Ill. Quality of Life Only Average

November 16th, 2018

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

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

Illinois Jobs, Unemployment

November 16th, 2018

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

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

Durkin Re-elected as House Republican Leader

November 16th, 2018

Jim Durkin re-elected as House Republican Leader. The 57-year-old Durkin has led the House Republican Caucus since 2013. Leader Durkin was re-elected unanimously by his House Republican colleagues in a meeting held in Springfield on Tuesday, November 13. The choice will be finalized when the 101stGeneral Assembly officially convenes in January 2019.

With a focus on protecting and strengthening families and communities, Jim Durkin has spent his entire career working for the citizens of Illinois. Following his graduation from law school, Jim served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General. Jim continued his public service as an assistant Cook County state’s attorney. While working as an assistant state’s attorney, Jim served in the felony trial and narcotics bureaus. Jim currently practices law in the City of Chicago.

In January 1995, Jim became an Illinois State Representative in the 44th district. In 2002, Jim was the Republican nominee for United States Senate but was unsuccessful in his bid to defeat U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. In 2006, Jim was appointed to fill a vacancy in the 82nd House District and has successfully run for re-election. Jim served as the ranking Republican on the Illinois House of Representatives Special Investigation Committee for the impeachment of Governor Blagojevich in 2008, and in 2012 served as the House Manager for the removal of a sitting member of the Illinois House of Representatives.

In August of 2013, Jim was unanimously selected by his Republican colleagues to fill the vacancy of House Republican Leader and was officially inaugurated by the full House of Representatives on October 22, 2013.

During the 100th General Assembly, Jim worked tirelessly with members on both sides of the aisle to successfully negotiate a new education funding formula for our state. Now the law of the land, Senate Bill 1947 ensures that all students across Illinois receive adequate and equitable school funding regardless of where they live or income status. Jim was also the chief sponsor of Senate Bill 1722 which now gives judges the ability to crack down on repeat gun offenders by giving harsher penalties. This measure will reduce gun violence plaguing communities across our state.

In 2000 and 2008, Jim was State Chairman for U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential campaigns and served as Chairman for the Illinois Delegation at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. Jim currently serves on the John Marshall Law School Board of Trustee’s, Misericordia Board of Advisors, Giant Steps of Illinois Board of Directors and JDRF Illinois Board of Directors.

Leader Durkin resides in Western Springs with his wife and family.

This Week in the General Assembly

November 16th, 2018

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

WEEK 1: FALL VETO SESSION RECAP

Employment Law

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

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

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

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

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

Environment

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

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

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

Business Regulation

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

New Amendments/Bills Filed

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

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

Illinois Communities Preparing for Solar

November 16th, 2018

Illinois’s Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) will be the premier legislation to drive renewable energy and economic development in the state of Illinois. Many communities, townships, school districts, colleges, and building owners are gearing up for this legislation.

Along with energy efficiency improvements, this legislation calls for 1.3 GW of wind and 3 GW of solar by 2030. About 1500 MW of solar needs to be built by 2021 and of this approximately 670 MW is distributed generation. The Illinois Power Agency has issued the Renewable Energy Procurement Plan.

The intent of this blog post is to summarize the new “Adjustable Block Program” program.

In a market where energy prices are cheap, the primary mechanism to incentivize these projects is via Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). One REC is equivalent to 1 MWh and it’s the “clean energy” attribute of generating renewable energy. These certificates will be set according to the “Adjustable Block Program” for community solar and behind the meter projects.

Depending on the size of the project and the utility company whose territory the project lies in, the Illinois Power Agency will grant REC values to incentivize these projects. There are separate blocks for community solar and those for distributed generation (DG), which consists of commercial, industrial, and residential.

On the community solar side, based on IPAs draft procurement plan, these REC values may range from just above $100/REC to just under $50/REC. Similarly on the DG side, these REC values may range from close to $80/REC to $30/REC, depending on size and the block.

IPA has issued the first three blocks and the REC values in these blocks will reduce over time. Hence it is important to get in early. These REC values will be paid at an accelerated level of 100% up front for residential solar and within five years for commercial and community solar projects. All incentives along with the federal investment tax credit and accelerated depreciation are expected to defray the upfront cost of doing solar.

On the net meter side, community solar will be net metered at wholesale electricity rates while commercial and residential will be compensated at retail electricity rates. Therefore, depending on the situation, commercial and industrial clients will benefit from “behind the meter” applications since they will earn retail rates for excess electricity sold back to the grid. Residents that cannot or do not want to put solar on their dwellings will benefit from subscribing to a community solar garden.

Overall, the program will boost solar for all communities, while enabling job creation and economic development. Companies that are early movers can reap the rewards of this opportunity while helping local communities in Illinois.

Amit Shukla is a veteran of renewable energy and sustainability with more than 20 years of experience. He has MBA and BS degrees in both engineering and science. He has broad experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainability, biobased chemicals, and water. He has worked for startups, utilities, engineering consulting firms, government, and renewable energy companies. He has been a professor of Renewable Energy at New Mexico State University and Triton College where he designed, developed, and launched Renewable Energy Technology AAS programs. Currently, Amit is working as the vice president of business development for IPS-Solar, a leading solar development and construction company in the Midwest. He leads solar growth for his company in Illinois and is based in Naperville.  He can be reached via email at amit@ips-solar.com or phone at (952) 239-5896. His company website is www.ips-solar.com .

2018 Midterm Election Recap

November 16th, 2018

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

U.S. Congress

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

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

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

 

Federal Take Aways

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

 

State Officers

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

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

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

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

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

 

State Senate

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

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

District 35: Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)

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

District 42: Linda Holmes* (D-Aurora)

 

State House

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

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

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

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

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

District 75: David Welter* (R-Morris)

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

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

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

 

State Take Aways

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

Fireworks, Tree Lighting, Parade Featured at Winter Lights Festivities

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

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

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

November 5th, 2018

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

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

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

BUSINESS SAFETY PROGRAM OFFERED

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

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

Public Policy Updates

Every vote matters.

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

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

Other Recent Policy News

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

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Welcome New Members

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

Elite Members

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

Calendar of Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caught On Camera

Caught On Camera

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

Member News

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

Did You Know?

Caught On Camera

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

SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERSHIP

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

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Money-Saving Programs For Members

Can You Save with an Association Health Plan?

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

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

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

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

Read more here.

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

About The Aurora Chamber

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