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Aurora, Illinois
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    (1834- )
    Located on Illinois's Fox River
    Second largest city in Illinois
    Nicknamed 'City of Lights'
    Motto is 'A City Second to None'
    Population: 199,672 (2011)
    Incorporated as a city (1857)
    It lies in four different counties.
    It was used on one of former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher's ads for his failed run for re-election.
    It has been struck by several tornadoes (1906, 1954, 1958, 1960, and 1991).
    It was struck by a big earthquake (May 26, 1909).
    Its factories polluted the Fox River prior to the 1970s.
    Its major flood was one of the highest nationally recorded floods at 16.9 inches (July 17-18, 1996).
    It suffered a high crime rate in the 1980s and 1990s due to gang violence.
    It is filled with buildings that were designed by architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie.
    Lots of generations of European immigrants gain employment in its industry businesses.
    It was among one of the first cities in the country to have an all-electric street lighting system in place gaining the nickname 'City of Lights.'
    It was the setting for the 'Wayne's World' films and 'Saturday Night Live' sketch.
    TV episodes of 'Prison Break' were filmed there.
    Its downtown Paramount Theatre was where Johnny Depp did a filmed scene for the 'Public Enemies' 2009 film.

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