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City Of Aurora

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Joseph McCarty, a pioneer from New York State, came west seeking a new home. Reaching the Fox Valley, he built the first campfire in April of 1834 on the island, which is now the site of downtown Aurora. He thought that the Fox River location was an ideal place for a new community and told his brother, Samuel. It was not long before Samuel arrived, family was sent for, and a permanent settlement was taking roots. The settlement was named McCarty mills for the brothers' grist mill and sawmill. In 1837, when a Post Office was established, the village became Aurora, goddess of the dawn. Later, when the City was the first in the United States to use electric lights for publicly lighting the entire City, it achieved the nickname of "City of Lights". The modest camp of 1834 has grown into a teeming city. With a population of 157,267 according to 2003 special census, the City has steadily grown throughout the years to become the second largest city in the state.

The City is accessible through five interchanges on the East/West Tollway Corridor. Corporate offices and commercial growth on the City's east and west sides continue to expand the City's boundaries, now stretching from Route 59 on the east to portions beyond Orchard Road on the west. The Far East Side of the City includes the regional Westfield Shoppingtown at Fox Valley (formerly known as Fox Valley Mall) and residential areas and is projected to house 60,000 people within the next twenty years. The City extends into four counties, Kane, DuPage, Kendall, and Will. There are six school districts and seven townships covered within the city limits. There are four historic districts and a large number of individual landmark designations for many of the City's buildings.The City of Aurora is rich in history and pride. The future for the "City of Lights" looks bright as the community continues to grow and prosper.


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Click Here to Register for Mass Vax Aurora #11 at Fox Valley Mall on April 28, 2021

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Free Electronics Recycling Drive-Thru on Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Aurora Downtown Offers Grants To Support Small Businesses

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Egg Hunt begins March 1

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Black Trailblazers in Aurora to Speak Tonight

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Aurora Opens $1.2 Million Emergency Fund for Small Businesses

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City Of Aurora: Another Winter Weather Advisory

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New Volunteer Snow Shoveling Program to Help Seniors, Disabled

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Aurora Named One Of The Top Cities In The Nation Where Black Americans Fare Best Economically

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City Of Aurora News - Drifting Snow, Arctic Temps and Warming Centers

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Alll Four Aurora Counties Now in Phase 4!

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City of Aurora Mayor's Weekly Update - February 2, 2021

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Aurora Snow Team Update - January 31, 2021

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Aurora Proposes Multi-Million Dollar Relief Package for Small Businesses, Residents

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Winter Storm Warning Issued

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Aurora Opens Overnight Warming Center

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Aurora Public Art Launches Request for Proposals for Three Outdoor Mural Projects

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City of Aurora Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - January 20, 2021

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Two City Landmarks Earn 'Best Of The Fox' Awards

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Aurora to honor dr. King's Legacy By Focusing On The Future

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New Indoor Market Opens In Downtown Aurora

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F. H. Paschen Construction Company Opens Office in Downtown Aurora

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Aurora City Seeks Public Input on Plans for Wolf’s Crossing Area

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City of Aurora Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - January 7, 2021

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Free Christmas Tree Recycling to Begin Next Week

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Winter Weather Advisory Begins This Afternoon

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Holiday Hope Food Distribution Set for December 22, 2020

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Live Video Chats with Santa and Mrs. Claus

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Winter Camps Starting Soon!

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - December 15, 2020

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Mayor Irvin Tapped to Lead State's New Commission to Improve the Lives of Black Males

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Aurora City to Honor Retiring Deputy Mayor Chuck Nelson

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City of Aurora Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - December 9, 2020

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City of Aurora Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - December 1, 2020

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Lottery for Ballot Order Scheduled for Wednesday

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Send Aurorans In The Military A Special Gift From Home

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BNSF Railway Discontinues Overnight Operations on Aurora's West Side

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New COVID Mitigations for Kane, DuPage and Will Counties Begin from November 11, 2020

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker yesterday announced additional COVID mitigations for Regions 7 and 8, including Kane, DuPage and Will Counties - three of Aurora's four counties. Because of consistently increasing COVID positivity rates, the…

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Aurora City Continues to Address Concerns About Train Horns

Aurora, IL -- Residents on Aurora’s west side report a reduced quality of life since the freight train line in the area changed operations earlier this year. Owned and operated by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad, the…

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COVID Mitigations for Kane, DuPage and Will Counties Begin Friday, October 23, 2020

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Aurora Plans for Safe and Fun Halloween

Aurora, IL - For the past five years, Aurora has been ranked as one of the best cities for trick-or-treating in the United States by SmartAsset. The City of Lights will continue to offer a safe and fun Halloween experience this year amid COVID-19…

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Mayor, State Treasurer to Discuss Financial Programs for People with Disabilities

Aurora, IL -- This year marks the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark civil rights law that protects access and opportunity for people with disabilities across community life, including employment.…

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Mayors to Discuss COVID-19 with UChicago Students

Aurora, IL -- How to implement mitigation efforts. Where to distribute public testing. How to assist small-business owners. How to encourage masks. What about school attendance. How to reimagine traditional events. As the COVID-19 continues to…

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Aurora to Provide Fifth Pop Up Food Pantry on October 12, 2020

Aurora, IL -- As the effects of COVID-19 continue to impact our communities, food insecurity levels continue to rise. Aurora is coming together, once again, to fill in the gap. The City of Aurora will host its fifth communitywide Pop-Up Food…

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Free Leaf Collection Begins October 19

Aurora, IL - Autumn is here and Aurora residents will be able to dispose of their leaves for free as part of Aurora's Annual Leaf Collection Program. The free Fall Leaf Collection Program begins Monday, October 19 and ends Friday, December 4. …

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Aurora Partners with the National League of Cities to Address Needs of Postsecondary Students

Aurora, IL - The City of Aurora is proud to join a new peer-learning cohort led by the National League of Cities (NLC) to remove barriers to basic needs that often prevent college students from successfully completing postsecondary degrees,…

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Community Listening Sessions with City, Police Officials Begins from October 8, 2020

A consistent recommendation during the CHANGE police policy review sessions held this summer was for the City to hold meetings where residents can share general thoughts on policing and progress in Aurora beyond policy discussions. In response…

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Aurora Provides Free Internet Security Course to the Community

Aurora, IL - October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the City of Aurora is working to ensure all Aurorans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online, especially with so many working and taking classes from home…

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?Kane County Coronavirus Relief Fund

The U.S. Department of Treasury allocated $92,900,218 of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Kane County under the CARES Act to help alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our communities. To help distribute these funds, the Kane County Board has…

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VNA, City to Host Flu Shot Clinics Every Friday in October 2020

Aurora, IL -- As flu season begins amid COVID-19, health officials are raising awareness about the increased importance of flu shots this year due to the ongoing presence of the coronavirus. In an effort to provide convenient access to flu…

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Aurora Street Named in Honor of Trailblazing Latina Businesswoman

