Councilman Benny White, Naperville

Councilman Benny White, Naperville Elected to Naperville City Council in 2017 Dr. Benny White is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 22 years in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Officer; leading, mentoring and developing future leaders throughout his career before retiring from active duty in 2008.

Prior to retiring, Benny served as the Battalion Commander and Professor of Military Science at Wheaton College from 2005-2008, Benny was able to combine his love for the military, his strong leadership skills, and his passion for mentorship as he led aspiring professionals into the same career path that made him into the service-oriented man that he is today. As a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, throughout his military career and thereafter, Benny’s steadfast commitment to live by West Point’s mission – Duty, Honor, Country – remains at the core of who he is as a person. Following his retirement from the military, Benny began to pave a path instilled in volunteerism. As he began to join a number of organizations dedicated to mentoring and educating youth communities around the Chicagoland area, Benny was determined to enact and execute his ideas within this space by getting involved in local government. In 2012, Benny was selected to fulfill the term of an outgoing school board member and in 2013 was elected to the Indian Prairie School District #204 Board. In 2017, he became the first person of color elected to serve on the Naperville City Council. While on Council, Benny has made strides in strengthening diversity and advancing inclusion throughout the Naperville community, most notably by leading the effort in updating the language in the city’s mission statement. In 2018, Benny founded a grassroots organization, Naperville Neighbors United which is committed to providing opportunities for neighbors to get to know one another while embracing the rich diversity of Naperville. Benny has a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from West Point. He also earned a master’s degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University, an MBA from Webster University, and a doctorate in Values Driven Leadership from Benedictine University. Benny his married to his high school sweetheart, Kim and they have two adult children.

Operating as usual

I had a chance to visit Naperville's newest coffee shop this morning Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Central Park Place and mee...
02/13/2021

I had a chance to visit Naperville's newest coffee shop this morning Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Central Park Place and meet with the owners, Mr. & Mrs. Amin. They are truly committed to giving back to the community! Proceeds from today's sales benefit Little Friends! Great to see Jason Alternbern representing Little Friends.

As you can tell from the pictures, the store is beautifully decorated highlighted with art from local artists in the community. By the way, the coffee, tea (lemon ginger), peanut butter cookie and cranberry scone were EXCELLENT!

This is great news! Thank you Naperville Fire Department for continuing to keep our community safe.
02/06/2021

This is great news! Thank you Naperville Fire Department for continuing to keep our community safe.

The entire Chief Officer team of the Naperville Fire Department either has achieved or is actively working toward a prestigious professional designation: Chief Fire Officer status from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and The Commission on Professional Credentialing. These leaders are helping keep our community safe. https://www.naperville.il.us/2021-news-articles/naperville-fire-department-leaders-attain-chief-fire-officer-status/

Congratulations and thank you FFPM Scott Fischer and FFPM Patrick Schultz for your service!
02/01/2021

Congratulations and thank you FFPM Scott Fischer and FFPM Patrick Schultz for your service!

Congratulations to FFPM Scott Fischer and FFPM Patrick Schultz for 5 years of service with Naperville Fire Department!

Thank you for your years of hard work and dedication!

Thank you to our Public Works crew for their hard work and efforts in clearing the streets.
02/01/2021
Winter Operations Update for Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

Thank you to our Public Works crew for their hard work and efforts in clearing the streets.

Naperville received about seven inches of snow. Light to moderate snowfall is possible over the next few hours but is expected to diminish to flurries and then stop around 10 p.m. tonight. Public W…

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01/26/2021
Winter Operations Update for Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

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Public Works crews have been salting main roadways since mid-afternoon. Trucks are currently working on salting residential side streets. Crews will begin plowing once two inches of snow have falle…

01/18/2021

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King Jr. #MLK

I hope you all can join North Central College’s virtual event honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. from 9am - ...
01/17/2021

I hope you all can join North Central College’s virtual event honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. from 9am - 12 pm tomorrow. The event will include engaging conversations surrounding race, anti-racism, equity and inclusion. Hope to see you there!

You are invited to our MLK Vision Day Virtual Teach-In and Luncheon on Monday, January 18! The Teach-In will have hourly sessions on Zoom from 9am-12pm. The Teach-In is meant to engage the community in learning and conversation about topics such as race, anti-racism, equity, inclusion and Dr. King's goals of peace and justice. Attendees are welcome to drop into the sessions as their schedules allow. Pre-registration is required.

