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Located in the Chicago metropolitan area, the city refers to itself as "The City of Lights" because it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system in 1881. The city was a manufacturing powerhouse until 1974, when the railroad shops closed. Soon many other factories and industrial areas relocated or went out of business.

Population: 171782
Local Newspapers: The Beacon News
Local Sports Teams: Chicago Bears (NFL) Chicago Cubs (MLB) Chicago White Sox(MLB) .Chicago Bulls (NBA) Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Local Colleges: Aurora University

Zip Codes associated with aurora, illinois: 60504 60505 60506
Towns/Cities near aurora, illinois : Montgomery Oswego Sugar Grove Batavia Geneva Naperville Warrenville Boulder Hill Yorkville St Charles

Aurora News
Police: Man fired shot at officer during Aurora standoff

A man accused of firing a shot at an Aurora police officer during a standoff Thursday night is in custody, authorities said. Police said the 39-year-old man, who has yet to be charged, was arrested after he engaged in a standoff with officers for about 40 minutes late Thursday in his home on the 1100 block of Long Grove Drive.

Hultgren constitutents seek stronger health care law; decry secrecy in Senate debate

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Cross-country course development for old Geneva landfill targeted for fall

The Kane County Forest Preserve District and Waste Management now share operation of the former Settler's Hill landfill in Geneva. The site could become home to a new cross-country facility with construction starting this fall.

Rainy opening for Geneva's Swedish Days no barrier to fun

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Tim Allen brings comedy tour to the Paramount Theatre

Tim Allen, the Golden Globe Award-winning actor and comedian from the "Toy Story" movies and TV's "Home Improvement" and "Last Man Standing," brings his national comedy tour to Aurora's Paramount Theatre in August. For tickets, call 896-6666, visit or stop by the Paramount Theatre box office at 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Police 6-20-17

The Times relies on reports furnished by police in our coverage area. If you know of a police matter but do not see it reported in The Times, contact us at 815-431-4050, 815-431-4082 or .

Aurora Pest Control Pros Expand Their Service Area

It is that time of year again when the heat is sticky and the weather gets rainy. Although summer is fun and games, it comes with some unwanted negatives.

Two brothers, woman charged in Aurora police standoff after burglary

Authorities have charged three people after a botched burglary Saturday targeting guns at an Aurora home turned into a five-hour standoff. Lucas R. Perez, 24, of the 400 block of South Broadway Street, Aurora, and Sergio B. Perez, 25, of the 300 block of Prairie Avenue, Aurora, face felony charges of armed violence, residential burglary, unlawful use of weapon, aggravated assault and misdemeanor resisting arrest, according to Kane County court records.

Wrongful-death suit filed in Aurora retention pond crash that killed mom, 9-year-old son

A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against three businesses and a 37-year-old Aurora man seeking damages for a June 17, 2015 crash that killed an Aurora woman and her 9-year-old son after her vehicle plunged into and sank in a retention pond. The lawsuit, filed by family members of Maria Ramirez Garcia, 31, and her son, Ronaldo Alanis-Ramirez, argues management firms and another driver were negligent in causing the crash, which sent her 2003 GMC Envoy into a detention pond northeast of Sullivan Road and Edgelawn Drive on the city's west side.

NAMI to host monthly coffee July 8

The National Alliance on Mental Illness for Kane-south, DeKalb, & Kendall Counties sponsors a monthly coffee from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at Advocate Medical Group , 2285 Sequoia Drive, Aurora, IL 60506. Two topics will be presented.

Constable: Bail law a good measure you don't want to use

Most of the inmates at county jails are people who couldn't come up with the money to be released on bail while waiting for their trials. A new Illinois law should make it easier for people to be released from jail until their cases are heard.

Party on! 'Wayne's World' anniversary celebration wraps up this summer

Aurora will conclude its six-month celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Wayne's World" -- the "Saturday Night Live" movie set in the city -- with events in June and July. Wednesdays at the Plaza hosts a special "Wayne's World" concert with Noah's Arcade at 7 p.m. June 28 at Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave. The band, joined by local troubadour Kevin Trudo and led by guitarist Noah Gabriel, will play favorite songs from the movie as well as originals.

Fox Valley police reports

Guerrero racked up a $730 bill and still had a $380 balance when he said he was out of money, police said. • A 2004 GMC envoy was stolen sometime after 10 p.m. Friday from the 1500 block of Liberty Street near Aurora, and later found burning and totaled at about 4 a.m. Saturday in a cornfield off Mighell Road, a mile south of Jericho Road, near Sugar Grove.

Man shot outside Aurora convenience store

A 22-year-old Aurora man was shot Saturday, June 17 while sitting in his vehicle outside an Aurora convenience store. According to Aurora Police Department spokesman Dan Ferrelli the incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. at the 7-11 gas station in the 1600 block of Montgomery Road.

Driver who killed woman in Aurora sentenced to 7 years

An Aurora man was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday for killing an elderly woman and injuring a second person while driving a car when impaired, Kane County officials said. Paris T. Lisy, 24, of the 1700 block of West Illinois Avenue, plead guilty in May to two counts of aggravated DUI related to the crash on May 16, 2013.

Golf outing supports Fox Valley Park Foundation

Morning and afternoon tee times are available for the 23rd annual Golf for Kids Benefit Outing Monday, June 26, at Orchard Valley Golf Course, 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. Morning play begins at 7:30 a.m. and afternoon play at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start for each.

North Auroran opens state's first Chocolaterie Stam in Glen Ellyn

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