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                                     NEWSLETTER
    email: execdir@gladstoneparkchamber.com                       (773) 775-8871                                 www.gladstoneparkchamber.com
       Volume 20 , Issue 6               Produced in conjunction with City of Chicago Dept. of Planning & Development               June 2011

                   DATES TO REMEMBER
       May 25 Board of Directors Meeting at
               Associated Bank, 8:15 a.m.
       June 3 Membership Meeting at
               Gladstone Chiropractic,
               5316 N Milwaukee, 8:00 a.m.
       June 10 Alderman Levar Retirement Reception                       On Tuesday, June 14, 2011, the Gladstone Park Chamber of
       June 14 Flag Day Ceremony                                           Commerce will have a Flag Day Ceremony at Elston &
       June 22 Board of Directors Meeting                                                 Milwaukee at 12:00 PM.
       July 8 Membership Meeting                                          The Taft ROTC will be on hand to present the colors. The
       Aug. 24 Northwest Network Open Golf Outing                        ceremony will last about 20 minutes, show your support and
                                                                                 patriotism and join us for this annual event
                          JUNE MEETING 
                                                                                  Economic Development and the 45th Ward
       Please join us at the Regular Membership Meeting
                                                                        Speaking at the May 6 meeting of the Gladstone Park
       of the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce,                       Chamber, new Alderman John Arena said that he has asked
       Friday, June 3, 2011. This month’s meeting will                  the Department of Housing and Economic Development to
       take place at Gladstone Chiropractic Group,                      conduct a zoning audit of the ward and to develop
            
       5316 N. Milwaukee Ave. at 8:00 am. Our guest                     revitalization plans for the ward’s business districts. “The
       speaker for the June 3rd meeting will be 10th                    idea is to look at where we’re at and put together some
       District Office, State Senator John G. Mulroe.                   rational approach,” Arena told the chamber. Arena also is
                                                                        forming a zoning advisory board, which will consist of
          MOTHER’S DAY RAFFLE SPONSORED BY                              neighborhood and business leaders, to give him input on
           THE GLADSTONE PARK CHAMBER OF                                zoning issues. “I have four zoning changes being presented to
                           COMMERCE                                     me before I’m being sworn in,” said Arena.Two economic
           The Chamber would like to thank the following                development issues important to Gladstone Park businesses
              businesses for their raffle prize donation:               will likely be clarified in the next couple of months.
       First Nations Bank
       Gen-Ki Karate                                                    For more than a year the economic development department
       Gladstone Chiropractic Group                                     has been working on a plan to create a tax increment
       Mom’s Old Recipe Mexican Restaurant                              financing district in our area and to replace the former
       Nadig Newspapers
       Resurrection Medical Center                                      Gateway Chevrolet showroom at 5373 N. Milwaukee Ave.
       Show Place Real Estate Corp. Of America                          with a senior housing project. At this point, the chamber does
       State Farm Insurance – David Wians                               not know if either the senior project of the TIF plan will move
       Superdawg Drive-in                                               forward. The housing plan would include a coffee shop/deli on the
       Tastefully Simple Inc., Noreen Lundin                            first floor which would be available to tenants of the building and
       UDSC- Mary Ann Galarza                                           the general public. Eighty-four units are planned, and the developer
                                                                        is  seeking housing tax credits from the city which would make
                                                                        some of the apartments affordable to seniors with an annual
          THE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES ARE IN!                            income of about $32,000 or less. The developer is willing to pay
                                                                            
                                                                        for a TIF study, and the chamber has requested that a Small
       The 2011-12 Gladstone Park Chamber Membership                    Business Improvement Fund be included in any plans for a
                                                                            
         directories have been delivered (8,000) to area                Gladstone Park TIF District. With the SBIF Program, area
                                                                            
        homes. Directories will be available at the general             businesses would be able to seek grants to pay for a portion of
                                                                            
            membership meeting on Friday, June 3rd.                     improvements to their buildings, including the construction of
                                                                            
