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League of Women Voters Central Kane County Aurora aldermanic forum

The League of Women Voters Central Kane County Aurora aldermanic forum for Wards 5 and 6 candidates

The League of Women Voters Central Kane County Aurora aldermanic forum. Wards 5 and 6 candidates, Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department. Note: The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issue oriented organization which never endorses candidates. As part of our Voter Education mission,…...

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Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora holds a check for $67,732.80 at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, which was raised at a March 3 fundraiser at a packed Ballydoyle Pub and combined with Firefighters Union Local 99 for the families of the tragic shooting February 15 at the Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Strong: Nearly $350,000 raised from fundraising efforts throughout the City and beyond

Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora holds a check for $67,732.80 at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, which was raised at a March 3 fundraiser at a packed Ballydoyle Pub and combined with Firefighters Union Local 99 for the families of the tragic shooting February 15 at the Henry Pratt warehouse in…...

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The Indian Community Outreach Program in Naperville sponsors a Candidates Forum for City Council candidates at the Municipal Center City Hall Saturday, March 9. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Naperville City Council Candidates forum:

The Indian Community Outreach Program in Naperville sponsors a Candidates Forum for City Council candidates at the Municipal Center City Hall Saturday, March 9. A video of the event can be seen by clicking here. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99...

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New in 83rd District: Judge Michael Noland, 16th Judicial Circuit Court, Kane County, swears in Barbara Hernandez recently as the State representative in the 83rd District, mainly Aurora. She fills the vacancy created by the selection of Linda Chapa LaVia as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs by governor JB Pritzker, pending State Senate confirmation. Chapa LaVia had been in office since her election in 2002. Submitted photo

New in 83rd District:

Judge Michael Noland, 16th Judicial Circuit Court, Kane County, swears in Barbara Hernandez recently as the State representative in the 83rd District, mainly Aurora. She fills the vacancy created by the selection of Linda Chapa LaVia as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs by governor JB Pritzker, pending…...

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Alderman of Aurora’s 7th Ward, Scheketa Hart-Burns, fifth from left, was host to a fundraiser Thursday, March 7, at Belle Salle Events Center in Aurora. Many organizations were honored for raising thousands of dollars for additional safety gear for police and fire personnel. Stories of bravery and appreciation were shared by current and retired first responders. Commander Keith Cross of the Aurora Police Department indroduced Adam Miller, one of the five Aurora police officers who was injured in the shooting at the Henry Pratt Company warehouse Friday, Feb. 15. A video can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora fundraiser provides safety gear for first responders

Alderman of Aurora’s 7th Ward, Scheketa Hart-Burns, fifth from left, was host to a fundraiser Thursday, March 7, at Belle Salle Events Center in Aurora. Many organizations were honored for raising thousands of dollars for additional safety gear for police and fire personnel. Stories of bravery and appreciation were shared…...

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East Aurora Latin Jazz Band at Kiwanis of Aurora: The East Aurora High School Latin Jazz Band, under the direction of Joe Kulick, performs for the Kiwanis Club of Aurora at a noon meeting, Tuesday, March 12 at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Director Kulick thanked the Kiwanis Club of Aurora members for their many donations to youth organizations. Jason Crane/The Voice

East Aurora Latin Jazz Band at Kiwanis of Aurora:

The East Aurora High School Latin Jazz Band, under the direction of Joe Kulick, performs for the Kiwanis Club of Aurora at a noon meeting, Tuesday, March 12 at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Director Kulick thanked the Kiwanis Club of Aurora members for their many donations to youth organizations…....

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Hesed House Harbor program presentation: Rotary Club of Aurora umbrella gifts are in the hands of Neil McMenamin, left, and Dave Richert, right, after their presentation at the Rotary Club of Aurora Monday. They explained how Hesed House has worked with health care providers, and Aurora Police and Fire Departments to support the homeless in the Aurora area. They presented information on the recently-formed Harbor program at Hesed House, the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois. The Harbor is a 24-hour program with 16 independent units on-site serving chronically homeless individuals with various disabling conditions. Program participants in the Harbor have access to case management services, and medical and legal assistance, in addition to other life-sustaining services. They spoke about mental illness many homeless individuals struggle with and the many programs Hesed House provides. Last year, 343 Hesed House residents found an outside home. From left, McMenamin is associate director, Hesed House; Nick Scanlan, Rotary member; Linda Kemp, Rotary president-elect; Richert, Hesed House Harbor program. Jason Crane/The Voice

Hesed House Harbor program presentation:

Rotary Club of Aurora umbrella gifts are in the hands of Neil McMenamin, left, and Dave Richert, right, after their presentation at the Rotary Club of Aurora Monday. They explained how Hesed House has worked with health care providers, and Aurora Police and Fire Departments to support the homeless in…...

