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  • Mistakes, equipment issues pose serious threats with rail-related hazmat Dec 21, 2014 7:35 AM
    Thousands of gallons of pollution are released across the region from train cars every year. The causes in most cases are preventable, from human error to loose screws. While shippers, manufacturers and railroads shift blame, affected towns just want it to stop. “The regulators need to get serious about what they’re doing,” Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner said.

     
  • All aboard for yuletide fun in Aurora Dec 21, 2014 4:51 PM
    Blackberry Farm Holiday Express 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, south of Galena Boulevard about one half mile west of Orchard Road. (630) 892-1550. Lots of activities as the train runs continuously around Lake Gregory. Face painting and holiday tattoos and there’s a sleigh full of other activities, including Huntoon House: See what a Victorian Christmas looks like, from décor to small antique toy displays; crafts, games and music and Candy Cane Village.

     
  • Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity winner in car raffle Dec 19, 2014 10:47 AM
    St. Charles car dealer has the holiday spirit. Fox Valley Buick/GMC, 1421 Main St., St. Charles, will give away a new $23,000 car Saturday, Dec. 13, to help Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery provide affordable housing.

     
  • Join Fox Valley Orchestra, Chorus for ‘Messiah’ Dec. 21 in Batavia Dec 19, 2014 10:42 AM
    The Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus invite you, the audience, to join in a performance of Handel’s beloved “Messiah.” This sing-long program is where the audience joins in on the famous Messiah chorales, including the Hallelujah Chorus. You may bring your own score to use, or you can purchase one at the event.

     
  • ‘Winter Garden of Youth Art’ opens in Aurora Dec 19, 2014 11:49 AM
    Aurora students with a flair for creativity will have their work highlighted in the Aurora Public Art Commission’s 17th annual “Winter Garden of Youth Art.”

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Dec 19, 2014 5:02 PM
    Melissa L. Odle, 35, of Geneva, was charged with retail theft at 9:39 a.m. Monday at Kohl’s, 251 N. Randall Road, according to a police report.

     
  • Additional man sought in Aurora shooting Dec 19, 2014 9:41 PM
    Aurora police are asking the public for assistance in locating a suspect in a Nov. 24 shooting on the city’s west side.

     
  • Holidays at Friendship Village Dec 18, 2014 7:30 AM
    Holidays at Friendship Village

     
  • Watchdog: Deal helps Medinah club, could hurt neighbors Dec 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    A settlement deal that promises backloaded assessment reductions for Medinah Country Club this year through 2016 could wind up meaning higher taxes for neighboring property owners over the next three years. But officials who negotiated the deal argue the 17 government agencies that receive property taxes from the golf club potentially saved the same taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in future legal bills by settling.

     
  • Annual MLK breakfast will feature leader of interfaith youth movement Dec 19, 2014 5:33 PM
    Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University. Patel, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Leaders of 2009,” is the founder and president of IFYC. The author of several books, Patel is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and earned a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Patel serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the board of directors for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and on the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee. Both Patel and the IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009, and he was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, which is given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. The King Breakfast, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and celebrates diversity, is one of the largest events of its kind in the state. More than 500 community leaders and citizens attend annually. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. The event is sponsored by Nicor Gas. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7882739. Tickets are $25 each.

     
  • Why so easy on Cantore? Dec 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    An Aurora letter to the editor: After reading the editorial opinion Dec. 10, I was thinking what a good interview DuPage Forest Preserve President Joseph Cantore would be for a follow-up.

     
  • Elk Grove District 59 appoints key finance official Dec 16, 2014 1:59 PM
    Vickie Nissen, a school official in DuPage County, has been named the new assistant superintendent of business services/chief school business official for Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Dec 16, 2014 5:19 PM
    A false police report indicating people were in trouble at a residence in the 300 block of Mill Street was filed at 4:51 a.m. Saturday, according to police. The residents are not suspected, and the recording of the 911 call is being examined.

