It’s a good thing that Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico is not the owner of Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike, because if he was, the 80-1 underdog would never have run in the Derby. The prevailing thought would have been why run, if you’re going to get beat. In fact, why do anything if you can’t win.
Unfortunately that’s the position the mayor took when considering moving his nominees forward for a vote at the last city council meeting. At issue were two nominees, former city council member Kevin Coyne for the library board, and Shannon Adcock to the Special Events and Cultural Amenities Commission; Coyne was approved, while Adcock never made it to an up or down vote.
What happened to Adcock? The mayor reviewed numerous candidates and Adcock was originally his choice. Chirico said that Adcock was more than qualified and willing to work, along with being professional, polite, and prepared, but a small, vocal group of naysayers and pronoun wizards caused the mayor to fold and back down on his support for Adcock. She was never given the opportunity for a vote.
Chirico said that when he read comments on social media about Adcock, he had reservations about continued support for her. If comments about anybody on social media can cause that type of response from the mayor, then nobody would ever be allowed to volunteer, let alone get hired for a paying job. Chirico continued, “we want people who are going to make positive contributions to our community”. If that’s true, then Adcock should have been allowed a vote from city council. Let’s see exactly who would have voted for or against her appointment. Who was Chirico protecting by not allowing the vote, the nominee from losing, or certain council members from being outed as hypocrites.
Adcock is the founder of Awake Illinois, a right-leaning organization that questions school programming on diversity, inclusion, and equity (DIE), and also promotes mask-freedom from mandates, among other topics of personal freedom.
I enjoy ‘baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie’, would that preclude me from being accepted to volunteer for Naperville’s Adopt-A-Drain program by a group of vegetarian, football fans, who like cherry pie?
Mayor Chirico was a high school wrestling champion. I doubt if he ever backed out of a match because he might lose, and I doubt he ever walked off the mat halfway through a match because he might lose. In basketball, you always miss 100% of the shots you never take. Mayor Chirico needed to allow Shannon Adcock the opportunity to take a shot with a vote.