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 FACC-Chicago                                                                                            June 2014
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Professionals Networking Event, July 16th, 2014

Bastille Day 2014

Third Golf Outing September 29



Chicago By The Numbers May 2014

World Business Chicago Ranked a Top Economic Development Group


Governor Quinn Announces eBay Inc. to Expand in Illinois

Online job postings offer insight into the Illinois and Chicago labor markets


Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

Immigration Reform Key to Innovation Economy Growth in Illinois




Chicago Growing, First Quarter 2014   


Meade Electric Co. Relocating Headquarters to Chicago   


 Innovation Hubs Drive Jobs, Entrepreneurship and Return of Investment across Illinois   



Thank you, Donald TRUMP

Valeo Automated Parking System

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Wine and Gastronomy Tour of France

Bastille Day Specials

BASTILLE DAY Waiter race
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Dear Members & Friends,   


As we were eagerly inaugurating our summer rooftop location at The Ivy Boutique Hotel for our Monthly Professionals Networking Event, we were unexpectedly surprised by a (seasonal?) thunderstorm and forced to move inside the Hotel's Ballroom!! Thank you to all of our (+100) guests who stayed and enjoyed the evening well beyond 7.30pm!! Surely we will be all rewarded on July 16 and enjoy the entire evening outside in the Chicago sun!


As we are entering the summer, it is also time to celebrate Bastille Day on Daley Plaza on July 14 from 5pm to 9pm, sing La Marseillaise and bid farewell to our Consul General de France, Mr. Graham Paul and why not, join the FACC Team at the Bastille Day Run as soon as July 10....    

You may also have noticed that our Golf Tournament will now take place on September 29 to give our FACC Members and friends the exclusive opportunity to play a course awarded the honor of hosting the prestigious Illinois PGA! Registration is already available here.

In the meantime and to those who leave our beautiful city for a well-deserved vacation,


Bonnes Vacances!


And of course.... Allez les Bleus!

Bien amicalement,

Emmanuèle van Houdenhoven 
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July 16th,2014


The Ivy Sky Terrace

Ivy Boutique Hotel - 16th Floor

233 East Ontario Street

Chicago, IL    


$10 for Members  

of FACC-Chicago, DAC, GACC Midwest, BABC,IACC  


$20 for Non-Members

*admission includes appetizers*





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Chicago By The Numbers May 2014

June 12


World Business Chicago tracks indicators from month to month to gauge the strength of several aspects of Chicago's economy, including employment in major sectors, residential and office real estate data, price and purchasing indexes, freight demand, and auto and truck sales. Note: employment data refers to payroll job estimates for the city of Chicago and is not adjusted for seasonality.

Key trends evident this month include:

The Chicago (city) economy has expanded by an estimated 7,476 jobs since April 2013, mostly attributed to education and health services (+5,768), professional and business services (+3,984) and transportation and utilities (+1,444) sectors.

Residential building permits 

in the city increased to 1,908 units year-to-date in April, a 172% improvement compared to the same time period last year


World Business Chicago Ranked a Top Economic Development Group

by WBC

May 7

World Business Chicago was named among the nation's "Top Economic Development Groups" in Site Selection's "Best to Invest" issue. The honor comes on the heels of Site Selection ranking Chicago the "Top Metro" in the U.S. for corporate investment. Considered the "industry scoreboard" for corporate investment and relocation, the publication recognized that Chicago was home to more new or expanded corporate facilities than any other metropolitan area in the nation in 2013, with 373 new and expanding companies, generating approximately 10,000 new jobs and $2.8 billion in investment.


Governor Quinn Announces eBay Inc. to Expand in Illinois
Online Marketplace Giant to Add 360 Jobs in Chicago

By Illinois Gov

June 16,

 CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced that global online marketplace leader eBay Inc. is expanding in Illinois and will create 360 new jobs in downtown Chicago. Today's announcement is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward.

