Day: March 7, 2019

Aurora State of the City: Mayor Richard C. Irvin, in his State of the City address Tuesday, March 5, succinctly proclaims: “The State of our City is strong...Aurora Strong.” His references: Challenges, successes, and rising as one Aurora. See the video at facebook.com/ thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora State of the City:

Mayor Richard C. Irvin, in his State of the City address Tuesday, March 5, succinctly proclaims: “The State of our City is strong…Aurora Strong.” His references: Challenges, successes, and rising as one Aurora. See the video by clicking here. See Carter Crane’s article here. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is...

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The Yorkville Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics at Silver Spring Sate Park Sunday draws celebrations in spite of frigid water and weather. More than 300 participants helped to raise approximately $100,000 in Lake Loon. The Aurora Police raised more than $11,000. Dave Weaver photo Radioman911.com

Polar Plunge warms Special Olympics

The Yorkville Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics at Silver Spring Sate Park Sunday draws celebrations in spite of frigid water and weather. More than 300 participants helped to raise approximately $100,000 in Lake Loon. The Aurora Police raised more than $11,000. Click here to see a video. Dave Weaver…...

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Proposed law would end front car plates: Police against it

By Rebecca Anzel –  Illinois law enforcement groups want to pump the brakes on proposed legislation that would do away with a requirement that Illinois cars display a front license plate. A bill proposed by East Dundee Republican representative Allen Skillicorn would instruct the Secretary of State’s office to issue…...

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The Boys II Men 2019 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards Thursday, Feb. 28 at Piper’s Banquets offers fitting salutes to five accomplished young from Aurora From left: Marquell Oliver, founder of LIFTOFF, a social-emotional learning program and youth director of Unity Partnership, a group that seeks to improve relations between police and the community; Nate Sippel, Naperville Township clerk and community outreach liaison who organizes events for veterans, seniors, and youth; Jonathan Nunez, business executive and founder of an annual golf outing which raises funds for special projects in Aurora; Juan Garcia, mentor, community activist for immigration rights and chairman of the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board. Absent was Toussaint Mitchell, college senior, entrepreneur, and student government president of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. See the video on facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Boys II Men 2019 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards

The Boys II Men 2019 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards Thursday, Feb. 28 at Piper’s Banquets offers fitting salutes to five accomplished young from Aurora From left: Marquell Oliver, founder of LIFTOFF, a social-emotional learning program and youth director of Unity Partnership, a group that seeks to improve relations between…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Always something happening; just the tip of the iceberg

Never a dull moment. There is always something to do, observe, and consider. We live in interesting times in our greater area. It may not always be entertaining. It is always something, with apologies to Roseanne Roseannadanna (the late Gildna Radner of Saturday Night Live). What is your choice? The…...

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Reader’s Voice: In search of answers from government

March 4, 2019 Dear editor; The pursuit of city government, tax-funded branches, police department, police association, public library, park district, Waubonsee College, for their sins of omission: For my money and votes, these boards are expected to vote, especially on matters involving private divisive groups. Friday, my response from the…...

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Donna Crane

TreeSisters global network of women restores tropical forests

First of two parts TreeSisters is a global network of women who donate monthly to help provide funds for the restoration of our tropical forests as a collective expression of planetary care. As a feminine leadership and tropical reforestation organization, they exist to call forth the brilliance and generosity of…...

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First Call

Oswego open house on downtown

The Village government of Oswego invites residents and the public to a Downtown Construction Open House from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at East View Academy, 4209 Route 71, Oswego. Enter through door 21. Staff members will be on hand to talk about new restaurant and retail…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Bits, pieces: Pomegranates to Scrabble’s formation

Can it be that the year of Our Lord 2019 has arrived so quickly? Here are some thoughts and observations for you to ponder: Bits: Pomegranates, which are mentioned in Deuteronomy, are a sign of plenty throughout the Jewish High Holy Days. Pieces: Partners at the bank Goldman Sachs earn…...

