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State budget expo at Eola Road

State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, will be host to the annual Illinois State budget information session to help families better understand the State budget. The event will be Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Aurora Library Eola Road Branch, 555 S. Eola Road in Aurora. Admission is free....

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Charles Coddintgon

Kavanaugh on U.S. Supreme Court: Consequences focal

It’s a done deal. Brett Kavanaugh has been awarded a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Now there are two justices who sit under a black cloud of suspicion. It can’t get any worse than this, can it? The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh was the most contentious in American history....

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Donna Crane

Two parties destroying U.S. in death match; change cure

Michael Cobelenz an attorney in Lexington, Ky. and Democratic Party candidate for Congress from Kentucky’s 6th District, contributed the following article to The Hill publication, January 28, 2016: “The two-party system is destroying America. Democrats and Republicans are in a death match and the American people are caught in the...

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Reader’s Commentary: Kane County State’s attorney transparency important

By Chris Lauzen –  On behalf of Kane County taxpayers, a dozen of whom came to voice their disapproval at the September 13 Kane County Judicial and Public Safety Committee meeting, I ask two questions of Kane County State’s attorney Joe McMahon: • Who is paying for the two-year-old prosecution...

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John Whitehead

U.S. Constitution continual erosion cause: Government abuse

“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.” —Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale We can pretend...

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Naperville City Council invites students to government boards and commissions

Mayor Steve Chirico and the Naperville City Council extend an invitation to Naperville high school students to fill student positions on several City government boards and commissions. The deadline to apply is Monday, Sept. 24. Interested students should apply online by clicking the apply button on the appropriate board or...

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Amy Roth

Fees set to be increased in Aurora for solicitors

Changes to the city of Aurora ordinance that apply to peddlers and solicitors will be on the unfinished portion of the Tuesday, Sept. 25 Aurora City Council agenda. Aldermen at the Committee of the Whole (COW) Tuesday, were amenable to increasing the fees for door-to-door solicitors from $50 per solicitor...

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North Aurora Village trustee Laura Curtis expresses interest at the North Aurora Village Committee of the Whole meeting Monday in having the permit to replace front doors eliminated.

Permit in question at North Aurora Village Board

North Aurora Village trustee Laura Curtis expresses interest at the North Aurora Village Committee of the Whole meeting Monday in having the permit to replace front doors eliminated. Trustee Curtis stated she recently paid $92 for a permit to have a new front door installed at her house. She asked...

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Rail Safety Week September 23-29 in Illinois

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) asked Bruce Rauner, governor of the State of Illinois, to declare September 23-29 as Illinois Rail Safety Week in order to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. Governor Rauner issued a proclamation and the ILACP is coordinating the...

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John Whitehead

Endless free fall down a rabbit hole: Post-9/11 life

Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels as through it is an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about the values and...

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Donna Crane

Advice to a black son, death of hero father: D.L. Hughley

Second of three parts Comedian and author D.L. Hughley has made the rounds to promote his new book “How Not To Get Shot and other advice from white people.” In part one he writes he finds nothing funny about racism. Here is part of his interview from his appearance on...

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Naperville Stand on Every Corner

Dedication to Naperville chapter of Stand on Every Corner

Karen Peck, second from left, stands with the Naperville chapter of Stand on Every Corner, by the Riverwalk in downtown Naperville every day from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Thursday, Aug. 23 was Peck’s 46th consecutive day at the Naperville location she formed. She plans to be there every evening...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday for City of Aurora Government employees

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday for City of Aurora Government employees

Aurora City Council members and mayor Richard C. Irvin, at the table, applaud signing of the agreement which will give Aurora city government employees a paid holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the third Monday in January. Mayor Irvin signed the document at the desk moments earlier. The...

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John Whitehead

U.S. battlefield includes maintaining representative government

• Police in a small Georgia town tasered a five-foot-two and 87-year-old woman who was using a kitchen knife to cut dandelions for use in a recipe. Police claim they had no choice but to taser the old woman, who does not speak English, but was smiling at police to...

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Legislation limits large severance packages

Legislation championed by State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, to rein in obscenely large severance packages granted to fired or outgoing government employees at taxpayers’ expense was signed into law August 14. Kifowit’s Government Severance Pay Act, Senate Bill 3604, was introduced and passed in response to large payouts from government...

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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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North Aurora Village Board ordinance updates, speeding concerns

North Aurora Village Board ordinance updates, speeding concerns

North Aurora resident Nick Dalo, right, expresses concern at the North Aurora Village Board meeting Monday about cars speeding on his street, Westover Road. He requested the Village increase patrols and install speed bumps or flexible chicanes. The Board discussed options available to slow traffic. North Aurora Police Chief David...

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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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