"I am thrilled that eBay Inc. is choosing to expand their world-class business in the heart of the Midwest," Governor Quinn said. "Illinois is home to an impressive technology community that will serve eBay's foundation while creating jobs for our hardworking residents. By coming to Illinois, eBay will benefit from our state's leadership in emerging technologies and access to a workforce with skills that are second to none."
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Online job postings offer insight into the Illinois and Chicago labor markets

by Illinois Innovation Index

May 28

Last year, approximately one in every six external hires in the United States was attributed to an online job board.

1 According to the Brookings Institution, the density of job postings on the Internet in 2012 reached 70 percent or more of all vacancies in the economy-and a staggering 95 percent for jobs outside of retail, food service, building maintenance, and construction.

As discussed in the July 2012 Index, while online job listings don't include all jobs and job seekers, they can reflect dynamism in the job market.A trends analysis by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP) of data from Burning Glass reveals that in Illinois, demand for workers is spread across a broad spectrum of occupations. In 2013, no occupational group claimed more than 14 percent of total postings in the state.



Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

By Huffington Post


June 13 


WASHINGTON -- With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois  


Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Griffin has written the largest check to a political campaign in recent history.


Griffin, well known for saying the very wealthy have an "insufficient influence" in politics, is the richest man in Illinois and a top donor in state politics with large donations to both parties. He has made six-figure contributions to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign and funds the state Republican Party.


His contributions to Rauner, first reported by the Chicago Tribune, are stratospheric. Overall, Griffin has given $3.6 million to the Republican's campaign to defeat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The contributions include the use of Griffin's personal jet to travel the state.

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Immigration Reform Key to Innovation Economy Growth in Illinois


May 2014


Graduation ceremonies are times of celebration for those of us who are presidents of colleges and universities here in Illinois. As university leaders charged with educating the next generation of our state's innovators, we applaud the accomplishments of all of our graduates, and particularly those awarded degrees in high-demand STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).  However, graduation ceremonies also put our flawed immigration system center stage-a system that inhibits economic growth and must be a priority for meaningful reform this legislative session.


As university presidents, we are acutely aware of the connection between immigration and innovation in Illinois-and are deeply troubled by the fact that a significant portion of our students are unable to stay in the U.S. after they graduate.  Immigrant students in Illinois earning STEM degrees at our universities now represent nearly one out of every four (24%) Illinois graduates in those fields (up from 18% between 2011 and 2012).

Chicago Growing, First Quarter 2014

May 7


Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently joined Motorola Mobility leadership at the public unveiling of the company's global headquarters in downtown Chicago. Motorola Mobility announced its relocation from Libertyville, Illinois to Chicago's historic Merchandise Mart in July 2012. Motorola Mobility is one of 27 headquarters that has relocated to Chicago during Mayor Emanuel's tenure.

"The city is thrilled to welcome Motorola Mobility back to downtown Chicago," said Mayor Emanuel, referring to the company's origins in Chicago before moving to the suburbs in the 1970's. "As a global leader of the rapidly growing technology industry, Motorola Mobility will now have access our exceptional workforce, transportation system and business climate. Motorola Mobility will act as a major economic engine, bringing 2,000 jobs to the city."  

Meade Electric Co. Relocating Headquarters to Chicago

June 12


Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced that Meade Electric Co. will consolidate its operations and bring approximately 2,000 people into Chicago. The announcement coincides with a $13.7 million rehabilitation of a formerly vacant 178,000-square-foot industrial building and outdoor storage area at 6850 West 62nd Street, in the Harlem Industrial Corridor.

"Meade is thrilled to announce that it is returning to the city of Chicago, the place where our business began in its infancy, back in 1908," said CEO Frank Lizzadro. "Our new national headquarters allows us to meet our business needs, affords us the ability to better service both public and private sector business in and around the city and our union skilled workforce and equipment to compete more effectively anywhere in the country. We are excited to join the vast number of businesses that have chosen Chicago's thriving business community as the home for their corporate headquarters|  

Innovation Hubs Drive Jobs, Entrepreneurship and Return of Investment across Illinois


By Adam Pollet, Director, Illinois Department of Economic Development and Opportunity (DCEO)

More than 20 innovation hubs launched by state or university dollars serve as connection points for the innovation ecosystems for regions and technologies across Illinois from Rockford to Carbondale.  They serve as magnets for talent, ideas, and investment.  These physical spaces connect the state's world-class research, talent, and industry to create new technology-based products, companies, and jobs.


