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Wednesday, July 22nd
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Chamber Office 
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Hospitality EXPO
Wednesday, July 22nd
3 - 7 PM
Tinley Park Convention Center
Tinley Park, IL
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Chicago Southland Chamber Conference Room
Friday, July 24th
9 - 10 AM
Southland Success Meeting
Your Chamber 101
Chamber Conference Room
Tuesday, July 28th
9 - 10 AM
Thursday, July 30th
11 AM - 4 PM
Governors State University
University Park, IL
Vendors tables FREE
Admission FREE
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June 2015

* A Better Door & Window Company
* BMO Harris Bank
 * Village of Bridgeview
* Brightstar of Orland Park
* Cat 5 Restoration
* Chicago Heights Steel
* Chicago-Wilcox Mfg. Co.
* Dave & Buster's
* Dolton Nursing & Rehab Centre
* First Merchants Bank
* Illinois Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund
* Ozinga Ready Mix
* Village of Park Forest
* Quality Control Systems, Inc.
* Rich Township High School, Dist #227
* Tommy Rusnak's Signs & Graphics, Inc.
* Village of University Park
* Vacudyne Inc.
* W.W. Holt Funeral Home

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ISSUE NO. 7/ JULY 2015 
Advocacy, Assistance, and Access
The Three A's

Three strong words that best describe what your chamber is all about. Over the course of my chamber management history I have often heard the following statement, "if you've seen one chamber... you've seen one chamber."  Loosely translated  wherever you go in the world, chambers serve their members in many different ways. Some promote very specific business areas, some focus on shopping local, some focus on tourism and/or economic development. Across Illinois from the Abington Chamber to the Yorkville Area Chamber, we see area, county, regional,  tri- county, and metro chambers, each one similar and yet each one different. Further more some are volunteer driven or have one staffer and a few have full time staff that are working on all aspects of community growth and well-being. We call that the Three A's and this is what we do.  


To this end we recently hosted a luncheon with the governor (Advocacy). Among the discussions, he had high praise for the southland and our potential for business growth. He told us to have Jim Schultz, the new director of DCEO, come to the area for a comprehensive overview of the region (Access). Next week, we are doing just that, Mr. Schultz will join us for a full day of learning and sharing on ways that the state and the region can collaborate  to bring back the positive economic climate we so desperately need for future prosperity (Assistance).  This is just the beginning of a new way of doing business in the southland, please stay tuned.

Following are some legislative updates from our partner groups around the state which you may find of interest.

Government Affairs Report
Courtesy of the Illinois Chamber's Government Affairs Division

FY16 Begins with No Budget
Both the House and Senate were in session last week  on Tuesday and  Wednesday. The House will be in this week, but the Senate won't be back until the following week.

Budget Work 
The Senate passed a one-month budget,  SB 2040 , for essential services by a vote of 37-0-11. The House failed to pass it's own measure that was similar,  HB 4190 , and soon adjourned for the week. Also in the House, the Senate-passed measure has been assigned to the House Executive Committee, which will meet  Wed., July 8 .
There are concerns that the one-month budget is based on the Democrats' budget plan, which includes a $4 billion hole over the full year. Republicans prefer to use the revenue estimate and divide by 12. In general, the Chamber supports a balanced budget.
Gov. Bruce Rauner believes state government can continue to pay state workers, which would keep state government open for business. The final word on that may have to come from a judge.
The Chamber Connectors
We make fun happen.   

As a Chamber Connector you are probably the first and last person our guests encounter when visiting Chamber events.  That makes you very important .   You are also the person that helps guide our guests to the fun and helps them understand all the things the Chamber has to offer. With a fun and energetic attitude, a big smile, and a welcoming spirit you provide a great start to their Chicago Southland Chamber experience.
  • Do you like people?
  • Do you like connecting people and businesses together?
  • Do you like promoting events?
If you answered "YES", then Chamber Connectors is for you! Smiles, Service, and SUCCESS! Contact Becky at for more information.
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Business-After-Hours is the Chamber's premier networking event, allowing members to meet, exchange ideas, make important long-lasting bonds in a comfortable setting, while giving the hosting business an opportunity to showcase their workplace and gain valuable exposure.   

It is a relationship-building experience held in a relaxed setting that benefits you and your company through added contacts and resources. The Chicago Southland Chamber is all about the success of employers and their businesses and we take joy in sharing your journey with others throughout the community.   

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Featured Event
Regional Consensus Breakfast
2015 Chicago Southland Chamber
Scholarship Awards & Program

Your Company's Talent:
Hiding in Plain Sight
Thursday, July 23rd
Moraine Valley Community College
9000 W College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465
7:30 - 10 AM

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Volunteer Now!
Don't miss golf's oldest national championship during Olympia Fields' centennial anniversary in 2015.

2015 U.S. Amateur Championship
August 17 - 23
Olympia Fields Country Club
Olympia Fields, IL

For information on volunteer packages and tickets, call 708.679.6776 or visit
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June 2015
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