“Without further ado, I’d like to welcome the honorable A. George Pradel, mayor of Naperville!”
Channeling Mayor George Pradel’s well-known enthusiasm, Ray Kinney welcomed him to the stage at the 18th annual State of the City Address.
Donning his usual top hat, Mayor Pradel addressed a full house at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.
During his speech, he announced that the city would have a balanced budget going into the next fiscal year. He also highlighted the many events of 2012 like the demolition of a downtown eyesore, the many changes in city staff, and the addition of multiple businesses.
“Today’s speech was pretty fantastic,” said Walter Johnson, President and CEO of Turning Pointe Autism Foundation. “It’s interesting because every year when the mayor speaks you think it’s pretty good, then you realize Naperville has improved a little bit more, makes it even more exciting.”
“It was another excellent presentation by our mayor and it’s very good to see that there are positive signs going on in the economy,” said Mike Reilly, Commissioner, Naperville Park Board. “We’re going to see some good development going forward next year so I’m excited about it.”
Pradel also stressed that’s its not just economic growth that makes the city what it is today but safety, amenities, and special events.
“It’s about giving people pride in their city and the desire to live here, grow old here, and raise their kids here,” said Pradel. “Generations of families have called Naperville home for good reason.”
“Mayor Pradel represents the heart of what Naperville is,” said IdaLynn Wenhold, Executive Director, KidsMatter. “Honesty, integrity, a commitment to the people, and he really summarized how all of us work together, and that’s what makes Naperville so unique.”
Mayor Pradel wrapped up his address encouraging everyone to continue working together to write the next chapter in Naperville’s story.
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