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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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Naperville in Super Bowl crackdown

The Naperville Police Department made 37 traffic stops and issued 36 citations during the recent Super Bowl crackdown. The Super Bowl weekend Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket enforcement effort ran Friday, Feb. 1, through the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 4, to keep…...

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New York Street in downtown Aurora was blocked at Broadway Tuesday for bomb evacuation at Hollywood Casino

Casino evacuated in Aurora

An adult male entered the Hollywood Casino in downtown Aurora on New York Street at approximately 1:30 p.m. and had an interaction with an employee in which he made statements that the employee perceived were threatening in nature. The employee alerted Casino security and security called 911. As a precaution,…...

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Oswego resident Herschel Luckinbill, above, left, portrays a gunman being disabled by self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County. Rosner spoke and demonstrated self-defense tactics in "How to Protect Yourself if Attacked" at Aurora Navy League Council 247's monthly dinner meeting at Grandma's Table Restaurant in Montgomery Tuesday, Jan. 15

Self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County demonstrates self-defense tactics at Aurora Navy League Council 247’s monthly dinner meeting

Oswego resident Herschel Luckinbill, portrays a gunman being disabled by self-defense expert Joe Rosner of McHenry County. Rosner spoke and demonstrated self-defense tactics in “How to Protect Yourself if Attacked” at Aurora Navy League Council 247’s monthly dinner meeting at Grandma’s Table Restaurant in Montgomery Tuesday, Jan. 15. Below, Rosner…...

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Kiwanis Club of Aurora member Amy Roth, left, hands a Kiwanis coffee mug to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Chief Ziman shared this year’s Police Department initiatives. Aurora has the second largest municipal police department with a budget of $73 Million and has 301 sworn officers, an increase from 289 recently, including four police dogs, 73 full-time non-sworn officers in telecommunications, booking, and records, and 33 part-time non-sworn employees. Chief Ziman said work is in focus to address a slight increase in violent part 1 crimes, although shootings are down by 19%. Shooting numbers include property and are not just individuals struck. Aurora had zero homicides in 2012 and four homicides in 2018. She said in a city the size of Aurora, it’s well below the national average. Progress in 2018 included the addition of a Critical Incident Intel Center, reduction in time and cost of DUI prosecution, addition of a drone team, partnership with National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, which reads a bullet shell casing and recently was linked to eight shootings after confiscation of a gun. Partnership with RING doorbell systems for video of crimes has been added. Last year there were only five excessive-force complaints against officers with two sustained. Chief Ziman said the goals for this year remain the same, to reduce violent crime and community engagement. Right is Kiwanis president Kim Groom, a retired Aurora police officer, and president of Kiwanis Club of Aurora. Chief of Police Ziman, right photo, stands with her former West Aurora High School guidance counselor Archie Needham (retired). Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman “Mugged” by Kiwanis Club of Aurora after presenting Police Department initiatives

Kiwanis Club of Aurora member Amy Roth, left, hands a Kiwanis coffee mug to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Chief Ziman shared this year’s Police Department initiatives. Aurora has the second largest municipal police department with a budget…...

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Tanye M. McNeal of the 1200 block of Second Avenue is charged with three felony counts of aggravated battery and three misdemeanor counts of domestic battery in connection with the incident that occurred around 4:40 p.m. at Rush Copley Medical Center in the 2000 block of Ogden Avenue

Aurora woman who was videotaped dragging five-year-old boy by the hair at Aurora hospital charged with alleged child abuse

Aurora Police have secured numerous charges through the Kane County State’s Attorney on a 25-year-old Aurora woman who was seen on video dragging a five-year-old boy by the hair inside an Aurora hospital’s emergency room waiting area on Monday, Jan. 14. Tanye M. McNeal of the 1200 block of Second…...

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Amy Roth

Independent law firm saves Aurora money in DUI prosecution

Aurora aldermen heard a one-year update Tuesday during their regular Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall about the success of the outside law firm hired to handle prosecution of drunken driving cases. City Council members approved a contract with the Wheaton law offices of Kimberly M. DiGiovanni in…...

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Bomb threats sent to Aurora City Hall, Rush-Copley Hospital, and to other cities nationwide

A bomb threat was sent to Aurora City Hall and other buildings in Aurora during a visit by congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood, 14th Congressional District of Illinois, Thursday, Dec. 13. Aurora Police Department personnel are investigating and think it was a part of a nationwide series of bomb threat which appeared to…...

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We secured numerous felonies through the Kane County State's Attorney's Officeon a 45 year old Aurora man after executing a search warrant on Nov. 29. Samuel U. Jones of the 100 block of N. Farnsworth Ave. stands charged with two counts each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He is also charged with single counts of armed violence and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Three of the felonies are classified as Class-X and call for enhanced prison time upon conviction. The search warrant, which was executed at about 6:45 p.m. by members of our Special Operations, Community Policing and K-9 Units, resulted in the seizure of a handgun, almost eight grams of heroin, 29 ecstasy pills, over $1000 in cash and two vehicles. The contraband was all found either in the seized vehicles parked at his residence or in Jones’s possession. Jones is currently being held in lieu of $200,000 bail at the Kane County Jail. The charges are not proof of guilt. Jones is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the burden of the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Aurora Police Special Operations, Community Policing, and K-9 Units work together to seize a handgun, heroin, ecstasy pills, $1000 cash, and two vehicles

Aurora Police secured numerous felonies through the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office on a 45-year-old Aurora man after executing a search warrant November 29. Samuel U. Jones of the 100 block of N. Farnsworth Avenue stands charged with two counts each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver…...

