Category: Government

George Washington forged unified body in fragmentation

By John F. Gilligan –  Editor’s note: President’s Day Monday Feb. 18 is a tribute to all U.S. presidents’ birthdays, especially George Washington (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). History reveals that great and noble leaders are forged in adversity. Valley Forge was that crucible for George Washington where…...

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Rick Mervine, alderman of Aurora’s 8th Ward, shares his 37 years of business experience at the Eola Center Monday. He said a business registration program the City is considering should be free, unless businesses fail to register. City officials have reviewed the programs in neighboring communities and are looking for input from Aurora’s 12,000 businesses and will announce more roundtable events. One of the ideas discussed besides fees was whether home based business should be required to register. Jason Crane/The Voice

Business Program for Aurora:

Rick Mervine, alderman of Aurora’s 8th Ward, shares his 37 years of business experience at the Eola Center Monday. He said a business registration program the City is considering should be free, unless businesses fail to register. City officials have reviewed the programs in neighboring communities and are looking for…...

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Mayor Richard Irvin, of Aurora, right, gives a quick hug to Judd Lofchie, alderman of Aurora’s 10th Ward during the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Mayor Irvin had received criticism in a letter from a constituent following the last City Council meeting. He read the letter which discribed Irvin’s actions as disrespectful. He apologized to Lofchie and to the City Council. Jason Crane/The Voice

Mayor apologizes:

Mayor Richard Irvin, of Aurora, right, gives a quick hug to Judd Lofchie, alderman of Aurora’s 10th Ward during the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Mayor Irvin had received criticism in a letter from a constituent following the last City Council meeting. He read the letter which described Irvin’s actions…...

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Naperville conducts neighborhood traffic study

In response to traffic concerns raised by residents of the West Side neighborhood, the city government of Naperville is conducting a neighborhood traffic study to evaluate these concerns and provide recommendations for a neighborhood-wide traffic plan. The city government will hire a consulting firm specializing in traffic engineering to carry…...

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Topic: Graduated income tax Feb. 21

Eighty percent of the states in America have a fair, graduated, rate income tax, and Illinois should, too, according to Jean Pierce. This system would tax higher income levels at a higher rate than lower income levels. Pierce will present the case for a fair tax at 7 p.m. Thursday,…...

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Aurora State of City March 5

Mayor Richard C. Irvin’s 2019 Aurora State of the City Address, The Light Is On: Aurora Is Open For Business, will bring the community together for a review of the past year and a preview of the year ahead, including many exciting announcements. Hosts are the Aurora Regional Chamber of…...

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Village of Montgomery officials wear sweater vests at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday in support of Stan Bond, Village trustee

Village President Matt Brolley has issued a statement on the passing of Village Trustee Stan Bond:

I am deeply saddened today by the passing of our friend, Stan Bond. As anyone who knew Stan can attest, he fully embodied the qualities of a public servant. His deliberate, thoughtful and responsible leadership was matched only by his joyful sense of humor. Stan served two terms on the…...

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Illinois Math and Science Academy Black Student Union

Aurora City Council presents certificates to Black Student Organizations

By Jason Crane –  Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, and the City Council honored city of Aurora government employees and students in Aurora’s schools with Black History Month proclamations (see below). Mayor Irvin appointed: • Symone Lewis and Hortencia Ramos and reappointed Susan Sosa Bachmeier to the Aurora Human Relations…...

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Oswego Village Board trustees Ryan Kauffman and Judy Sollinger, Village president Gail Johnson, and trustees Karin McCarthy Lange, Luiz Perez, and Pam Parr celebrate at the project kick off for The Reserve at Hudson Crossing, on the site of the former Alexander Lumber yard in downtown Oswego Wednesday, Feb. 6. In the foreground, a poster shows a rendering of the future project.

The Reserve at Hudson Crossing on former Alexander Lumber site:

Oswego Village Board trustees Ryan Kauffman and Judy Sollinger, Village president Gail Johnson, and trustees Karin McCarthy Lange, Luiz Perez, and Pam Parr celebrate at the project kick off for The Reserve at Hudson Crossing, on the site of the former Alexander Lumber yard in downtown Oswego Wednesday, Feb. 6…....

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DuPage offers occupational help

The DuPage County Department of Community Services is offering college and occupational training scholarships for low-income individuals with high academic potential. This scholarship financing is designed in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Applicants are required to provide proof of DuPage County residency, gross household income…...

