Beacon News Latest news from Beacon News Online en-us (Editor) Beacon News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Representative from White House comes to Aurora to learn more about Boys II Men group ]]> Lead story image

From the West Side to the White House. From the East Side to everywhere. On Friday afternoon, in a small room in Aurora City Hall, about a dozen Hispanic and Latino members of the area’s Boys II Men organization shared their struggles and success on a national level in hopes of spreading their mission to students around the country. The young men, dressed in suits and ties, greeted U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) and Alejandra Ceja, who serves as the executive director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. During the roundtable discussion, Ceja picked the brains … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:22:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Aurora eyes TIF funds to help expand Premium Outlets ]]> Lead story image

AURORA — When the Aurora outlet mall’s expansion is completed in May 2015, it will be the largest expansion the mall’s owners have planned to date. And the expansion of the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora comes with a hefty price tag. The cost of the estimated $110 million project will be offset by tax increment financing funds. Under a proposed agreement, the city aims to kick $21.5 million to $24 million in TIF funding toward the project, depending on the actual build-out of the mall. Chief Development Officer Bill Wiet said that TIF dollars from the newly-created TIF 8 … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:29:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oswego board considers school staffing plan ]]> Lead story image

If the Oswego District 308 School Board approves the staffing plan put forward this week by the district, fewer than five new positions would be added next year to accommodate more than 540 new students, and no extra money would be spent on staff. District officials were tasked with developing a more efficient staffing plan without exceeding the current budget. To do that, the district moved around existing staffers, took advantage of resignations and retirements and cut back on “overloads” in the older grades. Overloads happen when teachers take on an extra class beyond what’s stipulated in their contract, resulting … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:29:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kendall County Board approves electric rate ordinance ]]>

YORKVILLE – The Kendall County Board this week approved an ordinance enabling the county to get involved with electric aggregation. That means the county can go ahead and get bids from electric suppliers for rates to compete with ComEd in the unincorporated areas. Progressive Energy Inc., the county’s consultant, is doing that now for almost 3,000 customers who currently receive electricity from ComEd. They also are doing it separately for about 300 customers in the Newark area who get their electricity from Ameren. Voters in unincorporated Kendall voted to engage in electric aggregation in the March primary. Already, a number … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manning gets 25 years in prison for St. Charles murder ]]> Lead story image

Arthur Manning spoke softly Wednesday as he, once again, placed the blame for Naromi Mannery’s death on Mannery himself. Manning couched his finger-pointing with shades of remorse, saying he could have handled things better during a 2008 fight outside a St. Charles home where he and other Windy City Carnival workers lived. As had previously come up during two trials that ended with Manning convicted of Mannery’s murder, Manning suggested all Mannery had to do was leave and he would still be alive today. “I didn’t go to his house looking for trouble. He came to my house. I wasn’t … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:29:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Aurora to welcome home NCAA hoops champion Boatright ]]> Lead story image

AURORA — The city will welcome home Aurora’s own NCAA basketball champion Ryan Boatright this Saturday with a celebration at the Paramount Theatre. The celebration begins at 1:11 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the celebration is open to the public, with free admission and first-come, first-served seating. Boatright, who wears number 11 on his basketball jersey, will be available for a brief time to take photos at the conclusion of the program. An East Aurora High School graduate and a junior at the University of Connecticut, Boatright helped lead the … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:29:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Caregiver from Aurora accused of stealing from elderly employer ]]> Lead story image

A 25-year-old caregiver from Aurora is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the elderly west suburban resident who employed her. On April 9, Lenise K. English of 403 E. Indian Trail in Aurora, was charged with financial exploitation of the elderly and aggravated identity theft. English allegedly used a Hinsdale resident’s credit card to buy household goods, clothing and other items, totaling more than $10,000, between June 1 and Oct. 1, 2013. The crime was reported to the police Dec. 21, 2013. Following a lengthy investigation, a felony arrest warrant was issued for English, Hinsdale Deputy Police Chief Mark … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:31:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man found asleep at wheel in Aurora faces DUI charge ]]>

A West Chicago man was charged with drunken driving early Wednesday morning after Aurora police found him asleep behind the wheel of his car. Aurora police were called to the 200 block of South Calumet Avenue around 2:15 a.m. for reports of a suspicious vehicle that had been parked on the wrong side of the street, and had been running for 45 minutes. Police found the driver, Gilberto Tellez-Rodriguez, 27, asleep in his car. There was an empty beer bottle near his feet, police said. Tellez-Rodriguez was charged with drunken driving and driving on a suspended license, police said. Oswego … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:31:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Longtime Kendall plumbing inspector honored ]]> Lead story image