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Aurora Public Library Executive director Michaela Haberkern offers a five-year plan

Aurora Public Library executive director Michaela Haberkern offers a five-year plan

By Miriam Meza –  Have you been following along with what’s new at the Aurora Public Library (APL)? You might know we have a new executive director, Michaela Haberkern. You probably have been wondering what her vision is, what her background is, or just want to know more about her…....

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Aurora's Farmers Market is moving to Water Street Mall in downtown in 2019

The Aurora Farmers Market will open its 107th season in a new location in the heart of downtown

  March’s arrival and warmer weather right around the corner means Saturday morning shopping at the farmers market not far off.   The 107th season of the Aurora Farmers Market will open with some of the Aurora area’s favorite farmers and vendors at a new, more convenient location, in downtown…...

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Veterans' Voice photos By John Montesano

One more remembrance, respect, honor

By John Montesano –  Due to a crisis in my personal life, the Veteran of the Month feature was temporarily put on hold, but it will be resumed in April. That personal situation was full of a great deal of grieving and reflection. How the passing of an individual affects…...

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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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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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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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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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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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League of Women Voters Central Kane County holds a candidate forum for Aurora Ward 1 alderman and alderman-at-large Tuesday at Aurora Police Department. The moderator was 20-year league member Patti Lackman. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issue oriented organization which never endorses candidates. The Ward 1 candidates are Peter Aguilera, Emmanuel Llamas, Caryl Riley, Amanda Sperzel. Alderman-at-large candidates are Sherman Jenkins, Brooke Shanley, and Durrell Williams. Williams was not in attendance. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

League of Women Voters Central Kane County candidate forums for Aurora and Batavia

League of Women Voters Central Kane County holds a candidate forum for Aurora Ward 1 alderman and alderman-at-large Tuesday at Aurora Police Department. The moderator was 20-year league member Patti Lackman. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issue oriented organization which never endorses candidates. The Ward 1 candidates…...

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Brook McDonald, CEO of The Conservation Foundation, answers questions about the Fox River Monday from members of the Rotary Club of Aurora. The Foundation preserves and restores natural areas and open space, protects rivers and watersheds, and promotes stewardship of our environment. He shared information about the book, “A Fox River Testimony” which shows 73 original paintings by Joel Sheesley. He spent two years travelling up and down the Fox River from West Dundee south to Ottawa, to capture all of its moods, meanders, and seasons, on canvas. McDonald answered questions about the health of the Fox River, including the dams. He said dam-removal is needed because the worst water quality is behind the dams. Ecologically, they are barriers which impede fish from going upstream to reproduce. Jason Crane/The Voice

‘A Fox River Testimony’:

Brook McDonald, CEO of The Conservation Foundation, answers questions about the Fox River Monday from members of the Rotary Club of Aurora. The Foundation preserves and restores natural areas and open space, protects rivers and watersheds, and promotes stewardship of our environment. McDonald shared information about the book, “A Fox…...

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Ben Pohl, a motivational speaker, shares his personal story about distracted driving at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. He, just as are many, was a distracted driver at the age of 17, with four friends in his car. He wasn’t using a cellphone, but was distracted by the radio and laughing with friends and not paying attention. His inattention caused him to take his eyes off the road and lose control of his car. He injured himself and four friends. He spent two years relearning how to walk and speak. He has made it his mission to make sure that drivers are aware of the risk and consequences so that they don’t end up in the emergency room similar to his situation. He shares his message at schools and with young drivers. Approximately nine persons are killed and more than 1,000 injured daily in the United States in incidents reported as a distracted driver, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. Jason Crane/The Voice

Distracted driving: Ben Pohl motivation

Ben Pohl, a motivational speaker, shares his personal story about distracted driving at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Pohl, just as are many, was a distracted driver at the age of 17, with four friends in his car. He wasn’t using a cellphone, but…...

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An Aurora Public Library customer uses a VR headset. Teen Tech Week Tech-A-Palooza will be Saturday, March 9. Submitted photo

Teen Tech Week: Tech-A-Palooza Saturday, March 9 at Aurora Public Library

By Miriam Meza –  With the rapid growth in technology it’s hard to keep up with what’s new, how to use it, and whether or not it’s worth buying. At the Aurora Public Library, we want to provide our customers with the opportunity to express creativity through different media, including…...

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Fox Metro’s mascot receives the name of Felix which was chosen by Leo Blau in a drawing. He is in each photo. Blau, 3, is from Sandwich. His mother, holding him in left photo, Andrea Herrington, is an East Aurora High School graduate. Judith Sotir, left, is Fox Metro Board president. Pat Devine of Fox Metro is in right photo. Carter Crane/The Voice

Fox Metro mascot named:

Fox Metro’s mascot receives the name of Felix which was chosen by Leo Blau in a drawing. He is in each photo. Blau, 3, is from Sandwich. His mother, holding him in left photo, Andrea Herrington, is an East Aurora High School graduate. Judith Sotir, left, is Fox Metro Board…...

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