Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rogers Park Chamber 2012 event in The Parlor

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce is initiating Rogers Park's preparation for 2012 at their next event, which is accurately titled "Preparing for 2012".

Chamber President, Bill Morton stated that everyone is invited to participate and utilize the resources available at the Preparing for 2012 event. “This event benefits our members as well as other local businesses and organizations in Rogers Park with information and tips on... winterization, 4th quarter tax strategies and projecting the future of Rogers Park business in the coming year”.


In addition to Rogers Park 2012 presentations and info-packs, this is a networking event where guests will be introduced to our community and businesses can connect with other businesses and organizations in our neighborhood. Tastes will be provided by eight local restaurants and cafes including Back in the Days BBQ, Caribbean American Bakery, Charmers Cafe, Hop Haus, Leona’s, Luzzat Restaurant, Royal Coffee and The Fish Keg. The event will also be photographed by Bill's Digital Photos and broadcasted live worldwide on the Multi-Facet Network.


Who: Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce presents

What: Preparing for 2012 event

When: Saturday, September 24th, 2011 2-7pm

Where: Quest Network Services 7301 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626

Why: Rogers Park Chamber Mission Statement - To provide leadership and representation in order to benefit the members operating businesses in the Rogers Park Community.

Rogers Park Chamber Vision Statement - To guide businesses, service organizations and individuals to establish new businesses and promote existing businesses within the Rogers Park community. To create and stimulate an orderly economic growth, thereby enriching Rogers Park's diverse population.

For more information or questions, call the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce at (773) 824-7400.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Rogers Park 2012 event in The Parlor

The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce is initiating Rogers Park's preparation for 2012 at their next event, which is accurately titled "Preparing for 2012".
Everyone is invited to participate and utilize the resources available at our Preparing for 2012 event. This event benefits our members as well as other local businesses and organizations in Rogers Park with information and tips on winterization, 4th quarter tax strategies and projecting the future of Rogers Park business in the coming year.

- Bill Morton



In addition to Rogers Park 2012 presentations and info-packs, this is a networking event where guests will be introduced to our community and businesses can connect with other businesses and organizations in our neighborhood. Tastes will be provided by local restaurants and cafes including Caribbean American Bakery, Charmers Cafe, Luzzat Restaurant and The Fish Keg. The event will also be photographed by Bill's Digital Photos and broadcasted live on the Multi-Facet Network.

Who: Rogers Park Park Chamber of Commerce presents

What: Preparing for 2012 event

When: Saturday, September 24th, 2011 2-7pm

Where:
Quest Network Services 7301 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626

Why:
RPCC Mission Statement - To provide leadership and representation in order to benefit the members operating businesses in the Rogers Park Community. RPCC Vision Statement - To guide businesses, service organizations and individuals to establish new businesses and promote existing businesses within the Rogers Park community. To create and stimulate an orderly economic growth, thereby enriching Rogers Park's diverse population.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Unifying Rogers Park event in The Parlor




Businesses and Rogers Park residents are cordially invited to the Unifying Rogers Park event on Saturday July 30th, 2011. The purpose of this event is to introduce and refer our community to its local businesses and service organizations. We hope to unify our efforts, to guide businesses, service organizations and individuals to establish new businesses and promote existing businesses within the Rogers Park community.

Businesses and local organizations are invited to speak, meet, and greet at our upcoming event. We invite those, who wish to provide a brief (10 minute) presentation, the opportunity to do so. The purpose of our audience is to create and stimulate an orderly economic growth with local vendors, thereby enriching Rogers Park's diverse population.

This is a public event at Quest Network Services (7301 N. Sheridan Rd.) from 12 noon - 7pm. RSVP's to Quest at (773) 761-3555 are encouraged. There is no fee to attend this event. We are looking forward to meeting you. Patrons will be served treats from restaurants and cafes in our neighborhood.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce event a success at Quest Network Services

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce two-year anniversary celebration!


Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce anniversary event

The Board and Directors of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce
Without the support of the entire Board, this event would not have been as successful as it was.

Back in the Days BBQ
Mark Finley was our guest speaker, presenting the Multi-Facet Network and the business plan and investment plan to bring Back in the Days BBQ to Rogers Park.

Bill's Digital Photos

Official photographer of the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce two-year anniversary event.

Caribbean American Bakery

Thank you for your tasty donation!

Charmers Cafe

Thank you for your tasty donation!

Quest Network Services
Thank you for hosting our event at your business!

Premier Signs & Awnings
Thank you for providing our new Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce banner.
Dex for being our Official Grill Master.

Fred of LifeStorage for contributing to our networking event.

Mary Ellen and Chris of Alden Village North for contributing to our networking event.

Laini of Comcast Business Class Service for contributing to our networking event.

And everyone who attended, celebrated and made connections during our annual anniversary event.


















Thank you,

Bill Morton, President
Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce
773 824-7400

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Why is Gas so expensive in Chicago?

Courtesy of cnnmoney.com

By Ben Rooney, staff reporterApril 27, 2011: 8:23 AM ET



NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Chicago is not your kind of town when you pull into a local gas station.
Drivers in Chicago pay more for gas than they do in any other major metropolis in the continental United States. Analysts say that's due largely to a perfect storm of federal, state and local taxes.

