Day: November 29, 2018

Westmont’s annual Holly Days kickoff, Frosty & Friends Parade, and tree-lighting Saturday, includes a well-lighted Township of Downers Grove truck. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/the voice.us. There will be more holiday festivities in many communities in the next 10 days.

Westmont Holly Days:

Westmont’s annual Holly Days kickoff, Frosty & Friends Parade, and tree-lighting Saturday, includes a well-lighted Township of Downers Grove truck. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. There will be more holiday festivities in many communities in the next 10 days.   Jason Crane/The Voice...

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Joe McMahon, Kane County State's Attorney, discusses "Human Trafficking Special Investigation" Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Aurora Navy League Council 247's monthly membership dinner meeting at Grandma's Table Restaurant in Montgomery. The Navy League will be host to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Luncheon Monday, Dec. 3 at the Gaslite Manor. Al Benson/The Voice

Joe McMahon, Kane County State’s Attorney, discusses “Human Trafficking Special Investigation”

Joe McMahon, Kane County State’s Attorney, discusses “Human Trafficking Special Investigation” Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Aurora Navy League Council 247’s monthly membership dinner meeting at Grandma’s Table Restaurant in Montgomery. The Navy League will be host to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Luncheon Monday, Dec. 10 at the Gaslite Manor...

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Preparations under way for the 2019 elections

Both Aurora and Naperville, among other communities, have been accepting filing of candidates for city government. Primary elections will be February 26, 2019 and the consolidation election will be April 2, 2019. Aurora has openings for one alderman-at-large, Ward 1, Ward 3, Ward 5, Ward 6, and Ward 8. See...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Giving Tuesday continues all year, including a special weekend

Whew! The requests for Giving Tuesday filled the E-mail in-box in more than a few corners, no doubt. There are many good causes and the need is great. We should appreciate those who depend on charitable giving to be sustained. The need exceeds one day. First it was Black Friday,...

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Representative seeks faster DNA testing

Concerned about the Illinois State Police’s sexual assault case backlog, State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, is calling for a review of the State Police’s procedures in order to both quicken the pace of DNA testing and deliver justice for every survivor of a violent crime. “Sexual assault survivors undergo mental...

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Cantigny Park assists Midwest Shelter

Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, awarded a check for $10,000 to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (MSHV) in Wheaton. The donation, presented on Veterans Day, represents net proceeds from the 15th annual Cantigny 5K Run/Walk November 3. The check amount included cash donations from participating...

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Reader’s Voice: A clarification on genetics article

November 22, 2018 Dear editor; Charles Coddington’s article in last week’s issue of The Voice about the genetics of sexual orientation was well written and insightful (click here for the article). There is but one clarification I would offer. Mr. Coddington, a man for whom I hold great respect, quotes...

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Donna Crane

Voter ID law works against Native American voters

Third of four parts Molly Hensley-Clancy of BuzzFeed News continues a report on difficulties of voting and remembrances of the Standings Rock Indian Reservations in Fort Yates, N.D.. “It’s an exercise in tribal sovereignty,” said Dan Nelson, program director of the Lakota People’s Law Project about voting rights. “They (authorities)...

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Children’s fundraiser in Yorkville Nov. 30

The second annual toy drive/fundraiser for Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Rosati’s Pizza Pub of Yorkville, 1985 Marketview Drive, Yorkville. Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy, to donate to a child...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Jesus of Nazareth focus continues in opinions, discoveries

“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem” —Luke 2:15 Jesus of Nazareth was a First-Century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central leader of Christianity. His birth is celebrated annually December 25. The name Jesus is derived from the Latin Jesus and that from the Greek form of...

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Wayne Johnson

Thanksgiving Day thoughts: Unusually thankful for unusual

Winter is upon us. Maybe not just yet officially, but it feels just like it. In Al Demeter Park south of the Aurora Public Library, the trees have shed their beautiful Fall colors. Although the bears are hibernating in their dens, it’s still a good idea to take small children...

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Ingredients 4 large Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered 6 tablespoons butter, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound lean ground beef 1 small onion, chopped 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 1/2 cups frozen peas Directions 1. Preheat oven...

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DuPage Toys for Tots in Naperville

Members of the Naperville Park District Police invite the community to contribute new, unwrapped toys for the 2018 DuPage County Toys for Tots program, presented by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Toys will be collected at various locations through Sunday, Dec. 16. Toys for Tots accepts only new, unwrapped toys....

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Renewal: Israel, Palestinian struggle, and the West

By Hesham Shehab –  Early in October, Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad described Jews as “hook-nosed,” at the United Nations, and blamed them for creating the troubles in the Middle East. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Mahathir said the world “rewards Israel” for breaking international laws...

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Ask Grandpa: A follow-up to ring-bearer at wedding

Grandpa, This is (names withheld by Grandpa for their privacy). In May we wrote to you about our daughter being the ring bearer in our wedding (See Ask Grandpa, The Voice, May 31, 2018). After we wrote you, (groom’s) sister let us know that she had hoped to be the...

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Will County candidates file Dec. 10

Individuals running as candidates in the Will County Consolidated Election April 2, 2019 can file their petitions starting Monday, Dec. 10 at 8:30 a.m. through Monday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m.. Petitions for cities, villages, park districts, library districts, community college districts, and fire protection districts will be filed at...

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Jason Pikscher, Broadway technical director for the Paramount Theatre in Aurora shares some behind-the-scenes information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora, at Two Brothers Roundhouse. It is generally accepted, one of the many reasons the Paramount Theatre Broadway Series has been successful is the teamwork behind the scenes to bring amazing sets. He said approximately 95% of the sets are built by their crew. To put the size of the sets into perspective, a normal set for the Paramount would fill two to three semi-trailers. His favorite set was for the play Les Miserables because of the unique engineering challenge. His least favorite, and most problematic set was for Grease. The most complex set was for Mary Poppins because of the illusions. Jason Crane/The Voice

Behind-the-scenes perspective of the Paramount Theatre in Aurora

Jason Pikscher, Broadway technical director for the Paramount Theatre in Aurora shares some behind-the-scenes information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora, at Two Brothers Roundhouse. It is generally accepted, one of the many reasons the Paramount Theatre Broadway Series has been successful is the teamwork behind the scenes to...

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