The 44th District Senator again called on Governor Quinn to reject a new $10 million state subsidy for supermarkets and food companies in Chicago. He said allowing a Wal-Mart Supercenter store that sells groceries will resolve the problem of making healthy food available for thousands of Chicagoans, without spending tax dollars.
“I’m again asking Governor Quinn to join me in calling on the City Council of Chicago to vote in favor of this Supercenter store and others to be built in Chicago,” Senator Brady said.
Each Supercenter store could generate an estimated $5 million annually in sales tax revenues for the city and state, and create job opportunities for about 400 employees. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce believes the city could support 10 additional mega-retail stores with full-service groceries.
“Ten stores generating an estimated $5 million and 400 new jobs each – that’s $50 million a year in sales tax revenues alone and 4,000 new, revenue-producing fulltime jobs the City will reject by not allowing this Supercenter and others like it to be built,” Senator Brady said. “Not one new job has been created by Chicago’s ‘anti-big box store’ attitude, but hundreds of workers have been laid off from good-paying jobs because of its revenue shortfalls.
“As I said before, municipal leaders who are trying to keep businesses from locating within their corporate boundaries – for whatever reasons – are denying their citizens jobs during a time of 25-year record unemployment, limiting much-needed city and state tax revenues, and ignoring quality-of-life concerns in many neighborhoods,” he added.