The last City Council meeting was straight out of Seinfeld. Like Festivus, the meeting started with the Airing of Grievances. Over 30 people appeared with one complaint or another about various local leaders.
Some appeared to complain about former council candidate Nag Jaiswal’s social media posts.
Some appeared to complain about Councilman Jennifer Taylor raising concerns about Councilman Benny White involvement in a social service grant award to the not-for-profit that his wife leads.
Some appeared to complain about Israel and asked for a resolution calling for a Ceasefire in Gaza (as if the Naperville council chambers are the United Nations now).
A couple came to complain about former councilman Kevin Coyne … even though he’s been gone from the dais for years now.
Most were there to complain about Councilman Josh McBroom and his sign up proposal for those that might want to house a migrant family.
It went on and on and on. The odd part was that many speakers complained about staff time being wasted by McBroom’s “stunt”. Could his stunt have possibly wasted as much time as this clearly orchestrated parade of dozens of people coming in and making repetitive comments? Their concerns sounded a whole lot more personal then they do sincere.
As a for instance, if McBroom had approved a grant for a charity his wife worked for would these speakers seriously have been okay with that? No.
What if McBroom had used the F word toward a female councilman as White allegedly did after Taylor raised her concerns? There would have been mass outcry.
They complained about a lack of decorum on the dais while themselves leveled one personal attack after another toward others.
So in the vein of George Castanza’s father telling his family as he kicked off his Airing of Grievances, “I got a lot of problems with you people and now you’re going to hear about it”, this tired movie of this same lineup of dramatic and outraged people using up everyone’s time with these pity parties has grown quite old. Do the whole City a favor and save these self indulgent shows and have one person make a statement or better yet leave it to the voters come election time to judge actions like McBroom’s motion. As evidenced by the fact that no councilman made any motion to censure nor did any raise a Code of Conduct inquiry in response to the many repeated requests to do so, this charade has grown stale and its not working anymore.
We beg you all for “Serenity Now!” and to please stop bringing this needless, timewasting drama to our council meetings.