September 2016

ATHENA Award Recipient

The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry and The Council for Working Women are excited to announce Diane Habiger as the 2016 recipient of The ATHENA Award. Diane becomes the 29th Award recipient, and will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, September 14th at Mistwood Golf Club.

The ATHENA Award Program was developed in 1982 to honor exceptional female or male leaders who demonstrate the highest levels of professional excellence, give back to their communities, and most importantly, actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Diane is the co-owner of Lincolnshire Properties, which leases apartments in Plainfield and conventional office space in Joliet, Plainfield and Naperville. Diane and her husband, Bill, also own Lincolnshire Business Center in Joliet.  The original center was totally destroyed by fire in 2001, but since has been rebuilt.  It is an executive suite providing receptionist and secretarial services, faxing, photocopying, conference rooms and other support services as part of the rental.  LBC also offers a virtual tenant program which supports home based businesses in projecting a professional image at an affordable cost. 

As a true community leader, Diane has been instrumental to the advancement of women in the Joliet region.  She has been a driving force in the recruitment of women into the Rotary Club of Joliet, the Joliet Catholic Academy Board of Directors, and Board of Trustees at the University of St. Francis. Diane assisted on a committee appointed by a Supreme Court Justice that resulted in the appointment of two female candidates, often assists women that have been out of the workforce with their resume and letters of recommendation, and has urged many to participate in the Community Leadership School sponsored by the Chamber.

Diane, based on her own experience, knows that many women need encouragement when returning to the workforce after an absence due to child rearing and other factors.  “Women need to believe in themselves and their capabilities,” says Habiger.  Diane found that encouragement from being part of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce.  Working on various committees at the Chamber and becoming active in the planning of Community Leadership School put her in the company of local leaders who became role models and encouraged community service.    Diane stated that the Joliet Chamber certainly changed the direction of her life.  It gave her the opportunity to learn how to contribute and become active in various educational and social causes.

Additional Community and Chamber involvement includes:

  • De La Salle Founders Award from Lewis University, 2016
  • Marx Gibson Community Leadership Award, 2000
  • Outstanding Business Alumna from Joliet Catholic Academy, 2001
  • Outstanding Small Business Award from Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 2001
  • Board of Trustees at the University of St. Francis
  • Board of Directors at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home
  • Board of Directors at Joliet Catholic Academy
  • Board of Directors at Joliet Rotary Club
  • Board of Directors at the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Diane fully embodies the spirit of the ATHENA Award and is a tremendous asset to her community.  She has paved the way for other women to follow in her footsteps and realize their full potential.

The Athena Award Luncheon will be at Mistwood Golf Club on September 14, 2016. Tickets are $35 per guest or $350 per table of 10. Call the Joliet Chamber of Commerce to make reservations at 815.727.5371.


Saturday, September 10, 3:00 - 10:00 p.m. downtown Joliet on Chicago & Van Buren Streets. Proceeds to benefit Alianza de Negocios and The Spanish Community Center. Thanks to our Grand presenting Sponsor, D'Arcy Automobiles. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door - children 12 & under are FREE.

All pre-sale tickets purchased will be entered in a drawing for 2 round-trip airline tickets to Mexico, courtesy of AeroMexico. Live zone & much much more! Tickets may be purchased at the following locations:

Joliet Chamber Office - 63 N. Chicago Street

Spanish Community Center - 309 N. Eastern Avenue

BMO Harris Bank - corner of Midland & Campbell Streets

First Midwest Bank - 50 W. Jefferson Street (downtown Joliet)

Great American Bagel - 1101 Essington Road


Friday, October 7, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. @ The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. The fall event y'all have been asking for is returning with a fun, new twist! Over a dozen craft beers and ciders to sample and silent auction to benefit the Joliet Region Hawk Education Scholarship Program. And bringing back last year's favorites including the BBQ buffet, live music, fire pits and more! Information has been mailed to all Chamber members. Tickets are $35 each, table of 10 for $350, or a firepit for $500 (includes 10 tickets and reserved seating for dinner). Only 4 firepits available (first-come-first-serve). Call the Chamber at 815.727.5371 to order your tickets, or visit


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 18th for the Chamber's Career Fair. The event will be held at Clarion Joliet Banquet & Conference Center located at 411 S. Larkin Avenue from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

  • Recruit potential new employees
  • Promote permanent full, part-time & seasonal job openings
  • Conduct onsite interviews with potential candidates

Sign up before September 16th to be included in media marketing pieces. Watch your Chamber mail for registration / sponsorship info, or call the Chamber to register.


