Day: December 27, 2018

Former mayor of Aurora, Tom Weisner, was placed in hospice care Wednesday, Dec. 26, according to reports. He has been in a battle with cancer most of his three terms as mayor. He was resting after the placement in hospice care. Treatment has been ongoing. Wesiner was mayor of Aurora for 11 years, from 2005 to 2016. He left office prior to the end of his term to continue treatment and preserve his strength. Family members are with him in the trying set of circumstances. They encourage positive thoughts and prayers.

Former mayor of Aurora, Tom Weisner, in hospice care

Former mayor of Aurora, Tom Weisner, was placed in hospice care Wednesday, Dec. 26, according to reports. He has been in a battle with cancer most of his three terms as mayor. He was resting after the placement in hospice care. Treatment has been ongoing. Wesiner was mayor of Aurora…...

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The star and lighted tree on top of the Leland Tower in Aurora shine brightly this holiday season. Maintenance and improvements are the responsibility of the Aurora Downtown organization. New Christmas lights installation, below, recently was peformed by Apex Tower, which normally works on cell phone towers. Many lights had burned out so Apex did more than bring the electrical system up to date. Gina Salamone is the chairperson for the Aurora Downtown Streetscape Committee (see page 13). She said that with the newer and brighter LED lights they can be seen from a long distance. The lights were purchased from the Windy City Lights of West Chicago, the supplier of all decorations for Downtown Aurora. Each strand is nine feet long. The star is 100 feet above the roof. Lights originally were placed on Leland Tower, a 22-story building, in the 1940s. Current lights went up in 2011. Photo taken from The Voice office on Lake Street in Aurora.

New lights for Leland Tower:

The star and lighted tree on top of the Leland Tower in Aurora shine brightly this holiday season. Maintenance and improvements are the responsibility of the Aurora Downtown organization. New Christmas lights installation recently was performed by Apex Tower, which normally works on cell phone towers. Many lights had burned…...

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Jules Williamson, left, of East Aurora High School, plays defense against West Aurora’s Traevon Brown in the teams’ East-West game Friday, Dec. 21 at East Aurora. In spite of the 28 points by Williamson, West Aurora won, 83-76. West Aurora girls won, 64-50. See pages 10-11. Al Benson/The Voice

West Aurora High School defeats East Aurora in East-West basketball game

Jules Williamson, left, of East Aurora High School, plays defense against West Aurora’s Traevon Brown in the teams’ East-West game Friday, Dec. 21 at East Aurora. In spite of the 28 points by Williamson, West Aurora won, 83-76. West Aurora girls won, 64-50. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for...

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The Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council (APRCC) spreads holiday cheer to residents at Constitution House senior living community in Aurora, Friday, Dec. 21 in its annual Parranda. In Puerto Rico, parrandas (sometimes also called asaltos in Spanish; literally “assaults”) are musical festivities in the Christmas season holidays. They are known as “trullas navideñas” and are associated with pride with customs of the traditional Puerto Rican jibaro. The traditional events have been likened to Christmas caroling, but the contents of the songs are secular rather than religious. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council annual Parranda

The Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council (APRCC) spreads holiday cheer to residents at Constitution House senior living community in Aurora, Friday, Dec. 21 in its annual Parranda. In Puerto Rico, parrandas (sometimes also called asaltos in Spanish; literally “assaults”) are musical festivities in the Christmas season holidays. They are known…...

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Reader’s Voice: Suggestion for the mayor of Aurora

December 18, 2018 Dear editor; After attending Aurora City Council meeting December 11, I felt compelled to write. For the second time, Aurora mayor Richard Irvin has given me pause. After I addressed the City Council a few months ago, along with three others, the mayor, who was not to…...

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Reader’s Voice: Not in favor of changing Dan Ryan name

December 21, 2018 Dear editor; I think it is disrespectful to former Cook County Board chair Dan Ryan (1954 to 1961) to remove his name off of the expressway so it can be renamed for Barack Obama. There are plenty of roads that can be named for the former president…...

