Wicker Park alderman mad at local bar, left them in the lurch for months

This happens to be my ward’s alderman, Daniel La Spata, and I’ve been less than thrilled with his first year on the job. He told me by phone last month that the local crime problem is merely a “perception problem.” He used his power to block a patio permit that would’ve let this bar reopen for summer. He forced them to have multiple community meetings that he didn’t even attend. Then the city granted the permit without his blessing. learn more

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