Is there anyone on the Naperville city council who can truly say he or she has accomplished anything worthwhile since being elected to the council? There is at least one person who stands above others in making that claim, and that person is Naperville councilman Kevin Coyne. When Coyne talks, people listen. He may not talk as much as others, which is one of the reasons people pay attention to his words. He is not a blind follower to party establishment which is why he is more of a ‘statesman’ than a politician.
Is there a good political match for Coyne? How about the 11th Congressional District on the Republican side.
Some of his accomplishments include the following:
- His work with Mayor Chirico on the consolidation initiative lead directly to the elimination of a unit of government (through merging the Naperville and Lisle Township Highway Commissions). He had to take on a lot of the local Republican party faithful to do this. Many Republican leaders wanted to keep these township offices in place, because they garner patronage support and labor for the party. He took the issue on any way and successfully helped place this merger question to the voters who agreed with Coyne and the mayor—not surprisingly, they voted to reduce government and merge these offices together. Two highway departments became one. The cost of the law firms, admin staff, trucks, building maintenance will be cut in half. One pensionable, nearly six figure elected official salary was eliminated.
- Councilman Coyne also played a large role in negotiating and motioning a $2 million dollar tax abatement that was added to the home rule sales tax. This tax had passed council 5-4 with no tax abatement at all. Through this same motion, it reduced and capped the amount of money transferred to the ever popular SECA fund. The escalator to the amount of money received by SECA was removed, and the fund itself was reduced by nearly 10%.
- Coyne also motioned and was instrumental for the elimination of council member health insurance. Health insurance has been hot button with tax payers—many struggle to buy their own insurance. Coyne rhetorically asked why should residents pay for politician’s healthcare if they cannot buy it for their own family?
- And during a recent meeting, he motioned for staff direction for specifics as to how Ogden will be improved, along with asking staff to draft a Humane Pet Ordinance for council consideration. Both of these issues have arisen consistently through recent elections and candidate forums. Though much lip service has been given to both concerns in recent years—-concrete action on both is just now being undertaken with Coyne’s urging.
So councilman Coyne definitely has accomplishments to run on if he chooses to do so.
If name recognition is a ‘must have’ to get elected, how about this. Kevin Coyne was a musician, singer, composer, film maker, and a writer of lyrics, stories, and poems. Coyne is notable for his unorthodox and unforgettable style of blues-influenced guitar compositions, and the intense quality of his vocal delivery. OK, so it’s a different Kevin Coyne, but close enough in politics.
Still not impressed. How about the fact that he shares the same first name with Kevin Bacon and ‘six degrees of separation’ connects him to Bacon, and who doesn’t like bacon.
If this is still not enough name recognition for Coyne, how about nickels, dimes and quarters. Coin, Coyne, close enough.