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March 20, 2017
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Wednesday: 2017 State of the City Address
State of the City
Library, Chamber, PAC sponsor five candidate meet-and-greets
The Aurora Public Library, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Fox Valley PAC are sponsoring informal meet-and-greets for voters to get to know mayoral, aldermanic, park district, and District 129 and 131 board candidates vying for seats in the April 4 election.

“Today’s libraries are sites for civic engagement,” said Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of Aurora Public Library. “I’m happy we can provide these opportunities for Aurora residents to speak with the candidates and make informed decisions ahead of election day.”

All of the meet-and-greets will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m.


Eleven Fox Valley Park District candidates vying for seven seats have been invited to the first meet-and-greet on Monday, March 20 at the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library at 101 S. River St. This will be the first elected board in the park district’s 70-year history.

The candidates (and their districts) are:

1st District: Charles Anderson, Aurora; Matt Hicks Jr., Aurora

2nd District: Jerry Butler, Aurora; Mary Anne Cummings, Aurora; LuAnne Kelsey, Montgomery; Elizabeth “Beth” Waller, Montgomery

3rd District: Cynthia G. Penne, Aurora; Giovanni Santana, Aurora; Holly Scholz, Aurora; Roger Schnorr, Aurora

At-Large: Alexander G. Alexandrou, Aurora.

The board members will be elected from geographic areas dividing the 65-square-mile park district. One at-large seat will be elected from the entire park district.

A Wednesday, March 22 meet-and-greet will feature West Aurora School Board candidates at the library’s West Branch, 233 S. Constitution Drive.

Four candidates are vying for three open seats in that race: Rich Kerns and Christopher Sparks, both of North Aurora, and incumbent Valerie Dykstra and Joseph Grisson, both of Aurora.

The two candidates for Aurora mayor, Richard E. Guzman and Richard C. Irvin, will speak with voters in a casual setting on Monday, March 27 in the Dunham Atrium of the Santori Public Library.

Alderman-at-large candidates Matt Harrington and Robert J. O’Connor, and Ward 10 aldermanic candidates Keith Bradley, Judd Lofchie and Robert H. Paolicchi, will greet the public on Wednesday, March 29 in the Dunham Atrium.

Incumbent city council members in Wards 2, 4, 7 and 9 are running unopposed. Citizens will cast a vote for one at-large council member on their April 4 ballot, as mayoral candidate Irvin’s seat is not up for reelection this year. Should Irvin win the election, he would appoint his successor. Should Guzman win, Irvin will remain an at-large alderman.

Also on Wednesday, March 29, School District 131 school board candidates will greet the public in Rooms 125 and 126 of the Santori Library.

Four candidates are running for three open seats: Dan Barreiro, Anna Ishmael, incumbent Annette Johnson and Bruce Schubert.

Refreshments will be served. Call (630) 264-4125 for information.

These meet-and-greets are sponsored by Aurora Public Library, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Fox Valley PAC.

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Calendar of Events
Candidates’ Meet & Greet: Fox Valley Park District
Monday, March 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Santori Library, 101 S. River St., Aurora

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.
Painters District Council #30, 1905 Sequoia Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by Eye Boutique

2017 State of the City Address
Wednesday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Piper’s Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora

Candidates’ Meet & Greet: Aurora Mayor
Monday, March 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
Santori Library, 101 S. River St., Aurora

Candidates’ Meet & Greet: Aurora City Council
Wednesday, March 29, 6:30-8 p.m.
Santori Library, 101 S. River St., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, March 30, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsored by The Joint Chiropractic

Grand Opening: Bickford Senior Living
Thursday, April 6, 3:30-7 p.m.
7 S. Orchard Rd., Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4 p.m.

Ambassadors Meeting
Thursday, April 13, at 4:00 p.m.
Orchard Valley Apartments, 1240 W. Indian Trail Rd., Aurora

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, April 27, 8-9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Sponsord by Advanced Auto Parts

Grand Opening: Round One
Thursday, April 27, 3:30-8 p.m.
Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting: 4 p.m.

A Report Card: The First 100 Days of Trump Administration
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Save the Date: Chamber Golf Classic
Monday, July 10, 2017
Aurora Country Club, 1548 Prairie Street, Aurora

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