Ald. Proco Joe Moreno open to new talks on Logan Square Chick-fil-A

Says there may be grounds to 'move forward' on Chick-fil-A in 1st ward

July 26, 2012

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Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno says the door isn’t entirely closed on a new Chick-fil-A restaurant opening in his 1st ward.

Moreno told WBEZ that the owners seeking to build the restaurant have said they won’t support any groups with a political agenda, including those with an anti-gay marriage stance.

Moreno says if he gets an explicit guarantee from the franchise owner he will consider granting zoning rights to a new Chick-fil-A in Logan Square.

"If they’re serious about that, and they’re willing to put that in writing and they’re willing to adopt that. I think those are the grounds where we can move forward," Moreno said.

Moreno added traffic issues also needed to be resolved before the restaurant could open. The alderman previously expressed concerns that the anti-gay marriage remarks made by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy could translate into discriminatory business practices.

Since the alderman and Mayor Rahm Emanuel both came out against Chick-fil-A earlier this week, they have faced heavy criticism from social conservatives and religious groups. Today, the Chicago Republican party threatened to file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Attorney General's office.