Category: Tech

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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Amy Roth

Aurora Police Department seeks to purchase drones

An Aurora Police Department request to purchase four drones and equipment to operate them in the amount of $56,500 will be on the unfinished business portion of the Tuesday, Oct. 23 Aurora City Council agenda. Alderman-at-large Robert O’Connor, who leads the Finance Committee, asked Tuesday at the Committee of the...

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Seniors can find help with computer-oriented technology

By Barb Nadeau –  The needier you are the more access to technology you have a need to survive these trying times. Senior citizens, especially the oldest among us, are not usually considered the most computer-savvy individuals. They sometimes struggle with cell phones and learning about the newest apps, they...

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John Whitehead

Big Brother assisted by technology

It’s a given that Big Brother is always watching us. Unfortunately, thanks to the government’s ongoing efforts to build massive databases by using emerging surveillance, DNA, and biometrics technologies, Big Brother, and his corporate partners in crime, are getting even creepier and more invasive, intrusive, and stalker-like. Indeed, every dystopian...

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Aurora Public Library digital services assistant manager Giovanna Diaz-Fabiani conducts 3D printer training at the Santori Library. Submitted photo

Cutting-edge technology available at Santori Library

By Anthony Stanford –  The Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora is a state-of-the-art center for information, literacy, creativity, and many other services. Some individuals may not be aware that it’s a great place to learn about the flourishing technology-based, maker culture movement. Whether it’s a 3D printer...

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Mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin, presents proclamations to three individuals working to create suicide prevention awareness at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday. Former Aurora resident and Yorkville alderman, Joel Frieders, second from left, Liza Olivia, co-founder of Simply Destinee Youth Center and Dance Team, third from left; Martin Luna-Espinoza, co-founder of Simply Destinee Youth Center and Dance Team. Simply Destinee is a youth-inspired dance team that promotes suicide awareness in the memory of Destinee A. Oliva. Frieders who has struggled with the grief of losing friends to suicide, launched a national campaign for the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Proclamation Project. The program has grown to 228 cities, 18 counties, and 38 states.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month recognized at Aurora City Council meeting

Mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin, presents proclamations at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday to three individuals working to create suicide prevention awareness. Former Aurora resident and Yorkville alderman, Joel Frieders; second from left, Liza Olivia, co-founder of Simply Destinee Youth Center and Dance Team; right, Martin Luna-Espinoza, co-founder of...

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Aurora GreenFest exhibits free at Prisco

The Aurora GreenFest will be Saturday! Wonderful exhibitors from our forest preserves, park districts, green businesses, green car owners, and artists all will be at the Prisco Community Center and the beautiful McCullough Park to help everyone learn more about taking care of the Earth. The GreenFest always makes it...

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Aurora in Top 100 Finalists for innovation

The city government of Aurora has been named a Top 100 Finalist for the 2018 Chicago Innovation Awards. During a special reception held in Chicago with the 519 nominees, the Chicago Innovation Awards committee selected Aurora as one of the Top 100 Finalists to advance in the annual competition that...

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Kane County clerk John A. "Jack" Cunningham discusses his electronic-voting machines at the Aurora Noon Lions Club

Electronic voting in Kane County

Kane County clerk John A. “Jack” Cunningham discusses his electronic-voting machines at the Aurora Noon Lions Club meeting Monday at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora. With him to demonstrate the new machines was Kane County deputy clerk Brian Pollock. The machines will be used in the November 6 elections. Al Benson/The...

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Three new fun events at Aurora GreenFest

The 2018 Aurora GreenFest will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Prisco Community Center and McCullough Park at 150 W. Illinois Avenue in Aurora. The Aurora GreenFest is a celebration of sustainability, including ways to protect the environment and make our lives better. The event...

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Some gadgets at the Aurora Public Library

More than books, movies, music, at Aurora Public Library

By Anthony Stanford –  Check this out. Did you know that Aurora Public Library (APL) customers can check out items that are not books, movies, or music? That’s right, APL lends a variety of technology gadgets to its customers. The items are available for checkout at all APL locations, including...

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Fox Valley Robotics ready for 17th season in Batavia

Fox Valley Robotics and Batavia Robotics (FVR/BR) will open registration for their 17th season this year with new robotics challenges for kids in first through 12th grades. The LegoWolves Division for first through third graders will take on space in the new challenge “Mission Moon”. These young kids will work...

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City of Aurora government considers interactive outdoor kiosks

An agenda item on a special city of Aurora Finance Committee meeting Tuesday was a resolution to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with Smart City Media, LLC of New York, N.Y. for the installation, operation, and revenue sharing of interactive outdoor kiosks using the City Post smart media platform. The...

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scientific concept of The Space Elevator at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora

The Space Elevator

Larry Bartoszek, a mechanical engineer, explains the scientific concept of The Space Elevator at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. A space elevator is a proposed type of planet-to-space transportation system. The main component would be a cable, called a tether, anchored to the...

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Corporation Counsel for the city of Aurora, Richard J. Veenstra.

Aurora COW focus: Small wireless facilities

By Jason Crane –  A focus at the Aurora city government Committee of the Whole (COW) was to work on amending the City of Aurora Code of Ordinances, relative to the permitting, regulation, and development of small wireless facilities. The ordinance is in response to the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment...

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Financial service jobs at risk of AI takeover in 15 years

Staff writer Ainsley (O’Connell) Harris covers the business of technology with a focus on financial services and education. Follow her on Twitter at @ainsleyoc. Harris reported for FastCompany: “LearnVest.com founder Alexa von Tobel offers up personal finance tips for the ever-growing number of workers taking on free-lance, gig, and contract...

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Aurora Museum Week June 17-23 special inaugural splash

Aurora Downtown will hold an inaugural Aurora Museum Week this year June 17-23. Brian Failing made the announcement at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum during the inaugural Fox River Arts Ramble April 21. Failing, executive director of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, debuted the event poster created by artist and...

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