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#AuroraChamber News for April 15, 2019

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
Member News »
Welcome New Members »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

Public Policy Updates

Business Registration: The City of Aurora is developing a proposed business registration program for City Council consideration. The proposal was recently shared with the Special Ordinance Committee of the City Council. If you have thoughts or comments to share, please contact the Aurora Chamber at jhenning@aurorachamber.com

Data Center Bill Passes First Hurdle »
Ill. Chamber Backs Transportation Modernization Plan »
City of Aurora Launches Engagement Website »
House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
COGFA Issues Report on State Employee Group Insurance »
Major Sports Wagering Proposals Introduced »
Tobacco 21 to Governor »
Consumer Liquor Home Delivery Passes Committee »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
COGFA Reports on Impact of Local Government Pensions »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
House Republicans File Resolution Opposing Gov. Pritzker’s Unfair Tax »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd    Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Luke Singh – Country Financial      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      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      Quality Logo Products      R.C. Wegman Construction Company      Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions     Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA        Stonebridge Country Club      T-Mobile     Tempur-Pedic Stores      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      WSPY     World Finance Corporation 

Calendar of Events

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, April 16, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Coffee with Congress: Rep. Lauren Underwood
Friday, April 19, at 8:30 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the launch of the new Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided.

Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include – education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

Join businesses across our community and country in combating the crisis and saving lives.

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »
Historical Society Displays Crosses »
Join JA at the Middle School Career Fair »
Rich Harvest Farms to Host 2019 Western Junior »
Learn the Signs of Teen Dating Violence »
Leadership Is Service »
Aurora Farmers Market Announces New Season, New Location »
US DOL Opens Applications for HIRE Vets Medallion »

Welcome New Members

DR Horton
750 E. Bunker Hill Court
Vernon Hills 60061
(847) 863-4211
Developers

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.

Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

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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

April 1 Updates from #AuroraChamber

Monday, April 1st, 2019

The City of Aurora has launched a pilot citizen engagement website.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

State of The Village Set »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
We’re Hiring »
Member News »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

STATE OF THE VILLAGE SET

State of The Village

Public Policy Updates

The City of Aurora has launched a pilot citizen engagement website at www.letstalk.aurora-il.org. This project will allow the City to share information on projects with constituents and to receive feedback that can inform future project action and/or activity. There are currently three projects on the site: Business Registration, Senior Services, and Citizen Engagement.Business Registration: The City of Aurora is developing a proposed business registration program for City Council consideration. On the engagement site you will find documents associated with the program and related outreach activity. Engagement tools on this project page include: Forum: moderated discussion among site (registered) participants; Q&A: Participant asked questions with staff responses; Ideas: participant shared ideas.

Data Center Bill Passes First Hurdle »
Ill. Chamber Backs Transportation Modernization Plan »
City of Aurora Launches Engagement Website »
House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
COGFA Issues Report on State Employee Group Insurance »
Major Sports Wagering Proposals Introduced »
Tobacco 21 to Governor »
Consumer Liquor Home Delivery Passes Committee »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
COGFA Reports on Impact of Local Government Pensions »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
House Republicans File Resolution Opposing Gov. Pritzker’s Unfair Tax »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Luke Singh – Country Financial      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      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      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      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

State of the Village Address
Wednesday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant
945 Oak St., North Aurora
Sponsorships AvailableGrand Opening: Art of Emergency Care Exhibit
Friday, April 12, 4-7 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 p.m.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, Aurora

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, April 16, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Coffee with Congress: Rep. Lauren Underwood
Friday, April 19, at 8:30 a.m.

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the launch of the new Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided.Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include – education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

Join businesses across our community and country in combating the crisis and saving lives.

WE’RE HIRING

The Aurora Chamber is looking to hire a part-time Office Manager. If you know of anyone who meets the requirements and may be interested, please share the link(s) with them.

