Even though Elk Grove Village has about one-fourth the population of Naperville, more smiles are being seen in Elk Grove than Naperville. It’s all because Mayor Craig Johnson of Elk Grove Village, made a bold move making his residents and businesses happier. What exactly did he do, simple, he made mask-wearing optional. You can see people smiling in Elk Grove Village, you can’t see smiles in Naperville.
If you want to wear a mask, you wear it, if you don’t want to wear a mask, you don’t. In his words, “its time to ditch the mask”. It’s time for local government to repeal the indoor mask mandate, and since Elk Grove Village is a home-rule municipality, as is Naperville, he has made mask-wearing optional, not required. The Governor’s action was a mandate, not a law passed by the state legislature.
By a ratio of 20:1, residents of Elk Grove Village solidly approve of Mayor Johnson’s action. Businesses are free to enforce their own mask policy, however finding a business willing to lose customers and patrons, is difficult. It appears the freedom of choice is of huge importance to residents and businesses.
The mayor of Elk Grove Village didn’t make the decision in order to get re-elected; he’s already been elected seven times. He did it because it was the right thing to do.
That begs the question, why isn’t Naperville doing the same thing?