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McHenry chamber hosts Bill Daley on Wednesday

McHenry Area Chamber is pleased to announce that William M. Daley will appear Wednesday at a multi-chamber luncheon. Discussed will be how state decisions and stalemates affect the business climate in the state of Illinois.

The luncheon will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 31 North Banquets, 217 N. Front St., McHenry. Registration starts at 11:15 a.m.

Daley is well known for working as President Obama’s chief of staff.  Prior to this he was chairman of JP Morgan Chase Midwest for eight years and president of SBC Communications for three years.

In public service, Daley coordinated the 2000 effort for permanent normal trade relations with China and chaired Al Gore’s presidential campaign.  From 1997-2000, Daley served as U.S. secretary of commerce under President Clinton, overseeing a department of more than 40,000 people. As special counsel to President Clinton in 1993, Daley coordinated the successful campaign to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement. Daley serves on the corporate boards of Abbott Labs, Boeing Co, and Merck and Co. 

Call the chamber or register online at Deadline is today at 5 p.m. Cost is $25.

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Tomorrow is the last day to register for the April 26 Scramble. Those not registered by tomorrow will be placed on a waiting list. The new Scramble location is at McHenry Country Club. Business showcase and registration is from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and the Scramble is 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Centegra Health System, the Scramble is a structured progressive networking luncheon whereby representatives from growth-oriented businesses have the opportunity to physically introduce their organizations to 27 to 30 non-competing businesses.

Cost is $25 for members; $40 for nonmembers. Special offer: Invite a business not currently a McHenry chamber member and both attend for $20 each. For more information, visit

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The McHenry chamber’s 61st annual Golf Outing “Home of TaylorMade” will be May 15 at McHenry Country Club.

Limited to 128 golfers, the shotgun start, scramble format is at 10:30 a.m. A grilled lunch at the halfway house will be served thanks to the generosity of Jim and Kathy Marinangel of McHenry Savings Bank. A ribs dinner will be available as golfers arrive starting at 4 p.m. Thanks to Rich Cucco from Imagetec L.P. for being our dinner sponsor. All golfers receive a special keepsake gift.

To make golf reservations, be a tee, green or hole-in-one sponsor call the chamber at 815-385-4300 or visit

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Upcoming mixers include the Corner Tap on April 30, Raue Center on the May 7, and Paxem on May 8.

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Plan to attend a Bring Your Lunch N’ Learn discussing “Using Organization to Achieve Your Business & Personal Financial Goals.” This seminar will be presented by Barb Mikula, president of Prosperity Training, from noon to 1 p.m. May 1 in the chamber office, 1257 N. Green St., McHenry. Mikula will be sharing her system for gathering, organizing, understanding and analyzing personal and business paperwork to achieve maximum financial success and efficiency. If you want to spend less time stressing and more time doing what you love, then this is a presentation you don’t want to miss!

Call the chamber at 815-385-4300 or register online at

• Kay Bates is executive director of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce.

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