Unincorporated Aurora Township Residents Can Save with Electrical Aggregation

Posted on Aug 14, 2018 in News, News Releases

Residents and small businesses can save an estimated $90 in the coming year as part of a successful electrical aggregation partnership with eleven other area municipalities brokered by consultant Progressive Energy Group.   The estimated savings is based on the assumption that Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) rate of 7.887 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) does not change. Aurora Township Supervisor Bill Catching said the township has selected Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. to supply its residents and small businesses with power for twelve months.   Through this new agreement, participants will receive a fixed price of 6.954 cents per kWh on electricity from October 2018 to October 2019. By calling Constellation, residents and business owners can also choose a product matched 100% by renewable energy certificates at a price of 7.074 cents per kWh.   “We are pleased to offer township residents and small businesses the chance to save a significant amount on their monthly electricity bills and appreciate the work done by Progressive Energy Group in finding our residents more than $166,000 in energy savings vs. the ComEd rate.” Catching said.   Residents and small businesses in the unincorporated areas will receive two letters describing the changes. The first letter will come from Aurora Township and Constellation explaining the program. ComEd will send out a second letter about the program in late August 2018.   State law allows units of local government to seek bids to receive electricity supply from alternative energy suppliers (rather than from ComEd, the local utility) for their residents and small businesses.  In November 2012, Aurora Township voters approved a referendum that allowed Aurora Township to be one of the first Illinois townships to pursue electrical aggregation. The first electrical aggregation program offered a $300 a year savings from ComEd prices and expired in August 2014.  A second aggregation program also produced approximately $60 a year savings until August 2017.   The current energy market is much different with energy prices significantly higher than in previous years from both alternative suppliers and ComEd.  Aurora Township joined forces with Big Rock, Burlington, Cortland, Hinckley, Kirkland, Malta, Maple Park, Sandwich, Shabbona, Somonauk and Waterman for the new aggregation partnership. By combining with other local governments, the township reached a size where alternative energy providers would offer a rate lower than ComEd’s.   About Progressive Energy Group   Progressive Energy Group is a premier provider of cost reduction and energy conservation programs that lower municipal and business customers’ costs.  Progressive Energy Group has saved its customers over $100 million dollars in energy costs.  Learn more at www.progressiveenergygroup.com on twitter at @SaveWithPEG, or on Facebook at Progressive Energy Group.     About Constellation Constellation is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural...

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Spring Brush Pickup Starts April 16 with New Guidelines

Posted on Apr 5, 2018 in News, News Releases

On April 16, the spring session of the township’s brush pick up program will begin with a few significant changes. Here are the changes: #1 – No registration required! All unincorporated Aurora Township residents are eligible and we will drive through the unincorporated areas once to pick up your brush. #2 – All branches must not exceed 6 feet in length #3 – All branches must not exceed 6 inches in diameter #4 – All brush must be secured with string or twine and each bundle cannot exceed 30 pounds. No bundles secured with wire will be picked up #5 – Anything that can fit into a bag is not considered brush and will not be picked up. The changes to the brush pick up guidelines bring Aurora Township in line with the brush programs in nearby townships and will help keep our employees safer. Residents of the unincorporated areas should receive a mailer on the new program soon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Road District office at (630)...

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INC Board Releases Informational Videos

Posted on Jan 16, 2018 in News, News Releases

  The INC board and staff have released a series of YouTube videos that explain what the board does in our community as well as a layperson’s guide to mental illness. Aurora Township was one of six townships to approve a community mental health tax by referendum in the November 1970 general election. The others are Batavia, Big Rock, Blackberry, Kaneville and Sugar Grove townships. Virgil Township joined after a November 2000 referendum. Because of its population (and assessed valuation), Aurora Township residents are the largest contributors by far. For 2017, Aurora Township levied a little more than $1.2 million on behalf of local mental health services. Each of the township boards appoint a seven-member community mental health board, known as a “708” board after the number of the Illinois House of Representatives resolution which created such entities. Each 708 board recommends a mental health levy to its respective township board for inclusion among their levy submissions to the county.  The county distributes the tax dollars collected to the townships, which remit the mental health portion of the taxes to the INC Board, the administrative body.  The combined levies are distributed to agencies for selected, eligible services by the INC Board. For more information about INC and the agencies funded by the board, please visit www.incboard.org. Their YouTube channel (and their videos) can be found at...

