Category: Transportation

Full Fox River kayak trip: Vernon LaVia, Charlie Zine, and Kiwanis president-elect Steve Andras pose at Tuesday's luncheon meeting at the Prisco Center following Charlie Zine's presentation. He gave a program on his trip the full length of the Fox River by kayak from the headwaters of the Fox River at Colgate, Wis. and 202 miles to Ottawa at the confluence of the Illinois River last year. Amy Roth photo

Full Fox River kayak trip shared with Kiwanis Club of Aurora:

Vernon LaVia, Charlie Zine, and Kiwanis president-elect Steve Andras pose at Tuesday’s luncheon meeting at the Prisco Center following Charlie Zine’s presentation. He gave a program on his trip the full length of the Fox River by kayak from the headwaters of the Fox River at Colgate, Wis. and 202…...

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Robert Green, traffic engineer for the city government of Aurora shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about the future of traffic trends and technology. He said the future of traffic engineering is merging with information technology. Green said L.E.D. lighting for traffic signals saves money but doesn't melt snow, which the incadescent bulbs do. A solution is being sought. The City is working with Illinois Department of Transportation to help the traffic flow on Broadway in downtown Aurora. Jason Crane/The Voice

Future of traffic trends and technology in Aurora shared with the Rotary Club of Aurora

Robert Green, traffic engineer for the city government of Aurora shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about the future of traffic trends and technology. He said the future of traffic engineering is merging with information technology. Green said L.E.D. lighting for traffic signals saves money but…...

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Road construction status March 21

To update residents about the status of road construction projects, State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, will be host to an informational session with representatives from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, and the cities of Aurora and Naperville Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m. at…...

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Proposed law would end front car plates: Police against it

By Rebecca Anzel –  Illinois law enforcement groups want to pump the brakes on proposed legislation that would do away with a requirement that Illinois cars display a front license plate. A bill proposed by East Dundee Republican representative Allen Skillicorn would instruct the Secretary of State’s office to issue…...

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Amy Roth

Plans for Aurora include Route 59 commercial, buildings

The Aurora City Council March 5 Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall included plans for Route 59 commercial corridor building, road resurfacing, and firefighters’ ballistic vests. • Plans for Route 59, old West Aurora building discussed. A Route 59 corridor plan that lays out a new look and…...

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Ben Pohl, a motivational speaker, shares his personal story about distracted driving at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. He, just as are many, was a distracted driver at the age of 17, with four friends in his car. He wasn’t using a cellphone, but was distracted by the radio and laughing with friends and not paying attention. His inattention caused him to take his eyes off the road and lose control of his car. He injured himself and four friends. He spent two years relearning how to walk and speak. He has made it his mission to make sure that drivers are aware of the risk and consequences so that they don’t end up in the emergency room similar to his situation. He shares his message at schools and with young drivers. Approximately nine persons are killed and more than 1,000 injured daily in the United States in incidents reported as a distracted driver, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. Jason Crane/The Voice

Distracted driving: Ben Pohl motivation

Ben Pohl, a motivational speaker, shares his personal story about distracted driving at Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Pohl, just as are many, was a distracted driver at the age of 17, with four friends in his car. He wasn’t using a cellphone, but…...

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Naperville in Super Bowl crackdown

The Naperville Police Department made 37 traffic stops and issued 36 citations during the recent Super Bowl crackdown. The Super Bowl weekend Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket enforcement effort ran Friday, Feb. 1, through the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 4, to keep…...

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Effects of bad weather: The arctic cold and snow fall this week, following warm temperatures in December 2018, can have a negative effect on travel and transportation means. This truck finds a place on the side of the road recently on Lake Street in Aurora in need of assistance. Frigid temperatures this week ranged into the minus 20 degrees-plus with wind chills close to nearly minus 50 degrees, Weather forecasts for the weekend were for temperatures to be above 45 degrees with rain the help wash away some of the snow. The bad effect will be for more hazardous driving with slush and slippery surfaces. Dustin Krueger/The Voice

Effects of bad weather:

The arctic cold and snow fall this week, following warm temperatures in December 2018, can have a negative effect on travel and transportation means. This truck finds a place on the side of the road recently on Lake Street in Aurora in need of assistance. Frigid temperatures this week ranged…...

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Charlie Zine, president of the Rotary Club of Aurora, presents 70 photos to the Rotary Club of Aurora members December 17 from his trip by kayak, the whole length of the Fox River. Zine and Chuck Roberts completed the eight-day, 202-mile journey from Colgate, Wis. to Ottawa last Summer. Their journey experience: 26 logjams, three beaver dams, 16 man-made dams, two man-made lakes, three days and nights of rain, shoreline camps with no fire, and wild dangerous Asian Carp fish. Jason Crane/The Voice

202-mile journey on Fox River from Colgate, Wis. to Ottawa shared at Rotary Club of Aurora

Charlie Zine, president of the Rotary Club of Aurora, presents 70 photos to the Rotary Club of Aurora members December 17 from his trip by kayak, the whole length of the Fox River. Zine and Chuck Roberts completed the eight-day, 202-mile journey from Colgate, Wis. to Ottawa last Summer. Their…...

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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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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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Goat yoga offers relaxation at Saturday’s annual Aurora GreenFest. Jason Crane/The Voice

Goat Yoga one of the new exhibits at 9th Annual Aurora Greenfest

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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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