City Council Punts on South Side Wal-Mart

July 29, 2009

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday delayed a vote that would have paved the way for a South Side Wal-Mart.

Alderman Howard Brookins (21st Ward) supports bringing the super-store to his ward.

But he says now the council can't vote on it until September.

BROOKINS: We need the economic recovery now. Nobody's projecting that things are going to get better in this country or in this city any time soon.

Brookins says he expects his opponents will try to delay the vote even further.

Unions and community groups oppose the new Wal-Mart because they say the company doesn't provide adequate pay and benefits.

But supporters say the super-center would bring much-needed jobs to a blighted neighborhood.