Choose DuPage with CBIZ and Rathje & Woodward, LLC hosted the annual DuPage County Business Forum at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois on November 19. This event brings together business owners and decision makers in DuPage County to discuss important business issues and trends. Greg Bedalov, President & CEO of Choose DuPage, opened the breakfast and networking event with a welcome message and warm introduction of DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. Cronin first won election to office in November 2010 after serving in the Illinois General Assembly for 20 years. As County Board Chairman, he’s led the effort to reduce the size, scope and cost of local government. Since 2011, Chairman Cronin has cut the DuPage County budget by more than $30.5 million without raising property taxes or compromising service. Dale Mancuso, Senior Vice President, Corporate & Institutional Banking, PNC Bank, was also a guest speaker at the forum. Mancuso has invested more than 23 years in senior leadership positions in banking and consulting. He has worked extensively with small business and middle market clients in providing unique and consultative financial solutions. Today, he is Senior Vice President and market manager for Commercial Banking at PNC in Chicago. Mancuso’s presentation covered the national and local environment in the banking industry. Click here to download his presentation. Although Congressman Peter Roskam couldn’t make it, he participated by sending a video message. Roskam has represented Chicago’s western suburbs in both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate, where he served alongside then State-Senator Barack Obama, where they partnered to enact significant reforms to the state’s criminal justice system. /wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Roskam-Message-to-Choose-DuPage-Business-Forum-copy.mp4 Our keynote speakers were John Cook, Regional Practice Leader, CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services, and Mark J. McAndrew, Attorney, Rathje & Woodward, LLC. Cook oversees the divisions in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Tennessee. He is a proven leader in employee benefits services, with 25+ years experience over a wide range of positions within the industry. His presentation covered healthcare updates and trends in 2014 and future years. Specifically, he discussed key provisions in 2014, employer shared responsibility, explained current marketplace highlights and much more. Click here to download the presentation. McAndrew concentrates his practice in commercial transactions, employment law, and commercial and products liability litigation. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and in-house programs for clients, and he has authored numerous articles for legal publications. The presentation covered employees’ privacy rights in today’s workplace, and vaping and e-cigarettes. During the forum, guests discussed state and local regulations and employment policies. Legalities relevant to workplace surveillance, background checks, health and financial situations were defined. Click here to download the presentation.