If you want to make a problem about something, simply start talking about it. It happened in Naperville when a woman noticed a bee in her birdbath, she complained about it to the Naperville city council, and within a short period of time the city council created an ordinance making it more difficult for honey bees to do their thing.
If somebody wants to complain about the bark on trees being too thin, that will become the focus of a problem in Naperville. Dogs barking too loud and too long can be a problem if someone wants to start talking about it. If the city council thinks it will generate some votes, they are all too willing to start creating an ordinance on the topic.
I’ve been living in Naperville since 1978 and never did I know that we have a problem with diversity, inclusion, and equity, of all places family-friendly Naperville. How did this happen? Was it incremental or did it happen overnight? Apparently the city council thought they’d better do something about it before we become like Geneva, Lake Forest, Barrington, or Hinsdale. So about a year ago they hired a manager to oversee diversity, inclusion, and equity (DIE) which came with an approximate six-figure income. Good for the new manager, and good for the city council, it makes them look like they are addressing a problem. But what are the taxpayers getting for the six-figure expense?
The Naperville city council seldom applies the Paul Harvey principle which is “now for the rest of the story”, in essence what’s been accomplished other than checking a box that someone was hired. Rather than burying that person into the inky shadows of the Municipal Center deep within corridors seldom seen, let’s get an update. In a year, something must have been accomplished other than just listening. Is Naperville a better city than it was a year ago, and if so, in what way is it better. Inquiring minds would like to know.