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Survey finds Santori Library drives APL costs higher

Survey finds Santori Library drives Aurora Public Library costs higher

Between 2014 and 2019, the Santori Public Library of Aurora’s budget rose three times faster than the overall budget. A comparison of the Aurora Library Budget from 2014, the last year of the Old Main Library, and 2019, with the new Santori Library, shows that the costs of the Santori…...

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Amy Roth

Aurora City Council unanimously approves tax levy ordinance

The Aurora City Council unanimously approved the ordinance Tuesday for levying the City’s 2018 tax levy, which shows an overall two percent increase, according to Martin Lyons, the city government’s finance director. The annual property tax levy provides a major share of Aurora’s revenue, approximately 23% of the revenue for…...

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KAT driver Ted Shick reflects devotion, skill, for seniors

By Barb Nadeau –  One of the best ways to see your tax dollars at work is from the back seat of a handicapped accessible bus through Kendall Area Transit, or the Ride in Kane Program. Your public para-transit programs offer more than just mobility to the folks who ride…....

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Aurora City Council Honored members of the Tomcat Youth Football League, left. Last month, they clinched the 2018 State championship for the Bantam Level in a 38-12 victory against number 3 ranked Grayslake Colts. They are: Victor Aguilar, Giovanni Briseno, Nehemiah Brown, Adan Colin, Benjamin Corral, Emilio Correa, Peyton Cowles, Salvador Esquivel, Mason Estrada, Emmanuel Gomez-Corona, Angel Gonzalez, Abraham Hernandez, Jaxson Mendoza, Adan Mondgragon, Julio Montemayor, Javier Munoz, Nathan Romero and Jesus Oscar Sanchez. Head coach is Steven Lange and assistance coaches are Jeremy Graham, Tony Estrada, Sergio Briseno, Alberto Gonzalez, and David Clow.

Aurora Council passes $434 Million budget

By Jason Crane –  Aldermen for the city of Aurora government voted unanimously to pass the $434 Million budget while aldermen voted 8-3 against giving a tax rebate to Aurora residential property owners at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Mayor of Aurora, Richard Irvin, was hoping to use $2…...

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Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could save taxpayers an extimated $160,000 per year. • A request was made for a special use permit for a Ricky Rockets fuel center at the Southwest corner of Orchard Road and Jericho Road. The proposed facility would be a gas station, car wash, convenience store, multi-tenant building and future out-lots, and hospitality use. The plan could be approved next month. • A property tax rebate in the amount of $45 will be mailed to each residential property owner who submits an application by December 17. The application can be found on the Village of Montgomery website. Jason Crane/The Voice

Installation of solar panels for the Fox Metro Reclamation District could save taxpayers $160,000

Eric Peterman, CEO of GRNE Solar, answers questions at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. GRNE Solar is requesting approval for a special use permit to install solar panels on approximately 43 acres at 800 S. River Street. The power would be for the Fox Metro Reclamation District and could…...

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North Aurora resident Dave Smith was one of two speakers asking North Aurora officials questions at the North Aurora Village Board meeting Monday. Smith inquired about the $5,000 tax levy increase for the 92 homes in the Oaks Special Service area #7 in North Aurora. The money is set to repair erosion around the retention pond in the area. The amount would be an increase of approximately $55 per year. The tax levy for the Special Service Area was one of all 10 with various amounts that were approved.

Increase in North Aurora Tax Levies; L. E. D. stoplights don’t melt snow

North Aurora resident Dave Smith was one of two speakers asking North Aurora officials questions at the North Aurora Village Board meeting Monday. Smith inquired about the $5,000 tax levy increase for the 92 homes in the Oaks Special Service area #7 in North Aurora. The money is set to…...

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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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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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