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

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

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

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Last Chance. Join Us Wednesday.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

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

LAST CHANCE. JOIN US WEDNESDAY.

Holiday Celebration

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Can You Save with an Association Health Plan?

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

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

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

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

Public Policy Updates

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

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

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Welcome New Members

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

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

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

Elite Members

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

Calendar of Events

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

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

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

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

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

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

Member News

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

Did You Know?

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

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

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

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

About The Aurora Chamber

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

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

Nov. 30: This Week in Illinois in Springfield

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Employment Law

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

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

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

 

Energy

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

 

Environment

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

 

Business Regulation

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

Thank you, #AuroraChamber members….

Monday, November 19th, 2018

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

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

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

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

JOIN THE FUN!

Holiday Celebration

Click here to register.

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Can You Save with an Association Health Plan?

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

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

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

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

Read more here.

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

Public Policy Updates

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

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

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Welcome New Members

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

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

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

Elite Members

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

Calendar of Events

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

#ShopLocal Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 24

#GivingTuesday
Tuesday, Nov. 27

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

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

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

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

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

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

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
Can You Save with an Association Health Plan? »
11th Annual Holiday Food Drive »
Volunteers Sought to Serve on City of Aurora Boards, Commissions »
Illinois Communities Preparing for Solar »
Park District Earns Financial, Distinguished Budget Awards »
Save the Date: March 1 – College & Career Fair »
Aurora Receives National Grant to Offer Free Financial Counseling to Residents »
EEI’s Member Earns APWA CPII Certification »
Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Konen Insurance »
Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Umbrella Technologies »
W-2 Wage Earners Should Do a Paycheck Checkup ASAP »
An Estimated Tax Payment in 2018 Could Help Avoid a Penalty in 2019 »
Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Next Month »
House Method Names Aurora ‘Most Underrated Town’ in Illinois »
Mayor Irvin Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program »
Aurora Police First in State to Join ‘Neighbors’ App »

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

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

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

Aurora Young Professionals

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

Ill. Quality of Life Only Average

Friday, November 16th, 2018

In quality-of-life ranking, Illinois rated above average at #22 of 50 U.S. states. The rating was based on a wide variety of metrics that included household income, state unemployment and percentage of state residents with four-year college degrees. The rating was compiled by Delaware-based website 24/7 Wall St.

Illinois was highly rated for its household income. The state’s current population decline and unemployment rate – both of them reflections of Illinois’ current slow speed at private-sector job creation – dragged what would otherwise have been a healthy Illinois score back towards the median. The 24/7 ranking criteria tended to favor Northeastern states. The website ranked Massachusetts highest, and gave six of its top 10 state rankings to neighboring states on the East Coast.

Illinois Jobs, Unemployment

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Slight increase in Illinois unemployment rate for October 2018. Illinois’ unemployment rate moved up from 4.1% in September 2018 to 4.2% in October. Illinois unemployment continued to be slightly higher than the 3.7% nationwide rate for the same month, indicating slightly slower economic conditions in the Prairie State than the rest of the U.S.

Illinois’ total payroll numbers continued to increase. The count of seasonally-adjusted Illinois nonfarm payroll jobs increased to 6,134,000 in October 2018, up 10,300 jobs from the previous month and up 59,300 jobs from one year earlier. Job growth was especially strong in trade, transportation, utilities, information, and manufacturing. The October 2018 report, by showing both more jobs and higher unemployment, demonstrate that marginal workers are once again returning to the Illinois labor force. A person who is actively seeking work is counted as “unemployed,” even if he or she is in the labor force for the first time or is returning to the labor force after having voluntarily left on a previous date.

This Week in the General Assembly

Friday, November 16th, 2018

The Illinois legislature was in session this week for week one of the two-week fall veto session. Traditionally, veto session is a time for the legislature to take up action on vetoes by the Governor. The legislature can either override a governor’s veto or concur with a governor’s recommendations to amendatory vetoes. However, the fall veto session can also be used to take up non-veto legislative matters. Historically speaking, the legislature does take advantage of this session to pass legislation before the new General Assembly is sworn in on January. For a bill to pass during veto session, it must receive a three-fifths majority in each chamber. See below for a recap of the legislative week.

