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Amazon.com

Online retailer Amazon.com said Tuesday it plans to open two new fulfillment centers, employing more than 1,000 people full-time between them, in Aurora, Ill. 

Officials say one of the new facilities will focus on smaller items, such as books and small electronics, and the other will handle large items like big-screen TVs. 

DuPage County Board member Tonia Khouri took improper tax exemptions on property she owns, according to published reports.  She's also running against Democrat Bill Foster of Naperville in the Illinois 11th Congressional District. 

Aurora Mayor To Step Down, Cites Health Concerns

Aug 25, 2016
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Aurora's mayor will step down before his term ends.

Tom Weisner says he'll leave office at the end of October.

He issued a statement citing lingering health concerns.

"I have made this decision based on my sense that I cannot continue much longer to serve our city at the same level I worked to maintain over the past 11+ years," Weisner said. 

Weisner has been battling cancer during his time in office.

Aurora Police Department

Aurora could soon have its first female police chief.  Mayor Tom Weisner picked police commander Kristin Ziman on Thursday (Jan. 7) from a group of four candidates, all from within the Aurora Police Department.  Ziman, a 24-year veteran of the force, would replace retired police Chief Greg Thomas. The department has around 300 sworn officers serving a city of about 200,000.

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A U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a suburban Chicago man convicted of groping a passenger on a flight while she slept in a seat next to him. 

Lawyers for Srinivasa Erramilli say the trial judge abused her discretion in allowing evidence that Erramilli committed prior sexual assaults. The lawyers also contend U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow issued improper jury instructions.

The appeals court said in its ruling Lefkow did not abuse her discretion in admitting Erramilli's prior acts.

FAA

An Aurora air traffic control facility should be fully functioning today after a two-week shutdown.

The FAA said testing was complete, a full shift of air traffic controllers will return and other sites would transfer control back to the center after midnight.

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August 27, the Aurora City Council approved a contract to build a series of rain gardens on the city’s east side. The city is trying to meet federal and state clean water requirements, and believes rain gardens offer a good alternative to traditional methods of water management. As it turns out, that’s not all they do.

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We continue our series "Community Close-Up" with a look at a milestone in Aurora.  For the first time since 1946, the city ended the year without a single murder. Now some city leaders want to reward officers for the achievement.

Prosecutors in Colorado today charged James Holmes with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder in the July 20 deaths of 12 people and wounding of 58 during a shooting rampage at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

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