Mayor Steve Chirico's Statement on Recent National Events
NAPERVILLE, Ill. —
"What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is unconscionable.
What happened to Christian Cooper in Central Park is unconscionable.
And what’s happened here in recent months in Naperville is unconscionable.
We cannot let these events be relegated to just another name, another page in the history books. It is all of our responsibility as members of society to discuss these events and have real, open, and honest discussions about race and racism. Even if those discussions make us uncomfortable, because that’s the space where real change begins.
We can’t pretend these events didn’t happen or that we are immune in Naperville. It is our responsibility to seek change, here at home and across the country, in a peaceful way. At a City level, we’re working to turn our words into actions through partnerships and training.
I’m proud of our city’s diversity and inclusion. We ALL belong in Naperville, and we all deserve a safe, welcoming community. I mourn for George Floyd and his family, and I join the many voices here and across our country calling for lasting change. Now is the time to come together; listen to the experiences of so many that have gone on for far too long; and take peaceful, lasting steps towards transformation, justice, and kindness.
We all belong.”
Please visit https://youtu.be/UVBPjYHOCfQ to view the "I Belong. You Belong. We All Belong." video from Mayor Chirico's 2020 State of the City address.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.