Day: January 31, 2019

HOPE Taskforce seeks reduction of opioid deaths

The DuPage County Heroin Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce recently outlined its framework and means to reduce the number of opioid deaths in DuPage County over the next three years. At its January 18 meeting, the Taskforce agreed to five objectives to address the ongoing public health crisis facing…...

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First media availability event: Mayor of Aurora Richard Irvin’s first media availability event discussing the extremely cold weather and the City’s response to House Bill 910, proposed State legislation by Stephanie Kifowit, representative of the 84th District at Aurora City Hall, January 29. Representative Kifowit created legislation to allow residents to vote for Aurora Public Library Board members instead of being appointed. Mayor Irvin, along with Ken Schroth, left, director of Public Works / City engineer; Gary Krienitz, Fire Department chief; and Kristen Ziman, Police Department chief, addressed the City’s plan for the extreme weather. Jason Crane/The Voice

First media availability event:

Mayor of Aurora Richard Irvin’s first media availability event discussing the extremely cold weather and the City’s response to House Bill 910, proposed State legislation by Stephanie Kifowit, representative of the 84th District at Aurora City Hall, January 29. Representative Kifowit created legislation to allow residents to vote for Aurora…...

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Cat (Catherine) Battista of St. Charles has been selected to be the new executive director of Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

Cat Battista new Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry executive director

Cat (Catherine) Battista of St. Charles has been selected to be the new executive director of Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry (AAIFP), Aurora. An attorney by training, Battista has served the residents of Kane County in both a professional and volunteer capacity for more than a decade. Prior to joining…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Extreme polar vortex puts society to the test; thanks for help

Recollection recently in late January pointed to snow storms survived in our northern Illinois area. Snow banks as high as six-feet or more to obscure a tall person walking down the street was a memory of the January 1979 snow storm. The worst storm of all time in northern Illinois,…...

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Reader’s Voice: A plea to governor on Planned Parenthood

January 22, 2018 Dear editor; “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” —Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, 1939. On the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order expanding abortion in Illinois. With all…...

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Donna Crane

Industrial agriculture may cause extinctions of life

First of two parts – The Independent newspaper in London, England published the following article written about professor Raj Patel, who stated: “Re-imagining a world with less stuff, but more joy is probably the way forward.” Industrial agriculture is bringing about the mass extinction of life on Earth, according to…...

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Multi-Chamber Economic Outlook Luncheon Feb. 14

The 2019 Multi-Chamber Economic Outlook Luncheon and Business Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Ashyana Banquets, 1620 75th Street, Downers Grove. The event will feature William Strauss, senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as the speaker during the 11:55 a.m. lunch…....

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First rehearsal for Fox Valley Festival Chorus

The Fox Valley Festival Chorus (FVFC) will hold its first rehearsal for the Spring 2019 season Monday, Feb. 4 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 27 S. Edgelawn, Aurora. The Chorus is open to new members; this first rehearsal of the Spring season is a good time to join! Registration will…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Notre Dame Cathedral’s extensive history Paris highlight

To continue this week on the Paris theme, you will learn about the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral and its history, stained glass, organ, and bells. This medieval Catholic cathedral sits on the Ile de la Cite I in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. As the most visited monument in Paris,…...

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Charles Coddintgon

No. 200 essay: Goal continues to provide food for thought

This essay, dear reader, is my 200th for this publication. It calls for something special. To wit: To write, or not to write: That is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to ignore The lies and hypocrisies of American society, Or to take up pen against the calumnies,…...

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Dentist With a Heart in February offers free services

Aurora Children’s Dental Services has organized the 18th annual Dentist With a Heart with dates to include February 1-28. Forty-two Fox Valley area dentists will open their doors to the needy, and offer free services during specific times. Over the last 18 years, the free services provided more than $1…...

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Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 1 small onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 (4 oz) can green chiles 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning mix 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen corn 1 (12 ounce) can black beans, drained 1 (12 ounce) bag shredded Mexican cheese 1 (16 ounce) package…...

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Radical Islam inspires fanatics, hides in ideology

By Hesham Shehab –  Islam is a religion, a culture, a personal faith, and a political system that produced a modern ideology. It is an ocean of information that has been sending its waves in the world for more than 1,400 years. After the end of the Cold War and the…...

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Mayor Irvin bobblehead at Aurora Historical Society

Mayor Irvin bobblehead at Aurora Historical Society

Just in time for African American History Month, a bobblehead of Aurora mayor Richard C. Irvin will arrive at the Aurora Historical Society (AHS) gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer, Aurora, Friday, Feb. 1. Irvin made history in 2017 when he was elected as…...

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Kiwanis Club of Aurora member Amy Roth, left, hands a Kiwanis coffee mug to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Chief Ziman shared this year’s Police Department initiatives. Aurora has the second largest municipal police department with a budget of $73 Million and has 301 sworn officers, an increase from 289 recently, including four police dogs, 73 full-time non-sworn officers in telecommunications, booking, and records, and 33 part-time non-sworn employees. Chief Ziman said work is in focus to address a slight increase in violent part 1 crimes, although shootings are down by 19%. Shooting numbers include property and are not just individuals struck. Aurora had zero homicides in 2012 and four homicides in 2018. She said in a city the size of Aurora, it’s well below the national average. Progress in 2018 included the addition of a Critical Incident Intel Center, reduction in time and cost of DUI prosecution, addition of a drone team, partnership with National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, which reads a bullet shell casing and recently was linked to eight shootings after confiscation of a gun. Partnership with RING doorbell systems for video of crimes has been added. Last year there were only five excessive-force complaints against officers with two sustained. Chief Ziman said the goals for this year remain the same, to reduce violent crime and community engagement. Right is Kiwanis president Kim Groom, a retired Aurora police officer, and president of Kiwanis Club of Aurora. Chief of Police Ziman, right photo, stands with her former West Aurora High School guidance counselor Archie Needham (retired). Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman “Mugged” by Kiwanis Club of Aurora after presenting Police Department initiatives

Kiwanis Club of Aurora member Amy Roth, left, hands a Kiwanis coffee mug to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Chief Ziman shared this year’s Police Department initiatives. Aurora has the second largest municipal police department with a budget…...

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Dan Palace, external investment consultant from Allianz Global Investors shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about water scarcity and sustainable investing. Palace said the increase in water insecurity will drive up the need for investment in smart water technology. An estimated 2 trillion gallons of water leaks from broken pipes in the U. S. each year. Jason Crane/The Voice

Increase in water insecurity will drive up the need for investment in smart water technology

Dan Palace, external investment consultant from Allianz Global Investors shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about water scarcity and sustainable investing. Palace said the increase in water insecurity will drive up the need for investment in smart water technology. An estimated 2 trillion gallons of water…...

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