When it comes to regulation, the City of Naperville has only two rules; 1) if it moves regulate it (example Uber), and 2) if it doesn’t move regulate it (example e-Cigs). City officials love to regulate anything and everything. It’s almost like a contest to see if they can find something to regulate. And the Naperville city prosecutor loves regulations and ordinances. Prosecutors love to prosecute. The more rules, and regulations, and ordinances the more citizens can be prosecuted, the more money pours into the city, the more prosecutors can be hired, and the more rules, regulations and ordinances need to be created to justify the expense of the legal department. It fits together perfectly like a huge tower of Lego pieces.
Watch and listen to the exchange between councilman Bob Fieseler and Naperville city prosecutor Mike DiSanto regarding implementing an ordinance against e-cigs and the foolishness of trying to enforce the ordinance:
Of course, things can also go terribly wrong when city officials and prosecutors go wild with ordinances and prosecution. Watch and listen as councilman Bob Fieseler so eloquently nails the problem of over zealous prosecution of not-well thought-out ordinances:
With Bob Fieseler choosing not to run for re-election, and the possibility that councilman Doug Krause will also necessarily depart the city council by not getting elected mayor, who will be left to speak-up as more and more regulations are piled-on residents?
There are four candidates running for the position of mayor, and 19 active candidates running for eight city council positions. All the candidates combined have a litany of issues they want to address if elected, however not one candidate has brought up the issue of over-regulation. Think about that, the one issue that can differentiate a candidate from all the others is being totally overlooked. The one issue that can benefit residents (voters) and businesses the most has not even been mumbled by a candidate.
Imagine asking residents/voters the following question: “Would you like city officials to ‘get off your back’ with less regulations and ordinances, or would you prefer they pile on more?
Isn’t it amazing that of all the candidates trying to secure your vote, not one of them has this as part of their ‘platform’. Such a simple opportunity for each candidate, yet nothing but crickets.