The hubs highlighted in the recent ISTC Innovation Hub fact sheet (also below) demonstrate the direct role that these centers, and State support, have on growing Illinois' economy and transforming key regional industries including biopharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and clean tech, including clean coal.  Over the past 15 years, more than $214 million in State investment has seeded $5.3 billion in private sector investment and federal support.  A 25:1 leverage rate for Illinois tax payer dollars is an impressive return on investment and demonstrates the importance of State dollars as a catalyst for further investment in our economy through science and technology


Thank you, Donald TRUMP

By Crains

June 16

The story of TRUMP Tower has deeper foundations than the recent outrage of the sign Mr. TRUMP has installed. While the process of getting the building's design approved was fraught (remember Mayor Richard M. Daley insisting that TRUMP's architects add a spire?), once the TRUMP Tower was up, Chicagoans liked it. It respected its neighbors and connected organically to the river, a great addition to the skyline between Willis (Sears) Tower and the John Hancock Center.

had done the seemingly impossible: He got Chicagoans to embrace something built by a Republican reality TV star from New York. A feat comparable to making tea partiers sign up for Obamacare, or birthers accept Barack Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate.
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May 12: Valeo attracted a great deal of attention from the media and the public with a live demonstration of its Valet Park4U and Park4U Remote automated park assist systems during French Innovation Week in Chicago.


Invited by the French General Consul to participate in this special week, organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago, Valeo presented Valet Park4U (perpendicular parking demo) and Park4U Remote (parallel parking demo) in front of Chicago's Merchandise Mart building.  


The live demonstrations attracted quite a bit of attention, especially from French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius and his delegation, which included French Ambassador François Delattre and Consul General of France in Chicago M. Graham Paul, who were visiting Chicago for French Innovation Week. Valeo North America President Françoise Colpron and Senior Vice-President R&D and Product Marketing Jean-François Tarabbia were on hand to greet the delegation and provide an overview of Valeo's innovation drive in the USA, France and across the globe.


Valeo North America President Françoise Colpron, French Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister Laurent Fabius and Senior Vice-President R&D and Product Marketing Jean-François Tarabbia

The Valet Park4U demonstration in front of Chicago's Merchandise Mart building.

The demonstrations received wide coverage in both local and national broadcast, print and online media, including ABC, CBS, FOX Business News and The Chicago Tribune. (Click here to see the FOX News report.) They also caught the attention of people on the streets of downtown Chicago.


"Holding parking assistance technology demonstrations in a congested urban setting like Chicago allows people to see how applicable and relevant the solutions are," said CDA Global Project Technical Manager Sam Azuz, who animated the demos. "We received quite a bit of positive feedback from people on the streets of Chicago regarding how they could really use the parallel parking feature."


Following the demos, Françoise Colpron and Jean-François Tarabbia, along with U.S. Human Resources Director Dennis Clark, visited the Illinois Institute of Technology, one of Chicago's top technology learning centers, which has a strong vehicle R&D program. During their visit, they discussed potential recruiting and technology partnerships and presented Valeo to more than 60 high-potential students.


The day concluded with Colpron and Tarabbia giving the keynote presentation to more than 200 designers, developers and engineers of the innovation and start-up company incubator called 1871. The presentation was titled "Disruptive innovation in the automotive industry from a French view" and highlighted Valeo's next generation of innovations that have the potential to change how drivers interact and engage with future vehicles. Valeo Lighting Systems North America supported the presentation with its Cadillac Escalade LED headlamp and rearlamp display.



During the visit to the Illinois Institute of Technology.

