Jun 272020

North Central College, and specifically President Troy Hammond is no friend to Naperville residents, businesses, and precisely Naperville’s Police Department.

This became crystal clear when North Central College (NCC) granted permission to the Naperville Police Department (NPD) to use a residence building as a staging area for about a dozen standby special response tactical officers if needed during a protest in downtown Naperville, then during the protest, the college withdrew permission and requested the NPD officers to leave campus.

Hammond was quoted as saying, “police presence of this kind causes trauma” to the psyche of faculty, staff, and students, and for that he was “sorry”. Hammond was OK with contributing “trauma” to Naperville residents by withdrawing support for the city by having college officials request the NPD leave college property.

Numerous times NCC has requested help from the city for various reasons, and the city has provided that help, but when it came time for the city to ask the college for help, NCC slammed the door in the face of the NPD, thereby doing the same to Naperville residents and businesses.

In time NCC will be back asking the city for help. We can hope city officials will remember how inconsiderate the college was in a time of need for residents.

If and when NCC needs the help of the NPD, you can be sure college officials will be calling the NPD. Maybe NCC should try to quell the disturbance first before making that call. Let’s see if NCC President Hammond, if he is still employed by the college, can deal with the uprising on his own.

Jun 202020

Orland Park is a very nice town, similar to Naperville, but with slightly less than half the population. Mayor Keith Pekau, said “enough is enough” when it comes to Illinois Governor Pritzker’s ‘weird science’ and ‘asinine display of logic’ in keeping the economy in lock down, and at best, slowly opening it at the speed of pouring honey on a cold January day.

Mayor Pekau is a big-time supporter for Orland Park businesses and residents, however he is no fan of Pritzker’s policy of hurting residents and business. Watch and listen as he makes his point with numerous examples of Pritzker’s lunacy in governing:

The State of Illinois is in big trouble financially. Is it any wonder why. One only has to consider the huge void in leadership, when you consider our governor, two senators, and mayor of Chicago. You have to give credit to Mayor Keith Pekau for calling out Pritzker. Somebody has to.

Jun 132020

Now that protestors and thugs have gained a foot-hold in getting politicians to fold like a bad-tent, they’ve been embolden to push the envelope and ask/demand for more. What better solution than to defund local police departments.

What could possibly go wrong. Who wouldn’t be in favor of that. Think of the possibilities. Consider it an experiment, similar to using explosives and alcohol simultaneously on the 4th of July, or asking your drinking or bowling buddy to pack your parachute prior to sky-diving, or putting your home on-the-line at the roulette wheel in Vegas.

I think it would be an amazing idea with a few caveats. I would exclude de-funding the police department in my home town of Naperville. I would also exclude the towns my children and grand-children live in, and don’t defund police departments in all cities that have MLB teams, and maybe NFL and NBA teams (OK, let the soccer cities go). Also I would want to keep police departments in all cities and towns that I may travel to. (never end a sentence with a preposition).

Also defund all the police departments in the great State of Iowa, AKA ‘God’s country’. “Is this Heaven, no it’s Iowa”. Iowa is the only state where it only rains at nighttime, you can leave your car keys in your ignition at all times, never need to lock the doors to your home, where all the men are strong, all the women are beautiful, and all the kids are well above average. Well, on second thought, keep funding those police departments because that’s probably why Iowa is Iowa; great security and police presence.

Numerous cities and municipalities are considering defunding their police departments. Residents may not be too excited about the idea, but local politicians, city councils, looters and thugs are getting on-board with the idea. I say they should give it a try and see what happens with the caveat that they not be allowed to escape to cities with police departments. Let’s see how that works.

Jun 062020

It had to happen sooner or later. Given a sufficient amount of time, anything that can happen, will happen. And happen it did, on Monday night, when more than 30 businesses throughout the downtown Naperville area and a few on the outskirts of town were vandalized and looted.

The city of Naperville is a big prize for those wanting to destroy it. It’s full of upscale stores with owners that take pride in their businesses. One business owner was disheartened by the destruction and mentioned she is a “nice person”, as if this shouldn’t happen to ‘nice’ people. Nice people make great targets for not-nice people.

It’s so much better for vandals, and looters, and those with intentions to destroy to make it happen in nice communities like Naperville, Hinsdale, Geneva, Lake Forest and Barrington, than to do it in towns like Wheeling, Cicero, Berwyn or Calumet City.

Mayor Chirico made a valiant effort to defuse the situation with the protestors, which he did. Things were fine for the most part during the day with the protestors, but by nighttime, the thugs emerged and things deteriorated. Thugs tend to sleep-in during the morning and early afternoon.

Tuesday night during the first part of the city council meeting, the mayor looked tired and deflated. He might have been anticipating a lot of negative comments during public forum for ‘taking a knee’ with the protestors. Only one took issue with the mayor and city officials:

By the middle and at the end of the city council meeting, the mayor looked invigorated and energized. The good news, as the mayor said, there was no loss of life, and the buildings were still standing. That’s a huge win. The not-so-good news is there was a lot of vandalism, destruction, and some injury, including one person in the hospital in serious condition.

The concerning news is that it can happen again. Given a sufficient amount of time, anything that can happen will happen, again.