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Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

The Aurora Regional Chamber is proud to announce two beneficial programs for member manufacturers.

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  In This Issue  

Leadership Academy »
Two Programs to Support Youth »
College & Career Fair »
Board Nominations Sought »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Welcome New Members »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Did You Know? »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Leadership Academy

Applications are now available for the 2019 Aurora Chamber Leadership Academy that begins on Friday, March 1.To read prior participants’ experiences in the program, visit our blog.

TWO MANUFACTURING PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT YOUTH, EMPLOYERS

The Aurora Regional Chamber is proud to announce two beneficial programs for member manufacturers. The partnership with Business Career Services will launch the next series of Manufacturing Careers Internship Program. Manufacturers are needed to offer site tours to participants. In addition, manufacturers are invited to offer eight-week internships for the youth between 18 and 24 years of age. There is no obligation for the manufacturer to hire the intern. BCS is the employer of record and handles the wages, insurance, and drug screening.A second program to launch is the Kane County MCIP Second Chance Program. The program is designed to help young adults ages between 18 and 24 convicted of non-violent crimes, such as DUI or driving without a license, overcome the barrier of having a criminal record and re-enter society through starting careers in the manufacturing industry. Again, there is no cost obligation for the manufacturer during the eight-week internship. BCS covers wages and liability insurance.

For details, check our website through the links above.

JOIN US FOR REGIONAL COLLEGE, CAREER FAIR

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.

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.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.

Public Policy Updates

Recently, the Chamber Foundation joined our partners in releasing a report that showed Illinois has had significantly weaker growth in data center markets than surrounding states that have data center incentives.Today, 30 states have incentives specifically targeted at attracting data centers as part of expanded economic development efforts. Since 2012, 24 states have enacted legislation aimed at capturing a greater percentage of data center growth.
Other Recent Policy NewsMinimum Wage Bill Passes Senate Along Party Lines »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »
Illinois Pushes Toward $15 Minimum Wage »
AuroraChamber Joins Ill. Chamber, Others in Release of Data Centers Study »
Leader Durkin, House Republicans Introduce Fair Maps Amendment »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Welcome New Members

Ochoa & Associates LTD. (Elite Member)
Santos and Ilsia Ochoa
835 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
(630) 473-0325
Accounting & Tax ServicesArtesan Lofts (Premier Member)
Jessie Schnell
2 S Stolp Ave., Aurora
(630) 966-0602
Apartments & Condominiums / Art Galleries

Orchard Wine & Liquor (Premier Member)
Romi Singh
1039 W. Orchard Road, North Aurora
(630) 907-7130
Liquor Store

SciTech Hands on Museum
Arlene Hawks
18 W. Benton, Aurora
(630) 859-3434
Museums

Holistic Healthcare Management, Inc.
Stephanie Mack
Aurora
(630) 631-2998
Wellness Programs

Gary Brown Art
Susan Brown
7 S Broadway, Aurora
(630)768-4592
Art Galleries

Elite Members

 95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Artesan Lofts      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Collective      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      Dolan & Murphy      Endiro Coffee      Energy Bot      ERC Delivery      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.      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      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

Grand Opening: Randall Crossings Townhomes
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1279 Comiskey Ave., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.Grand Opening: Burger King
Thursday, Feb. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
1378 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9:30 a.m.

Leadership Academy
Applications Due
Begins Friday, March 1, at 8:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

State of the City Address
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Reception @ 4 p.m.
Mayor’s Address @ 6 p.m.
Sponsorships Available

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

Member News

Aurora Young Professionals, You’re Invited to Volunteer!Sign up for Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry.
Sign up for Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry.
US DOL Opens Applications for HIRE Vets Medallion »
State of the City Set for March 5 »
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry Establishes Evening Food Distribution »
Food Pantry Names New Exec »
2-1-1 Info Hotline Now Available in Kane »

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.

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

New Program Provides Second Chance for Youthful Offenders

Monday, February 11th, 2019

The Kane County MCIP Second Chance Program has three key goals:

  1. Help young adults ages 18 – 24 convicted of non-violent crimes, such as DUI or driving without a license, overcome the barrier of having a criminal record and re-enter society through starting careers in the manufacturing industry.
  2. Provide a low-risk process to vet and hire young adults who were incarcerated but are highly motivated and need a “second chance”
  3. Provide work and training opportunities to returning citizens to help address the critical skilled worker shortage in manufacturing.

How does it Work?

