. New York Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 2:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting: Aurora Historical Society
Friday, May 4, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
20 E. Downer Place, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Ground Breaking: Scientel Solutions
Wednesday, May 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
5S045 N. Eola Rd., Aurora
Ceremony @ 11 a.m.

Conversation with Comptroller Mendoza
Monday, May 7, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Chamber Office, 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora

Grand Opening: Pure Skin Solutions
Thursday, May 9, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
26 S. Stolp Avenue, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

IT Lunch & Learn
Thursday, May 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
2000 S. Batavia Ave, Ste, 110, Geneva, IL

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, May 15, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsored by World Finance Corporation

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43 W. Galena Blvd.
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Proposal Streamlines Use of Biometrics

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

The Illinois Chamber is pushing SB 3053, sponsored by Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago) and Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst), which would amend the state’s biometric law. In 2008, Illinois enacted the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), a law that was designed to regulate the collection and storage of “biometric data.”

The use of biometric data has become increasingly prevalent among employers trying to solidify pay practices and maximize inventory control or facility security. BIPA went largely unnoticed after its enactment, until a series of lawsuits were brought in against private entities that allegedly collected and used biometric data in violation of BIPA. With biometric technology becoming more commonplace in the workplace, BIPA has been used as a potentially lucrative new litigation mechanism for the trial bar.

Dozens of employers have been caught off guard by the rash of class-action lawsuits recently filed in Illinois alleging violations of BIPA. The suits target many industries, including restaurants, hospitality, grocery stores, gas stations, nursing homes, logistics and building management companies. The surge in BIPA litigation results from employers’ increased use of fingerprint scan technology, and the fact that BIPA is the only existing biometric privacy statute that creates a private right of action against employers for damages and attorneys’ fees.

Currently Illinois is one of only three states that have a biometric statute. However, both Texas and Washington statutes limit the scope to commercial purposes only. The Chamber’s proposal simply exempts employers from the Act for internal employment purposes (i.e. time keeping, human resources, fraud prevention, or security purposes.), as long as the employer is not selling or similarly profiting from the biometric identifiers.

Opponents of the bill are attempting to defeat the proposal because they have a monetary incentive to keep the status quo in place. Various boutique law firms who have created a cottage industry on filling class action lawsuits on employers who have allegedly committed minor technical violations of the BIPA. It is important for employers to evaluate their HR and timekeeping purposes to ensure they are compliant with the BIPA.

Net Neutrality Battle Heads to Illinois House Floor

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Last week, a proposal that seeks to address a Federal issue, passed out of the House Cybersecurity Committee.  HB 4819 (Williams) creates the Broadband Procurement and Disclosure Act and states that the state may not award any contract to an Internet service provider that includes broadband service unless the contract provides specified terms concerning access to and impairment of Internet services.

Further, the bill requires each Internet service provider to make available on its website a clear and conspicuous statement informing end users of the Internet service provider’s network management practices and performance, including commercial terms offered to end users.

It is also important to note that the FCC repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality rules specifically preempted state’s from enacting their own enforcement.

The bill passed out of committee by one vote and now heads to the floor for a full vote.