PI Original Adam Doster Wednesday February 11th, 2009, 5:22pm

Brookins Divulges Proposed Wal-Mart Locations

While Wal-Mart has clearly expressed interest in reviving efforts to open several stores in Chicago, the mega-retailer and ally Mayor Daley have kept mum about where they hope to locate those outlets. On WVON’s Matt and Perry show this morning, 21st ward Alderman and Wal-...

While Wal-Mart has clearly expressed interest in reviving efforts to open several stores in Chicago, the mega-retailer and ally Mayor Daley have kept mum about where they hope to locate those outlets. On WVON’s Matt and Perry show this morning, 21st ward Alderman and Wal-Mart advocate Howard Brookins Jr. spilled the beans. Below is a list of the wards he said Wal-Mart has zeroed in on:

- Ward 9: Anthony Beale
- Ward 16: JoAnn Thompson
- Ward 21: Howard Brookins Jr.
- Ward 34: Carrie Austin
- Ward 37: Emma Mitts

You’ll notice that three of the targeted wards sit on the perimeter of the city limits -- Beale and Austin on the far South Side and Mitts on the far West Side. Brookins’ Chatham-area ward is also fairly close to the border.

Interestingly enough, both Beale and former Ald. Shirley Coleman (Thompson’s predecessor) voted in favor (PDF) of the Big Box Wage ordinance in 2006. So it's fairly clear why Wal-Mart and Daley would select their wards as proposed sites.  Mitts, Austin, and Brookings were among the 14 lawmakers who opposed the ordinance. (UPDATE: A commenter correctly points out that while Coleman initially supported the Big Box ordinance, she did not vote to override Mayor Daley's subsequent veto of the legislation.)

We’re going to be watching Wal-Mart’s Chicago campaign very closely in the coming months, so stay tuned.

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