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Smiles reflect an enjoyable day at the Wine on the Fox in Oswego. Photo by LockedInPhotography.com

Volunteers needed for Wine on the Fox in Oswego May 4-5

Smiles reflect an enjoyable day at the annual Wine on the Fox in Oswego last year. Photo by LockedInPhotography.com Wine on the Fox, presented by john greene Realtor, returns to Oswego on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, 2019, and volunteers are needed to help make the event a success. Proceeds from…...

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Northern Illinois panel of lawmakers seeks funds for many infrastructure projects

  By JERRY NOWICKI –  Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Stakeholders from northern Illinois added to the State’s list of capital funding requests Monday, April 22 when lawmakers from both sides of the aisle acknowledged more revenue would be necessary to get the State’s infrastructure back in working order. “The need…...

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In North Aurora: Dale Berman, Village president, in his annual State of the Village address Wednesday, April 10 in the Oak Street Restaurant, gives a focus to the new vision statement of the Village government: An attentive municipal organization that connects with community, commerce, and nature. Carter Crane/The Voice

State of the Village of North Aurora includes a new vision statement

Dale Berman, North Aurora Village president, in his annual State of the Village address Wednesday, April 10 in the Oak Street Restaurant, gives a focus to the new vision statement of the Village government: An attentive municipal organization that connects with community, commerce, and nature. Carter Crane/The Voice… This content...

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Chuck Adams, execuitve director of Indivisible Aurora, left, and Richard Irvin, mayor of Aurora, Tuesday, announce the reversal of the cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Parade. Indivisible Aurora needed $17,000 to cover expenses. See Amy Roth's information on page 7. Funds were raised in a Go Fund Me account Tuesday. A video of the event can be viewed at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Parade reversed

Chuck Adams, executive director of Indivisible Aurora, left, and Richard Irvin, mayor of Aurora, Tuesday, announce the reversal of the cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Parade. The announcement took place at Irvin’s media briefing event at City Hall, April 16. Indivisible Aurora needed $17,000 to cover expenses. See Amy…...

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Donna Crane

Robots work on recycling sorting to make it affordable

Second of three parts Adele Peterson has submitted the following article regarding seeking solution in the U.S. recycling crisis. “Those investments include some companies that focus solely on municipal recycling. In many cities, the current model has private companies, such as Waste Management, that handle both trash and recycling. But…...

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Aurora parade marshals in demand

The city government of Aurora is seeking nominations for grand marshals for this year’s Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades. A nominee must be an Auroran who has made significant contributions to the quality of life in the City, whether it in the areas of civic or social services,…...

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More than 60 groups, floats, and units enjoyed the inaugural pride parade in Aurora Sunday through the streets of downtown. Here are two of the participating groups. See page 1, page 7, and see facebook.com/thevoice.us for a video of the event. Jason Crane/The Voice

Pride Parade and Festival back on again; Go Fund Me helps

By Amy Roth – The Pride Parade and Festival in Aurora is back on again less than a week after its cancelation. Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora announced Tuesday afternoon standing next to Chuck Adams, executive director of community advocacy group Indivisible Aurora, organizer of the event. The announcement came…...

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The North Aurora community emergency response team (CERT) receives applause and appreciation at the Village Board meeting Monday after Village president Dale Berman read a proclamation declaring April Volunteer Appreciation Month in North Aurora. Chief David Fisher said in 2018 2,067 hours were volunteered, almost double from the 1,131 in 2017. He estimates the Village saved more than $51,000 in 2018 because the volunteers assist paid staff members during disasters and other emergencies, planned events such as North Aurora Days and parades. Volunteers may assist with directing traffic, perimeter/access control, triage/first aid, light search and rescue, shelter set up, and operation. Jason Crane/The Voice

North Aurora community emergency response team appreciated for saving Village more than $50,000 in 2018

The North Aurora community emergency response team (CERT) receives applause and appreciation at the Village Board meeting Monday after Village president Dale Berman read a proclamation declaring April Volunteer Appreciation Month in North Aurora. Chief David Fisher said in 2018 2,067 hours were volunteered, almost double from the 1,131 in…...

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Robert Green, traffic engineer for the city government of Aurora shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about the future of traffic trends and technology. He said the future of traffic engineering is merging with information technology. Green said L.E.D. lighting for traffic signals saves money but doesn't melt snow, which the incadescent bulbs do. A solution is being sought. The City is working with Illinois Department of Transportation to help the traffic flow on Broadway in downtown Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Future of traffic trends and technology in Aurora shared with the Rotary Club of Aurora

Robert Green, traffic engineer for the city government of Aurora shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about the future of traffic trends and technology. He said the future of traffic engineering is merging with information technology. Green said L.E.D. lighting for traffic signals saves money but…...

