Aurora is nicknamed the “City of Lights”, for being the first city in the U.S. to use electric lights for publicly lighting the entire city. Joseph McCarty was a pioneer from New York who started the first campfire in 1834 in the place that is now downtown Aurora. It has since grown to become the second largest city in the state of Illinois. Aurora is served by six school districts; Aurora East 131, Aurora West 129, Indian Prairie 204, Batavia 101, Oswego 308, and Kaneland 302. The Fox Valley Park District offers Aurora a number of recreational options including an aquatic center, fitness center, community center, sports complex, parks, trails, and tennis courts.
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