And here’s part two of our podcast candidate forum with Aurora Alderman and Mayoral challenger, Judd Lofchie. Meanwhile, mayoral co-contender John Laesch’s podcast interview will be posted shortly while Mayor Irvin appears to have declined our invitation. Again, if you’re a local candidate and you want come on the DOA Podcast... read more →
Harkening back to those halcyon Ward & Jones days, today’s part one podcast will be the first of what will be a series of “candidate forums” featuring all manner of 2021 local candidates. And what better place to start than Aurora, Illinois’ second largest city! That means our first guest is Aurora... read more →
Legal bill prompts shouting match between mayor, alderman at Aurora City Council meetingQuestions about a legal bill regarding a potential public-private partnership between Aurora and a technology company prompted a shouting match at this week’s City Council meeting. The contentious conversation took part largely between Mayor Richard Irvin and Ald.... read more →
Aurora might look at electric golf carts for Phillips Park courseAurora parks officials could take a look at electric carts for its golf course at Phillips Park. Aldermen on the City Council’s Infrastructure and Technology Committee this week asked that the city’s Parks Department consider converting all or some of... read more →
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 →