Our luncheon speaker will be Kijuana Johnson ’94 Boulrece, therapist and community educational advocate, presenting 'A Time for Change -- Courageous Transformation'. The luncheon will be broadcast at 12 p.m. on the North Central College Youtube channel. Get more info and register for the Teach-In at https://www.northcentralcollege.edu/diversity-inclusion/mlk-day/2021.

01/07/2021

In light of what is currently taking place in our country, it is more important now than ever before that we come together, respect our community and collectively condemn violence. What happened yesterday at our nation’s capitol is unacceptable, but I’m confident that our Naperville can help contribute to the progress that is needed to move forward.

Please join the Naperville City Council tomorrow, January 5th, for our first meeting of 2021! We will be discussing amen...
01/04/2021
City of Naperville - Calendar

Please join the Naperville City Council tomorrow, January 5th, for our first meeting of 2021! We will be discussing amending the final condominium plat of survey for Central Park Place Residential Condominium, limiting available Class-C Tavern liquor licenses, amendments to the Zoning Ordinance pertaining to cannabis facilities other than dispensaries and medical cultivation facilities, among other topics. The meeting can be viewed live at your public access program channel (Ch. 6 - WOW, Ch. 10 - Comcast, Ch. 99 - AT&T) or at the link below, starting at 7 pm.

https://naperville.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

12/31/2020

From our family to yours, Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and safe 2021.

A weekly city update with Mayor Chirico.  #napervilleunscripted
12/29/2020

A weekly city update with Mayor Chirico. #napervilleunscripted

Friends, it’s been a year unlike any other, and I’m trying something new virtually to help our community learn more about major issues of interest – anything from the local response to the pandemic to the City budget to our seasonal services – and hear directly from you.

Starting at noon on January 6, I’ll be hosting a weekly Facebook live virtual town hall called Naperville Unscripted each Wednesday on the City of Naperville, IL, Government page. I'll be sharing the latest information about issues each week. In the future, I may even have a guest joining me to share their insight. I hope you’ll join me LIVE next week. Save the date!

Happy Holidays!
12/25/2020

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from Mayor Steve Chirico and the Naperville City Council. 2020 holiday card: http://ow.ly/HJNp50CRmFV

Naperville Police Department
12/24/2020

Naperville Police Department

When one of our patrol officers met Steven, he quickly realized that the transient man's situation could be greatly improved with a bicycle to help him get to work and a heavy coat to help him through the winter.

Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our officer, social services team, Chaplain's group and Bicycles Etc. of Lisle, Steven was gifted a refurbished bicycle and bike lock along with a winter coat, hat and gloves earlier this week.

This kind of community-oriented policing is an inspiration to all of us!

It was incredible to see our frontline healthcare workers, who have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic, begin to...
12/18/2020
Edward Hospital Workers Receive Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine | Naperville NCTV17

It was incredible to see our frontline healthcare workers, who have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic, begin to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Edward Hospital & Health Services. I’m confident that this represents a significant step toward defeating the virus.

Today 377 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations were scheduled at Edward Hospital. The first to get vaccinated was Respiratory Therapist Andy Dhanoa.

12/11/2020

Thank you to all of those who attended last night’s Naperville Neighbors United Meeting: A Gift to the Community. Huge shoutout to the Chicago Sinfonietta for the outstanding music and to the Parent Diversity Advisory Council - PDAC IPSD 204 for spearheading a fantastic conversation. I hope we were able to provide our attendees with some inspiration and encouragement as 2020 comes to a close and we prepare to head into a new year.

Happy Hanukkah! Here’s to a wonderful season filled with joy and happiness 🕎
12/11/2020

Happy Hanukkah! Here’s to a wonderful season filled with joy and happiness 🕎

Hope you can join!
12/10/2020

Hope you can join!

Join us! napervilleunited.eventcombo.com

Please join us Thursday evening for a great evening of relaxation with some great music and words of inspiration as we r...
12/09/2020

Please join us Thursday evening for a great evening of relaxation with some great music and words of inspiration as we reflect 2020 and prepare for 2021.

