Shopping is not one of my favorite activities, but as the dutiful husband that I try to be, I will run to the grocery store and pick-up an item that my wife needs for cooking or baking purposes. I get myself psyched up to be surgical, by getting in the store, getting the item, and getting out of the store as fast as possible. Inevitably, I’ll get a phone call from my wife while standing in the check out lane, asking me to get another item. She has this innate ability to know when I’m getting ready to check out. Of course I do it, knowing that a happy wife makes for a happy life.
The same type of thing happened at a recent Naperville city council meeting when it came time to vote on a policy change, to charge a fee for folks wanting to use meeting room A and/or B at the municipal center. This had been discussed for a half-hour that night by council members, following a number of residents speaking before council deliberations.
Within a minute before the vote, the mayor of Naperville, Steve Chirico, made a late addition to the policy which included other meeting rooms not discussed. Watch and listen as mayor Chirico does the magician sleight of hand to widen the policy:
Supporters of the mayor would say that was a clever move on his part, others would say, it was tricky on his part, while others would say ‘what just happened’.
Whichever category you fall into, one thing is for sure, the mayor knows how to get things done.