By Martin Henderson
Although Adam Nick has been one of Peter Herzog's biggest critics and his staunchest rival on the dais of the Lake Forest City Council, the first-year councilman appeared emotional in response to Herzog's resignation on Tuesday night.
"You can't do that," Nick said, his first words after about a 45-second break from the end of Herzog's comments.
Nick was the first person to respond during the free-range council comments at the end of the meeting. Kathryn McCullough, mayor pro tem and running the meeting in place of absent Mayor Scott Voigts, turned the floor over to Nick after 30 seconds, and Nick took another 16 to finally speak.
"Despite my philosophical differences with Mr. Peter Herzog ... he does have my personal respect until the end of my time ... on earth," Nick said. "I hope this is not the end of it for Mr. Herzog, but he knows best, I'm confident of that. And he wants best for the people of Lake Forest. No doubt about that either."
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Meanwhile, Herzog shook his head back and forth. When the meeting was over, Nick approached Herzog and extended his hand. Herzog ignored the gesture, said a few words to Nick, then walked away. Nick said later that Herzog told him, "You're the reason" for his decision.
Said Herzog of Nick's comments: "He spent the first six months trashing me personally, and then he tries to claim he has respect for me. It's a little inconsistent."