Development Becomes Key Topic In Naperville Mayoral Race

Craig Dellimore
March 18, 2019 - 12:32 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Development has become a major issue in the race for mayor in the city of Naperville, with disputes about how and where it is happening.

Business executive Rocky Caylor is challenging incumbent Mayor Steve Chirico, in part, because he contends that issues like development of the Fifth Avenue Metra Station area are happening behind closed doors and residents are pushing back. 

"Resident push back happens when discussions are had, council doesn't know, and then it is unveiled to the public," he said. "The residents built this city, and it's a beautiful city, and its council city manager runs it."

Mayor Chirico said he’s working closely with the City Council, publicly, to make some admittedly tough decisions.

"You can vet out all these topics and really have a good dialogue and then when it's done you are going to have people that unhappy and people who are happy, and that's just the nature of how this works," Chirico said. 

But he points out most of the development in the western suburb is happening without rancor.