Fighting for the Little City

Vol. 42 No. 6


Barry Malone is the editor of Student Lawyer.

A lot of people go to law school with aspirations to stand up for the little guy. Bailey Standish is one of them. Her little guy, however, is the City of Aurora, Illinois. Standish, a 3L at Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Law, grew up in Aurora and still calls it home.

Aurora began as a mill town. It later underwent economic growth as a manufacturing hub including railcar construction.

It is also a city of firsts. Aurora was the first US city to solely use electric lights for public lighting. This feat earned Aurora its nickname as the City of Lights. The city also established the first free public school district in Illinois.

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