Mother of Hate Crime Victim Speaks Out:
It was an emotional evening for those who attended the Naperville Neighbors United meeting. Though organizers originally planned short discussions and breakout sessions, the format changed when they opened up the floor to the public to share stories, emotions, and frustration at how racism has affected their lives. No speaker was more powerful than Tamara Wallace, the mother of the black Naperville Central High School student who had his picture posted on Craigslist with the caption “Slave for sale (NAPERVILLE)” by another student. She told the audience she was frustrated by how the school district and media have handled the situation and that this is something her son will have to carry with him his entire life.
Focus 203 Addresses Racism:
And hard, but meaningful conversations were exchanged this morning at the Municipal Center for District 203’s Focus 203 discussion on race and implicit bias. Superintendent Dan Bridges addressed the racist Craigslist post, saying acts of hatred and racism have no place in the district. The over a hundred in attendance then engaged in round table discussions detailing instances when they’ve experienced racism and how they discuss it with their family. The district will have another Focus 203 tonight at Naperville North at 7p.m.; all are welcome to attend.
Mayor Statement on Acts of Racism:
Mayor Steve Chirico released a statement on the racist incidents that have put Naperville in the national news twice within a month’s time. In a post on Facebook he says, “As Mayor, I condemn any acts of racism or intolerance in Naperville’s borders.” He goes on to say, “This is not time to turn a blind eye. Instead, we need to continue and amplify the courageous conversations on these topics that have already begun.” He concludes, saying, “ Naperville needs to showcase our leadership in speaking out against racism and make it known that our legacy is one of diversity, inclusion and civility – not hate.”
Polo Club Revised Proposal:
Last night residents got a look at the updated plans for the Polo Club development, proposed near Route 59 and 119th Street. Developer D.R. Horton held an open house at the 95th Street Library, inviting the public to view and weigh in on the latest designs. Some changes made include the reduction of units from 500 to 480, and eliminating the extension of Book Road, instead focusing on widening 119th Street, adding an additional turn lane and entry point. Residents still have concerns about the new development, saying there is insufficient infrastructure to support the additional traffic in an already congested place. The updated plan will now go to the Planning and Zoning Commission for their review.
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