March 2017

Thank you to our Sponsors for the 2017 EXPO Spring Show & Job Fair!

Major Sponsor - Silver Cross Hospital

Program Sponsor - Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics

Signage Sponsor - The Parc at Joliet

Courtside Sponsors - A-1 Eco/Lindsay Water Treatment, Joliet Junior College, Paul & Mike's Transmissions. TM Martial Arts

Wing Sponsors - Johansen & Anderson Inc., Joliet Park District, Joliet Slammers, Window World of Joliet

Hospitality Suite Sponsors - AT&T, The Herald News, Trader Magazine, University of St. Francis

We would also like to thank the following Chamber members businesses who donated food to our Hospitality Suite: Great American Bagel, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Cutting Edge Catering, Home Cut Donuts, Hamburgerseria, Hooters of Joliet, The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Firehouse Subs. Also, THANK YOU to our many volunteers who gave of their time during EXPO to help are greatly appreciated!


Call the Chamber TODAY to order your Boulevard Banners. Information has been mailed to all Chamber members. Banners and locations are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis, so if you have a certain location you would prefer, don't delay! Call Mary at 815.727.5371 to reserve your banners, or for more information!


Please join us on Thursday, March 23, for our Member Luncheon at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate in the Victorian Ballroom, located at 15 S. Richards Street. "BE INFORMED"...Fifteen candidates for the Joliet City Council "At Large" position have been invited to speak at our March luncheon.

Invited guests include: Brooke Hernandez Brewer, Larry Crawford, Don Dickinson, R. Dale Evans, Christian Egwunwoke, Diane M. Harris, Roger W. Powell, Jan Quillman, Marc P. Ragusa, Alex Rodriguez, Nathaniel C. Romero, Michelle Stiff, Michael F. Turk, Rachael F. Ventura and Betty J. Washington.

The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and cost to attend is $35.00 per person, or a table of ten for $350.00. Reservations are required. Reserve here.


The Chamber is planning our annual Springfield Drive-Down for Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Our drive-down will begin with a luncheon on Tuesday, followed by a briefing, legislative meetings, reception and dinner. Cost to attend is $135.00 per person - this includes everything EXCEPT YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. Invitations will be mailed to all members. Please see your Chamber mail, or go to for more details or to register.


Governor Rauner presented his Budget Address on February 15 and the talk around the State continues to focus on the "Grand Bargain" that has been crafted by Senate President Cullerton and Senate Minority Leader Radogno. We are monitoring various proposed bills and just recently were briefed on the Budget, Workers' Comp, Pensions, and Education Funding at our 2/27 luncheon with Senators Bertino-Tarrant and McGuire, as well as Representatives Batinick, Manley, McDermed, Walsh Jr., and Welter. We will be receiving a Federal Briefing from a member of the US Chamber at the March committee meeting. Please consider taking part in our Springfield Drive-Down in May.


A special thanks to all that participated on our 2017 Membership drive campaign. We appreciate all of the time and effort that our volunteers gave. Thank you to our Chair women and men, our Captains, our Callers, and our Runners. We could not have gained 88 NEW MEMBERS without all of you!

Also, a thank you to our partners on the campaign: Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, Wingate by Wyndham, and the Hampton Inn Joliet I-80.


Our annual JOLIET NIGHT through our Chamber member, the Chicago White Sox, will be on Thursday, June 29 at 7:10 PM vs. the New York Yankees. Visit for more information or to purchase the specially priced tickets. Use the code: JOL for special offer.


Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community - A Forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 2nd, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. @ Wilmington Middle School, located at 715 S. Joliet Street, Wilmington. "Heroin, A Beautiful Life Down a Vein" Speakers and presenters include Ragan Freitag, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Will County States Attorney James Glasgow & more. Special Guest Speaker is Jolinda Wade, mother of Chicago Bulls-Dwyane Wade. For more information call 815.476.1660 or email

Kelly Services is hosting a Job Fair on Friday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center, located at 2400 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 100, Joliet, IL. Please bring resume, interview attire. For more info, contact Danielle at 912.644.0263, or Amy at (708) 465-6710.

NuMark Credit Union - BauerFinancial, the Nation's Premier Bank and Credit Rating Firm congratulates NuMark Credit Union, Joliet, IL for ringing in 2017 with its highest 5-Star Superior rating. NuMark Credit Union is no newcomer to Bauer's 5-Star Rating. In fact, NuMark Credit Union has earned this top honor for 23 consecutive quarters.

Will County Health Department - Become a WEWILL WorkHealthy Organization! Here are some of the benefits: Public acknowledgement of your achievement from the Will County MAPP Collaborative, WEWILL WorkHealthy Worksite Wellness Recognition Award, Increase visability as your organization is listed in community publications, and more. For more information about the program, please email

Bobbie Noonan's Child Care in Joliet is currently accepting registration for those in need of quality care. Come visit our facility at 2504 Fairway Drive for a tour. We are also accepting summer and fall registrations. We look forward to helping you make the right decision for your little one! For more information, please call 815.741.2627, or email

Come join Relay For Life of Joliet to help the American Cancer Society save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer on Saturday, June 3rd at Joliet Memorial Stadium starting at 12:00 noon. This is a fun-filled day with fundraisers, music, games, activities, food, survivor dinner and much more! To register your team or for more information, visit or call Michelle at 708-633-7771.



Event Pictures

February Business After Hours under the "Digi Tree" at the Louis Joliet Mall

"State of the City" address with Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk

Great Teacher Dinner

Joliet Area Young Professionals Bowling with Big Brothers Big Sisters - Join in for a night of pizza, bowling, and fun with our YP's as they treat "little's" from BBBS to a night out at Crest Hill Lanes, 905 Theodore on Tuesday, March 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are invited to participate. Fee is $20 to cover an adult and child. Reserve online here.


CWW March Luncheon - Thursday, March 9, 11:45 a.m. @ Hollywood Casino Joliet, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Joliet. "Work Styles" A leadership assessment for professional women. Guest speaker is Dr. Bonnie Covelli, assistant professor and chair for the School of Professional Studies at University of St. Francis. Cost to attend is $25 per person, and reservations are required. Reserve online here.

Alianza March Business After Hours - Wednesday, March 15, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, located at 213 E. Cass Street, Joliet, IL 60432. No charge to attend. There will be appetizers, refreshments, and great networking. Know someone interested in joining Alianza? Bring them along to see what we are all about!

Business After Hours - Thursday, March 30, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Joliet Area Historical Museum, located at 204 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet. No charge to attend! Come & see the new renovations to their auditorium! Appetizers, refreshments, cash bar & raffles! Great networking!


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