Aurora, IL -- She was a Hispanic pioneer of Aurora who became a trailblazing entrepreneur, community advocate and a voice for Latinos from her near eastside home where she lived for more than six decades. The late Herminia Rodriguez Gasca was…

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Aurora Prepares for Final Census Push This Weekend

Aurora, IL - The deadline for the 2020 Census is next week, and the City of Aurora is gearing up for another weekend of direct community outreach in its most undercounted areas. Aurora has a 73.9% self-response rate, which is a measurable increase…

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Aurora to Host Free Electronics Recycling Event This Month

The City of Aurora is hosting a free Electronics Recycling Day. All items are free to recycle, including televisions, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Due to the high demand for service: The event is open to Aurora residents only. ID is required. …

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Aurora to Host Fourth Pop Up Food Pantry on Monday, September 14, 2020

Aurora, IL -- As the effects of COVID-19 continue to impact our communities, food insecurity levels continue to rise. Aurora is coming together, once again, to fill in the gap. The City of Aurora will host its fourth communitywide Pop-Up Food…

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Aurora Joins National ‘Move with the Mayor’ Initiative

Aurora , IL - Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin is joining other mayors in a nationwide initiative to increase outside physical activity and reduce heart disease and stroke by encouraging Aurora residents to get up and get moving. “It’s…

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Aurora Remembers September 11

Aurora, IL -- The City of Aurora will commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy tomorrow in a ceremony led by public safety officials. Beginning at 8:40 a.m. on Friday, September 11, the Aurora Police Department and the…

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Multiple Rent and Mortgage Assistance Programs Available

Multiple Rent and Mortgage Assistance Programs Available To ease financial burdens during COVID-19, a number of housing payment assistance programs are currently taking applications. The City of Aurora's Emergency Rental Assistance Program is…

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Aurora Seeks Volunteers for Census Outreach Days in Hard-to-Count Neighborhoods

With only 40 days left until the deadline to complete the 2020 Census on September 30, nearly 72% of Aurora households have responded. Mayor Richard C. Irvin is asking the community to work together to increase the response rate, particularly in…

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Two IDPH Covid-19 Testing Sites in Aurora on August 20 and 22, 2020

Click Here for more information on Two IDPH Covid-19 Testing Sites in Aurora on August 20 and 22,…

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Aurora Launches $500,000 Rental Assistance Program

Aurora, IL - The City of Aurora has launched a $500,000 emergency rental assistance program to support Aurora residents who have overdue rent payments because of financial strain caused by COVID-19. If approved, residents can receive funds paid…

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Two of Aurora's Four Counties on State's COVID-19 Watch List

Two of Aurora’s four counties are now on the State’s COVID-19 Watch List for increasing COVID-19 metrics. Both Kane and Will counties were added to the list this weekend. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? The Illinois Department of Public Health…

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Free School Supplies at Drive-Thru Events from August 14 -16, 2020

AURORA, IL - As thousands of Aurora students prepare to begin a restructured start to the school year, Aurora is redesigning the way free school supplies are distributed by offering drive-thru back-to-school fairs. The annual back-to-school fairs…

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Aurora Issues New Rules for Door-to-Door Solicitors

Aurora, IL -- The Aurora City Council yesterday approved an amendment to Chapter 32 of the Code of Ordinances to regulate the actions of permitted peddlers and solicitors and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the City of…

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Aurora to Host Third Pop Up Food Pantry on August 10, 2020

Aurora, IL -- As the effects of COVID-19 continue to impact our communities, food insecurity levels continue to rise. Aurora is coming together, once again, to fill in the gap. The City of Aurora will host its third Communitywide Pop-Up Food…

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Donation of 500,000 Face Masks to Support 'Mask Up, Aurora' Campaign

Aurora, IL -- With a market value of $350,000, an order of a half-million face masks is a significant investment. When those masks are donated to a community for free, it’s more than just about the money. It’s about a mission to help…

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Aurora Launches Regional Bike Share Program

Aurora, IL -- Cycling is not only listed in the lowest risk category in the Restore Illinois Plan, it is also known as one of the most effective forms of exercise, and it is uniting cities in the Fox Valley. The City of Aurora launched on July 31st…

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New Fiber Optics Micro-Factory Opens in Aurora

Aurora, IL - The State of Illinois and the City of Aurora today joined viaPhoton in announcing the opening of its first hyperlocal fiber optics micro-factory in Aurora. Leveraging Industry 4.0 technology, viaPhoton’s new factory will build…

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Aurora City Launches Youth Needs Survey

Aurora, IL -- As Aurora families make decisions on the best options for returning to school this fall, they can also weigh-in on how the City can better serve students communitywide. The City of Aurora Youth Service Division has launched a survey…

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Scientel Solutions Relocates Global Headquarters to Aurora

Third major tech company to relocate in a year Aurora, IL -- Aurora has become a magnet for the technology industry, with three major tech companies relocating to the City of Lights in the past year alone. Last week, Scientel Solutions, a leading…

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Phillips Park Zoo Animals to Visit Aurora Farmers Market Every Saturday

Aurora, IL -- Have you ever talked about turtles after picking up your tomatoes? How about stopping by to see a snake before taking home your strawberries? Starting this weekend, you can! The Aurora Farmers Market is teaming up with the Phillips…

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Aurora Opens Cooling Centers as Hot Weather Streak Continues

Aurora, IL - A hot weather streak will bring air temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s for at least the next two weeks, with some days reaching triple digits with the heat index. The City of Aurora is advising residents to take necessary…

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Aurora City Hall Reopens To The Public This Week

As both a sign of progress and with an abundance of caution, the City of Aurora plans to reopen City Hall and other City offices next week to the public with additional safety measures in place. Aurora City Hall, the Aldermen’s Office and the…

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Aurora Gains New Candidate for Mayor

JUDD LOFCHIE, Alderman of Aurora’s 10th Ward, Announces Candidacy for Mayor AURORA, IL: Judd Lofchie, real estate broker, attorney and current 10th Ward Alderman for the City of Aurora, today announced his intentions to run for mayor. With…

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Aurora to Salute Healthcare Heroes with Fourth of July Procession

Aurora, IL -- The City of Aurora will take time on the Fourth of July holiday to pay special tribute to its healthcare heroes for their stalwart efforts during COVID-19 and their daily sacrifices beyond the pandemic. Aurora Mayor Richard C.…

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Aurora Set To Reopen Parks, Some Outdoor Recreation

In accordance with Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Reopening Plan, the City of Aurora will reopen parks and some outdoor recreational areas tomorrow. As the State enters into Phase 4 on the same day, public health and safety remain the…

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Aurora Residents Invited to Discuss Police Policies

Aurora, IL -- Aurora residents are invited to discuss police policies during a series of communitywide meetings next month. The City opened registration this week for hundreds of residents to review police use-of-force and training policies,…

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A Joint Statement from Aurora's Cultural Advisory Boards

These are unprecedented times. We have witnessed recent acts of violence that led to historical demonstrations and unrest. We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others whose lives were needlessly cut short.…

