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#AuroraChamber News for Week of May 20, 2019

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Save the Date: Aurora Chamber Golf Classic July 11th

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

2019 Annual Golf Classic »
Welcome New Members »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

2019 Annual Golf Classic

Golf Classic

Welcome New Members

Accurate Personnel
Janet Maya
1649 Montgomery Road, Suite 13, Aurora
(630) 580-3200
Employment Support

Precision Health Care Center
Dr. David Tejada
2166 Ogden Ave., Aurora
(630) 375-944
Chiropractors/Massage/Acupuncture

Clearent
A.J. VanOpstall
3745 Gabrielle Lane, Ste 924, Aurora
(616) 450-9054
Credit Card Processing

Public Policy Updates

House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

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

Calendar of Events

Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

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

Aurora Young Professionals Social Mixer
Thursday, May 30, 4 – 6 p.m.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St., Aurora
Surprise Mixer at 5:15 p.m.

Grand Opening: Aurora Arts Center
Saturday, June 1, 9 – 10 a.m.
5 E. Galena Ave., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9:30 a.m.

100 Year Kick-off: American Legion Post 84
Wednesday, June 5, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub, 28 W. New York St., Aurora

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, June 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43. W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Grand Opening: Family Counseling Services
Friday, June 21, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
84 Templeton Dr., Oswego
Ribbon Cutting @ 2 p.m.

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.

Save the Date:
Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

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

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

About The Aurora Chamber

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

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

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

April 29, 2019: This Week’s #AuroraChamber News

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Save the Date: Aurora Chamber Golf Classic July 11th

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
2019 Annual Golf Classic »
Welcome New Members »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

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

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

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

2019 Annual Golf Classic

Golf Classic

Welcome New Members

Clearview Sales Solutions
Mark Taylor
Batavia 60510
(630) 406-9582
Sales Consultant

Public Policy Updates

House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

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

Calendar of Events

Crain’s Small Business Forum
Business Growth Strategy
Wednesday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St.

Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

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

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, June 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43. W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.

Save the Date:
Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Member News

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »

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

Announcements, Programs from #AuroraChamber

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Henning to Step Down for New Role

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Henning to Step Down for New Role »
Businesses Help Combat Opioid Crisis »
2019 Annual Golf Classic »
Welcome New Members »
Public Policy Updates »
Premier Investors »
Elite Members »
Calendar of Events »
Member News »
Spotlight On Membership »
About The Aurora Chamber »

Henning to Step Down for New Role

Andy Guzauskas, Aurora Regional Chamber board chair, has announced that Joseph Henning, president and CEO, has resigned his position to accept a similar role out of state.

“While the board and I are sad to lose Joe,” Guzauskas adds, “we appreciate the leadership and passion for the community that Joe has exhibited during the 14 years he served the chamber. We absolutely wish him the best in his new role.”

“The opportunity to serve the Aurora Regional Chamber, its membership, and the community for the past 14 years has been the professional experience of a lifetime,” Henning states. “I am thankful for the personal and professional growth this organization and its leadership has allowed me.”

Henning’s last day will be Friday, May 24, 2019.

Guzauskas states the board is currently working on the details of a transition plan with Henning and will begin a search in the near future.

To read the full announcement, click here.

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

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

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

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

2019 Annual Golf Classic

Golf Classic

Welcome New Members

Paychex
Juan Ramirez
27545 Diehl Road
Warrenville 60555
(708) 288-2138
Payroll, HR services

Public Policy Updates

House GOP Lawmakers Urge: ‘Stop Ignoring Tax Realities’ »
Gov. Pritzker Unveils Graduated Tax Proposal »
Illinois GA Bills to Watch »
Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor’s Respond Negatively to Pritzker Budget Proposal »
$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate »

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

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

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by T-Mobile

Groundbreaking: NorthStar Credit Union
Friday, April 26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Corner of Ashbury Drive and New York Street.
Ground Breaking @ 2 p.m.

Grand Opening: Orchard Wine and Liquor
Friday, April. 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
1039 W. Orchard Road, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

Crain’s Small Business Forum
Business Growth Strategy
Wednesday, May 8, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York St.

Jump Start Your Membership Profile
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

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

Coffee & Connections
Tuesday, June 18, 8:30-10 a.m.
Chamber Offices, 43. W. Galena Blvd, Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, June 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora
Sponsored by Law Offices of McLaughlin & Associates, P.C.

Save the Date:
Aurora Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Member News

Member News

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite »
Leadership Flexibility »
My Happy Place »
The Ever Changing “Leader” »

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

Pre-App Workshop Held for 2020 CDBG

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Hear About the New Smart Kiosks Coming to Town

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

#AuroraChamber News for April 15, 2019

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

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

Public Policy Updates

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

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

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Elite Members

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

Calendar of Events

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

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

BUSINESSES HELP COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS

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

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

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

Member News

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

Welcome New Members

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

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

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

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

About The Aurora Chamber

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

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

Facebook    Blog    Twitter

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

Historical Society Fundraiser Invite

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The spring fundraiser for the Aurora Historical Society will be a tribute to 170th anniversary of the Burlington Railroad in Aurora.  There will be drinks, a buffet supper and a showing of a classic train film at Two Brothers Roundhouse,  205 North  Broadway, Aurora 60505.  Executive Director John Jaros will speak about Aurora’s railroad history and the Burlington.

