Chicago aldermen feast on Chick-fil-a in City Hall

October 27, 2012

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Chicago aldermen feasted on politically hot chicken sandwiches at City Hall on Friday.  

Alderman Brendan Reilly had 75 sandwiches from the Chick-fil-a restaurant delivered to the anteroom behind council chambers where aldermen often have lunch together.

The Chick-fil-a chain has become notorious since the company’s owners publicly opposed gay marriage. Because of that stance one Chicago alderman had fought to keep the chain out of his ward, but there’s already one in Brendan Reilly’s ward.

“The more people who are exposed to the good food, (they) understand these are good establishments to have in your ward, certainly for the jobs, but also it’s really tasty food,” said Reilly.

But Alderman James Cappleman, who considers his civil union with another man a marriage, wasn’t biting. “It’s tongue and cheek, it’s fun, it’s a way that we sometimes had fun with each other but I still like to avoid it.”

Despite an empty Chick-fil-a bag on the table in front of him, Alderman Joe Moore didn’t join in.  

He insisted, “I know nothing about chicken sandwiches.  I’m trying to lose weight.  That’s why I’m eating this chocolate cake instead.”