We advocate for a strong business climate because we want to provide every opportunity for your business to succeed, and believe that your success benefits us all. We know you’re working hard for your business, and so are we.
Our opposition to the Home Rule Sales Tax comes from this desire to make our community the best possible version of itself. But I want to take a moment here and acknowledge that every member of City Council is doing the same and I respect their service.
Now don’t get me wrong, we disagree on issues from time to time and we express that disagreement when necessary but we have always been treated fairly and respectfully. We are lucky to live and work in a community that is as open, inclusive, and productive as Naperville.
It is with great sadness then that I acknowledge some truly disgusting behavior from one member of the audience on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
During the discussion on Old Nichols Library the vast majority of the 40 plus speakers on all sides of the debate were passionate, heartfelt, and respectful. They spoke from the heart on an issue that clearly meant a great deal to them.
One individual from the crowd however, couldn’t control themselves and acted in way that was shameful and disrespectful to the entire process.
While the petitioner was making their closing argument this person made obscene gestures toward the podium. Then, during Council deliberation the individual shouted an insult toward the dais that could be heard over the crowd.
This type of behavior is unacceptable. We are better than shouting down people in public. I was thankful for Mayor Chirico’s calm and dignified response, asking the individual to leave.
It is an oft repeated and sometimes vacuous commentary to say that our political process shouldn’t just be people hurling insults at each other, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Thankfully, the vast majority of people in Naperville that engaged in the City Council meeting on Tuesday rose above such silliness.
I am proud to work here. Proud of the results we have achieved, and proud of the process. I am looking forward to engaging with the budgetary process this fall and advocating for a business friendly environment.
I hope you will join me. Stay classy, Naperville.