It seems the people affected did not like what the Chicago City Council was trying to do.
The Council voted to require all "Big-Box" retailers to pay a minimum wage of $10/hour and $3 benefits to their employees. Walmart said that they would cancel plans to locate stores in Chicago and Target indicated that they would have to review their plans for expansion in Chicago.
A very poor section of Chicago had previously stopped a Walmart store from being built so Walmart moved the store two blocks away in suburban Evergreen Park, taking jobs, employees and tax revenues with it. About 25,000 people applied for 350 jobs.
Chicago loses about $300 million a year in sales taxes when residents go shopping in the suburbs for bargains. Apparently, most of the aldermen on the Chicago City Council who voted against "Big-Box" retailers are among those who go to the suburbs to shop.
Meanwhile, these aldermen have opposed low wages at Walmart while in effect supporting higher prices for Walmart customers. An economic consulting firm found that the average Walmart store saves families up to $2300 a year by slashing prices and forcing competitors to do likewise.
I grew up in a small town with small stores and very few choices. Prices were always well higher than in the big city which was about 20 miles away. We would have loved to have a Walmart.
But Mayor Daley vetoed the Council's ordinance. The Anti-Walmart aldermen were sure they could override the veto given the size of the original group voting for the ordinance. But somehow the people who wanted jobs and lower prices made a difference because when time came to vote to override, enough aldermen switched their votes to sustain the Mayor's veto by 3 votes.
Walmart is efficient, innovative, successful and non-union. No wonder most Democrats hate it.