Archive for January, 2018

Spring Programs, Activities with #AuroraChamber

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Aurora Chamber, VIA Partner for IT
Series

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available »
2018 Economic Pulse Results to be Shared at Lunch »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Aurora Chamber, VIA Partner for IT Series »
Public Policy Update »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available

Aurora Chamber

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.

Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 2.

Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

DETAILS »

2018 Economic Pulse Results
to be Shared at Lunch

Aurora Chamber

Thank you for participating in the third annual Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey. We had nearly eight percent more responses this year over last year. Thank you!

Your input is invited to help gauge the economic pulse of our region and help identify trends and opportunities to partner with business organizations to support regional
employers.

Results of the survey will be shared at the third annual Economic Pulse Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Stonebridge Country Club. Sponsors of the annual program include Old Second National Bank, Dolan & Murphy, Invest Aurora, and Konen
Insurance Agency
.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

Congratulations, Community Foundation, on 70 Years
2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Community Foundation. To commemorate this milestone, the Community Foundation will “Celebrate 70″ throughout the year by featuring significant individuals and events from the past 70 years.

In 1943, Charles Hoefer, then publisher of the Aurora Beacon-News, convened a group of community leaders to study post-war plans for a better Aurora. Weekly luncheon meetings were held “at the round table” in the Elks Club in downtown Aurora.

READ MORE »

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.

Make One Call, Begin the Journey »
Feb. 2: Wear Red to Show Support for Women’s Health »
Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »
Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »
VNA to Host Volunteer Open House Jan. 17 in Aurora »
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: VNA Health Care Offers Screening »
Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Aurora Chamber, VIA Partner for IT Series

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Valley Industrial Association and offering a four-lunch series focusing on different information technology topics pertinent to business today. Each meeting will feature a different topic and a panel discussion with IT experts.

The first in the series is on Cyber Security. The panel format will allow participants to ask questions, share ideas and learn.

The four dates for the series are Thursdays, Feb. 8, May 10, Aug. 9, and Nov. 15, 2018.

Sponsorship opportunities are available; please inquire to Maureen Gasek.

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
Ill. GA Session Cancelled this Week »
IDES Reports Unemployment Insurance Rate Cut »
Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »
Ill. Budget Revenues Up »
Illinois Higher Education »
Illinois Budget, Bonds »
Illinois Jobs »
Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies »

Elite
Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental 
 Accurate Personnel      Advance Auto Parts      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli
Thurston 
     Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and
Orthotics 
     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Eagle Digital Marketing      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Gateway Mortgage Group      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Meyer Wealth Advisors      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community 
 Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company 
 Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA  
 Staffmark      Steffes & Associates Language and Translation
(SALT) 
     Stonebridge Country Club      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

Salon b
Traci Strait
4151 McCoy Drive, Suite 111, Aurora 60504
(630) 820-2398
Beauty Services

Calendar of Events

Cyber
Security Luncheon/Panel Discussion

Thursday, Feb. 8, 12-1:30p.m.
Valley Industrial Education Center, 2000 S. Batavia Ave, Ste. 110, Geneva

2018 Economic Pulse Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora
Sponsors include Old Second National Bank, Dolan & Murphy, Invest Aurora, and Konen Insurance Agency.

Jump Start Your Member Profile Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Feb. 22, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Paramount Theatre

Leadership Academy Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off
Friday, March 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening New Location: Legacy Nutrition & Fitness
Thursday, March 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
77 S. River Street, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 11:30 a.m.

State of the Village: North Aurora
Wednesday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oak Street Restaurant, 945 Oak Street, North Aurora
Sponsors include Northwestern Medicine, River Front Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, and Woodman’s Food Market.
For sponsorship information, contact Maureen.

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

www.aurora-chamber.com

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Ill. Tax News

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Stop the Illinois mileage tax. State Representative Charlie Meier has filed legislation opposing any potential tax on the number of miles driven by Illinois motorists. A mileage tax placed on Illinois drivers continues to be a topic of discussion in the state legislature.

According to Rep. Meier, “A vehicle mileage tax is outrageous. It would impose undue hardship and disproportionately impact rural Illinoisans who must drive longer distances to work and school. A tax on miles driven places a burden on downstate motorists, a proposal I cannot and will not support.”