Member News

Join JA at the Middle School Career Fair »
Open House, Expo Planned at Abbey Farms: The Emporium »
The Intentionality of Creating a Safe Space »
It Starts with a Signature »
Asking “Why” »
CFFRV Seeks Director of Development »
Rich Harvest Farms to Host 2019 Western Junior »
Leadership Not One-Size-Fits-All »
Learn the Signs of Teen Dating Violence »
Leadership Is Service »
Aurora Farmers Market Announces New Season, New Location »
US DOL Opens Applications for HIRE Vets Medallion »

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.Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

Data Center Bill Passes First Hurdle

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

This week, the Senate Revenue Committee approved SB 1591(Sims) that will be brought back with an additional amendment in the coming week. The legislation is an initiative of the Illinois Chamber and would create a sales and use tax and electricity excise tax exemptions for data centers.  Today, 30 states (from Washington to Florida, New York to Arizona) have incentives that are specifically targeted at attracting data centers as part of expanded economic development efforts. However, 24 of these states have enacted legislation since 2012 in an effort to capture a greater percentage of the growth. Illinois is surrounded by states that offer data center incentives. The legislation is designed to compete with surrounding states and to help boost our demand for data centers and therefore strengthen our stature as a digital powerhouse.

Ill. Chamber Backs Transportation Modernization Plan

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce backed a transportation modernization program, HB 3823, introduced Wednesday evening by Representative André M. Thapedi, D-Chicago, to raise $2 billion in annual revenue offset with pro-consumer and pro-business reforms. The bill phases out the state sales tax on motor fuel with consumers realizing a combined 15 cent per gallon Motor Fuels Tax increase. The sales tax swap eliminates a state tax on motor fuel, narrows the price gap between Illinois and neighboring states, and will create consumer savings when gas rises above $2 per gallon. While the Chamber does not take tax increases lightly, Illinois must act now to improve and invest in our infrastructure system to ensure the state remains the transportation hub of North America. The bill includes:

Annual funding of:

  • $600 million for IDOT
  • $240 million for local governments (a 40% increase over today’s funding)
  • $672 million for transit capital expenses
  • $20 million for the Grade Crossing Protection Fund to fund better rail/highway grade crossings
  • $2 million for construction trades training for disadvantaged populations

Bond funding of:

  • $4 billion to IDOT to accelerate bridge improvements
  • $1 billion for other needs (ports, federal grant match for local governments, transit)

#AuroraChamber News for Week of March 25, 2019

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Join us in welcoming Kristine Walker to the Aurora Chamber team.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Welcome, Kristine »
State of The Village Set »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
We’re Hiring »
Board Nominations Sought »
Member News »
Welcome New Members »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

Welcome, Kristine

Join us in welcoming Kristine Walker to the Aurora Chamber team. Kristine began last week as Membership Development Manager. Her role is to support current and prospective members in accessing the benefits of chamber membership. She may be reached at KWalker@aurorachamber.com or (630) 256-3184.

STATE OF THE VILLAGE SET

State of The Village

Public Policy Updates

The City of Aurora has launched a pilot citizen engagement website at www.letstalk.aurora-il.org. This project will allow the City to share information on projects with constituents and to receive feedback that can inform future project action and/or activity. There are currently three projects on the site: Business Registration, Senior Services, and Citizen Engagement.

Business Registration: The City of Aurora is developing a proposed business registration program for City Council consideration. On the engagement site you will find documents associated with the program and related outreach activity. Engagement tools on this project page include: Forum: moderated discussion among site (registered) participants; Q&A: Participant asked questions with staff responses; Ideas: participant shared ideas.