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Kane County State’s attorney: Aurora Police officer justified in non-lethal shooting of Giovanni Padilla

The Kane County State’s attorney completes review of October 22, 2018, officer-involved shooting in Aurora: An officer-involved shooting occurred just before 6 p..m. October 22, 2018 near East Indian Trail and North Farnsworth Avenue in Aurora, in which Giovanni A. Padilla of Aurora was shot and wounded. Padilla suffered a gunshot wound to…...

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Joe McMahon, Kane County State's Attorney, discusses "Human Trafficking Special Investigation" Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Aurora Navy League Council 247's monthly membership dinner meeting at Grandma's Table Restaurant in Montgomery. The Navy League will be host to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Luncheon Monday, Dec. 3 at the Gaslite Manor. Al Benson/The Voice

Joe McMahon, Kane County State’s Attorney, discusses “Human Trafficking Special Investigation”

Joe McMahon, Kane County State’s Attorney, discusses “Human Trafficking Special Investigation” Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Aurora Navy League Council 247’s monthly membership dinner meeting at Grandma’s Table Restaurant in Montgomery. The Navy League will be host to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Luncheon Monday, Dec. 10 at the Gaslite Manor…...

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Representative seeks faster DNA testing

Concerned about the Illinois State Police’s sexual assault case backlog, State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, is calling for a review of the State Police’s procedures in order to both quicken the pace of DNA testing and deliver justice for every survivor of a violent crime. “Sexual assault survivors undergo mental…...

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Nelida Mendoza: Age 59 (d.o.b. 11-26-1958), of the 1000 block of Jericho Road, Aurora, Illinois. Case No. 18CF2264

Aurora Woman Charged with Domestic Battery for biting off man’s ear

An Aurora woman faces a felony domestic battery charge for biting off the ear of a person in her household. Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon has charged 59-year-old Nelida Mendoza with the offense of aggravated domestic battery, Class 2 felony. Kane County prosecutors allege in charging documents that the evening of…...

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Isaac Echols charged for possessing illegal guns, drugs

Aurora man charged for possessing illegal guns, drugs

An Aurora man faces multiple felony charges for illegally possessing several guns and a variety of narcotics. Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon has charged 27-year-old Isaac T. Echols with the offenses of: Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, Class X felony, 3 counts Unlawful use of a weapon by a felon,…...

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Ryan Reuland paints door after burglar(s) broke in. The burglary was thwarted due to an alarm

Aurora man charged in connection with two burglaries in Aurora downtown restaurants

Aurora Police Department representatives have secured felony charges through the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office on a 60-year-old Aurora man in connection with two burglaries at separate downtown restaurants Wednesday, Nov. 14. Jerry R. Miller Jr., of the 200 block of E. Galena Boulevard, is being held on two counts…...

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Major seizure of weapons, drugs, cash and jewelry in Aurora

Large amounts of weapons, drugs, cash, and jewelry seized in Aurora parole compliance check

The Aurora Police Department, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), seized a large amount of weapons, drugs, cash, and jewelry while conducting a parole compliance check in Aurora Wednesday, Nov. 7. Thirteen felony charges were authorized by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office against Terrell Alvarez, 23, of the…...

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A burglary at The Flower Basket in the 300 block of Lake Street in Aurora, Thursday evening at approximately 8 p.m. left the business with a broken window, damaged safe, and missing a few hundred dollars in cash. The owner reported shortly after the business closed, the alarm company called to report the alarm was triggered.  When police arrived, the offender(s) had already fled the building after unsuccessful attempts at prying and drilling open the safe.

The Flower Basket in Aurora the latest victim of multiple burglaries on Lake Street

A burglary at The Flower Basket in the 300 block of Lake Street in Aurora, Thursday evening at approximately 8 p.m. left the business with a broken window, damaged safe, and a few hundred dollars missing from a cash register. The owner reported a little more than an hour after…...

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A 13-year-old male student from Montgomery arrested for threats to harm school administrator

An arrest was made Friday, Oct. 12, at Thompson Junior High School, 440 Boulder Hill Pass, in Oswego (Ill.) Community School District 308, in connection with two new reported disorderly-conduct incidents that occurred both Thursday, Oct. 11 after school and Friday, Oct. 12 in the morning. Witnesses reported hearing a…...

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Police danger: Some SWAT teams carry out routine tasks

Vigilantes with a badge includes the growing squads of militarized police armed with weapons of war who are allowed to operate above the law and break the laws with impunity, but have not made the United States any safer, or freer. Don’t take my word for it. A new study…...

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Joe McMahon, Kane County State’s attorney, shares his concerns about the opium epidemic with Rotary Club of Aurora members, Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse.

Too many individuals with mental health needs aren’t getting the help they require – Kane County State’s attorney

Joe McMahon, Kane County State’s attorney, shares his concerns about the opium epidemic with Rotary Club of Aurora members, Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse. McMahon, Kane County State’s attorney since 2010, said too many individuals with mental health needs aren’t getting the help they require. They resort to drugs and…...

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