Above / Remember learning about Pangea in elementary school? PN’s image of Pangea depicts Naperville flagged on a hypothetical supercontinent that included all current land masses around the world. Dating back more than 200 million years to the Triassic and Jurassic Periods, the giant continent is believed to have been in existence before the continents began to break apart 175 million years ago and way before the internet.

Here’s hoping Greetings to PN connect you to some information you might not know, requests that arrive in between issues that might need attention and action now. Thanks!

To PN & Other Media, Feb. 9, 2019 / CEO UPDATE: Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital

Last week, our Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital experienced significant damage to both guest rooms and living spaces because of a pipe burst that permeated all floors when Chicagoland experienced record breaking sub-zero temperatures.
While the damage to the House was extensive, we are incredibly grateful that all families staying at the House were safely relocated to a hotel that evening and continue to find comfort with our hotel partner.
Due to the scope of damage, the House will be closed for the next several months so that we can make the necessary repairs.  
We would like to thank our partners and members of our community who quickly rallied around us, and for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received. Through your donations, letters, and calls asking where help is most needed, we are truly humbled by your generosity. Thanks to you, we will continue to provide as many of our services as possible to keep families comfortable, and most importantly, close to their hospitalized children.
We will continue to provide periodic updates on our progress through social media and through print and e-communications. You may also stay up to date by visiting ronaldhousechicago.org/2019flood.
Again, we can’t thank you enough for the love and compassion that has been shown to the families affected by the Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Comer Children’s situation, as well as all families served by our organization.

Holly Buckendahl
Chief Executive Officer

Editor’s Note / In 2013, PN first became aware of the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Edward and how families benefit from Ronald McDonald Charities. Local families also have received care and respite in Ronald McDonald facilities throughout the nation. Edward Hospital in Naperville also is home to a facility supported by Ronald McDonald Charities. “The Ronald McDonald Family Room” is found in the pediatric unit, providing a home-like atmosphere where families can relax, rest and unwind in order to better support their child during any medical journey. 

For more info about the needs and value of donating to Ronald McDonald Charities, visit https://rmhccni.org.

TO PN and members of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Feb. 9, 2019 / Legislative Alert: Illinois House to Consider $15/hour Minimum Wage Bill

The Illinois Senate passed SB001 on Thursday of this week and now the Illinois House will consider an increase in the State Minimum Wage. This bill has serious implications for local businesses of all types. Increases to the minimum wage will certainly affect local employers but will also have an impact on local taxpayers as local taxing bodies will likely pass along the additional labor costs.
What is Included:
 – effective date of Jan. 1, 2020
 – yearly increases on Jan. 1 of future years
 – $15/hr wage on Jan. 1, 2025
 – $13/hr wage for workers under 18 years old
 – 60/40 split for tipped workers maintained

The full text of the approved bill can be found here.

A constructive conversation can and should be had on raising the minimum wage in Illinois but the details matter. For example, there is a tax credit that will not benefit franchisees as fully as needed.

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce encourages you to contact your local State Representative to provide your important feedback with our link below.

What will be the impact on your business? Can you make the margins work at this labor rate?

Click the link and add your voice here now! Let’s take time to make sure we get this right!

For additional questions or concerns please reach out. We always love hearing from you.

 Colin Dalough
Director of Government Affairs
(630) 544-3387
@ColinDalough on Twitter

Editor’s Note: Positively Naperville, an independent monthly publication with this companion website, is among many small businesses that are longtime members of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

TO PN, Feb. 5, 2019 / Naperville Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship Opportunity

Attached you will find a press release regarding our current scholarship opportunity. Application deadline is March 15. I hope you’ll consider printing this, however we understand you receive multiple requests!

Naperville Junior Woman’s Club (NJWC) is currently accepting applications for 2019 scholarships to award three $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors who reside within Naperville School District #203 or Indian Prairie School District #204. Seniors graduating from high schools not included in Districts 203 & 204 qualify as long as they currently live within either district’s boundaries.

The Naperville Junior Woman’s Club has renamed the Scholarship Award to honor our late member, Michelle LaFrey Fregoso, who passed away last May. Michelle was a long standing member of NJWC, as well as the Director of Communications for Naperville School District 203. Because of her passion for both, NJWC proudly renames this award in her honor.

Scholarships will be awarded based on community service, school involvement, scholastic achievement and financial need. The application can be downloaded from our website:


Applications must be received by March 15, 2019.

In mid-April, each scholarship candidate will be notified by email or phone of the committee’s decision. Scholarships will be presented at the NJWC General Meeting on April 25, 2019. To download the application or to get more information, please visit www.napervillejuniors.org/Scholarship.

Let me know any questions and if you need anything else!

Norma Gowdy, NJWC Public Relations

FYI: Naperville Junior Woman’s Club is looking for energetic, enthusiastic women to join us in our volunteer efforts. Each year our members give thousands of hours of service to the community and thousands of dollars to various local charities. Please view our website at www.napervillejuniors.org for more information.

Sandwiched between Jim Vahlej and Lee Lindberg are American Legion Citizens of the Year 2017, Gloria and Joe Caruso (Veterans), Trish Krenick (Youth) and Ray Kinney (Community).

TO PN, Feb 5, 2019 / American Legion Citizen of the Year

We once again seek your assistance in publicizing the Citizen of the Year Award in Positively Naperville.

Naperville American Legion Post 43 began naming a Citizen of the Year in 1986.  Four years ago, the program was expanded to consider naming a Citizen of the Year to three categories:  Service to the Community, Service to Youth, and Service to Veterans.

We are again asking for your assistance to identify deserving candidates in each category.

Nominees must be Naperville residents whose service must have been performed in a volunteer capacity, rather than as part of compensated employment.

Anyone may nominate a candidate by sending a letter or email that includes:

  1. The category they are being nominated for (Service to the Community, Service to Youth, or Service to Veterans)
    2. A comprehensive description of the services the nominee performed
    3. The time frame and duration
    4. The significance of the service to others
    5. Name and contact information of the nominee
    6. Name and contact information of the person offering the nomination.
    7. Letters from other people endorsing the nominee are encouraged.

The Naperville Community is blessed with many people who serve their fellow citizens–the judges have a very difficult task. Comprehensive information—attachments and endorsements are of greatly helpful in selecting the winners.  They may be mailed to: American Legion Post 43, Citizen of the Year, Post Office Box 4, Naperville, 60566 or emailed (preferably) to:   vahlej@comcast.net.

Submissions must be received by:   March 20, 2019.

Winners will be announced in the local media and honored at the Legion’s Awards and Recognition Banquet on April 20, 2019. 

Thanks for all you have done to promote Naperville American Legion Post 43.

Jim Vahlej, American Legion Post 43

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