"This event was a unique and exciting opportunity to bring Valeo's intuitive driving and intelligent lighting systems to Chicago and to do so under the spotlight of French innovation," said Colpron. "We were able to show how Valeo is an innovator and employer of choice to the third largest city in America."




Bistronomic Head Chef Jérôme Bacle
Reveals New Dinner Dishes 


Executive Chef/Owner Martial Noguier of Bistronomic, the modern Gold Coast bistro, recently tapped Jérôme Bacle as Head Chef who added new seasonal dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients to the restaurant's Dinner Menu.



After a meticulous experimentation and observation period that consisted of Chef Jérôme keeping close tabs on what guests most enjoyed among his specials, he added the dishes that reigned superior to Bistronomic's Dinner Menu.

Wine and Gastronomy Tour of France


May 17 - May 23, 2015

(during the College spring/summer break)


Only 4 seats remain!  Register soon!


Comments from former participants:


"I loved every minute."


"The high quality of instruction coupled with the variety of experience enabled me to much better appreciate the context of food and wine in French culture."


"Great education in wine paired with marvelous food."


"Every day was filled with new learning experiences."


"This class was extraordinary in its depth.  I learned about French history, geography, agriculture, government, language, and politics - all in one week!"


Enjoy the sights and flavors of France, including

day trips to Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Roannaise regions. 


Stay in a charming 19th Century French country house and learn about the major French wine-producing regions through classes, tastings, lunches with winemakers, and vineyard & cellar tours. Visit markets, gourmet restaurants, and patisseries specializing in regional delicacies.


  This field experience takes place Sunday, May 17 - Saturday, May 23, 2015.  A fee of approximately $2,595.00 (depending on currency fluctuations) includes land transportation, lodging, tastings and meals.  Airfare and tips are not included. 

Group will meet in Lyon for ground transportation to the Villa Beaulieu. 

Tuition for three credit hours is extra.


 For more information,

call Chris Thielman at

630 942-2720

or e-mail at thielman@cod.edu


Because travelers must purchase tickets or redeem their frequent flyer miles for their own airfare, it is possible to extend your stay in France either before or after the trip! 




Celebrate Bastille Day at Bistronomic


In honor of Bastille Day, Executive Chef/Owner Martial Noguier's chic Gold Coast bistro, Bistronomic, will offer 
Classic Steak Frites for $17.89 as an ode to the year 1789, which is the when the Bastille was stormed and the French Revolution began.  A bottle of French wine will also be available at the special price of $17.89.
 The Bastille Day offerings will be available on:

 Saturday, July 12, Sunday, July 13, 
 Monday, July 14, 2014,
 which is official day of the French national holiday. 



Bastille Day Specials include:


Classic Steak Frites, $17.89 (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

New York Strip Steak, frites tossed with truffle oil, and a red wine reduction


Bottle of French Wine, $17.89 (exclusive of tax and gratuity)


(A photo of the Steak Frites is available upon request.)


About Bistronomic

Bistronomic, a chef-owned and award-winning restaurant, offers housemade, modern cuisine rooted in the French culture and bistro experience. Showcasing seasonal and sustainable ingredients from Midwestern farms, the Gold Coast neighborhood restaurant's contemporary bistro fare features big flavors, a variety of portion sizes and options, and is prepared entirely in-house. The name, Bistronomic, is a combination of three words: bistro / gastronomy / economic, and the restaurant is Executive Chef/Owner Martial Noguier's long-time dream come to fruition - to create a contemporary bistro that is both approachable and affordable.

Brindille Bastille Day Special

Brindille is partnering with Charles Heidsieck for a luxurious tasting menu paired with the finest champagne.
Save the date of
Tuesday July 15th


Price is $250 pp inclusive (which means all in...food, champagne, tax and gratuity)


We will be featuring a menu paired with Brut Reserve, Rose Reserve, Brut Millesime 2000, Rose Millesime 1999 and Blanc de Millenaires 1995.
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