WICKER PARK — After introducing legislation last month that would remove a packaged goods moratorium on Division Street, Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) did not show up to a critical meeting, delaying the ordinance by a month.
But when neither La Spata nor a staffer from his office showed up to discuss the ordinance, committee members followed protocol and did not vote, The Daily Line reported.
1st Ward spokesperson Ally Carvalho blamed the whiff on a “scheduling conflict.”
“We are aware and will make sure that does not happen again,” she told Block Club Chicago.
While the ordinance did not progress last month, it could go before the committee once more in July.
Put in place by former 1st Ward Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno on Dec. 12, 2018, the existing moratorium currently prevents the sale of packaged liquor between Wood Street and Milwaukee Avenue.
La Spata introduced his ordinance immediately following a June Wicker Park Committee meeting, during which members voted 23-5 to lift the latest moratorium after learning Target wanted to sell packaged liquors.
During the meeting, Target executive Zack Kartak explained that Moreno had promised Target he would eventually work to lift the packaged goods moratorium.
Moreno had re-instated the liquor sales ban after lifting a similar moratorium in September 2017 — a move that allowed boutique grocer Foxtrot to sell wine and beer at its Wicker Park location.
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Heather Cherone contributed to this report.