UPDATE on Logan Square Farmer’s Market: Information Meeting Tonight, 6 pm

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May 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Following up on recent events regarding the status of the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, and Ald. Colon’s objection to the permit for the market for the 2011 season, there is an informational meeting tonight, sponsored by the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce.  The meeting is at 6 pm, at the Logan Square Library, 3030 W. Fullerton, Chicago.

According to estimates by the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, approximately 120 people attended Tuesday’s hearing on Ald. Colon’s objection to the permit for the market.  (The Tribune estimates  that ”over 80″ attended the hearing.)  After approximately 45 minutes of waiting for the hearing to begin, Ald. Colon ultimately withdrew his request for the hearing.  He addressed the attendees, confirming his support for the market, but stated, “I’d like to urge those that are involved with the market to … keep it free of high-fructose corn syrup, free of pesticides and free of political activity.”  The Chamber of Commerce claims that Ald. Colon has expressed his intent since then to support an ordinance that would waive the fee for the market permit.  However, this meeting may not take place until June, the month the market is scheduled to begin.

Ald Colon addresses constituents and colleagues, withdrawing his hearing request.  (l to r), Aldermen Daley, Moreno, Colon, Burnett (Image courtesy of Logan Square Chamber of Commerce)

Ald Colon addresses constituents and colleagues, withdrawing his hearing request. (l to r), Aldermen Daley, Moreno, Colon, Burnett (Image courtesy of Logan Square Chamber of Commerce)

For market supporters, this issue is not over.  The Logan Square Chamber of Commerce is continuing to fight to support its request for a fee waiver ordinance, and stresses, “Your presence [at the hearing] was your testimony.”  In an email thanking supporters, it stated, “Your dozens and dozens of telephone calls to the committee members and Alderman Colon, your hundreds of e-mails and comments on Facebook, Twitter, the news blogs and the Logan Square neighborhood listserves made an incredible impact.  We received messages of support from as far away as Denmark, and sparked a nation-wide discussion of the issue.”  

The Logan Square Chamber of Commerce asks that you attend tonight’s meeting, so that ”we can share the latest information and fill you in on the background details of this complicated situation.”  You can contact the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce by e-mail at info@loganchamber.org or by phone at 773-489-3222.

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