May 302020
 

The Naperville city council is finding it easier and more enjoyable, to announce new resolutions, than to ‘enforce’ them. It wasn’t that long ago when one Naperville resident complained to the city council about a honey bee in her bird bath. Council members did a lot of huffing and puffing and pontificating, and shortly thereafter passed an ordinance against bee keepers and the bees they keep. Council members celebrated in their battle victory over beekeepers, only to lose the war, when beekeeping proliferated as more residents learned about honey bees and the benefit honey bees provide to our environment.

Fast-forward to now when the city council adopted a resolution denouncing racism, in response to recent events including a resident making a comment which was considered as offensive and derogatory during the April 17 city council meeting. This followed other events including an offensive comment by a high school student on social media, an insensitive comment by a gas station attendant towards a group of Latino girls, and an ill-advised comment towards a group of African Americans by a patron at Buffalo Wild Wings.

If one woman with a bee in her bird bath can cause the Naperville city council to swarm into action, imagine what four individuals making insensitive comments, can cause the council to do, and they did it.  They approved a resolution stating:

“The city of Naperville denounces all acts of racism, intolerance and unlawful discrimination and will not tolerate them of any kind, and expresses its disapproval and condemnation of any racist , intolerant and unlawful discriminatory acts, including the recent attacks on Asian Americans in Naperville.” It went on to state that residents should be respectful to each other in order to “advance equity and inclusion to achieve a truly diverse, inclusive, and tolerant environment for all residents.”

Wow, you have to admit that’s a lofty goal with impressive wording. The resolution provides a firm decision to do something. But to do what?

It was less than one week later, over Memorial Day weekend, when racist remarks were spray painted on Naperville Park District property just east of Rt. 59 on Leverenz Road near Cantore Park. Park district executive director Ray McGury, denounced the vandalism and stated he has “no tolerance” for this.  Other groups chimed in by saying they “will not tolerate acts of hate or racism”.

Huffing and puffing and muscle-flexing is great, but to what end?

May 232020
 

What used to make for a comedy skit on SNL (Saturday Night Live) has now become real-life news. Illinois prisons are opening their doors releasing ‘bad guys’ into communities. If this doesn’t trouble you, then you will be delighted to know that more violent offenders will soon be joining those already released. Inmates won’t need a key to get out, they will simply walk thru the revolving door. If being a police officer is not difficult enough, this adds more difficulty.

WREX: Almost 4,000 inmates released from IL prisons, 64 convicted of murder

What this means is there could be 4,000 or more new neighbors, including 64 murderers, moving into your neighborhood. For those of you, including a former Naperville city council woman, who want Naperville to become a “Welcoming city”, this is your chance to get out your ‘Welcome’ mats.

Just when Illinois Governor Pritzker is asking/demanding the rest of us stay confined at home, he is letting thousands walk out of prison. It was unclear whether Pritzker made the announcement from his second home in Florida, or from his vacation home in Wisconsin. Both Florida and Wisconsin are safer than Illinois, plus they provide Pritzker more distance between himself and the inmates he released.

How is this connected to the Naperville city council? That’s an easy answer. With COVID-19 playing havoc with Naperville’s revenue streams, the city council will be looking for ways to cut expense. This is no time to reduce Naperville’s Police Department budget. It’s vital to the residents and businesses in Naperville to be as safe and secure as possible. If anything, the NPD should be provided with as much additional support as possible.

May 162020
 

If you have the expectation that city council meetings consist of mostly boring city council members listening to mostly boring topics, you would be absolutely correct. Yes occasionally a council member will throw another council member under the bus, or someone will make foolish remarks which are recorded on video for eternity, or someone will doze off at the dais, or look goofy on the Zoom platform, but for the most part meetings are boring.

However there are those of us who are attracted to boring, including myself, though a good-old-fashioned bar-room brawl behind the dais would liven up the festivities for the evening. Unfortunately COVID-19 eliminates that possibility.

So for now, all we can do is watch Naperville city council meetings via the Zoom platform. If you are interested in how to go about watching council meetings, or making a comment, and what the rules are, the following information from the city website will tell you all you need to know.

