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Tanner House to Sparkle with Holiday Decor

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Visitors to the free open houses at the Tanner House Museum in Aurora will find a variety of decor this December.  In addition to colorful traditional decorations throughout, the 1857 home itself will be featured as an authentically-built, to-scale gingerbread house in the kitchen, and in the library, tiny elf-aliens will be delivering gifts from a spaceship parked outside a dollhouse.

Also new this year will be the “photo booth” concept used in the parlor.  Visitors interested in taking selfies can dress up in vintage style with items provided by the Aurora Historical Society.  Docents will be available to snap the shutter.  A century-old view camera will be on display.

The open houses begin Sunday, December 9.  Openings are on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm, and on Fridays from 4pm to 7pm.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.  The museum is located at 304 Oak Avenue, the corner of Oak and Cedar, in Aurora, 60506.  The last day of the program is Sunday, December 30.

There is more information online at www.aurorahistory.net or on Facebook at aurorahistory.

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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Police, Fire Subject of Aurora Historical Society 2019 Calendar

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

The brave souls who have looked after the safety of the city and her citizens over the last century and a half are saluted in the 2019 calendar from the Aurora Historical Society.

“Vintage Aurora: Police and Fire” is comprised of photos drawn from the archives of the society. The pictures span the years 1872-1970 and include the men and the machinery, as well as a few horses of the fire departments (in the mid-1800s there were as many as four companies operating at the same time), and police  department.

The calendar is $14.95 plus tax, with a 10% discount to historical society members.  It is available at the gift shop at 20 E. Downer Pl., 60505 or online at www.aurorahistory.net.  Online orders will be shipped at an additional charge.   Gift shop hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays from noon to4 p.m. and noon-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.

On America Recycles Day, Are You Recycling Correctly?

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

On America Recycles Day, local government leaders, multiple organizations and the waste industry, are asking consumers if they are recycling right.  Based on audits performed by the recycling industry, one in four items placed in the recycling cart is not recyclable which has led to increased contamination.

To tackle the issue of recycling contamination, the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) and Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) formed a state-wide task force to bring the recycling industry – haulers and sorting facility operators – together with government and business to develop simple, cohesive recycling education materials to help residents better understand what items should and should not be placed in recycling carts.

“Recycling is more highly contaminated with non-recyclable garbage than ever before,” said Walter Willis, SWALCO executive director and co-chair of the NWRA – SWANA task force.  “The non-recyclable items weigh down sorting facilities, reduce commodity prices, and affect the re-manufacturing markets,” continued Willis.

“Recycling facilities report contamination from 25% to over 35% in some of the recycling streams,” said Lisa Disbrow, vice chair of the Illinois Chapter of NWRA and co-chair of the NWRA and SWANA task force. “As recycling facilities add labor to help remove contamination and slow lines to improve recovery, these additional costs are passed along which may increase costs for local governments, and ultimately residents,” commented Disbrow.

The task force identified the most common items placed in the recycling cart that are not recyclable including plastic bags, tanglers (i.e. garden hoses, wire, cords, clothing), food waste, medical waste including syringes, and batteries.  As a result of the task force discussions, guidelines were developed to represent the common recycling denominators of all programs throughout the state, and the goal is to have them as go-to guidelines for all programs, all haulers, and all educators throughout the state. Participating in the discussions at the task force, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency developed and launched a new webpage this month to answer recycling questions for Illinois residents: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/waste-management/Pages/recycling.aspx

“Plastics are the most commonly misunderstood items,” explained Jennifer Jarland, Kane County Recycling Program Coordinator and member of the Task Force. “The resin identification code number in the triangle does not mean that a plastic object is recyclable!  Plastic containers – bottles, tubs, jugs and jars – are the only plastic items recyclable in your curbside carts. Please keep all flexible plastic packaging, pouches, bags, and wraps out of your recycling!”

In addition to representatives of NWRA, SWANA, IEPA, the task force participants include: USEPA, City of Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Madison County, Will County, Solid Waste Agencies of Cook County, Lake County and West Cook County, and multiple organizations including the Illinois County Solid Waste Management Association, Illinois Recycling Association, and the Steel Recycling Institute.

Congratulations, West Aurora School District 129!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

WEST AURORA HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES 150 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE!

September, 1868: Concurrent with the arrival of Frank Haven Hall as superintendent of School District 129, the first high school classes were held on the third floor of Old Stone School (the site of the current Todd Early Childhood Center). At that time, lower grades were taught on the first floor of the building.

June, 1870: The first west side high school class, comprised of 5 students, graduated.

June, 1884: Fire destroyed the Old Stone School building. It was quickly rebuilt on the same site and was renamed Oak Street School. The high school was located on the second floor.

November 18, 1893: The first football game between East and West Aurora was played on Hurd’s Island. The rivalry has continued over the years, becoming the oldest high school football rivalry in the state. On October 12, 2018 the 126th game was played.

