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Northern Illinois panel of lawmakers seeks funds for many infrastructure projects

  By JERRY NOWICKI –  Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Stakeholders from northern Illinois added to the State’s list of capital funding requests Monday, April 22 when lawmakers from both sides of the aisle acknowledged more revenue would be necessary to get the State’s infrastructure back in working order. “The need…...

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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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Four more years: Naperville mayor Steve Chirico captured four more years in a close race by defeating opponent Rocky Caylor with more than 51 percent of the vote. Chirico thanks all his supporters at a victory party Tuesday evening at Empire Burgers & Brew in downtown Naperville. Left, is Chirico’s wife, Julie. A video can be viewed at facebook.com/the voice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Chirico re-elected mayor in Naperville

Incumbent mayors Steve Chirico of Naperville and David Kaptain of Elgin won their respective re-election bids in the consolidated election Tuesday. Incumbent executive leaders Gail Johnson of Oswego and Gary Golinski of Yorkville, however, fell to defeat in their bids to remain in office. A variety of referenda, tax hikes,…...

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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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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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League of Women Voters Central Kane County Aurora aldermanic forum

The League of Women Voters Central Kane County Aurora aldermanic forum for Wards 5 and 6 candidates

The League of Women Voters Central Kane County Aurora aldermanic forum. Wards 5 and 6 candidates, Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department. Note: The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issue oriented organization which never endorses candidates. As part of our Voter Education mission,…...

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The Indian Community Outreach Program in Naperville sponsors a Candidates Forum for City Council candidates at the Municipal Center City Hall Saturday, March 9. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Naperville City Council Candidates forum:

The Indian Community Outreach Program in Naperville sponsors a Candidates Forum for City Council candidates at the Municipal Center City Hall Saturday, March 9. A video of the event can be seen by clicking here. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99...

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New in 83rd District: Judge Michael Noland, 16th Judicial Circuit Court, Kane County, swears in Barbara Hernandez recently as the State representative in the 83rd District, mainly Aurora. She fills the vacancy created by the selection of Linda Chapa LaVia as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs by governor JB Pritzker, pending State Senate confirmation. Chapa LaVia had been in office since her election in 2002. Submitted photo

New in 83rd District:

Judge Michael Noland, 16th Judicial Circuit Court, Kane County, swears in Barbara Hernandez recently as the State representative in the 83rd District, mainly Aurora. She fills the vacancy created by the selection of Linda Chapa LaVia as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs by governor JB Pritzker, pending…...

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Aurora State of the City: Mayor Richard C. Irvin, in his State of the City address Tuesday, March 5, succinctly proclaims: “The State of our City is strong...Aurora Strong.” His references: Challenges, successes, and rising as one Aurora. See the video at facebook.com/ thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora State of the City:

Mayor Richard C. Irvin, in his State of the City address Tuesday, March 5, succinctly proclaims: “The State of our City is strong…Aurora Strong.” His references: Challenges, successes, and rising as one Aurora. See the video by clicking here. See Carter Crane’s article here. Jason Crane/The Voice… This content is...

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State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, and Adam Pauley from her Youth Advisory Council focus on House Bill 837 in the State Government Administration Committee. Submitted photo

Youth leaders in government

Illinois’ future leaders will have a say on some of the major issues facing the State under legislation sponsored by State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, through a statewide Youth Advisory Council, which was approved by a House committee Wednesday, Feb. 27. “Many of my ideas for new legislation come out…...

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Montgomery seeks trustee

Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley is seeking a qualified Village resident to serve on the Village Board as a Village trustee to fill a vacancy from May 2019 through May 2021. The Village Board is the decision-making body responsible for enacting legislation and providing direction for all areas of Village…...

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Amy Roth

Plans for Aurora include Route 59 commercial, buildings

The Aurora City Council March 5 Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall included plans for Route 59 commercial corridor building, road resurfacing, and firefighters’ ballistic vests. • Plans for Route 59, old West Aurora building discussed. A Route 59 corridor plan that lays out a new look and…...

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North Aurora Village trustee Mark Guethle said Prevailing wage helps the community.

Prevailing wage, Lippold Park, North Aurora discussion

By Jason Crane –  The North Aurora government’s Committee of the Whole meeting Monday included a discussion about prevailing wage for the Town Center Economic Incentive Agreement. Village documents show Preferred Real Estate, owners of the inline shopping center between Target and J.C. Penney in North Aurora Towne Centre, have…...

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League of Women Voters Central Kane County holds a candidate forum for Aurora Ward 1 alderman and alderman-at-large Tuesday at Aurora Police Department. The moderator was 20-year league member Patti Lackman. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issue oriented organization which never endorses candidates. The Ward 1 candidates are Peter Aguilera, Emmanuel Llamas, Caryl Riley, Amanda Sperzel. Alderman-at-large candidates are Sherman Jenkins, Brooke Shanley, and Durrell Williams. Williams was not in attendance. A video of the event can be seen at facebook.com/thevoice.us. Jason Crane/The Voice

League of Women Voters Central Kane County candidate forums for Aurora and Batavia

League of Women Voters Central Kane County holds a candidate forum for Aurora Ward 1 alderman and alderman-at-large Tuesday at Aurora Police Department. The moderator was 20-year league member Patti Lackman. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issue oriented organization which never endorses candidates. The Ward 1 candidates…...

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The League of Women Voters Central Kane County will provide three Aurora aldermanic forums in March along with forums in Geneva and St. Charles

  Forums in Aurora: • Ward 1 and at-large candidates, Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 7:30 p.m.. (Note time change to 7:30 p.m. due to 6 p.m. State of the City event) • Wards 5 and 6 candidates, Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m.. • Ward 8 candidates, Monday, Mar. 18…...

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Proposal for electoral change

By Grant Morgan –  It is unlikely that Illinois will become the third state to change how it allocates its electoral votes for president, but that isn’t stopping some State lawmakers from trying to change the system. House Bill 3109, recently introduced by Springfield Republican republican Tim Butler, would change…...

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Donna Crane

Political disagreement can be agreeable conversations

An interesting discussion on a recent MSNBC Morning Joe television show is appropriate on our continued journey to the 2020 election. Have you ever had a heated discussion with a friend or relative? Did you feel as if you won the discussion? Did it feel as if you lost? Christianbook.com…...

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Candidate forum in Sugar Grove March 21

Voting rights has been a hot topic these days. But along with voting rights comes the responsibility to vote. Many individuals chose not to vote because they do not know enough about those candidates running for office. The League of Women Voters of Central Kane County will hold candidate forums…...

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Amy Roth

New development prospects plentiful in Aurora City Council

If Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting in Aurora is any indication, mayor Richard Irvin’s State of the City address March 5 at Aurora University will be laden with news of many new developments. Aurora aldermen sent several downtown redevelopment agreements to the February 26 City Council consent agenda. Under…...

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Village of Montgomery officials wear sweater vests at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday in support of Stan Bond, Village trustee

Village President Matt Brolley issues statement on passing of Village trustee Stan Bond:

I am deeply saddened today by the passing of our friend, Stan Bond. As anyone who knew Stan can attest, he fully embodied the qualities of a public servant. His deliberate, thoughtful and responsible leadership was matched only by his joyful sense of humor. Stan served two terms on the…...

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