WEEK 1: FALL VETO SESSION RECAP

Employment Law

The Illinois Senate overrode the amendatory veto for SB 904 (Hastings/Hoffman) on a 55-1-1 vote. Prior to the override vote, the Senate also passed modifications to SB 904, HB 3452 (Soto/Hastings), and HB 200 (Hoffman/Hastings) by unanimous roll calls. The measures now move to the Illinois House to be considered when they return after Thanksgiving. SB 904 makes significant changes to the medical billing process.

Also pending further action by the House is SB 1737 (Munoz/Hoffman). The Governor’s total veto also was overridden by the Senate 52-0. SB 1737 made changes to the workers’ compensation insurance rates overseen by the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI).

The Governor’s amendatory veto of HB 4743, (Ford/Lightford) was overridden on a 75-17 vote. Twelve House Republicans joined 63 Democrats to provide the minimum 71 votes to override. The legislation amends the Equal Pay Act providing that no employer may discriminate between employees by paying wages to an African-American employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employee who is not African-American for the same or substantially similar work on a job that requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility and is performed under similar working conditions. Unjustified pay differential based on race exists as a form of discrimination under the Illinois Human Rights Act.

No action was taken on the Governor’s amendatory veto of HB 4163, (Moeller/Castro) this week. It is our understanding that Governor-elect Pritzker requested it be held until 2019. Similar to legislation passed in 2017 and vetoed by Gov. Rauner, the legislation amends the Equal Pay Act to prohibit an employer from inquiring about salary and wage history. The greatest concern about the legislation was the diminishing of employer defenses and adding new compensatory and punitive damage remedies on businesses who violate the Act.

Another issue being held over for 2019 is HB 4572, (Guzzardi/Castro), which redefines “employer” under the Illinois Human Rights Act to include any person employing one (currently 15) or more employees within Illinois during 20 or more calendar weeks within the calendar year of or preceding the alleged violation.

Environment

There were two hearings this week that dealt with proposals to regulate ethylene oxide (EtO). The chemical used in a variety of uses has come under pressure from lawmakers due to the potential risk of cancer if exposed.

The House Environment Committee advanced both HB 5983 (Durkin) and HB 5985 (Yingling). The bills seek to limit the use of EtO to medical sterilization and look to prohibit its use altogether in the coming years. Both bills advanced out of committee with the understanding both would be held on 2nd reading and will receive an amendment. The committee chair indicated that she wants to pass legislation on EtO before the new General Assembly is sworn in. This issue remains fluid.

he Senate Environment and Conservation Committee also held a hearing on EtO. However, the Senate hearing did not advance any legislation. Instead, the hearing held subject matter hearing from stakeholders.

Business Regulation

SB 2332 (Morrison/Lilly) was overridden by the Senate 36-19. This bill would raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. The bill also eliminates the penalties for underage possession of tobacco products. Tthis legislation punishes businesses for the decisions of individuals.

New Amendments/Bills Filed

There are a handful of bills and amendments that were filed this week:

  • SB 3646 (Bertino-Tarrant) creates the Occupational Board Reform Act.
  • HFA 1 to SB 203 (Lightford/Davis) amends the Prevailing Wage Act.
  • SB 3643 (Barickman) amends the Civil Practice Law of the Code of Civil Procedure to add a Part concerning asbestos trust claims.
  • HFA 2 to SB 1226 (Bennett/Slaughter) amends the Energy Efficient Building Act and renames it “Energy Efficient Building and Green Construction Act”.
  • SFA 2 to SB 515 (Haine/D’Amico) creates the Statewide Relocation Towing Licensure Commission Act of 2018.

2018 Midterm Election Recap

Friday, November 16th, 2018

This month, saw record turnout for a mid-term election. As of this posting, there were still a number of national (and local) races undecided.

