Category: Government

John Whitehead

Christmas movies, music, can reinforce faith in humanity

What a year. It feels as if government Grinches and corporate Scrooges have been working overtime to drain every last drop of joy, kindness, and liberty from the world. After endless months of gloom and doom, it’s hard not to feel like Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas when…...

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Restaurateur Steve Kapas and his mother, Pauline (Momma P.), describe their plans for a proposed restaurant, Monte Carlo Steakhouse and Bar, to the Plano City Council Monday. It is set to open in Plano in approximately six weeks. The Kapas family owned the Town and Country restaurant in Plano from 1947 to 2005. The property on U. S. Route 34 and West Street was given up to the State by eminent domain so it could be used to widen the highway. The Plano City Council met Monday at a special meeting and unanimously approved an additional Class E liquor license. The license is available for the proposed restaurant to go in the building at 209 West U. S. Route 34. The Kapas family purchased the building in 2005 which has remained vacant since then. Steve Kapas said they have tried hard to bring development to the Plano area with assistance from the City, but the development money hasn’t been flowing down Route 34 that far west, yet. He said restaurants have found difficulty in acquiring financing. The entire project, which will cost a little more than $1 Million, has been financed by the Kapas family. Jason Crane/The Voice

Mediterranean restaurant plans in Plano

Restaurateur Steve Kapas and his mother, Pauline (Momma P.), describe their plans for a proposed restaurant, Monte Carlo Steakhouse and Bar, to the Plano City Council Monday. It is set to open in Plano in approximately six weeks. The Kapas family owned the Town and Country restaurant in Plano from…...

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Nominations honor Good Neighbor Business Awards

State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, asks citizens to honor businesses that play active roles in the community by submitting nominations of entrepreneurs and companies for her Good Neighbor Business Award. “Responsible business owners not only offer fantastic products and services, but they also play an active role in improving our…...

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Amy Roth

Aurora City Council unanimously approves tax levy ordinance

The Aurora City Council unanimously approved the ordinance Tuesday for levying the City’s 2018 tax levy, which shows an overall two percent increase, according to Martin Lyons, the city government’s finance director. The annual property tax levy provides a major share of Aurora’s revenue, approximately 23% of the revenue for…...

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Bryan Gay Invest Aurora

Bryan Gay introduced as new Invest Aurora’s president, CEO

Mayor Richard C. Irvin and the Board of Directors of Invest Aurora, Aurora’s public/private economic development partnership, announced the appointment of the former economic development director of Choose DuPage, Bryan Gay, as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Invest Aurora. Gay was introduced to City Council during…...

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Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora presents a Key to the City to and poses with congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood of Naperville in a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Aurora City Hall. Underwood was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 14th District by defeating incumbent Randy Hultgren in the November 6 election. The short presentation included a few remarks by each person. She will take office after the first of the year in 2019. In attendance were high school girls from East Aurora, Metea Valley, and West Aurora High Schools. The proceedings were delayed nearly an hour following a nationwide bomb threat hoax. The City Hall building was evacuated. Police called the threat an E-mail phishing scam. It reached The Voice communities to include Aurora and Elgin. Carter Crane/The Voice

Lauren Underwood receives key to Aurora:

Mayor Richard C. Irvin of Aurora presents a Key to the City to and poses with congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood of Naperville in a meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Aurora City Hall. Underwood was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 14th District by defeating incumbent Randy Hultgren…...

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Development in Westmont

More than 50 individuals from the community participated in the demolition event to start the new Market Centre development at 63rd and Cass in Westmont. Demolition of the old structure on this property will continue through Spring 2019, which will be followed by the start of new construction. —Village government…...

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Morton helps Montgomery

The Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program has awarded The Village of Montgomery a $15,000 federal forestry grant, which will help Montgomery develop an accurate inventory of parkway trees: Species, size, health, and location. The inventory will be used in the day to day management of the Village-owned trees. The Arboretum…...

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John Whitehead

U.S. Constitutional crisis diminished by knowing our rights

We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell breaks loose. The government is pushing us ever closer to a constitutional crisis. What makes the outlook so much bleaker is the utter ignorance of the American people, and those who represent them, about their freedoms, history, and how…...

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Aurora City Council Honored members of the Tomcat Youth Football League, left. Last month, they clinched the 2018 State championship for the Bantam Level in a 38-12 victory against number 3 ranked Grayslake Colts. They are: Victor Aguilar, Giovanni Briseno, Nehemiah Brown, Adan Colin, Benjamin Corral, Emilio Correa, Peyton Cowles, Salvador Esquivel, Mason Estrada, Emmanuel Gomez-Corona, Angel Gonzalez, Abraham Hernandez, Jaxson Mendoza, Adan Mondgragon, Julio Montemayor, Javier Munoz, Nathan Romero and Jesus Oscar Sanchez. Head coach is Steven Lange and assistance coaches are Jeremy Graham, Tony Estrada, Sergio Briseno, Alberto Gonzalez, and David Clow.

