Also let me start with the fact I think Stephanie would make a better mayor than Weisner and I did provide her with some help (more technical) during her re-election bid for alderman. I wouldn't lose any sleep at night if she won.
However I think a city manager system of government is a bad idea for Aurora.
Why, Aurora has big city problems (crime, gangs, poverty, development, etc) problems that at the end of the day require an elected official to be responsible to the voters for. Problems that require someone to run for office to address those problems and be held accountable for addressing those problems.
Putting the solutions to these issues into the hands of alderman who set an agenda with a city manager to implement isn't going to be as effective is creating responsibility and accountability.
I know Naperville had a city manager and it generally works for them. But lets be blunt, Aurora would love to have the sort of major issues that Naperville faces. They don't have our poverty, housing, gang, drug or violence issues. It's one thing for a city manager system when your big issue is how to manage downtown development when it's all trendy shops and nice restaurants. It's another when you are trying to reduce a murder rate.
Also if I am not mistaken all of Alderman in Naperville are elected at large, something that gives them the flexibility to think of everything in terms of the entire city. Well Aurora elects two aldermen at large and the rest represent wards. I don't think the DOJ would let us go to a all at-large system. It would be a challenge for a city manager to deal with aldermen who were pushing area based agendas that might be very different than what is best for the city as a whole.
More to come....