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Donna Crane

Magnolia Mothers Trust seeks to reduce impact on poverty

First of three parts –  Sixteen African-American mothers in Jackson, Miss. will be recipients of a financial gift of $1,000. each. Greg Kaufmann explains this gift in The Nation magazine. “(Barack) Obama praised the idea. Reporter Annie Lowrey and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes recently published books about it. Chicago is…...

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Newcomers will meet at Pal Joey’s in Batavia

The Fox Valley Newcomers and Neighbors will hold an informational open house from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at Pal Joey’s, 2030 Main Street, Batavia. Those interested should RSVP no later than January 9, 2019 to Joyce Taylor, 331.222.7854. We have one common goal: To make…...

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Women tutors in English needed

Chicago-area women are needed to help other women learn English reading, writing, and speaking skills at the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora. Alison Brzezinski, DLC tutoring coordinator, said free tutor-training sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 12, 2019 and Jan. 26, 2019 at the…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Christmas past in a book: Stories, smiles, of joy

The Eola Road Branch Library in Aurora holds a “Friday Freebies” cart upon which are books, paperbacks, records, movies, CDs are free of charge. Anyone can take what is pleasing and leave other items. On one Friday I found the book “The Everything Christmas Book” written by Michelle Bevilacqua in…...

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Wayne Johnson

Do aliens make bubble noises, real life search quesitons

By the time you read this, the presents under the tree all will have been unwrapped and returned from whence they came, credit card statements the length of War and Peace are in the mail, and veins and arteries are gasping for air, clogged with cholesterol from absorbing gallons of…...

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Candidate forums will be held in March 2019 by League of Women Voters

The Aurora Committee of the Central Kane County chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) will hold candidate forums in Spring 2019 for Aurora’s upcoming aldermanic elections. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The forums will be held on the following nights in the community room of…...

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Irish Cream Truffle Fudge

Ingredients 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1 3/4 cups white chocolate chips 1/3 cup butter 3 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 1/4 cups Irish cream liqueur 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts Directions 1. Butter a 8×8 inch pan. 2. In a microwave safe bowl add 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, 1…...

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Recent added persecution of Iraqi Christians devastating

By Hesham Shehab –  On this Christmas season, Christian communities in the Middle East are suffering from persecution and displacement. This situation should be a concern for Western Christians more than the wholesale embracing of the globalized and commercial version of Christmas. The Christian communities in Iraq, in particular some…...

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Nominations open for 2019 African-American Leader of the Year Award

Nominations are being accepted for the “2019 African-American Leader of the Year Award” that will be presented by Aurora’s African-American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) during the 15th Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The annual award is bestowed upon a community African-American each year who has demonstrated consistent…...

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Inspire Awards in 2019

The Inspire Awards 2019 will take place at Abbey Farms Nagels Emporium, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. There will be entertainment, a social reception, live auction, and an awards program. The 2018 Spirit of Batavia Award will be presented to the…...

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More than 90 individuals participate in two caroling tours December 15 for the “Peace in the Womb” Christmas Caroling outside of abortion facilities in Chicago and DuPage County. Christmas carols were sung at seven abortion facilities, four on the Chicago tour, three in DuPage County. Planned Parenthood called the police on the peaceful carolers at their facility at LaSalle and Division Streets in Chicago. The police initially told the group they had to move down the road because of the Chicago “Bubble Zone” ordinance, but the pro-lifers eventually convinced them the ordinance requires no such thing. At American Women’s Medical Center in Chicago, counter-protesters tried unsuccessfully to drown out the carolers with New Years Eve-style noisemakers. Pro-Life Action League was the sponsor. Submitted photos

Voices for the voiceless:

More than 90 individuals participate in two caroling tours December 15 for the “Peace in the Womb” Christmas Caroling outside of abortion facilities in Chicago and DuPage County. Christmas carols were sung at seven abortion facilities, four on the Chicago tour, three in DuPage County. Planned Parenthood called the police…...

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