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Boatright’s mom talks about struggles, triumphs of raising her gifted son

AURORA— Bringing up Boatright wasn’t easy. In an impassioned speech at her son’s hometown celebration over the weekend, Tanesha Boatright touched on her journey as teen mother to NCAA basketball champion Ryan Boatright. With a hoarse voice from cheering on the UConn guard, the single …

As its facilities get older, District 204 weighs the price of repairs

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Indian Prairie School District 204 Board members initially appeared a bit shell-shocked after finding out it could cost the district $176 million over the next two decades for needed school maintenance work. Board members are wrestling with the cost of fixing district facilities against the …

Oswego School District likely to save money on food services contract

OSWEGO — The Oswego 308 School Board is scheduled to vote Monday on a one-year food services contract that is likely to be $436,000 cheaper than this year’s. Last week, the district was poised to award a $4.9 million contract to Philadelphia-based Aramark, the provider …

State champion Warriors Hockey Team honored by Aurora, Oswego leaders

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AURORA – The hometown hockey state champs deserved a congratulations twice as nice, two Fox Valley chiefs decided. By joint declaration, the Warriors Varsity Hockey Team was honored by both Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and Oswego Village President Brian LeClercq at Aurora City Hall Tuesday …

BB gun at center of Aurora incident

If you don’t want to be held at gunpoint by two Aurora police officers, don’t use a BB gun for target practice in your garage. An Aurora teen learned that lesson the hard way on Wednesday when a neighbor called police to the home of …

New owners take over the River’s Edge Café in Aurora

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AURORA — River’s Edge Café, a popular downtown Aurora coffee shop, has new owners. Joe and Amy Petit plan to official take ownership of the coffee shop and eatery at 18 W. Downer Place on Friday, Joe Petit confirmed Thursday. Under the new ownership , …

Sentence reduced in fatal DUI case

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Benjamin Black will serve three less years in prison for having heroin in his system when he caused a crash that killed an 11-year-old boy in Kane County. Black, 29, of Sycamore, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in March after pleading guilty to …

Prison time for man in North Aurora home invasion

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A Kane County judge on Wednesday sentenced Quintin Mullen to 23 years in prison for his role in a 2013 home invasion in North Aurora. Mullen, 23, last of Aurora, was convicted of armed robbery, home invasion and other charges following a February bench trial …

Hispanic Heritage Board celebrates kids with El Dia de Los Niños on Saturday

The Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board will stage El Dia de los Niños Saturday in downtown Aurora. The Day of the Children event, planned in partnership with the East Aurora and West Aurora school districts, will be staged from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at …

Teen files suit over alleged bullying at St. Charles East High School

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ST. CHARLES — A former St. Charles East High School student is suing the district and several staffers, alleging she was bullied, hazed and harassed by members of her drill team and that coaches and district officials did nothing to stop it. The former student …

Aurora Puerto Rican Council holds “Lock Up” fundraiser Sunday

AURORA — The Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council is once again locking up area leaders for a good cause. The Puerto Rican Cultural Council will hold the fourth annual “Lock Up” from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Black Door Pub, 255 W. Indian Trail …

Buffalo born at Fermilab

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Scientists recently welcomed the newest addition to the Fermilab family — a baby buffalo. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia welcomed the first new calf of the year recently to its herd of American bison, according to Fermilab officials. Fermilab’s …

Cops: Failed driver’s test leads to charges for teen

A teenager who was angry that she failed her driver’s test at an Illinois Secretary of State driver’s license facility in Plano was charged with disorderly conduct after she began yelling at an employee. Plano police were called to the facility at 713 E. Route …

Tree trimming to take place along bike trails

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County plans tree-trimming projects, coordinated by ComEd, that could impact parts of the Fox River Trail and Illinois Prairie Path, according to a release from the district. ComEd contractor Asplundh will trim trees as well as remove trapped and …

Aurora police officer who comforted accident victim before his death is honored

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For the family of Illinois Tollway employee Vincent Petrella, there is a small sense of peace knowing the 39-year-old father wasn’t alone as he sat pinned into his truck, about to take his final breaths. Petrella, 39, died on Jan. 27 after he was involved …

Work underway to protect murals from old West Aurora building

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AURORA — In between the crumbling floor and the unstable roof in the damp, dark building at 14 W. Blackhawk St. is Aurora artist Scott Sherwood, working with one beam of light, one thermometer and strips of rice paper. Sherwood, who specialized in art restoration, …