Category: Policy

Possible bill in Illinois State Senate could pave path to legalizing adult recreational marijuana

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   A key supporter of an initiative to legalize adult recreational marijuana in Illinois said substantial bill language will be filed soon, and the issue could be one of the first discussed by State lawmakers when they return to the Statehouse in Springfield…...

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In North Aurora: Dale Berman, Village president, in his annual State of the Village address Wednesday, April 10 in the Oak Street Restaurant, gives a focus to the new vision statement of the Village government: An attentive municipal organization that connects with community, commerce, and nature. Carter Crane/The Voice

State of the Village of North Aurora includes a new vision statement

Dale Berman, North Aurora Village president, in his annual State of the Village address Wednesday, April 10 in the Oak Street Restaurant, gives a focus to the new vision statement of the Village government: An attentive municipal organization that connects with community, commerce, and nature. Carter Crane/The Voice… This content...

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Planning meeting: Indivisible Aurora's public meeting to take a course of action at One East Benton building Saturday includes 11th District congressman Bill Foster, left. He engaged with the leaders of the Pride Parade who announced last week that a money shortfall would force cancellation of this year's event. Tuesday the event was announced as back on at the mayor's briefing at City Hall. Jason Crane/The Voice

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Indivisible Aurora’s public meeting to take a course of action at One East Benton building Saturday includes 11th District congressman Bill Foster, left. He engaged with the leaders of the Pride Parade who announced last week that a money shortfall would force cancellation of this year’s event. Tuesday the event…...

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Aurora Library Board election possible

Taxpayers will have a say over administration of the Aurora Public Library under a measure passed recently by State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego. Voters will have an opportunity to elect the Library’s Board of Trustees, which is appointed by the mayor of Aurora. “As property taxes continue to increase, and…...

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Anne-Marie Cronin, executive director of Waterleaf Women's Center offers remarks Saturday outside the Planned Parenthood in Aurora.

Candlelight vigil in Aurora, one of 166 organized at Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide

Anne-Marie Cronin, executive director of Waterleaf Women’s Center in Aurora offers remarks Saturday outside the Planned Parenthood in Aurora during a rally. Waterleaf Women’s Center is a new pregnancy center being constructing next to Planned Parenthood. The vigil was one of 166 organized at Planned Parenthood facilities in 40 states…....

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More than 60 groups, floats, and units enjoyed the inaugural pride parade in Aurora Sunday through the streets of downtown. Here are two of the participating groups. See page 1, page 7, and see facebook.com/thevoice.us for a video of the event. Jason Crane/The Voice

Mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin responds to the announcement by Indivisible Aurora regarding the cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Festival

Mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin wrote: A monetary gap shouldn’t stop momentum gained. Today’s announcement by Indivisible Aurora regarding the cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Festival is very disappointing – to say the least. On Monday of this week, I received a request for a meeting with Indivisible…...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Lucretia Mott, social reformer: Lifetime of activity

Along with her spiritual inner beauty, Lucretia Mott was a comely woman and mother of six children with her husband of 56 years, James Mott. Lucretia Coffin was born January 3, 1793 in Nantucket, Mass. to Thomas and Anna Folger Coffin. She had one older sister, Martha. Lucretia was a…...

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Charles Coddintgon

Land-grabs relevant throughout history, home included

Our accidental president, Donald Trump, just cannot do enough nice things for his best buddy, Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. After transferring the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, he recognizes the Golan Heights as “Israeli territory,” territory which the Israelis “liberated” from Syria during the Six Days War in 1967. This…...

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Laurie Frieders, executive director of the Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA), presents the 2019 Public Official Award to Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley at the Village Board meeting Monday. The award is given to a public official who has documented significant contributions in clean water legislation, public policy, government service, or another area of public prominence that results in improvements to the water environment. Frieders said Brolley was nominated because the Village of Montgomery has several environment-friendly policies.

IWEA 2019 Public Official Award to Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley for environment-friendly policies

Laurie Frieders, executive director of the Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA), presents the 2019 Public Official Award to Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley at the Village Board meeting Monday. The award is given to a public official who has documented significant contributions in clean water legislation, public policy, government service,…...

