Brookins tries again for Wal-Mart

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South Side Alderman Howard Brookins made a second push for Wal-Mart to come to his 21st Ward.

South Side Alderman Howard Brookins made a second push for Walmart to come to his 21st Ward. At the monthly City Council meeting Wednesday, Brookins introduced an ordinance that would make way for the Arkansas-based retail giant to build a second store within city limits on 83rd Street and Stewart Avenue. Walmart opened its first store in the city in 2006 on the West Side and hoped to build more until the proposed “big box” ordinance a year later stalled their efforts. The ordinance would have required all businesses with more than $1 billion in annual sales and stores with more than 90,000 square feet to provide a minimum wage of at least $13 per hour. The council passed the ordinance. However, Mayor Richard M. Daley vetoed it. ______ Copyright 2009 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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