The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.

Aldermen Starting To Turn Pro-Walmart?

By Karl Klockars in News on Feb 18, 2009 9:20PM

Alderman Howard Brookins told WBBM-AM that "with unemployment growing and tax revenues sagging, Chicago needs Walmart." In a separate speech to labor leaders, Ald. Ed Burke said he'd be fine with more Walmarts in Chicago, as long as they allow employees to unionize - which is about as likely as Walmart turning all their stores into marshmallows and sunshine. Are the anti-Walmart tides starting to turn? It was just a couple weeks ago that Walmart started their push back into the city proper - with two aldermen starting to think about what the 'Mart could do for them, could the other 48 be far behind?