City of Aurora Launches Engagement Website »
House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
COGFA Issues Report on State Employee Group Insurance »
Major Sports Wagering Proposals Introduced »
Tobacco 21 to Governor »
Consumer Liquor Home Delivery Passes Committee »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
COGFA Reports on Impact of Local Government Pensions »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
House Republicans File Resolution Opposing Gov. Pritzker’s Unfair Tax »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Luke Singh – Country Financial      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      Ochoa & Associates LTD.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orchard Wine & Liquor      Painters District Council 30      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community      Prairie Technology Solutions Group, LLC      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

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 28, at 8 a.m.
Location: Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center,
732 Prairie Street, Aurora

State of the Village Address
Wednesday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant
945 Oak St., North Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Grand Opening: Art of Emergency Care Exhibit
Friday, April 12, 4-7 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 p.m.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, Aurora

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, April 12, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Coffee with Congress: Rep. Lauren Underwood
Friday, April 19, at 8:30 a.m.

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on the launch of the new Sharing Solutions resource hub designed to empower businesses to help combat the opioid crisis. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and benefit from the information provided.

Sharing Solutions highlights employer and employee resources and showcases innovative solutions to address the opioid crisis. Resources include – education and prevention techniques, how to create a drug free workplace, how to work with benefit providers and more. This site also offers the ability to suggest a resource or story you have found helpful.

Join businesses across our community and country in combating the crisis and saving lives.

WE’RE HIRING

The Aurora Chamber is looking to hire a part-time Office Manager. If you know of anyone who meets the requirements and may be interested, please share the link(s) with them.

Board Nominations Sought

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for members willing to be considered to serve on the Board of Directors. All eligible nominees will be considered by the Nominating Committee. Nominations may be found online. Forms should be returned by Friday, March 29, at 12:00 p.m. To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing.

Member News

Asking “Why” »
CFFRV Seeks Director of Development »
Rich Harvest Farms to Host 2019 Western Junior »
Leadership Not One-Size-Fits-All »
Learn the Signs of Teen Dating Violence »
Leadership Is Service »
Aurora Farmers Market Announces New Season, New Location »
US DOL Opens Applications for HIRE Vets Medallion »

Welcome New Members

American Diabetes Association
55 E. Monroe St., Suite 3420, Chicago 60603
(312) 346-1805
Yamileth Coreas
Service Organization

Fox Valley Music Consortium
91 S Hankes, Aurora 60506
(630) 891-2525
Kerry Rieder-McLaughlin
Community-Based Organizations

shobanasbookkeeping LLC
Aurora 60502
(862) 216-8272
Meenakshi Nadathur
Accounting

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.

Not a Chamber member? Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Already a Chamber member? Make the most of your membership today.

Facebook    Blog    Twitter

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

House GOP Lawmakers Urge Colleagues: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

State Representatives Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) and Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) spoke at a Capitol press conference on Wednesday to call for an end to the barrage of tax increases that earned Illinois the new title of “highest tax burden state in the nation.”

“As legislators, it is our duty and obligation to inject some realism into the debates that happen here,” Demmer said. “We can’t simply ignore that we have the highest taxpayer burden in the nation, and we can’t ignore the fact that people are leaving Illinois in record numbers. We can’t ignore that better opportunities and economic growth is occurring in states all around us. We need to get serious about making some changes to how Illinois does business, and provide meaningful tax relief to individuals. We need to provide better opportunities for families and make Illinois a place where jobs and investments grow.”

“One of the reasons I ran for office is because I’ve seen my friends, family members, neighbors, local businesses and my constituents leave Illinois for cheaper living and less regulations,” Windhorst added. “The reason people are leaving is because it is too expensive to live here and do business here. When it comes to state and local taxes, our citizens are maxed out.”

The statements from the Deputy Republican Leader from northwestern Illinois and the freshman member from southern Illinois came in reaction to a WalletHub study which found Illinois has the highest overall tax burden in the nation. Illinois’ median tax rate is 14.9%, while the national average is 10.76%. Illinois’ overall ranking in taxpayer friendliness is #49 in the nation when the cost of living adjustment is taken into consideration.

The governor’s proposed graduated income tax would only make matters worse, Demmer said. “What that does is open up the tax rates to continued interference by lawmakers. If approved, forever more, the General Assembly will no longer be bound by a flat tax mandate in the Constitution. The question isn’t ‘what is the initial rate schedule?’ The question is, ‘can Illinoisans count on politicians in Springfield to do the right thing and not overtax?’ The answer, without a doubt, is ‘no.’ With a graduated income tax, it will be too easy for lawmakers to come back year after year and take a little bit more from taxpayers until we end up with a significantly increased burden on average families.”

Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA) Issues Report on State Employee Group Insurance

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

The report focuses on the growing cost to taxpayers of the health insurance policies purchased by the State on behalf of State employees and retirees. The State Group Health Insurance Program (SEGIP), like all facets of U.S. health care, is affected by growing American health care costs. These costs include not only new treatments and technologies, but also the growing tendency of health care providers to practice strategic cost-shifting. Conscious of their duty to provide care to all patients, including patients without means or whose care is covered by charity-care programs such as Medicaid, health care providers often move facets of the overall cost of health care around. The State of Illinois is one of the entities affected by these cost shifts.

CGFA staff estimates the cost of SEGIP to be $3.023 billion in FY19, the fiscal year that will end on June 30, 2019. With continued increases in U.S. health care costs, the cost of SEGIP is anticipated to increase to $3.130 billion in the approaching fiscal year, FY20. Continued efforts at the containment of costs upon State taxpayers from this expensive program have minimized some facets of this increase. SEGIP beneficiaries are being required to make higher copayments, and are being subjected to various care wait-times and other care features familiar to patients throughout the United States. The overall SEGIP increase from FY19 to FY20, in percentage terms, will be only 3.5%. However, because of the great size of this program, even this comparatively modest percentage increase will exact an additional cost of $107 million anticipated additional dollars upon the hard-pressed State budget.

The CGFA report on SEGIP and its costs represents one facet of the General Assembly’s ongoing nonpartisan attempt to maintain lawmaker understanding of the overall budget pressures facing Illinois.

Major Sports Wagering Proposals Introduced

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Illinoisans could see new solicitations to bet money soon, this time on sporting events such as football and basketball games. The proposed Sports Wagering Act, introduced in the Illinois House as HB 3308, would govern the legalized and regulated bookmaking of bets on sports games and contests. Amendments to HB 3308, introduced in the Illinois House on Thursday, March 21, describe how sports betting would be legalized, regulated and taxed in Illinois. These amendments could be discussed in the Illinois House and its Committee on Revenue & Finance next week. Opponents are concerned about how sports betting could potentially spur compulsive gambling, and could entangle young adults who themselves play sports into the betting business. Other states, led by Nevada and New Jersey, have already legalized sports betting.

City of Aurora Launches Engagement Website

Monday, March 18th, 2019

The City of Aurora has launched a pilot citizen engagement website at www.letstalk.aurora-il.org. This project will allow the City to share information on projects with constituents and to receive feedback that can inform future project action and/or activity.

There are currently three projects on the site: Business Registration, Senior Services, and Citizen Engagement.

 

Business Registration

The City of Aurora is developing a proposed business registration program for City Council consideration. On the engagement site you will find documents associated with the program and related outreach activity. Engagement tools on this project page include: Forum: moderated discussion among site (registered) participants; Q&A: Participant asked questions with staff responses; Ideas: participant shared ideas.

 

Senior Services

The City of Aurora is currently assessing the extent of services available to seniors via stakeholder partners to determine the most appropriate services to be delivered by city staff. Engagement tools on this project page include: Forum: moderated discussion among site (registered) participants; Q&A: Participant asked questions with staff responses; Survey: two surveys are provided, one for senior services providers and one for seniors.

 

A New Way to Engage

This project is a feedback loop on the engagement site. Participants and visitors can what they like about the site and what they would like to see improved. Engagement tools on this project page include: Quick Poll: an opportunity to demonstrate an engagement tool without requiring registration; Ideas: participant-shared ideas; Feedback: a quick survey to gather participant opinions on the site.

 

In order to participate on any engagement tool (not including the quick poll), a simple registration is required. Registration enables the city to capture demographics that will add nuance to reporting on engagement activity.