Category: Business

Rick Mervine, alderman of Aurora’s 8th Ward, shares his 37 years of business experience at the Eola Center Monday. He said a business registration program the City is considering should be free, unless businesses fail to register. City officials have reviewed the programs in neighboring communities and are looking for input from Aurora’s 12,000 businesses and will announce more roundtable events. One of the ideas discussed besides fees was whether home based business should be required to register. Jason Crane/The Voice

Business Program for Aurora:

Rick Mervine, alderman of Aurora’s 8th Ward, shares his 37 years of business experience at the Eola Center Monday. He said a business registration program the City is considering should be free, unless businesses fail to register. City officials have reviewed the programs in neighboring communities and are looking for…...

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Paddle of entire Fox River program at Sierra Club

The Valley of the Fox Sierra Club invites everyone to attend its program at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Batavia Library, 10 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia. Charlie Zine and Chuck Roberts, two Fox River advocates, recently completed an eight-day kayak paddle of the 223 miles of the Fox…...

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Amy Roth

Aurora discussion focus: Extending fiber-optic plant

A resolution to extend the Aurora city government’s fiber-optic cable plant from the southwest side of Diehl Road at Eola Road to the east side of Diehl Road in Aurora was the topic of much discussion during Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting. The measure ultimately landed on the…...

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Don’t do it, response to pharmacist career question

There isn’t a month that goes by where some well-meaning grandparent, parent, uncle, or aunt, doesn’t ask me about pharmacy as a career for their loved one. What are the salaries like? Are there jobs? What are the best schools? How long does it take to become a licensed pharmacist?…...

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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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Montgomery Village attorney Steve Andersson, left, explains the legal aspect to Board members, including Village president Matt Brolley before a vote to amend the Village zoning ordinance regarding gas and petroleum manufacturing at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. Two weeks prior, petitioners for a proposed $40 Million pyrolysis facility said the plant would help recycle scrap tires using a thermal distillation process by converting tire chips into carbon powder and liquid fuel under a vacuum seal and airlock. After research and discussion, trustees Denny Lee, Doug Marecek, and Theresa Sperling voted 3-1 against the amendment. They agreed while the technology is in use in Germany their concerns are for the references given by the interested entity and safety concerns for the residents and Aurora University’s $20 Million athletic facility next door to the proposed location. Trustee Steve Jungermann voted in favor. He said the facility would create jobs and petitioners weren’t given a fair shot. Jason Crane/The Voice

Montgomery Village Board votes 3-1 against proposed $40 Million pyrolysis facility

Montgomery Village attorney Steve Andersson, left, explains the legal aspect to Board members, including Village president Matt Brolley before a vote to amend the Village zoning ordinance regarding gas and petroleum manufacturing at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. Two weeks prior, petitioners for a proposed $40 Million pyrolysis facility…...

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will be a part of the Young Adult Job Fair which will be held at Eola Branch Library Saturday, Feb. 9. Submitted photo

Aurora Public Library assists professional development

By Miriam Meza –  Did you know Aurora Public Library (APL) can help with your professional development? Whether you are exploring a new career and need help starting your resumé, or are ready to secure the next job and are looking to attend a job fair, we have the programs…...

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Mike Shereck book author from Naperville speaks about business at Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting

Mike Shereck, book author from Naperville, speaks about leadership and business at Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting

Accepting a mug from Kiwanis Club of Aurora’s Amy Roth is Mike Shereck, who spoke about men and leadership during the January 22 meeting at Prisco Community Center. Right is Kiwanis Noon president Kim Groom. Shereck, of Naperville, has more than 30 years’ experience in both construction and manufacturing. He…...

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Restaurateur Steve Kapas and his mother, Pauline (Momma P.), describe their plans for a proposed restaurant, Monte Carlo Steakhouse and Bar, to the Plano City Council Monday. It is set to open in Plano in approximately six weeks. The Kapas family owned the Town and Country restaurant in Plano from 1947 to 2005. The property on U. S. Route 34 and West Street was given up to the State by eminent domain so it could be used to widen the highway. The Plano City Council met Monday at a special meeting and unanimously approved an additional Class E liquor license. The license is available for the proposed restaurant to go in the building at 209 West U. S. Route 34. The Kapas family purchased the building in 2005 which has remained vacant since then. Steve Kapas said they have tried hard to bring development to the Plano area with assistance from the City, but the development money hasn’t been flowing down Route 34 that far west, yet. He said restaurants have found difficulty in acquiring financing. The entire project, which will cost a little more than $1 Million, has been financed by the Kapas family. Jason Crane/The Voice

Mediterranean restaurant plans in Plano

Restaurateur Steve Kapas and his mother, Pauline (Momma P.), describe their plans for a proposed restaurant, Monte Carlo Steakhouse and Bar, to the Plano City Council Monday. It is set to open in Plano in approximately six weeks. The Kapas family owned the Town and Country restaurant in Plano from…...

