According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, who’s using his aldermanic privilege to block a Chick Fil-A from coming into his ward, Chicago values involve not doing business with a company that has a CEO who may or may not have spoken out against gay marriage. “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” Emanuel told Chicago Tribune reporter Hal Dardick in a response to Moreno’s decision.
Rather than question the values of a successful chain that’s got restaurants all over the country, and its CEO who’s also got the right to believe in whatever he wants to believe in, presumably as long as he’s not branding scripture onto his chicken patties–and even then, well, it’s a free country– we should perhaps be putting a spotlight on our politician’s values and behavior, so here goes:
Alderman Moreno has touted the highly questionable Infrastructure Bank, which will turn our city’s infrastructure over to private contractors. Hmm.
Alderman Moreno has accepted money from developers shortly before a community meeting about an up-zoning. In the name of “fundraising.”
Alderman Moreno has ignored laws about not having political signs on right-of-way/sidewalks and plastered illegal garbage and recycling bins with his own image on them during an election, and, after the cans were removed, put up more signs on the Bloomingdale Trail, another public spot.
Alderman Moreno has placed a historic landmark theater into the deleterious impact public nuisance process, as many wonder about his true motives. Here he is at the scene of a massive overreaction to a small fight at hip hop show gesturing wildly on his cell phone.
Now he doesn’t like the political views of the CEO of Chick-Fil-A. The popular restaurant had planned to open up a new location on the 2500 block of N. Elston. Moreno is using his “aldermanic privilege” to deny the chain the right to do business here. Why? Because he can. He’s an alderman. It’s the Chicago way.
Perhaps the real question we should be asking is, with a Popeye’s Chicken right up the street, at 1949 W. Fullerton, or TWO TENTHS of a mile away, why bring another fast food chicken joint to an already congested area?
If healthy competition is the answer, perhaps Moreno needs some of that in the next election.
Coverage on this issue can be found on these sites:
NBC Chicago: “Chicago Alderman Wants to Block Chick Fil-A”
On Chicagoist: ”Cock Block: Chicago Alderman Blocks Opening of Chick-Fil-A In His Ward”
The Weekly Standard: “Media Invents Story That Chick Fil-A President Condemned Gay Marriage”