B2B frequently asked questions, Pumpkin Season has arrived, coffee, news: everything for your Tuesday morning! We have special guest Suzanne Stegeman here to talk grants so let's get into it! - The portal is now open! If you are a small business owner in Aurora you may qualify for B2B (Back 2 Business) grant monies, from $5,000 to $150,000. With many of our industries still recovering from economic hardship, the ILDCEO Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity ai
In January of last year, 21 year old East Aurora High School graduate Miguel Villalon was killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb. At the time it sent shockwaves through the community and made plain the tragedy of armed conflict. It has since come to pass that the United States has ended it's 20 year occupation of Afghanistan. This has been historic, yet for many in our shared American communities there has not been full closure. Good Morning Aurora had the opportunity to sp
What a great way to start off the week! Today we had the opportunity to sit down with Stacy Soldana; mother, teacher & author of Built Strong On Purpose. This work is one of seven books Stacy has written. Micah's Mindful Manners is another work she's proud of so we learned about her writings and the theme of her works. A Navy veteran, Stacy shared with us her life and her story which has see her do a lot of traveling. In our interview we spoke about family, faith and motivati
Today we have a special guest and a bunch of coffee! It's Monday and we have friend of the show Whitney Love with us. Sit back and enjoy the news ya'll.
- Our friends of the Aurora Public Library, Illinois (Santori Library) foundation are having their 2nd Annual Virtual 5K walk/run. Lace up for literacy from August 30th to September 6th. The proceed will benefit a new and modern Bookmobile and more literacy resources for children. To register click this link: https://e.give
The coffee is Tredwell. The guest is Josue of Hairy Beast. The vibes are on point. And it's Tuesday. Let's get busy.
- Two new TIF (tax increment financing) districts could be a part of downtown Aurora, pending approval by the city council. Feasibility studies to the tune of $67,000 paid to Kane, McKenna & Associates are on the vote this evening. Read the article here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-aurora-tifs-st-0810-20210809-asbp3esgfjfm
We have coffee, Evian' water, a birthday boy and the owner of Windy City Game Theatre on the show today. We're motivated and ready. Here's the news: - National Night Out returns! Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow; oh tomorrow evening! This will be a great event and boy, does the city miss National Night Out! Our friends of Windy City Game Theater will be with in Saint Charles, Illinois at Kane County Sheriff's Office for fun and community love! For Aurora information click this li
Entertainment for many years was synonymous with the Fox Valley and the FVMF (Fox Valley Music Foundation) is working to preserve that. Today we had the pleasure of speaking with Melissa Mercado and learned a lot about local entertainment! From Sonny Boy Williams to The Venue, Melissa is very knowledgeable and has been a figure in many local events. In our discussion we talked about her history as an Auroran, her current duties and we spoke about the blues as well! Did you kn
Got your coffee? Fill it up! Today we have Daniel Perez of Happy Thoughts Suicide Awareness Outreach of Illinois. Yes. This is going to be a great day. In our discussion we learned about mental health awareness and how to access resources. Click the link and tune in to something new and great. The second largest city's first daily news podcast is here. Tune in everyday to our FB Live from 8 am to 9 am. Make sure to like and subscribe to stay updated on all things Aurora. Twit
Today our guest is friend of the show Jen Evans, director of Aurora Public Art. Be sure to follow and support our friends of Aurora Public Art by following them on social media. So much culture, so much fun, so much community; the best is yet to come. Thank you for tuning in and checking out what's taking place in our community. Stay tuned for what we do next and tune in tomorrow morning for another great show. Peace! #happymonday The second largest city's first daily news po
Today we have coffee, an almond crumb bar from TW and special guest Emily Tracy! It's almost the weekend, almost Friday. Got plans? We have a voicemail number! That number is 331-256-7782. Feel free to leave us a positive message and we may play it on air. Check out this great episode and subscribe to the show on YouTube! The second largest city's first daily news podcast is here. Tune in everyday to our FB Live from 8 am to 9 am. Make sure to like and subscribe to stay updat
Be bold, be beautiful and look your best! Today on the show we were proud to feature Whitney Love, namesake, owner & founder of Whitney Love’s Nail & Beauty Bar. A West Aurora High School graduate, Whitney has a great story and is very hard-working and community oriented. Her awesome salon is located at 302 W. Indian Trail and is open by appointment only. In our discussion we spoke about family, her team, the history of the store and what’s to come. Nail techs., an estheticia
“Don’t let your mind block you from what’s possible.” Those are words of wisdom from actor, father and Chicago native Mr. Sal Velez Jr. He is currently a star in the Netflix original series Black Summer and he’s got an impressive body of work. Sal was also in The Way Back (2020) alongside Ben Affleck, and is currently in consideration for a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Rekindling Christmas). From Humboldt Park to the big screen, this man has an awesome story.