September 1906:  In response to overcrowding, a separate facility for high school students was constructed on the corner of Galena and Blackhawk streets. Including the principal, the new school had 7 teachers. Courses offered were English, Science, History, Drawing, Mathematics, Latin and Commercial.

1920-1940: As the city grew on the west side, so did the mission and offerings of the high school. The West High Band formed in 1920. Appreciation of culture and the arts flourished, attested to by the commission, in the 1930s, of a massive WPA mural tracing the history of alphabetic writing from antiquity to modern times. In the late 1930s, the curriculum was organized into 4 general divisions: college preparatory, commercial, vocational and general.

  •  In 1936, West students voted to adopt the nickname “Blackhawk” for all athletic teams, in honor of the much-admired Native American Sac and Fox tribal leader who had lived in northern Illinois more than 100 years earlier.

September, 1953: Due to post-World War II growth on the city’s west side, a new high school was built on farm land just north of New York Street at LeGrande, which surrounded the athletic field constructed in 1926. This is the site of the present school. The initial enrollment of the 10th, 11th and 12th grades was around 600.  Within the former high school building on Blackhawk Street, West Aurora Junior High School was created for grades 7, 8 and 9 (in 1958 it was re-named Benjamin Franklin Junior High School).

1960s: Major additions to the high school were made in 1961 and 1966. They included the auditorium, classrooms and a field house.

1977-1981: To handle the anticipated enrollment growth in the district, an additional campus for the high school and Franklin Junior High School was built on farmland just west of Randall Road at Sullivan Road. However, the population growth did not materialize, due to an economic recession, and the high school students were re-integrated into the 1953 building on New York Street.  The North Campus building was later sold to the State of Illinois and become the Illinois Math and Science Academy.

1997-2004: The high school continued to grow and achieve in many academic, arts and athletic arenas. As a result, major additions to the building and facilities took place following successful referenda in 1997 and 2004. Classrooms, administrative offices, a new library, a field house, an expanded cafeteria and music rooms were added. The school embraced social diversity as one of its greatest strengths, and added a multitude of clubs and programs to capitalize on that. West High athletic teams achieved many conference, regional and state honors, and numerous individual athletes became state finalists. The team highlight was winning the boys state basketball championship in 2000.

April, 2015: The District 129 community overwhelmingly approved an $84 million bond referendum that benefitted virtually every school in the district. To improve the learning environment for the roughly 3,700 students at the high school, classrooms were updated, the Veterans Fieldhouse was built, and state of the art geothermal heating and cooling was installed throughout. West Aurora is now one of the largest high schools under one roof in the state of Illinois.

 

2018-19: West Aurora High School celebrates its 150th anniversary with great pride in the achievements of its students, faculty and administration, and with great appreciation to the community for continued support of academic excellence in the Aurora area.

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.

Fireworks, Tree Lighting, Parade Featured at Winter Lights Festivities

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

The 2018 Aurora Winter Lights Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick off the holiday season in the City of Lights this week.  Hosted by the City of Aurora and Aurora Downtown, the popular annual tradition will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, with festivities centered on Downer Place in downtown Aurora.

Parade
The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Downer Place and travel from Water Street (adjacent to City Hall) to River Street. Leading the parade with Mayor Richard C. Irvin will be newly-crowned Little Mr. and Little Miss Aurora, the Winter Lights Court, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and an exciting array of costumed characters, community groups, performers, and public safety vehicles.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Tree Lighting Ceremony will commence after the parade at the GAR Memorial Museum, 23 E. Downer Place. The ceremony includes a special performance by local teen singer Nathaniel Mojica, an award presentation for the winner of the Downtown Window Decorating Contest, and the community countdown to the lighting of the City’s official Christmas tree.
Fireworks, Photos with Santa, and more
Immediately following the ceremony, the fireworks extravaganza, sponsored by Chicago Premium Outlets, will light up the night sky and then guests can continue to enjoy the evening by visiting stores and pop-up shops in the immediate area and taking free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Tredwell Coffee, 14 W. Downer Place.
The event is free and open to the public.

11th Annual Holiday Food Drive

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Benefitting Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

As a business person, like yourself, and a member of this community who believes that giving back is a privilege, I am asking you to become a partner in our continuing endeavor to eradicate hunger in our communities.

From Nov. 1 through Nov. 21, we will be sponsoring the 11th Annual Holiday Food Drive. Our sponsors and supporters this year again are Dolan & Murphy, Inc., Prisco’s Fine Foods, Cermak Fresh Market, Mariano’s, 95.9 The River FM, Aurora Fastprint, the Beacon News, Douglas Carpet One, and Gerald Subaru Naperville/North Aurora. In addition, something new this year, our sponsor, Aspen Lane Wine Company, has committed to match up to $5,000 on donations received in response to this letter. Please simply put “Aspen Match” on the bottom of your check.

