Yorkville resident and conservative Republican Jesus Alaniz criticized media coverage of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's visit to the Kendall County Republican's annual family picnic last month. His comments came Tuesday evening as he provided a "citizen's report" of the event at a Yorkville City Council meeting.
Alaniz said Arpaio was warm to him after Alaniz told him he was an American citizen of Mexican descent. (Critics sometimes claim Arpaio is racist). He said Arpaio frequently checked to make sure Alaniz got the photograph he was seeking and twice handed Alaniz his cellular phone when he was too busy to talk with his staff.
Alaniz also criticized media reports of the event, claiming that the media unfairly gave Yorkville a black eye.
The two media outlets Alaniz mentioned by name were not local media, but I quickly skimmed Patch's coverage of the event. I didn't attend the family picnic, but overall the article seems to provide a balanced picture with multiple viewpoints.
In the weeks leading up to the event, we posted an article about local reaction to this national figure coming to town, a link to a Huffington Post article about Chicago unions' and immigration advocates' reaction to the visit, and a — a Yorkville resident and local union leader. Today, we posted a Letter to the Editor from Yorkville area resident Todd Milliron.
So, perhaps Alaniz' comments, reflected in the video attached to this post, can provide a contrasting viewpoint to .
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