Aurora, IL

Email: Jim Schweizer

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Community Contributor
Providing assistance in the effort to update, complement, and enhance the 2005 Seize the Future Master Plan


Freelance writer for local publications:
Downtown Aurora Magazine,
The Voice (weekly newspaper)

Idea Factory

Wordpress, the gallery, Drupal and Joomla have been removed. New versions should be up shortly.

The path ahead.

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Social Media in Aurora, IL

Founder and Administrator for three Aurora-related Facebook Groups and one Facebook Page. Formulating guidelines, creating, writing and curating content, and stimulating conversations online.

Recently inaugurated the Facebook Page 'Aurora Rising' covering local politics with satire and style.

Local Volunteerism

Mayor Richard C. Irvin Transition Team Subcommittee, Arts, Culture & Recreation. Assisted in the development of a transition plan that will serve as a guide for the Mayor and his staff in how to move Aurora forward.
Aurora Preservation Commission, Appointed to a 3 year term in December, 2014. The Commission designates landmarks, historical districts and urban conservation districts within the corporate limits of Aurora; issues, modifies or denies certificates of appropriateness and economic hardship; adopts rules and regulations, including guidelines for historic properties in Aurora.
Aurora Citizens Police Academy Alumni, Graduate, Class #41 Assist the Aurora Police Department in it's overall mission, and foster the belief that preservation of public welfare is the duty of every citizen.
Aurora History Round Table Moderator of the first quarterly round table discussion about Aurora history sponsored by the Santory Public Library and Aurora IL - Then and Now. January, 2017
Kiwanis Club Presentation Presented on the history of Aurora, IL. November, 2016
Cock-A-Doodle Brew Fest Volunteer Photographer with the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry. October, 2016
Kane County Citizens Police Academy Successful cpmpletion of the Kane County Citizens Police Academy. Fall 2015
CERT Completed the Aurora Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, October, 2014. Trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
GreenTown Aurora-Fox River Valley Advisory Committee, November, 2014
Pack The Pantry Art Auction, 2013, 2014 If These Walls Could Talk Frame Shop and Gallery, Aurora, IL, Contributing Artist
United Way 2013 Cardboard Boat Race, August 17, 2013 Mastodon Lake in Phillips Park, Aurora, IL, Cashier
Greenfest, Saturday, June 8th, 2013, Prisco Community Center, Aurora, IL, Crowd Control
Feed My Starving Children, Aurora, IL, Food Packer


Aurora Citizens Police Academy Alumni, Ongoing
Aurora Historical Society, Lifetime Member
Fox Valley Linux Users Group, Member

Other Presentations

Researching Your Historic Aurora House, Aurora Hirstorical Society Sunday Lecture Series, May 19, 2013