Even though change may be a four-letter word to some of us, we have many experiences of change. We simply adapt and move on to the next change. Absorb and incorporate. That’s life! Do we want to resist or see the joy in something new? We do not have to be bound by limitations.
For example, on a small scale, a new American Legion Post in Aurora will start as of 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Warehouse Church in Aurora. Commander Chuck Granholm will be present, with its approximately 25 members, when the charter is made official and will be the Walter E. Truemper Legion Post 1944. The number corresponds to the year that the East Aurora High School graduate died in World War II. There are other Legion posts in Aurora. The City is big enough to support more than one Legion post.
Here and there to be duly noted:
• The Naperville Police Department details from additional traffic enforcement during the holidays, December 2018 to January 2: Issued 31 seat belt violations, 18 speeding citations, three uninsured motorist citations, and one suspended/revoked license citation.
• The Oswego Police Department sign-up for the Oswego Citizen’s Police Academy will begin Wednesday, Feb. 13 and the class will meet for 13 weeks each Wednesday, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for applicants at least 18 years of age and who reside in, own property in, or operate a business within Oswego Village limits. Call Stephen Bailey at 630-551-7364. Class size must have a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20.
• State representative Linda Chapa LaVia of Aurora will be a part of a financial workshop Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Aurora Police Department.
• Start-up Capitol News Illinois news service reports that JB Pritzker, governor for less than a month, would like Senate Bill 1 to be a minimum wage increase from $8.25 an hour to $9.25 an hour by January 2020 and another increase later as a part of a six-year phase-in increase. He may make reference to it in his February 20 budget address.
• More change: The DuPage County Board made it official January 15 to dissolve the DuPage Election Commission into the DuPage County Clerk’s office. It follows the referendum vote in November 2018 to abolish the DuPage County Clerk’s office. That is a change for Aurora voters in DuPage County.
• More change: The Aurora Election Commission was dissolved as a result of the November 2018 referendum and morphed into the Kane County Election Commission with an Aurora office on Downer Place.
• A valuable change would be in the way political districts are drawn up for the 2020 U.S. Census if the process is taken out of the hands of the politicians. The district shapes are ambiguous and ridiculous. Legislation must prevail quickly, or wait another 10 years.