On Tuesday, October 18th, the Chamber will host a Candidate Forum, which will be held following our Career Fair at Clarion Joliet Banquet & Conference Center from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Candidates from the Federal, State & local levels will be invited to participate. Please watch for more updates to follow.



The Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference is being held September 19-22, 2016 at the Naperville campus of NIU. Founded in 1988, this once a year 4 day training conference has provided professional training to thousands of people from the Chicagoland area and across the Midwest. Business Owners, professional and civic association members, managers, safety committee members, human resources managers, municipalities, and others who have responsibilities related to safety, health, training, environmental management and OSHA/EPA compliance attend this premier training conference. The Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference offers a wide range of training topics relating to General Safety, Environmental Management, OSHA Compliance, Industrial Hygiene and Professional Development.  Training sessions are 1.5 hour, 3 hour or all day and provide Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels of training. Go to NOW for early bird fees.


Bobbie Noonan Child Care on Barney Drive in Joliet has availabilities for the 2016-17 school year. Children ages 2 through kindergarten are accepted. For registration infirmation contact 815.741.2627.

Plainfield Chamber of Commerce will host their Plainfield Harvest 5K Run/Walk & Kidz Miler on Sunday, September 25th. The first 1,200 participants will receive a t-shirt. For more info, or to register, visit

Edible Arrangements is very excited to be celebrating their 10th anniversary in Joliet! Come and celebrate with them on Sunday, September 25th. They are moving 2 doors south from 1508 Essington to 1504 Essington Road. The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. For every $0.99 smoothie purchased, you will get a free hot dog (while they last). They will be offering their new product line. Their FRESH fruit smoothies, FRESH, never FROZEN! We hope you can all join Edible Arrangements for this wonderful and exciting event!

Nominate a Business or Self Nominate for a BBB Torch Award for Business Excellence

(Open to all businesses). Do you know a business that deserves the premier award for service, trust and marketplace ethics and excellence? Nominations are Open for the BBB Torch Awards!

A Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau is one of America’s most prestigious awards honoring companies for outstanding integrity. Nominating a business for the BBB Torch Award is a great way to thank them for their service and support.

Torch Awards are presented every Fall to businesses that have been nominated and submit an entry packet for review by a team of top leaders from universities and businesses.

Nominate your favorite business – nominations and entries must be received by 9/30/2016

Torch Award Questions? E-mail the Torch team at  or call 312-245-2643

Advocacy Update

Governor Rauner has vetoed three bills that we have opposed that would have

dictated who must serve on local economic development boards throughout the state. 

SB 2531, SB 2600, and SB 2604 would have forced local economic development corporations (including Chamber of Commerce's) in Illinois to add four new board members - free of charge.  Allowing Springfield to dictate who must serve on local economic development boards was not a favorable proposal. We will continue to monitor any veto attempts.

The Illinois Supreme Court officially ruled the Independent Maps initiative unconstitutional. In a 4-3 split decision, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled against the roughly 563,000 citizens who signed petitions to place the amendment on the ballot.

Event Photo's

Homes for Heroes ribbon cutting

University of St. Francis Guardian Angel Hall Grand Opening

New Educators Breakfast @ Harrah's on August 10th

Ribbon Cutting @ McDonald's on Broadway August 25th

Business After Hours @ Dollinger Executive Center on August 25th

ConEcepts tasting at Louis Joliet Mall, soon to open


Chamber Co-op Travel Presentation

In cooperation with the Bolingbrook, Lemont, and Plainfield Chamber's, we will be offering an Arizona Spring Training vacation package in Spring 2017. Initial information meeting will be at the Chamber office on Tuesday, September 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. If you can't attend and are interested the partnering Chamber's will host meetings that week as well.

Full info here

New Overtime Rule Change Seminar

The Department of Labor has finally provided the New Overtime Exemption Rules. Businesses will need to analyze ALL of their current exempt employees to assure those individuals are still exempt. The key is for businesses to get ahead of the game and identify any potential issues now and fix them prior to the regulations going into effect on December 1, 2016!  

Join us on Tuesday, September 20 at the Chamber office from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m.

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Business After Hours - Thursday, September 29, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Senior Services Center of Will County, located at 251 N. Center Street, Joliet. No charge to attend. Enjoy appetizers, hula contest, Beach Boys music, complimentary beer & wine, door prizes & more!



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