The recipient of this effort is a local food pantry, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, which distributes food to 6,500 struggling families each year. Those who receive food include anyone who is unemployed, families and single parents caring for children, seniors on fixed incomes, veterans, persons with disabilities or chronic illness, victims of violence and emergency situations, employed individuals who need a supplement, or anyone who cannot afford to purchase enough food to adequately meet their nutritional needs.

This Thanksgiving Season, we hope to provide a substantial amount of non-perishable food items to Aurora Food Pantry as a result of our drive. About 950 families visit Aurora Food Pantry each week to receive food and an average of 115 new families request food each month for the first time. Of the 19,000 individuals who received food during the past year, 7,600 were children. By the end of 2018, Aurora Food Pantry will have distributed 3.7 million pounds of food to people who might otherwise have gone hungry.

Aurora Food Pantry and the people they serve throughout the Aurora area need your help and that is why I am reaching out to you, the business community.

The goal of the “Annual Holiday Food Drive” is to collect enough food and monetary donations to ensure that no one in our community is ever forced to go hungry simply because they cannot afford to buy food. Your monetary donation will be used to purchase food items that are not collected, but desperately needed, as well as to maintain an efficient distribution system to ensure food is available year-round. Aurora Food Pantry operates in a very cost-effective manner, distributing $7 worth of food for every $1 that is donated.

We would like to become a community where no one goes hungry and we need your help to feed our brothers and sisters in need. Please help us make the 11th Annual Holiday Food Drive the most successful to date by making a monetary donation for a Truckload of food or one of the other sponsorships below.

Thank you, in advance, for your assistance to those who are less fortunate and, if you have any questions, please contact me at Dolan & Murphy, Inc.

All gifts will be acknowledged with a letter from Aurora Food Pantry, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit Illinois corporation.

Sincerely,

Dan Dolan

Dolan & Murphy, Inc.

 

Donations can be made:

ONLINE: Visit www.aurorafoodpantry.org. Click on the 11th Annual Holiday Food Drive link. Insert donation amount. Complete credit card and other information. Submit.

 

MAIL: Complete the information below and return it with your donation to Dolan & Murphy, Inc., Attn: Daniel T. Dolan, 765 Orchard Ave., Aurora, IL 60506.

Make checks payable to “Aurora Food Pantry”

Name:

CompanyName:

Address:

Phone#:

Please check the appropriate line of sponsorship:

__ Truckload-$1,000

__ Trunkload-$500

__ Grocery cart-$250

__ Grocery sack-$110

Volunteers Sought to Serve on City of Aurora Boards, Commissions

Sunday, November 11th, 2018
Mayor Richard C. Irvin invites volunteers to fill vacant positions on 10 of the City’s advisory boards and commissions, including the new Advisory Commission on Disabilities established in October.
“The work of our boards and commission is integral to the progress and success of Aurora,” said Mayor Irvin. “This a great opportunity for residents to bring new ideas to the table as we continue building Aurora together.”
The following boards and commissions currently have vacancies:
Advisory Commission on Disabilities 
The new Advisory Commission on Disabilities addresses the needs and concerns regarding equity, accessibility, and opportunities for individuals with disabilities while promoting access to resources and services available in the area.
African American Heritage Advisory Board*
The African American Heritage Advisory Board educates the community on the African-American impact on Aurora and around the world in the past and present while advising on pertinent issues and initiatives in the African-American community.
Bicycle, Pedestrian, & Transit Advisory Board
The Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit Advisory Board advises on the planning and development process for bicycle, pedestrian, and public transit facilities.
FoxWalk Design Review Committee
The FoxWalk Overlay Review Committee promotes and guides redevelopment of the downtown while protecting its character as a historic center city.
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Commission*
The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Commission fosters the preservation and maintenance of the GAR Museum, conducts fundraising, and provides meeting space for veteran and historical groups.
Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission designates landmarks, historical districts, and urban conservation districts within the corporate limits of Aurora.
Human Relations Commission
The Human Relations Commission seeks to ensure anti-discrimination through Aurora and to serve as mediator in discrimination allegations.
Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board*
The Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board embraces, preserves, and promotes the heritage and contributions of Indian Americans while promoting civic engagement and encouraging Indian Americans to increase their involvement in Aurora’s growth.
Sustainable Aurora Advisory Board
The Sustainable Aurora Advisory Board provides input on sustainable and environmental policies and practices that reflect the community values.
Veterans Advisory Council*
The Veterans Advisory Council leads in the planning and implementing of veteran-related special activities, events, and programs in Aurora.
An online application – and additional information on meeting dates – is available at https://www.aurora-il.org/230/Boards-Commissions.
Interested volunteers can contact the Mayor’s Office for further details at (630) 256-3010 or MayorsOffice@aurora-il.org
*These boards and commissions accept non-Aurora residents who work or are stakeholders in Aurora.

#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.
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Aurora Receives National Grant to Offer Free Financial Counseling to Residents »
EEI’s Member Earns APWA CPII Certification »
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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