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January 01, 2013|By Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune reporter
While Chicagoans saw the city’s homicides rise past 500 last year, residents of the state’s second largest city, Aurora, quietly observed a milestone of their own — a year without a slaying.
The slaying-free year was Aurora’s first in recent times, police Sgt. Matt Thomas said.
Aurora, a city of about 200,000 on the Fox River west of Chicago, notched 25 homicides in 2002, but totals have dropped recently, according to FBI statistics. There were five in 2009, four in 2010 and two in 2011, according to the FBI.
Aurora ends 2012 with no homicides
AURORA — The city of Aurora expects gaming tax revenues to be seriously impacted if all the casinos in the state’s proposed gambling expansion bill are built.
“It would make it difficult for existing casinos like the one in Aurora to compete,” said city spokesman Kevin Stahr about Hollywood Casino in downtown Aurora.
The Illinois House and Senate approved expanded gambling this week, supporting a measure that would allow a casino in Chicago and four others around the state. Gov. Pat Quinn previously has said the proposal adds too much gambling in Illinois, but he has supported a casino in Chicago. This week, Quinn called the felt the bill was “excessive.”
via City: Expansion of gambling would be bad bet for Aurora – Beacon News.
By PAUL DAILING
We all know the major cultural touchstones of Aurora, from the Tomcats-Blackhawks rivalry to “Wayne’s World,” but the feather in the municipal cap is its position as the second-largest city in Illinois.
With 171,782 residents, according to the most recent Census Bureau estimates, Aurora beats out every town save Chicago.
But there’s a new census starting next month. What if, just what if we slip to No. 3? We took Rockford by surprise a few years back. Could it happen to us?
Let’s meet the competition, the state’s third, fourth and fifth biggest cities:
Aside from world-famous writer and raconteur Paul Dailing, the most famous things to come out of Rockford are Cheap Trick, the sock monkey and screws. Billions and billions of screws. Its biggest cultural moment was “A League of Their Own,” and its major industry now is collecting unemployment checks. Population: 157,272.
via Aurora is Illinois’ second largest city :: Beacon News :: Local News.