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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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League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters Central Kane County will provide three Aurora aldermanic forums in March along with forums in Geneva and St. Charles

  Forums in Aurora: • Ward 1 and at-large candidates, Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 7:30 p.m.. (Note time change to 7:30 p.m. due to 6 p.m. State of the City event) • Wards 5 and 6 candidates, Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m.. • Ward 8 candidates, Monday, Mar. 18…...

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Oswego Regional Class 4A Basketball between West Aurora and Plainfield Central 3-1-19

March Madness basketball provides thrills, championships, close calls

March Madness makes visits around the country in basketball each year. The college pairings announcements Sunday, March 17 for the 68-team NCAA Division I tournament, which will begin two days later and end in early April, is the visibly-diagnosed cases of March Madness each year. There are many other observations,…...

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Aurora-based mentoring group, Boys II Men, will host its 12th annual Phenomenal Man Award

Awards ceremony for young men in Aurora highlights achievements of youth and strength of a healing community

Aurora-based mentoring group, Boys II Men, will be host to its 12th annual Phenomenal Man Awards – Stronger Together – at 6:02 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora. The theme is both a reflection of the young men who will be honored for academic excellence and…...

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Gail Johnson, left, Village president of Oswego, following her State of the Village address at the Goodrich Kendall 11, unveils a gift from Debbie Mossburg, executive director of Bike Bald of Oswego, right. The Abraham Lincoln resemblance was made of 1,722 brush strokes to represent the number of children of Illinois with cancer. Bike Bald, formerly of Naperville, is in the Stonehill Industrial Park in Oswego. Jason Crane/The Voice

Oswego Village president Gail Johnson presents State of the Village

Gail Johnson, left, Village president of Oswego, following her State of the Village address at the Goodrich Kendall 11, unveils a gift from Debbie Mossburg, executive director of Bike Bald of Oswego, right. The Abraham Lincoln resemblance was made of 1,722 brush strokes to represent the number of children of…...

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Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora reads the City of Aurora Proclamation at the Heritage Dinner sponsored by the Aurora African American Board. Middle is Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Right is Skyy Calice, five-year Aurora Police Department veteran and recipient of the Outstanding African American Leader of the Year for her community youth activism. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Police Officer Skyy Calice receives Outstanding African American Leader of the Year Award

Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora reads the City of Aurora Proclamation at the Heritage Dinner sponsored by the Aurora African American Board. Middle is Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Right is Skyy Calice, five-year Aurora Police Department veteran and recipient of the Outstanding African American Leader of the Year…...

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Montgomery Girl Scout Troop 1769 makes cookie sales at Culver’s in Oswego Saturday. The season is here for Nationwide Girl Scout cookies. Latrell Austin, left, decides which cookies to purchase. Jason Crane/The Voice

It’s time again for Girl Scout cookies:

Montgomery Girl Scout Troop 1769 makes cookie sales in the rain at Culver’s in Oswego Saturday. The season is here for Nationwide Girl Scout cookies. Latrell Austin, left, decides which cookies to purchase. For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts and their enthusiastic supporters have helped ensure the success of the…...

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Kiwanis coffee mugs were presented to Linnea and Rich Forney, center, Salvation Army of Aurora officers, after their presentation at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Kiwanian Amy Roth, left, and Kiwanis president Kim Groom were the presenters. The presentation included the success of their Angel Tree program which provides gifts to children in need who would otherwise be without Christmas presents. In 2018, the program in Aurora helped more than 3,000 children. They purchased the former Moose Lodge on Redwood Drive in Aurora and had the building demolished this week. They are set to break ground June 10 and will build and open phase 1 of the new facility in a year. The current facility is at 437 E. Galena Boulevard on the City’s East Side. Jason Crane/The Voice

Salvation Army of Aurora shares Angel Tree success and plans for new facility

Kiwanis coffee mugs were presented to Linnea and Rich Forney, center, Salvation Army of Aurora officers, after their presentation at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Kiwanian Amy Roth, left, and Kiwanis president Kim Groom were the presenters. The presentation included the success…...

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Mark Armstrong, Kane County supervisor of assessments, shares tax tips Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora at the Roundhouse. Armstrong has been a State-certified general real estate appraiser since 1993, and a certified Illinois assessing officer since 1994. Armstrong recently received the 2018 Marshall Theroux Memorial Award which is the highest assessment award in the State. Armstrong explained and emphasized homeowners use Homestead Exemptions. The exemptions available are: Senior citizen, senior freeze (base year assessment), homestead improvement, returning veterans, veterans with disabilities, persons with disabilities. Jason Crane/The Voice

Mark Armstrong, Kane County supervisor of assessments, shares tax tips with Rotary Club of Aurora

Mark Armstrong, Kane County supervisor of assessments, shares tax tips Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora at the Roundhouse. Armstrong has been a State-certified general real estate appraiser since 1993, and a certified Illinois assessing officer since 1994. Armstrong recently received the 2018 Marshall Theroux Memorial Award which is…...

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Montgomery Police Officer Bob Kaleta, left, receives the Life saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phil Smith at the Village Board meeting in Montgomery Monday. Kaleta performed CPR to save the life of an unconscious man January 19. Jason Crane/The Voice

Montgomery Police Officer honored for saving a life

Montgomery Police Officer Bob Kaleta, left, receives the Life saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phil Smith at the Village Board meeting in Montgomery Monday. Kaleta performed CPR to save the life of an unconscious man January 19. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3...

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Michael Pegues, chief information officer for the city of Aurora government, expresses the need to establish a Smart City Advisory Council at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. City officials hope to utilize a strategic plan for technology. The plan can be viewed at SmartAurora.com.

A push to establish a city of Aurora government Smart City Advisory Council

Michael Pegues, chief information officer for the city of Aurora government, expresses the need to establish a Smart City Advisory Council at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. City officials hope to utilize a strategic plan for technology. The plan can be viewed at SmartAurora.com. Unanimously approved were three agreements…...

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