Naperville Mayor George Pradel has received a ticket after a snowplow he was driving collided with a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old woman. No injuries were reported.
Here's the report by The Sun's Bill Bird:
It really is true what they say: no good deed goes unpunished.
In addition to running Illinois’ fourth-largest city and attending countless business, civic and private functions, Naperville Mayor George Pradel has voluntarily spent decades behind the blades of municipal snowplows, doing his part to clear city streets following winter storms.
But that devotion to duty might cost Pradel a bit of his mayoral salary, after he allegedly struck a passing car with his snowplow Monday on a street near North Central College.
Pradel, 70, was unavailable for comment Tuesday on the incident, but City Manager Pro Tem Bob Marshall and police Cmdr. Dave Hoffman confirmed the crash happened shortly after noon Monday near the intersection of School Avenue and Ellsworth Street north of downtown Naperville.
Marshall said Pradel was at the wheel of a city snowplow and backed the vehicle onto the street. Hoffman said the plow struck a blue Honda being driven by a 20-year-old woman.
Damage to the vehicles appeared to be minor, and neither the mayor nor the woman was injured. Police issued Pradel a ticket, citing him for improper backing of a vehicle.
“The mayor was treated like every other citizen who is involved in a traffic accident,” Marshall said.
Pradel “has been doing this for many years,” Marshall said of the mayor’s snowplowing volunteerism. “He enjoys helping clear the streets for our residents.”
No date had been set as of Tuesday for Pradel’s appearance in the city of Naperville municipal courtroom in Wheaton. Marshall said he will most likely be fined if found guilty of causing the crash.
This is my favorite line in the story:
“The mayor was treated like every other citizen who is involved in a traffic accident.”
Talk amongst yourselves.