The following mileage tax proposals under consideration would offer Illinois drivers a variety of bad options which include:

  • A fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven on public, non-tolled Illinois roads using GPS tracking technology and the GPS tracking would be in a smartphone app or a tracking device similar to the I-Pass (or EZ-Pass) and would monitor the location of each driver to calculate how many miles were driven in Illinois each month.
  • Another plan would impose a fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven, but based on monthly odometer readings instead of GPS tracking technology.
  • An additional plan would be a Flat Rate Plan of an annual fee of $450.

Rep. Meier added, “A tax on miles driven is already bad, even worse would be to allow our government to use GPS tracking on every driver. This would create privacy concerns for all Illinoisans, and expose personal and confidential information that could lead to a security breach. The proposed vehicle mileage tax will put Illinois government one step closer to towards receiving the nanny state of the year award.”

To show your support for House Republican efforts to stop the proposed mileage tax, please sign our petition and let Springfield know you oppose another tax.

Governor issues executive order prohibiting lawmakers from representing clients before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board. Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued an executive order declaring it impermissible for state legislators to represent clients before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, which hears appeals of assessment decisions made in the state’s 102 counties.

Calling the practice a “clear conflict of interest that must end,” Rauner said the order, which is effective immediately, is a key step toward restoring public trust and motivating lawmakers to tackle meaningful property-tax reform.

“We have a deeply flawed and overly complicated property-tax system that recent investigations have shown results in inequitable, disproportionately high property-tax burdens on low-income residents — not to mention our property taxes overall are simply too high,” Rauner said. “For any legislator to profit from this system undercuts the public’s faith that they are in office to do what’s best for their constituents.

“Legislators who make money representing clients who are appealing their property-tax assessments have little incentive to do what’s right when it comes to property-tax reform,” Rauner continued. “Frankly, they have everything to gain from the status quo. The action I’m taking today marks the beginning of the end of a dubious era.”

The order:

  • Directs members of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board to prohibit state legislators from participating in appeals coming before them.
  • Directs the board to prohibit legislators from receiving any fee or compensation, directly or indirectly, through any interest in a partnership, limited liability corporation or other business entity representing clients before it.
  • Notes a State of Illinois Code of Personal Conduct requirement that government be conducted in a transparent, ethical, accountable and motivated manner.
  • Points out that state officials and employees “may not engage in outside employment or activities, including seeking or negotiating for employment, that conflict with their official state duties and responsibilities,” according to the conduct code.
  • Directs the board to amend its rules and procedures to reflect the executive order.

The Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board hears about 30,000 appeals a year, approximately three-fourths of them from Cook County.

“Conflicts of interest clearly arise where legislators and regulators receive financial benefits by charging Illinois citizens and businesses through a morass of red tape those same officials created by passing complicated rules and establishing confusing and bureaucratic processes,” the executive order states.

Crippling taxes overall and an onerous property-tax system are eroding the state’s ability to thrive and driving homeowners and small businesses toward insolvency — and increasingly, toward the border.

While property taxes are cited frequently as a top reason for leaving Illinois, the state is duty-bound to take concrete steps to correct the system, Rauner said. He noted the state’s population declined by an estimated 33,700 in 2017, the greatest numeric population loss of any state, and the fourth year in a row that Illinois’ population dropped.

“Illinoisans are tired of a rigged system that allows lawmakers to profit at their expense,” Rauner said. “I’m here to fight on their behalf.”

Ill. Budget Process

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Davidsmeyer files Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter to reform State spending. State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer has refiled his “Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter” which contains important reforms to Illinois’ budget process.

The Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter gives broad power to taxpayers, limits lawmakers’ ability to create new and unfunded entitlement programs and ensures the pension system’s stability for years to come.

“The State has a long way to go and this legislation is a common-sense, major first step to stop the bleeding. My legislation will stop wasteful spending, promote a thirty-day payment cycle and require the State to make its full pension payment,” Davidsmeyer said. “Unfortunately, when I filed the Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter last year, it was not allowed to see the light of day. So I am refiling my legislation for consideration this Spring and ask that the Speaker give it a fair and open hearing.”

