The busiest department at Naperville’s city hall must be the legal department. It seems like city officials are trying to fend off one lawsuit after another. You would think they have become pretty good at doing this but this isn’t the case because they lose one case after another. Apparently they are not familiar with the idiom that states, you reap what you sow, or more formally said, as you sow, so shall you reap. What happens to the City of Naperville is the result of its own unwise actions and bad decisions.
Unfortunately what happens to the City, happens to the residents, since they are the ones paying more and more for bad decisions by city officials. If city officials including city council members were held financially responsible and accountable for bad decisions, there would be far fewer bad decisions. Until that time comes, and it probably won’t, the only thing residents can do is vote the rascals out of office.
A Federal lawsuit against the City of Naperville has been marinading in the court system for more than a year, based on violation of the Equal Protection Law. It focuses on the forced installation of smart meters. The claim alleges that the City of Naperville, vindictively and maliciously treated people they knew were associated with the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group differently than other people.
The City is trying to stay discovery, and desperately trying to prevent Naperville city officials from being deposed. City officials are afraid of certain information coming to light, including the alleged use of police to target certain people, and the alleged use of private investigators facilitating the action.
Lawyers representing the Equal Protection claim against the City should now have enough to prevail in court. When this is resolved, that will open the door to another lawsuit waiting in line against the City for violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects the right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.
If you drive by the Municipal Center late at night, and see the lights on in certain offices, you can be sure that’s where Naperville legal’s department is located. In the meantime, if you’re looking for Naperville city officials, you’ll likely find them in the inky shadows of City Hall’s corridors.