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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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#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
Fax: (630) 256-3189

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Happy #SmallBusinessWeek

Monday, April 30th, 2018

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Wednesday: Small Business Expo, Fair

Small Business Expo

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

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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.
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.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
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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.

Gov. Rauner Signs Bill to Bring 5G Wireless to Illinois

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Last week, Gov. Rauner signed SB 1451, otherwise known as the “small cell bill.”

Small cells are lower-profile wireless signal alternatives to traditional cell towers that can be attached to existing structures. Their deployment will help lay the foundation required to support the technologies of the future, such as the next generation wireless systems known as 5G.

Now law, Illinois can create jobs and attract investment in 5G and faster wireless internet service for our residents and employers. The Governor’s signature is crucial for Illinois to join the other states throughout the nation who have enacted similar legislation. Full deployment of 5G wireless internet, along with “Internet of Things” and “Smart Cities” technologies that use data to help save taxpayer dollars, will generate enormous economic activity in Illinois. Based on methodology developed by Accenture Strategy, Illinois will enjoy nearly 100,000 jobs created and nearly $8.9 billion in investment over seven years with the approval of this law.

#AuroraChamber Board Nominations, Member Events

Monday, April 16th, 2018

 

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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, April 20, at 12:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to 22 persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing.

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Premier Investors

Member News

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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’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

Calendar of Events

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop
Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Opening: Casa Dei Bambini Montessori
Thursday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
4393 Liberty St., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 10 a.m.

Grand Opening: Salon b
Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4151 McCoy Dr., Ste. 111, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: Beans Greens Proteins
Monday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
300 E. Indian Trail, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

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
Wednesday, 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

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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Proposed Bills Would Stall Jobs, Economic Development

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Recently, the Aurora Chamber joined a diverse coalition of more than three dozen business and agricultural organizations to oppose SB3005 (Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago) and HB5119 (Rep. Steven Anderson, R-Geneva). These two bills would further slow-down an already cumbersome state permitting process by allowing any person, including non-Illinois residents, to sue state agencies. Most importantly, there is already a process in place for reviewing permits which allows for affected parties to weigh in.

The legislation currently has been refined to apply only to permitting decisions by the Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Transportation, Public Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

This would open the floodgates for interest groups to interject in administrative decisions before the State of Illinois, causing severe logjams, excessive litigation and further undermine the ability of businesses in Illinois to obtain the necessary approvals to operate in the state. Proponents of the legislation have stated in committee hearings they are seeking opportunities for more lawsuits to challenge state decisions. This not only impacts the activities of state government, but also the health and safety of the public, and the operation of our whole economy.

The permitting process for state agencies differs vastly. The central theme, however, is that there are opportunities for the public and third parties to engage in the process and the State is responsible for eliciting those comments and concerns and considering them when determining whether to grant a permit. This bill upends decades of carefully balanced negotiation designed to put the best interest of Illinois’ citizens first. The existing permitting process engages public opinion and threads the desires of the public with the health, safety, security, and economic opportunity the State is obligated to provide its citizens.

This legislation has been amended twice and began much more broadly than it is now. The drafters included all state agencies in the underlying legislation. No matter how this legislation changes, or what industries or agencies may later be carved out, we oppose the concept and the precedent it sets. Efforts to layer on burdensome requirements to increase lawsuits in the state and bog economic activity down for our businesses, farmers, and citizens is just bad policy. Particularly when public protections are already in place. We encourage members to reach out to your elected officials to voice your opposition to this bill.

Your #AuroraChamber Weekly News Has Arrived

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Thank you, State of the City Sponsors, Attendees

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Thank you, State of the City Sponsors, Attendees

State of the City

For highlights on the Mayor’s State of the City address, Aurora beacon-News coverage may be found here.

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, April 20, at 12:00 p.m.

A Board of Directors governs the business, property, and affairs of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Board is responsible for establishing policy, budgets, and the guidance of affairs. The Board is composed of up to 22 persons who shall be members in good standing of the Chamber. Directors are elected for a term of three years which are staggered so that approximately one-third of the directors are elected each year. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors.

To be considered to be a Director, nominees must be members in good standing.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Aurora Chamber

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.
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

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 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 

Calendar of Events

Grand Opening: Comfort Inn & Suites

Monday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop

Tuesday, April 17, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Opening: Casa Dei Bambini Montessori

Thursday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

4393 Liberty St., Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 10 a.m.

Grand Opening: Salon b

Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

4151 McCoy Dr., Ste. 111, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Grand Opening: Beans Greens Proteins

Monday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

300 E. Indian Trail, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals

Thursday, April 26, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora

Sponsored by North Star Credit Union

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: 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.

Location: TBD

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

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

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City of Aurora Raises Smoking Age to 21

Monday, April 2nd, 2018
Last night, the City of Aurora, once again, made the health and future of our children a top priority. The Aurora City Council voted to raise the age limit to purchase tobacco and vaping products from age 18 to 21 by a unanimous vote of all twelve aldermen.
With the passing of what is nationally being referred to as the Tobacco 21 ordinance (T21), the City of Aurora joins other municipalities in Illinois, including Evanston, Chicago, Naperville and Bolingbrook, in taking a stand for the health of our youth by becoming a T21 City. In fact, nearly 300 cities in 19 states have done the same.
Thank you to our aldermen for taking a bold, unified stand and to our staff members who researched this initiative for months. Thank you to our community partners in healthcare, education, law enforcement and the industry for coming together to provide an assessment of what is happening in Aurora and throughout the country.
A very special thanks to our Aurora youth who shared their concerns about tobacco and vaping usage among their peers, giving many examples of smoking and vaping occurring in school. Your voice does matter, and we are listening.
As we continue to build Aurora together, I am proud to know our community is doing what is right for our youth.
Lear more about the national T21 Initiative at www.tobacco21.org