02/07/2012 City Council

02/10/2012 City Council Meeting
Council Remarks Following Weekend Incident
For the Week of 02/10/12
Kevin Machak Reports

At the latest Naperville City Council meeting, council members and the audience paused to remember North Central College alumnus and Spring Brook Elementary School teacher Shaun Wild.

“For Shaun Wild, his family and friends, and second graders who miss him very much, let’s pause for a moment of silence,” said Mayor George Pradel.

Wild was stabbed and killed at Frankie’s Blue Room, a downtown establishment early Saturday morning while two others were also stabbed and treated at Edward Hospital.

At the council meeting, Rick Spencer of North Central College thanked the council for their continued support and thanked the Naperville Police Department for their efforts to save Shaun.

“I think I can speak for all the students at the college, faculty, staff, alumni to say we love being in Naperville,” said Rick Spencer, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the college. “This incident will not do anything to change that relationship with this community, the restaurants, the stores, and the people of this community.”

Councilman Doug Krause then urged the others to take another hard look at a previously approved measuring letting establishments with a class B liquor license to stay open even after their kitchens have closed.

“I would ask that you reconsider this item so that we know what all the rules are so that everyone that comes to Naperville can have a good time as well as leave safely as well as the residents know that we are taking care of them,” said Councilman Krause.

“We don’t have all the facts and what I find very difficult in Krause’s proposal that we reconsider this because we’ve had two stabbings one this weekend and one in March, both of which happened when the kitchens were open,” argued Councilman Kenn Miller.

“Right now emotions are very strong and I think there will be a time when we should have a discussion throughout the entire community,” said Councilman Grant Wehrli. “I don’t think tonight or in the foreseeable future is that time.”

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