(Chicago, IL) — December 17, 2009. The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board has sent a blunt message to 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke: Move on Wal-Mart.
In an editorial today, the paper said:
The time for a South Side Wal-Mart has come. Unemployment in the Chicago region hovers above 11 percent, with higher rates among blacks.
City revenues are down 31 percent from a high point in 2007.
Even Mayor Daley, who hasn’t pushed hard for Wal-Mart for fear of alienating the unions, is publicly going to bat for the superstore.
“People can’t get jobs,” Daley said Wednesday. “They’re not only being laid off, they’re being eliminated out of their companies. So I’m calling on everyone — both the alderman, the community, all the unions involved and Wal-Mart — to sit down and come up with some common ground as quickly as possible.”
It’s now up to Ald. Edward M. Burke to make it happen.
Let’s see if both Burke and Wal-Mart can negotiate over that most valuable of real estate–common ground.