Category: Policy

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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Legalizing recreational marijuana roadblock by Catholic bishops

By Peter Hancock –  Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois will face stiff opposition this year from leaders of the State’s largest religious denomination. The six Catholic bishops in Illinois issued a joint statement Monday urging lawmakers to reject any attempt to legalize marijuana. “As lawmakers consider this issue,…...

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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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John Whitehead

SWAT teams too often terrorize rather than solve problems

“This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this.” —Judge Andrew Napolitano For too long now, the American people have allowed their personal prejudices, and politics to cloud their judgment and render them incapable of seeing that the treatment being doled…...

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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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Montgomery Village attorney Steve Andersson, left, explains the legal aspect to Board members, including Village president Matt Brolley before a vote to amend the Village zoning ordinance regarding gas and petroleum manufacturing at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. Two weeks prior, petitioners for a proposed $40 Million pyrolysis facility said the plant would help recycle scrap tires using a thermal distillation process by converting tire chips into carbon powder and liquid fuel under a vacuum seal and airlock. After research and discussion, trustees Denny Lee, Doug Marecek, and Theresa Sperling voted 3-1 against the amendment. They agreed while the technology is in use in Germany their concerns are for the references given by the interested entity and safety concerns for the residents and Aurora University’s $20 Million athletic facility next door to the proposed location. Trustee Steve Jungermann voted in favor. He said the facility would create jobs and petitioners weren’t given a fair shot. Jason Crane/The Voice

Montgomery Village Board votes 3-1 against proposed $40 Million pyrolysis facility

Montgomery Village attorney Steve Andersson, left, explains the legal aspect to Board members, including Village president Matt Brolley before a vote to amend the Village zoning ordinance regarding gas and petroleum manufacturing at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. Two weeks prior, petitioners for a proposed $40 Million pyrolysis facility…...

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Governor JB Pritzker in Aurora:

Governor JB Pritzker of Illinois signs an executive order Thursday, Jan. 24 at Family Focus social agency in Aurora, to require immigrants to have access to welcoming centers with support programs. He signs in front of supporters and advocates for immigrants rights. Family Focus in Aurora is a social agency…...

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Stephanie Kifowit

State Representative Kifowit selected as leader of two House committees

State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, will bring experience from her service in the U.S. Marine Corps and focus on public integrity to two key House committees this year. She has been selected to be the chair of the Veterans Affairs and State Government Administration Committees in the State House. “I…...

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City of Aurora government establishes first Advisory Commission on Disabilities

City of Aurora government establishes first Advisory Commission on Disabilities

Honored at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday: Appointees to the recently-established Advisory Commission on Disabilities. From left, Lori Price, Teresa Crafton, Elana Newkirk, Herman Shelton, (Richard Irvin, mayor), Todd Nardone, Lisa Jacino, Debbie Nardone. Not in the photo are Dr. Cynthia Penne and Eric Moch. • Twenty-three community members,…...

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John Whitehead

U.S. crackdown on illegal immigration Constitution-free zone

It’s all happening according to schedule. The civil unrest, the national emergencies, unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance, or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters, the government’s reliance on the armed forces to solve domestic political and social…...

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Amy Roth

Independent law firm saves Aurora money in DUI prosecution

Aurora aldermen heard a one-year update Tuesday during their regular Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall about the success of the outside law firm hired to handle prosecution of drunken driving cases. City Council members approved a contract with the Wheaton law offices of Kimberly M. DiGiovanni in…...

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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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John Whitehead

Perilous emergency state can justify government tyranny

It’s all happening according to schedule. The civil unrest, the national emergencies, unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance, or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters, the government’s reliance on the armed forces to solve domestic political and social…...

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John Whitehead

Time to break the cycle of abuse, unconstitutional behavior

Folks, it’s time to break the cycle. Let’s make this the year we say no to the laundry list of abuses, cruel, brutal, immoral, unconstitutional, and unacceptable, that have been heaped upon us by the government for way too long. Let’s stop living in a state of utter denial, desensitized…...

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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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Casildo Casey Cuevas, left, demonstrates the treatment immigrants are receiving at the U.S. - Mexico border during a Candlelight vigil for immigrant families, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Representatives from the groups Uni2 and Stand and March from Aurora unite with ICIRR, PIF-IL, and other organizations to protest the injustices and separation of immigrant families. They are calling for an end to the historical repetition of atrocities and injustices perpetrated on immigrants. Jason Crane/The Voice

Candlelight vigil for immigrant families:

Casildo Casey Cuevas, left, demonstrates the treatment immigrants are receiving at the U.S. – Mexico border during a Candlelight vigil for immigrant families, Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. Representatives from the groups Uni2 and Stand and March from Aurora unite with ICIRR, PIF-IL, and other…...

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John Whitehead

Constitutional republic requires First Amendment rights

“The freedom of individuals verbally to oppose or challenge police action without thereby risking arrest is one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation from a police state.” —Justice William J. Brennan, City of Houston v. Hill What the architects of the police state want are…...

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Representative seeks faster DNA testing

Concerned about the Illinois State Police’s sexual assault case backlog, State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, is calling for a review of the State Police’s procedures in order to both quicken the pace of DNA testing and deliver justice for every survivor of a violent crime. “Sexual assault survivors undergo mental…...

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Emergency Management Agency members in Aurora pose with Richard C. Irvin, mayor of Aurora at Tuesday’s City Council. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora City Council honors volunteers and announces Little Mr. Aurora & Little Miss Aurora winners

By Jason Crane –  Volunteers for the City of Aurora government Emergency Management Agency (EMA) were honored in front of the Aurora City Council Tuesday. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes volunteers who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period. The award levels…...

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Joe McMahon speaker at Navy League

The Aurora Navy League Council 247 will hold its monthly dinner meeting Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Grandma’s Table Restaurant, 1700 Douglas Road, Montgomery, just north of U.S. Route 30. A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.. The after dinner speaker will be Kane County…...

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