The Naperville city council is considering how much, if any, regulation of food trucks is necessary. It was about seven years ago when the city council had similar discussions with the topic being food carts, specifically how many permits to allow.
Watch and listen to then councilman Steve Chirico express his opinion of limiting competition and not increasing the number of permits for food carts:
Now watch and listen to Mayor Chirico as he leans toward regulation of food trucks, but not as strongly:
Interestingly, former Mayor George Pradel took a softer and more friendly position on regulating food carts, than the current council is taking:
That was back when Naperville’s focus was more family-friendly. Considering Mayor Pradel was Officer Friendly when he was a member of the Naperville Police Department, his user-friendly style was no surprise.
Naperville’s unwritten policy for regulation is simple: if it moves, regulate it, if it doesn’t move, regulate it; either way tax it.