Brady calls on Quinn to show leadership and help bring Wal-Mart into Pullman
Following delay in vote, candidate again says governor should stand up for opportunity
Following a delayed zoning commission vote today, Bill Brady continued his call for Governor Pat Quinn to speak out firmly to allow a job-creating Wal-Mart in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago.
Brady has long been a voice to bring opportunity to food deserts in Chicago, introducing legislation on the issue last May and visiting hard hit areas.
"As I've asked in the past, whose side is the governor on?" Brady said. Quinn has taken contributions from the major opponents of the Wal- Mart project.
Brady last year introduced legislation that would prevent municipalities from blocking the construction of so-called big-box stores. He has also visited an area in the Chatham neighborhood to show his support for a proposed Wal-Mart there. Reports suggest the company and unions may be negotiating over the issue. Brady said Quinn should show leadership and do what he can to persuade his union supporters to support the project.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Alderman Anthony Beale (9th) support the Pullman Wal-Mart, which would be located in Beale's ward. Many local residents and leaders have also spoken out in support, and the the Chicago Tribune has editorialized in favor of the project.
"Public officials must not stand as an obstacle between hard-working people and the places they want to work and shop," Brady said, reiterating his previous comments on the issue. "The governor's vocal support could help move this forward. If we are serious about combating unemployment and violence, let's let people work."
According to reports, the ward is facing 30% unemployment. The project would create almost 4,000 jobs, including about 780 unionized construction workers. The store would then hire nearly 700 employees.
"Like the mayor and alderman, I believe we should support opportunity in a place where so many people are now unemployed," Brady said. "I hope Pat Quinn strongly agrees."