Here is what I will be looking for during this Tuesday night’s meeting:

  • Has Kevin Coyne finally had a haircut?
  • Has Judy Brodhead moved one single book from her book shelves?
  • How many pictures behind her has Patty Gustin replaced with pictures of herself?
  • Has Paul Hinterlong changed the angle of his camera to reduce the size of his nostrils?
  • Has Pat Kelly finally replaced his clone with himself?
  • Has John Krummen finally utilized the empty shelving behind himself?
  • Has Theresa Sullivan turned the world globe behind herself to something other than China?
  • Is Benny White still sitting in the basement of a funeral home?
  • Can Mayor Steve Chirico still withhold his inner rage towards council members with their silly comments?
  • And what’s the deal with all the stuff behind city manager Doug Krieger; is he moving in or moving out?
  • And finally what’s up with Naperville city attorney Mike DiSanto; why is he always getting up and down, and looking over his shoulder?

Looks like you can expect another fun time with the city council this coming Tuesday night.

May 092020
 

It seems as though Naperville city councilwoman Judy Brodhead has been sitting on the Naperville city council for years and years if not longer. Her expiration date is long overdue like a gallon of milk sitting in the fridge since time began, and there it continues to sit, along with Brodhead serving no worthwhile purpose on the council.

Years ago the residents of Naperville voted in favor of term limits, yet here she sits still on the city council. Find a picture of the city council in 2009 and you’ll see her there. Brodhead is like gum on your shoe on a hot August day; she simply won’t go away.

If she is a champion of anything, it’s flagrant hypocrisy. She was recently offended by a comment another council member made. If she is offended by anything, it should be her own shameless hypocrisy, but how quickly she forgets what she has said and done in the past, only to reverse her words and actions later, and willing to discard her previous position for self interest.

In 2011 Naperville residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of changing at-large representation to district representation. It was a landslide vote 66% to 34%. To say the council, including Brodhead did not like the result of the vote is a massive understatement. They decided to do a do-over vote. They obfuscated the wording of the do-over referendum so that a ‘yes’ vote meant the opposite of the first referendum, thereby confusing the voters enough so the result of the vote was reversed. Brodhead made no effort to honor the original vote and will-of-the- people, yet now with the referendum for approving recreational use of marijuana she preaches the importance of honoring the results of the referendum.

Watch and listen to her hypocritical mantra which she professes over and over and over at recent council meetings:

So now she is saying don’t “discount the vote”, yet that’s exactly what she did with district representation.

How quickly Brodhead forgets the issue of forcing residents and businesses to accept the installation of Smart Meters on their homes and businesses, to the point residents were arrested unless they acquiesced. Again, she has forgotten the huge issue district representation. Additionally, the hot topic of Fifth Avenue Development is unresolved. Forgetting or selective memory, which is it.

Brodhead talks about the ‘clear result’ of the 53% to 47% in favor of recreational marijuana and how it needs to be respected, yet the 64% to 36% result of district representation is NOT a clear result? How hypocritical.

Brodhead is so hypocritical that she ‘assumes’ and then immediately states she should ‘not assume’.

Watch and listen as Brodhead again tells us to ‘respect the vote’ when she has time and again, not respected the results of a vote.

It’s been said that at the college level ‘those who can’t do it, teach it’. Looks like Brodhead is the classic example.

May 022020
 

The City of Chicago council meetings are very different than Naperville city council meetings, other than the Zoom platform they both use. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a recent Chicago council meeting turned into a ‘profane, finger-pointing circus’. An unidentified male voice was heard saying, “No one here knows what the f*** they’re voting on.” That was followed by Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza saying, ‘This is a total s**t show’. ” Comments not normally heard during Naperville city council meetings.

Naperville city council meetings are often boring at best, or very boring at worst. Topics are dull and presentations qualify as sedatives. It’s easy for the mind to wonder, and now with Naperville using the ‘Holllywood Squares’ style Zoom platform during COVID-19 it’s easy to focus on anything other than what is being said by council members. I found myself looking at the backgrounds of where they were sitting, and getting caught up in extreme ‘close-ups’ of the council members. Some of Watchdog’s observations and deep thoughts included:

Maybe in order for the Naperville city council meetings to become more interesting for viewers, the mayor would consider keeping council member microphones on, so we can get the full flavor of what council members are really thinking.