Saturday, April 24, 2010

Marathon Pundit: Mayor wants up or down vote on South Side Wal-Mart

John Ruberry bounces off a post from Clout St. with regards to Mayor Daley's comments on the proposed new store in the Pullman neighborhood:
Mayor Richard Daley today called for a vote by the full City Council on a contentious plan for a Wal-Mart on the Far South Side, regardless of whether the council's Zoning Committee first approves the proposal.

"Vote it up or down, and then go back and tell the people 'Hey, I got a job as alderman, but you don't have one, ha ha ha,'" said Daley who supports the Wal-Mart as a rare opportunity to put hundreds of people to work in a down economy. "Laugh at the people: 'I got a job, OK, you don't have a job.' "

Ald. Daniel Solis, 25th, the zoning committee chairman, said in the event the proposal for the residential and shopping development anchored by the giant retailer in the Pullman neighborhood does not get a majority of votes in his committee, he would consider sending it to the full council anyway.

"I would consult with Alderman Beale, depending on what the vote is," said Solis, who is trying to determine if the committee hearing will be held May 5 or May 7.
And even if this proposal doesn't get a majority of votes in the zoning comittee, it may see the light in a full city council meeting. That's just like another proposal for Chatham Market which can't make it out of the city council's committee on finance.

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