Aurora Council passes $434 Million budget

By Jason Crane –  Aldermen for the city of Aurora government voted unanimously to pass the $434 Million budget while aldermen voted 8-3 against giving a tax rebate to Aurora residential property owners at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, was hoping to use $2…...

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Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could save taxpayers an extimated $160,000 per year. • A request was made for a special use permit for a Ricky Rockets fuel center at the Southwest corner of Orchard Road and Jericho Road. The proposed facility would be a gas station, car wash, convenience store, multi-tenant building and future out-lots, and hospitality use. The plan could be approved next month. • A property tax rebate in the amount of $45 will be mailed to each residential property owner who submits an application by December 17. The application can be found on the Village of Montgomery website. Jason Crane/The Voice

Installation of solar panels for the Fox Metro Reclamation District could save taxpayers $160,000

Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could…...

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Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall are: • To encourage new multi-family housing and mixed-use developments in and around the Fox Valley Mall property. • New housing encouraged at strategic locations within easy access of transit and commercial uses. • Support infill and redevelopment of underperforming properties. The plan can be seen at the city government of Aurora’s website. Jason Crane/The Voice

City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house

Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall…...

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Let's Go Green

Let’s Go Green!

• Styrofoam Recycling: Kane County Division of Environmental Resources reminds everyone that no city recycling program in Kane County can recycle No. 6 plastic or polystyrene. DART Container Corporation, 310 Evergreen Drive, North Aurora, will accept polystyrene blocks and clean food containers. Items that are not accepted are straws, cup…...

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John Whitehead

War on Christmas, politically-correct themes over the top

To a nation of snowflakes, Christmas has become yet another trigger word. The latest Christmas casualties in the campaign to create one large national safe space are none other than the beloved animated classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, denounced for promoting bullying and homophobia, which first aired on television December…...

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Kane County’s 16th Judicial Circuit Court Judge René Cruz, left, provides swearing in ceremony to recently-elected Sheriff Ron Hain in St. Charles Monday. Theresa Tooley Barreiro photo

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain sworn in

Kane County’s 16th Judicial Circuit Court Judge René Cruz, left, provides swearing in ceremony to recently-elected Sheriff Ron Hain in St. Charles Monday. Theresa Tooley Barreiro photo… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log In Register...

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DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick sworn in

DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick sworn in

DuPage County’s 18th Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge, Daniel Guerin, provides swearing in ceremony to recently-elected Sheriff James Mendrick in Wheaton Monday. DuPage County Sheriff’s office photo… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log In Register...

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DuPage County holds inauguration for officials Monday

DuPage County was host to an inauguration ceremony Monday for 17 elected officials who were sworn into office. DuPage County State’s attorney Robert Berlin presided over the event. DuPage County chairman Dan Cronin delivered his third inaugural address. Cronin was first elected to the office of County Board chairman in…...

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Will County reports vote totals

Will County clerk Nancy Schultz Voots thanks Will County for voting in the November 6 general election. Below are the statistics for this Election: Total registered voters: 429,647 Total vote by mail ballots cast/returned: 24,768 Total early voting ballots cast: 48,355 Total election day ballots cast: 176,174 Total same day…...

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North Aurora resident Dave Smith was one of two speakers asking North Aurora officials questions at the North Aurora Village Board meeting Monday. Smith inquired about the $5,000 tax levy increase for the 92 homes in the Oaks Special Service area #7 in North Aurora. The money is set to repair erosion around the retention pond in the area. The amount would be an increase of approximately $55 per year. The tax levy for the Special Service Area was one of all 10 with various amounts that were approved.

Increase in North Aurora Tax Levies; L. E. D. stoplights don’t melt snow

North Aurora resident Dave Smith was one of two speakers asking North Aurora officials questions at the North Aurora Village Board meeting Monday. Smith inquired about the $5,000 tax levy increase for the 92 homes in the Oaks Special Service area #7 in North Aurora. The money is set to…...

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Let's Go Green

Let’s Go Green!

• Plastic bag recycling: Kane County Division of Environmental Resources reminds everyone not to put recyclable materials in plastic bags inside of the recycling collection bin. All recyclable items should be loose in the collection bin. Plastic Bags are the No. 1 contaminant at sorting facilities. Plastic bags and plastic…...

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