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.
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.