City of Aurora

Aurora ranks among the best-run cities in the U.S., according to a recently released survey by WalletHub.

The company measured the operating efficiency of the nation's 150 largest cities by looking at their economy and overall finances, city services (such as schools and public safety), and budget per capita.

Turkey processor Butterball announced it will shut down its Gusto meatpacking plant in Montgomery, south of Aurora.

The closure will result in the loss of about 600 full-time jobs, and the company expects to complete the closure by the end of July.

Gusto's product line includes bacon various types of ham. Most of the plant's products will be discontinued, and executives said they intend to find work for Gusto employees willing to relocate to plants in Missouri, Arkansas and North Carolina.

Rick Guzman conceded to Richard Irvin Friday in the Aurora mayoral race.    

Irvin declared victory late Tuesday night when unofficial totals from the polls put him 170 votes ahead of Rick Guzman. But Guzman said in an email Wednesday morning the race was too close to call. He said an unknown number of outstanding vote-by-mail, grace-period, overseas military and provisional ballots have yet to be counted. That left the possibility that the apparent result of the April 4 election could be reversed.

Guy Stephens / WNIJ

On February 28, voters in Aurora will whittle down the number of candidates running for mayor of Illinois’s second-largest city.

"Escalator" by Flickr User Sally Mahoney / (CC X 2.0)

A mall in Aurora has started a new parental escort policy after eight teens were charged following a large fight the day after Christmas.

The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports that Fox Valley Mall's new policy mandates that guests younger than age 18 be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older during certain ``Parental Escort Policy'' days.

Mall marketing director Kristina Arias says the policy is necessary ``to prevent further disturbance.'' Arias says the mall will institute the policy when large crowds are anticipated.