Feb 232019

It seems whenever a Naperville city official, other than Mayor Steve Chirico, is needed to take a strong, assertive, stand on a controversial issue, it’s Naperville city councilman Kevin Coyne. He did it again during the February 5th city council meeting, when he in no uncertain terms called for the resignation of newly elected Democrat, Anne Stava-Murray representing the 81st District in the Illinois House.

In less than two months after being elected, Stava-Murray celebrated her victory by insulting a huge chunk of her constituency when she stood by a Facebook comment she posted responding to an individual who called Naperville residents ‘bullies and horrible people’. Stava-Murray apologized to the writer commenting ‘Naperville’s ‘history of white supremacist policies is ongoing’. Apparently Stava-Murray is determined to be a one-term elected official. Comments like that may work for politicians in California or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-NY’s 14th District, but highly unlikely it will work here.

In a statement by Councilman Coyne, he said, “Her actions are the most disgusting that I have ever seen from an elected official” and that “she has made vile comments against the very people she was elected to represent.

Watch and listen to councilman Coyne as he states Stava-Murray:

  • Took rhetoric to a new low
  • Stated Naperville is a racist city further suggesting that Naperville has leanings toward white supremacy
  • Continues to echo dangerous comments
  • Alienated herself from both sides of the aisle
  • Leveled the worst of insults against the very people in her very own district
  • Has no chance that she will effectively represent our community
  • And it’s clear that Stava-Murray should resign

Stava-Murray made her situation even worse, when rather than throwing the shovel away after digging herself into a hole, she doubled down and continued digging a deeper hole by saying that Coyne can not ‘shame and blame’ her for his ‘own political gain’. She continued, ‘I am the elected official and you need to get over the fact that we’re more Democrat than Republican now’.

Stava-Murray announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020 against Dick Durbin. Representative today, Senator in 2020, and why not President in 2024. Let her keep her shovel.

Feb 162019

It’s not easy defeating an incumbent, even an incompetent incumbent, but it’s especially difficult to defeat a successful, competent incumbent. That’s the position Richard ‘Rocky’ Caylor finds himself in, trying to defeat Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico. If this was a fist fight, then how can you bet against a guy named ‘Rocky’ considering undefeated heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, or Rocky Balboa. But this most likely is Rocky from ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’. Caylor definitely has his work cut out for himself. Smart money would be on Chirico to blow away Rocky the challenger.

There are similarities between the candidates. Both names start with ‘C’, both own successful businesses, both live in Naperville, neither has lost a mayoral election, (first time running for Caylor), both think they can lead the city, though only Chirico has proven it.

This is Chirico’s second run for mayor. In 2015, it was a level playing field when all four candidates were running to replace retiring mayor George Pradel. Chirico won the election with 60.5% of the vote, followed by long-time mayoral-election loser Doug Krause with 29.3%, Marty Walker 7.6%, and Jim Haselhorst with 2.5% of the vote.

You have to give former councilman Doug Krause credit for coming in 2nd place in five mayoral election bids (1995, 1999, 2007, 2011, and 2015, surpassing the NFL Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy four straight Super Bowl losses. Should Caylor lose the election, he would have quite a way to go to match Krause’s record

Mayor Chirico’s campaign war chest is bulging, with well over $100,000 in contributions, and more dollars pouring in daily. As we get closer to election day, Chirico currently has enough money to buy every eligible voter a chocolate dipped Dairy Queen ice cream cone, with enough money left over to have a huge election night celebratory victory party at Hugo’s, and still have campaign funds leftover to seed his next mayoral election in 2023.

Chirico is probably very appreciative that Caylor decided to step into the ring to challenge him. What’s the fun in not having an opponent. It would be like the Cubs suiting up for a game and the Cardinals or White Sox not showing up to play, or Chirico shadow boxing in his back yard. That’s no fun.

And as for that fist fight between Rocky and Chirico, you can’t count Chirico out of that either, considering he was a Naperville High School champion wrestler; Rocky’s done once Chirico gets his hands on him.