Business and Career Services (BCS) is partnering with the Kane County Correctional Department to provide a second chance to non-violent offenders ages 18 – 24 to turn their life around and become productive, responsible adults.

An intensive two-week “Boot Camp” held before the internship will screen participants for attitude and motivation and will focus on employer expectations and requirements such as: attendance, attitude, ambition and problem solving. It also provides them with a 10-hour OSHA safety certification, resume writing and interviewing skills, financial literacy, shop math and problem solving. The program is modeled after the highly successful BCS Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) which has a 70% success rate.

As part of the “Second Chance” program, participating manufacturers will be able to interview and select potential interns prior to the eight-week internship. BCS is the employer of record during the internship and covers wages, insurance and liability. BCS will also monitor the growth and success of the participants during the internships using frequent communication and on-site visits.

What are the Benefits to Employers?

  • There is No Cost to the employer during the eight-week internship. BCS covers wages and liability insurance.
  • Opportunity to identify, vet and hire highly motivated individuals for hard-to-fill positions.
  • Federal and State Fidelity Bonding Programs are available at no cost to protect the employer from any wrong-doing by the employee once hired. The bond coverage is usually $5,000 with no deductible. Higher amounts of coverage up to $25,000 may be allowed.
  • Employers may qualify for a tax credit of between $1,200 and $9,600 per employee for hiring ex-felons through the Illinois Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program.
  • Employers hiring qualified participants may be eligible to be reimbursed 50% of their wages up to $10,000 through the Kane County Workforce On-the-Job Training Program.
  • Similar to the MICP, internships can be terminated at any time,

For more information, contact Rand Haas, MCIP program manager with Business and Career Services, at (630) 204-9795.

Industry-Driven Program Offers Train-to-Hire Internships for Employers

Monday, February 11th, 2019

The Aurora Chamber would like to re-introduce a partner program for local employers. The Business and Career Services Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) is an innovative workforce development program designed to:

  • Help employers identify and hire motivated, young adults ages 18 – 24
  • Help young adults learn about manufacturing and start a successful career path
  • Change the perception of manufacturing and promote it as a desirable career

Employers benefit from the program because:

  • Internship provided at no cost to employer, no commitment to hire
  • Minimize hiring risk by identifying motivated employees during internship
  • Drug Screening and Work-readiness training provided prior to internship
  • Employers may be eligible for On-the-Job-Training Grant if interns are hired as employees

The MCIP starts with a Career Exploration “Boot” Camp that leads directly to an eight-week paid internship. During the boot camp, interns visit six to eight local manufacturers, tour the manufacturing lab at the local community college, learn essential “work-readiness skills”, brush up on their math skills and gain OSHA and Lift Truck Driving Certifications. At the end of the boot camp, participating employers interview and select interns for an internship paid by the MCIP.

The MCIP is funded through the through a federal WIOA grant from the DOL. Business and Career Services (BCS) serves as the employer of record and covers payroll, liability and insurance during the internship. In addition, participants obtain a 10-hour OSHA certification and forklift truck-driving certification. Other elements include:

  • Tours of local area manufacturers to learn about careers and skills required
  • Emphasis on work-readiness, including attendance, attitude and problem solving
  • Emphasis on shop math and communication skills
  • Resume writing and job interview preparation

The MCIP has been recognized as one of the most unique and innovative workforce programs in Illinois. Since 2011, more than 200 companies have participated and over 700 interns have participated. More than 85% of interns hired after the internship have stayed with the company for longer than 12 months.

For information, contact Rand Haas, program manager, at (630) 204-9795.

US DOL Opens Applications for HIRE Vets Medallion

Monday, February 11th, 2019

The application period is open for job creators to apply for the U.S. Department of Labor’s HIRE Vets Medallion Award. This program recognizes small businesses, non-profit organizations, and large companies for their leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America’s veterans. Applicants are evaluated based on a range of criteria including veteran hiring and retention rates, and the availability of veteran-specific resources, leadership programs, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2019.

Learn about the HIRE Vets Medallion Award

Illinois Pushes Toward $15 Minimum Wage

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

An effort to increase Illinois’s starting wage to $15 has gained early traction driven by the desire of Governor J.B. Pritzker to achieve passage sooner rather than later. Many Illinois residents will recall that the Governor made a $15 starting wage one of the cornerstones of his campaign.

Wednesday, during a subject matter hearing of the Senate Labor Committee, IRMA testified on the subject. It was noted that while IRMA is philosophically opposed to artificially imposed starting wages, we recognize that an increase is going to occur.

