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Bomb threats sent to Aurora City Hall, Rush-Copley Hospital, and to other cities nationwide

A bomb threat was sent to Aurora City Hall and other buildings in Aurora during a visit by congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood, 14th Congressional District of Illinois, Thursday, Dec. 13. Aurora Police Department personnel are investigating and think it was a part of a nationwide series of bomb threat which appeared to...

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We secured numerous felonies through the Kane County State's Attorney's Officeon a 45 year old Aurora man after executing a search warrant on Nov. 29. Samuel U. Jones of the 100 block of N. Farnsworth Ave. stands charged with two counts each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He is also charged with single counts of armed violence and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Three of the felonies are classified as Class-X and call for enhanced prison time upon conviction. The search warrant, which was executed at about 6:45 p.m. by members of our Special Operations, Community Policing and K-9 Units, resulted in the seizure of a handgun, almost eight grams of heroin, 29 ecstasy pills, over $1000 in cash and two vehicles. The contraband was all found either in the seized vehicles parked at his residence or in Jones’s possession. Jones is currently being held in lieu of $200,000 bail at the Kane County Jail. The charges are not proof of guilt. Jones is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the burden of the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Aurora Police Special Operations, Community Policing, and K-9 Units work together to seize a handgun, heroin, ecstasy pills, $1000 cash, and two vehicles

Aurora Police secured numerous felonies through the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office on a 45-year-old Aurora man after executing a search warrant November 29. Samuel U. Jones of the 100 block of N. Farnsworth Avenue stands charged with two counts each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver...

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Inaugural Winter on the Fox: Aurora’s RiverEdge Park is illuminated when the City of Aurora turns on the power of its first-year Winter on the Fox interactive light display to include special features such as larger than life-size ornaments, stars, gift boxes, and reindeer. Mayor Richard Irvin was joined by special guests to officially open Winter on the Fox during the community-lighting ceremony Friday. The ceremony included performances from high school choirs, a singing Santa Claus, and Will the Fire Flow Artist, a Metea Valley High School graduate. He helped warm up the night with an energetic fire routine including fire fans and blazing staffs. The light displays will be turned on each evening from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Friday, January 4, 2019. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Inaugural Winter on the Fox in Aurora:

Aurora’s RiverEdge Park is illuminated when the City of Aurora turns on the power of its first-year Winter on the Fox interactive light display to include special features such as larger than life-size ornaments, stars, gift boxes, and reindeer. Mayor Richard Irvin was joined by special guests to officially open...

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Downtown Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl Friday, Dec. 7 was a hot treat for those participating in the First Fridays event led by Aurora Downtown. At the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Meredith Kober, left, from Aurora, and Heidi Semenek, from Oswego, receive candy canes in addition to their cocoa. Hot cocoa sampling was unlimited with $5 purchase of the blue custom Cocoa Crawl mug created by Auroran Stephanie Wheatley. All 800 mugs created were sold. Participating locations included: All Spoked Up, Aurora Art Studios, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Branch Gardens, Endiro Coffee, PME Cake, Calla Lily Tea Room, David L. Pierce Art & History Center, Santori Public Library of Aurora, SciTech Hands On Museum, Tavern on Broadway, Tredwell Coffee, Two Brothers Roundhouse, Waubonsee Community College, Wyckwood House, and Zen Loft Wellness Center. Free Trolley service was offered to the First Fridays locations in the downtown. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl:

Downtown Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl Friday, Dec. 7 was a hot treat for those participating in the First Fridays event led by Aurora Downtown. At the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Meredith Kober, left, from Aurora, and Heidi Semenek, from Oswego, receive candy canes in addition to their cocoa. Hot cocoa...

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East Aurora receives honors

East Aurora School District 131 is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the ninth Annual AP® (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll. To be included on the ninth annual honor roll, District 131 had to, since 2016, increase...

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West Aurora receives artifact

West Aurora High School this year celebrates 150 years! Alongside the historic feat, School District 129 received what may be one of the school’s oldest artifacts ever donated. A diploma dating back to 1885 was given to the School District by Steve Lee in honor of his brother-in-law, Lambert Kern,...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

The Voice of Democracy rings well in VFW speech competition

Vietnam veteran and Naperville resident George Cramer receives encouragement from the youth today, especially those participants in the annual Voice of Democracy speech contest. Cramer is the 19th District quartermaster for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) which serves part of northern Illinois. He has been a judge at the...

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Reader’s Voice: No masks allowed for demonstrators

December 5, 2018 Dear editor; I respect the First Amendment, which entitles all Americans to demonstrate or speak against our government, be it local or national. But does our beloved First Amendment entitle us to wear a mask or otherwise hide our identity while demonstrating? Why would a demonstrator wear...

