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Construction is nearing completion on the new headquarters of the Oswego Police Department, located at 3355 Wooley Road, Oswego. A dedication ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and includes tours for the public.

Public invited to celebrate opening of new Oswego Police Department headquarters Friday, Oct. 26

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the new headquarters of the Oswego (Ill.) Police Department. The new headquarters, 3355 Woolley Road, will be unveiled to the public during a dedication ceremony at 3 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 26. The public can take a glimpse of the inside of...

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State budget expo at Eola Road

State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, will be host to the annual Illinois State budget information session to help families better understand the State budget. The event will be Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Library Eola Road Branch, 555 S. Eola Road in Aurora. Admission is free....

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Naperville leaf collection under way

The Naperville’s bulk curbside leaf collection program started this week. This program will provide every neighborhood with three collection opportunities during the program’s six-week period, weather permitting. To participate, residents must rake leaves into the street next to the curb in front of a house by 6 a.m. on the...

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Amy Roth

Aurora Police Department seeks to purchase drones

An Aurora Police Department request to purchase four drones and equipment to operate them in the amount of $56,500 will be on the unfinished business portion of the Tuesday, Oct. 23 Aurora City Council agenda. Alderman-at-large Robert O’Connor, who leads the Finance Committee, asked Tuesday at the Committee of the...

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Electronics Recycling Day at Bednarcik Junior High School

The Aurora city government, in partnership with Will County government, will be host to a free Electronics Recycling Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Bednarcik Junior High School, 3025 Heggs Road, Aurora. All items are free to recycle, including televisions, but registration is required. Due...

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Dr. Jeff Craig, superintendent of West Aurora School District 129, Aurora mayor Richard Irvin, and John Savage, president of the Aurora Public Library Board, answer questions at a press conference at Aurora City Hall, Tuesday to discuss the future of the West Branch of the Aurora Public Library. Their goal is to work together to provide more services and lower expenses by consolidating the West Branch. They’ve reached out to Aurora food pantries and the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) seeking interest in collaboration. Savage said the West Branch is not optimal. It has approximately $1 Million in operating cost and one-third of the facility is not usable for public space. The facility receives approximately 10% of library patron usage. They seek to rent a 10,000 to 12,000 square-foot building on Galena Boulevard between Edgelawn Drive and Orchard Road for better visibility. Savage stated they have looked, but have not identified a location they want to go to yet. He said they hope, with a lower cost manner, they can increase recently-cut hours at the West Branch. A video of the press conference can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Discussion about Aurora Library West Branch:

Dr. Jeff Craig, superintendent of West Aurora School District 129, Aurora mayor Richard Irvin, and John Savage, president of the Aurora Public Library Board, answer questions at a press conference at Aurora City Hall, Tuesday to discuss the future of the West Branch of the Aurora Public Library. Their goal...

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Aurora Downtown First Fridays Free the Nipple exhibit 10-15-18

Free the Nipple:

Musician Ralph Covert and his band play Friday, Oct. 5 in downtown Aurora at the Free the Nipple art event at 67 S. Stolp Avenue. The uncensored gallery host was art enthusiast Dan Hites to protest the city of Aurora government censoring the artwork displayed on the wall called, “Peace...

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John Whitehead

John Lennon song on government, women

“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.” —John Lennon (1969) Long before Bette Midler was roundly condemned for tweeting “Women, are the N-word of...

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Aurora Recycling event

Free Electronics Recycling Day in Aurora October 27

The  Aurora (Ill.) city government, in partnership with Will County government, will be host to a free Electronics Recycling Day Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bednarcik Junior High School, 3025 Heggs Road, Aurora. All items are free to recycle, including televisions, but registration is required. Due to the high demand for...

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A Mayoral Commendation surprises Diane Renner, executive director of the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, at the Aurora City Council meeting

Meritorious surprise award in Aurora:

A Mayoral Commendation surprises Diane Renner, executive director of the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. She was expecting to speak about future events and was blindsided with the honor. Diane’s husband, Robin, gives her a pat on the back for her good deeds. Second...

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Aurora City Council honors Breast cancer survivors:

Aurora City Council honors Breast cancer survivors:

Breast cancer survivors receive honors at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From left, Aurora Police Sergeant Liz Robinson-Chan, Francesca Manzella, Dorothy LeSure, Micki Lear, and Gloria Cervantes. Ward 1 alderman Kristina “Tina” Bohman shared her struggle with breast cancer a little...

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Girl Scout Troop 1508 Share a Scarf initiative:

Girl Scout Troop 1508 Share a Scarf initiative:

Girl Scout Troop 1508 receives honors at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday for its Share a Scarf initiative and community services projects. Last Winter, the scouts made scarves and tied them on the north side of Downer Place Bridge between City Hall and Stolp Avenue in Aurora. The scarves...

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Night of hope in Aurora

By Jason Crane –  Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, Council members, City of Aurora government employees, and members of the community shared what could be deemed a night of hope at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. • Aurora mural artist Sam Cervantes was honored for his volunteer work with...

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Hope Wings Aurora mural by Sam Cervantes

Hope Wings Aurora:

City of Aurora officials honor Aurora’s Sam Cervantes at the official dedication and ribbon-cutting of his new mural Hope Wings Aurora in downtown Aurora, Tuesday, Oct. 9 at La France Bakery, 118 E. Galena Boulevard. Following the ceremony, he was honored during the Aurora City Council meeting at Aurora City...

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Early voting part of process for Nov. 6 election

Kendall County voters can vote early at Oswego Village Hall beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, for the November 6 General Election. Early voting at Oswego Village Hall is open to all registered Kendall County voters from Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 1. Voting hours at Oswego Village Hall will be...

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Charles Coddintgon

Kavanaugh on U.S. Supreme Court: Consequences focal

It’s a done deal. Brett Kavanaugh has been awarded a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Now there are two justices who sit under a black cloud of suspicion. It can’t get any worse than this, can it? The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh was the most contentious in American history....

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Aurora Annual Leaf Collection Program will begin Monday

Aurora residents can dispose of their leaves for free as part of the city government of Aurora’s Annual Leaf Collection Program. The free Fall Leaf Collection Program will begin Monday, Oct. 15 and will end Friday, Dec. 7. Leaves must be put into a 30-gallon Kraft paper yard waste bag...

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Jennifer Martinson Village of Montgomery receives a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting for fiscal year 2017

Village of Montgomery receives a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting for fiscal year 2017

Jennifer Martinson, right, a manager with Lauterbach & Amen, presents mandatory audit information at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. The Village of Montgomery received a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting for fiscal year 2017. State law and the Illinois Municipal Code require the Village to post...

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John Whitehead

Big Brother assisted by technology

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases by using emerging surveillance, DNA, and biometrics technologies, Big Brother, and his corporate partners in crime, are getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive, and stalker-like. Indeed, every dystopian...

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State-wide officials’ visit to Aurora City Hall Saturday, Oct. 13 canceled

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with some State leaders, the City and State Information Expo at Aurora City Hall Saturday, Oct. 13  has been postponed and was set to be rescheduled for a near-future event. Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora had been set to be host to the City...

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