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  • $1 million bail for Aurora man on drug charges Aug 6, 2014 5:38 PM
    A 22-year-old Aurora man is being held on $1 million bail after an arrest on charges of manufacture/distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. Baltazar G. Contreras-Gonzalez faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Authorities declined to specify the amount of drugs seized, yet drugs could be worth $1 million, as bail in significant drug arrests usually is set at the estimated value of the drugs themselves.

  • Man convicted of 2005 Aurora murder seeks juvenile court Aug 5, 2014 4:37 PM
    A Sudanese immigrant whose 35-year prison sentence for fatally shooting an Aurora woman recently was overturned, wants his case returned to juvenile court — a move that theoretically could set him free. Garang Deng, formerly of Aurora and now 22, was 14 when prosecutors say he killed Marilyn Bethell, a substance abuse counselor in Hoffman Estates, on Halloween 2005.

  • NAMI offering 12-week classes for friends and family Aug 5, 2014 2:13 PM
    Register now for the NAMI Family to Family 12-week Education Classes. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grass-roots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Classes are provided for family members, friends and significant others of individuals living with major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorder, panic disorder and obsessive, compulsive disorder, co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders.

  • Former Naperville heroin addict’s son dies from overdose Aug 5, 2014 7:13 PM
    Tim Ryan’s oldest son wanted to follow his father’s career footsteps into a job as an executive recruiter. Instead, 20-year-old Nicholas “Nick” Ryan wound up following his dad down another path, toward drug addiction. Early Friday morning, at a friend’s house in Hinsdale, Nick overdosed on heroin and died, his father said Monday.

  • Tri-Cities police reports Aug 4, 2014 5:51 PM
    Someone shot out three windows at a storefront on the 700 block of Montgomery Road near Aurora between 9 p.m. July 29 and 1 p.m. Wednesday with a BB gun, causing $1,050 damage, according to a sheriff’s report.

  • Aurora seeking Phillips Park Zoo memories Aug 4, 2014 2:46 PM
    Aurora’s Phillips Park Zoo turns 100 next year, and the city is looking for help to prepare for the celebration. Officials are seeking historical photos to help tell the story of the zoo’s first 100 years in a photo memory book. Anyone with photos or memories is encouraged to contribute to the book, which will be on display at the zoo throughout 2015 and available for purchase.

  • Solo concert by 12-year-old to benefit the Kaneland Arts Initiative Aug 4, 2014 12:35 PM
    At 4 p.m. Aug. 17, Bailey Cates, age 12, from Elburn, will perform a solo concert to raise money for the Kaneland Arts Initiative. Bailey Cates will be a seventh-grader at Kaneland Harter Middle School, where she was the guitarist for the jazz band as the only sixth-grade member during the 2013-2014 school year.

  • Convicted Aurora murderer on trial for 2nd shooting Aug 4, 2014 6:29 PM
    A 31-year-old Aurora man went on trial Monday on attempted murder charges in Kane County. Enrique L. Torres, who is already serving a 60-year sentence for a 2007 murder in DuPage County, is accused of firing seven shots into a car in April 2007, hitting one man in the leg. Torres believed the men in the vehicle were in a rival gang, prosecutors said.

  • Aurora man wants murder trial moved out of Kane County Aug 4, 2014 1:51 PM
    A 46-year-old Aurora man accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend in January wants his trial moved outside of Kane County. Christopher Whetstone argues news articles detailing his criminal past will prejudice a jury against him. He faces between 45 and 85 years in prison if convicted of gunning down Rachel Taylor, 22.

  • Geneva optometrist focuses on new technology Aug 4, 2014 5:06 AM
    Kukec's People features long-time Geneva optometrist who is now offering genetic testing to his patients.

  • Youth Firefighters Challenge in Aurora makes fire safety lessons fun Aug 2, 2014 7:00 AM
    A Youth Fireflighters Challenge being held in Aurora's Regional Fire Museum is providing a great time for youngsters all the while teaching valuable fire safety tips that someday may save lives.

  • Aurora police step up patrols after shootings leave two men dead Aug 2, 2014 9:53 PM
    Aurora police have assigned extra patrol officers to the city's east side in response to two fatal shootings in less than 24 hours, Chief Greg Thomas said Saturday. A 20-year-old Aurora man died this morning after being shot just hours after a 24-year-old Chicago man was killed in another Aurora shooting Friday. Police said they don’t know if the two shootings are related.

  • Chicago man shot, killed in Aurora Aug 1, 2014 5:31 PM
    A 24-year-old Chicago man was shot to death Friday afternoon on the near east side of Aurora, authorities said. Police said Anthony J. Kostrzewa, whose last known address was on the 100 block of North Campbell Avenue, was standing with two other men outside a house on the 200 block of Schiller Street when three men pulled up in a dark gray vehicle that resembled a pickup truck.

  • Just what is IMSA? Aug 1, 2014 12:35 PM
    The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora — where Elgin-area Superintendent Jose Torres is headed — is a world apart from the district he leaves behind. The school opened in 1986. and was the brainchild of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman and others. Their vision was for a a school encouraging students who were apt at science and mathematics to pursue those subjects with rigor while still in high school.

  • Grab a beer and take a seat at new Brody's in Aurora Aug 1, 2014 3:29 PM
    With the June opening of Brody's Irish Pub on the west side of Aurora, the bar is filling a need for those seeking a local watering hole in a sea of chain restaurants nearby. Tucked into an unassuming strip mall on the north side of Galena Boulevard, Brody's takes over the former digs of Patrick's Irish Pub. More American sports bar than Irish pub, a loyal following already seems to be developing.

  • Studio secrets revealed in Gallery Talk August 1 Jul 31, 2014 1:35 PM
    The Norris Gallery in St. Charles presents artist Nick Freeman, who will provide a lively look behind the scenes and describe his step-by-step oil painting methods in a talk on Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 pm.

  • A Roaring ’20s Gala for Presence Health Fox River Valley Region Jul 31, 2014 1:32 PM
    Roaring 20's costumes encouraged for A Roaring 20’s Gala to Benefit Presence Health Fox River Valley Region Care

  • Register now as Fox Valley’s own ‘Amazing Race’ returns Aug. 9 Jul 31, 2014 1:18 PM
    The Fox Valley Park District’s local adaptation of the TV show “The Amazing Race” returns on Saturday, Aug. 9, when the sixth annual rendition of the event will be held starting at 9 a.m. from the Eola Community Center.

  • Interfaith Solar Social to be held Aug. 23 in Elgin Jul 31, 2014 2:16 PM
    An Interfaith Solar Social will take place on Saturday, August 23, from 10:00 to Noon at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin.

  • Longtime Chicago Bear Israel Idonije Comic Book Signing at Barnes and Noble Geneva Commons Jul 31, 2014 2:17 PM
    Longtime Chicago Bear Israel Idonije Comic Book Signing at Barnes and Noble Geneva Commons

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