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STEM education in Aurora

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US Congressman Bill Foster came to Aurora to talk about STEM education funding in the area in an effort to increase kids interest and populate the job pool with more qualified candidates that employers are saying they can not find.


Moving up

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Long time Eastwood homes resident Laquita Haynes received notice last week that she was selected to move into the Aurora Housing Authorities newly remodeled scattered site home. The home is a first for the AHA who invested in high end fixtures in an effort to make the home feel more like a private sector residence rather than a Public housing unit.

Naperville North Graduation

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Naperville North's class of 2013 avoided the rain and took advantage of the beautiful weather to celebrate their graduation with family and friends.



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The Patriot Guard riders line up to honor Air Force Captain Brandon Cyr who was being brought back to Oswego after he was killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan.


Rooftop Garden

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Jared Mead is closing the farm to table distance at Rivers Edge Cafe in Downtown Aurora. Mead, an employee at the cafe, designed, built and planted six garden boxes on the roof of the neighboring building with the help of friend and co-worker Reese Boyd. The pair plan to use the vegetables they harvest in a few of the dishes at the cafe.


Steve Buyansky

Steve Buyansky is the photo editor for the Sun-Times Media West Group which includes The Beacon-News, The Courier-News and the Naperville Sun. He started as a photographer for the Beacon-News in 1983, became photo editor for The Herald-News in Joliet in 2000 and moved to the Sun-Times Media West office in 2009. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Columbia College in Chicago.

Brian Powers

A native of the western suburbs, Brian Powers attended both the College of DuPage and Western Kentucky University for Photography and is continuing his education at the University of The Aurora Beacon News. His professors continue to push him (See Marianne Mather), but he considers himself one of the lucky few who loves going to work everyday....well, ok, most days.

Michael Smart

Michael Smart has been a photographer at The Courier-News/Sun-Times Media for over ten years. Smart grew up in Elgin before heading West to pursue adventures in photography and zoology, earning a bachelor’s degree in both fields. Upon returning to Elgin, he decided to pursue his true passion of photojournalism.

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