Category: Political

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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Marilyn Weisner invited guest to State of the Union

Congressman Bill Foster announced early this week that he invited Marilyn Weisner to join him as his guest at the State of the Union address Tuesday this week in Washington, D.C.. She is the executive director of the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry in Aurora. It is one of the…...

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Historical mayor autographs his bobblehead: Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, poses with Andrew Hamilton from Aurora with an autographed bobblehead Friday. The Aurora Historical Society gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, was open as a participant of Downtown Aurora’s First Friday, Feb. 1. Irvin made history in 2017 when he was elected as the City’s first African American mayor. The bobblehead sells for $30 plus tax in time for African American History Month. The Aurora Historical Society features a photo exhibit to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Burlington Northern Railroad in Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Historical mayor autographs his bobblehead:

Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, poses with Andrew Hamilton from Aurora with an autographed bobblehead Friday. The Aurora Historical Society gift shop at the Pierce Art and History Center, was open as a participant of Downtown Aurora’s First Friday, Feb. 1. Irvin made history in 2017 when he was elected…...

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Multi-Chamber Economic Outlook Luncheon Feb. 14

The 2019 Multi-Chamber Economic Outlook Luncheon and Business Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Ashyana Banquets, 1620 75th Street, Downers Grove. The event will feature William Strauss, senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as the speaker during the 11:55 a.m. lunch…....

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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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Fox Valley Women’s march: First-year 14th Congressional District U.S. House of Representative Lauren Underwood gives remarks at Saturday’s march in Geneva on the grounds of the Old Courthouse. Michelle Meyer photo

Fox Valley Women’s march:

First-year 14th Congressional District U.S. House of Representative Lauren Underwood gives remarks at Saturday’s march in Geneva on the grounds of the Old Courthouse. Michelle Meyer photo… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log In Register...

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Three Aurora aldermanic challengers forums listed

Aurora aldermanic forums ready There will be three Aurora aldermanic challengers forums in partnership with the participating businesses and candidates: • Tredwell Coffee: Barista Candidate Forum on Downer Street, Saturday, Jan. 26 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments to be offered to all who attend. • The Aurora Tap House:…...

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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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Mark Batnick

Plainfield’s Mark Batinick new House Republican Party floor leader

State representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) was appointed to the position of House Republican Party floor leader recently. The Plainfield Republican will be the minority caucus’ point person during the daily floor debates and discussions in the House of Representatives for the 101st General Assembly. The representative said he is honored…...

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Governor-elect JB Pritzker visits Aurora January 12 to meet with Seniors and Youth

Governor-elect JB Pritzker started his inaugural weekend with a day of service Saturday, Jan. 12, including a visit to Aurora, Illinois’ second most populous city, to serve senior citizens with community youth.  Mayor Richard Irvin welcomed Pritzker on his third trip to Aurora for a special visit with senior citizens…...

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Linda Chapa LaVia Illinois 83rd District State Representative

83rd District Representative Linda Chapa LaVia Elected to Assistant Majority Leader in Illinois House of Representatives

After being sworn-in to a ninth term to the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday, Jan. 9 in Springfield, Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) was voted by her peers to serve as an assistant majority leader in the 101st General Assembly.   “I am honored my colleagues chose me to be their…...

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Charles Coddintgon

A focus on the U.S. humanitarian crisis needs solution

Is there a humanitarian crisis in these United States? Indeed there is. On our southern border, tens of thousands of human beings exist in a man-made limbo with little food, water, shelter, and hope for a better future. Across the country, hundreds of thousands more human beings exist without payment…...

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Volunteering offers rich rewards beyond financial gain

By Barb Nadeau –  As senior citizens, we anticipate life in retirement. Let’s get on with it! Let’s travel and see the world! Far too often though, we hear of friends, colleagues, neighbors, who begin to experience failing health or even worse, they die prior to enjoying their life’s goals…....

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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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Reader’s Voice: Mavis Bates opens campaign for commissioner

January 6, 2019 Dear editor; I am announcing my candidacy for Fox Valley Park District Board of Commissioners as the at-large commissioner. I have lived in the Fox Valley for more than 40 years and raised two daughters in Aurora. I’m running for the Fox Valley Park District Board because…...

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Mayor Irvin of Aurora offers comments on Weisner’s passing

From Richard C. Irvin, mayor of Aurora December 28, 2018: It is with great sadness that we announce and mourn the passing of the 57th mayor of Aurora, Thomas J. Weisner. After a courageous battle with cancer, mayor Weisner departed this life today with his faithful wife of 46 years,…...

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Montgomery’s Matt Brolley comments on Weisner legacy

Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Aurora mayor Tom Weisner: “I am saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague former Aurora mayor Tom Weisner. His legacy will live on as a leader who had a clear vision of the future…...

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Wake, memorial service, for Tom Weisner listed

The wake for Tom Weisner will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. both Thursday, Jan. 10 and Friday, Jan. 11 at New England Congregational Church, 406 W. Galena Boulevard in Aurora. The public memorial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena…...

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Remembering Thomas J. Weisner, 57th mayor of Aurora 1949 – 2018

  From Richard C. Irvin, mayor of Aurora: It is with great sadness that we announce and mourn the passing of the 57th mayor of Aurora, Thomas J. Weisner. After a courageous battle with cancer, mayor Weisner departed this life today with his faithful wife of 46 years, Marilyn, and…...

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Candidate forums will be held in March 2019 by League of Women Voters

The Aurora Committee of the Central Kane County chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) will hold candidate forums in Spring 2019 for Aurora’s upcoming aldermanic elections. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The forums will be held on the following nights in the community room of…...

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