April President's Message

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April 10, 2017

Dear Members:
 
I invite you to join representatives of our Chamber, myself included, to participate in one or both of the Governmental Affairs Committee’s April trips to Springfield to meet with members of the Illinois General Assembly and other elected state officials—Governor Bruce Rauner possibly among them.
 
My most-recent conversation with Gov. Rauner about the state’s budget impasse came during his March 4 visit to Elmhurst to walk in our 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Spring Road.  Gov. Rauner also spent time at Roberto’s Ristorante & Pizzeria before the parade and The Silverado Grill post-parade.
 
Our delegation will travel to Springfield as part of a multi-chamber trip organized by Chamber 630 (Downers Grove and Woodridge) on Wednesday, April 5, and then return there for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Employer Action Day on Wednesday, April 26.
 
Joining Elmhurst and Chamber 630 on the April 5 trip will be the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce (representing West Chicago, Warrenville and Winfield).
 
Multi-chamber trip sponsors include AT&T, Choose DuPage, Midwestern University and the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation.
 
Our April 5 trip itinerary includes an 11 a.m. legislative luncheon and briefing sponsored by AT&T, afternoon meetings and hearings at the Capitol Building and a 5 p.m. Legislative Reception at The Inn co-sponsored by Choose DuPage.
 
April 26 Employer Action Day activities will be held at the Wyndham Springfield City Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including a lunch briefing.  Individual meetings with legislators can be booked either before or after the formal programming.
 
Last year, our delegation met with Gov. Rauner on each of these trips and also talked with Illinois Senate President John Cullerton as part of Employer Action Day.  Earlier today (March 31), Sen. Cullerton delivered the Keynote Address at Elmhurst College’s 10th Annual Governmental Forum, sponsored in part by our Chamber, discussing the 13-piece package of legislation negotiated with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-41st District) in hopes of reaching a “Grand Bargain” on the state’s two-year budget hiatus and $13 billion backlog of unpaid bills.  That back log includes $2.4 million owed to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205.

Because of court-mandated expenditures and other funding requirements, Illinois is spending more than $3 billion than it will generate in revenue for Fiscal Year 2016-17 (July 1 through June 30), despite cutting more than $4 billion in programs and services.  For example, funding for public education was cut from $1.8 billion to $700 million.

“Salute to…” Spring Luncheon and Expo
Some 40 Chamber members will be honored at our “Salute to Business and Professional Services” Spring Luncheon and Expo at the Diplomat West Banquet Halls on Wednesday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Click HERE to register as an honoree, attendee or exhibitor.
 
Happy Anniversaries
Thirteen members are celebrating Chamber anniversaries in April, as follows:  50 yearsDeForest Creative Group; 40 yearsNuCara Pharmacy on Vallette; 30 yearsSir Speedy Print, Signs, Marketing; 25 yearsCityview Community Church; 15 yearsJ.P.’s Landscaping, Joerg Seifert Law Offices, Morningside Equities Group, Porte Brown and Thomas E. Newman DDS; and 5 yearsAccess Sports, Commercial Tire Service, Edward Technology and Impact Color.

New Members
The Chamber welcomed six new members in March, as follows:  Goldfish Swim School-Elmhurst, Pinot’s Palette, Transamerica Corporation, TransNational Payments, Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service and York Community High School Alumni Association.
 
Reactivated Member
Fruitful Yield, which recently relocated its downtown Elmhurst store, reactivated as a Chamber member in March.
 
Recruitment BOGO-ing Strong
10 of 14 new Chamber members in 2017 have taken advantage of our BOGO1/2 (Buy One, Get One Half Off) discounted two-year membership at a savings of at least $176, committing to us through our 100th Anniversary in 2018.
 
If you know a businessperson who could benefit from Chamber membership as you do, please share our BOGO1/2 information with them or put them in touch with Director of Member Services Tessa Zemgulys by phone (630-834-6060, ext. 224) or e-mail.
 
No Longer Members
The Chamber said goodbye to the following four members in March:  Connect Biz Network, Dale Carnegie – Chicago, Meatheads and Visiting Angels of Elmhurst.