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Aurora, TinkRWorks Launch New Coding Camps for Youth

The new Aurora STEAM Enrichment Camps will provide 50 youth with virtual coding lessons focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Aurora, IL -- Aurora youth will have a unique opportunity to delve into a virtual maker space this…

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New Aurora Financial Empowerment Center to Provide Free Financial Counseling to Residents

Aurora, IL -- The City of Aurora, in partnership with the national Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) has announced the grand opening of the Aurora Financial Empowerment Center (FEC), offering professional, one-on-one financial…

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New Season of Aurora Farmers Market Brings Traditions, Changes

Aurora, IL -- Fresh produce and face masks will be the norm on Saturday mornings in downtown Aurora. The Aurora Farmers Market opens for its 108th season on Saturday, June 27. Returning to Water Street Square, 65 S. Water Street, the market will be…

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Mayor Irvin Announces New Reform Initiative

Aurora, IL - Mayor Richard C. Irvin announced a new reform initiative that focuses on strengthening police and community relations and accountability through a multi-phased approach of reviewing law enforcement policies and exploring new…

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Curfew Canceled in Aurora

After reviewing conditions in Aurora and surrounding communities, the curfew scheduled to take effect tonight, Saturday, June 6 at 10 p.m., has been canceled. No additional curfew hours are scheduled at this time. Travel restrictions have also been…

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A Statement from the Aurora Education Commission

The purpose of Aurora’s Education Commission (AEC) is to engage in constructive dialogue regarding information and initiatives that benefit our educational institutions and our greater city. The commission consists of Aurora area educational…

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Adjusted Curfew Hours

The City of Aurora continues to collaborate with area public safety officials to monitor and evaluate pending demonstrations throughout the weekend in the region. In an effort to maintain a safe environment for Aurora residents and businesses,…

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Mayor Irvin's Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

I am a Black man. I am a father. I am a son; a brother; an uncle. I am a human being who cares for the plight of my fellow man. And I’m hurt and outraged over the senseless and brutal killing of George Floyd. When I watched the video, I felt…

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State of Emergency, Curfew Issued for Aurora

Aurora, IL - Due to the widespread incidents of violence, vandalism and stealing throughout the area, Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Aurora and has issued a curfew for the municipality. “Today…

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Aurora to Provide Free Groceries at Pop-Up Food Pantry

To help meet the growing food needs in the community amid the COVID-19 crisis, the City of Aurora is collaborating with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Quad County Urban League, the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry and Ward 3 Alderman Ted Mesiacos…

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City Launches 'Active Aurora' Reopening Plan

Aurora, IL -- The City of Aurora presented its business reopening plan during the Aurora City Council Meeting last night in advance of all regions in the state moving to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan this Friday. The 10-page Active…

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A Message for Aurora's Faith Community

During these unprecedented and uncertain times, our community has come together as only we can – as ONE AURORA. Through our unity, collective actions - and most certainly our faith – we have, once again, demonstrated what it means to be…

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Aurora to Host Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony

The City of Aurora will continue its annual Memorial Day tradition of honoring veterans who paid the ultimate price protecting the liberties of the United States of America. Due to restrictions on large gatherings, the City will host a virtual…

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City of Aurora News - Reopening Survey for Aurora Businesses

ATTN: AURORA BUSINESS OWNERS & MANAGERS At the request of Mayor Richard C. Irvin and the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and Invest Aurora have launched a comprehensive business reopening survey…

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City of Aurora Community News - May 15, 2020

The City of Aurora, in partnership with Invest Aurora and the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, is providing a new loan program to assist small businesses. The Standing Together with Aurora Businesses Local Emergency (STABLE) Fund will offer…

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Summer Concerts, Parades, Events in Aurora Impacted by COVID-19

Large events like the Fourth of July fireworks held at RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora have been canceled for this summer due to the COVID-19 crisis. Aurora, IL -- The local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will extend well into the summer and…

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Dr. Willie Wilson to Donate 100,000 Face Masks to City of Aurora

Aurora, IL -- Noted businessman Dr. Willie Wilson is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by donating face masks. He is extending his efforts beyond his Chicago base into the state’s second-largest city. Dr. Wilson is collaborating with…

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Phillips Park Golf Course to Reopen with Modified Rules from May 4, 2020

Aurora, IL -- The award-winning Phillips Park Golf Course in Aurora will reopen on Monday, May 4 with tee times beginning at 6:30 a.m. Operating under modified rules outlined by the State of Illinois, all interested golfers must reserve and…

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Aurora Public Art Announces Contest Winners for COVID-19 PSA Designs

Aurora, IL -- In the spirit of the depression-era WPA, Aurora Public Art launched the COVID-19 PSA Project, requesting Public Service Announcement designs from local artists on April 9th. The project was meant to provide community encouragement and…

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Aurora Launches $1.4 Million Loan Program to Help Small Businesses Impacted by Covid-19

Aurora, IL -- The City of Aurora, in partnership with Invest Aurora and the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, is launching a new loan program to assist small businesses. Approved by the Aurora City Council tonight, the Standing Together with…

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State Opens Drive-Thru Covid Testing Site in Aurora

Aurora, IL -- On Apr 22nd, Governor JB Pritzker announced the opening of a new COVID-19 Community Testing Site in Aurora. The new site is open seven days per week at the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd, and will serve up to 600…

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VNA Health Care Opens Covid-19 Testing Center in Aurora

Aurora, IL -- VNA Health Care in Aurora is now offering testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Testing is available by appointment only to people with COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 specimens will be tested at no charge by the Illinois Department of…

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Aurora Announces Event Cancellations through May

Aurora, IL - Amid the COVID-19 crisis, community events are being put on pause throughout the nation, including here in Aurora. Out of an abundance of caution and following CDC guidelines for gatherings, the City of Aurora is canceling community…

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Aurora Extends Emergency Declaration, City Hall Closure

Aurora, IL -- The Aurora City Council voted today to extend the City’s Emergency Declaration enacted in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Originally signed on Monday, March 16, the declaration is now extended through May 15,…

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Aurora Mayor, Police Chief Test Positive for COVID-19

Aurora, IL - The Kane County Health Department confirmed the positive COVID-19 test results for Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Under stern advice from the health department, both were tested last Saturday after…

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Aurora Puts Non-Essential Businesses on Notice

Aurora, IL - In an effort to reinforce the mandated closure of non-essential businesses through April 7, the City of Aurora is preparing to issue compliance notices for those in violation. “We have received complaints from employees who are…

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Aurora Closes Parks, Calls Off Parking Tickets and Allows Packaged Liquor Sales

Aurora, IL -- In the ongoing effort to provide guidance, support, relief and preventative compliance during the constantly-evolving COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Richard C. Irvin has enacted a number of additional measures for the City of Aurora. …

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Mayor Encourages Aurorans to Support Restaurants

