Public Works Demolition | LGBTQ Panel | Aurora Firefighter Protection

Public Works Demo Approved

Naperville City Council approved the demolition of a former public works building near the Naperville Metra station. The building will make way for 263 temporary daily-fee commuter parking spaces at a cost of $2 per space. At that rate, the city expects to make back the $362,000 cost for the demolition in less than three years. City staff also mentioned that it will dovetail nicely with the start of their audit of the permit-holders at the 5th Avenue Station, creating even more availability at the lot.

LGBTQ Panel

Congressman Bill Foster and Congressman Sean Casten hosted a panel discussion on Saturday at DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church to discuss issues faced by the LGBTQ. 360 Youth Services CEO Harley Jones and Youth Outlook Executive Officer Nancy Mullen spoke about the resources their organizations offer LGBTQ youth, such as transitional housing. Three youths who use their services came up to share their stories and struggles. Also at the panel was Denika McMillen from newly formed group, Naper Pride. The audience was able to ask questions at the end of the panel.

Aurora Firefighters Get More Protection

Aurora City Council recently approved the purchase of 60 bulletproof vests and other protective equipment for firefighters. When firefighter/paramedics responded to an active shooter emergency at the Henry Pratt Company on February 15, they entered the building without special protection. The department had trained with Aurora police to respond to such an incident while the building is still being cleared so that victims can be treated sooner, potentially saving lives. Both Aurora Public Safety and Naperville Public Safety train to respond in this way.

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