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May 14, 2008

A Victory In The War Against The Food Police

by Doug Mataconis

Chicago, city of broad shoulders and big steaks, has repealed its ban against fois gras:

Chicagoans can feast on foie gras once more. The Chicago City Council just repealed the ban on its sale that it put in place two years ago.

Monica Davey, the Times’s Chicago bureau chief, says the ban has been a source of embarrassment for the city and the repeal comes as residents have accused officials of trying to micromanage people’s lives, with talk of prohibiting smoking even outside along the lakefront and eliminating transfats from restaurants.

No other American city has prohibited foie gras’ sale, but California has passed a law banning it as of 2012.

The Chicago council’s vote was 37-6, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Web site.

In bringing the measure to the floor, Mayor Richard M. Daley, never a supporter of the ban, ignored pleas from the ban’s sponsor, Alderman Joe Moore, who, The Tribune said, warned his colleagues that, “Tomorrow it could happen to you.”

What “it” was wasn’t clear.

This is why I love Chicago, and America.

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  1. Ahh, Chicago. One of the most corruptly-run cities in America. But at least we can have foie gras again!

    That is, if you can afford to pay the 10.25% sales tax on it…

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — May 14, 2008 @ 2:29 pm
  2. Ahh, Joe Moore…idiot whore to the labor unions. Penn & Teller absolutely decimated him as a corrupt stooge in their episode about Wal-Mart.

    Comment by UCrawford — May 14, 2008 @ 2:38 pm
  3. Brad,

    Corrupt ? Chicago ? Surely, you jest.

    Doesn’t matter, though, I can still find the best martini on the planet there ;)

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — May 15, 2008 @ 3:58 am
  4. Doug,

    Where? I took my wife to the bar on the 96th floor of the Hancock building once while I was there, and they had some good martinis (made better by the “top of the world” feeling you get drinking 1,000 feet above the city streets)…

    But my wife and I are headed back for a wedding next month, and spending at least one day downtown, so if you have any suggestions, let me know…

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — May 15, 2008 @ 8:16 am
  5. The Drake Hotel. Coq D’Or Room.

    Though I have been to the restaurant at the Hancock Tower. That’s a view you can’t beat.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — May 15, 2008 @ 8:19 am
  6. Ahh, the time we went to the Hancock we stayed at the Drake. Somehow we got a great deal (“club-level” room, including complimentary drinks in the evening & breakfast for only $200)… Ended up eating dinner at Ditka’s, though, which was pretty good.

    I’ve heard the Signature Room (restaurant on the 95th floor) is good but overpriced, which was why we just went to the bar up there for drinks.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — May 15, 2008 @ 8:32 am

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