Category: Taxes

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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