Making the front page of two successive issues of the Naperville Sun, is one thing, but who would have guessed that Naperville’s mayor, Steve Chirico, would qualify to be the topic of a full page article in the Chicago Sun-Times. What outstanding achievement or egregious act did Chirico perform for such notoriety; well, he attended his daughter’s wedding in Florida. To do so, he left Illinois, which is really the only way to get to Florida.
‘Oh, how could he do that’ his detractors shouted, ‘it’s horrible, it’s terrible’, it was worse than the Chicago Cubs trading Lou Brock to the St. Louis Cardinals. Governor J.B. Pritzker criticized Chirico by saying, “that’s precisely what we ask people not to do”. We don’t know if Pritzer said this before he left for Lake Geneva for some fudge and ice cream, or if he said it after returning from vacation in Florida.
Former Republican congressional and gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives said, Chirico “is proving to be just like all the other hypocrite Democrats in Illinois”. Somebody needs to inform Ives that Chirico leans Republican and not Democrat. No wonder she keeps wasting money and losing elections.
Chirico and his family took COVID tests and tested negative prior to departing for Florida, followed COVID precautions as best as possible over the weekend, and after returning to Naperville he self-quarantined with follow-up COVID testing.
Chirico didn’t try to hide his trip, he didn’t don a disguise, and sneak into the wedding. It was not a secret that his daughter was getting married, it was out there. He did what just about every proud dad would do, he supported his daughter and family, and took precautions before, during, and after the event.
If the mayor made a misjudgment, it was in his timing of floating the idea of a mask-mandate in Naperville, during a council meeting, a few days prior to his trip. Sometimes it’s all about timing.
To the stone-throwers, it begs the question, what would you do if it was your daughter getting married.