“Keeping You Connected”

July 2012

Calendar of Events
LISLE EXECUTIVE NETWORKING GROUP (LENG) Tuesday, July 3, 2012 12:00 pm El Burrito Mexicano Restaurant 1219 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532 Cruise Night Saturday, July 7, 2012 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Downtown Lisle, Main Street, Lisle, IL 60532 LISLE EXECUTIVE NETWORKING GROUP (LENG) Tuesday, July 17, 2012 12:00 pm Evviva Bar & Eatery 1017 Front St., Lisle, IL 60517 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Wednesday, July 18, 2012 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm BrightStar Healthcare 1809 N. Mill Street, Suite F, Naperville, IL 60563 GOLF OUTING Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:30 am – Registration 12:00 pm – Lunch 1:00 pm – Shotgun Start Seven Bridges Golf Club One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge Foursome - $520 before July 13th; $600 after July 13th Individual Golfer - $135 before July 13th; $150 after July 13th Dinner Only - $40 before July 13th; $45 after July 13th

President’s Corner—Tom Althoff
Here we are in the midst of a draught and 90 degree temperature for the next few days and things are heating up at the Lisle Chamber. We are participants in the Eyes to the Skies Festival and many of you are volunteering/or volunteered to help. We appreciate that very much because it helps us to provide more scholarships for graduating high school students next May. Several Chamber members are sponsors for the fest including Navistar as lead sponsor but also Lisle Savings Bank, Janor Sports, The Sign Authority, Hilton Lisle/ Naperville, Arbor Printing, Evviva Bar and Eatery, Old Second Bank, and a special shout out to Jewel who came through in a big way. Jeannine Flureurant, the Lisle Store Director deserves special recognition for all she does. Besides the Chamber the Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Partners for Parks, and Lisle Education Foundation all of which are chamber members are affiliates of the organization. We look forward to a great weekend and the balloons already launched on Friday morning so the fest is off to a good start. If you are not volunteering please attend with your friends and family. If you have children you will be very impressed with the children’s area. Thanks to Joe Straka and PACT for a nice Business After Hours at the end of the month. PACT impacts 6000 clients per year so it is a very impressive organization. They have a wine event on August 2nd at 7 Bridges so try to make that. Speaking of 7 Bridges, that is where we are holding our golf outing again this year on July 24th. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and we are looking for your foursome or individual registration. After July 13th the registration fees go up so act quickly. We have a few new twists this year including the “yellow ball” and a two putt maximum. Finally, don’t forget to support the DuPage Hounds. Contact us if you need tickets we might have some freebies. Also the Neighbors magazine rep Paula Gleason is looking for advertisers. You would do well to be included. Happy Independence Day! Come to the Lisle Parade at 11am followed by an ice cream social presented by the Lisle Heritage Society.

The mission of the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce is to facilitate business relationships and opportunities, to advocate on behalf of our members to governmental bodies and the general public, to promote the best interests of our membership in a fiscally sound and professional manner, and to promote ethical business practices and contribute to the betterment of the community.

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2012 Chamber Board of Directors Chris Ashe, Chairman, Brian Ashe & Associates, Ltd. Dan Garvy, Past Chairman, Lisle Park District Jim Harkness, General Counsel, Momkus McCluskey, LLC. Paula Gleason, Chair Elect, Bensidoun, USA Kitty Murphy, The Nook, Inc. Sonny Smith, Treasurer, College of DuPage Richard Brink, Hilton Lisle/ Naperville Lisa Fitterer, Navistar, Inc. Bill Kuglich, Molex Julie LaFond, Lisle Community Character Alliance Bob Lampkin, Emergent Meridan Financial Services Tanesha Pittman, Moser College, Benedictine University Tom Reif, Hallberg Commercial & Benefits Insurance Jennifer Schinke, BankFinancial Diane Merna, Adler Associates Joe Straka, PACT, Inc. Mayor Joseph Broda, ex officio, Village of Lisle Chamber Staff Tom Althoff, President & CEO Jill Eidukas, Office & Events Manager Amy Vidovic, Office Assistant