Aurora, IL - The City of Aurora put out an all-call for restaurants this morning. Within hours, dozens of local eateries had responded. In an effort to support local restaurants that are now closed for dine-in service through the end of the month…

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Mayor Irvin Declares State of Emergency in Aurora

Mayor Richard C. Irvin today declared a state of emergency in the City of Aurora due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. Joined by local healthcare professionals, aldermen, public safety chiefs, utility representatives and restaurant…

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Public Visits Suspended at Aurora's Zoo, Golf Course, Museums and Airport

Aurora, IL -- Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Aurora is extending its previously announced restrictions of public use of City properties to include public visits at the City’s zoo, golf course, museums and airport. Effective,…

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Aurora Halts All Water Disconnections for Next 30 Days

Aurora, IL - Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin announced today the City of Aurora has temporarily halted disconnecting water service at any Aurora residence and business due to non-payment. “Access to water is essential in the prevention of the…

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City, School District Approve Intergovernmental Agreement

Aurora, IL - The Aurora City Council unanimously approved tonight an intergovernmental agreement between the City and Indian Prairie School District 204 which sets procedures and guidelines for the use of development incentives in the Route 59…

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Tech Company Relocates to Aurora from Naperville, Opens New Headquarters with 94 Employees

Aurora, IL -- Moving from Naperville to Aurora, Simplify Healthcare, a leading healthcare solutions company providing end-to-end solutions for health plans, opened its new 6,400 sq. ft. national headquarters this week at 600 N. Commons Drive. …

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - January 27, 2020

During the City's 35th Annual MLK Ceremony on Monday, January 20, an emphasis was placed on Dr. King's commitment to future generations through mentoring and leadership development. Mayor Richard C. Irvin granted the Mayor's Service Above Self Award…

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Pastor Julian Spencer Named African-American Leader of the Year

Aurora, IL -- The City of Aurora's African-American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) will host its 16th Annual Heritage Scholarship Dinner next month. During the annual crowning event of Black History Month, AAHAB will present scholarships to…

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Aurora City's First Poet Laureate to Be Inducted on January 15, 2020

Aurora, IL -- Aurora’s first poet laureate will be inducted next week, beginning a new era of poetic expression in the City of Lights. Longtime Auroran Karen Fullett-Christensen will be installed for the inaugural poet laureate term at 6…

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City of Aurora News - Free Christmas Tree Recycling Begins from January 6, 2020

Aurora, IL -- Beginning Monday, January 6, 2020 Christmas trees will be picked up for free during weekly trash and recycling collection. For two weeks from Monday, January 6, 2020 through Friday, January 17, 2020 no sticker is required for…

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Two City Departments Earn 'Best of the Fox' Awards

Aurora, IL - With more than 14,000 votes cast in 52 categories, Shaw Media’s inaugural ‘Best of the Fox’ Awards for Aurora inspired the community to vote in droves for the ‘hottest places’ in the City of Lights. …

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Aurora Heritage Boards Provide Scholarship Opportunities for Aurora Students

Aurora, IL - Aurora’s heritage boards have provided more than $100,000 in scholarships to college-bound students over the years and are working diligently to build upon that legacy through their 2020 scholarship programs. Scholarships…

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Aurora's First Poet Laureate Has 'Already Been Doing the Work'

Aurora, IL - The co-founder of A-Town Poetics will now serve as the poetic voice of the state’s second largest city. Mayor Richard C. Irvin yesterday announced the appointment of Karen Fullett-Christensen as the first-ever Aurora Poet…

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City Of Aurora News - Businesses, Churches, Organizations and Groups Invited to Census Partners Rally

The 2020 Census is CRITICAL for the future of Aurora! The Aurora Counts 2020 Committee has been active for months with 30+ community organization partners committed to helping with the efforts. We are calling all Aurora businesses,…

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Aurora Receives Second Governor's Hometown Award

Aurora, IL -- For the second consecutive year, Aurora was honored in the Illinois State Capitol. In a ceremony held today at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presented…

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Aurora City, MLK Committee Host Communitywide Service Programs

Aurora, IL -- In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of service, the Aurora MLK Service Committee is collaborating with the Office of Mayor Richard C. Irvin to host the first of many regularly citywide service events. “We are…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - November 4, 2019

Municipal and industry leaders of innovation and technology from throughout the country convened for the annual Smart Cities Summit in Atlanta last week. Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Aurora Chief Information Officer Michael Pegues presented on…

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Brush Collection Extended Due To Weather

Aurora, IL - Due to the weather this week, free unlimited bundled brush collection has been extended by one week and will now end on Friday, November 8. Branches and limbs 1/2 inch to 4 inches in diameter and 2 feet to 4 feet in length must be…

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Aurora Offers Funding for Neighborhood Programs

Aurora, IL - The City of Aurora is, once again, offering financial assistance to local organizations planning neighborhood events next year. Neighborhood and community groups planning a public event in 2020 may apply for a Neighborhood Festival…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - October 28, 2019

High school scholars from Kendall County’s Student Leadership Initiative Program visited the Mayor’s Office last week for a special meeting with Mayor Richard C. Irvin. The students are enrolled in the immersive leadership program to…

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City Of Aurora News - Send Aurorans In The Military A Special Gift From Home

Aurora, IL - The City of Aurora's annual Gifts from Home program offers our hardworking active members of the military a reminder from their hometown during the holidays. Gifts from Home thanks Aurora residents who are actively serving in the…

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City Of Aurora News - Aurora Small Businesses Offered Free Ads On New Kiosks

AURORA, IL –With the official “flipping of the switch” on Monday, October 14, the City of Aurora entered into the next stage of smart city technology with the implementation of new CityPost smart digital kiosks in downtown Aurora…

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City Of Aurora News - Aurora Named Best City In America To Buy An Affordable Home

AURORA, IL – The City of Aurora has been named the top place in the country to settle in and buy a well-priced home. National personal finance site GOBankingRates listed the top 50 places in the nation where the median home list price is…

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City Of Aurora News - Free Fall Leaf Collection Begins Next Week

AURORA, IL – Autumn is here, and Aurora residents will be able to dispose of their leaves for free as part of Aurora's Annual Leaf Collection Program. The free Fall Leaf Collection Program begins Monday, October 21 and ends Friday, December…

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New Keystone Lofts will bring 33 Luxury Apartments to Downtown Aurora

Aurora, IL -- Urban Equity Properties held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark construction of the Keystone Building Lofts, an $11 million dollar, multi-unit redevelopment of the historic Keystone Building at 30 S. Stolp Avenue in downtown Aurora. …

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - October 14, 2019

AURORA: THERE ARE NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS HAPPENING HERE Mayor Richard Irvin and Ward 1 Alderman Emmanuel Llamas were welcomed by the executive team of the Stonegate West Community Association and nearly 50 residents to their neighborhood…

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Demolition of Masonic Temple Commences

Aurora, IL - The demolition process of the near century-old historic Masonic Temple in Aurora begins today. The City of Aurora has contracted with Alpine Demolition of St. Charles and Aurora to complete the full removal of the building and…