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Planning meeting: Indivisible Aurora's public meeting to take a course of action at One East Benton building Saturday includes 11th District congressman Bill Foster, left. He engaged with the leaders of the Pride Parade who announced last week that a money shortfall would force cancellation of this year's event. Tuesday the event was announced as back on at the mayor's briefing at City Hall. Jason Crane/The Voice

Planning meeting:

Indivisible Aurora’s public meeting to take a course of action at One East Benton building Saturday includes 11th District congressman Bill Foster, left. He engaged with the leaders of the Pride Parade who announced last week that a money shortfall would force cancellation of this year’s event. Tuesday the event…...

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Aurora Library Board election possible

Taxpayers will have a say over administration of the Aurora Public Library under a measure passed recently by State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego. Voters will have an opportunity to elect the Library’s Board of Trustees, which is appointed by the mayor of Aurora. “As property taxes continue to increase, and…...

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Barbara Hernandez, representative in the 83rd District of the House of Representative receives a ceremonial swearing in by 16th Judicial Circuit Judge, René Cruz, at East Aurora High School, her alma mater, Saturday. Jason Crane/The Voice

Ceremonial swearing in:

Barbara Hernandez, representative in the 83rd District of the House of Representative receives a ceremonial swearing in by 16th Judicial Circuit Judge, René Cruz, at East Aurora High School, her alma mater, Saturday. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and...

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The new Driver Services facility in Plano at 236 Mitchell Drive opened in February. The new facility is approximately 3,600 square feet which is more than double the size of the former facility on east Route 34 in Plano. The new facility in Plano is approximately 1.5 miles from the former facility. Jason Crane/The Voice

Plano drivers facility moves farther east:

The new Driver Services facility in Plano at 236 Mitchell Drive opened in February. The new facility is approximately 3,600 square feet which is more than double the size of the former facility on east Route 34 in Plano. The new facility in Plano is approximately 1.5 miles from the…...

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State Houses pass bills: Teacher minimum pay

By Grant Morgan –  A second bill raising the minimum annual salary for Illinois teachers to $40,000 found legislative success last week. Senate Bill 10, sponsored by senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), passed on a 45-11 vote Thursday, April 11. It would provide a five-year ramp to increasing Illinois’ minimum…...

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More than 60 groups, floats, and units enjoyed the inaugural pride parade in Aurora Sunday through the streets of downtown. Here are two of the participating groups. See page 1, page 7, and see facebook.com/thevoice.us for a video of the event. Jason Crane/The Voice

Mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin responds to the announcement by Indivisible Aurora regarding the cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Festival

Mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin wrote: A monetary gap shouldn’t stop momentum gained. Today’s announcement by Indivisible Aurora regarding the cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Festival is very disappointing – to say the least. On Monday of this week, I received a request for a meeting with Indivisible…...

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State champion: Waubonsie Valley High School/Metea Valley High School ice hockey team of Aurora receives a salute from the Aurora City Council Tuesday evening at Aurora City Hall for recently capturing the Illinois State high school hockey championship in the Combined Varsity tournament. Both schools are in District 204. There are five levels. Wheaton West Black captured the Junior Varsity Combined championship. Jason Crane/The Voice

Waubonsie Valley High School/Metea Valley High School ice hockey team of Aurora receives a salute from the Aurora City Council

State champion: Waubonsie Valley High School/Metea Valley High School ice hockey team of Aurora receives a salute from the Aurora City Council Tuesday evening at Aurora City Hall for recently capturing the Illinois State high school hockey championship in the Combined Varsity tournament. Both schools are in District 204. There…...

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First Ward alderman Kristina “Tina” Bohman and Eighth Ward alderman Richard “Rick” Mervine receive tributes at Tuesday’s Aurora City Council. Jason Crane/The Voice

Tributes at Aurora City Council

First Ward alderman Kristina “Tina” Bohman and Eighth Ward alderman Richard “Rick” Mervine receive tributes at Tuesday’s Aurora City Council. They did not seek another term in office. Jason Crane/The Voice                  … This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months...

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Signs across the street from Wayside Cross Ministries, 215 E. New York Street, Aurora, call attention to the residence of a convicted murderer recently let out of prison after completing his 35-year term. Emotions have run high the last two weeks. Protesters, between 35 to 40, held a rally Friday, April 5. They crossed the street and walked to City Hall and the Water Street Mall for another rally. Carter Crane/The Voice

Protest of convicted murder living at Wayside Cross Ministries in downtown Aurora

Signs across the street from Wayside Cross Ministries, 215 E. New York Street, Aurora, call attention to the residence of a convicted murderer recently let out of prison after completing his 35-year term. Emotions have run high the last two weeks. Protesters, between 35 to 40, held a rally Friday,…...

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Land-grabs relevant throughout history, home included

Our accidental president, Donald Trump, just cannot do enough nice things for his best buddy, Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. After transferring the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, he recognizes the Golan Heights as “Israeli territory,” territory which the Israelis “liberated” from Syria during the Six Days War in 1967. This…...

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