Category: Policy

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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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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‘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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Legislation passed to assist veterans

Bipartisan legislation championed by State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, a Marine veteran, was signed into law recently to help correct the mismanagement that led to the deaths of 13 veterans in the Quincy Veterans Home. “It was clear during our legislative hearings that residents and staff were not properly notified...

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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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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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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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Donna Crane

Purchasing power of America will yield hemp jeans

Last of two parts Marc Gunther continues his article in The Guardian regarding the beneficial uses of hemp. “Hemp can build cars, homes, food, textiles and more,” Rob Jungmann said. “[It’s] as American as apple pie.” The Jungmann shirts are made from hemp, he said. “The Agricultural Act of 2014,...

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Charles Coddintgon

Discussion of economic stirrings in U.S. evolves to agenda

The United States of America used to be the home of the brave and the land of the free. Not anymore. Now, it is the home of the rich and fatuous and the land of unfettered greed. With the Donald Trump administration in place, capitalism once again has run rampant....

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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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Corporation Counsel for the city of Aurora, Richard J. Veenstra.

Aurora COW focus: Small wireless facilities

By Jason Crane –  A focus at the Aurora city government Committee of the Whole (COW) was to work on amending the City of Aurora Code of Ordinances, relative to the permitting, regulation, and development of small wireless facilities. The ordinance is in response to the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment...

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John Whitehead

Beware cabal of international government, corporations

The U.S. government is operating under a New World Order government, a power elite conspiring to rule the world, and it is being brought to you by the Global-Industrial Deep State, a powerful cabal made up of international government agencies and corporations. Wait. Just hear me out. This statement is...

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Donna Crane

Industrial hemp proponents seek congressional help

First of two parts Hemp has a variety of reactions from a variety of individuals, and, there is a lack of information and understanding. The Hemp Industrial Association wrote the following article of its history: “Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years...

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Hultgren, McGovern, extol virtues of Human Rights Council

Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, regret the recent decision by the Donald Trump administration to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The co-chairs recognize that the Council has been inconsistent in its promotion of human rights on...

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Consideration of Montgomery Monthly Water Bills

Denny Lee, Montgomery Village trustee, expresses concern at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday about the extra expense if the Village agrees to send water bills each month. The Village Board is considering making the water bills monthly instead of every two months. There would be a few thousand dollar...

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John Whitehead

U.S. Supreme Court rulings in 2017-2018 a mixed bag

“The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people.” —Justice William O. Douglas Given the turbulence of our age, with its police overreach, military training drills on American soil, domestic surveillance, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, wrongful convictions, profit-driven prisons, and...

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Interfaith vigil Saturday in Aurora for families separated at the border

Participants in an interfaith vigil Saturday in Aurora for families separated at the border show solidarity light with their phones on Water Street Mall. Approximately 300 concerned citizens attended on a warm evening. Speakers and a moment of silence for the families suffering marked the evening. Rabbi Friedman, Reverend Bell,...

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Amy Roth

Aurora COW passes AED purchase, warehouse, to Council

The purchase of automated external defibrillator (AED) for the Aurora Police Department and the Fire Department, the acceptance of plans for a 275,000-square-foot speculative office-warehouse building at Mitchell Road and I-88, and a liquor license approval for Jefa Tacos on Butterfield Road, all were forwarded to the Aurora City Council’s...

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