Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Good news on eminent domain abuse

Behind an eminence front
Eminence front - it's a put on

The Who, "Eminence Front." 1981

It appears the Alderman Eugene Schulter's front collapsed, or maybe just cracked last week after meeting with some Western Avenue business owners from Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood.

From Chicago's News Star:

Alderman Eugene Schulter, 47th, backed down from a plan to condemn privately owned businesses on the 4800 block of North Western Avenue and hand them over to private developers--sort of.

After more than 100 angry Lincoln Square residents marched on Schulter's 47th Ward service office following a heated community meeting on Dec. 5, Schulter reassessed the situation.

After meeting with affected Lincoln Square business owners Dec. 10, Schulter announced later that day that he would revise a proposed acquisition ordinance making any city acquisition of properties north of 4807 N. Western Avenue "voluntary."

Schulter said that in consideration of the changes in the acquisition ordinance, the matter would not go before the full City Council on Dec. 12, but will return to the Committee on Housing and Real Estate for review.

Tom Mannis of The Bench reports that the City Council probably won't vote on this issue tomorrow, but a property rights rally will still take place at City Hall.

From The Bench:

at City Council
Wednesday, December 12th, @ 9am
Outside of City Council Chambers
2nd Floor Elevator Lobby
City Hall
121 N. La Salle Street
Chicago, IL 60602

For more information, visit the Save Lincoln Square web site.

Remember: Our government official may appear to put on a tough front on eminent domain. But if ordinary citizens fight back, odds are, we'll find that it's just a put on.

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