     
  • Three men charged in Aurora armed robberies Dec 16, 2014 10:31 PM
    Three men have been charged in connection with three armed robberies in October, officials said Tuesday. Martell White, 25, of Dolton, Charles Campbell, 27, of Chicago and Derrick Glasper, 27, of Bellwood, have been charged with three counts of Class-X armed robbery, according to a news release.

     
  • Aurora fire, pipe burst damages high-rise units Dec 17, 2014 1:15 AM
    A fire and standpipe burst left three units uninhabitable Tuesday in an Aurora senior housing high-rise, officials said. The fire broke out around 4 a.m. in a unit on the sixth floor of the eight-story high rise on the 400 block of North Constitution Drive, according to a news release.

     
  • Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff Dec 17, 2014 7:29 AM
    Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff

     
  • Oak Brook-based IMRF Receives Excellence Award Dec 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Illinois Performance Excellence announces Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund of Oak Brook, IL is a recipient of the 2014 Silver Award for “Progress toward Excellence” for demonstrating effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Criteria. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund will be formally honored at the 20th annual award recognition ceremony, “Saluting Excellence,” on March 26, 2015, held at the Abbington Banquets located in Glen Ellyn. “Congratulations to Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and all of its employees for its commitment to an on-going journey to excellence,” says Darcy Davidsmeyer, President and CEO of Illinois Performance Excellence. “IMRF is taking the lead in its industry to address organizational performance and process/resource alignment with the outcome for better efficiencies, focus and overall results.” Recipients of the ILPEx Silver Award go to those organizations which have demonstrated effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) was created by the Illinois General Assembly. Since 1941, IMRF has partnered with local units of government to provide retirement, disability and death benefits for public employees. With a funded status of 96.7 percent and $33 billion in assets, IMRF is well-funded and sustainable. Today, IMRF has about 400,000 members and retirees, and serves nearly 3,000 different units of government, including towns and villages, libraries and park districts, and counties and school districts (non-teaching personnel). The average member who retired in 2013 had 22 years of service and received an annual benefit of about $16,500. “For any organization committed to excellence by improving the products or services it provides its customers, clients or members, the task of identifying and implementing the best approach can appear daunting. There are innumerable books and videos on the best management practices. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund has found the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as implemented by ILPEx to be the most successful and comprehensive approach for developing the culture and infrastructure necessary for meeting our customer service goals. Our members deserve the best and ILPEx is helping us to meet that challenge. IMRF is honored to be recognized for its progress toward excellence as it receives a Silver Award. This recognition and the feedback report support and reinvigorate our efforts to become a world class organization,” said Louis W. Kosiba, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. About Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) ILPEx was founded in 1994 to nurture, develop and highlight excellence by bringing individuals and organizations together, to learn from each other, to share best practices for organizational change and process improvement. As a 501 (c)(3), ILPEx’s mission is to advance Illinois organizations’ capability and knowledge of performance excellence by delivering consultation, instruction and assessments within the framework of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 630-637-1595. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.

     
  • VNA Health offers free help for marketplace, Medicaid enrollment Dec 15, 2014 1:39 PM
    VNA Health offers free assistance for Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid Enrollment sessions throughout the Fox Valley. VNA Health Care’s certified navigators can answer questions about who is eligible for the expanded Medicaid program, what is offered and how to get coverage on the Illinois Marketplace, and other benefits available. There is no charge for their assistance.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Dec 15, 2014 4:59 PM
    Beverly R. Sullivan, 49, of Aurora, was charged with theft of mislaid property at 4:45 p.m. Dec. 4 at McDonald’s, 1812 S. Randall Road, Geneva, according to a police report. She is accused of stealing a Motorola HTC 4 cellphone.

     
  • Women’s Business Development Center to launch ScaleUp Aurora Dec 15, 2014 5:35 PM
    The Women’s Business Development Center headquartered in Chicago has been selected by the Small Business Administration to launch a program in Aurora for small businesses currently generating revenues between $150,000 and $500,000 and ready to grow. Called ScaleUp Aurora, the initiative will continue the WBDC’s mission of creating jobs and fueling economic growth.

     
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