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Spoof Letter Mocks Chicago's Chick-fil-A Stance

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    Somebody's not sick of the chicken debate just yet.

    A letter distributed to at least one 1st Ward business this week spoofed Chicago Ald. Proco Joe Moreno's opinion on Chick-fil-A entering Logan Square.

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    Signed with Moreno's name, the letter pointed to the alderman's comments about preventing Chick-fil-A from opening a second Chicago location and detailed plans for a fake pilot program to "determine the social and political views of each 1st ward business."

    Moreno spokesperson Matt Bailey told NBC Chicago the letter was absolutely not issued by his office and has been reported to authorities.

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    Moreno spoke out last month about the restaurant's stance against gay marriage and vowed not to let Chick-fil-A open shop in his ward. "I think it's irresponsible to have discriminatory policies from the top down," Moreno told NBC Chicago at the time. "They're not coming in."

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel apparently agreed. "The values expressed are not Chicago values," he said.

    The fight has since simmered down. Both Emanuel and Moreno later clarified that while they oppose the company's gay marriage views, they would not block a new one from opening if it met city requirements.

    Turns out the debate isn't over in the 1st Ward.

    The spoof letter, dated Aug. 3, addresses businesses as being "randomly selected to be among the first to undergo [First Ward Values Accreditation System] review."

    "As a business in the 1st Ward, I want to make certain that you understand that all 1st ward businesses are expected to share my values and Chicago values," the letter reads.

    The letter comes less than a week after hundreds gathered at Chicago area Chick-fil-A locations to celebrate an unofficial “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”