Category: Policy

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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John Whitehead

Learning to live together key to keeping our republic

Yet another shooting. Yet another smear of ugliness, hatred, and violence. Yet another ratcheting up of the calls for the government to clamp down on the citizenry by imposing more costly security measures without any real benefit, more militarized police, more surveillance, more gun control measures, more metal detectors, and...

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John Whitehead

Oligarchy, disguised as democracy, rules with money

“The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves,...

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John Whitehead

First Amendment: Duress through ignorance, oppression

“If the freedom of speech be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”—George Washington Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what he or she thinks is right, whether that means marching...

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Mike Mainthow Representative from Smart City Media at Aurora City Hall 10-22-18

Discussions held on interactive outdoor kiosks in downtown Aurora

Questions about interactive outdoor kiosks in downtown Aurora are answered by Mike Mainthow, representative from Smart City Media, right, Monday, Oct. 22 at Aurora City Hall. This was the first of three open houses the city government plans to hold with representatives of Smart City Media to get the facts...

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First Call

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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