Category: Infrastructure

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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Plans for Aurora include Route 59 commercial, buildings

The Aurora City Council March 5 Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall included plans for Route 59 commercial corridor building, road resurfacing, and firefighters’ ballistic vests. • Plans for Route 59, old West Aurora building discussed. A Route 59 corridor plan that lays out a new look and…...

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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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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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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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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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Montgomery’s newest police officer, Kevin Bayer, left, receives his new badge pinned by his fiancée after being sworn in by Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley. Montgomery resident, Herschel Luckinbill, receives an honor by Village president Matt Brolley as one of 200 Illinois veterans to receive the Honor 200 Award. Jason Crane/The Voice

Busy Montgomery meeting: Honors, UAW property sale

By Jason Crane –  The Village Board of Montgomery held a marathon meeting, Monday to start the new year with a standing- room-only crowd for an action-packed agenda. The nearly five hour meeting, which included a 15-minute break, was the longest in recent memory of many observers. Montgomery resident and…...

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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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The city government of Aurora seeks public input for Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update

The city government of Aurora seeks public input for Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update

An informational open house from 4 p.m. to  7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Calvary Church, 9S200 IL-59, Naperville, near the intersection of Route 59 and Montgomery Road, seeks input for a Route 59 comprehensive plan update. The purpose of the open house is to provide information on the city …...

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Heroic efforts receive rewards in Aurora

By Jason Crane –  Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin and Council members honored city of Aurora government employees for recent achievements. Aurora Police officer Skyy Calice was honored for going above and beyond to inspire young ladies in the Aurora community. She founded her own mentor programs for young women…...

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NICOR is replacing gas meters in Aurora

NICOR is modernizing all gas meters in Aurora through a private contractor

NICOR is modernizing all gas meters in Aurora citywide through a private contractor.  3P Utility Services will install a two-way communication device on the existing natural gas meter at homes to automate the meter-reading process.  Here is information provided to understand the project: Meter Modernization Frequently Asked Questions: En Español…...

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Tom Rickert, far left, Kane County deputy director of Transportation answers questions about improvements to Orchard Road and Route 30 at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. He said the Phase 1 design approval is complete and Phase 2 engineering and land acquisition is next. The estimated cost of intersection improvements and widening U.S. 30 from Illinois Route 47 to Route 31 is more than $70 Million. He said they hope to pull that together within a two-year time frame. • Robert Yarbrough, left, expresses interest in available properties in Montgomery to open a restaurant. He said he and his wife are owners of RV’s Home of the Hoagy. He said he has had difficulties with the city of Aurora government in rehabbing the former Long John Silver’s restaurant near the intersection of Lake Street and Indian Trail. Village president Matt Brolley said to leave his information with the Montgomery director of development. • Approved was a request for a Class “G” liquor license for Grandma’s Table in Montgomery. The license will allow serving alcohol as a restaurant, inclusive of a bar. Jason Crane/The Voice

Discussion about improvements to Orchard Road and Route 30 at the Montgomery Village Board meeting

Tom Rickert, left, Kane County deputy director of Transportation answers questions about improvements to Orchard Road and Route 30 at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. He said the Phase 1 design approval is complete and Phase 2 engineering and land acquisition is next. The estimated cost of intersection improvements…...

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Concerns about pedestrian safety near Montgomery intersection; Village Board approves water rate increase

Edie Johnson, manager of a mobile home park near the intersection of Montgomery Road and Douglas Avenue, expresses concern at the Montgomery Village Board meeting, Monday. She stated the recent death from a pedestrian vs. car accident is the second death of a resident from the mobile home park. She…...

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Former Copley Hospital building, vacant since 1995. City of Aurora photo

Aurora Government unanimously approves agreement for environmental cleanup and related remediation of former Copley Hospital ; APPO contract approved

By Jason Crane –  The Aurora City Council honored the 41 community groups that participated in the August 7 National Night Out, at the City Council meeting Tuesday. Unanimously approved was an agreement to facilitate the environmental cleanup and related remediation of the former Copley Hospital site at 502 S…....

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Ken Schroth, city of Aurora director of Public Works / City engineer, left, explains a resolution to establish a Private Service Line Replacement Program at a special city of Aurora government Building Grounds and Infrastructure Committee meeting Monday. Members include left to right, Tina Bohman, First Ward; Bill Donnell, Fourth Ward; Juany Garza, chairman, and Second Ward.

Aurora residents may get the lead out of water systems

By Jason Crane –  The city of Aurora government plans to establish a Private Service Line Replacement Program to help Aurora residents get the lead out of community water systems by prioritizing the replacement of private lead service lines (LSL)s. At a special city of Aurora government Building Grounds and…...

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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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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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Bill Hannah, finance director for the Village of North Aurora, presents information about North Aurora’s electric aggregation program at the North Aurora Village Board meeting Monday.

Village of North Aurora votes to continue with Dynegy over ComEd

Bill Hannah, finance director for the Village of North Aurora, presents information about North Aurora’s electric aggregation program at the North Aurora Village Board meeting Monday. The program, in place since approved by voters in a 2011 referendum, is set to expire in September. Dynegy is an independent seller of…...

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