Lane Bryant lawsuit shows poor judgment, wastes TIF dollars


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Village board: Yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times article about the $2.4 million lawsuit filed by Lane Bryant against the village for denying its lease for space in the RSC building is disconcerting for a number of reasons.

Who exactly denied this prospective tenant from the space? How was the decision made? This matter has been discussed at the board level for over six months with no public notice. Who exactly has provided you with input on the undesirability of a Lane Bryant store? Who is deciding what is acceptable and not acceptable in Downtown Oak Park?

President Pope, please provide the list of "different locations" which you believe are more "appropriate" for this type of store.

Once again the village is the subject of a lawsuit it is destined to lose. You are wasting our precious tax dollars! Explain this expenditure of TIF dollars defending this lawsuit to the schools and to the public. The poor judgment used here is appalling. Stop micro-managing the details and take the leadership to set policy. I can only wonder how much staff time and how many executive sessions?#34;in addition to public tax dollars?#34;have been used on this ridiculous issue.

And where are our local newspapers who are not covering this important story?

Kathryn Jonas
Oak Park

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