It wasn’t that long ago when council members could get elected over and over again with no concern about being unseated. That changed in 2010 when Naperville residents voted in a landslide for term limits. Naperville city officials cleverly played with the calendar and procrastinated to the point that no council member has yet to be benched by a term limit.
More and more dissatisfied Naperville residents are forming groups committed to making changes in Naperville, and the common focus of those groups is to change the make-up of the Naperville city council by electing new and improved council members. In essence, residents can enforce term limits by voting the rascals out of office. One such growing and vocal group is NaperChange.org
Watchdog encourages you to take a look at their website including their Mission and Plan, and take note of their postings, especially the most recent posting on December 2 about Ogden Avenue; a gateway to Naperville. While the city council grapples with socially acceptable non-productive issues, store fronts and buildings remain vacant. The Naperville Development Partnership has been a bust, with little if anything to show for it’s inflated budget. And what have the four incumbents up for re-election (Brodhead, Coyne, Gallaher, and Krummen) accomplished regarding development….absolutely nothing.
It has been 582 days since the current city council took the oath of office, and what once considered full of potential has been a dismal failure. Of the nine current council members including the mayor, only three are considered as keepers by Watchdog. Surely the Naperville city council can be improved with an influx of new ideas, energy, and independent thinking.