"Thank you to everyone that has contacted me regarding Wal-mart opening a store in the 46th Ward. Many of you have asked what I can do to discourage them from opening a store in our ward due to their history of hurting local or long-standing community businesses. I too am concerned about some of their past business practices and the covert strategies the company has implemented to open stores in many of the wards in Chicago.
However, I want to make sure that I do not create a situation that could make our city, with a significant budget deficit, open to a lawsuit. My staff and I will work closely with staff in City Hall, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce and East Lake View Neighbors to make sure Wal-mart is accountable for their use of 3636 N. Broadway in a way that improves and builds on our community and does not inhibit current and future retail in the area."