It wasn’t a good night for the Naperville city council. Everything was good for the council until the meeting started. That’s usually when things start to go wrong for the city council. Councilman Grant Wehrli announced that the mayor was home sick. I guess even Mayor Pradel can take only so much council disdain for residents, that he needs to take the night off to recuperate. Wehrli must have drawn the short stick, because he was the Mayor Pro Tem for the meeting. He starts out like this:
It probably would be a good idea if Grant knew who was doing what. Looks like Wehrli missed the leadership skill of preparation.
Soon after that, the Public Forum portion of the meeting started. This is the part of the meeting that council members really don’t like. It’s basically root canal time for them. Typically they make it worse for themselves by ‘tossing hand grenades’ of disrespectful comments towards residents of Naperville. In this case, it’s councilman Joe McElroy referring to residents as ‘suspects’ who submit FOIA’s (Freedom of Information Act).
Apparently when residents like to know what’s happening with their tax dollars, Joe McElroy feels it’s better if residents are kept in the dark.
He then follows with another disrespectful comment towards a resident running as a candidate for city council (Tom Glass). McElroy gets the facts wrong twice; first by stating Tom Glass is part of a Federal law suit against the city (which he isn’t), and then stating the wrong day (Wednesday) rather than Tuesday of the upcoming election (April 9)
Evidently politician Joe thinks everything is a political stunt unless he’s the one doing it.
Then councilman Steve Chirico slides in another assault on resident information-seekers (FOIA) when he ill-advisedly chooses the dreaded four letter word.
So now residents with inquiring minds are ‘evil’. In defense of councilman Chirico he may have chosen a better word, and he might like to have that word back. However, “it is what it is”.
Now watch and listen to Naperville resident Diane Ciambrone, as she responds to Steve Chirico during public forum.
Councilman Bob Fieseler then makes a weak attempt to appear sincere.
Watch and listen again as Diane Ciambrone ‘calls out’ Fieseler for undignified comments.
Diane then ‘sets the council straight’ as she sums up her comments and feelings about most of those at the dais.
Is it any wonder why the mayor needed to stay home.