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Jul 18 / Neal

NBC Investigates EZPawn

EZPAWN, former Eckerd store, Lakewood NBC star correspondent Carol Marin reported on EZPawn’s activities in Chicago last night during the channel’s 10 p.m. newscast.  The segment focused on the method’s EZPawn uses to get their stores into locations where the community strongly opposes them including a store on the 6400 block of North Avenue.  The report alleges EZPawn is using lawfirm Reyes-Kurson to make contributions to aldermen including “$2,100 to (29th Ward Alderman Deborah) Graham’s ward organization to cover expenses for  community meetings.”  According to Alderman Graham “It may not look good but it was not an illegal thing to do”.  Alderman Graham also stated “When you drive down North Ave there are over 20 vacant store fronts,” she said. “We wish we could have got a different business but it does fill a vacancy.”

A lawsuit has been filed challenging the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals ruling permitting EZPawn’s special use permit.   A community meeting will be  July 30 at Redeemer Church, 6740 W North Ave, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will review the latest news regarding the lawsuit as well as a proposed “banquet hall” on the 6200 block of North Avenue, revitalization efforts for North Avenue and the new Galewood farmer’s market which will start August 4.

FYI – The video from the newscast is not online at 10 a.m. this morning.  The video should be uploaded soon.


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