The SECA Commission presented to Naperville City Council last night, making several recommendations based on their task force discussions over the last few months. Among other topics, they discussed allocating funds evenly between their two categories: Special Events and Cultural Amenities. The biggest question however, was what to do with grant money intended for Christkindlmarket and Ribfest once those events leave Naperville in 2019 and 2020. The commission and council agreed that replacing Christkindlmarket with another holiday festival would be ideal, but there weren’t enough details to direct planning to begin.
District 204 Votes
At last night’s District 204 board meeting, re-elected members Natasha Grover, Mark Rising, and Justin Karubas took their oaths, along with their fellow board members. Michael Raczak was voted to stay as president of the board and Karubas was voted as Vice President. Also, Laurie Donahue was voted to be the new board secretary.
Let LOVE Prevail
Members of the Islamic Center of Naperville showed support for Christians after the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. Over the weekend, the Islamic Center group gathered in solidarity with St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Naperville, with signs promoting peace and love, and denouncing all forms of hatred. The display was in honor of the more than 250 people who were killed in the attacks.
You Be The Judge
A synagogue turned into a courtroom on Sunday, at the You Be the Judge program at Congregation Beth Shalom. The National Council of Jewish Women hosted the interactive workshop where people learned about how the federal court system works, reviewed and discussed real cases, and decided on a verdict. Then, legal experts explained what the Supreme and Appeals Court voted. The organization partnered with the League of Women Voters Naperville and hopes to produce the program throughout the state.