U.S. Congress

Sixth: Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove) defeated Peter Roskam* (R-Wheaton)

Eleventh: Bill Foster* (D-Naperville) defeated Nick Stella (R-Darien)

Fourteenth: Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville) defeated Randy Hultgren (R-Plano)

 

Federal Take Aways

  • Democrats took control of the U.S. House while Republicans maintained (and expanded) their control of the Senate.
  • Federal issues expected to be priorities this term include:
    • Immigration
    • Infrastructure and Transportation
    • Affordable Care Act
    • Job Creation

 

State Officers

Governor: J.B. Pritzker (D-Chicago) defeated Bruce Rauner* (R-Winnetka)

Attorney General: Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) defeated Erika Harold (R-Urbana)

Secretary of State: Jesse White* (D-Chicago) defeated Jason Helland (R-Mazon)

Comptroller: Susana Mendoza* (D-Chicago) defeated Darlene Senger (R-Naperville)

Treasurer: Michael Frerichs* (D-Champaign) defeated Jim Dodge (R-Orland Park)

 

State Senate

District 21: Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) defeated Michael Connelly (R-Lisle)

District 33: Donald DeWitte (R-St. Charles) defeated Nancy Zettler (D-Algonquin)

District 35: Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)

District 38: Sue Rezin* (R-Morris) defeated Heidi Henry (D-Marseilles)

District 42: Linda Holmes* (D-Aurora)

 

State House

District 41: Grant Wehrli* (R-Naperville) defeated Val Montgomery (D-Naperville)

District 49: Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) defeated Tonia Khouri (R-Aurora)

District 50: Keith Wheeler* (R-Oswego) defeated James Leslie (D-Aurora)

District 65: Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) defeated Richard Johnson (D-Elgin)

District 70: Jeff Keicher* (R-Sycamore) defeated Paul Stoddard (D-DeKalb)

District 75: David Welter* (R-Morris)

District 83: Linda Chapa LaVia* (D-Aurora)

District 84: Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) defeated Patty Smith (R-Aurora)

District 97: Mark Batinick* (R-Plainfield) defeated Mica Freeman (D-Plainfield)

 

State Take Aways

  • Democrats now have firm control of every level of state government. This is a main concern with redistricting being done following the 2020 Census and the reduction of one (perhaps two) Congressional districts.
  • Speaker Madigan saw his majority increase from 67-51) to a super-majority of 73-45 (71 constitutes a super-majority). The House has never held more than 72 seats. This is important to remember as it takes 71 votes to put a constitutional amendment (e.g., Fair Tax) on the ballot and to override a governor’s veto.
  • Senate President Cullerton, who already had a super-majority of 37 (one more than needed), saw his super-majority increase. The number is not known as there are still a few unclear. Races of Senators Chris Nybo (down 286 votes) and Mike Connelly (up 12 votes) are still unofficial and awaiting mail-in ballots.
  • Expected issues for consideration include:
    • Gaming Expansion (including sports gambling)
    • Minimum Wage Increase
    • Recreational Marijuana Legalization
    • Infrastructure
    • Fair Tax Amendment
    • Gas Tax/Mileage Tax
    • Healthcare Sterilization (see Sterigenics and can also impact hospitals and other medical centers that use ethylene oxide to sterilize medical devices)

#AuroraChamber News: Election Day Tomorrow — VOTE

Monday, November 5th, 2018

The single most powerful tool each one of us has is our voice and our vote.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

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

BUSINESS SAFETY PROGRAM OFFERED

Operating in a crime-free environment is a key priority for the Aurora Chamber and our members. Officer John Martinez from the Aurora Police Department will conduct a workshop on practical strategies to ensure our members are best equipped to operate in a safe environment for their staff and property. Topics will include an overview of “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design,” Personal Safety, Robbery Information, Safety in the Workplace, Trespass Agreements, and a Q & A period.

The program will be held at the Chamber offices on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m. For details, click here.

Public Policy Updates

Every vote matters.

The single most powerful tool each one of us has is our voice and our vote.

