How Wal-Mart finally broke the Chicago barrier
Finance Chairman Edward M. Burke (14th), who had blocked the Chatham Wal-Mart, told colleagues it was time for labor to “declare victory” and go home.
Even with its City Council support waning, labor sensed it could find a better way to save face.
So Gannon angrily rejected Wal-Mart’s take-it-or-leave-it offer and threatened to flex his muscle — by defeating the proposed Pullman Park Wal-Mart before the City Council’s Zoning Committee.
Here it is. Two thoroughly corrupt men who both lost; contrary to the flattering puffery of the sympathetic anti-business Sun Times.. Wal-Mart is coming to Chicago, in an area that desperately needs jobs and a retail food outlet. Wal-Mart only conceded a small age increase for entry level jobs and promised that their stores will be built with union labor.
Gannon and other labor thugs paid off the Aldermen and even went so far to buy aldermanic elections to keep Wal-Mart out. Burke and others gladly took the payoffs. They spent six years in a futile fight- a fight they could not win. Courts have ruled that zoning matters cannot be affected by purely political issues, such as labor interference in the political system. If Wal-Mart took the city to court it would probably prevail. Unfortunately it would probably take two or three more years to accomplish that.
Fortunately Gannon is retiring. Good riddance to bad trash. Now, it is time to retire all 49 Democratic Aldermen, especially the head of corruption, Ed Burke. Enough is enough. This is not just about Wal-Mart. This is about any large business wanting to locate in the corporate limits of the city of Chicago. No business should be held hostage to the greedy whims of corrupt aldermen. No business should be subject to the horrendous political machinations of these predators. No business should be forced to make political concessions that have nothing to do with building permits or zoning.
If you want to know why there are no good jobs in Chicago, look no further than the Chicago City Council Chambers. A Chamber of torture and horror to the business and commercial world. It is a disgrace. The Chicago City Council was protecting no one, except their campaign funds. They could care less about wages, employee protections, or even voters for that matter. Until now. Until the voters showed up at city hall and demanded the council act. It is a disgrace that the Aldermen had to be forced to so something that benefits the people, instead of their pocket books.