For Your Time and Trouble
By Timmy Watson in News on Oct 14, 2006 4:38PM
When we were young, we were told to stand up for what we believe in. We would be rewarded with a sense of self, a sense of purpose. Mayor Daley, Aldermen Howard Brookins Jr. (21st), Shirley Coleman (16th), Anthony Beale (9th), Dorothy Tillman (3rd), and Arenda Troutman (20th) stood up for what they believed in by blocking the big box ordinance. Shirley Coleman voted for the ordinance before she voted against it (we've always wanted to put that in a post). Their claim was that so-called big box stores are a necessity, especially in areas where goods are not easily accessible.
Evidently big box stores not only help neighborhoods in need, they help Mayors and Aldermen.
On Friday Wal-Mart announced the proposed locations for the new stores, 5 in total. The aldermen listed above, who all upheld the Mayor's veto of the ordinance, may get a shiny new Wal-Mart in their area. As Crain's points out, the timing of these announcements and the timeline of the development will be opportune for the Mayor and the aldermen come re-election time as they bring jobs and money to the areas.
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