Wednesday morning the Chicago Republican Party held a press conference to discuss a discrimination and human rights complaint it filed with the Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, against Chicago 1st Ward Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno.
The complaint is in response to Alderman Moreno’s recent Chicago Tribune editorial in which he outlined his intent to discriminate against a local resident who is applying to open a Chick-fil-A restaurant in his ward. Moreno writes that he will not approve a zoning permit for the resident businessman due to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s personal religious view that marriage is a between a man and a woman.
The Chicago GOP complaint cites three laws from the Illinois Criminal Statute that Moreno has allegedly violated and encourages Madigan’s office to take up an investigation and bring charges against Alderman Moreno.
Following the press conference, members of the Chicago GOP — led by Chairman Adam Robinson, Vice Chairman Chris Cleveland, and Illinois 4th Congressional Candidate Hector Concepcion (challenger to Luis Gutierez) — walked across the street to the deliver the complaint to Attorney General Madigan’s office in the Thompson Center.
Once inside the Thompson Center, the group of Republicans, along with the press, was stopped by security and delayed from continuing up to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. After several minutes, Madigan’s Communications Director, Natalie Bauer, attempted to keep the group from proceeding upstairs, telling the group she would deliver the complaint for them.
Only after 11th Ward Committeeman Carl Segvich asked Bauer if they were simply not allowed to visit their state’s Attorney General’s office, Bauer replied, “no,” then proceeded then to allow them to deliver the letter in person.
Breitbart News confirmed with Robinson and Cleveland that the Chicago GOP group successfully delivered the complaint to Attorney General Madigan’s administrative staff. When asked how Robinson felt the Attorney General would handle the complaint, he told Breitbart News, “I hope she will do her job, but my expectations are very, very low.”
AG Madigan’s communications personnel confirmed with Breitbart News that “we are reviewing the complaint, and we have no additional details right now.”
The same day, conservatives across the country celebrated National Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, turning out in droves to support the restaurant chain. Despite Alderman Moreno and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s claim that the fast food chain doesn’t represent “Chicago values,” there was a line out the door and around the corner to get into the only Chick-fil-A that exists in downtown Chicago.