Aurora is a city located in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall counties in Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 142,990; in 2003, a special census found the city's population to be 157,267, making it the second-largest city in Illinois. The city refers to itself as "The City of Lights" because it was one of the first communities to adopt all-electric street lighting (in 1881 - the nickname was adopted in 1908).
Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling hails from Aurora, and is a graduate of West Aurora High School. The characters of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar (portrayed by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, respectively), who first appeared on Saturday Night Live and then in two Wayne's World movies, hailed from Aurora; most of their adventures were centered there. (The movies, however, were shot elsewhere.) The city is referenced in the Alkaline Trio song, "Fuck You Aurora," which refers to an automobile accident that took place in the City of Lights.
Web Sites and Links
Greater Aurora Chamber of CommerceOffers community information and links, chamber events calendar, and a business directory.
The Beacon NewsNewspaper with local and wire news, discussion area, contact information.