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Donna Crane

Solar industry’s future lies in lightweight technology

First of two parts Solar industry’s future lies in lightweight technology. Scientists are developing flexible, thin-films that will be more resilient and have wider uses than current solar technology. John Fialka, submitted the following report online November 30 for Scientific American (E&E News). “Now that solar energy is competitive with...

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West Aurora Cemetery Annual Meeting

The West Aurora Cemetery Board of Trustees will hold its annual meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29. Anyone with family members buried at the cemetery, 607 Wilder Street in Aurora, is welcome to attend. Community members who are interested in this historic cemetery are welcome. The cemetery, the oldest...

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Police and Fire heroes in Aurora Historical calendar

The theme for the 2019 Aurora Historical Society calendar is Police and Fire, and you’ve never seen such heroes. Our archives are a treasure trove of Aurora history, and these photos, span the years 1872 to 1970. They are priceless. Cost is $14.95 plus tax, with a 10% discount to...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Best loved Christmas songs include stories not often told

In the silence of the Holy Night, we hear the church bells ringing and recall some of the best loved songs of Christmas. Last year I wrote of “Silent Night” and its creator, so will not include it in this year’s top 10. However, consider it an extra at number...

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Wayne Johnson

Something to know: From Vermont to whistling jellyfish

For this week, I thought I might post some interesting (to me anyway), true facts I’ve gleaned from sources around the world and up your block. Feel free to use any of these facts to make you look smarter and better informed than the average troglodyte. Or, discard them, when...

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December in Aurora provides unique holiday attractions

By Deena Sherman –  December is one of the best times of the year to live in Aurora. We mix the best of universal holiday traditions with some unique Aurora area attractions. From Phillips Park to Blackberry Farm, there are fun things to do across the City. One of my...

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Pork Chops in Sherry- Mushroom Gravy

Ingredients 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 (1-inch thick) boneless pork chops 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons butter 1 (8 ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms 1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup 1/2 cup dry cooking sherry (or apple cider vinegar) Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 2....

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Aurora City Council Honored members of the Tomcat Youth Football League, left. Last month, they clinched the 2018 State championship for the Bantam Level in a 38-12 victory against number 3 ranked Grayslake Colts. They are: Victor Aguilar, Giovanni Briseno, Nehemiah Brown, Adan Colin, Benjamin Corral, Emilio Correa, Peyton Cowles, Salvador Esquivel, Mason Estrada, Emmanuel Gomez-Corona, Angel Gonzalez, Abraham Hernandez, Jaxson Mendoza, Adan Mondgragon, Julio Montemayor, Javier Munoz, Nathan Romero and Jesus Oscar Sanchez. Head coach is Steven Lange and assistance coaches are Jeremy Graham, Tony Estrada, Sergio Briseno, Alberto Gonzalez, and David Clow.

Aurora Council passes $434 Million budget

By Jason Crane –  Aldermen for the city of Aurora government voted unanimously to pass the $434 Million budget while aldermen voted 8-3 against giving a tax rebate to Aurora residential property owners at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, was hoping to use $2...

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Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could save taxpayers an extimated $160,000 per year. • A request was made for a special use permit for a Ricky Rockets fuel center at the Southwest corner of Orchard Road and Jericho Road. The proposed facility would be a gas station, car wash, convenience store, multi-tenant building and future out-lots, and hospitality use. The plan could be approved next month. • A property tax rebate in the amount of $45 will be mailed to each residential property owner who submits an application by December 17. The application can be found on the Village of Montgomery website. Jason Crane/The Voice

Installation of solar panels for the Fox Metro Reclamation District could save taxpayers $160,000

Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could...

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Strike ends for Geneva teachers

The teachers strike in Geneva School District 304 to speed up negotiations came to a conclusion last weekend with a tentative agreement. Two-thirds of the teachers voted Monday to accept the agreement and return to schools. The agreement was for five years. Prolonged negotiations and the strike which started Tuesday,...

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Casildo Casey Cuevas, left, demonstrates the treatment immigrants are receiving at the U.S. - Mexico border during a Candlelight vigil for immigrant families, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Representatives from the groups Uni2 and Stand and March from Aurora unite with ICIRR, PIF-IL, and other organizations to protest the injustices and separation of immigrant families. They are calling for an end to the historical repetition of atrocities and injustices perpetrated on immigrants. Jason Crane/The Voice

Candlelight vigil for immigrant families:

Casildo Casey Cuevas, left, demonstrates the treatment immigrants are receiving at the U.S. – Mexico border during a Candlelight vigil for immigrant families, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Representatives from the groups Uni2 and Stand and March from Aurora unite with ICIRR, PIF-IL, and other...

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