Sometimes we never know what we have until we have it, and that holds true with Naperville’s six new city council members. After just three city council meetings we have learned a little bit about each that may begin to define their long-term idenity.
Mayor Steve Chirico gets meetings started on time, keeps the meetings moving, and takes charge in an assertive yet friendly manner, occasionally adding a bit of humor or wit to lighten the moment.
After the second meeting we learned that two council members, Hinterlong and Gallaher, are more than willing to vote on something they know little or nothing about (e-Cigs). We also learned the councilwomen Anderson and Gustin, are eager to the point of being in a rush to regulate without more thought or information, and councilwoman Boyd-Obarski has the ability to use faulty logic to make a decision based on an illogical conclusion.
Councilman Kevin Coyne continues to be an enigma, because every time he speaks, he makes good sense.
Incumbent council members Judith Brodhead, along with Paul Hinterlong continue to be who we thought they were.
Councilman Krummen gave a glimpse of himself when he took a hard stand against anything looking like, sounding like, or rhyming with e-Cigs. Then at the last council meeting Krummen confirmed his hard-line, hard-nose, 99% inflexibility position on the issue of sign guidelines. Watch and listen as Krummen states his position:
So he is a “firm believer in strict sign guidelines 99% of the time”, and “will vote against any sign variance”, followed by Chirico’s wit, “that’s very unfortunate for the next 99 petitioners”.
Considering that Krummen wants to be a person of his word, he will save a lot of time by not driving around looking at the next 99 petitioner’s requests for sign variances.
I had a friend who graduated pharmacy school with me (career two out of four for me) and he continued on to medical school. Upon graduation from medical school he and I went to dinner, and he said “I am not going to be one of those doctors that writes prescriptions all the time”. A number of years later, we went to dinner again, and I asked him if he was able to maintain his position on writing prescriptions. He said, “no, because he learned that if many his patients didn’t walk out of his office with a prescription in hand, they didn’t think they were getting their money’s worth”.
I guess you can call that learning on the job, or real-world situations, or the need to use common sense, that one-size doesn’t fit all, 99% of the time.