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Aurora City Council Honored members of the Tomcat Youth Football League, left. Last month, they clinched the 2018 State championship for the Bantam Level in a 38-12 victory against number 3 ranked Grayslake Colts. They are: Victor Aguilar, Giovanni Briseno, Nehemiah Brown, Adan Colin, Benjamin Corral, Emilio Correa, Peyton Cowles, Salvador Esquivel, Mason Estrada, Emmanuel Gomez-Corona, Angel Gonzalez, Abraham Hernandez, Jaxson Mendoza, Adan Mondgragon, Julio Montemayor, Javier Munoz, Nathan Romero and Jesus Oscar Sanchez. Head coach is Steven Lange and assistance coaches are Jeremy Graham, Tony Estrada, Sergio Briseno, Alberto Gonzalez, and David Clow.

Aurora Council passes $434 Million budget

By Jason Crane –  Aldermen for the city of Aurora government voted unanimously to pass the $434 Million budget while aldermen voted 8-3 against giving a tax rebate to Aurora residential property owners at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, was hoping to use $2...

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Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could save taxpayers an extimated $160,000 per year. • A request was made for a special use permit for a Ricky Rockets fuel center at the Southwest corner of Orchard Road and Jericho Road. The proposed facility would be a gas station, car wash, convenience store, multi-tenant building and future out-lots, and hospitality use. The plan could be approved next month. • A property tax rebate in the amount of $45 will be mailed to each residential property owner who submits an application by December 17. The application can be found on the Village of Montgomery website. Jason Crane/The Voice

Installation of solar panels for the Fox Metro Reclamation District could save taxpayers $160,000

Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could...

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Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall are: • To encourage new multi-family housing and mixed-use developments in and around the Fox Valley Mall property. • New housing encouraged at strategic locations within easy access of transit and commercial uses. • Support infill and redevelopment of underperforming properties. The plan can be seen at the city government of Aurora’s website. Jason Crane/The Voice

City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house

Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall...

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Let's Go Green

Let’s Go Green!

• Styrofoam Recycling: Kane County Division of Environmental Resources reminds everyone that no city recycling program in Kane County can recycle No. 6 plastic or polystyrene. DART Container Corporation, 310 Evergreen Drive, North Aurora, will accept polystyrene blocks and clean food containers. Items that are not accepted are straws, cup...

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John Whitehead

War on Christmas, politically-correct themes over the top

To a nation of snowflakes, Christmas has become yet another trigger word. The latest Christmas casualties in the campaign to create one large national safe space are none other than the beloved animated classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, denounced for promoting bullying and homophobia, which first aired on television December...

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DuPage County holds inauguration for officials Monday

DuPage County was host to an inauguration ceremony Monday for 17 elected officials who were sworn into office. DuPage County State’s attorney Robert Berlin presided over the event. DuPage County chairman Dan Cronin delivered his third inaugural address. Cronin was first elected to the office of County Board chairman in...

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Will County reports vote totals

Will County clerk Nancy Schultz Voots thanks Will County for voting in the November 6 general election. Below are the statistics for this Election: Total registered voters: 429,647 Total vote by mail ballots cast/returned: 24,768 Total early voting ballots cast: 48,355 Total election day ballots cast: 176,174 Total same day...

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North Aurora resident Dave Smith was one of two speakers asking North Aurora officials questions at the North Aurora Village Board meeting Monday. Smith inquired about the $5,000 tax levy increase for the 92 homes in the Oaks Special Service area #7 in North Aurora. The money is set to repair erosion around the retention pond in the area. The amount would be an increase of approximately $55 per year. The tax levy for the Special Service Area was one of all 10 with various amounts that were approved.

Increase in North Aurora Tax Levies; L. E. D. stoplights don’t melt snow

North Aurora resident Dave Smith was one of two speakers asking North Aurora officials questions at the North Aurora Village Board meeting Monday. Smith inquired about the $5,000 tax levy increase for the 92 homes in the Oaks Special Service area #7 in North Aurora. The money is set to...

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Let's Go Green

Let’s Go Green!

• Plastic bag recycling: Kane County Division of Environmental Resources reminds everyone not to put recyclable materials in plastic bags inside of the recycling collection bin. All recyclable items should be loose in the collection bin. Plastic Bags are the No. 1 contaminant at sorting facilities. Plastic bags and plastic...

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John Whitehead

Constitutional republic requires First Amendment rights

“The freedom of individuals verbally to oppose or challenge police action without thereby risking arrest is one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation from a police state.” —Justice William J. Brennan, City of Houston v. Hill What the architects of the police state want are...