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City Of Aurora News - Aurora Seeks Its First Poet Laureate

AURORA, IL – Boxcars clatter and train whistles blow | The Fox River rolls, sometimes fast, sometimes slow | Highs and lows, we all stand together Aurora Strong | Generations of history spanning miles and miles long | A sense of renewal is…

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City Addresses Cybersecurity For Residents And Government Offices

AURORA, IL – The City of Aurora is participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) to ensure that all Aurorans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. Held during the month of October, NCSAM is a…

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Free Fall Leaf Collection Program Begins October 21 - December 6, 2019

AURORA, IL – Autumn is here, and Aurora residents will be able to dispose of their leaves for free as part of Aurora's Annual Leaf Collection Program. The free Fall Leaf Collection Program begins Monday, October 21 and ends Friday, December…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - September 23, 2019

THERE IS GENDER EQUITY & EMPOWERMENT HAPPENING HERE On Saturday, September 21, Mayor Richard C. Irvin joined the women of the American Association of University Women - Aurora Area Branch to celebrate the branch's 100th Anniversary. Founded in…

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City Of Aurora News - Aurora Residents Can Recycle Electronics For Free on October 5, 2019

AURORA, IL - The City of Aurora, in partnership with Will County, is hosting a free Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bednarcik Junior High School, 3025 Heggs Road, Aurora. All items are free to recycle,…

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Aurora Partners with Loyola University for Free College Program

Aurora, IL -- Jarron Yancey, 18, was the only teenager at Mayor Richard Irvin’s media briefing on Sep 18th, which means he was the first to learn about a new free college opportunity for Aurora students. “I’m looking forward to…

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Youth Empowerment Initiatives Open To Aurora Students

AURORA, IL - As the school years gets into full swing, the City of Aurora is collaborating with schools and other partners to provide opportunities for youth to become more engaged throughout the community. “Our youth not only represent our…

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City Of Aurora Weekend Update: September 20 - 22, 2019

NEWSIES AT THE PARAMOUNT Straight from the headlines of turn-of-the-century New York comes the true story that had Broadway roaring before it even opened. Featuring unforgettable songs audiences have fallen in love with and a story that will make…

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Aurora City Council to Consider Public Hearing on New Marijuana Provisions

AURORA, IL - The State of Illinois has approved the retail sale of adult recreational cannabis in Illinois. The City of Aurora has done extensive research on the matter in preparation of presenting comprehensive details to the Aurora City Council…

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Longtime Restaurateurs to Serve as Grand Marshals of Fiestas Patrias Parade

Aurora, IL -- Longtime restaurateurs, Rafael and Maria Valencia, will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2019 Fiestas Patrias Parade hosted by the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board. For forty years, the Valencias have owned and operated…

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City Of Aurora News - Aurora Resident, September 11 Survivor to Share Her Story at Memorial Ceremony

Aurora, IL - She was working in her office on the 38th floor of World Trade Center 1 on the morning of September 11, 2001 when her life – and the world – would change forever. Aurora resident Shaila Zerin-Anwar remembers the details…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - September 3, 2019

THERE ARE GLOBAL CONNECTIONS HAPPENING HERE Mayor Richard Irvin (far left), Cody Lorance (far right), director of US Operations for Endiro Coffee and many city, state and federal elected officials welcomed guests from the Ugandan Parliament to…

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City Of Aurora News - Mayor Irvin To Receive National Small Business Advocate Award

AURORA, IL - Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin has been named the national recipient of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 2019 Small Business Advocate Award. Each year, the USCM selects a recipient from among its 1,400 member-mayors who…

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City of Aurora Weekend Update: August 30 - September 2, 2019

Poetry Night: Ease into the Labor Day weekend with a cool night of poetry. Hosted by Aurora poet and actor Caneil “Chill” Oliver, the evening will feature local spoken word artists and a live band. Friday, August 30, 2019 at It’s…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - August 26, 2019

Meet four successful restaurateurs who have all chosen Aurora as home to their most recent restaurant developments. Between them all, they own 23 restaurants - including their new locations in the City of Lights. (Clockwise from Top Left): Chef…

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City Of Aurora - Weekend Happenings: August 23 - 25, 2019

FOOD TRUCK RALLY The 2019 Waubonsie Valley Food Truck Rally features 15 food trucks, music, shopping, scrimmages and a performance by the Marching Warriors Band. Kick-off the school year at Waubonsie Valley High School, 2950 Ogden Ave., on Friday,…

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Reconstruction of Downtown Parking Lot to Begin Next Week

Aurora, IL - The City of Aurora will begin the reconstruction of Parking Lot E - located just east of Broadway between New York St. and Galena Blvd. - on Monday, August 26. During construction, the parking lot will be closed for public use and…

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Heggs Road Construction to Begin Monday

Aurora, IL - Beginning Monday, August 26, Heggs Road (Eola Road) will be closed to through traffic from Wolf’s Crossing Road to US Route 30 until next spring. Local access will be available, including the south entrance to Bednarcik Junior…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - August 19, 2019

THERE'S BACK-TO-SCHOOL PREPARATION HAPPENING HERE Nearly 100 young men in Aurora woke up this morning with more self-confidence and pride as they prepare for the new school year. On Sunday, August 18, Headliners Barbershop in downtown Aurora and…

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Local Barbers, Mayor Host Free Haircuts Event for Students

Aurora, IL - Whether it’s a brand new haircut for the first day of school next week or a refresher haircut to prepare for the second week of school, a downtown Aurora barbershop is collaborating with Mayor Irvin to offer free haircuts for…

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Chiefs, Mayor Ready for Annual Fitness Challenge This Weekend

Aurora, IL - The community is invited to cheer on their favorite public safety team and City leaders at the annual “IT’S ON! Fitness Challenge” this weekend. Aurora Fire Chief Gary Krienitz and the Aurora firefighters are…

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City Seeks Public Input on Community Needs, Priorities

Aurora, IL - The City of Aurora is seeking public input to complete its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Each year, Aurora receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds from the U.S.…

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Mayor Richard C. Irvin Signs Letter Urging Immediate Senate Action on Gun Safety Legislation

Aurora, IL - Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin joined more than 200 bipartisan mayors from across the nation signing on to a letter from The United States Conference of Mayors urging immediate action from the federal government on gun safety…

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Caputo, Thomas to Lead Aurora Census Count Committee

Aurora, IL -- The Aurora City Council, in June, approved the establishment of the Aurora Complete Count Committee (CCC) with a charge of spearheading a comprehensive action plan for Aurora to have a full and complete count in the 2020 Census. …

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Mayor and Rotary Make Appeal for 100 Volunteers

Aurora, IL - Mayor Richard Irvin made an appeal today with the Aurora Noon Rotary Club for 100 volunteers to help prepare exhibits for the 13th annual Festival of Lights. The annual Festival of Lights is an interactive drive-through light…

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Section Of Galena Reduced To One Lane

