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Governor-elect JB Pritzker visits Aurora January 12 to meet with Seniors and Youth

Governor-elect JB Pritzker started his inaugural weekend with a day of service Saturday, Jan. 12, including a visit to Aurora, Illinois’ second most populous city, to serve senior citizens with community youth.  Mayor Richard Irvin welcomed Pritzker on his third trip to Aurora for a special visit with senior citizens…...

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Linda Chapa LaVia Illinois 83rd District State Representative

83rd District Representative Linda Chapa LaVia Elected to Assistant Majority Leader in Illinois House of Representatives

After being sworn-in to a ninth term to the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday, Jan. 9 in Springfield, Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) was voted by her peers to serve as an assistant majority leader in the 101st General Assembly.   “I am honored my colleagues chose me to be their…...

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Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of Aurora Public Library (APL), has announced her resignation from the library effective in early March, says library board president John Savage.

Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of Aurora Public Library announces her resignation from the library effective in early March

Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of Aurora Public Library (APL), Thursday, Jan. 10 announced her resignation from the Library effective in early March, said Library Board president John Savage. Porter-Reynolds, who has served as Library director since September 2014, has accepted a new role as chief public services officer at the St. Louis…...

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Aurora Kiwanis grants: Representatives from nonprofit organizations pose for a photo at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Kiwanis Club introduced the Fall 2018 grant recipients. From left are: Anne Moore, Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation; Amy Daeschler, CASA Kane County; Kathy Malone, Mutual Ground; Christina Campos and Mariana Osoria, Family Focus; Lauren Jernigan, Public Action to Deliver Shelter/Hesed House; Greg Weider, Fox Valley Hands of Hope. Not in photo: Rebuilding Together Aurora. The Club awarded $7,500 in grants. The next grant cycle will be in the Spring. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Kiwanis grants:

Representatives from nonprofit organizations pose for a photo at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Kiwanis Club introduced the Fall 2018 grant recipients. From left are: Anne Moore, Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation; Amy Daeschler, CASA Kane County; Kathy Malone, Mutual Ground; Christina Campos and Mariana…...

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Brett Weiss, founder of Weiss Scholarship Foundation, presents information at the Rotary Club of Aurora Monday. Weiss has made six trips to help the Villagers of Dago in Kenya. His foundation has a global grant and is looking for a lead partner. The Foundation plans to build two new classrooms, a bathroom for girls and one for boys, and provide training for teachers. Weiss said the average Kenyan has four years of education. The average cost for a four-year high school education is $3,500. The foundation has provided scholarships for 27 boys and 27 girls. Jason Crane/The Voice

Weiss Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for students in Kenya

Brett Weiss, founder of Weiss Scholarship Foundation, presents information at the Rotary Club of Aurora Monday. Weiss has made six trips to help the Villagers of Dago in Kenya. His foundation has a global grant and is looking for a lead partner. The Foundation plans to build two new classrooms,…...

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volunteers in MLK Day 2018 pose in front of the Santori Public Library of Aurora.

Preparations under way at APL for new MLK Day

By Miriam Meza –  With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day right around the corner, Monday, Jan. 21, it’s a great time to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, our roles as responsible global citizens and what we plan for our legacy, whether it’s in our community or in the world. Dr…....

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Aurora University senior forward Tyler Carlson drives against a Concordia University Chicago defender. He had a career night Thursday, Jan. 3. He led the Spartans to a 97-84 victory and reached 1,000 career points with his final free-throw of the night. He scored 37 points and became the 34th member of the Spartans men's basketball 1,000-point club. Carlson, from Elburn, played basketball at Kaneland High School. Al Benson/The Voice

Aurora University senior forward Tyler Carlson reaches 1,000 career points

Aurora University senior forward Tyler Carlson drives against a Concordia University Chicago defender. He had a career night Thursday, Jan. 3. He led the Spartans to a 97-84 victory and reached 1,000 career points with his final free-throw of the night. He scored 37 points and became the 34th member…...