Join us! napervilleunited.eventcombo.com

Thank you Naperville CAPS - Citizens Appreciate Public Safety for honoring the brave firefighters who lost their lives 5...
12/08/2020

Thank you Naperville CAPS - Citizens Appreciate Public Safety for honoring the brave firefighters who lost their lives 50 years ago while protecting the Naperville community

Naperville Fire Department - We appreciate your relentless commitment to keeping Naperville residents safe.

In remembrance:
Lieutenant Richard Rechenmacher
Engineer Gerald Herring
Firefighter Bernard Petrowski

The Naperville Fire Department held a special ceremony today!

Please visit Fireman’s Memorial Park to view a new sculpture paying tribute to firefighters who lost their lives in line of duty.

It is an honor to recognize the selfless service of our first responders!

At tonight’s city council meeting, we’ll be voting on a mandatory mask mandate and discussing affordable housing initiat...
12/01/2020
Mask Mandate Vote | CNG Station | Cosley Zoo Lights | Naperville

At tonight’s city council meeting, we’ll be voting on a mandatory mask mandate and discussing affordable housing initiatives, among other important items. Feel free to tune in to your public access program channel (Ch. 6 - WOW, Ch. 10 - Comcast, Ch. 99 - AT&T) or at the link below - https://naperville.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

City Council will consider a mask mandate tomorrow, Naperville opened its first CNG station, and Cosley Zoo starts its Festival of Lights

11/26/2020

Despite the many challenges that we have experienced this year, there is still much to be thankful for. From our house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

Peace and blessings to all!

Councilman White

We need to do all we can to stay safe. The governor has announced that we will go to Phase 4/Tier 3 mitigation measures ...
11/17/2020
Restore Illinois Mitigation plan

We need to do all we can to stay safe. The governor has announced that we will go to Phase 4/Tier 3 mitigation measures starting Friday November 20. Naperville Together!

https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois followed the science and listened to public health experts by putting mitigations in place and then deliberately and gradually lifting many of them. As other states see their cases and positivity rates surge, Illinois has one of the lowest positivity...

Naperville Magazine is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King's historic visit to North Central College....
11/13/2020

Naperville Magazine is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King's historic visit to North Central College. This event will take place, Monday, November 16 at 7:00 pm, via zoom. 

napervillemagazine.com/register

Here's a sneak peek of our November issue featuring a fascinating story on MLK's visit to Naperville in 1960, a pivotal event in the ongoing work of Naperville residents at the forefront of the city's civil rights crusade: https://napervillemagazine.com/living-legacy/

Illustration: Taylor Callery

#martinlutherking #mlkday #martinlutherkingjr #love #ihaveadream #civilrights #equality #blacklivesmatter #peace #inspiration #blackpower #history #blackhistory #mlkjr #dream #racism

We are back to Tier 2 mitigation measures to combat the virus. I implore us all to wear masks and to practice social dis...
11/12/2020
Naperville Regions Put Under Stricter COVID Mitigations | Naperville

We are back to Tier 2 mitigation measures to combat the virus. I implore us all to wear masks and to practice social distance. With that said, please support our local restaurants as they may struggle in the upcoming Winter months..... #NapervilleTogether!

https://www.nctv17.com/news/naperville-regions-put-under-stricter-covid-mitigations/

Governor Pritzker announced stricter COVID-19 mitigations for several Illinois regions including Regions 7 and 8, which incorporate Naperville

City of Naperville, Illinois, Government
10/20/2020

City of Naperville, Illinois, Government

For the past couple of weeks, COVID-19 cases have been on the rise. Continued increases could lead to stricter mitigation measures by the state. But everyone can do their part to reverse this concerning trend. The City of Naperville calls on the entire community to follow the steps proven most effective to decrease the spread of the virus. These safety behaviors are all within our personal control. Please follow the 3Ws, outlined in this graphic from the DuPage County Health Department: Wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands. Now is the time for every member of the community to remain diligent against the spread of this virus. Thank you for doing your part!

This promises to be an informative discussion for our Seniors. Please join us.
10/07/2020

This promises to be an informative discussion for our Seniors. Please join us.

Join Naperville Neighbors United this evening from 7:00-8:00 as organizations share resources for Seniors in our community. Join via Facebook live or sign up on Zoom. 

Registration Link
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qhuNllm9SXWq5bzGLdW4tw

10/02/2020
Naperville Neighbors United

Great information from last month’s discussion on community resources available to our residents during the COVID Pandemic.

