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Inaugural Aurora Youth Council members honored by Aurora City Council

Members of Inaugural Aurora Youth Council honored by Aurora City Council

Aurora Youth Council members heading to college pose for a photo at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday with Adrienne Holloway, left, chief innovation officer, and Richard Irvin, mayor, fourth from left. Click below to see more photos from Tuesday’s Aurora City Council meeting: Aurora City Council honors the 2018...

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Kane County Clerk's satellite office in Aurora

Kane County Clerk’s satellite office opens in Aurora

Kane County and Aurora officials gather Monday for a ribbon-cutting outside the Kane County Clerk’s satellite office in Aurora. Mayor Richard Irvin cuts the ribbon. See the video at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice...

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Charles Coddintgon

Recommendations real to assist U.S. security realignment

Have you noticed, dear reader, how the news media have lionized the national-security apparatchiks lately? Persons named Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and Hayes are being transformed into “dedicated public servants” because they dare to criticize president Donald Trump’s foreign policies, particularly where Russian president Vladimir Putin-worship is concerned. We seem to...

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John Whitehead

What a mess: Free speech no longer free; now regulated

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” —Benjamin Franklin What a mess. As America has become ever more polarized, and those polarized factions have become more militant and less inclined to listen to, or even allow for the existence of, other...

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Naperville Park District Board votes to ban smoking in all 137 parks

Naperville Park District bans smoking at all 137 parks

  At its meeting Thursday, Aug. 9, Naperville Park District’s Park Board of Commissioners voted to prohibit all forms of smoking at its 137 parks across Naperville. The District’s Ordinance 641 was amended accordingly to state that, “smoking or any use of tobacco product is prohibited in all District buildings,...

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Leroy Jenkins, a 3-year-old Chihuahua adopted from Aurora Animal Care and Control, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2018 Aurora Pooch Parade

Aurora’s first dog parade to be held Sunday, September 9 at Phillips Park

As the dog days of summer come to an end, the Aurora Animal Care and Control (AACC) is excited to announce Aurora’s first-ever dog parade scheduled for next month. The 2018 Aurora Pooch Parade will held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 9 at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive. The theme...

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‘Pensions make Illinois property taxes most painful’: Illinois Policy Institute

Property taxes in Illinois were in the middle of the pack nationwide 20 years ago, but since then have risen 52%, driven largely by pensions, according to new research released today from the Illinois Policy Institute. The report, “Pensions make Illinois property taxes among the most painful,” reveals that the...

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Conversation, action, the start to solving suicide

By Joel Frieders –  My name is Joel Frieders. I am a husband to one, a father to three, a son to two, a brother to one, and I am a second-term alderman for the United City of Yorkville, the county seat of Kendall County. July 28, 2017, I lost...

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Amy Roth

Aurora plans five-story hotel near Route 59

Aurora aldermen are poised to approve a plan for a hotel near the Meijer store on Route 59 that was the site of a previous hotel plan that the Aurora City Council rejected nine years ago. The president of Indianapolis-based General Hotels Corp., along with representatives from Phoenix-based Best Western,...

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North Aurora silo park project moving forward

North Aurora silo park project moving forward

The photo shows the existing silo behind Harner’s Bakery in North Aurora near the Fox River close to the intersection of Routes 31 and 56. Plans call for it to be converted into a lighted observatory to be enhanced with outdoor seating and include a park and a kayak launch...

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Will County seeks election judges for new precincts in Aurora

The Will County Clerk’s Office is actively recruiting election judges for new precincts in Aurora, particularly Republican Party judges. “The number of Republican and Democratic election judges at each polling place is determined by the average party turnout in the three most recent Illinois governor’s races. It’s imperative to have...

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Kane County Clerk’s office in election role for Aurora

Following the order of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court’s closing the Aurora Election Commission (AEC) June 15, the Kane County Clerk’s office assumed responsibility for election administration and voter registration for residents living in the Kane County portion of Aurora. As part of the transition of these functions from the...

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John Whitehead

Deep State alive and well: Threat to our freedoms

There are those who would have you believe that president Donald Trump is an unwitting victim of the Deep State. And then there are those who insist that the Deep State is a figment of a conspiratorial mind. Don’t believe the latter. The Deep State, a.k.a. the police state, a.k.a....

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Fate of old Jail Building in Yorkville will be considered in October

Fate of old Jail Building in Yorkville will be considered in October

The status of the old jail building in Yorkville remains in limbo, following the United City of Yorkville City Council meeting Tuesday. A discussion was held for more than an hour with groups holding opposing views, one in favor of keeping the building, renovating it, and using it for the...

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Will County will assist in Aurora election process

The residents of Aurora voted to dissolve the Aurora Election Commission March 20. It means Aurora residents who live in Will County have a new Election Authority. “We are going to make this transition as seamless as possible,” said Will County clerk Nancy Schultz Voots. “All Aurora residents who were...

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Donna Crane

China reassigns 60,000 soldiers to plant trees

Loraine Cho of EcoWatch reports: “Earlier this year, the Chinese government announced plans for a major reforestation project: Growing 6.66 Million hectares of new forests this year, an area roughly the size of Ireland. “To achieve this goal, China reassigned more than 60,000 soldiers to plant the trees. According to...

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Oswego Board pushes for Metra

The Oswego Village Board Tuesday, July 17 unanimously gave voice for support of making Metra service in Oswego a high priority in the Chicago area, and is asking residents to do the same. The Board approved a resolution asking the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to elevate the Oswego...

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Scott Shelton, left, representative for homebuilder Ryan Homes, answers questions by trustees at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday.

Ryan Homes plans to build 204 homes in the Balmorea Subdivision in Montgomery

Scott Shelton, left, representative for homebuilder Ryan Homes, answers questions by trustees at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. Ryan Homes is seeking the Board’s approval for new home plans to be included in an annexation agreement amendment to the Balmorea Subdivision in Montgomery. Ryan Homes plans to build 204...

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Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council

Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council Honored at Aurora City Council along with many actions including approval of Fox Valley Motel acquisition

Posing for photos at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday are members of the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council for their 46th Annual Parade and Festival Saturday and Sunday. The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in downtown Aurora. •Approved was a resolution to appoint Raymond Hull to the...

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