The average price for a gallon of gas in Chicago was $4.32 a gallon on Tuesday, according to data from price tracker gasbuddy.com. That's more than what drivers pay in sprawling Los Angeles, where gas averaged $4.22 a gallon, and crowded New York City, where it's $4.20 a gallon.


Indeed, the only major U.S. city with higher prices is Honolulu, where gas must be imported from the mainland or from refiners on other Hawaiian islands. The average price in America's 57th largest city was $4.44 a gallon.

Gas prices have soared this year, driven higher across America as global oil prices spike on worries about political instability in the Middle East and lost supply from war-torn Libya.

Nationwide, gas prices average about $3.87 a gallon, up 26% from $3.07 at the beginning of the year, according to motorist group AAA.

But prices in Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, are being inflated by a litany of taxes that add an estimated 60 cents per gallon to the retail price, according to Dave Sykuta, director of the Illinois Petroleum Council, an industry group.

"Even when prices are lower, Chicago is always in the top three," he said. "And that's because of the taxes."

Just as in the other 49 states, drivers in Illinois are subject to a federal excise tax of 18.4 cents a gallon for gasoline.

In addition, most states have an excise tax on gasoline, which ranges from a low of 4 cents a gallon in Florida, to as much as 35 cents in California. In Illinois, the excise gas tax is 19 cents a gallon.

Illinois is one of a few states where sales tax also applies to purchases of gasoline. That means there's an additional 6.5% tacked on to the price per gallon.


On the local level, analysts say Chicago may be the only major city that imposes a flat tax, 5 cents a gallon, on the sale of vehicle fuel to a retailer doing business in the city. That's on top of a 6-cent-per-gallon tax levied by Cook County.

Lastly, as most states do, Illinois slaps a small tax on gas stored underground to help pay for the environmental impact.

"Add it all up at today's prices, and the privilege of living in Chicago costs you 50 to 60 cents a gallon," said Sykuta.

Illinois officials say taxes are not solely to blame for the recent run-up in the price of gas in Chicago.

Susan Hofer, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Revenue, said the state fuel tax hasn't changed in decades, while the gas tax charged by Cook County actually dropped last year.
"The high price of gas can be attributed to a lot of things, but not taxes that haven't changed in 20 years," she said. "It's a nice excuse, but it's just not true."

Hofer said gas prices in Illinois have been pushed higher recently due to broken pipelines in the state and in neighboring Michigan. In general, she added, gas prices are higher in Illinois because crude oil must be shipped overland to reach the state, as opposed to California and New York, where oil imports come by sea.

"The price of gas is extremely volatile and very little of the cost is taxes," she said.

Tom Kloza, chief analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, said there are also some seasonal factors at play.

He said refiners located in the Great Lakes region have been shut down recently as they prepare to make the cleaner blends of gas that the state requires during the summer months.

That has squeezed refining margins and put upward pressure on gas prices across the Midwest.
But in Chicago, said Kloza, "it's mostly the taxes."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

EMPIRE CARPET MAN DIES

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune

Lynn Hauldren, 89, the advertising copywriter who became the inspiration for the Empire Carpet Man in the 1970’s and helped launch their signature jingle into national recognition, died Tuesday, April 26, according to an Empire spokesperson.



Mr. Hauldren rose to became a decades-long advertising icon, as the person who wrote the catchy jingle that accompanies the company's famous phone number, and often delivered it with style: “Five-eight-eight, two-three-hundred ... Empire.”



“Lynn was truly passionate about the Empire brand,” said Steve Silvers, chief executive officer for Empire.



“He has made an indelible mark on advertising history with his creativity and warmth. Lynn will always have a special place in the hearts of many. Our thoughts are with his family during this time.”



The company’s owner during the time requested that Mr. Hauldren serve as the on-air talent for the spots after unsuccessfully auditioning several other people for the role. This decision launched him into pop culture stardom. Mr. Hauldren went on to serve as the inspiration for today’s Empire Today brand. He helped to launch the signature jingle into advertsing history as one of the nation’s most popular jingles.



In a 1997 interview with the Tribune, Mr. Hauldren commented on how the commercials transformed him into a celebrity.



"People are good-natured," he told the Tribune, "but once in a while they'll grab at you and say, 'Here's that carpet dude!' or 'Hey! Aren't you somebody?' I always hope folks understand I'm not a celebrity. I'm just a TV pitchman, a glorified salesman."



Mr. Hauldren was a decorated World War II veteran who continued to lend his voiceover talent to Empire’s commercials until his passing.



In addition, he was known as a key singer in the barbershop quartet arena, recording several albums with the quartet, Chordiac Arrest, and a vocal ensemble called Chicago Natural Gas.



“Lynn was just a joy all the time,” said Tom Felgen, who along with Hauldren sang the popular jingle. ”He was a neat and special guy who was really wrapped up in music and words. He had a very natural way of writing things. When we were singing together, it was total fun all the time.”



Tribune staff writer Kevin Pang contributed to this story.