Quinn spokeswoman Katie Hickey said Quinn decided it’s “in the community’s best interest to sign the bill.”
Pete’s — which has made tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), a top Quinn supporter — started selling liquor at its store at 2333 W. Madison in June under a “contingent” license granted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration. The license required Pete’s to get an exemption from an Illinois law that bans liquor sales within 100 feet of churches or schools — or lose its city liquor license.
“This facility will be within 75 feet of our church,” Greater Bethlehem Bishop Chester Hudson wrote to Quinn. “We have received calls from local politicians and lobbyists on their behalf. Our response has been the same: NO.”
Quinn signed the bill exempting Pete’s and several other establishments from the 100-foot law on Aug. 26.
Hickey said Quinn aides “met with church officials and had spoken with representatives from the Fresh Market to hear their concerns. Conversations were amicable, and both sides understood the economic opportunity for the community.”
Attempts to reach Hudson and Pete’s owner James Dremonas were unsuccessful.
Since September 2012, Pete’s and another Dremonas company have contributed a total of $56,750 to campaign committees controlled by Ald. Burke — including a $1,500 contribution on Sept. 2, days after Quinn signed the legislation, records show. http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/gov-oks-liquor-sales-west-side-store-owned-ald-burke-ally/fri-09052014-455pm
So, Gov. Rick Perry is charged with a crime and faces life in prison in Texas because he a vetoed a bill because a drunk and lush Democrat District Attorney refused to resign after she was arrested for DUI and abused the cops and generally made an ass of herself. They said he abused his power.
In Illinois, the governor allows a grocery store to sell booze to the local booze hounds after a key legislator receives thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and right after the governor signed the bill, the store gave $1500 to the legislator as a thank you gift.
So, if things were equal, the Illinois governor and alderman should be brought up on charges for receiving cash gifts and the governor then signs a bill that gives the store a liquor.
But of course, Illinois is run by Democrats. so they will only go after Republicans. Democrats, for good or bad, just don't eat their young, no matter how corrupt they are as opposed to Republicans who will throw some of their more corrupt members under the bus.