Get Covered Illinois

Give Yourself the Gift of Coverage

Buying gifts during the holidays can make this an expensive time of year for many, making it even more important to know where you can find the top deals. One of the best bargains that you can give yourself this holiday season is health coverage. Get Covered Illinois (GCI) can help Illinois residents access health coverage with low-cost – or even no-cost – options depending upon their income.Time is precious during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and GCI is encouraging customers to consider working with a trained professional, either in-person or over the phone, to compare plans. Certified Navigators, agents and brokers can help customers make sure they understand their options and enroll in coverage.

There are more options in the Marketplace this year than ever before. With more than 400 quality health plans available, Illinois residents can be confident that they have the opportunity to choose the best plan for their budget from the top insurance companies in the state. All plans include the 10 Essential Health Benefits that cover doctor visits, emergency care, preventive services such as mammograms and lab tests, and more.

One-third of this year’s Open Enrollment Period is already behind us. While you do have until Feb. 15 to enroll, there’s no better gift – to yourself and your family – than closing out 2014 with the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have health coverage.

There are many enrollment events and convenient locations where you can get in-person assistance and explore your coverage options.

Employment Forms Seminar




Two locations:  December 18 – Bolingbrook

January 29 – Effingham


A  half day seminar focused entirely on what employment forms employers must

modify, change or implement for 2015. Using the correct and most up-to-date personnel form

is critical. This seminar will not only identify what forms need to be modified due to changes in

applicable law, but will also provide attendees guidance on how to complete the forms correctly.


The Labor and Employment law Attorneys of SmithAmundsen LLC will discuss changes in the

law and the corresponding forms to keep up with these changes including: Interview checklists,

record keeping requirements, employee data records, job descriptions and their content,

performance evaluations, reference and background check forms, discipline and termination,

leave of absence and accommodation mandates, and other forms necessary for doing business in

today’s world.


Each attendee will receive a copy of Illinois Employment Forms as their manual to keep. This up

to date book includes 390 pages of information for Illinois employers to use in managing their

human resources.


Thursday, January 29, 2015 – Hampton Inn, 1305 N. Keller Dr., Effingham, IL 62401

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Early Bird – (For everyone)- Sign up before January 19 – $249.00

Member Price – (For members of Illinois Chamber and Local Chamber Partners) – $299.00

Retail Price – $349.00

*Price includes lunch, all printed information and a copy of Employment Forms A-Z for Illinois Employers


Ask me about more information on the Bolingbrook location


This seminar has been pre-approved to offer 4 HRCI credits.

This seminar has been submitted for approval to offer 4 CLE credits.


To register or for more information call Pam Holleman, HR Specialist/ Event & Publication Sales at

855-239-6150 or

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at YMCA

Monthly Luncheon Reminder

YMCA Daycare

Community Blood Drive

Bowling Competition


North American Lighting’s bowling team proved to be tough to beat, they have the Traveling Trophy and have earned the right to do a little bragging UNTIL next year.

Twenty two businesses and organizations joined in the 1st Annual Community Bragging Rights competition. Four teams went into the finals with chances to win, NAL, City Hall, Birch Graphics and The Salem Chamber. The matches were exciting, but Frank Franczyk’s NAL team was just too much.

Wait until next year……….

Thanks to all who joined in the fun and all the sponsors. It was a fun evening and we know more teams will be interested next year.

Pictures are winning team North American Lighting receiving their trophy along with the Salem Chamber of Commerce team

Annual Chamber Board Meeting


The Greater Salem Chamber Board of Directors met December 11th for the Annual Meeting. Outgoing President Tim Hudspeth introduced the President for 2015, Brian Gansauer of Peoples National Bank. Nominations were presented by President Gansauer and approved unanimously by the membership: Jim Baylis of Radiac Abrasives as President-Elect and Marty Adams, Principal of Hawthorn School and Geff Purcell of Americana Powder Coating will be taking their places as Chamber Directors.

Outgoing Directors Mark Cartwright of the Hawthorn School and Bruce Jones of Office Products were recognized and for their six years of loyal and dedicated service to the Salem Chamber.

Merry Christmas

Chamber Monthly Meeting at the Elk’s