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One of America’s core principles is, as Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address, a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We elect people to represent us. We expect our elected representatives to act in our best interests, in an ethical and honest manner. Too often however, at all levels of government, our elected officials seem to lose sight of that fact. Once in office, our elected officials often fail to listen to their constituents, the very people who elected them, and pursue their own agenda. When that occurs, we citizens have one recourse: Replace those elected officials. Replace them with someone who will listen to us, who will serve us, who will do the job we elected them to do, which is to represent us.

The current Naperville Mayor and Council began their terms in May of 2015, with a new Mayor and six of the eight Council seats occupied by newcomers. Since then, this Council has shown itself to be tone deaf to the residents it purports to serve, and has coalesced into a body which follows the Mayor’s lead unanimously on virtually every issue and vote. A so-called ‘pro-growth’ agenda has put business and taxes ahead of the interests of residents, yet virtually nothing has been done to generate business or improve the most neglected part of Naperville, the Ogden Avenue Corridor. Taxes have been raised, budget gimmicks have been used to achieve a so-called balanced budget, government officials use private email accounts to conceal their communications from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and residents are ignored and misled.

It’s time to change. It’s time to get representatives in Naperville government who will actually represent us, the citizens who voted them in. Help us make a difference. Let’s give the residents a voice.

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