The bacterial traveling waves observed in experiments are of pulse type which is different from the monotone traveling waves of the Fisher-KPP equation. For this reason, the Keller-Segel equations are widely used for bacterial waves. Note that the Keller-Segel equations do not contain the population dynamics of bacteria, but the population of bacteria multiplies and plays a crucial role in wave propagation. In this paper, we consider the singular limits of a linear system with active and inactive cells together with bacterial population dynamics. Eventually, we see that if there are no chemotactic dynamics in the system, we only obtain a monotone traveling wave. This is evidence that chemotaxis dynamics are needed even if population growth is included in the system.