FAA says it brought in a clean-up crew at command center in Aurora, Ill., early this morning to begin drying out water-damaged equipment and to sanitize the area after fire and attempted suicide - statement
Police: Fire at FAA facility in Aurora, Ill., was deliberately set by a contract employee; unclear if same person found with wounds in basement - live broadcast (changed to clarify details on person with wounds)
Editor's note: According to @LaurenPettyNBC, a public information officer in Aurora, Ill., says that authorities found a man with a self-inflicted wound at the evacuated FAA facility that prompted delays at Chicago airports. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we are waiting for more clarity on that detail. - Aaron
Aurora is a city in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The second most populous city in the state, it is the 19th largest city in the Midwest and the 112th largest city in the country. The population was 197,899 at the 2010 census, and is located in the outer region of Greater Chicago.
Once a mid-sized manufacturing city, Aurora has grown tremendously since the 1960s. Founded within Kane County, Aurora's city limits and population have since expanded into DuPage, Will, and Kendall counties. Between 2000 and 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Aurora as the 34th fastest growing city in the United States. From 2000 to 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked the city as the 46th fastest growing city with a population of over 100,000.
In 1908, Aurora officially adopted the nickname "City of Lights", because it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system in 1881. Aurora's historic downtown is located on the Fox River, and centered on Stolp Island. The city is divided into three regions, The West Side, located on the west side of the Fox River, The East Side, located between the eastern bank of the Fox River and the Kane/DuPage County line, and the Far East Side/Fox Valley, which is from the County Line to the city's eastern border with Naperville.
The Aurora area is home to an impressive collection of architecture, including structures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie. The Hollywood Casino Aurora, a dockside gaming facility with 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2) and 1,200 gaming positions, is located on the river in downtown Aurora. Aurora is also home to a large collection of Sears Catalog Homes (over 50 homes) and Lustron all-steel homes (seven homes).