Kane County voters
DuPage County voters
Will County voters
Kendall County voters

Other Recent Policy News

Gov. Rauner Announces $1.5M in Recreational Trails Program Grants »
Ill. House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Gaming Issues »
Highlights of Tax Reform for Businesses »
U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches Education, Workforce Fellowship Program »
Governor Signs Bill to Transition to Multi-year
Vehicle Registration Opportunity
»
Governor Signs Legislation to Help Keep Illinois Students in Illinois »
State of Illinois Sells $965 Million in Bonds »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Welcome New Members

City of Aurora Public Art
Jennifer Evans
20 E. Downer Place, Aurora
(630) 256-3341
Art Galleries

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston      Barbara Geiger – Keller Williams Experience      Beans Greens Proteins      Best Rates Heating and Cooling      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics      Country Financial – West Aurora      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Fox Valley Mall      Freedom Development Group, LLC      ganc.io      Gateway Mortgage Group      Healthcare Solutions Team – Deepti Srivastava      Henkels & McCoy, Inc.      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Lendio of Naperville      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      New York Life Insurance Company and Nylife Securities, LLC      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Orochem Technologies, Inc.      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 

Calendar of Events

Grand Opening: Tredwell Coffee
Monday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
14 W. Downer Place, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Coffee & Connections
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 8 – 10 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora

Red Kettle Kick Off: Salvation Army
Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 7 p.m.

Grand Opening: Sport Clips
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
1720 N. Orchard Rd. Ste 130, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Grand Opening: 500 Station
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 – 6 p.m.
675 Station Blvd, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:45 p.m.

Grand Opening: M/I Homes
Thursday, Nov. 15, 4:30 – 8 p.m.
Gramercy Square, 4111 Calder Lane, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4:45 p.m.

Lunch n Learn: IT Strategies
Thursday, Nov. 15, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
VIA, 2000 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva

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

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

Among recent events, the Aurora Chamber celebrated the opening of Burger King (left) where owners presented a check to Roosevelt Aurora American Legion Post 84. Hairy Beast Dog Pawlour (right) opened in downtown Aurora. In addition to dog grooming packages, they offer clothing and more. For these and more photos of recent activities, please visit our Facebook page.

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurora-chamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
Park District Earns Financial, Distinguished Budget Awards »
Save the Date: March 1 – College & Career Fair »
Aurora Receives National Grant to Offer Free Financial Counseling to Residents »
EEI’s Member Earns APWA CPII Certification »
Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Konen Insurance »
Innovation Summit Sponsor Highlight: Umbrella Technologies »
W-2 Wage Earners Should Do a Paycheck Checkup ASAP »
An Estimated Tax Payment in 2018 Could Help Avoid a Penalty in 2019 »
Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Next Month »
House Method Names Aurora ‘Most Underrated Town’ in Illinois »
Mayor Irvin Selected for Prestigious Leadership Program »
Aurora Police First in State to Join ‘Neighbors’ App »

Did You Know?

Caught On Camera

This month, there are a number of member-focused events happening. #ShopLocal is Saturday, Nov. 24, and #GivingTuesday is Tuesday, Nov. 27. Be sure and follow us on social media to see what local retailers and community organizations are doing to participate in these events.

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

West Aurora is organizing a College & Career Fair for area high school students in Kane, DuPage, and Kendall counties on Friday, March 1, 2019, from 8 to 11 a.m. If you are interested in participating, information may be found at www.bit.ly/wamarch1.

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Can You Save with an Association Health Plan?

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

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

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

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

Read more here.

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

About The Aurora Chamber

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

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

Can You Save with an Association Health Plan?

Monday, November 5th, 2018

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

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

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

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

We are looking to kick this new Association Plan off on January 1, 2019.  In order to get started, we will need to collect information from a sample of members that will help the underwriters get familiar with us and build the rate charts they will use when underwriting members who are interested in joining the plan.

The information we will need to collect from you is:

  • Most recent renewal, showing rates, who is covered and the benefit plan (deductibles, copays, etc.)
  • Census of all eligible employees, working 30 or more hours per week.

There is no commitment at this time. We are simply gathering a sampling for the underwriters to create the rate charts. You will find attached a spreadsheet to help gather the census information. Once I receive this information from you, I will forward it to the underwriters to get the plan put together.

If I could ask you to send this information to me as soon as possible, we would like to have an informational seminar to review the benefits and review next steps (how you can sign your business up) within 30 days. Again, there is no obligation on your part to participate in the plan at this time.