Like a flashback to the harrowing scene of freshly clubbed skater Nancy Kerrigan asking “why”, Councilman White too was left clubbed and asking “why”. In White’s case, his wound came when Councilwoman Taylor abruptly raised concerns over White’s participation in off dais discussions on service grant awards which directly involved the Community Career & Networking Center. A charity led by White’s spouse.
Taylor’s motion to reduce the award, as a result of White’s involvement, passed by a super majority vote … but not before a string of bewildering actions on the dais.
Those strange actions began when Councilman Holzhauer responded to Taylor’s motion by deeming Taylor’s concerns as being political. Talk about deflection. Who cares why she brought it up? Isn’t the point whether or not White should have been involved in the allocation?
Holzhauer supported the full award despite the clear conflict and his repeated calls for transparency during his time in office. Does Holzhauer’s desire for transparency stop once a political ally is impacted by it?
Then it all just got stranger.
White returned to the dais after having recused from the actual vote and promptly advised the council that he listened in on their deliberations (what!?!?).
Then White continues by discussing the award that he just recused from (you can’t do that!).
Then White said he’d been involved in this allocation for years (doesn’t that make this worse?).
Then White berates Taylor for bringing up her concern on the dais without calling him first (which backfired when Taylor responded by saying that White has not returned a call from her ever).
Kudos to Taylor for putting the taxpayers first and for bringing her motion forward. Kudos to Patrick Kelly, Josh McBroom, Nate Wilson, Paul Leong, and the Mayor for joining Taylor and voting to reduce this tainted allocation.
Shame on Holzhauer and Longenbaugh for ridiculously voting to support the original award despite the clear absurdity of it. If the allocation impacted anyone other than a political supporter, we know full well neither would have supported it.
This conflict would never have been revealed without Taylor’s motion. Let’s hope Taylor continues to bring her Tonya Harding pipe to future meetings…
This saga can be watched at the link below during the Service Grant agenda item and then the New Business parts of the agenda. See link here: https://naperville.granicus.com/player/clip/1608?view_id=4&redirect=true&h=75aedb460094350ce896574ed8b0d763