Category: Award

Stephanie Kifowit and Fran Caffee recipients of Tenth Annual Women’s Power Lunch awards

By Jason Crane –  For a nearly a decade, the Women’s Power Lunch has honored women who do amazing things in the Fox Valley area. State representative Stephanie Kifowit received the 2018 Woman Of Power Award, Thursday, Sept. 20 at Piper’s Banquets in Aurora. Fran Caffee was honored with the...

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Wayne Johnson

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The other day, I was thinking about phone books. You younger readers are probably wondering which planet I’m from, but that’s beside the point. Phone books were big, two-to-three-inch-thick books listing the phone numbers of every human in a city. Every human who had a phone, at least. Many times,...

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Aurora in Top 100 Finalists for innovation

The city government of Aurora has been named a Top 100 Finalist for the 2018 Chicago Innovation Awards. During a special reception held in Chicago with the 519 nominees, the Chicago Innovation Awards committee selected Aurora as one of the Top 100 Finalists to advance in the annual competition that...

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Founder of Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Juan Manuel “Nery” Cruz

Latinos honored for Hispanic Heritage Month at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday

Founder of Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Juan Manuel “Nery” Cruz, second from right, is honored with a proclamation from mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin, at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Cruz was nominated as  Aurora Fiestas Patrias Parade grand marshal. Alberto Reynaga, ballet assistant director, is left, and Juany Garza, Aurora Ward...

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Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley seeks foster parents

Youth Service Bureau (YSB) of Illinois Valley is looking for foster parents to care for children who have been abused or neglected by their biological families. Foster parents are role models, teacher, friends, and support for children. Youth Service of Illinois Valley will be host to an informational meeting on...

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First place winners hold their trophies at the Roots Aurora talent show Friday on Water Street Mall. Kayla, left, was first place in vocalist, and Antonio was first place in dance.

First place winners at the Roots Aurora talent show

First place winners hold their trophies at the Roots Aurora talent show Friday on Water Street Mall. Kayla, left, was first place in vocalist, and Antonio was first place in dance. See facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice  ...

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13th Annual Oswego Drag Raceway Reunion

13th Annual Oswego Drag Raceway Reunion

David Hinrichs of Joliet holds the first place trophy for Host’s Choice for his 1957 Chevy 150 at the Oswego Annual Drag Raceway Reunion at the parking lot on Station Drive at the former Park N’ Ride. There were 226 entries, more than 80 awards. Jason Crane/The Voice...

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Aurora COA dedicates Westbrook Drive to John and Eileen Hix Street Hix Brothers Music 8-24-18

Street dedication to John and Eileen Hix, home to Hix Brothers Music in Aurora

The city government of Aurora dedicates Westbrook Drive in Aurora Friday to John and Eileen Hix Street, home to Hix Brothers Music in Aurora. The rain stopped long enough to reveal the street sign. John Hix was born in Aurora in 1924. As a child, he learned to play the...

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Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis presents a Fire Chief’s Award to resident Christine Sentman

Hero’s award at Naperville City Council:

Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis presents a Fire Chief’s Award to resident Christine Sentman, 20, at the August 21 Naperville City Council meeting. Sentman saved her younger sister, Chloe, her sister’s friends, and her family’s dog from a serious house fire in January. City government of Naperville photo...

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Allen Bartoszek achieves Eagle Scout Award

Allen Bartoszek achieves Eagle Scout Award

Allen Bartoszek, left, Big Rock Boy Scout Troop 19, receives the Fox Valley Marines/KBAR and the Eagle award from Brad Engel, the Scoutmaster at a recent Boy Scout Eagle Award ceremony in Big Rock. Bartoszek is a 2018 graduate of Aurora Christian High School. The ceremony was completed prior to...

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Heroism rewarded: The Geneva City Council honors Geneva teens John Schneider, left, and Kyle O'Malley Monday for heroism. Geneva mayor Kevin Burns holds the certificate. The young men helped save a woman's life after a fire-filled car crash on Interstate-88 August 11. Schneider is a student at Geneva High School. O'Malley is a 2018 graduate of the school. Both are in cadet training in Geneva to be police officers. They were lead stories on Chicago television news. City government of Geneva photo

Heroism rewarded at Geneva City Council

The Geneva City Council honors Geneva teens John Schneider, left, and Kyle O’Malley Monday for heroism. Geneva mayor Kevin Burns holds the certificate. The young men helped save a woman’s life after a fire-filled car crash on Interstate-88 August 11. Schneider is a student at Geneva High School. O’Malley is...

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Dave Bruce, Plainfield, holds his certificate for Best of Show at the 10th Annual Historic LaSalle Street Auto Show in Aurora Sunday after receiving the award from show founder Joe Dispensa.

10th Annual Historic LaSalle Street Auto Show in Aurora Sunday

Dave Bruce, Plainfield, holds his certificate for Best of Show at the 10th Annual Historic LaSalle Street Auto Show in Aurora Sunday after receiving the award from show founder Joe Dispensa. The car, left, is a 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda. To see more photos click here facebook.com/thevoice.us....

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Many delights: Ukulele Festival to the LaSalle Auto Show

Festivals, shows, events, and various activities are a part of our communities’ scenes. Continually. Perpetually. Joyously. The calendar is crowded with delightful and important events, some annual and successful events, and some inaugural occasions. The City of Lights Ukulele Festival will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on...

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Batavia Public School District 101

Batavia will induct eight to Hall of Honor September 19-21

Batavia Public School District 101 will welcome eight inductees into its fourth annual Hall of Honor at Batavia High School Thursday, Sept. 20. The BPS101 Hall of Honor was initiated by the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence and BPS101 to promote pride in Batavia Public Schools and to honor alumni,...

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IMSA in Aurora receives a new sign on campus and recently was named best public school in the U.S.. Jason Crane/The Voice

Illinois Math and Science Academy STEM Award inspiring

Recently, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups...

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Barbara Appelson named Naperville’s Senior of the Year

Naperville’s Senior Task Force announced recently that Naperville resident and long-time Riverwalk Adult Day Services volunteer Barbara Appelson has been named the winner of the inaugural Senior of the Year Award. Appelson will be formally presented with the 2018 award at the Tuesday, Sept. 4, City Council meeting. Appelson was...

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Montgomery Fest Parade Honored World War II Veteran Al Skyles

World War II Veteran Al Skyles Honored in Montgomery Fest Parade

Al Skyles, 94, in spite of Summer heat, uses an umbrella to shield the sun during Sunday’s Montgomery Fest parade. The World War II veteran was in the U.S. Navy and is a member of the VFW Post 7452 in Montgomery.  See the video of the parade at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason...

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Inaugural Aurora Youth Council members honored by Aurora City Council

Members of Inaugural Aurora Youth Council honored by Aurora City Council

Aurora Youth Council members heading to college pose for a photo at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday with Adrienne Holloway, left, chief innovation officer, and Richard Irvin, mayor, fourth from left. Click below to see more photos from Tuesday’s Aurora City Council meeting: Aurora City Council honors the 2018...

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