If you’re a fan of Judge Judy, you know it’s one of the few places where the good guys usually win, and the not-so good guys (also known as idiots) get embarrassed on national television. Not only do they lose the case, they get publicly humiliated from coast to coast.
Judge Judy doesn’t like hearsay; information received from other people that can not be adequately substantiated. President Ronald Reagan brought to life the old Russian proverb, ‘trust but verify’. A very wise piece of advice indeed.
It’s a piece of advice that Naperville city officials did not follow recently, when city manager Doug Krieger and mayor Steve Chirico discussed news with a reporter about a new grocery store (Fresh Market) opening in northwest Naperville, which appeared in the local newspaper last Wednesday.
The only problem is that it wasn’t accurate. Fresh Market is coming to Naperville on the far southeast part of Naperville near Rt. 59 and 95th street, not at the reported location of the former Dominick’s store on North Aurora Road.
The problem started when a sign was incorrectly placed on the former Dominick’s property announcing the future opening of Fresh Market. A picture of the sign was posted on social media, and then sent to Krieger and Chirico. This was followed by the interview, the story went to press, and the news hit the streets. Oops inaccurate information was trusted, while nobody took the time to verify the facts of the story.
What’s the big deal, it’s just a sign with wrong information being reported and published and everybody passing the buck. The problem is that trusting without verifying is happening more and more often. How much false and inaccurate information is being passed to city officials, and then acted upon without anyone confirming its authenticity.
Does the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency ring a bell? How about sky-rocketing electric rates in Naperville? Maybe Naperville city officials should begin each meeting with the words “trust but verify”. It just might save everybody a lot of embarrassment and a lot of money.