It's been in the news, in the 1st Ward Ald. Joe Moreno wants to block permits for a Chick-fil-A restaurant from opening in his ward. The main reason is because of a statement by their CEO with regards to gay marriage.
YoChicago commented on this story on whether or not Ald. Moreno was wrong to deny this permit because a CEO exercises his 1st Amendment right. Even going to a law blog - The Volokh Conspiracy - for clarification. If Chick-fil-A wants to pursue a lawsuit, case precedent could help their case.
The controversy was featured on last nights edition of Politics Tonight on CLTV. There was poll that at the end of the night was supportive of Chick-fil-A expanding to Chicago's 1st Ward and certainly against Ald. Moreno's effort to block their expansion using "Aldermanic privilege" on permits.
Mary Mitchell even gets into this fight saying that the government shouldn't attack a business because of the views of their owners or management.
For instance, Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno’s threat to stop Chick-fil-A from opening a fast-food restaurant in his ward is not only ridiculous; it’s dangerous.You know, this causes me to want Chick-fil-A to open a shop down this way. I wonder what many of you think of any statement made by the CEO of that restaurant chain? Do you agree with his statement? Do you think any Alderman has the right to block a business from opening due to the views or political activities of the ownership or management?
In a body as corrupt as the Chicago City Council has proven to be, we don’t need to give aldermen another excuse to open a bag of tricks.