John Schneider finally decided enough was enough. Late last year, he told Kendall County it was time for him to retire as the county plumbing inspector, a job he has done since 1984. After all, he is 93 years old. Tuesday, the County Board honored Schneider for the years of work. Once the owner of an appliance store in downtown Yorkville, he also served as the plumbing inspector for the city of Yorkville for 11 years. “It’s my pleasure to recognize John Schneider,” said County Board member Scott Gryder, chairman of the Planning, Building and Zoning Committee. Schneider is a … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kendall Board OKs $6 million for highway work ]]> Lead story image

Work will start as soon as possible on more than $6 million worth of projects for this construction season in Kendall County. The County Board Tuesday approved the bids for the work. The bids were opened last week at the Highway Committee meeting. The projects are: About $2.9 million for repaving Ridge Road, from Wheeler Road to Route 126, to Hardin Paving Services. $427,517 for intersection improvement at Ridge Road and Caton Farm Road, to Austin Tyler Construction. $565,839 for Galena Road Bridge work over Big Rock Creek, to D Construction, Inc. $909,909 for resurfacing of Orchard Road, to Hardin … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:30:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kendall County will get new GOP chairman ]]> Lead story image

YORKVILLE — Kendall County GOP Committee Chairman Scott Gryder said he would not run for re-election this week. Gryder said he decided officially about a week ago. But he added he figured he would not run for re-election when he was first elected a year ago to finish the term of Ken Toftoy. “I approached it at the time that I was just finishing Kenny’s term,” he said. “I’ve got enough to do with the County Board. We’ve got good people (in the Republican Committee) who can stand up, people who are there who can do it.” Gryder is a … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:29:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Yorkville man faces road rage charges ]]>

A Yorkville man, who police said pointed a pellet gun at another driver during a Monday morning road rage incident, is facing aggravated assault charges. Montgomery police said the driver, Rick Fermazin, 47, 600 block of Tower Lane, was involved in the altercation around 10:08 a.m. Monday near Route 30 and Orchard Road. Montgomery police, along with more than 12 Kendall County Sheriff’,s deputies responded to the scene, and were able to take Fermazin into custody. He was also charged with having no valid licence, expired registration, and no insurance. Police said Fermazin posted bond and was released. His next … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:25:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Aurora Housing Authority plans to move main offices to Jericho Circle ]]> Lead story image

AURORA — The Aurora Housing Authority plans to move the agency’s central offices to the vacant Jericho Circle site this summer. Aurora Housing Authority Executive Director Keith Gregory said that the construction project to convert an existing center at the site is about 70 percent complete. AHA employees plan to move into the new offices in late May or early June, he said. AHA offices are currently located at 1630 Plum St. in a 4,200-square-foot space attached to the Centennial House public housing building. The new 6,000-square-foot office building formerly served as offices for Jericho Circle-based employees and as a … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:28:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police report ]]>

Aurora Joe Shanks, 32, 600 block of Hammond Avenue, Aurora, was charged with drunken driving, possession of marijuana, improper lane usage and illegal transportation of liquor at 3:39 a.m. Monday near North Ohio Street and Fulton Street, police said. Felix Corral, age and address not provided, was charged with drunken driving, no valid driver’s license, driving too fast for conditions and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he lost control of his vehicle and struck a parked car around 1:31 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Jackson Street, police said. Kane County Dewayne Jones, 52, 900 … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:28:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Aurora Council mulls extended bar hours for Cinco de Mayo celebration ]]>

AURORA — Aurora officials want to let bars stay open one hour later on the Mexican heritage holiday Cinco de Mayo. Under the special resolution, establishments with Class A, B, E, and F licenses would be allowed to stay open one hour later on Cinco de Mayo, May 5. The Mexican holiday falls on a Monday this year. Earlier this year, Aurora approved a measure to let bars stay open one hour later for the Irish heritage holiday St. Patrick’s Day. If City Council approves the move next week, bars and other licensed establishments would be allowed to stay open … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:28:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former child soldier from Africa tells Aurora students about his battle to survive ]]> Lead story image

Ishmael Beah considers himself a survivor. Beah suffered greatly, but lived through Sierra Leone’s civil war in the mid-1990s in Africa. “To come out of the war, there has to be some luck involved to have survived. Of course, there are also certain things you need to stay alive, strength and character as a person,” he said. “A lot of people I knew who were as strong did not survive, so yes, I do consider myself very lucky. That is why I am always smiling. There is very little to worry about today,” he said. Beah was forced to become … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:28:58 -0500