Feb 092019

Not counting the mayoral election, there will be 11 candidates running for four open positions on the Naperville city council. That means 7 of the 11 will lose and finish sadder, poorer, and humiliated. Whomever comes in 5th place will be the best loser of the bunch.

Former ‘one-term’, Naperville councilman Dave Wentz, will not be one of the losers, nor will he be one of the winners, because he quit before he started. Many of you may remember Wentz from his now famous ‘Do you know who I am’ phrase that gave him more clout when dealing with the ‘little people’. You can’t blame Wentz for trying to elevate his importance, because he surely didn’t do it with his presence on the council.

When Wentz announced his plan to seek election this spring, he said he took a ‘brief hiatus from politics to focus more time on his family, business, and various community service projects’ which is code for ‘I lost the election and I’m bummed out’. He went on to say that he had “unfinished business” as his reason for running again,whatever that means. ‘Unfinished business’ will remain, because Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico named Wentz for an appointment to the Naper Settlement Museum board, and Wentz immediately withdrew his bid for city council. Who knew that Wentz had a passion for history; apparently Mayor Chirico knew.

It’s amazing how quickly ‘unfinished business’ becomes unimportant, and family and business become less important, when it comes to landing a spot on a museum board. Chirico did a favor for Naperville residents and businesses by redirecting Wentz’s attention from the council to the museum. It also helped Wentz by not being labeled ‘a loser’ with another city council defeat.

Another former city council member (Joe McElroy, 2011-2015) is throwing his hat into the ring for another try with city council. He also has some unfinished business to do on the council if re-elected and he’s in the race to win it. McElroy’s strength and expertise is in city planning, with a Master’s in urban planning from Michigan State in 1986. He wants to have impact with the 5th Avenue Development, the east Ogden corridor, and upcoming Route 59 subdivisions. He understands and welcomes the challenge of balancing progress and preservation with regard to developments. Having grown up on the south side of Chicago, he said it taught him the importance of strong, stable neighborhoods.

When asked, “What didn’t you accomplish the first time on the council, that you would like to accomplish this time” he mentioned, lengthen term limits for boards and commissions, strengthen landscaping regulations, and more emphasis on protecting neighborhoods.

McElroy sees the current city council as being more amiable, with the ability to work better together, and strong leadership as differing from the council on which he participated.

Joe’s hobbies include buying and selling used guitars and his quest to teach himself to play the guitar continues. A Jimi Hendrix he is not, but a wanna-be Hendrix he is. He just doesn’t wanna-be the candidate with the 5th most votes.

Feb 022019

We made it through the record-setting polar vortex, now all we have to do is make it through the thaw. Naperville city officials are hoping it takes until July to melt all the snow. The beautiful white snow has a way of making us forget what’s under the snow, things that we really don’t want to see or have to deal with. Things like weeds, chipping paint, unsealed driveways, pot holes, and leaves.

Oh yes, how soon we forget the leaves that we raked into the street. The leaves that city officials paid big-time tax dollars to remove, and for residents to dutifully transfer leaves from our yards into the street curb waiting for the guys with rakes to rearrange just prior to trucks with gigantic vacuums appearing and further re-arranging leaves evenly throughout the entire street.

The plan was for a series of three leaf-pickups followed by a street-sweeper vehicle to finish the job. The street-sweeper didn’t get the job done. In fact, the third leaf-pickup didn’t happen either for a high percentage of folks in Naperville. So what happened to the leaves in the street? Chances are good, they can be found under the snow, covering the street drains, defending the drains from melting snow, resulting in neighborhood flooding.

Naperville city official’s plan worked about as good as the Bear’s Cody Parkay’s double-doink field goal. Nobody can fault a plan that doesn’t work, unless the same plan surfaces every year with the likelihood of the same result. Chances are very good that Parkay won’t be kicking for the Bears next year. Chances are just as good that Naperville city officials will still have the same leaf-pickup plan next year.