Here's a little pick-me-up: Last month, Gov. Quinn signed into law a little something that is synopsised as "Amends the Day and Temporary Labor Services Act. Provides that, in a municipality with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants, a day and temporary labor service agency may not operate or transact business at a location that is within 1,000 feet of a school building or a building in which a Boys and Girls Club is located or real property comprising a school or a Boys and Girls Club." We just like to call it "Helen's Law."
In short, the state Senate and House voted unanimously that there can be no situation in the future like the one Helen proposed for Uptown, where day laborers can line up outside right across from a school and a Boys & Girls Club. This is one of the results of the "Stop Labor Ready" lawsuit, filed and funded by residents of the 46th and 48th Wards.
How bad a plan was it?
It was such a bad plan that a state law now says that it can't happen again. It was the plan that Denice Davis called "a done deal." It was the plan that Ald. Shiller wanted so badly that she lied in her statement before the Zoning Board of Appeals. It was the plan that Ald. Smith's staff member testified against. It was the plan that the trio of fools who comprised the ZBA that day liked so much that they approved it unanimously.
And it was such a bad plan that the governor and the state legislators had to step in, to make sure it could never happen again. Such is the leadership of the 46th Ward.