Chairman’s Message—Chris Ashe
The heat is on! I’m really starting to believe this whole global warming thing has some legs to it. Hope that everyone is staying cool and safe as it looks like we may be poised to have a record setting summer. So much is happening in our community right now, on all levels. The month is bookended by two great events: Eyes to the Skies and the Chamber’s Annual Golf Outing! There’s a lot going on in between and your Chamber is looking forward to a great month. Before looking forward to the month ahead, I did want to take a moment to comment on a couple of events that took place in June. On June 21st, the DuPage Hounds Baseball team hosted a night for chamber members. This was a multi-chamber event, but I can say without question that Lisle faces made up most of the crowd. It was great to see! If you attended, you may have noticed that the chamber had a table set up, as we continue to stay actively visible in the community to continue to strengthen our membership. Our multi-talented president, Tom, really took “staying visible” to heart, as he sang the 7th inning stretch at the game on top of one of the dugouts! I’m sure those who were there would agree that he may have found his true calling. The Lyric Opera House awaits! Thanks to the entire DuPage Hounds organization for hosting us. I encourage you to check out a Hounds game, as it is a low cost, convenient, and fun way to spend an evening with your family! In June, the Chamber Board filled a vacant board position after applicants were allowed to submit applications for the position. Please join me in welcoming Diane Merna to the Chamber Board. This isn’t Diane’s first go around on the Chamber’s board and we look forward to her input and experience as we continue to strive to provide membership with the absolute best programming and business opportunities that we can. Getting right to work we are looking to form a new committee dedicated specifically to membership programming and experience. Diane has volunteered to chair this group! If you are interested in helping shape and improve Chamber events, or apply your creative touch to innovative new ideas to positively affect the chamber membership experience, we would love to have you on board and look forward to hearing from you. As mentioned, the Annual Golf Outing has arrived and we are very excited! On July 24th we hit Seven Bridges golf course for what has become a truly remarkable event. Our participation has grown three years in a row and we are expecting yet another impressive year. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved whether you are a golfer or not. Sponsorships, foursomes, or just dinner, we would love to see you at our social event of the summer. Not going to make it, but want to participate? We are also very interested in quality silent auction items and raffle prizes for our post-golf dinner. As was the case last year, golfers will have a shot at a Free car and also a chance to win $1,000,000 in our hole-in-one challenges. I look forward to seeing all of those who can attend and thank you all for your participation! I hope July is a prosperous and successful month for your business! Look forward to seeing you this month!

Don’t forget to check out the Eyes to the Skies Festival, June 27th— July 1st!! For the latest festival information, updates & times, visit

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Legislative/Government Affairs Update—Keith Tice
Illinois Legislative Update Pension Reform Business Unfinished. The desperately needed reform of Illinois pension system did not happen in the Spring Legislative Session. Illinois has five pension systems with aggregate unfunded liabilities of over $83 billion. Bipartisan negotiations to reform these systems came very close but fell apart at the last minute over a disagreement whether or not to shift pension costs for retired downstate and suburban teachers from the State to the local school districts. For reasons no one can recall (most pension systems were created in the early 1950’s), property taxpayers in the city of Chicago pay the employer pension costs for the Chicago Public Schools (approximately $190 million annually) while suburban and downstate school districts have their employer pension costs paid by the State (approximately $800 million annually). There is a substantial concern by downstate and suburban legislators that shifting these costs to their local school districts will significantly increase property taxes. On the other hand, legislators representing taxpayers in the city of Chicago resent paying their own plus contributing to the payments of the suburban and downstate school systems. How this is resolved remains to be seen. Talks between the top 4 legislative leaders and Governor Quinn continued in June with little progress. The Governor is still talking about a Special Session this summer to focus on pensions. U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Individual Mandate in Affordable Care Act. Many of the details remain to be worked out in implementing the balance of the Affordable Care Act following the high court’s June 28 ruling. The high court said the federal government cannot force the states to cooperate in a broad expansion of Medicaid. This expansion was anticipated to provide health care for 16 to 17 million people, half the people who would gain care coverage under the law. According to the law as written, anyone who earns up to 133 percent of the federal poverty rate would be covered. The law sought to force the states to add those people to their Medicaid rolls. If a state refused to comply, it could lose all of its federal Medicaid funds. This part of the law was deemed unconstitutional. Twenty-six states challenged the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act on the grounds that the individual mandate and the Medicaid requirements were unconstitutional. With so many states struggling to pay the cost of Medicaid now, there’s a distinct possibility many states will opt out of the Medicaid expansion. . This column will keep you informed on further details as they unfold. For any further information that we have available, please e-mail Keith Tice at

Gold Members
ARDS Services,Inc. Best, Vanderlaan & Harrington Business Office Interiors Carpenters Local 1889 Four Lakes Recreation Integrated Marketing Communications Jewel/Osco Lisle Savings Bank Mullen's Bar & Grill Navistar, Inc. Neighbors of Lisle North Central College Original Home Improvement, Inc Papa John's Pizza Rosehill Montessori School Schulz-Brundage Insurance Suburban Real Estate Services, Inc. Unilever Food Solutions West Suburban Community Pantry WDCB, 90.9 Public Radio

Silver Members
AthletiCo Be Claws We Care Petsitting BluePay Bulls/Sox Training Academy CA CitiBank Chicago Tribune Country Insurance-Van Ham/Tan Agency Daily Herald/Paddock Publications Exterior Designers, Inc. FastSigns Hallberg Commercial and Benefit Solutions Harris N.A. - Lisle Health Source of Lisle Isoprime Corporation Janis Connelly Interiors Jim Dhamer Plumbing and Sewer Lee Ernst, ReMax Action Lisle-Woodridge Fire Fighters Union Local 2986 McCain Foods USA, Inc. Michael Camastro Golf Academy Momkus McCluskey, LLC Moon Jump OakBrook Investments Optometry & Eyewear Gallery Padgett Business Services Performance Processing Pulse Financial Services, LLC P. Martin Jewelers Rapid Funding Corporation Robert Kelly Studio Senryo Technologies Weldon Hardware Wheatstack.. A Midwestern Eatery & Tap

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Nadine Filipiak, IMC, Catherine Johns, Linda McCabe, Optimal Level, Women in Business Brown Bag Lunch

Jake Haseltine, Chris Ashe, Brian Ashe & Associates enjoy a DuPage Hounds Game

Tom Althoff, Lisle Area Chamber sings “Take Me Out to the The Klein family enjoy a foul ball at the Hounds Chamber Event. Ballgame” at the Hounds Chamber night, 7th inning stretch.