House Bill 4229 creates the Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter Act and freezes discretionary State spending for two years. The freeze continues after the two-year deadline if the State is unable to pay vendors within 30 days. It also does not allow for new programs or expansion of entitlement programs unless a full pension payment – based on actuarial requirements – is made.

“By making full constitutionally-required and court-ordered pension payments we will ensure that our budget is realistic and that those who have retired receive the benefits that they worked for,” said Davidsmeyer.

The other three budgetary reform policies in the Taxpayer’s Fiscal Charter are Pay As You Go, a prohibition on unfunded mandates and a sunshine clause for future budgets.

“Lawmakers who file legislation which creates new spending will also be required to file an amendment that identifies a revenue source to pay for the spending or cuts spending for a current program to fund the new one,” Davidsmeyer said. “The Charter prohibits unfunded mandates from being passed onto school districts and local governments. If the mandate is good enough for the General Assembly to pass it, then it is good enough to be fully-funded.”

Finally, Davidsmeyer’s legislation requires a 72-hour online posting of the General Assembly’s proposed new fiscal year budget prior to passage.

“No more backroom deals when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money. The Charter shines sunlight on the budget-making process by requiring a 72-hour public posting before a vote can be taken. Most budgets passed in Springfield are negotiated in the backroom by powerful insiders then rushed to the House Floor for a vote with no public notice. My legislation will provide transparency by requiring the proposed budget to be posted online at least three days prior to passage,” said Davidsmeyer.

Ill. Unemployment Drops in December

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Illinois unemployment rate drops. The Illinois unemployment rate dropped from 4.9% to 4.8% in December 2017. The declining jobless rate to close out calendar year 2017 was another sign of a stable employment picture in the Land of Lincoln, with Illinois employers supporting an estimated 6,050,900 nonfarm payroll jobs. This marked an increase of 1,500 jobs from the previous month, and an increase of almost 30,000 jobs from December 2016. The new figures were published by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), which tracks and monitors Illinois employment and unemployment.

IDES looks at the Illinois job picture to see where new jobs are being created or lost. During the twelve-month period of calendar year 2017, job growth was concentrated in manufacturing and financial activities. The Illinois financial sector has been strong in previous years that have marked a recovery from the 2008-09 economic downturn, but the net growth in Illinois manufacturing jobs marks a reversal after many years of declining activity in this sector. More than one-half of the 29,600 net new jobs created were hired by these two sectors. One area of weakness was the Illinois public sector, with Illinois units of government employing 4,100 fewer workers at year’s end than at the beginning of the year.

Congratulations, Community Foundation, on 70 Years

Friday, January 26th, 2018

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Community Foundation. To commemorate this milestone, the Community Foundation will “Celebrate 70″ throughout the year by featuring significant individuals and events from the past 70 years.

A History of the Community Foundation

In 1943, Charles Hoefer, then publisher of the Aurora Beacon-News, convened a group of community leaders to study post-war plans for a better Aurora. Weekly luncheon meetings were held “at the round table” in the Elks Club in downtown Aurora.

The war years were inflationary. Manufacturing plants were operating at full capacity and were extremely profitable. Corporate income taxes were excessively high and business leaders were seeking ways to redirect their profits from onerous taxation to the service of local needs. Conditions thus were favorable for the formation of a philanthropic vehicle — a community foundation — which would allow for the accumulation of tax-deductible contributions when convenient for the donors. Assets so accumulated would be retained for later distribution to charitable causes as suggested by the donors. These reservoirs of charitable gifts, known as Advisory Funds, could be named after the companies and individuals contributing the gifts.

In June 1948, formal structure was given to this concept through the establishment of The Aurora Foundation. The first annual meeting was held on Nov. 23, 1948, at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Aurora industrialist William B. Greene was elected president, a position he held for 13 years. Attorney Frank R. Reid, Jr. served as the Foundation’s first secretary and legal counsel.