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Harvard University business professor Deepak Malhotra, left, give remarks Friday at "Taking Time to Save Lives: A Discussion on Gun Violence" at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Other panelists from left are host Illinois congressman Bill Foster, D-11th; congressman Raja Krishnamoothi, D-8th; congressman Sean Casten, D-6th; and Ron Hain, Kane County sheriff. Al Benson/The Voice

Panel probes gun violence: Causes and solutions

Illinois legislators, the Kane County sheriff and a Harvard University professor discussed gun violence solutions Friday in front of a capacity crowd at Prisco Center in Aurora. Illinois congressmen Bill Foster (D-11th) and Raja Krishnamoothi (D-8th) co-sponsored “Taking Time to Save Lives: A Discussion on Gun Violence.” Other panelists were…...

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John Whitehead

Rod Serling imaginary land becoming reality 50 years later

“We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.” —Rod Serling Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone? Only, instead of Rod Serling’s imaginary “land of both shadow and substance,…...

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Reader’s Voice: Legal doesn’t make it all right

March 28, 2019 Dear editor; It may seem old school to insist on at least good attendance from our public officials. Those of us whom you have trusted to make laws should be first to follow laws; at least to try our hardest to provide good examples. Silly, you say?…...

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Amy Roth

Aurora seeks grant to develop former Park District site

Aurora city government is seeking a riverboat grant to develop the former Fox Valley Park District administrative offices, 712 S. River Street, into a center for non-profits. Aldermen heard a report on the “Thrive Collaborative Center” concept during its Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday, April 2 at City Hall…....

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Aurora mayor Richard C. Irvin

Aurora mayor opposes move of convicted murderer to Wayside Cross Ministries in downtown Aurora

A risk the people of Aurora should not have to to take: By Richard C. Irvin, mayor, Aurora, Ill. After a nearly a week of news reports that convicted-murderer Thomas Kokoraleis would reside in nearby Wheaton following his release from custody, Aurora was blindsided over the weekend, March 30-31, when…...

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John Whitehead

U.S. government aim: Money, power, total domination

The U.S. government, in its pursuit of so-called monsters, has itself become a monster. It is not a new development, nor is it a revelation. It is a government that has in recent decades unleashed untold horrors upon the world, including its own citizenry, in the name of global conquest,…...

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Change school boards: State bill

By Jerry Nowicki –  A State lawmaker is looking to give voters the authority to force their locally-elected school boards into resource-sharing agreements with other districts for certain administration offices and functions. Although the bill allows for districts to share superintendents, other administrators and services, it exempts principals and assistant…...

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Alderman of Aurora’s 8th Ward, Rick Mervine, plays host to a Meet The Candidates Night and Aurora 8th Ward Candidates Forum Thursday, March 14 at Eola Community Center. The forum was moderated by Ken Duncan, former Indian Prairie Education Foundation chairman. From left candidates for Aurora 8th Ward alderman: Patty Smith, Savannah Smith, Tom Weil; candidates for Aurora alderman-at-large Sherman Jenkins (incumbent) and Brooke Shanley. Alderman-at-large candidate Durrell Williams was not in attendance. At the end of the event, Mervine received applaus for his service as alderman. See a video at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Candidate forums:

Alderman of Aurora’s 8th Ward, Rick Mervine, plays host to a Meet The Candidates Night and Aurora 8th Ward Candidates Forum Thursday, March 14 at Eola Community Center. The forum was moderated by Ken Duncan, former Indian Prairie Education Foundation chairman. From left candidates for Aurora 8th Ward alderman: Patty…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

It does matter, make a difference, when we vote: April 2

Often we hear the phrase, “It does not matter.” Or, “They do not pay attention, anyway.” Or, “My vote is only one and will not make a difference.” It does matter. They do listen. One vote does add up, one vote as a time. Our vote should reflect our conscience,…...

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83rd District State representative Barbara Hernandez an advocate

Following her recent appointment to the Illinois House of Representatives, 83rd District State representative Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, released the following statement: “As I follow in the footsteps of my predecessor and strong Latina leader, Linda Chapa LaVia, I am focused on continuing the work she started to (be an) advocate…...

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