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League of Women Voters Central Kane County holds a candidate forum for Aurora Ward 1 alderman and alderman-at-large Tuesday at Aurora Police Department. The moderator was 20-year league member Patti Lackman. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issue oriented organization which never endorses candidates. The Ward 1 candidates are Peter Aguilera, Emmanuel Llamas, Caryl Riley, Amanda Sperzel. Alderman-at-large candidates are Sherman Jenkins, Brooke Shanley, and Durrell Williams. Williams was not in attendance. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

League of Women Voters Central Kane County candidate forums for Aurora and Batavia

League of Women Voters Central Kane County holds a candidate forum for Aurora Ward 1 alderman and alderman-at-large Tuesday at Aurora Police Department. The moderator was 20-year league member Patti Lackman. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issue oriented organization which never endorses candidates. The Ward 1 candidates…...

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John Whitehead

Big Brother, corporate partners, watching our every move, always

Uncle Sam wants you. Correction: Big Brother wants you. To be technically accurate, Big Brother, aided and abetted by his corporate partners in crime, wants your data. That’s what we have been reduced to in the eyes of the government and corporate America: Data bits and economic units to be…...

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League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters Central Kane County will provide three Aurora aldermanic forums in March along with forums in Geneva and St. Charles

  Forums in Aurora: • Ward 1 and at-large candidates, Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 7:30 p.m.. (Note time change to 7:30 p.m. due to 6 p.m. State of the City event) • Wards 5 and 6 candidates, Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m.. • Ward 8 candidates, Monday, Mar. 18…...

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Gail Johnson, left, Village president of Oswego, following her State of the Village address at the Goodrich Kendall 11, unveils a gift from Debbie Mossburg, executive director of Bike Bald of Oswego, right. The Abraham Lincoln resemblance was made of 1,722 brush strokes to represent the number of children of Illinois with cancer. Bike Bald, formerly of Naperville, is in the Stonehill Industrial Park in Oswego. Jason Crane/The Voice

Oswego Village president Gail Johnson presents State of the Village

Gail Johnson, left, Village president of Oswego, following her State of the Village address at the Goodrich Kendall 11, unveils a gift from Debbie Mossburg, executive director of Bike Bald of Oswego, right. The Abraham Lincoln resemblance was made of 1,722 brush strokes to represent the number of children of…...

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Candidate forum in Sugar Grove March 21

Voting rights has been a hot topic these days. But along with voting rights comes the responsibility to vote. Many individuals chose not to vote because they do not know enough about those candidates running for office. The League of Women Voters of Central Kane County will hold candidate forums…...

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Charles Coddintgon

On immigration, a better life, building a wall, the future

From the vault, June 6, 1984 (revised): Americans, rise up! The barbarians are at the gate! Millions and millions of scruffy-looking, drug-addicted, sex-crazed criminals want our land, our resources, our money, and our women, and they will stop at nothing to pry it out of our cold, dead, hands. But,…...

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Mark Armstrong, Kane County supervisor of assessments, shares tax tips Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora at the Roundhouse. Armstrong has been a State-certified general real estate appraiser since 1993, and a certified Illinois assessing officer since 1994. Armstrong recently received the 2018 Marshall Theroux Memorial Award which is the highest assessment award in the State. Armstrong explained and emphasized homeowners use Homestead Exemptions. The exemptions available are: Senior citizen, senior freeze (base year assessment), homestead improvement, returning veterans, veterans with disabilities, persons with disabilities. Jason Crane/The Voice

Mark Armstrong, Kane County supervisor of assessments, shares tax tips with Rotary Club of Aurora

Mark Armstrong, Kane County supervisor of assessments, shares tax tips Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora at the Roundhouse. Armstrong has been a State-certified general real estate appraiser since 1993, and a certified Illinois assessing officer since 1994. Armstrong recently received the 2018 Marshall Theroux Memorial Award which is…...

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Montgomery Police Officer Bob Kaleta, left, receives the Life saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phil Smith at the Village Board meeting in Montgomery Monday. Kaleta performed CPR to save the life of an unconscious man January 19. Jason Crane/The Voice

Montgomery Police Officer honored for saving a life

Montgomery Police Officer Bob Kaleta, left, receives the Life saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phil Smith at the Village Board meeting in Montgomery Monday. Kaleta performed CPR to save the life of an unconscious man January 19. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3...

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Michael Pegues, chief information officer for the city of Aurora government, expresses the need to establish a Smart City Advisory Council at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. City officials hope to utilize a strategic plan for technology. The plan can be viewed at SmartAurora.com.

