Monday, July 24, 2006

More on Chicago's "big box" ordinance

It's no surprise that unions are playing hardball with Chicago's 50 alderman as Wednesday vote on the "big box living wage" bill comes to a vote, according to CBS 2 Chicago.

Ordinance opponent Hermene Hartmann said in a Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce press conference today, "They're telling aldermen they're going to vote them out with their troops, and they're going to dry up their financial resources."

Which of course is consistent with comments made last month by Alderman Bernard Stone:

The unions have backed aldermen against the wall. They've threatened to fund opponents against them and to solicit opponents to run against" (those who dare to oppose the big-box ordinance).

Mayor Richard Daley also opposes the "big box" bill.

More from CBS 2 Chicago:

Mayor Daley called the big box ordinance a form of racial discrimination against inner city areas.

"When they come into the inner city, they're going to blanket that out," Daley said. “No, no, no. That's what redlining is."

The mayor says no one complained when Wal-Marts were being built in the suburbs and that inner-city residents deserve jobs and shopping choices, too.

It'll be an interesting day in Chicago on Wednesday.

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