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Fighting Chicago’s Food-Truck Cronyism (Guest: Robert Frommer)

January 23, 2018

A Chicago small-business owner is fighting an antiquated ordinance that prohibits food trucks from operating within 200 feet of a restaurant and restricts the amount of time the trucks may serve customers in any given area.

Institute for Justice (IJ) Senior Attorney Robert Frommer joins host Jesse Hathaway on the Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about IJ’s fight for Laura Pekarik, a Chicago-area mobile food vendor fighting the city’s food truck ordinance.

Frommer says the appellate court’s decision effectively endorses discriminatory legal treatment, and explains how the Appellate Court’s ruling conflicts with Illinois legal precedent. Frommer says IJ plans to appeal the ruling to the state’s Supreme Court, calling the regulation a violation of the civil and economic liberties of Illinois residents.

Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH