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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner Too Chicken to Decide Whether to Support Chick-fil-A or Chicago Values; Meanwhile Community Lines Up in Hundreds to Support Local Chick-fil-A of Aurora

When Chick-fil-A decided to land its first regional restaurant in the Chicago area in Aurora on the border with Naperville, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner boasted about it as "economic development" (he conveniently left out the part of how he killed a new hotel deal on the same border).

To Weisner's credit, even though Chick-fil-A chose the location based upon the particular parcel more than the city, we admit...yes, the only economic development in Aurora during the Weisner regime in recent years has been based upon chickens.

However, since the controversy over Chick-fil-A's CEO's comments supporting traditional marriage and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's statements that Chick-fil-A doesn't reflect the "values" of Chicago, we have been trying to get Weisner to decide if he's still with or now against Chick-fil-A.

Spokesgirl Carie Anne Ergo (who makes over $160,0000 per year), told us the mayor has been too busy in meetings in his office to respond.  Our interns even went to Weisner's office to talk to him and it's true, he was in his office, but not in a meeting.

He was hiding under his $14,000 desk talking on the phone to Party Girl Alderman Stephanie Kifowit, who has considerable experience on flip-flops, including on the gay marriage issue.

Meanwhile, today the community lining in hundreds to support small business and Chick-fil-A in Aurora.

We urge Mayor Weisner to stop being a chicken and support small business, not the Chicago Way.

Aurora is not only home to the first area Chick-fil-A, but despite attacks from PETA, the city also has its first live chicken shop on the west side where you can get fresh chicken.

Combined with a mayor who is chicken, the 11 chickens on city council and chicken dance spreading across the city, when it comes to chicken, Aurora is second to none.

NOTE:  Join the OpenlineBlog team Wednesday evening at Chick-fil-A in Aurora ...we've even invited the chickens at the Beacon-News to join us as well.


Anonymous said...

Openline = hypocrit

You blast the other politicians for getting involved, then you blast Weisner for not getting involved. Either it's right for the Chicago alderman to make his feelings known or it isn't. If it isn't right for him, it isn't right for Weisner.

And geez can you lay off the cheesy chicken dance videos? Here you're talking about the chicken dance sweeping the nation (which it isn't, this really isn't that big of an issue) and playing a video as if it was brand new. Well, you kept playing this video a year or two ago and it was just as lame then.

Anonymous said...

Oh, as far as the chicken butcher shop on the near west side, I guess I'm glad that it's doing well and at least so far no one has gotten sick from food coming out of a former industrial building contaminated with all kinds of hazardous chemicals.

Anonymous said...

Weisner jumped at the chance for a photo-op and publicity when CFA came to Aurora, so he should have stood up for the small business in this situation.

The blog is dead-on. Weisner is too chicken to come out and support CFA because he will alienate his liberal buddies.

Anonymous said...

Personal beliefs have nothing to do with governmental building permits.

Anonymous said...

If the blog is dead on that Weisner should come out in support of Chik Fil A, then it's dead wrong that the Chicago alderman, mayor, and other politicians around the country should not come out against Chik Fil A. You can't have it both ways. Personally, I agree w/ 5:47 and think that ALL the politicians should just shut up and stay out of it. It's not like you'll ever really know what they think, anyway. They start by considering what viewpoint is going to help them the most (or hurt them the least) politically. Then that's what they announce. What they truly believe is a secondary (or lower) consideration.

Anonymous said...

Uh, "small business"?

From the Chik-Fil-A website:

"Since then, Chick-fil-A has steadily grown to become the second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States, with over 1,615 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C. In 2011, annual sales were over $4.1 billion. Chick-fil-A is still privately held and family owned."

Doesn't sound "small business" to me.

Anonymous said...

Boston and Chicago will not get anymore tourism dollars from me.

Anonymous said...

The leftist boycott of Chick-Fil-A is the first actual economic stimulus of the Obama era.

Anonymous said...

You can't boycott Chik-fil-a! Where are you going to get your 16 grams of fat and 1400 mg of sodium in one sandwich?