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Caylor, Chirico answer wide range of questions in first Naperville mayoral candidate forum

Balancing the budget

Chirico touted Naperville’s reserve funds and ability to present a balanced budget every year he has been in office. Should there be a budget shortfall, though, Chirico said he would prefer to increase the home rule sales tax over a hike in property taxes.

“I would look at property taxes as a possibility, from my perspective, that’s not senior friendly,” Chirico said.

The home rule sales tax is a fairer and more appropriate option because because it involves discretionary spending, he said.

Both Chirico and Caylor agreed that public safety is important.

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More than 3,500 solar panels being installed at the city's water reclamation center to generate power for Naperville

Installation of more than 3,500 solar panels that could generate more than 1.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually is expected to begin this summer at Naperville’s Springbrook Water Reclamation Center.

When completed, the six acres of high-efficiency solar panels will produce enough energy to power 145 homes a year, according to Staci Wilson, director of government affairs for the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency.

Naperville’s solar project will come at no direct cost to the city as the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, of which Naperville is a part and where the city gets its power, is commissioning the facility, Wilson said. A developer will build and fund the project.


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Illinois Senate proposes $15 minimum wage

The Senate Labor Committee heard a measure Wednesday to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. It has been $8.25 since 2010. Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford hasn't fleshed out her ...
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