                                                                        handicapped accessible washrooms and the installation of awnings
          Feel free to take the directories back to your
         business and pass them out to your customers.                  and signage.
         The Chamber thanks all of those members who                         Please attend our Friday, June 3, meeting for important
         made the directory possible by placing ads in it.                                   updates on these issues.
               WELCOME NEW MEMBER!!!                                                    Legislative Corner
                                                                                              David Wians 
  Andrzej Mucha
                                                                    Over $14 Trillion national debt, over $90 Billion state debt and
  SATCOM, Inc.
                                                                    unknown debt amounts for Cook County and the City of
  Electronic Systems Technicians
                                                                    Chicago…what’s this all mean to the taxpayers? It means that
  5354 N. Milwaukee Ave.
                                                                    there is a need for drastic cuts in spending in addition to the need
  Chicago, Illinois 60630
                                                                    for added revenue, and from all indications, spending cuts are
  773-775-8600
                                                                    not a priority to most of our elected officials. So what’s this all
  sitcom@satcomsatellitetv.com
                                                                    mean to us, the business community? It means that we, the
                                                                    business owners, are the easy targets for the source of revenue.
                         12th Annual                                That will result in an increase in the cost of doing business and it
                “Northwest Network Open”                            will come in many different forms…increase in fees, added fees,
                         Golf Outing                                additional taxes, loss of tax benefits, loss of tax deductions…so
                Wednesday, August 24, 2011                          what can we do? Well, as individuals, we need to become not
                    White Pines Golf Club                           only aware of the issues but we need to become pro-active in
          500 West Jefferson Street, Bensenville, IL                getting the issues resolved. Our website has links to some of the
                 Check- in & lunch 12:30pm                          many resources available that will help make you aware of the
                  Shotgun start at 1:30pm                           issues and many of those links give you the ability to opt in to
      $150.00 per person – includes hot dog lunch with              receive urgent notices, calls-to-action, etc. We have listed them
      beverage, 18 holes of golf with cart & dinner with            below. Please make yourself familiar with these resources and
                     TOP SHELF BAR                                  get involved. Too many of our elected officials are more
                                                                    concerned with the politics of the issues and with getting re-
      GET NOTICED! SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE                           elected than they are with doing the right thing...it’s time that
                Tournament Sponsors: $1,000                         they put the politics aside, act like adults and do the job of
       Includes 4 tickets to networking, dinner & open bar          making the hard decisions that they were elected to do. If you
                      Eagle Sponsors: $500                          disagree with your elected official’s vote on an issue, call him
       Includes 2 tickets to networking, dinner & open bar          and ask for his reasons…if you agree with his vote, call him to
           Sponsor Lunch, Cocktail Hour or Dinner                   thank him. We will continue to shoot out emails regarding
                 Beverage Cart Sponsors (2)                         specific bills that we consider urgent or issues that require a call
                              $350.00                               to action. If you do not want to receive this information please
                         Birdie Sponsors                            contact Gail. Please be aware that as a Chamber, we are
                              $250.00                               bipartisan and we do not advise what side of an issue you should
                          Hole Sponsors                             be on…our job as a Chamber of Commerce is to simply provide
                              $100.00                               an awareness to the membership and the rest is up to you. All
  All of the above sponsors will receive signage at a hole,         that we ask is that you get involved with process…there’s a lot at
  the opportunity to put items in the “golfer’s bag” given          stake.
+                                                                    Illinois Chamber of Commerce [www.ilchamber.org]
  to each golfer at check in, your name at the event itself,
                                                                    Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
          name recognition on all printed materials.                [www.chicagolandchamber.org]
      This is an excellent opportunity to network with               Illinois General Assembly [www.ilga.gov]
             members from different chambers.                       Friends of the US Chamber [www.friendsof theuschamber.com ]
      All proceeds benefit the local Chambers of Commerce           US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
    Scholarship Programs for area students. Help us increase        [uschamberinstitute@ilrmail.org]
      our giving by sending a foursome to participate or by         US Chamber of Commerce [www.uschamber.com]
                    becoming a sponsor today!                       Cook County [www.cookcountygov.com/]
               INVITATIONS ARE IN THE MAIL.
   Visit our website for more information, registration and pay                   A MESSAGE FROM 16TH DISTRICT
             online www.gladstoneparkchamber.com.                                   COMMANDER MC NAUGHTON
                                                                    The 16th Police District is asking local sports bars to develop a
                                                                    security plan to be put into effect in the event that the Chicago
   Alderman John Arena was scheduled to hold a community            Bulls win the league championship this year.
  meeting on May 24 about a plan to build a printing plant on a     “The 17th District is preparing for game-clinching celebrations
   94,000-square-foot parcel at 5450 N. Northwest Highway.          that will allow the patrons of your businesses to enjoy these
  The project will bring jobs to the area and could be a catalyst   events in safety” 16th District commander David McNaughton
   for attracting other industrial users to Northwest Highway.      wrote in a recent e-mail message to chambers of commerce.
    The chamber will give an update in next month’s newsletter.     “Police officers from the 16th District will soon be visiting
                                                                    licensed establishments that have large gatherings for these
                                                                    events in the past, to ensure that a security plan is in place.”
              How to be the Business of the Month?                  The district is asking sports bars to make sure that security
      Attend a Chamber meeting to enter the Member of the           cameras are working, to move merchandise to more secure areas,
      Month drawing. Bring your business card to enter at a         to enact a no glass policy, to keep patrons inside the
           GPCC monthly membership meeting to take                  establishments and to enforce occupancy limits.
           advantage of this GPCC Marketing Benefit.                Police are also asking that additional security personnel be hired
                                                                    for games in which a championship could be clinched.

				
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