Category: Taxes

Heroic efforts receive rewards in Aurora

By Jason Crane –  Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin and Council members honored city of Aurora government employees for recent achievements. Aurora Police officer Skyy Calice was honored for going above and beyond to inspire young ladies in the Aurora community. She founded her own mentor programs for young women...

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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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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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Amy Roth

Aurora City Council could approve health care savings

Aurora aldermen are expected to approve a three-year contract with a health care benefit consulting firm during their next regular City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Committee of the Whole participants passed the agreement to the City Council for approval. The city government has worked with Group Alternatives, Inc....

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Ron Janusz, president, and Melinda Kruder, vice president of Support Companies, LLC, present information at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. They shared an update about the former Aurora Public Library building at 1 E. Benton Street in downtown Aurora which is home to Support Companies 24/7 contact center, training and product labs, IT and server operations, and administrative offices. The building was vacant for six months in 2015 with its fate in question, including possible demolition of the 42,000 square-foot Carnegie library. A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929 in several countries. The 1 E. Benton location was a stop on the recent Illinois Solar Tour after solar photovoltaic panels were recently installed on the rooftop. The terms of the building purchase agreement included a price of $10 with $50,000 per year donations to the Aurora Public Library Foundation for a minimum of five years. The building was placed on public tax rolls for the first time, to benefit local taxing bodies, including the city of Aurora and East Aurora School District 131. Jason Crane/The Voice

Support Companies at Rotary Club of Aurora

Ron Janusz, president, and Melinda Kruder, vice president of Support Companies, LLC, present information at the Rotary Club of Aurora meeting Monday at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. They shared an update about the former Aurora Public Library building at 1 E. Benton Street in downtown Aurora which is home...

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Larry Frieders

Changing perception of hemp permits beneficial use

Is CBD (Hemp) a Hoax or a Fad? For vast amounts of history, life on earth, including human, advanced side-by-side with hemp, a prolific weed. It grew everywhere. Animals ate it. Birds loved the seed. A survey in 2003 showed that more than 95% of hemp seed sold 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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Balanced budget again, in DuPage

For the eighth consecutive year, DuPage County Board chairman Dan Cronin presented a balanced budget that does not increase the County’s portion of the property tax levy. “This has been the toughest budget I’ve had to present,” Cronin said. “For eight years, we’ve continually done more with less, and cut...

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Aurora COW meeting focus: Save $2 Million in health care

By Jason Crane –  A focus at the Aurora city government Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting Tuesday at City Hall was cutting health care costs by more than $2 Million. The City of Aurora provides a fully-insured health maintenance organization (HMO) for active employees through Blue Cross Blue Shield...

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Former Copley Hospital building, vacant since 1995. City of Aurora photo

Aurora Government unanimously approves agreement for environmental cleanup and related remediation of former Copley Hospital ; APPO contract approved

By Jason Crane –  The Aurora City Council honored the 41 community groups that participated in the August 7 National Night Out, at the City Council meeting Tuesday. Unanimously approved was an agreement to facilitate the environmental cleanup and related remediation of the former Copley Hospital site at 502 S....

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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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Aurora Area CVB received 3.7% tourism increase in 2017

The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) released a report that annual tourism expenditures totaling $200.5 Million in 2017, a 3.7% increase over 2016. Tourism expenditures represent the total amount of money visitors spend on lodging, gas, food, drink, and entertainment when in the Aurora area. Municipalities collected $3.9...

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Batavia Library seeks tax hike, but, no increase

At its meeting July 17, Batavia Public Library trustees voted unanimously to place a proposal on the November, 2018 ballot. The proposal requests a 7¢ increase in the Library’s general operating tax rate, however, the overall tax rate for residents will remain the same, because the Library’s tax rate for...

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Sovereignty of American dream on shaky ground

We have no real property rights. Think about it. That house you live in, the car you drive, the small, or not so small, acreage of land that has been passed down through your family, or that you scrimped and saved to acquire, whatever money you manage to keep in...

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Relatively good news: State comptroller Mendoza

Comptroller for the state of Illinois, Susana Mendoza, presented recent numbers with the State’s finances, including the success of the Debt Transparency Act at the office of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Monday. “Today, it’s relatively good news amongst the bad news with the State’s finances, she said.” “Services...

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On living in an age of war profiteers, monsters, loss

Let us not mince words. We are living in an age of war profiteers. We are living in an age of scoundrels, liars, brutes, and thugs. Many of them work for the U.S. government. We are living in an age of monsters. Ask Donald Trump. He knows all about monsters....

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