Referendum Objection Proceedings Continuing on Friday, January 6 and Monday, January 9 at 10 a.m.

City of Naperville
Updated 1/4/2012 1:46 PM

Naperville Smart Grid Initiative Referendum Question Hearing Being Broadcast Live

The City of Naperville informs residents and interested parties that the Referendum Objection Hearing that began on Tuesday, January 3 will continue on Friday, January 6 and Monday, January 9 at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Both days' proceedings will be broadcast live and rebroadcast on government access TV station WCNC (Ch. 6 -- WOW, Ch. 10 -- Comcast, Ch. 99 -- AT&T) as well as streamed live and available for on-demand viewing on the City's website at


The hearing is dealing with an objection filed on December 27, 2011, by a Naperville resident to the proposed advisory referendum question stating, "Shall the City of Naperville immediately and permanently stop the implementation of the $22 million smart meter project and dismantle all related equipment?" A petition was filed in November 2011 to place this nonbinding referendum question on the March 20, 2012, Illinois primary election ballot. The Friday, January 6 proceeding will allow the electoral board to publicly discuss the question of issuing subpoenas, with the hearing regarding the overall objection continuing on Monday, January 9.

During the objection hearing, the local electoral board consisting of Mayor A. George Pradel, Naperville City Clerk Pam LaFeber and most senior Naperville City Council member Douglas Krause will evaluate the merits of the objection. City Attorney Margo Ely will advise the electoral board at the hearing. The public and media are invited and encouraged to attend.

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