Aurora, IL - Construction on W. Galena Boulevard will impact eastbound traffic flow for the next several months. Crews will rehabilitate and replace the water main on West Galena Boulevard between Orchard Road and Edgelawn Drive. As a result,…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - August 5, 2019

THERE'S NATIONAL NIGHT OUT HAPPENING HERE Forty neighborhoods throughout Aurora are planning events to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. National Night Out culminates annually on the first Tuesday in August in an effort to…

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City Of Aurora - Weekend Happenings: August 2 - 4, 2019

MAGIC & MUSIC Ward 1 Alderman Emmanuel Llamas will host the final MAGIC & MUSIC Summer Community Connection Night of the season. Families are invited to attend on Thursday, August 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Garfield Park. The…

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Annual Emergency Vehicle Procession will Visit Aurora on Friday, August 2, 2019

Aurora, IL -- The City of Lights will become the City of Lights & Sirens when the popular annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Lights & Sirens Procession rolls into Aurora this weekend. On Friday, August 2, 2019 the Chicagoland Emergency…

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City Of Aurora News - New Lofts on Broadway to Bring Historic Terminal Building Back to Life

AURORA, IL - After sitting vacant for decades, the historic Terminal Building in downtown Aurora is being brought back to life. Rockford-based Urban Equity Properties, on Friday, held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark construction of Lofts on…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - July 29, 2019

On Friday, July 26, the next domino of downtown development in Aurora was set in motion with the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lofts on Broadway in the former Terminal Building. Rockford-based developers, Urban Equity Properties, is leading the…

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Aurora Celebrates National Night Out in 40 Neighborhoods

AURORA, IL - Forty neighborhoods throughout Aurora are planning events to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. National Night Out culminates annually on the first Tuesday in August in an effort to enhance the relationship…

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Night Work to Begin on Butterfield Road

Aurora, IL - To improve pavement conditions and safety on Butterfield Road (Illinois 56), night construction will begin this week. From 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, residents can expect construction equipment and noise on Butterfield Road…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - July 22, 2019

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, Sunnymere Senior Living Community celebrated its 80th anniversary. Located on Sixth Avenue adjacent to the Phillips Park Golf Course, Sunnymere opened its doors on July 18, 1939 with 12 residents in the brand new…

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Aurora City Launches New Online Special Events Application

Aurora, IL -- In an effort to streamline event permitting processes, increase transparency and cut costs, the City of Aurora has launched Eproval - a new online special events application and approval platform. Eproval is a leading online…

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Beat The Heat At A Cooling Center In Aurora

Aurora, IL – The National Weather Center's Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect until Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. Very hot and humid conditions are expected to produce maximum heat indices of 102 to 112 degrees each day. With prolonged…

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Groot to Collect Garbage and Recycling an Hour Earlier during Heat Wave

Aurora, IL -- Due to the dangerously high temperatures, Groot Waste Management has announced that pickup of garbage and recycling regularly scheduled for Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19, 2019 will begin at 5 a.m. instead of the normal 6 a.m.…

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Aurora City Encourages Residents to 'Beat the Heat' with Safety Precautions

Aurora, IL -- A sweltering heat wave is upon us. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the area in effect from Thursday, July 18 at 12 p.m. to Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. Very hot and humid conditions are expected to…

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Top-Rated Chinese Restaurant Opens Newest Location in Aurora

Aurora, IL – Rated by Chinese Restaurant News as one of the ‘Top 10 Chinese Restaurants in America,’ the newest and tenth location of one of the nation’s foremost Chinese eateries just opened in Aurora, Illinois. Aurora…

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Mayor Irvin Joins Mayors from Around the World at Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Aurora, IL -- Mayor Richard C. Irvin is ready to explore the latest in leadership and management practices, as one of 41 mayors chosen for an intensive education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. As a member of the…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - July 15, 2019

THERE'S INNOVATION & EDUCATION HAPPENING HERE Nearly 500 people convened in downtown Aurora last week for the 605 Innovation District launch event. During the opening ceremony with Governor JB Pritzker, Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Chief…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - July 8, 2019

There's Community Pride Happening Here Thousands of families convened in downtown Aurora for the Fourth of July festivities. From the parade in the morning to the fireworks in the evening, Aurora's community pride was on full display. Mayor Richard…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - July 1, 2019

Mayor Richard C. Irvin was invited to speak to the youth participants in the Aurora Housing Authority's Summer Training and Employment Program (STEP). The teens attend daily sessions designed to prepare them for continued success in high school,…

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Aurora Set to Open Two New Parks This Weekend: June 28 and 29, 2019

Aurora, IL -- Aurora will celebrate the opening of three parks within one week. Last Saturday, nearly 100 community members gathered for the rededication of the newly renovated Agnes Mundy Park adjacent to Aurora City Hall in downtown Aurora. …

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - June 24, 2019

Last week, Aurora welcomed NEO Tech to the City of Lights. An $850 million dollar global technology and engineering company, NEO Tech moved its Naperville office to downtown Aurora. Now occupying two floors in the former Aurora National Bank…

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Neighborhood Group Meeting to Focus on Entertainment Options

Aurora, IL - Aurora has become a premier community to live, work and play. Join the City’s Community Services Department as the ‘play’ component is highlighted during the citywide neighborhood group meeting focused on…

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Statement from Mayor Richard C. Irvin Regarding the Pending ICE Raids

We are very much aware of the federal plans for Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) raids in ten cities throughout our nation that were initially planned for tomorrow, but now have been delayed for two weeks. Aurora is not on the list as one…

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First Ward Alderman to Host Summer Community Events

AURORA, IL - First Ward Alderman Emmanuel Llamas will host monthly summer community events beginning this week. The 'Magic and Music' Summer Community Connection Nights will be held on Thursdays June 20, July 18 and August 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30…

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Aurora City Partners with Clarios to Offer Jobs to Aurora Residents

Aurora, IL -- Mayor Richard C. Irvin announced this week a new partnership with Clarios, formerly Johnson Control Power Solutions, to offer jobs to Aurora residents. A global leader in advanced stored solutions, Clarios produces car batteries that…

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City Of Aurora News - Aurora Named One of the Top 10 Most Engaged Cities

AURORA, IL - Cities of Service today announced Aurora, Illinois as one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Engaged Cities Award, the international recognition program that elevates the work being done in cities to partner with residents and solve a…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - June 17, 2019

Mayor Richard C. Irvin recently met with more than 50 Realtors, real estate brokers and real estate investors during the Invest Aurora Commercial Broker Tour. The tour featured major commercial properties in Aurora such as the Pipefitters facility…

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Aurora Opens Spaces for Regular Food Truck Business in Downtown

Aurora, IL - When Mayor Richard C. Irvin said Aurora was open for business during his 2019 State of the City Address, he was referring to food trucks, too. Effective immediately, the City is providing space and opportunity for food trucks and…

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Aurora Launches 'Slow Down, Phone Down' Campaign