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West Aurora High School point guard Traevon Brown, 1, drives against a Streamwood opponent Friday, Jan. 4 in an Upstate Eight Conference game in Aurora. Brown, a senior, scored 18 points in the 76-58 victory. Saturday evening, West Aurora rallied to defeat visiting DeKalb, 61-59, in a non-conference game. Al Benson/The Voice

West Aurora High School point guard Traevon Brown scores 18 points in basketball game against DeKalb

West Aurora High School point guard Traevon Brown, 1, drives against a Streamwood opponent Friday, Jan. 4 in an Upstate Eight Conference game in Aurora. Brown, a senior, scored 18 points in the 76-58 victory. Saturday evening, West Aurora rallied to defeat visiting DeKalb, 61-59, in a non-conference game. Al…...

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Ken Harkins, left, and Joe Pierce, 1970 Aurora Central Catholic High School alumni, pose for photos Friday, Jan. 4. They were among former Aurora Central basketball players honored in a ceremony prior to the varsity game. Aurora Central celebrated 50 years of basketball by recognizing past half-century alumni. Aurora Central defeated IC Catholic Prep, 44-43. Tom Harkins photo

Aurora Central Catholic celebrates 50 years of basketball

Ken Harkins, left, and Joe Pierce, 1970 Aurora Central Catholic High School alumni, pose for photos Friday, Jan. 4. They were among former Aurora Central basketball players honored in a ceremony prior to the varsity game. Aurora Central celebrated 50 years of basketball by recognizing past half-century alumni. Aurora Central…...

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ELEMY, LLC will be host to the Second Annual ELEMY Chili Bowl to benefit World Relief DuPage/Aurora from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York Street, and Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York Street, each in downtown Aurora.

Chili Bowl Saturday, Jan. 19 to help World Relief DuPage/Aurora

ELEMY, LLC will be host to the Second Annual ELEMY Chili Bowl to benefit World Relief DuPage/Aurora from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York Street, and Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York Street, each in downtown Aurora. For $15 per person,…...

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Tom Weisner, former Aurora mayor

Tom Weisner, 1949-2018 – Memorial service set for Paramount Theatre

Tom Weisner, surrounded by his loved ones, passed away peacefully Friday morning, December 28, 2018, following complications from an extended battle with cancer. He was 69 years old. He was mayor of Aurora 2005 to 2016. The official family statement: “While we are deeply saddened by the passing of Tom,…...

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The Fox Valley Park District’s New Year’s Eve party noon December 31, 2018, brings family fun at the Vaughan Center in Aurora. Al Benson/The Voice

Family fun at Fox Valley Park District’s New Year’s Eve noon party

The Fox Valley Park District’s New Year’s Eve party noon December 31, 2018, brings family fun at the Vaughan Center in Aurora. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log In Register...

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Freedom Rider at Kwanzaa celebration in Aurora

The annual Kwanzaa celebration at the Prisco Center in Aurora Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, includes author and freedom rider Thomas M. Armstrong III. The celebration was sponsored by Aurora’s African American Men of Unity. He delivers the keynote message at the Aurora celebration with information about his book, “Autobiography of…...

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Krista Danis stands in the Durham Atrium at the Santori Public Library of Aurora. Submitted photo

Krista Danis’ new role APL program coordinator

By Miriam Meza –  New year, new staff members! New year, new role, new events! The Aurora Public Library (APL) is kicking off the new year with a new staff member at the Santori Public Library of Aurora and the new ideas that come with her. We welcome Krista Danis,…...

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Jules Williamson, left, of East Aurora High School, plays defense against West Aurora’s Traevon Brown in the teams’ East-West game Friday, Dec. 21 at East Aurora. In spite of the 28 points by Williamson, West Aurora won, 83-76. West Aurora girls won, 64-50. See pages 10-11. Al Benson/The Voice

West Aurora High School defeats East Aurora in East-West basketball game

Jules Williamson, left, of East Aurora High School, plays defense against West Aurora’s Traevon Brown in the teams’ East-West game Friday, Dec. 21 at East Aurora. In spite of the 28 points by Williamson, West Aurora won, 83-76. West Aurora girls won, 64-50. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for...

