The Uptown Chicago Commission has started a litigation fund in the wake of the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals' decision to grant a special-use permit to a day labor agency so it can open an office at 4830 N. Sheridan Road.
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- "We're hopeful that Labor Ready is not ready to fight another court battle, and go somewhere else where they don't have to get a variance or special-use permit, " UCC president Kathy Cook said. "As the umbrella organization for the (Uptown) block clubs, UCC is in it for the long haul."
- [Labor Ready's hiree, real estate appraiser Terrence] O'Brien stated he was curious why residents who opposed bringing a day labor office to Sheridan Road didn't bring their own expert witnesses to the ZBA hearing. "I think the reason why they failed to so, is that no appraiser worth their salt would come out and testify that this would have an adverse impact," O'Brien said. "It's all sour grapes on their part." [Note: "Bad apples." "Worth their salt." "Sour grapes." What's with all the food analogies describing residents and taxpayers?]
- Asked which sex offender registry Labor Ready would use to screen job applicants, Burke stated that the company was researching its options. "We don't know enough about it to know the access and turnaround."
- And of course, the perpetual "Shiller's office did not return phone calls seeking comment."
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