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Aurora Launches Tech Trainingby Jennifer Flowers
Dateline Aurora In the past week Mayor Weisner has taken an oppor-tunity to help bring education to the youth of the city. Teaming up with area business owners and labor lead-ers, they are launching a new tech-nical training school to help train young residents of the City in areas
of trades and technical-related fields.
Cooperating with area school dis-tricts, the program will offer men-toring and technical training, help-ing young people prepare for their future in the job force. Speaking before 400 people at the State of
the City Address, joined by fellow mayors Dale Berman of North Au-rora, George Pradel of Naperville, and Marylin Michelini, who were on hand to lend support for the new program.
This technical school will also allow area youth to begin to build long-term employment working with the area trade unions. For more informa-tion on this new program, please visit the City web site: www.aurora.il.us.
Naperville and Area Tech Savvy by Sheryl Krase
If you are not familiar currently with the power of Social Media, then here is a quick lesson. Facebook has more than 800 million daily users and Twitter has 50 million daily users, which means one sixth of the planet uses some type of social media dur-ing their daily habits. Recently, a study done by the UIC concluded that Naperville was number one and Chicago was number two.
What does this mean it means that more municipalities are investing in a better web presence to help keep in contact with their residents? In cities
like Aurora and Elgin, plans are be-ing made to link emergency con-tact information for 911 respond-ers to make it easier for people to reach and contact for help. Smaller communities like Yorkville, Mont-gomery, and Oswego have joined the 21st Century Revolution with launching Facebook and Twitter ac-counts. Currently, Montgomery has gone through an entire overhaul of its website to better serve the online presence. There is no doubt that the power of the internet and our ability to stay in constant contact helps City Hall.
Paula Dean in Joliet by Dick Kolf
In the event you have not heard, re-cently Paula Dean, a star with the Cooking Network, was in Joliet to open her new Buffett style eatery at the Harrahs Casino.
Here is a press re-lease about the opening: Harrahs Joliet Casino & Hotel cel-ebrates the grand opening of Paula Deans Kitchen, the first Paula Dean buffet-style and ala carte restaurant and retail store located outside of the South. Paula Deans Kitchen, cre-ated with the personal touch of the Queen of Southern Cooking herself, aims to create a memorable dining experience that goes beyond great food, but also provides patrons the feel of a home cooked meal served right from Paulas dining room.
Menu highlights include build your own savory skillets and omelets for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, in-dulge in Paula Deans renowned crab cakes, baby back ribs, shrimp and grits, and much more. The Sat-urday and Sunday Brunch menu also includes delectable cocktails, includ-ing mimosas and the Georgia Peach. Complete the dining experience with scrumptious treats such as butter rum and chocolate layer cakes.
In addition to enjoying delicious Southern cuisine, guests can also stop by the restaurants retail store to pick up some of Paula Deans signature items such as aprons, cookbooks, cookware and even pieces from her recently introduced furniture line. For more informa-tion visit http://www.harrahsjoliet.com/casinos/harrahs-joliet/restau-rants-dining/paula-deens-kitchen-detail.html. Good eating you all!
Online difference for Plainfieldby Jennifer Flowers
Recently as I was doing a Google search for topics in Plainfield, I un-covered this unique website that pro-vides current news for the Village of Plainfield. It is unique because it of-fers information central to the Plain-field area and invites local people to participate.
As one of the fastest areas, Plainfield is in need of this service. What you will find is anything from local news to political updates. This site is really a service to a community that is ever growing, and in the age of the inter-net, it is great to see a community-based site devoted to helping to keep the residents of Plainfield informed. So take the opportunity to learn more. Here is the website informa-tion: http://plainfieldonline.com.
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Meet Oswego Web Developer by Sheryl Krase
If you have a small business and need a website, then look no further than Weblinx owned by Oswego graduate Andy Clements.
