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Another Chick-fil-A Coming To Downtown

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jan 10, 2013 3:00PM

Apparently, Chick-fil-A believes that the kerfuffle about their anti-gay politics has died down enough in Chicago for them to open another outlet. Or perhaps they just picked a different neighborhood so they wouldn't have to deal with Ald. Joe Moreno. In any case, a new Chick-fil-A is under construction at State and Lake, and the alderman for the area is just fine with that.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) told NBC Chicago that he didn't think Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's anti-gay politics should matter. Reilly's ward houses the only Chick-fil-A in the city.

"I'm a proponent of gay marriage, but we shouldn't be using the president's misguided opinions to determine who should be able to set up a business in the city of Chicago," Reilly said. "I've found the owner-operators to be a good neighbor and well-received by consumers in my ward, and their track record is a good one."

This position is sure to miff many gay rights activists who applauded when bothMayor Emanuel and Moreno took a stand against the chain whose president, Dan Cathy, is openly anti-gay. Emanuel later said that as long as the chain conformed with city laws and regulations, he would not oppose them.