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Nominations honor Good Neighbor Business Awards

State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, asks citizens to honor businesses that play active roles in the community by submitting nominations of entrepreneurs and companies for her Good Neighbor Business Award. “Responsible business owners not only offer fantastic products and services, but they also play an active role in improving our…...

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Bryan Gay introduced as new Invest Aurora’s president, CEO

Mayor Richard C. Irvin and the Board of Directors of Invest Aurora, Aurora’s public/private economic development partnership, announced the appointment of the former economic development director of Choose DuPage, Bryan Gay, as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Invest Aurora. Gay was introduced to City Council during…...

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The city government of Aurora seeks public input for Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update

The city government of Aurora seeks public input for Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update

An informational open house from 4 p.m. to  7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Calvary Church, 9S200 IL-59, Naperville, near the intersection of Route 59 and Montgomery Road, seeks input for a Route 59 comprehensive plan update. The purpose of the open house is to provide information on the city …...

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Brian Caputo appointed interim College of DuPage president

College of DuPage Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Brian W. Caputo, vice president of administration and CFO at the College, as the new interim president. Dr. Caputo will begin January 1, 2019 to replace outgoing president Dr. Ann Rondeau, who will step down at the end of…...

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Amy Roth

Aurora firefighters in line for pay raises after COW

The city government of Aurora’s 175 firefighters will have a new, four-year contract that includes pay raises and an increase in their contribution to health insurance premium payments, if the City Council approves the contract in its November 13 meeting. The item was discussed in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 Committee…...

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Charlie Zine, president of Rotary Club of Aurora presents a Rotary umbrella to Keith Gerald from OnLight Aurora

Information about OnLight Aurora at the Rotary Club of Aurora

Charlie Zine, president of Rotary Club of Aurora presents a Rotary umbrella to Keith Gerald from OnLight Aurora, Monday, at the Rotary Club of Aurora, at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Gerald presented updates about OnLight Aurora which is a community fiber internet services provider focused on improving the communications infrastructure in…...

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Judd Lofchie confers with Amanda R. Lowe during a recent Aurora Business United group meeting. Submitted photo

Presenters offer perspective at Aurora Business United

By Anthony Stanford –  Aurora 10th Ward alderman and businessman, Judd Lofchie, is well-known throughout Aurora and the regional business community. Lofchie is a commercial realtor, developer, attorney, and former president of the Rotary Club of Aurora. He is an Aurora Downtown board member and co-founder of the networking group…...

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Mike Mainthow Representative from Smart City Media at Aurora City Hall 10-22-18

Discussions held on interactive outdoor kiosks in downtown Aurora

Questions about interactive outdoor kiosks in downtown Aurora are answered by Mike Mainthow, representative from Smart City Media, right, Monday, Oct. 22 at Aurora City Hall. This was the first of three open houses the city government plans to hold with representatives of Smart City Media to get the facts…...

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Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce State of Business Friday

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce will focus on the State of Business: Innovation at 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora. The first-of-its-kind summit will include exhibitors spotlighting their innovation through products and services, presentations by innovators sharing…...

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Montgomery Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the village of Montgomery’s Community Development Department coordinated its annual showcase of Montgomery tour, Thursday, Oct. 11. Attendees view the inside of a recently-finished office space near Cornell Road and visited five additional sites/buildings. Anyone interested in learning more about Montgomery is invited. Participants included individuals looking for space, brokers showing space, land, or buildings to lease. A list was provided along with a map. The annual event draws interest from the surrounding areas and is designed to continue partnerships and support local business and development in Montgomery. MEDC photo

Montgomery Economic Development Corporation annual Montgomery tour

Montgomery Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the village of Montgomery’s Community Development Department coordinated its annual showcase of Montgomery tour, Thursday, Oct. 11. Attendees view the inside of a recently-finished office space near Cornell Road and visited five additional sites/buildings. Anyone interested in learning more about Montgomery is invited. Participants…...

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Cinco de Mayo bakery opens second store in Aurora

Cinco de Mayo bakery opens second store in Aurora

Aurora Alderman Mike Saville of the 6th Ward and Cinco de Mayo bakery owner Gerardo Parra cut the ribbon Sunday to officially open the store at 102 N. Lake Street in Aurora. The building, vacant for three years, once was a Fanny May candy store. The Cino de Mayo store…...

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