Indeed kudos to Art of Inclusion - Naperville!   I had the privilege of watching some of the talented artists start this...
09/27/2020

Indeed kudos to Art of Inclusion - Naperville! I had the privilege of watching some of the talented artists start this project last week - the finished project is quite impressive! Thanks for sharing Theresa. #napervilletogether

Kudos to the Art of Inclusion - Naperville group and the young artists who just put together this gorgeous street art in the Naperville Township office parking lot. So impressive!!

Welcome Home, Eric! Grateful for your service and all the other women and men in uniform who serve in the Naperville Fir...
09/09/2020

Welcome Home, Eric! Grateful for your service and all the other women and men in uniform who serve in the Naperville Fire Department and our country!

The Naperville Fire Department was presented with the Above and Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, for our continuing support to the National Defense. Thank you to all the great men and women with the Naperville Fire Department, that also serve our Country.

Speaking of serving our Country, we are very happy to welcome Firefighter/Paramedic Eric Jones back from a year-long deployment. Welcome home Eric!

[Image descriptions: FF/PM Eric Jones with Chief Puknaitis and Councilman Benny White, Above and Beyond award.]

This promises to be an informative event. Hope to see you there.
09/09/2020

This promises to be an informative event. Hope to see you there.

Join us! Please share with your friends!

During this time of transition, what a creative way to get to know your SRO. Naperville Police Department
08/29/2020

During this time of transition, what a creative way to get to know your SRO. Naperville Police Department

Hey, @Naperville203 and @IPSD204! Get to know a little more about a few of your School Resource Officers, like how long they’ve been an SRO and what their favorite subjects were in school! #ASaferNaper

Please join us this evening for very informative discussion for our community.
08/26/2020

Please join us this evening for very informative discussion for our community.

Please join Naperville Neighbors United on Wednesday, Aug 26th at 7 pm. We will be talking to City, Township and County representatives about resources and support available for our community. We will also highlight a few non-profits and faith based leaders about the work they are doing during the pandemic.

This series will continue for the next few months as we continue to bring valuable information to our residents.

You can join us on Zoom by registering at https://tinyurl.com/NNUAug26 or on Facebook Live on our page.

08/26/2020
City of Naperville, Illinois, Government

#maskupNaperville

New, more stringent mitigation measures are being put in place in Will County to slow the spread of COVID-19 following three consecutive days of average test positivity rates exceeding 8%. The changes, along with a new statewide mask policy in restaurants and bars, are meant to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn more in an update available here: http://ow.ly/7D7m50B8WSf and remember to #MaskUpNaperville

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The people of Naperville have spoken and now it is time for you and all city council members to pass the ordinance to formalize this outcome.
Inspiring words today by Dr. Herman White during the MLK Breakfast at North Central College. Thank you to all the planners, organizers, and college leadership..... Great Event! Click on link below to view Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) clip! https://www.nctv17.com/news/top-stories/north-central-colleges-27th-annual-mlk-prayer-breakfast/
Thank you to you and all the panelists. The Diversity Discussion tonight was outstanding. I felt hope and possibility in our work to lead with love. I especially appreciated the young man who called for youth involvement. There was a group missing from the room that wasn't mentioned. The group that makes up part of the current White House occupant's base. They are here in our neighborhoods too. I am part of #StandOnEveryCorner at the Corner of Jackson and Webster 6-7pm on as many nights as we can make it. We bear witness, call out hate, and get out the vote. There is a vocal, angry, and disapproving group of our neighbors that call out to us with their fear of diversity, their anger at a perceived loss of privilege, their intolerance of other's religions. Some mentioned that inclusion starts with looking in the mirror and with parents. What if the parents are helping to spread the hate. How do we get them into dialogue? Most importantly, how do we get these neighbors to see we are all part of the same community and there is nothing to fear? Thoughts to ponder for the next discussion. I look forward to it.
Looking good sir
Thank you for asking Carl Swanson, the owner of Petland Naperville to define what a responsible breeder is a the Council meeting last Tuesday. Veterinary Professionals have defined this along with other insights to consider when adding a pet to the family. This link was created by them to define a responsible breeder vs an irresponsible breeder:
Hi Councilman White, Just wondering if you remember the commitment you made to the animal loving community of people who elected you. https://www.facebook.com/gohumanenaperville/photos/pcb.2148205562102767/2148204362102887/?type=3&theater