Ald. Moreno was on The WGCI Morning Riot 107.5 FM show yesterday discussing the events of last Friday, April 13, 2012 at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave. Thanks to Fake Shore Drive where we noticed this post.
In the radio interview, the alderman says he doesn’t want to shut down the venue. The Pipeline, having been on the scene on Friday night, witnessed a different dialogue occurring between the alderman and the show’s promoters, seen at right with the alderman.
Rhys Parejas, at far left, wrote into the pipeline sharing his experience. At the time this photo was snapped by the pipeline, the promoters were unaware of the warning that the alderman had sent out to the 1st Ward Community about their show. They were only aware of the fact that their concert had been disrupted by a large police presence, street closure, etc. The alderman had been trying to align himself with the promoters, faulting the Congress as the reason for the problems and the police showing up.
All drama aside, The Pipeline truly hopes that the alderman, the police, Carranza and his team, the neighbors, the GGNA, and everyone can work together to make the Congress better. This is our dispatch from the hearing. We didn’t intend to cover this past Friday’s events, but we were up the street when they happened and couldn’t ignore the commotion. We hope that no further events like Friday occur during this 45 day period before the Congress’s next hearing. They need to be working on the tasks assigned to them by City Commissioner Barbara Gressel rather than diffusing unfortunate situations like what occurred this past Friday.