Since 1948, the Foundation has grown from one charitable fund with assets of $5,000 to more than 500 charitable funds with assets of nearly $88 million. Scholarship funds have distributed more than $14 million to local students. Funds also have been created to benefit social service agencies, educational and healthcare organizations, the arts and culture, religious institutions, and the environment. Grants and scholarships awarded by the Foundation since its founding total more than $63 million.

Throughout 2018, we will shine a spotlight on the important events and individuals that contributed to the growth and success of the Aurora Foundation and helped it become the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley as we know it today.

#AuroraChamber News for Week of Jan. 22, 2018

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Economic Pulse Survey will be released
Wednesday.

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available »
2018 Economic Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled »Premier Investors »
Member News »
Public Policy Update »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 2.

Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

DETAILS»

2018 Economic Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled

The third annual Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey will be released Wednesday. Your input is invited to help gauge the economic pulse of our region and help identify trends and opportunities to partner with business organizations to support regional employers.If you have not received the link, please let us know.Results of the survey will be shared at the third annual Economic Pulse Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Stonebridge Country Club. Sponsors of the annual program include Old Second National Bank, Dolan & Murphy, Invest Aurora, Konen Insurance Agency.

For details, please contact Maureen Gasek.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

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.
Make One Call, Begin the Journey »
Feb. 2: Wear Red to Show Support for Women’s Health »
Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »
VNA to Host Volunteer Open House Jan. 17 in Aurora »
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: VNA Health Care Offers Screening »Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
Ill. GA Session Cancelled this Week »
IDES Reports Unemployment Insurance Rate Cut »
Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »
Ill. Budget Revenues Up »
Illinois Higher Education »
Illinois Budget, Bonds »
Illinois Jobs »
Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies »

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental 
 Accurate Personnel      Advance Auto Parts      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli
Thurston 
     Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and
Orthotics 
     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Eagle Digital Marketing      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Gateway Mortgage Group      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Meyer Wealth Advisors      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community 
 Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company 
 Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA  
 Staffmark      Steffes & Associates Language and Translation
(SALT) 
     Stonebridge Country Club      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

Elkins Technologies, Inc.
Mark Elkins
Aurora, IL
(630) 499-0198
Contractor Services

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 25, 8 – 9:30a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsored by World Finance CorporationGrand Re-Opening: Balderas Beauty Salon
Friday, Jan. 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
25 N. Broadway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.2018 Economic Pulse Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

Leadership Academy Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off
Friday, Mar. 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

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

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Feb. 2: Wear Red to Show Support for Women’s Health

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

The first Friday of February is National Go Red for Women Day, when we encourage folks to wear red as a way to show support for women’s heart health. This year, February 2 is the date, and it’s a great way to kick off National Heart Month.

It is no coincidence that National Heart Month is celebrated during February: The heart is the very symbol of the month’s most celebrated holiday, Valentine’s Day. We know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in Kane County, which is why the Health Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) identifies chronic disease as one of the major threats to community health and well-being.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. That’s why we say “Go red for women!” Don’t forget to make your heart health a priority. Schedule your prevention check-up so your doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.

Heart disease doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. What’s more, these facts only begin to scratch the surface. There are several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason.

Ill. GA Session Cancelled this Week

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

The House was the only chamber that was scheduled to come in this week (Tuesday and Wednesday only).  However, the Speaker’s chief of staff put out a memo to lawmakers this afternoon advising members and staff that they would not be convening session next week.  Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session the following week for the governor’s state of the state address (Jan. 31).  However, little is likely to be done that week.

Jan. 15 2018 Member News from #AuroraChamber

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps
Available

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available »
2018 Economic Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Public Policy Update »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership
Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and
organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified
candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich
history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong
leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their
employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for
graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the
community.

Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community
leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local
businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have
left their mark on the community.

Our community needs you!
Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The
program begins Friday, March 2.

Class size is limited.
Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve
basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

DETAILS»

2018 Economic
Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled

The third annual Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey
will be released Wednesday. Your input is invited to help gauge the
economic pulse of our region and help identify trends and opportunities to
partner with business organizations to support regional employers.

If you do not receive the link on Wednesday, please let us know.

Results of the survey will be shared at the third annual
Economic Pulse Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Stonebridge Country Club.
Sponsors of the annual program include Old Second Bank, Dolan & Murphy,
and Invest Aurora.