What do you get when you mix the blues with adventure tourism? You get Mr. Jake Wolfe, founder of Howling Wolfe Canoe and Kayak! We talked a great deal this morning about the great outdoors and safety while traversing our waterways. In addition we also spoke about life, Mr. Wolfe’s story, and what he’s been up to. Jake went to college in Ely, Minnesota and has since made Aurora. Lessons are available through Howling Wolfe and Aurora Athetic Club is the place to be on Wednesda
Great music on a perfect Sunday morning. We were pleased to be joined by Airpark, fresh off their experience at Summer Solstice Yorkville! They have awesome music on Spotify, iTunes & Amazon. Shouts out to a great band! 🎙🇺🇸 #livemusic The second largest city's first daily news podcast is here. Tune in everyday to our FB Live from 8 am to 9 am. Make sure to like and subscribe to stay updated on all things Aurora. Twitter: goodmorningaur1 Instagram: goodmorningaurorail Spoti
Art is life, that’s a fact. This interview was a long time coming and could be considered ‘art therapy’. Today we were pleased to be joined by Elizabeth French, namesake of Elizabeth French Art. Visual artist, creator and all around cool person, she has a fantastic story to tell! Originally from Downers Grove, Elizabeth has made Aurora her home and has since blossomed here. We met Elizabeth in the early days of our show. When we moved from recording in the bathroom to an actu
From Chicago to Aurora, the news and culture can’t be stopped. Today we were pleased to be joined by Elvis & Jorge Ortega, brothers who created El Gran Festival Colombiano! With a focus on family, heritage and community, what started as a birthday party in a forest preserve is now an annual event! A celebration of Colombian independence, the event this year will take place July 24th & 25th in Humboldt Park, Chicago. In our conversation we spoke about the cultural significance
Something brand new on a Thursday morning! Today we were joined on the show by local author Victoria Hyla Maldonado and her son & daughter; Joaquin & Mika! Unbridled energy, juice boxes and coffee at 8 am. Let me tell you, these kids are making the most of school being out! Victoria came onto the show to tell her about her latest work, Tears Of The Butterfly and what else she has cooking. We did squeeze in a little news, check this awesome episode out. It was a lot of fun! Th
Life, liberty & physical fitness, what an awesome & motivational interview today! We were joined on the show by Mr. Quint Thompson, founder & owner of QT3 Systems. Located in downtown Aurora at 2 W Downer Place, Quint is a personal trainer with a great story of personal motivation. Originally from Kentucky, Quint has seen a lot in his years as a business owner and entrepreneur. As we know, the pandemic has been tough for many of our small business owners. In our conversation
Today we had a whole bunch of winners on the show! Our friends of the Aurora Rotary Sunrise Club recently awarded 3 $1,000 scholarships to area students. The contest was an essay about diversity and the winners got a chance to come onto our show and tell their story. And what stories they were! In addition to the students we were joined by Rotary Club members Sue DeBolt, Judd Lofchie and the current committee chairman, Mr. Lewis Johnson. The winners were Karson Vest of West A
Today we had the opportunity to learn bright and early in the morning. On our show today we sat down with Bertha Bailey & Ryan Maley of the Aurora Human Relations Commission (AHRC). As fellow community partners, both Ryan & Bertha serve our city residents as liaisons and mediators. Started by the late Marie Wilkinson, the commission has since grown and remains an outlet to solve issues. As we know, our country as a whole has seen a change in attitudes regarding diversity. Thr