Proponents have noted that $15 starting wages in places like Seattle have not apparently led to significant job loss although research does point to lost hours particularly for low or unskilled workers. However, as even pro-wage increase researchers have noted, no one knows what the impact will be outside of urban centers like Seattle, New York City or Chicago and you cannot assume the experiences of a thriving city center will be the same experiences elsewhere as there are major economic differences. IRMA noted that the suburbs and downstate do not enjoy the concentration of economic dynamics that such urban centers enjoy. For example, Chicago benefits from robust tourism, a concentration of business headquarters, the daily influx of millions who spend money, and a concentration of wealth. No other location in Illinois even comes close to enjoying that combination of benefits.

IRMA also pointed to states like Oregon and New York that appeared to recognize such differences and took geographic-based approaches to increasing their starting wages.

In Oregon, the starting wages are higher in the Portland metro area, somewhat lower in their suburbs, and then even lower in the rest of the state. This is an approach that recognizes the substantial cost-of-living differences. It also recognizes the substantial differences that will occur between Illinois and every border state. With retail increasingly able to serve consumers regardless of where they are located, and 2/3rds of Illinois’ population within a 40-minute drive of a border, those disparities will have impact on employers.

New York increased the starting wage to $15 quickly in New York City, a bit more slowly in Long Island and Westchester County, and much more slowly in the rest of the state. In both cases, the increase to $15 started at a much higher rate in New York City. Similarly, Chicago will be at $13 July 1 while Cook County will be at $12. That is a significantly different starting point than the rest of Illinois which is currently at $8.25. A phase-in such as five years for the City of Chicago and Cook County, seven years for the collar counties and 10 years for the rest of the state is more realistic but will still be a large cost item for employers.

Even if the Illinois starting wages were increased from $8.25 to $15 over a 10-year period, the average annual increase would be just over 6% to the largest or single largest expense item of retail employers. That is why the tax credit currently proposed by the advocates to soften the blow on smaller employers is inadequate if policy makers insist on not taking an Oregon-like approach. First, the tax credit as currently proposed, only applies to employers with fewer than 50 employees at all locations. As IRMA noted, a single retail store can have more than 50 employees. Second, it treats franchisees as if they are owned by the franchisor. Franchisees are, in fact, small businesses so this inequality must be repaired. Third, the tax credit itself is not robust enough.

Additionally, the Illinois probationary/training wage allows employers to pay a trainee $0.50 less per hour than the current minimum wage. That was not very adequate at $8.25 but it is wholly inadequate at $15.00. The probationary/training wage needs to be in the neighborhood of $2.00 per hour less for the 90-day probationary/training period if employers are going to have any incentive to take the risk of hiring no-or-low-skilled employees.

While there are other issues, these are the primary issues under discussion. Additional considerations exist about impact on taxpayers. At $15, the State budget will be negatively impacted a few hundred million annually not to mention at least that kind of impact on local governments, higher education institutions, K-12 schools, park districts, etc.

Aurora Chamber Joins Ill. Chamber, Others in Release of Study on Data Centers

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Recently, the Chamber Foundation joined our partners in releasing a report that showed Illinois has had significantly weaker growth in data center markets than surrounding states that have data center incentives.

The report, published by Mangum Economics, compares the disparity of data center capital investment growth and jobs created between Illinois and neighboring and competitive states and examines the state tax policies used to attract and grow the industry.

Today, 30 states have incentives specifically targeted at attracting data centers as part of expanded economic development efforts. Since 2012, 24 states have enacted legislation aimed at capturing a greater percentage of data center growth.

Illinois should consider these tax incentives to ensure the direct and indirect benefits from the construction, operation, and ancillary growth that occurs over the lifetime of these facilities.

#EconomicPulse, Business Registration, More from #AuroraChamber

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

We learned last week of former Mayor Thomas J. Weisner’s passing.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

4th Annual Economic Pulse »
Business Registration Program »
Leadership Academy »
College & Career Fair »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Welcome New Members »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Henning Graduates »
Did You Know? »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

4TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC PULSE

Economic Pulse

CITY DISCUSSES BUSINESS REGISTRATION PROGRAM

The Aurora Business Registration Program is a proposal being reviewed by City Council that will have all current and future businesses operating within Aurora submit a completed registration form to the City of Aurora. For more information or to register for the upcoming discussion, visit our website.

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY REGISTRATION OPENS

Leadership Academy

Applications are now available for the 2019 Aurora Chamber Leadership Academy that begins on Friday, March 1.