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Owens Appointed Township Clerk

Posted on May 16, 2016 in News, News Releases

AURORA TOWNSHIP – The Aurora Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Jason Owens as Township Clerk to fill the remaining term of the late Ken Christy. Christy passed away suddenly on March 26, 2016, said Aurora Township Supervisor Bill Catching. Owens has served as Deputy Township Clerk for the past three years. Five other Aurora Township residents applied for the open position, but board members felt that Owens’ experience as Christy’s deputy set him apart, Catching said. Owens, 40, lives in North Aurora with his wife, a high school math teacher, and two children. Prior to being hired as recycling/project coordinator at the Aurora Township Highway Department in 2010, Owens worked in the mortgage industry. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Augustana College in 1997. He also earned a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer designation from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute in 2012. The Township Clerk is clerk of the town board of trustees and is official keeper of all records except for active General and Emergency Assistance cases. The Clerk is required to keep accurate records of all Town Board meetings and also serves as ex-oficio clerk of the Road District. The clerk must be present for bid openings for both the township and road...

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Township Seeks Town Clerk Candidates

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 in News, News Releases

Aurora Township is seeking applicants to fill the remaining term of the late Ken Christy, who served as Township Clerk. Christy passed away suddenly on March 26, 2016 and is fondly remembered and missed by the board and staff of Aurora Township, said Aurora Township Supervisor Bill Catching. The Township Clerk is clerk of the town board of trustees and is official keeper of all records except for active General and Emergency Assistance cases. The Clerk is required to keep accurate records of all Town Board meetings and also serves as ex-oficio clerk of the Road District. The clerk must be present for bid openings for both the township and road district. By state law, candidates to fill this vacancy must be a registered Democrat living in Aurora Township. Interested candidates are asked to submit their resumes with a cover letter to the Aurora Township offices, 80 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505 no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Candidates will be offered an opportunity to speak at the May 12 board meeting at which time the replacement will be selected by the Town...

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Breast Cancer Screening Important

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 in News Releases

Earlier this year, Aurora Township hosted a breast cancer screening event Wellness on Wheels at the Aurora Township Youth Center, 313 Gale Street, Aurora, IL. The state of breast cancer screening services for low-income African American women is at a cross roads but with key components in service delivery plans, it can result in more women being screened for breast cancer.  The incidence of breast cancer is lower in African American women compared to non-Hispanic Whites, yet the mortality rate is higher in African American when compare to non-Hispanic Whites. This type of disparity is one that can easily be decreased with the assistance of programs that implement health screenings and awareness events through community education that decrease barriers is fundamental in underrepresented populations. In the wake of the Affordable Care Act where, in particular, low-income women, in large numbers are insured and now have access to breast cancer screening services.  The primary challenge is that low-income women often have less financial resources, more social stressors and challenges and are less likely to prioritize medical health and screening appointments. Addressing this challenge is a new priority for breast cancer prevention programs. What has been proven effective is the development and implementation of targeted breast screening and outreach interventions that promote cultural appropriate activities and services and early detection services.  In addition, all outreach and education services targeting African American women is to have culturally competent navigation programs.   This is effective in reaching and serving recently diagnosed or women have not have not prioritized breast cancer screening. All breast cancer screening, education and outreach programs should be culturally competent and innovative to embrace their local community needs or resources.  Culturally innovative projects should reach, serve and heighten awareness of the importance of breast cancer on a grassroots level.  Organization based breast cancer screening, education and outreach projects should integrate screening and education services into their existing services. It is also recommended that local community women are trained to be breast cancer educators and navigators and to promote breast cancer prevention resources and education among their social networks.  To learn more information about breast cancer screening, education and outreach services, please contact LathanHarris, Inc. at 217.553.3148....

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