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More than 90 individuals participate in two caroling tours December 15 for the “Peace in the Womb” Christmas Caroling outside of abortion facilities in Chicago and DuPage County. Christmas carols were sung at seven abortion facilities, four on the Chicago tour, three in DuPage County. Planned Parenthood called the police on the peaceful carolers at their facility at LaSalle and Division Streets in Chicago. The police initially told the group they had to move down the road because of the Chicago “Bubble Zone” ordinance, but the pro-lifers eventually convinced them the ordinance requires no such thing. At American Women’s Medical Center in Chicago, counter-protesters tried unsuccessfully to drown out the carolers with New Years Eve-style noisemakers. Pro-Life Action League was the sponsor. Submitted photos

Voices for the voiceless:

More than 90 individuals participate in two caroling tours December 15 for the “Peace in the Womb” Christmas Caroling outside of abortion facilities in Chicago and DuPage County. Christmas carols were sung at seven abortion facilities, four on the Chicago tour, three in DuPage County. Planned Parenthood called the police…...

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Charlie Zine, president of the Rotary Club of Aurora, presents 70 photos to the Rotary Club of Aurora members December 17 from his trip by kayak, the whole length of the Fox River. Zine and Chuck Roberts completed the eight-day, 202-mile journey from Colgate, Wis. to Ottawa last Summer. Their journey experience: 26 logjams, three beaver dams, 16 man-made dams, two man-made lakes, three days and nights of rain, shoreline camps with no fire, and wild dangerous Asian Carp fish. Jason Crane/The Voice

202-mile journey on Fox River from Colgate, Wis. to Ottawa shared at Rotary Club of Aurora

Charlie Zine, president of the Rotary Club of Aurora, presents 70 photos to the Rotary Club of Aurora members December 17 from his trip by kayak, the whole length of the Fox River. Zine and Chuck Roberts completed the eight-day, 202-mile journey from Colgate, Wis. to Ottawa last Summer. Their…...

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Ross D. Secler, left, Chicago election law and campaign finance attorney, advises the city of Aurora Municipal Officers Electoral Board at one of five hearings for aldermanic candidates in Aurora at City Hall, Wednesday, Dec. 19. Board members are: Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, Aurora alderman-at-large, Robert O’Connor, and Wendy McCambridge, city clerk. Candidate for 1st Ward, Peter Aguilera, was the only one of five who had objections overruled. Candidates were denied for several reasons regarding rules of filing nomination papers correctly. Nomination papers were denied due to failure to fasten them as required. The aldermanic candidates who were denied for incorrect filing of nomination papers: Hugo Saltijeral, candidate for 1st Ward; Valerie Budach, candidate for 1st Ward; John Robinson, candidate 8th Ward; and Paul J. Santucci, candidate for 1st Ward. All races for Aurora aldermen have fewer than five candidates each, therefore, a primary in February 2019 will not be held. Jason Crane/The Voice

Four of five candidates for Aurora alderman race denied for incorrect filing of nomination papers

Ross D. Secler, left, Chicago election law and campaign finance attorney, advises the city of Aurora Municipal Officers Electoral Board at one of five hearings for aldermanic candidates in Aurora at City Hall, Wednesday, Dec. 19. Board members are: Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, Aurora alderman-at-large, Robert O’Connor, and Wendy…...

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Three Kings’ Day at Santori Library January 6, 2019

By Miriam Meza –  Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or Kwanzaa, during this holiday season, the Aurora Public Library offers like happy holidays! Among the many celebrations during this season is el Día de los Reyes Magos. What is this celebration, you ask? El día de los…...

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Mark Brent, right, son of the late Bob Brent, accepts his father’s East Aurora High School Distinguished Alumni Award from Blanca Souders, East Aurora Alumni Association, Friday, at the honor at East Aurora. Bob Brent was the police chief in Aurora for 12 years, starting in 1979. He joined the Aurora Police Department in 1961. He was graduated from East Aurora in 1957. He established the Aurora police cadet program and instituted 911 service and call center in Aurora. He served on numerous social and civic organizations in retirement. Al Benson/The Voice

East Aurora High School Distinguished Alum Bob Brent

Mark Brent, right, son of the late Bob Brent, accepts his father’s East Aurora High School Distinguished Alumni Award from Blanca Souders, East Aurora Alumni Association, Friday, at the honor at East Aurora. Bob Brent was the police chief in Aurora for 12 years, starting in 1979. He joined the…...

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