Category: Government

Proclamation for inaugural Aurora Pride Parade

A proclamation for the inaugural Aurora Pride Parade Sunday is held by co-chair of the parade, Kimberly Adams at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday evening. Gwyn Ciesla, left is co-chair, second from left is Richard Irvin, mayor of Aurora, and right is Chuck Adams. Other proclamations were presented for...

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One Year Later

Tom Skilling, WGN-TV meteorologist and West Aurora High School graduate, offers remarks at U.S. congressman Bill Foster’s seminar Saturday on a one-year anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Paris Climate Change Accord. The event was at the One E. Benton Building, the former Aurora Public Library building, in Aurora. Foster...

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Oswego Community Conversations at 3 sites

Each Summer, the village government of Oswego will be host to a series of Community Conversations, to give residents opportunities to talk one-on-one with staff members and elected officials in their neighborhoods. Community Conversations this Summer will be at three locations in Oswego: • Thursday, June 21, Fox Chase Elementary,...

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Request: Emotional-support chickens in Montgomery

Montgomery resident Luke Villotti spoke at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday regarding his emotional-support chickens in the back yard of his home in the 2900 block of Shetland Lane. He said there has been a lot of conjecture, misinformation, and bias about his emotional-support animals. He said he served...

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Comment on City of Aurora government housing codes

Aurora resident Rick Lawrence thanks mayor of Aurora Richard Irvin and city of Aurora employees at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. He said many homes in his neighborhood around Aurora University have been used as rooming houses and run as businesses since 2007. He said the current code allows...

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No one above the law in the U.S., including the president

Someone needs to alert Donald Trump: There is no get-out-of-jail-free” card just for being president. According to Trump’s Twitter feed, he believes that he has an absolute right to pardon himself of any crimes for which he might be charged while serving in office. He’s not alone in this imperial...

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Former site of Fox Valley Golf Course could become Lincoln Valley on the Fox

North Aurora resident James Laughead explains his concerns about a proposed residential development at the North Aurora Committee of the Whole meeting Monday which was moved to the North Aurora Police Department community room due to inoperable air-conditioning at the Village Hall. Proposed is a 374-unit subdivision at the former...

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Aurora Committee of the Whole sends two items to Council

By Amy Roth –  Two items that triggered debate in previous Aurora City Council meetings were included on the June 5 Committee of the Whole agenda. The meeting was held at City Hall. Scientel Solutions’ plan to build its national headquarters at 245 N. Eola Road, Aurora, just south of...

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New restaurant building in Oswego

Another new development is in the works for downtown Oswego, at the site of the former Village Hall. The Oswego Village Board of Trustees, Tuesday, unanimously approved a purchase and sale agreement with Imperial Investments, LLC, for the lot at 113 Main Street, paving the way for a new three-story...

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Problems with U.S. government require us to take action

There are days I wake up, and I’m not sure what country I live in any more. There are days I wake up and want to go right back to sleep in the hopes that this surreal landscape of government-sanctioned injustice, corruption, and brutality, is just a really bad dream....

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Ceremonial shoveling in ground-breaking for the pedestrian and bike bridge

Aurora City Council members, mayor Richard Irvin, sixth from the left, and Tom Weisner, f ormer mayor, fifth from left, offer ceremonial shoveling in ground-breaking Wednesday, May 16 for the pedestrian and bike bridge which will connect the East Side and West Side of Aurora north of downtown. Later, the...

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On Robert Kennedy 50 years later

June 5 will mark a half-century since Robert Kennedy’s assassination, in the midst of his presidential campaign and a tumultuous 1968 that claimed the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. just two months earlier. University of Illinois communication professor John Murphy has written about both Robert Kennedy...

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Just a thought on possible Nobel Peace Prize for president

A Nobel Peace Prize for Donald J. Trump? Already, Republicans in Congress are cobbling together the required application to be presented to the Nobel Prize Committee. They cite the upcoming talks between Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Un-jong, which may result in the long-awaited end to the Korean War...

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Investing in the Arts in Aurora, invests in the future

By Thomas J. Weisner, former mayor of Aurora –  It has been an eventful Spring for Aurora’s downtown. The Paramount Theatre was host to comedian Jay Leno in late April and, for a full one-and-a-half hours, the “house” was full of both an audience and unrestrained laughter. The fourth and...

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North Aurora Village receives financial reporting award

Rita Kruse, a representative for the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, presents an award to the North Aurora Village Board at the Village Board meeting Monday. The award is for outstanding achievement in popular annual financial reporting for the 2017 fiscal year. Jason Crane/The Voice...

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Aurora Housing Authority selects new leader

After an extensive national search and selection process, the Aurora Housing Authority Board, (AHA) has selected Ralph Jordan to lead the public housing agency. AHA Board chairman Joseph Grisson commented on the selection by saying “We are pleased and privileged to welcome Ralph and to have the experience and expertise...

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Authoritarian government allows stifling over-regulation

We work under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government officials who are largely insulated from the ill effects of their actions, and inflicted on an overtaxed, overregulated, and underrepresented populace. Consider, for example,...

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Concerns about pulling out of Iran deal, Paris Accord

By Judd Lofchie –  I am very concerned about president Donald Trump’s pulling out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. This action, along with pulling us out of the Paris Climate Accord, may have a chilling effect on our foreign policy. It has nothing to do with being anti-Trump or a...

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Road project in Naperville

The city government of Naperville will be host to a public meeting to introduce the 95th Street and Book Road Intersection Improvement Project to the public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Comments can be sent to dunnek@naperville.il.us...

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Montgomery Police Officer Kelli Smith receives a Life-Saving Award

Montgomery Police Officer Kelli Smith receives a Life-Saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phillip J. Smith at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. Officer Smith, who has been with the Montgomery Police Department for approximately a year-and-a-half, responded to a call of an infant in medical distress in the 2400...

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