Aurora passes $477 million budget for 2020 with plans to hire more police and firefightersThe Aurora City Council this week approved a $477 million budget for 2020 that includes new police officers and firefighters, a major increase for the Aurora Public Library and money toward a new Public Works building.... read more →
Aurora Ald. Judd Lofchie announces run for mayorAurora Ald. Judd Lofchie announced Wednesday he will run for mayor in the April 2021 city election. Lofchie, a real estate broker and attorney, has been aldermen for the 10th Ward on the far East Side for about three years.
Aurora softens rules on liquor locationsThe Aurora City Council has adopted a process that could allow a business serving liquor to be near a church or school. The move by the council means a business that serves liquor could apply to the city for an exemption to the ordinance that... read more →
Aurora panel recommends ethics ordinanceAn Aurora City Council committee has recommended an ethics ordinance to the full City Council. The Rules, Administration and Procedure Committee voted 5-0 to recommend the ordinance, which changes ethics procedure in areas such as acceptable gifts, conflicts of interest and how to police ethical considerations.
Alderman says Aurora may pay too much for security camerasAn Aurora aldermen this week said he thinks the city could end up paying too much much for security cameras in the Alderman's Office. Ald.
Aurora aldermen recommend ethics revisions, but want to delay talks on campaign contributions limitA special City Council committee studying changes to the city's codes has recommended revisions to the chapter in the ordinances dealing with ethical standards. But aldermen on the committee included in their recommendation a six-month delay in... read more →
Aurora mayor apologizes to alderman: 'I was ... disrespectful'Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin took a moment before the business section of this week's City Council meeting to surprise all those in attendance with an apology to Ald. Judd Lofchie, 10th Ward. The mayor told the audience, as well as Lofchie, that... read more →
Aurora City Council scrutinizes payment structure for Winter on the Fox light displayAurora's Winter on the Fox interactive light display came under scrutiny by the City Council last week because of the way payments were handled for the project. The work for the display was bid in two parts at... read more →
Donors that gave thousands to Aurora mayor get high-profile projectsAlmost two months after rejecting a telecommunications company's bid to relocate its headquarters to Aurora, the city council in January reversed course and welcomed the company to the city. The approval was a victory for Mayor Richard Irvin, who had pushed... read more →
Aurora's hotel purchase may be part of larger plan for conference center near I-88Aurora made a major move this week to improve one of the entryways to the city. The City Council this week approved spending $3.6 million to buy the Fox Valley Inn at 2450 N. Farnsworth Ave., just... read more →