Started in late 2000, the company incorporated in 2001 and now has more than 40 clients and currently moved to their 5000-square-foot facility in 2008. With clients that differ from nonprofits to manufac-
turing, Weblinx offers talented staff to help with design and content. So if you have a small business and are in need of their service, stop by their website and receive a free quote. http://www.weblinxinc.com
Primary Election 2012 wrap-upby Sheryl Krase
March 21, the residents of Kendall County went to the polls to nomi-nate the candidates who would rep-resent their party for the November election.
Across the County, voter turnout was at just about 22 percent, with the majority choosing a republican ballot. In precincts across Kendall County, many residents were con-fused because of redistricting and the census precinct boundaries have been split and changed. The County Clerks Oce did send out new voter
registration cards; however, accord-ing to election judges, there still was some confusion.
Other than some minor issues at the polls, there were no major issues to report in Kendall County. Here is a look at the different oces and the winners. The General Election will be held on November 6th.
by Dick Kolf
Now the games begin. The battle for the majority touches down right here in Kendall County!
Democrat Bill Foster, who served in the U.S. House of Representa-tives from 2008-2011 has come back to attempt to win another term in the US House. Being defeated two years ago, by Randy Huntgren Congressman Foster will now face Congressman Judy Biggert in the newly drawn 11th Congressional District that includes Kane, Kendall, Will, DuPage, and Cook Counties. Congressman Biggert has served since 1996. This will be one of the marque races as we head into November!
On the 14th Congressional side, current incumbent Randy Huntgren will face Democrat Dennis Ander-son who easily defeated perennial candidate John Farnick. The 14th
District covers Kendall, Will, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The Gen-eral Election will be held on Novem-ber 6th.
Ballot Questions by Martin Flowers
The Residents of Kendall County also voted on some ballot questions. Here are the results:
Kendall County Auditor
Yes 8,578 No 4,334
Kendall county Recorder Yes 9,546 No 3,609
Ken Com 911 Yes 4,181 No 9,223
All City questions were passed by the voters. For any further questions about the results, please call the County Clerk at 630-553-4104.
County Board Races by Sheryl Krase
New faces will be joining the Ken-dall County Board if the candidates have anything to say about it.
During the primary, there was talk of change and on March 21 voters in the Republican primary nominat-ed five new faces to represent their party in the General Election. In District One, Judy Gilmour was the top vote-getter with 3,909 votes. She will be joined by John Purcell, John Shaw, Bob Davidson, and newcomer Mathew Prochaska.
There are five seats up in the Gen-eral Election, and the Republi-cans in District 1 will be joined by Democrat Amy Cesich. In District
2, Scott Gryder was the top vote-getter with 2,692. He will be joined by Dan Koukol, Jeff Wehrli, Jeremy Swanson, and Lynn Cullick. They will now face Democrats Kris Hei-man, Evie Givens, and Herman Johnson in the general election.
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State Races by Jennifer Flowers
If you are having a hard time keep-ing score at home, join the club. Since the redistricting, Kendall County finds itself in four Sen-ate Districts and five State House districts, and there were primaries on both sides to find out who would represent their parties for the Gen-eral Election.
State Senate 25th Jim Oberweis outlasted Dave Rich-mond and Richard Slocum to cap-ture the party nomination. He will now face Democrat Corrine Pierog who defeated Steven Hunter.
State Senate38th Democrat Christine Bensen defeat-ed two primary challengers and will now face Republican Sue Rezin.
State Senate42nd Democrat Linda Holmes will face Republican Peter Hurtado.
State Senate49th Republican Garrett Peck defeated three other Republican Challeng-ers and will face Democrat Jen-nifer Bertino Tarrant, who was unopposed.
State House 50th Democrat Andrew Bernard will face State Representative Kay Hatcher.
State House75th Democrat Jeremy Ly will face Re-publican Pam Roth.
State House84th Democrat Stephanie Kifowit de-feated two challengers and will now face Republican Pat Fee.
State House97th House Leader Tom Cross currently does not have an opponent. General election is November 6th.
Long-time resident new Judge by Nadia Kanhai
In last month's pr