Lisle Area Chamber Ambassadors meet every 4th Friday of the month.

Joe Stefani, DuPage County Hounds, and Don Ortale before game.

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Ambassador SPOTLIGHT— Bob Lampkin

A member of the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Bob Lampkin became an Ambassador in September 2011 and also serves on the Board of Directors. He initially pursued an Ambassador position purely for the networking opportunity, but soon found that it meets another need of his as well. He describes that need of service over self, “To be of service and make friends among like-minded people is a reward in and of itself.” Bob enjoys being in business and around business people. He often tries to focus on facilitating someone else’s success, which is how he finds win-win opportunities. As the president and CEO of E.M. Advisors, Inc., Bob’s primary duties vary, but he is currently recruiting, training, planning and enjoying his time spent helping people. Although he is relatively new to financial services, he has had eight years of experience in business as the President and CEO of a language translation and media development company where he serviced accounts for two dozen Fortune 500 clients. In January of 2012, Bob began this enterprise and within six months, had agents contracted in Rockford, Hoffman Estates and Chicago. Outside of work, Bob resides with his wife, Traci whom is a long time teacher and resident of Lisle. He enjoys spending time riding bikes, hiking, camping, and fishing with his two sons, Robert and Ben. Bob and Traci also enjoy reading and volunteering at the Feed My Starving Children organization. He leaves us with this favorite quote “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared” – Buddha.

The Lisle Area Chamber 2012 Golf Outing and Dinner
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 Seven Bridges Golf Club One Mulligan Drive, Woodridge Registration 11:30 a.m. Lunch 12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start 1:00 p.m. — Sharp
Must be Registered by July 16th, 2012
Register at

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Summer Fun 4th of July Ice Cream Social, After Parade @ Museums of Lisle Station Park - 921 School Street Free Movies at WheatStack Saturday at Dusk Library Summer Reading Program The Morton Arboretum The Museums of Lisle Station Park DuPage County Hounds Baseball Games Prairie Walk Pond/Dragonfly Landing Sea Lion Aquatic Park

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Page 7 31 May 2012 Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce 2012 Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship 1111 Burlington Avenue #102 Lisle, IL #102 Dear Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce, I am writing to thank you for your generous $500 scholarship. I was thrilled that you were able to recognize me amongst a competitive applicant pool to present me with this honor. I would also like to thank you for inviting me to the Chamber luncheon. I plan to graduate from the University of Illinois in 2016 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Thanks to you, I am one step close to that goal. By awarding me this scholarship, you have enabled me to more easily carry on my pursuit of higher education. Generosity like yours is truly admirable in a community. Sincerely,

Jake Haseltine

Trash & Treasures
The 29th Annual Trash & Treasures event returned to downtown Lisle on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Vendors were quite pleased with the turn-out of local customers that came through commuter parking lot. Tom Althoff, President & CEO of the Lisle Area Chamber said that the Chamber took over the event in 1999 when the Downtown Business Council became a subcommittee of the chamber. The vendors of the French Market were also pleased with the number of shoppers that came to downtown Lisle looking for treasures. Watch for the Trash & Treasures event in June of 2013.

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Jim and Pam George, from the Lisle UPS store hosted a Business After Hours in April and gave away many raffle prizes. Chamber member Curtis Frank, Frank Electric donated his raffle prize to the Chamber. Jim George delivered our new pull up banner with travel bag to the chamber office. Thank you Curtis, Jim and Pam!

UPS Store Donates Banner


2012 Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game Wednesday, July 11th @ 7pm Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex

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Lisle Chamber office assistant Amy Vidovic checks in vendors for the Trash & Treasures Community Event

Trash & Treasures Community Garage Sale

Trash & Treasures at the Commuter Parking Lot

Tom Althoff, LACC and Joe Straka at Business After Hours at PACT, Inc.

Ribbon Cutting at All Pet Pantry

Ribbon Cutting at All Pet Pantry

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New Members
Class Printing Wally Nagel 1034 National Parkway Schaumburg, IL 60173 Hand-N-Paw Beth Hand 4915 S. Main Street Lisle, IL 60532 Prophecy Image Consulting Dave Suvada 3218 Fox Ridge Court Woodridge, IL 60517

Best Toys Inc. Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar Community Career Center David W. Rosenburg, Attorney at Law Dick Pond Athletics El Burrito Mexicano Restaurant Fair Oaks Ford Green Trails Apartments Janice Connolly Interiors Lisle Lanes Molex Incorporated Morningside Café Morton Arboretum P. Martin Jewelers, Inc. Performance Processing SEASPAR West Suburban Bank Yerbabuena Mexican Cuisine

Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce 1111 Burlington Avenue, Suite 102 Lisle, IL 60532 (630) 964-0052 Fax—630-964-2726

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