There was a time when the League of Women Voters wanted nothing more than to secure the right to vote. Over the years what they have wanted has expanded to include progressive public policy positions including:
- Gun control
- LGBT+ rights
- Universal health care (Affordable Care Act)
- Abolition of the death penalty
- Opposing school vouchers
- Reproductive choice
just to name a few.
Now their latest quest is to change the process used to fill vacancies on municipal advisory boards and commissions saying it “is not sufficiently open and transparent”, specifically the 40 positions up for appointment or reappointment on May 30th.
The current process has worked per city code where appointments to Naperville’s boards and commissions are made by the mayor and then confirmed by the city council. If it’s not broken, there is no need to fix it. It’s not as if the mayor is a dictator; appointees need to be confirmed by the council. Why add another level of bureaucracy to accomplish what is already working? These are not paid ‘positions’, they are strictly volunteer.
Keep it simple, keep it efficient, it works.