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This Valentine’s Day show love for your country: Stand up

This Valentine’s Day show love for your country: Stand up

By John W. Whitehead –  “[America] sure used to be [the greatest country in the world ]… We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reason. We passed laws, struck down laws, for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not on poor people. We sacrificed, we…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Change not such a bad thing: We adapt, adopt, every day

Even though change may be a four-letter word to some of us, we have many experiences of change. We simply adapt and move on to the next change. Absorb and incorporate. That’s life! Do we want to resist or see the joy in something new? We do not have to…...

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Naperville park name could be historical

Naperville resident Ginny Wolf Chivas, a descendant of one of the founding families of Naperville, asked the Naperville Park District Board at their January 31 meeting to consider renaming Southwest Community Park “Wolf’s Crossing Community Park.” The new name would reflect the history of the 33-acre park site, at 3252…...

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Marilyn Weisner invited guest to State of the Union

Congressman Bill Foster announced early this week that he invited Marilyn Weisner to join him as his guest at the State of the Union address Tuesday this week in Washington, D.C.. She is the executive director of the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry in Aurora. It is one of the…...

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North Aurora resident Lisa Edwards-Shields, asks the North Aurora Village Board Monday for assistance with finding a free Spanish language class for those who speak English. She moved to North Aurora from Mississippi in 2016 for a job at the former Armour-Dial plant in Montgomery and became unemployed when the plant was sold and the new owners moved the facility to Ohio. She stated difficulty in finding employment with bilingual candidates preferred. She sees free classes for Spanish-speaking individuals to learn English, but can not afford paid classes. Suggestions included the Spanish Language Center Naperville. Jason Crane/The Voice

North Aurora resident Lisa Edwards-Shields seeks assistance with finding a free Spanish language class for those who speak English

North Aurora resident Lisa Edwards-Shields, asks the North Aurora Village Board Monday for assistance with finding a free Spanish language class for those who speak English. She moved to North Aurora from Mississippi in 2016 for a job at the former Armour-Dial plant in Montgomery and became unemployed when the…...

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Aurora discussion focus: Extending fiber-optic plant

A resolution to extend the Aurora city government’s fiber-optic cable plant from the southwest side of Diehl Road at Eola Road to the east side of Diehl Road in Aurora was the topic of much discussion during Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting. The measure ultimately landed on the…...

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Historical mayor autographs his bobblehead: Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, poses with Andrew Hamilton from Aurora with an autographed bobblehead Friday. The Aurora Historical Society gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, was open as a participant of Downtown Aurora’s First Friday, Feb. 1. Irvin made history in 2017 when he was elected as the City’s first African American mayor. The bobblehead sells for $30 plus tax in time for African American History Month. The Aurora Historical Society features a photo exhibit to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Burlington Northern Railroad in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Historical mayor autographs his bobblehead:

Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, poses with Andrew Hamilton from Aurora with an autographed bobblehead Friday. The Aurora Historical Society gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, was open as a participant of Downtown Aurora’s First Friday, Feb. 1. Irvin made history in 2017 when he was elected…...

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HOPE Taskforce seeks reduction of opioid deaths

The DuPage County Heroin Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce recently outlined its framework and means to reduce the number of opioid deaths in DuPage County over the next three years. At its January 18 meeting, the Taskforce agreed to five objectives to address the ongoing public health crisis facing…...

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First media availability event: Mayor of Aurora Richard Irvin’s first media availability event discussing the extremely cold weather and the City’s response to House Bill 910, proposed State legislation by Stephanie Kifowit, representative of the 84th District at Aurora City Hall, January 29. Representative Kifowit created legislation to allow residents to vote for Aurora Public Library Board members instead of being appointed. Mayor Irvin, along with Ken Schroth, left, director of Public Works / City engineer; Gary Krienitz, Fire Department chief; and Kristen Ziman, Police Department chief, addressed the City’s plan for the extreme weather. Jason Crane/The Voice

First media availability event:

Mayor of Aurora Richard Irvin’s first media availability event discussing the extremely cold weather and the City’s response to House Bill 910, proposed State legislation by Stephanie Kifowit, representative of the 84th District at Aurora City Hall, January 29. Representative Kifowit created legislation to allow residents to vote for Aurora…...

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Mayor Irvin bobblehead at Aurora Historical Society

Mayor Irvin bobblehead at Aurora Historical Society

Just in time for African American History Month, a bobblehead of Aurora mayor Richard C. Irvin will arrive at the Aurora Historical Society (AHS) gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer, Aurora, Friday, Feb. 1. Irvin made history in 2017 when he was elected as…...

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