If you happen to tune into the latest Village Board meeting on Channel 6 and miss the beginning, you're probably wondering what the (heck) is Mayor Tim Baldermann doing with a Packers T-shirt?
Like some other Bears fans might have been on Monday, Baldermann was making good on a friendly wager that resulted from the Bears 21-14 loss to the Packers in the NFC Championship.
"I didn't think I had much of a chance of winning," he said. "But the Bears did well and kept it close."
New Lenox Patch teamed up with Port Washington-Saukville Patch in Wisconsin last week to have a little fun before the Bears-Packers game. And part of the deal was that New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann and Port Washington Mayor Scott Huebner had a friendly wager in which the loser would wear the other team's gear (a shirt or hat, for example) at his next board/council meeting.
Just Baldermann's luck that the next meeting would fall the day after the big game, so no one had time to forget. Fortunately, Baldermann said, he didn't have any Packers stuff to wear. He offered to change his name plate if he couldn't find Packers attire in time for the meeting. It would read "Mayor Aaron Rodgers."
But Trustee David Butterfield got a shirt from a relative. Baldermann, however, said he couldn't fit into it and instead draped it in front of himself.
"If you want to walk by and spit on it on the way out, feel free," Baldermann said jokingly to village staff.
Baldermann and others at the meeting joked what people would say if they saw the meeting televised.
"You won't get re-elected!" resident Kathy Johnson yelled to Baldermann, who's running unopposed in the April election.
"I already get enough during the summer for being a Red Sox fan," he said. "(The public) don't need to see this, too."