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.