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Matt Erion of Aurora, left, Glen West, Geneva; and Jeff Ford, Oswego, swing out on “Down by the Riverside” at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church’s Fat Tuesday jazz concert at Aurora Christian School. The third annual Mardi Gras-style jazz concert by Erion’s Dodeca Band was free to the public. UMC Northern Illinois Conference Aurora District superintendent, Jeff Bross, was solo on “Amazing Grace”. Al Benson/The Voice

Flowing Forth United Methodist Church’s Fat Tuesday jazz concert

Matt Erion of Aurora, left, Glen West, Geneva; and Jeff Ford, Oswego, swing out on “Down by the Riverside” at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church’s Fat Tuesday jazz concert at Aurora Christian School. The third annual Mardi Gras-style jazz concert by Erion’s Dodeca Band was free to the public. UMC…...

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Wayne Johnson

In search of the February truth about Abe, George

I’ve had enough of cold February, Febrero in Spanish, and Xp$qt*Z in Klingon, and I’m glad it’s finally gone. But if your birthday is in February, you may not feel the same. Those with a February birthday were born under the two zodiac signs, Aquarius and Pisces, or the all-encompassing…...

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State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, and Adam Pauley from her Youth Advisory Council focus on House Bill 837 in the State Government Administration Committee. Submitted photo

Youth leaders in government

Illinois’ future leaders will have a say on some of the major issues facing the State under legislation sponsored by State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, through a statewide Youth Advisory Council, which was approved by a House committee Wednesday, Feb. 27. “Many of my ideas for new legislation come out…...

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Montgomery seeks trustee

Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley is seeking a qualified Village resident to serve on the Village Board as a Village trustee to fill a vacancy from May 2019 through May 2021. The Village Board is the decision-making body responsible for enacting legislation and providing direction for all areas of Village…...

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Smothered Meatballs

Ingredients 2 pounds lean ground beef 1/3 cup minced green bell pepper 1/3 cup minced onion 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups Italian-style dry bread crumbs 2 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 3 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed golden mushroom soup 2 (6.5 ounce) cans sliced mushrooms, drained…...

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Fermilab Wonders of Science for children

If you know kids between the ages of seven and 12, you know how hard it can be to get them excited about science from a textbook. Children love to be wowed, and to experience physical phenomena with eyes wide and jaws dropped at Explore the Wonders of Science starting…...

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Amy Roth

Plans for Aurora include Route 59 commercial, buildings

The Aurora City Council March 5 Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall included plans for Route 59 commercial corridor building, road resurfacing, and firefighters’ ballistic vests. • Plans for Route 59, old West Aurora building discussed. A Route 59 corridor plan that lays out a new look and…...

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North Aurora Village trustee Mark Guethle said Prevailing wage helps the community.

Prevailing wage, Lippold Park, North Aurora discussion

By Jason Crane –  The North Aurora government’s Committee of the Whole meeting Monday included a discussion about prevailing wage for the Town Center Economic Incentive Agreement. Village documents show Preferred Real Estate, owners of the inline shopping center between Target and J.C. Penney in North Aurora Towne Centre, have…...

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Mayor Ron Gunter, right, and the Westmont Village Board, provides an honor to longtime Westmont resident, Anne Szymski, with the key to the Village and a proclamation to celebrate her 100th birthday. “We like to celebrate people who have been influential in the community, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Anne Szymski and the entire Szymski family,” Gunter said. Anne and her husband, Steve, who passed away in 2002, moved to Westmont in 1945 and started many businesses in Westmont, including Westmont Dry Goods Center, Stephen’s Department Store, O.K. Hardware Builders, Family Shoe Store, and Stephen’s Annex Domestics. Submitted photo

Key to Westmont:

Mayor Ron Gunter, right, and the Westmont Village Board, provides an honor to longtime Westmont resident, Anne Szymski, with the key to the Village and a proclamation to celebrate her 100th birthday. “We like to celebrate people who have been influential in the community, and I can’t think of anyone…...

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