Aurora, Illinois sits along the banks of the Fox River in north central Illinois, less than 40 miles west of Chicago. Aurora is one of the largest cities in Illinois, with 172,501 residents (US Census Bureau). Aurora is among the fastest-growing communities in Illinois, with top-rated schools, safe neighborhoods, and a downtown with distinctive historic architecture along the beautiful Fox River. Corporate headquarters and commercial growth on Aurora’s east and west sides continue to expand the boundaries, now stretching from Route 59 to beyond Orchard Road on the west. Neighboring North Aurora is also growing rapidly as new residents seek the small town atmosphere of the Fox River Valley while still being within commuting distance of Chicago.
Downtown Aurora boasts the 1931 restored Paramount Theatre, on the National Register of Historic Places and a fixture of historic Downtown Aurora, and the Hollywood Casino, Aurora’s second largest employer. Downtown Aurora is the center of Aurora’s arts and entertainment community. Aurora also boasts recreational hiking and biking trails along the Fox River.
Companies such as Cabot Corporation, Caterpillar, Weyerhauser, Toyota, Conway Integrated Services, JVC Corporation of America, and other industrial, high-tech, warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing companies utilize the available infrastructure in Aurora to warehouse and distribute goods. Aurora is conveniently located just off the East-West Tollway (Interstate 88) with exit 31 South heading straight into downtown Aurora. Air transportation is available through O’Hare International. Airport and Chicago Midway Airport, each within 45 minutes of downtown Aurora.
Statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation show 3,198 vehicle crashes in Aurora, IL in 2009, with 5 fatalities. Fortunately, there were only 136 ‘Injury Classification A’ crashes, a designation used when any injury, other than a fatal injury, occurs which prevents the injured person from walking, driving, or any other activity which they were capable of performing before the injury occurred. These injuries may include severe lacerations, broken bones, head injuries, chest injuries, and abdominal injuries.
Aurora has two of the most comprehensive medical centers in Illinois, the Rush-Copley Medical Center and the Provena Mercy Medical Center. The Dreyer Medical Clinic, a multi-specialty medical group, with more than 110 physicians representing 27 medical specialties and services, also serves Aurora, IL residents.
Illinois residents enjoy a unified, three-tiered judiciary consisting of the Circuit Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court. The Circuit Court is a court of general jurisdiction with original jurisdiction in all civil matters such as medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and personal injury cases, and in all criminal matters. As Aurora is located within Kane County, DuPage County, Kendall County, and Will County, Illinois, residents would utilize the circuit court location for their respective county. The majority of Aurora residents reside in Kane County; all of Downtown Aurora is located in Kane County. The 16th Judicial Circuit serves Kane County and Kendall County. The 18th Judicial Circuit serves DuPage County. Will County is served by the12th Judicial Circuit Court.