The film is the 1934 classic “Silver Streak” with stars of the day Charles Starrett, Sally Blane, and William Farnum.  Although an actor portrayed the engineer in the movie,  driving the train for the movie was Aurora’s own Jack Ford.

“The Burlington  wouldn’t let anybody else touch those controls,” according to Jaros.  And with good reason.  Ford was the engineer who set a new record for non-stop speed and distance with his legendary 13-hour run from Denver to Chicago on May 26, 1934.

“The Zephyr was the rock star of the railroading world in the 1930s,” said historical society President Mary Clark Ormond.  “Suddenly, bursting from the Industrial Age world of the steam-driven Iron Horse,  came this sleek steel beauty of the Jazz Age.  People couldn’t get enough of it.  No wonder Hollywood made a movie with the Zephyr as the star.”

The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person ($60 for members) and may be purchased online at www.aurorahistory.net, by calling (630) 906-0650, or by sending a check to the historical society at P.O. Box 905, Aurora, IL 60507.

My Happy Place

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Have you ever heard the phrase “Be a leader not a follower?” Well to me, that was a scary phrase growing up. It caused me to have so many questions that I ended up with anxiety over it. I thought to myself “How do I become a leader? What does it mean to be a leader? Am I a leader or a follower?”

As I grew older the phrase rang louder in my head. It was a bit more difficult to answer my own questions due to the fact that I was suffering from social anxiety. My place in life and at work had made me become a bit of an introvert, because of that I loved staying behind scenes. And since I worked as a teller at a bank and I could have stayed a teller forever! But I soon realized that my happy place couldn’t last forever if I wanted to be successful. I wanted more out of my career at the bank and I started thinking about becoming a banker.

My anxiety took hold of me and I started to question myself. “How can I as an introvert start a conversation without being awkward to potential clients?” If I couldn’t do that than I wasn’t going to succeed. This is where I knew I needed to be a leader in my own life and stop being scared! I’m sure it is easier to those that are naturally born leaders but for me it was a scary thought and I had to be taught. So those unanswered questions I had as a child came rushing back.

I have learned so much in the last three years due to the fact that I found a mentor at work who instilled in me a confidence I didn’t know I had. She was a blessing in disguise. She saw something special in me, so she listened to my doubts and answered my questions. She not only helped me in my professional life but also my personal one.

As I started to grow as a leader I realized being a leader is not an exact science but rather leading someone to believe in themselves, to be a coach on the sidelines, or be their fan in the stands. My mentor had seen my growth, she told me I was ready to become a fearless leader. I laughed nervously as I had yet to see myself as that leader she saw.

Without even realizing it I had emerged as a leader within my peers, leading by example. So when she told me that she was leaving my branch I immediately knew she had been preparing me for something big. I was scared, I wanted to go back to my happy place as a teller. To go back to being behind the scenes, but no I refused to let fear of the unknown set in and I decided it was my time to step up.

Taking these classes through the Aurora Chamber Leadership Academy has shown me who are the leaders in my life. That I too am a leader. Visiting different businesses and getting to speak with different people I’ve realized that you don’t have to be in management to be a leader. I can happily say that in my own way I’ve become a leader both at work and within my own life. I look forward to continuous growth and learning development. I want to be that coach on the sidelines for somebody else.

Claudia Tornero is an Aurora, IL resident. She has 14 years of banking experience and currently works at First Midwest Bank in downtown Aurora.

Historical Society Displays Crosses

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The five white wooden crosses memorializing the victims of the workplace shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora are on display at the Piece Art and History Center through May 4, 2019.

The crosses were given to the Aurora Historical Society to be kept in perpetuity.  In accepting the crosses at a ceremony on March 31, Executive Director John Jaros said, “Long after all of us are gone, people will still be able to remember and tell the story of what happened in Aurora on February 15, 2019.”

The crosses, and some of the memorabilia left  with them at the Pratt site, are exhibited within the second floor exhibit, “Aurora Story.”  Pierce Center hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.  There are extended hours, from 6 to 9 p.m., on First Fridays, April 5 and May 4.  Admission to the Pierce Center is free, although donations are appreciated.  It is located at 20 E. Downer Place.

After May 4, the crosses and memorabilia will be cleaned, cataloged, and archived.  They will be put briefly on display again at the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

There is more information online at www.aurorahistory.org and on Facebook and Instagram at aurorahistory.

April 1 Updates from #AuroraChamber

Monday, April 1st, 2019

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

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STATE OF THE VILLAGE SET

State of The Village

Public Policy Updates

The City of Aurora has launched a pilot citizen engagement website at www.letstalk.aurora-il.org. This project will allow the City t