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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
Historical Society calendar offers trip back to Aurora's past

The Aurora Historical Society is offering a glimpse at how people used to get around town in the old days in the city. The group's 2018 calendar features the theme of Aurora's various modes of transportation including a look at motorized vehicles, horse-drawn carts, boats, trains and airplanes.

Aurora airman's early return surprises sons during assembly

Nathan Bautista's father couldn't make it earlier this month when other dads were sharing stories about their careers with kids at McCarty Elementary School in Aurora. It seems Alejandro Bautista couldn't get away from his job as an Air Force staff sergeant serving at Osan Air Base in South Korea.

Aurora man charged with 2 armed robberies, suspected in more

A 43-year-old man has been arrested and charged with an armed robbery and an armed robbery attempt in Aurora in late November and is suspected of others, police said. Reginald M. Parker, of the 600 block of Tinley Drive, Aurora, faces felony charges in the Nov. 21 armed robbery at the Family Dollar Store, 890 N. Farnsworth Ave., and the attempted robbery of a 7-Eleven, 1790 N. Farnsworth Ave., on Nov. 25. In the Family Dollar robbery, a masked and armed Parker is accused of entering the store at about 8:20 p.m. and demanding money from the 29-year-old clerk.

Zanis' handmade crosses help others grieve

Greg Zanis lost his zest for life at the beginning of 1996 after the sudden death of his father-in-law, Ralph Stadler. [Greg Zanis, a former Sugar Grove resident who now resides in Aurora, recently received an award for his Crosses for Losses campaign.

Batavia bank robbed; 2 suspects said to be arrested

Batavia police said they were dispatched to the bank at 1991 W. Wilson St. at 2:05 p.m., and after obtaining a description of the getaway vehicle from witnesses and learning its location, pursued it. Police from Batavia ended the chase in Aurora, while police from other departments continued pursuing.

St. Charles police reports

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Man accused of firing gun in DeKalb extradited from Georgia

Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. SYCAMORE - The lawyer of a DeKalb man who fled to Georgia after being charged in connection with a report of shots fired in the 900 block of Greenbrier Road has asked for his client's $250,000 bond to be reduced.

Aurora man on parole tossed gun during chase, police say

A twice-convicted felon on parole was charged with planning to deliver heroin while armed after he led Aurora police on a short chase, authorities said. Derrick L. Givens, 27, of the 500 block of Iowa Avenue, Aurora, faces felony charges of armed violence, being an armed habitual criminal, possession of a weapon by a felon, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, and aggravated fleeing and eluding stemming from an arrest Friday, according to police and Kane County court documents.

Aurora's Tanner House decked for the holidays

Parlor of the Tanner House, decorated by Richard Abel in 2015, has once again been decked for the season by a volunteer designer. The Tanner House, built in 1857, is decorated for the holidays and open to visitors for free self-guided tours.

McHenry County police, social worker team up to address difficult cases

As the first line of defense for the Cary community, Deputy Chief Scott Naydenoff and his fellow police officers have seen it all. They're called to cases of substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence.

Tubas ditch 'oompah music' for holiday classics

The annual Tuba Christmas concert in downtown Naperville included 50 people playing traditional carols on tuba or euphonium. The bass band also played a show at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora.

Sign up for Rosary's Holiday Hoops camp

Holiday Hoops, a basketball shooting camp for girls in fifth through eighth grade, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 27-28, at Rosary High School, 901 N. Edgelawn Drive in Aurora. Presented by Rosary coaching staff and players, the two-day camp will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $36 and includes a T-shirt.

Marmion Men's Chorus sends Antonio Petrucci to All-State Conference

Antonio Petrucci, a junior at Marmion Academy in Aurora, will sing tenor at the All-State Illinois Music Education Association Conference Jan. 25-27 in Peoria. Marmion Academy junior Antonio Petrucci of St. Charles has been selected to sing tenor at the All-State Illinois Music Education Association Conference in Peoria.

Woman charged with elder theft at North Aurora facility in 2015

A 41-year-old Joliet woman faces charges of felony elder theft and financial exploitation in that she tried to steal more than $15,000 from a senior in 2015 while a contract worker for the state's Department on Aging. A Kane County grand jury this week indicted Mary E. Pfingston, of the 3300 block of Hutchinson Street, on five felony charges, the most severe of which is theft of $10,000 to $100,000, according to court records.

Cops looking for Naperville bank robber

The FBI and Naperville police are searching for a man who robbed the PNC Bank Thursday afternoon at 9 E. Ogden Ave. Police said the man entered the bank around 1 p.m. and implied he had a weapon. No one was injured.

Batavia police reports

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Constable: Students' project honors suburban heroes at Pearl Harbor and beyond

A welcomed addition to the Kane County War Memorial next to the government center in Geneva is a display with a code that takes smartphones to a virtual memorial site, giving details about every person from Kane County who gave their lives serving this nation. This photo of Marine Cpl.

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