A push to establish a city of Aurora government Smart City Advisory Council

Michael Pegues, chief information officer for the city of Aurora government, expresses the need to establish a Smart City Advisory Council at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. City officials hope to utilize a strategic plan for technology. The plan can be viewed at SmartAurora.com. Unanimously approved were three agreements…...

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Moment of silence for Aurora victims

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) Monday held a moment of silence on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. to honor the victims of the shooting at Henry Pratt plant in Aurora February 15. Five employees lost their lives, and six police officers suffered injuries. “Today, we…...

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Aurora Strong Community GoFundMe page goes over $200,000

Aurora Strong Community GoFundMe page goes over $200,000

In an effort to help support the families of those who lost their lives at the Henry Pratt shootings Friday, Feb. 15 the city government of Aurora has launched the Aurora Strong Community Fund on GoFundMe. This fund is the official GoFundMe for the City of Aurora. To donate visit…...

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The Metro West Council of Government legislature breakfast at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva Friday, Feb. 22 was host to guest speakers. From left, Stephanie Kifowit, State representative, 84th District; Don DeWitte, State senator 33rd District; and Jim Oberweis, State senator, 25th District. Al Benson/The Voice

Metro West Council of Government legislature breakfast at Geneva’s Eagle Brook Country Club

The Metro West Council of Government legislature breakfast at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva Friday, Feb. 22 was host to guest speakers. From left, Stephanie Kifowit, State representative, 84th District; Don DeWitte, State senator 33rd District; and Jim Oberweis, State senator, 25th District. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is...

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John Whitehead

State of emergency excuse enters strange twilight zone

“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.” —Richard Nixon Who pays the price for the dissolution of the constitutional covenant that holds the government and its agents accountable to the will of the people? We all do. This ill-advised decision by president Donald Trump to…...

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Amy Roth

New development prospects plentiful in Aurora City Council

If Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Aurora is any indication, mayor Richard Irvin’s State of the City address March 5 at Aurora University will be laden with news of many new developments. Aurora aldermen sent several downtown redevelopment agreements to the February 26 City Council consent agenda. Under…...

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Davis R. Offutt, assessor for Aurora Township, reads a resolution honoring Township chief deputy assessor Carol VanHooser at the Thursday, Feb. 14 Board meeting. She retired that day after 30 years of service. Jason Crane/The Voice

Carol VanHooser retires after 30 years of service to the Aurora Township Assessor’s Office

Davis R. Offutt, assessor for Aurora Township, reads a resolution honoring Township chief deputy assessor Carol VanHooser at the Thursday, Feb. 14 Board meeting. She retired that day after 30 years of service. Jason Crane/The Voice  … This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents...

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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 issues statement on 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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Nick Dalo and Mark Gaffino at the North Aurora Village Board Meeting 2-18-19

Speeding motorists a focus in North Aurora

By Jason Crane –  The North Aurora Village Board listened to seven residents Monday concerned about motorists speeding in their neighborhood off of Deerpath Road. Nick Dalo who expressed concerns about motorists speeding at a meeting six months earlier was the first speaker. He said even with the Village changing…...

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Aurora Strong Community Fund on GoFundMe

In an effort to help support the families of those who lost their lives at the Henry Pratt shootings Friday, the city government of Aurora has launched the Aurora Strong Community Fund on GoFundMe. This fund is the official GoFundMe for the City of Aurora. To donate visit www.gofundme.com/aurora-strong-community-fund. The…...

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Aurora mayor Richard Irvin gives a salute to community members at Tuesday’s media briefing who offered help in Friday’s shooting. Jeff Hartman, left, is from Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley; Aurora Noon Rotary representives Linda Kemp and Charlie Zine; Sarah Cervantes, Seven Brighter, and Chad Jimenez from the city government of Aurora who created Aurora Strong apparel; and Bob Lockwood, manager of Luigi’s Pizza, which donated meals to first responders. Jason Crane/The Voice

Community assistance:

Aurora mayor Richard Irvin gives a salute to community members at Tuesday’s media briefing who offered help in Friday’s shooting. Jeff Hartman, left, is from Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley; Aurora Noon Rotary representatives Linda Kemp and Charlie Zine; Sarah Cervantes, Seven Brighter, and Chad Jimenez from the…...

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Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora renders applause to first responders from many departments in Friday’s shooting tragedy in Aurora. Naperville Fire chief Mark Puknaitis, Naperville Police chief Robert Marshall, Aurora Fire chief Gary Krienitz, and Aurora Police chief Kristen Ziman. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Salute to first responders:

Mayor Richard Irvin of Aurora renders applause to first responders from many departments in Friday’s shooting tragedy in Aurora. Naperville Fire chief Mark Puknaitis, Naperville Police chief Robert Marshall, Aurora Fire chief Gary Krienitz, and Aurora Police chief Kristen Ziman. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us…....

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