Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Happy American Education Week! This week provides an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who make a difference by ensuring that every student receives a quality education.

Thank you to all of our educators and teams who always go the extra mile. You are valued and appreciated! From our PreK-12 schools and districts to our postsecondary colleges, universities, and trade schools, Aurora has a robust educational community that is working together to prepare our children for lifelong success.

As we all know, this has been a year like no other amid the pandemic. With remote & hybrid learning plans extending from last school year into this school year, challenges have certainly presented themselves. But, as always, our Aurora educators have risen to the occasion, answered the call, and are doing beyond what is necessary to make it all work for our children. I applaud you!

Unfortunately, my regular school visits are not possible now. Still, I have enjoyed being invited into your virtual classrooms and club meetings to make connections with our youth (see below). Please continue to extend the invitations via my website at www.aurora-il.org/Mayor.

As we head into the holiday season and the remainder of the school year, I wish all the best to our educators, students and their families. Thank you for leading with knowledge, compassion, and care.
GREENMAN FOURTH GRADERS
Mayor Irvin was the special guest of the fourth grade classes at Greenman Elementary School in West Aurora School District 129. The students are currently studying local government and had a list of well-planned questions about the mayor's responsibilities, priorities and plans for the future.
JACK & JILL OF AMERICA
Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin and Elgin City Councilman Corey Dixon spoke with the students of Jack & Jill of America - West Suburban Chapter about being a Black elected official in today's political climate. The student-led Q & A session was inspiring and informative, covering a wide range of topics from Covid to racial unrest in America.
BOY SCOUT PACK 643
The young leaders of Boy Scout Pack 643 at Georgetown, McCarty and Steck Elementary Schools in Indian Prairie School District 204 met with Mayor Irvin to discuss current and future plans for Aurora. Immediately following the virtual meeting, Pack 643 led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Virtual City Council Meeting on November 10.
FERNANDO OLMEDO | NIU
A senior at Northern Illinois University, West Aurora grad Fernando Olmedo is a Mechanical Engineering major, who is also the president of NIU's Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Formula Team. He met with Mayor Irvin and Deputy Mayor Chuck Nelson to discuss his organization's future plans and how his team can collaborate with the City of Aurora.
One of the most effective ways to combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community is to WEAR A MASK! It is one of the important 3 Ws: Wear a mask, Watch your distance and Wash your hands. Free masks are available to individuals, families, large groups and organizations.
Learn more at www.aurora-il.org/MaskUpAurora.

TOTAL AURORA COVID CASES: 10,028
TOTAL AURORA COVID DEATHS: 139
(As of November 16, 2020)
THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID:
AURORA NURSE SHARES HER STORY
Carol Williams, a nurse at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, shares her heartbreaking experiences providing medical care to Covid patients.
VETERANS DAY 2020:
SERVING OUR COUNTRY & COMMUNITY
While the pandemic prohibited large in-person gatherings for Veterans Day, the City of Aurora hosted its Veterans Day Virtual Ceremony. Mayor Irvin, an Army veteran, was joined by other local veterans who discussed their time on duty and their commitment to continue being of service to the residents of Aurora.
HELPING LOCAL BUSINESSES:
WEBINAR ON B.I.G. GRANTS
The State's BIG Grants Program has more than $170 million for businesses and non-profits! Grants range from $5,000 to $150,000! Watch this informational conversation that includes a detailed overview of the grant and firsthand tips from Aurora business owners who applied and were approved.
8 Smart Cities to Watch in 2020
In cities across the United States, this year has been chaotic. And yet, the tumult of it all has focused city leaders’ minds on investing in the technology solutions that best meet their residents’ most pressing needs. Aurora, Illinois is one of those cities to watch.

Aurora hospitals treating record numbers of COVID-19 patients
Aurora’s Rush Copley Medical Center and AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center both treated record high numbers of COVID-19 patients this week, as the virus continues to surge in the region and another layer of COVID-19 mitigation measures takes effect.

“Our volumes are at new levels and that, of course, is something we’re concerned about, as we don’t know when the peak will hit."

BNSF ending overnight trains in Aurora after complaints
Residents of Aurora who have been complaining about train horns waking them up should sleep better now. BNSF Railway had started overnight service on its Nifa Spur Line months ago, because of adjustments that had to be made in the wake of the pandemic. But BNSF has discontinued third shift operations.

Aurora urges cooperation with COVID-19 restrictions
Aurora officials are urging restaurants and bars to follow state guidelines to stop all indoor service with COVID-19 cases spiking. At the same time, officials admitted this week the city has difficulty enforcing those restrictions, and are largely depending on health departments to do that.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020
  • 9 a.m. – Virtual Discussion on Historic Preservation Programs
  • 10:30 a.m. – Virtual Meeting with Alderman Saville
  • 11:30 a.m. – Finance Department Virtual Update 
  • 2 p.m. – Tour of Thrive of Fox Valley 
  • 3 p.m. – Rules, Administration and Procedures Virtual Meeting* 
  • 5 p.m. – Committee of the Whole Virtual Meeting* 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020
  • 9 a.m. – Virtual Discussion about Economic Development Marketing
  • 11:30 a.m. – Grant Team Virtual Meeting 
  • 1 p.m. – Virtual Meeting with Paramount 
  • 2p.m. – Economic Development Update Meeting

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020
  • 9 a.m. – Smart City Virtual Update 
  • 10 a.m. – Virtual Meeting with Local Banks
  • 11:30 a.m. – Virtual Meeting with Purple Heart Veteran

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020
  • 9:30 a.m. – Virtual Discussion on Civilian Review Board 
  • 3:30 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting with A Positive Image

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020
  • 9 a.m. – Joint Food Pantry Thanksgiving Meals Giveaway (Volunteers Needed)
  • 12:30 p.m. - Drive-By Parade for WWII Hero 

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