You can always tell when Naperville city officials know they have made another huge blunder. It happens quite often. They rely on using police force and intimidation against residents. It happened again at the last Naperville city council meeting on February 5 when a large contingent of residents from Naperville along with other cities attended the meeting to voice their intense displeasure with city officials and their actions.
The parking lot was littered with Naperville police squad cars, including one strategically placed directly in front of city hall. Armed police were positioned at each entrance to the building, along with each entrance/exit of city hall chambers. I casually asked one of Naperville’s finest “what’s up” and he said, “I’m not sure if we’re protecting the council from the people, or the people from the council.” My wife’s dad was a police officer for 42 years and I know they have a job to do, and I also enjoy a sense of humor, however one thing is for sure; if those police officers where in the downtown bar area of Naperville, there would be far fewer alcohol related issues.
The outrage that citizens are feeling stems from the forced installation of smart meters and citizen arrests resulting from residents protecting their homes and families. The rights of citizens have been infringed upon and totally ignored by the Naperville city council along with the city manager Doug Krieger. The city of Naperville spent over $1.5 million to a public relations firm in Chicago to ‘sell’ residents on the idea that Smart Meters were the greatest thing since sliced bread. And what did the city council and manger get for our $1.5+ million?
- A Federal law suit against the city working its way through the court system
- Thousands of upset residents against the city council and city manager
- Negative press throughout the country towards Naperville
- Two moms arrested and thrown into jail for protecting their families and homes
- Potential law suits against the city from those arrests
- Undoubtedly losing a possible “Best city to live in” status.
- Angry citizens who were not allowed to vote on the issue in a non-binding referendum.
- Distrust and contempt from residents towards city officials
- ‘Shout outs’ from residents for the city council to resign and the city manager to be fired
- And who knows what other legal action will be taken against the city
During the Public Forum portion of the meeting, passionate citizens spoke out against the actions and decisions of the city council and city manager, oftentimes resulting in spontaneous applause in support of comments. Citizens are allowed only three minutes to make their point and as such prepare their comments in advance. The city council, in an effort to subvert speaker’s comments, allowed each speaker only two minutes. An obvious tactic on the council’s part to dismantle the presenter’s presentation. It didn’t work. Even with only two minutes, the speakers were ‘spot on’ because of their passion and conviction.
Mayor Pradel then unwisely called for a five-minute recess so the council could regain their composure. A few council members left and retreated deep into the bowels of city hall, while a few others disappeared into the inky shadows of city hall corridors. A few council members not knowing what to do, stayed. This gave residents the chance to ask questions from their seats, none of which were answered by council members. Residents then called upon council members to resign and requesting that city manager Doug Krieger be fired. Finally council members worked up the courage to return and continue the meeting. This was the first show of courage on the council’s part in years. But then again, they had to return, since no council member made a motion to adjourn.
Watch and listen as Naperville residents along with citizens from other towns express themselves.
Gerard Schilling requests the firing of city manager Doug Krieger and the acting police chief.
Mayor A. George Pradel imposes two minute limit on speakers
City council candidate Jo Malik speaks of “shameless abuse of power by city manager and city council.
David Macduff chides the council for not allowing citizens to vote on non-binding smart meter referendum.
Dick Hutter ‘city doesn’t care about what residents concerns are’
Amber Schoedel ‘appalled that city authorized respected citizens arrest’
Tricia Tillotson challenged the council for a show of hands on how many of you on this city council have a smart meter installed on your home at this very minute. Only a few council members sheepishly raised their hands.
Tom Glass, city council candidate, points out ‘the city ignored their own code’ and ‘displayed gross violation of the law’. The Mayor then threatened residents with removal from the meeting.
Jerry Lennon from Woodridge, IL presents facts and common sense to the Naperville city council, both of which are foreign concepts to the council.
Nancy Lauris ‘city planned the breaking and entering’, and police refused to take a police report’.
Ken Piszano ‘the city was sneaky and underhanded in not leaving a notice that work had been done’
Tim Messer, ‘city fueled fire by handcuffing two women and placing them in squad cars’
Nancy Jacques from Palatine, ‘council doesn’t care about citizens, comparable to domestic enemies’
Diane Cambrone ‘Naperville now being known across the country and even around the world as a police state’
Carol Schilling, 30 year resident, ‘What’s happened to Naperville? Carol says she can ‘ no longer recommend any of her friends moving to Naperville’
Stan Kriz ‘ couldn’t get a straight answer from the city’, ‘What will it cost the city when they lose another law suit? Horrible decision.’
Horrible decisions by the Naperville city council and city manager. They get an A+ for consistency.