Street Vendors Not Buying Wrigley Ban Plan

Proposal would take second swing at removing vendors

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Tuesday, May 4, 2010  |  Updated 9:25 AM CDT
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Street vendors fear a Chicago alderman is trying to eject them from outside Wrigley.

Ald. Tom Tunney, whose ward includes the Friendly Confines, is taking another swing at moving peddlers away from it, the Sun-Times reports. Last summer, he struck out trying to ban street vendors from a two-block area around the iconic ballpark.

Joe Sienkiewicz, a street vendor, tells the paper Tunney is preparing to pitch a revised ordinance before the City Council Wednesday.

"They actually think they will get away with this and that we are dumb and stupid," he said in an e-mail to other vendors.

Sienkiewicz said the new proposal would make the corners of Addison and Clark and Addison and Sheffield vendor-free relocating them to "one area off the beaten path."

He's now calling on other vendors to protest outside City Hall Wednesday to smack the proposal outta there for good.

"Is it maybe 'cause all the brick-and-mortar stores and bars contribute to Mr. Tunney?" Sienkiewicz wrote. "Ask Mr. Tunney who we are hurting. All we are doing is trying to support [our] families and pay [our] bills."

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