Category: Transportation

Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall are: • To encourage new multi-family housing and mixed-use developments in and around the Fox Valley Mall property. • New housing encouraged at strategic locations within easy access of transit and commercial uses. • Support infill and redevelopment of underperforming properties. The plan can be seen at the city government of Aurora’s website. Jason Crane/The Voice

City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house

Trevor Dick, left, director of Development Strategy and Facilitation for the city of Aurora answers questions at the City of Aurora’s DRAFT Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update open house, Thursday, Dec. 6. The event included development renderings for information, discussion, and public input. Some objectives for the Fox Valley Mall...

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The city government of Aurora seeks public input for Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update

The city government of Aurora seeks public input for Route 59 Comprehensive Plan Update

An informational open house from 4 p.m. to  7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Calvary Church, 9S200 IL-59, Naperville, near the intersection of Route 59 and Montgomery Road, seeks input for a Route 59 comprehensive plan update. The purpose of the open house is to provide information on the city ...

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Voluntary Action Center (VAC) of DeKalb County hires Barb Nadeau

The Voluntary Action Center (VAC) of DeKalb County, operators of the Kendall Area Transit program, recently hired Barb Nadeau of Plano as external affairs manager. Providing high quality services to address basic transportation and nutrition needs in the communities of DeKalb, Kendall, LaSalle, Putman and Bureau Counties, VAC depends on...

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Wayne Johnson

Saga of kids, trains, and collecting coal from engines

While reading the column by The Chas (Charles Coddington) in the September 27 issue of The Voice (click here for article) about his early fascination with trains, it got me thinking about some broccoli I ate last night. No. I did think about it, but that’s not what I’m referring...

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Charles Coddintgon

Fascinating trains across the U.S.: Solve problems

Trains have fascinated me since childhood. Perhaps the fascination was a part of my genetic code. My paternal grandfather, Charles James Coddington, 1879-1926, whom I never knew, was a railway express clerk; my maternal grandfather, William C. Watson, 1898-1982, worked for the CB & Q all his life. But the...

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Tom Rickert, far left, Kane County deputy director of Transportation answers questions about improvements to Orchard Road and Route 30 at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. He said the Phase 1 design approval is complete and Phase 2 engineering and land acquisition is next. The estimated cost of intersection improvements and widening U.S. 30 from Illinois Route 47 to Route 31 is more than $70 Million. He said they hope to pull that together within a two-year time frame. • Robert Yarbrough, left, expresses interest in available properties in Montgomery to open a restaurant. He said he and his wife are owners of RV’s Home of the Hoagy. He said he has had difficulties with the city of Aurora government in rehabbing the former Long John Silver’s restaurant near the intersection of Lake Street and Indian Trail. Village president Matt Brolley said to leave his information with the Montgomery director of development. • Approved was a request for a Class “G” liquor license for Grandma’s Table in Montgomery. The license will allow serving alcohol as a restaurant, inclusive of a bar. Jason Crane/The Voice

Discussion about improvements to Orchard Road and Route 30 at the Montgomery Village Board meeting

Tom Rickert, left, Kane County deputy director of Transportation answers questions about improvements to Orchard Road and Route 30 at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. He said the Phase 1 design approval is complete and Phase 2 engineering and land acquisition is next. The estimated cost of intersection improvements...

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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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Rail Safety Week September 23-29 in Illinois

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) asked Bruce Rauner, governor of the State of Illinois, to declare September 23-29 as Illinois Rail Safety Week in order to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. Governor Rauner issued a proclamation and the ILACP is coordinating the...

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Kendall Area Transit (KAT) in Partnership with Village of Montgomery

Kendall Area Transit (KAT) in partnership with the Village of Montgomery

Mike Neuenkirchen, third from left, program director of Kendall Area Transit (KAT), cuts a ribbon with Montgomery Village Board members and Village clerk Penny FitzPatrick, second from left, outside the Montgomery Village Hall, Monday. The ribbon-cutting signifies a partnership between the Village and the dial-a-ride service since July 1. Kendall...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Many delights: Ukulele Festival to the LaSalle Auto Show

Festivals, shows, events, and various activities are a part of our communities’ scenes. Continually. Perpetually. Joyously. The calendar is crowded with delightful and important events, some annual and successful events, and some inaugural occasions. The City of Lights Ukulele Festival will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on...

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North Aurora Village Board ordinance updates, speeding concerns

North Aurora Village Board ordinance updates, speeding concerns

North Aurora resident Nick Dalo, right, expresses concern at the North Aurora Village Board meeting Monday about cars speeding on his street, Westover Road. He requested the Village increase patrols and install speed bumps or flexible chicanes. The Board discussed options available to slow traffic. North Aurora Police Chief David...

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Jim McWethy of Downers Grove, left, receives congratulations from a Summer Nights Classic Car Show official Friday for Best in Show in Downers Grove.

Downers Grove Summer Nights Classic Car Show

Jim McWethy of Downers Grove with roots in Aurora, left, receives congratulations from a Downers Grove Summer Nights Classic Car Show official Friday for Best in Show with his 1966 Austin-Healey 3000. The 26th annual car show series is held each Friday, May 25-August 31. McWethy is owner of Mistwood...

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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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Yanise Ho Roller blade travel to raise scholarship funds stranger kindness

Roller blade travel to raise scholarship funds and to prove the kindness of strangers

Victoria Schmitt of Yorkville bid farewell recently to a new friend, 23-year-old Yanise Ho, originally from Hong Kong (click here for her website). The immediate destination for Ho was Iowa and ultimately Portland, Ore., all by roller blades. Yes, the college student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass....

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Sandwich American Legion Post 181 open Road ABATE ride

Legion Post 181 on open Road ABATE ride

Members from American Legion Riders Post 181 in Sandwich and Open Roads ABATE Chapter planned a bike ride July 22 with The Crooked Roof in Lanark, Chesty P’s in Polo, Happy Joe’s Pizza in Galena, and Iron Horse Saloon in Savanna, Illinois. These businesses were stops in the 2018 Open...

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Following the flow of the Fox River: All 202 miles

Chuck Roberts, left, and Charlie Zine, celebrate the completion of their eight-day journey down the Fox River through Elgin and Aurora to Ottawa at the confluence of the Fox River and Illinois River, a journey of 202 miles. Roberts is former president of the Friends of the Fox. Zine is...

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GoFundMe page for Fox Valley Trolley Museum

Last week the Fox Valley Trolley Museum in South Elgin was vandalized by two minors and there was $110,000 in damage to eight cars. The museum has created a GoFundMe page, www.gofundme.com/fox-river-trolley-museum, for those who are willing or wish to make donations to help cover the costs of these repairs....

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Oswego Board pushes for Metra

The Oswego Village Board Tuesday, July 17 unanimously gave voice for support of making Metra service in Oswego a high priority in the Chicago area, and is asking residents to do the same. The Board approved a resolution asking the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to elevate the Oswego...

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