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Kane County Clerk's satellite office in Aurora

Kane County Clerk’s satellite office opens in Aurora

Kane County and Aurora officials gather Monday for a ribbon-cutting outside the Kane County Clerk’s satellite office in Aurora. Mayor Richard Irvin cuts the ribbon. See the video at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice...

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Christopher Faber named Batavia MainStreet executive director Batavia Illinois

Christopher Faber executive director of Batavia MainStreet

Christopher Faber has been named as the executive director for the City of Batavia’s Downtown Partnership organization, Batavia MainStreet. Batavia MainStreet is a 501©3 not-for-profit organization working to enhance, promote, and revitalize Downtown Batavia as the heart of the community through dedicated volunteer efforts. MainStreet is host to community events...

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Founders of K+L Storytellers interact with Rotary Club of Aurora members

Founders of K+L Storytellers interact with Rotary Club of Aurora members

Aurorans Roderick and Michele Kelly, founders of K+L Storytellers, interact with Rotary Club of Aurora members, Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse. They demonstrated exercises used in their industry to help organizations create a narrative for brand storytelling by focusing on brand strategy and vivid content to make a brand memorable....

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Aurora Area CVB received 3.7% tourism increase in 2017

The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) released a report that annual tourism expenditures totaling $200.5 Million in 2017, a 3.7% increase over 2016. Tourism expenditures represent the total amount of money visitors spend on lodging, gas, food, drink, and entertainment when in the Aurora area. Municipalities collected $3.9...

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Charles Coddintgon

Discussion of economic stirrings in U.S. evolves to agenda

The United States of America used to be the home of the brave and the land of the free. Not anymore. Now, it is the home of the rich and fatuous and the land of unfettered greed. With the Donald Trump administration in place, capitalism once again has run rampant....

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Aurora officials offer a welcome to Lou Malnati's Pizzeria with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, July 13. Northbrook-based Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is at 1720 N. Orchard Road. From left are Lynn Young, Aurora, store interim manager; Marc Malnati, owner of Lou Malnati’s; Carl Franco, Fifth Ward alderman; Bill Donnell, Sixth Ward alderman; and Chuck Nelson, Aurora deputy mayor. The store opened Tuesday, July 10. Al Benson/The Voice

First Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria opens in Aurora

By Al Benson –   Northbrook-based Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria opened a new location at 1720 N. Orchard Road in Aurora Tuesday, July 10. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with Aurora officials Friday, July 13. It is the company’s 52nd Chicago area location and 54th overall. There are two locations in Phoenix, Ariz..  ...

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Donna Crane

Many CEOs of non-profits receive huge salaries

Most charity organizations start out with well-intended goals and when we decide to support a charity we hope the funds are spent wisely. Sadly, reports reveal that many charity leaders are paid huge sums of money and misuse these funds. Some of these funds are obtained by professional fundraisers and...

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Amy Roth

Aurora COW passes AED purchase, warehouse, to Council

The purchase of automated external defibrillator (AED) for the Aurora Police Department and the Fire Department, the acceptance of plans for a 275,000-square-foot speculative office-warehouse building at Mitchell Road and I-88, and a liquor license approval for Jefa Tacos on Butterfield Road, all were forwarded to the Aurora City Council’s...

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West Aurora Plaza changes authorized

By Jason Crane –  The Aurora City Council approved a West Aurora Plaza update Tuesday which is set to improve the aesthetics by adding a 10-foot bike path along the front of the property. The plan includes moving the McDonald’s Restaurant, from the back of the development closer to Galena...

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Wurst Kitchen, Hardware, receive honors

The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is thrilled to announce that two local makers have been honored by the Illinois Office of Tourism. Wurst Kitchen, of Aurora, and Hardware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery, of North Aurora, were among 31 new makers to join the Illinois Office of Tourism’s...

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Banana Split recognized for 35 years

Banana Split in Aurora celebrates 35 years of serving ice cream to the Aurora community, Thursday, June 21. Owners Randy and Lisa Brown received honors for their accomplishment in front of their store. Randy Brown expressed his appreciation of the community support and the 237 who were employed over the...

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Trio of businesses adds to the vigor of Aurora Downtown

Three businesses recently joined the Aurora Downtown family. Both Tredwell Coffee and Wyckwood House moved into the old Metropolitan Business College building at 14 W. Downer Place. Branch Gardens is open at the northwest corner of Lake and Benton Streets. Our downtown family is always growing, and we’re particularly thrilled...

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Amy Roth

Parking garage, restaurant, bids, for Aurora

Aurora City Council members will vote Tuesday on a West Aurora Plaza update, a proposal for a parking garage at Aurora University, and an ordinance that would give preference for City contracts to Aurora area bidders. All items will be on the consent agenda. Jerry Callahan, an attorney representing West...

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Business future at Montgomery Economic Development Corporation event

The Montgomery Economic Development Corporation and Country Financial teamed up to provide an informative lunch-and-learn event recently that provided business owners ways to help prepare business for the future. Key topics included insurance for the top staff members and owners of the company, and the proper structure of the business....

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Paul and Bill’s Service Station in Aurora, owes more than half-century of success to customers

Paul and Bill Rudigier, father and son, pose for a photo in the early 1970s in front of Paul and Bill’s Service Station in Aurora. The station moved to 300 Galena Boulevard in 1971. Bill Rudigier took over management when his father died many years ago. Bill retired June 1...

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Former site of Fox Valley Golf Course could become Lincoln Valley on the Fox

North Aurora resident James Laughead explains his concerns about a proposed residential development at the North Aurora Committee of the Whole meeting Monday which was moved to the North Aurora Police Department community room due to inoperable air-conditioning at the Village Hall. Proposed is a 374-unit subdivision at the former...

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Aurora Committee of the Whole sends two items to Council

By Amy Roth –  Two items that triggered debate in previous Aurora City Council meetings were included on the June 5 Committee of the Whole agenda. The meeting was held at City Hall. Scientel Solutions’ plan to build its national headquarters at 245 N. Eola Road, Aurora, just south of...

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New restaurant building in Oswego

Another new development is in the works for downtown Oswego, at the site of the former Village Hall. The Oswego Village Board of Trustees, Tuesday, unanimously approved a purchase and sale agreement with Imperial Investments, LLC, for the lot at 113 Main Street, paving the way for a new three-story...

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Kaspers on the corner in Aurora at new Branch Gardens

Kori and Bryan Kasper took space in an empty building in Aurora at the  corner of Lake and Benton Streets, across from the Richard and Gina Santori Library of Aurora and made it a bit of paradise. The Kaspers, from Wheaton, opened Branch Gardens, 77 S. Lake Street, to the...

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