Aurora, Illinois

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza

The City of Lights will live up to its nickname when the night sky is vibrantly illuminated by professional fireworks during the annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Riveredge Park and McCullough Park. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Take a trolley!. Additional Info...
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Are you interested in becoming an officer? Sign up for one of in-person orientations

APD will begin accepting applications for entry-level police officers starting on June 3rd!. Are you service oriented, wanting to help a diverse community, and ready for an amazing career with a professional police department? Come join our team at the Aurora Police Department. We are holding two in-person orientations to explain the hiring process and answer your questions.

Aurora Police Chief Keith Cross announces command staff appointments

Aurora Police Chief Keith Cross has appointed two new commanders to join the police department’s Command Staff. Liz Robinson-Chan was appointed to the rank of Commander and will oversee the department’s Bureau of Support Services, a multifaceted bureau with numerous divisions and units that work to support the overall mission of the Aurora Police Department. The bureau includes the 911 Telecommunications, Records, Administrative Services, Central Services, Jail Divisions, along with other support units.

Aurora Police investigating single vehicle fatal accident on city’s east side

The Aurora Police Department is investigating a single vehicle crash on the city’s east side that left a woman dead Monday evening. Just before 4:15 p.m., the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Department were dispatched to the 2100 block of Walcott Drive for a vehicle that has crashed into a tree. When officers arrived, they found the driver unconscious and not breathing, and immediately began CPR. Aurora Fire Department paramedics arrived moments later and took over life-saving measures. Paramedics transported the woman to an Aurora-area hospital where she was unfortunately pronounced dead.

Aurora Police arrest two people for 2021 murder on city's east side

The Aurora Police Department has arrested two people for the murder of a 37-year-old on the city’s east side in December 2021. Just after 3 a.m. on Saturday, December 18th, Aurora’s 911 Telecommunications Center received reports of a man down in the 400 block of Clark Street. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Aurora Fire Department paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the male to Rush Copley Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased after 9 a.m.

Aurora Police investigating shooting that left one man injured

Aurora Police are investigating a shooting that left one man injured on the city’s east side Wednesday evening. Just before 6:30 p.m., Aurora’s 911 Telecommunications Center received reports of a person shot and a vehicle crash in the 1000 block of Dearborn Avenue. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a male adult suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Aurora Fire Department paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the male to a local hospital. The man is expected to survive.

Free Spring Electronics Recycling

The City of Aurora is hosting its free Spring Electronics Recycling Drive-Thru on Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the downtown Aurora parking lot adjacent to the casino at 201 N. River Street. All items are free to recycle, including televisions, but registration is required. Due...

Free Spring Yard Waste Collection Set for End of April

Due to the cooler temperatures and requests from residents, Groot’s spring yard waste collection, initially scheduled for the first two weeks in April, has been moved to the last two weeks of the month. YARD WASTE COLLECTION LAST TWO WEEKS OF APRIL. The 2022 Free Spring Yard Waste Collection...

Reserve Your Seat: 2022 State of the City Address

Aurora has experienced unprecedented growth and improvements in economic development, public safety, education, community engagement, equity & inclusion, technology, public services, and overall quality of life. The facts are evident. The future is exciting. Join Mayor Richard C. Irvin as he reviews the recent past , puts a keen focus...

Aurora is One of the Happiest Cities in America

One thing Aurora is never short on is smiles. Spend a few minutes at a community event in Illinois’ second-largest city, and you’ll quickly learn that happiness is both authentic and contagious. Now, after its most recent national ranking, the City of Lights can also be called the...

Citizen Police Academy now accepting applications

Ever wonder why we do what we do? Then join the Citizen Police Academy!. The academy allows you to learn how the police department and our officers function on a daily basis by exploring a wide variety of interactive topics including the difference between criminal and civil law, gang and drug awareness, use of force, investigations, juvenile law, and other relevant topics. You also engage in practical exercises that cover building searches, crime scene processing, and traffic stops.

Aurora Opens 24-Hour Warming Center

With sub-zero temperatures forecasted for the next two days, the City of Aurora has activated a centrally located, emergency 24-hour warming center. The Aurora Transportation Center, 233 N. Broadway, will remain open around-the-clock through early morning on Saturday, January 8 for those in need of warm shelter. All guests must...

Aurora Launches Free Snow Removal Program for Senior Citizens, Residents with Disabilities

Operation Senior Shovel is a free program that pairs Aurora residents with disabilities and senior citizens with volunteers who will provide shoveling services. Operation Senior Shovel is open to 150 Aurora residents who are at least 60 years of age or residents who have disabilities or serious medical conditions that prohibit them from shoveling snow. In addition, qualifying households cannot have other adults under the age of 60 years old and physically capable of removing snow.

Aurora Festival of Lights Opens for 15th Season

The Aurora Festival of Lights - one of the largest free outdoor drive-through holiday light displays in Northern Illinois – opens for its 15th year TONIGHT, with even more dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children. A partnership with the Aurora Rotary Club and the City of Aurora,...