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The city government of Aurora seeks public input for Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update

The city government of Aurora seeks public input for Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update

An informational open house from 4 p.m. to  7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Calvary Church, 9S200 IL-59, Naperville, near the intersection of Route 59 and Montgomery Road, seeks input for a Route 59 comprehensive plan update. The purpose of the open house is to provide information on the city ...

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Preparations under way for the 2019 elections

Both Aurora and Naperville, among other communities, have been accepting filing of candidates for city government. Primary elections will be February 26, 2019 and the consolidation election will be April 2, 2019. Aurora has openings for one alderman-at-large, Ward 1, Ward 3, Ward 5, Ward 6, and Ward 8. See...

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Will County candidates file Dec. 10

Individuals running as candidates in the Will County Consolidated Election April 2, 2019 can file their petitions starting Monday, Dec. 10 at 8:30 a.m. through Monday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m.. Petitions for cities, villages, park districts, library districts, community college districts, and fire protection districts will be filed at...

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Aurora’s Governor’s Hometown Award is a focus at the Aurora City Council Tuesday at City Hall with city government, Rebuilding Aurora Together Aurora, and Neighborhood Group Support officials. Jason Crane/The Voice

City of Aurora government receives Governor’s Hometown Award

The city government of Aurora was honored recently with a Governor’s Hometown Award for its work to brighten up neighborhoods on the Near East and Near West Sides. Aurora is one of 23 communities statewide to receive the honor from the Serve Illinois Commission during a special reception at the...

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Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora reads a proclamation to honor the 40-year anniversary of Covenant Christian School in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Covenant Christian School in Aurora honored

By Jason Crane –  Covenant Christian School in Aurora was honored at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday, for 40 years of service. The city of Aurora government was honored as one of 23 communities statewide to receive the Governor’s Hometown Award for it’s work to brighten up neighborhoods on...

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Julie Morrison, Montgomery Village engineer from Engineering Enterprises, Inc. shares information before a public hearing on a low-interest loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. The purpose of the public hearing is to allow the public to comment on the Village’s plan to remove lead services in the Marberry Manor subdivision and the downtown area. The Village is seeking funding assistance to complete the project. There were no speakers at the hearing. She said following the hearing, there is a 10-day comment period where the public can submit written comments to the Village clerk or IEPA. A copy of the plan will be at the Village Hall until December 7. The project will allow the village to remove all known lead service lines. The loan is 50% forgivable up to $1 Million. Jason Crane/The Voice

Montgomery village government to remove all known lead service lines

Julie Morrison, Montgomery Village engineer from Engineering Enterprises, Inc. shares information before a public hearing on a low-interest loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. The purpose of the public hearing is to allow the public to comment on the Village’s plan to...

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List of candidates who filed November 19, to run for aldermen in Aurora

An UPDATE to the list of candidates who filed to run for aldermen in Aurora

Recently-added candidates for office in Aurora since November 19 are in blue among those who have filed for office and asterisk indicates an incumbent: Alderman-at-Large: Sherman Jenkins* Brooke Ann Shanley Durrell Williams Ward 1 Peter Aguilera Emmanuel Llamas Caryl Riley Amanda Sperzel Valerie Budach Hugo Saltijeral Ward 3 Theodoros Mesiacos*...

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North Aurora resident Sid Pearce describes the 14 hours of noise each day from grading and site preparation north of her home on Ridge Road to the North Aurora Village board Monday. The site of the former Fox Valley Golf Course is set to be a subdivsion of homes. Village administrator Steve Bosco said they are trying to get the land graded and prepared for roads before the asphalt factories close at the end of November. • Consent was given to create the Village’s first truancy ordinance in cooperation with West Aurora School District 129 at the Committee of the Whole meeting. The ordinance will help deal with students who are habitually absent. Violators over the age of 13 years may be subject to a fine, or community service, or both. If the violator is under 13 years of age, the parent or custodian of the violator is subject to the fine or community service, or both. The fine discussed was up to $750. • Consent was given to add music and more amplified speakers to the July 3 fireworks show. Melrose Pyrotechnics informed the Village, the cost for the $25,000 shows in the past has increased $3,800 to $28,800 due to new safety regulations passed in China where their fireworks are purchased. The Board agreed to reduce the approximately 20-minute show to 16 or 17 minutes in 2019 to keep the cost the same $25,000 in 2018. The final votes are set for the December 3 Village Board meeting. Jason Crane/The Voice

North Aurora: Construction, music, fireworks:

North Aurora resident Sid Pearce describes the 14 hours of noise each day from grading and site preparation north of her home on Ridge Road to the North Aurora Village board Monday. The site of the former Fox Valley Golf Course is set to be a subdivsion of homes. Village...

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