Aurora, IL -- Aurora is putting the spotlight on traffic safety this summer. Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman this week announced Aurora’s “Slow Down, Phone Down” Campaign to encourage motorists to be…

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City Of Aurora News - The Future Is Technology Create Your Place In IT

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - May 29, 2019

Mayor Richard C. Irvin, an Army veteran, speaks with fellow veteran, Bob Moga, at the conclusion of the City's Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27 who thanked the mayor for his service and the City's commitment to veterans in Aurora. Thousands…

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City Of Aurora News - May 28, 2019

Aurora Honors Internationally-Acclaimed Artist Wendell Minor The City of Aurora invites the public to welcome internationally-acclaimed artist, Wendell Minor, home during a two-day celebration featuring three events: -A WELCOME RECEPTION AND…

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City Receives State Grant to Make RiverEdge Park More Accessible for People with Disabilities

Aurora, IL - People with disabilities will find easier access to the many events at Aurora’s RiverEdge Park this season. The Illinois Office of Tourism this week announced a Tourism Attraction Program Grant of $43,131 to the City of Aurora to…

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City Offers Grants To Local Non-Profits

AURORA, IL - Grant applications are available to local non-profit organizations that are interested in applying for a 2020 Quality of Life Grant from the City of Aurora. Quality of Life Grants are annual competitive grants provided to 501(c)(3)…

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Vietnam Veteran and Lifelong Auroran to Serve as Grand Marshal of the 2019 Memorial Day Parade

Aurora, IL -- Lifelong Auroran, local business owner and Vietnam veteran, Ed Huss, will lead Aurora’s 2019 Memorial Day Parade as Grand Marshal on Monday, May 27 at noon in downtown Aurora. “Mr. Huss is one of the many stalwart…

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Renowned Artist And Hometown Hero Wendell Minor To Lecture/ Receivehonors In Aurora, 5/28-29

Join the City of Aurora in honoring one of its living treasures, internationally-acclaimed artist and illustrator Wendell Minor. Minor grew up in a home on West New York Street., then called Walnut Street, and soon to be named “Wendell Minor…

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Aurora Salutes High School Students for Military Service

AURORA, IL -- Mayor Richard C. Irvin and the Aurora City Council presented 40 students with awards in honor of their decision to enlist in the United States Armed Forces. The 2nd annual Valor Awards ceremony was held this week during the Aurora…

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Discounted Rain Barrels Available to Aurora Residents

Aurora, IL -- The City of Aurora and the Conservation Foundation are collaborating again this year to provide discounted rain barrels to Aurora residents through Upcycle Products. An effective way to conserve water during the summer and fall…

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Aurora Named Best City in Country to Live the American Dream

Aurora, IL -- Aurora has been ranked as the number one city in the country to live the American Dream. In its annual study, personal finance company SmartAsset, uncovered the best places to live the American Dream by ranking the largest 250 cities…

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Section of West New York Street Closed for Sewer Project

Aurora, IL -- A sewer separation project on West New York Street and Oak Avenue begins this week. Consequently, road closures and alternate traffic patterns will be implemented in the immediate area. New York St. will be closed between Wilder St.…

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Watern Main Flushing Programs Begins from the Week of May 12, 2019

Aurora, IL -- The City of Aurora will begin conducting its annual Water Main Flushing Program this week and continue it through the end of September. The purpose of the flushing program is to provide better water quality to residents and…

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Hip Hop Tribute, May 18 2-4pm, Aurora Public Art

Saturday, May 18, 2-4pm, Aurora Public Art is hosting a hip-hop tribute to celebrate the closing of their current exhibit, Reanimation, which addresses social identities and cultural misconceptions about men of color in the U.S. Kevin Coval, poet…

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Aurora Prepares to Celebrate Bike Week 2019

AURORA, IL - May is National Bike Month. In celebration, the City of Aurora’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Board (ABPT) is hosting its inaugural Bike Week 2019 from Monday, May 13 through Sunday, May 19 in conjunction with the Kane…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - May 6, 2019

Aurora: There Is Millennial Leadership Happening Here Mayor Irvin joined business owners Gio Rodriguez and Danny Miranda for the ribbon-cutting of their new store, PreMil, in downtown Aurora. Located at 46 W. New York Street, Premil is the…

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Aurora Puerto Rican Parade is Back On

Aurora, IL - Today, Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Mirna Lopez-Rivera, vice-president of the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council (APRCC), announced the reversal of the cancellation of the 47th Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Parade in downtown…

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Aurora Caucus in Springfield Keeps City Well-Positioned

As legislators return to the Illinois General Assembly’s Spring Session this week and I visit Springfield with the Illinois Municipal League, it is an opportune time to highlight some of the contributions of our General Assembly members from…

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Chicago Restaurateur Amy Morton To Open New Restaurant In Downtown Aurora

Aurora, IL -- The city of Aurora will soon have a new, fine dining restaurant to boast about, right next to Paramount Theatre in Aurora’s downtown theater district, just in time for the launch of Paramount’s 2019-20 Broadway Season in…

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Tredwell Coffee Kicks Off New Season of Aurora Eats Series

Aurora, IL - A new season of Aurora Eats shines the spotlight on local eateries in the City of Lights. Hosted by Aurora native, educator and professional event host Jalitza Colon, each monthly episode of Aurora Eats takes viewers beyond the front…

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Free Electronics Recycling for Aurora Residents

AURORA, IL - The City of Aurora, in partnership with Will County, is hosting a free Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the City's public parking Lot X, 309 N. River Street. All items are free to recycle,…

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2019 Summer Movies in the Park

Parks Department Announces 2019 Summer Movies in the Park Aurora, IL - The 2019 Movies in the Park Summer Series is filled with super heroes, supernatural elephants and a puppy that simply wants to find his way home. The City's Parks &…

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City Offers Free Home Internet Security Course

AURORA, IL - The City of Aurora’s IT Department is collaborating with KnowBe4, the world’s largest internet security awareness training platform, to offer Aurora residents a free home internet security course. As part of the City of…

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Aurora Pride Parade Back On, Public Support Needed

Aurora, IL - Today, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and Chuck Adams, executive director of Indivisible Aurora, united to announce the reversal of the cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Parade. After a weekend of public sentiments about the…

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City Of Aurora News: Money Gap Shouldn’t Stop Momentum Gained

On April 12, 2019’s announcement by Indivisible Aurora regarding the cancellation of the 2019 Aurora Pride Festival is very disappointing - to say the least. On Monday of this week, I received a request for a meeting with Indivisible…

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A Risk The People of Aurora Shouldn't Have to Take

After a nearly a week of news reports that convicted murderer Thomas Kokoraleis would be residing in Wheaton following his release from custody, the City of Aurora was blindsided over the weekend when Kokoraleis notified the Aurora Police Department…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - March 18, 2019

AURORA: THERE IS SOLIDARITY & SUPPORT HAPPENING HERE In response to the mosque terror attacks in New Zealand, Mayor Richard Irvin and the City of Aurora reaffirms support of and solidarity with our local Muslim community and those around the…