For details, please contact Maureen Gasek.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

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.
Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »
Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »
VNA to Host Volunteer Open House Jan. 17 in Aurora »
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: VNA Health Care Offers Screening »
Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
IDES Reports Unemployment Insurance Rate Cut »
Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »
Ill. Budget Revenues Up »
Illinois Higher Education »
Illinois Budget, Bonds »
Illinois Jobs »
Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies »

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental 
 Accurate Personnel      Advance Auto Parts      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli
Thurston 
     Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and
Orthotics 
     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Eagle Digital Marketing      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Gateway Mortgage Group      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Meyer Wealth Advisors      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community 
 Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company 
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Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsored by World Finance Corporation

Grand Re-Opening: Balderas Beauty Salon
Friday, Jan. 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
25 N. Broadway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

2018 Economic Pulse Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

Leadership Academy Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off
Friday, Mar. 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

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Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development

Monday, January 15th, 2018

In his first monthly Facebook Live chat of the new year, Mayor Richard C. Irvin called them the “dynamic duo” as he introduced the new team leading the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

“We have established the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development as we partner with Invest Aurora to take development in Aurora to the next level,” said Irvin. “I’ve been saying our goal is to have more shovels in the ground, cranes in the sky, ribbons cut and doors opened. David Dibo and Donald Hughes certainly have the experience and energy to help us do just that.”
Both approved by the Aurora City Council at the end of last year, Dibo serves as Director of Economic Development and Hughes serves as the Downtown Development Coordinator.
Dibo

A seasoned real estate professional and development consultant, Dibo brings more than three decades of experience to the table.

A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics, his breadth of economic development success spans New York to Washington DC to Chicago. Dibo worked for VMS Realty Group, which was the second largest hotel owner in the United States at the time, with a portfolio of Four Seasons, Hyatt and Holiday Inn Hotels as well as major office, residential, retail, industrial and land holdings. There, he purchased and sold the company’s most profitable assets. He also led the restructuring and sale of a hotel portfolio for a Xerox affiliate that soon transitioned to Morgan Stanley.
Most recently, Dibo made his Aurora connections during his tenure as Senior Vice President at Centrue Bank, a recently-sold one billion dollar publicly traded bank based in Illinois. Recruited by the executives of the bank to help turn the bank back to profitability, Dibo used a proactive entrepreneurial approach to negotiate, reposition, sell assets and help finance creative transactions, such as the transformation of the Comfort Suites to the Holiday Inn & Suites on Broadway in Aurora. Dibo has been a guest lecturer on the industry at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and Northwestern University.
 “What I’ve learned about doing real estate throughout the world is that people have different perspectives,” said Dibo. “You have unique insight from those who grew up in an area.  On the other hand, sometimes it’s good to have someone from an outside perspective. I have the latter and look forward to working collaboratively with those who have the former.”
Hughes

Hughes also brings a fresh perspective, but he is very familiar with Aurora through his work with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).

After working for more than two years to help develop the Downtown Master Plan for Aurora, which won the Kane County 2017 Plan of the Year Award, Donald Hughes transitioned from his position at CMAP to join the City of Aurora as Downtown Development Coordinator.
“I fell in love the first time I drove through downtown Aurora,” said Hughes. “Broadway is one of the most amazing views. So many communities have lost those good bones in their downtown. Aurora still has it. It has so much greatness and potential.”
A native of Peoria, Illinois, Hughes earned his Bachelor in Sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois where he focused on community development for social justice.
He developed neighborhood revitalization strategies and collaborated with neighborhood organizations on community revitalization efforts in Peoria. His desire to implement change in communities took him throughout the country where he served as market research analyst in Dallas, Texas and the senior planner in Garland, Texas. Hughes returned to the Midwest, where he continued his real estate, market analysis and economic development work at CMAP. Hughes is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Urban Land Institute, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
“These two gentlemen have a strong history in and passion for economic and community development,” said Irvin.  “Without question, Aurora is open and ready for business.”
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development will collaborate with Invest Aurora and the Aurora Economic Development Commission, which will be relaunched this year, to focus on new development opportunities in Aurora.