To read prior participants’ experiences in the program, visit our blog.

JOIN US FOR REGIONAL COLLEGE, CAREER FAIR

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.

Public Policy Updates

Governor JB Pritzker was sworn in Monday, Jan. 14, as the 43rd Governor of Illinois along with the other five Executive Branch officers. During his speech, the Governor shared his vision to work together to create boundless opportunities and fulfill the state’s possibility and promise. The Governor made clear that he will move swiftly on priorities for working people so that the government works for the people and will confront the state’s deep challenges.
Other Recent Policy News
Senate Democrats Announce Leadership Positions »
Senate Republicans Announce Leadership Positions »
Wheeler, Wehrli, Batinick Namedx to House GOP Leadership »
Gov. Pritzker Inaugural Address Lays Out Agenda »
New Year, New Laws »
Pritzker Makes Personnel Announcements »
101st General Assembly to Begin »
Taxes, Infrastructure Proposals Discussed »
Ill. GA Reduces Govt. Duplication »
New Illinois Laws to Take Effect on Jan. 1 »
Nov. 30: This Week in Illinois in Springfield »
2018 Midterm Election Recap »
This Week in the General Assembly »
Ill. House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Gaming Issues »
Highlights of Tax Reform for Businesses »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Welcome New Members

Burger King – Butterfield Road
Jake Smith
1378 Butterfield Road, Aurora
(815) 444-2009
Restaurants & Taverns

Anderson Animal Shelter – North Aurora
Dale Hazelwood
180 N. Randall Road, North Aurora
(847) 697-2880
Community-Based Organization

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      Caterpillar, Inc.      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      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      Gateway Mortgage Group      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      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

2019 Economic Pulse Lunch
Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Sponsored by NorthStar Credit Union, Konen Insurance, and Invest Aurora

Grand Opening: Randal Crossings Townhomes
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1279 Comiskey Ave., North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

Burger King
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
1378 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9:30 a.m.

Leadership Academy
Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

State of the City Address
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Reception @ 4 p.m.
Mayor’s Address @ 6 p.m.
Sponsorships Available

Member News

Bill McSkimming, president of River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge, proudly announces the dealership’s 30th anniversary. In 1989, McSkimming opened the doors to his Chrysler Plymouth store then located at 1261 N. Lake Street in Aurora. The dealership moved to its current 36,000 square foot, state of the art location in the North Aurora Auto Mall on Easter weekend 1996. Expansion has taken place with the acquisition of Jeep in 1994 and Dodge in 2009 and Chrysler Corporation’s transformation of Ram into a separate line. This growth and increase in available inventory necessitate the need for use of nearby storage lots.
2-1-1 Info Hotline Now Available in Kane »
AID President O’Shea Retires after 20 Years of Service »
Historical Society Creates New History Awards »
Free STEAM Classes Now Available to Batavia, North Aurora Students »
VNA’s Windel Inducted into American Academy of Nursing »
VNA Health Care Receives Proclamation for 100 Years of Service »
Employers Should be Aware of W-2 Scam, Protect Employee Information »
Tanner House to Sparkle with Holiday Decor »
Police, Fire Subject of Aurora Historical Society 2019 Calendar »
EEI Announces Two Junior Engineers »
Congratulations, West Aurora School District 129! »
Can You Save with an Association Health Plan? »
Volunteers Sought to Serve on City of Aurora Boards, Commissions »
Save the Date: March 1 – College & Career Fair »
Aurora Police First in State to Join ‘Neighbors’ App »

HENNING GRADUATES FROM WORKFORCE FELLOWSHIP

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced Joseph B. Henning, IOM, CAE, president and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce graduated from its premier business leadership program. The inaugural Business Leads Fellowship Program trained and equipped leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges. More information is available on our blog.

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

Henning Graduates from U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Fellowship Provided State and Local Chambers with Opportunities to Engage Nationally on Critical Education and Workforce Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced Joseph B. Henning, IOM, CAE, president and CEO of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce graduated from its premier business leadership program. The inaugural Business Leads Fellowship Program trained and equipped leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

“The Aurora Chamber has been involved in education attainment and workforce development for many years,” Henning explains. “This Fellowship gave me the opportunity to not only learn from national experts, but also to share and gain information from other chamber professionals who are involved.”