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Spring Yard Waste Collection Begins Next Month

Aurora, IL - Spring yard waste collection in Aurora begins on Monday, April 1 and will run for two weeks. The collection of bundled brush begins on the same day and runs through early November. Yard Waste Collection for Two Weeks The Spring Yard…

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Nominations Open for Historic Preservation Awards

Aurora, IL - The City of Aurora's Preservation Commission is presenting its 2019 Historic Preservation Awards in May and has opened the nomination process for local property owners who have made significant structural improvements while maintaining…

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In Review: 2019 State of the City Address

"Let me begin with 7 simple words that when put together not only define tonight’s address, they define the current condition of Aurora, Illinois," said Mayor Irvin as he opened his 2019 State of the City Address. "The state of our city is…

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Aurora Farmers Market Announces New Season, New Location

The Aurora Farmers Market will open its 107th season in a new location in the heart of downtown. Aurora, IL -- March has arrived and warmer weather is right around the corner - which means Saturday morning shopping at the farmers market can’t…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - February 26, 2019

Aurora: There Is Hope & Healing Happening Here “Aurora will heal. We will be better. We will be stronger together.” - Mayor Richard C. Irvin Mayor Irvin spent time last week meeting with students. After a challenging week, their…

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Aurora City Migrates to New State-of-the-Art Financial System

AURORA, IL - The City of Aurora recently achieved a major technological milestone by successfully migrating its onsite public administration financial system to the highly-touted cloud-based platform, Central Square Technologies, formerly known as…

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City Of Aurora News - Active Shooter Warning

There is an active shooter near Highland and Prairie. Aurora Police are on the scene. More information will be available soon.

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - February 12, 2019

Aurora: There Is Remediation And Rejuvenation Happening Here Ward 4 Alderman Bill Donnell (center) and Mayor listen to Russ Woerman of Fox Valley Developers explain the remediation progress at the old Copley Hospital site. More than 60% of the…

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City Of Aurora News - Mayor Richard Irvin's Statement on House Bill 910

Illinois House Bill 910 – sponsored by State Representative Stephanie Kifowit – proposes to amend the Illinois Local Library Act and change the Aurora Public Library board from an appointed board to an elected board. A hearing on HB910…

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City Of Aurora News - Winter Weather Advisory Issued for this Evening, Overnight

Aurora, IL - The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area in effect from 6 p.m. tonight until 9 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Precipitation will be mixed with snow this evening and freezing rain…

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City Of Aurora News - Ice Storm Warning Issued for this Evening, Overnight

Aurora, IL - The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning for the area beginning at 6 p.m. tonight – Tuesday, February 5 - until 6 a.m. tomorrow – Wednesday, February 6. Significant icing is expected due to freezing rain…

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City of Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin's Weekly Update - February 4, 2019

Aurora: There Are College Connections Happening Here On Friday, February 1, Mayor Irvin was invited to speak with more than one hundred Aurora University students enrolled in the university's Internet Marketing and Social Media Marketing courses. He…

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Mayor Irvin Bobblehead to Be Unveiled at First Fridays on February 1

Aurora, IL - The Aurora History Society will unveil the new Mayor Richard C. Irvin bobblehead collectible during tonight’s First Fridays festivities. “Mayor Irvin made history when he was elected as the city's first African-American…

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City of Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin's Weekly Update - January 28, 2019

AURORA: THERE'S FEDERAL SUPPORT HAPPENING HERE: During the federal government shutdown, Aurora stepped up to support federal workers during their time of need. From local business owners like Jovell Nieves of Dapper Looks Barbershop who offered…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - January 22, 2019

Aurora, il - There's A Commitment To Service Happening Here 58 youth received Mayor Richard C. Irvin's 2019 Service Above Self Award during Aurora's annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration held on Monday, January 21, 2019. Mayor Irvin…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - January 7, 2019

REMEMBERING OUR 57TH MAYOR Without question, Tom Weisner will forever be synonymous with Aurora, Illinois. He led with passion, persistence and professionalism and left an undeniable mark while striving to fortify and strengthen Aurora’s…

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Funeral Arrangements and Special Memorial Broadcast Set for Mayor Weisner

Funeral arrangements have been set for Mayor Thomas Weisner. A public wake will be held for two days from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 10 and Friday, January 11 at New England Congregational Church, 406 W. Galena Blvd. Mayor Weisner's public…

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In Memoriam: On The Passing of Mayor Thomas J. Weisner

It is with great sadness that we announce and mourn the passing of the 57th mayor of Aurora, Thomas J. Weisner. After a courageous battle with cancer, Mayor Weisner departed this life today with his faithful wife of 46 years, Marilyn, and his family…

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Free Christmas Tree Recycling Begins January 7

Aurora, IL - Beginning Monday, January 7, Christmas trees will be picked up for free during weekly trash and recycling collection. For two weeks from Monday, January 7 through Friday, January 18, no sticker is required for collection. To be…

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Heritage Board Seeks Nominations for Leader of the Year

Aurora, IL - Nominations are being accepted for the "2019 African-American Leader of the Year Award" that will be presented by Aurora's African-American Heritage Advisory Board (AAHAB) during the 15th Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, February 22,…

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Former Executive at Choose DuPage to Lead Invest Aurora

Aurora, Il - Mayor Richard C. Irvin and the board of directors of Invest Aurora, the City’s public/private economic development partnership, announced December 18,2018 the appointment of the former economic development director of Choose…

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Mayor Irvin's Weekly Update - December 17, 2018

In the Spotlight Aurora: There Is Youth Management Happening Here Mayor Richard Irvin returned to his alma mater – East Aurora High School – last week to have lunch at the student-run IRON PAW RESTAURANT. Teacher Kristen Doucette…

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Aurora Illuminates RiverEdge Park with New Interactive Light Display

Aurora, IL - Aurora’s RiverEdge Park will be illuminated this weekend when the City of Aurora powers on its new “Winter on the Fox” interactive light display featuring larger than life-size ornaments, stars, gift boxes, reindeer…

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Downtown Gravity Building Project Receives $150,000 John C. Dunham Loan

Tuesday, August 1st Invest Aurora presented Jimi Allen with a check for $150,000 for his Gravity Building project downtown with funds from the John C. Dunham Revolving Loan program.The Revolving Loan Fund is a new Invest Aurora program aimed at…

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City of Aurora Marries MIFARE and Pay-by-Plate for Metra Commuters

One-step contactless card transactions key to catching the train on time! Aurora, IL -- Cale America Inc., a leading supplier of payment technology for parking and transportation, has announced its first US installation of MIFARE contactless card…

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New Winter Lights Event Ushers In Holiday Season

Downtown Aurora is ready to shine with a brand new tradition to welcome in the 2012 holiday season. The Winter Lights holiday walk , is a free, family-friendly event featuring art, music, lights, complimentary refreshments and the lighting of the…

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