“As clearly displayed throughout this program, state and local leaders know better than anyone the critical link between education and economic development,” says Cheryl Oldham, senior vice president of the Center for Education and Workforce. “Not only did the Fellows gain a network of peers and experts in the field, the program is designed to help these leaders find opportunities to develop initiatives that will continue to advance the growth of their local economy and put education policy into practice.”

Following a competitive application and selection process, Henning was selected along with 34 other state and local chamber executives to participate in the inaugural class. The four-month program, which ended this week, covered the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, higher education, and workforce development.

Upon completion, Business Leads Fellows join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated network of 200 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives.

Given the overwhelming interest in the program, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a second cohort in spring 2019.

For a full list of participants in the Business Leads inaugural class, visit the U.S. Chamber Foundation website.

New Illinois Laws to Take Effect on Jan. 1

Friday, December 14th, 2018

On Jan. 1, 2019, more than 250 new laws will be added to Illinois’ list of statutes.

During the two-year-long 100th General Assembly, 9,646 pieces of legislation were filed. Nearly 6,000 originated in the Illinois House and nearly 3,650 started in the Senate.

 

Of those 9,646 pieces of legislation, 1,268 passed both houses and 1,044 were approved by Governor Rauner.

 

The effective date of new laws can vary. Some legislation designates that the new regulations begin immediately upon becoming law. In other cases, legislation is date-specific, including the start of a new fiscal year or calendar year.

Among the 253 new laws taking effect on Jan. 1, here are 20 new initiatives added to Illinois’ law books that our members may be interested in.

 

Taxes & Fees

HB 4578 reduces the late fee penalty for LLC annual report filing from $300 to $100.

SB 3109 provides that all qualified applicants, regardless of immigration status, are eligible for Illinois professional licenses issued by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

 

Technology & Infrastructure

HB 5752 creates the Broadband Advisory Council, a council to expand access to broadband services and technology.

 

Employment Law

SB 2826 expands coverage of Illinois Human Rights Act and gives victims of workplace stalking and harassment further protections by creating provisions such as a reasonable, unpaid leave for court dates.

SB 3411 allows places of employment, places of worship, or schools to petition for an order against a person stalking their locations. Once an order is granted, that person may have to give up their firearms and FOID card.

SB 2516 requires employers of mandated reporters to inform their employees of available mandated reporter training.

HB 4340 requires massage establishments, organizers of public events that require a permit, and all primary and secondary schools to post notices informing employees and other members of the public of a helpline to assist any person who is subject to human trafficking.

SB 2999 requires employers to reimburse employees for necessary costs incurred in order to fulfill their job responsibilities, including “bring your own device” policies which require employees to use personal cell phones, tablets, or computers for work purposes.

 

Economic Development

SB 3527 expands the River Edge Historic Tax Credit.

SB 405 requires a sexual harassment policy for all companies that make a bid under the state’s procurement code and requires companies that claim EDGE credits to include their sexual harassment policy in their annual report to the State.

 

Education & Workforce Development

HB 4658 expands training teachers in identifying warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior.

SB 2527 states school boards cannot limit the number of dual-credit courses a student may enroll in or the number of credits a student may receive from dual credit courses. Further, they cannot limit student enrollment in online courses.

SB 2838 requires a public university or community college to work with local high schools to grant dual credit to a student who completes an accredited course.

SB 3536 mandates early childhood education programs to collect and review chronic absence data and recommend fixes.

SB 3232 creates a five-year demonstration project to provide an intensive workforce training program for entry-level workers and a multi-generational healthy family initiative.

SB 2350 requires schools to conduct at least one law enforcement drill that addresses an active threat or an active shooter within a school building no later than 90 days after the first day of each school year

HB 4858 a local school district or community college may apply for DCEO grants for the acquisition of land, construction of facilities, and purchase of equipment, dedicated solely to the instruction of occupations in manufacturing.

 

Healthcare

SB 2777 requires that every prescriber of controlled substances complete 10 hours of continuing education in safe opioid prescribing practices.

 

Transportation

HB 4944 allows truck tractors, semitrailers, or property-carrying vehicles weighing 10,000 to 26,000 pounds to be safety tested every 12 months.

SB 2511 requires that additional vehicle back-up lights emit a white or amber light.

 

Miscellaneous

HB 4377 requires any child under the age of two years be properly secured in a rear-facing child restraint system.

HB 5547 requires the Auditor General to conduct a performance audit, on biennial basis, of state agencies and their cyber-security practices, with a focus on agencies holding large volumes of personal information.

HB 4288 allows all state National Guard members the protections afforded to all other branches of the military.

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

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