Ald. (42nd) Brendan Reilly says he was attacked Thursday night time exterior Boss Bar, the notorious late-night bar in River North. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is asking for a police investigation after a pair of unknown assailants attacked the alderman. Reilly tells reporters he desires extra law enforcement officials to be assigned to the realm.
Reilly, a member of the Metropolis Council for 14 years — one who’s vocal on restaurant issues, as his ward contains River North (a neighborhood stuffed with eating places and bars) — informed reporters he was ready for a buddy round 10:30 p.m. on Thursday exterior Boss Bar at 420 N. Clark Avenue when he seen two males yelling at him as they stood in the course of Hubbard Avenue, according to Block Club Chicago. The incident then quickly unfolded: the boys knocked Reilly down and commenced punching and kicking him, he says, earlier than a Boss Bar worker pulled them off and so they fled.
Reilly says the entire change was over in lower than a minute, and whereas he walked away with a number of bumps and scrapes, he determined to not name the police — a alternative he now regrets, Block Membership reviews. Reilly has repeatedly asked for a large police presence in River North as restaurant homeowners complained of property harm resulting from looting final 12 months.
Although Boss Bar has a license to remain open till four a.m. on most nights, underneath pandemic guidelines bars should shut at midnight and prospects are required to put on masks until seated and consuming or consuming. Well being specialists nonetheless deal with bars in a special class than eating places in terms of dangers. They are saying alcohol consumption and raised voices may also help unfold the illness, and that it’s tougher to follow safety rules at bars.
Lightfoot says an investigation is warranted to make sure Reilly wasn’t focused due to his place as an elected official, and has directed police and the Division of Enterprise Affairs and Shopper Safety (BACP) to analyze the assault, the Tribune reports.
Boss Bar, an notorious late-night hang-out since 1987, for a lot of evokes recollections of River North earlier than it grew to become a slick neighborhood. Its title is a reference to Mayor Richard J. Daley’s nickname, immortalized by Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko’s biography, Boss.
The bar’s political legacy lives on, as proprietor Shay Ghazimoradi has supported Reilly’s profession and donated a complete of $24,400 through the years both to Reilly’s marketing campaign committee or to the 42nd Ward Democratic Org committee, based on the Tribune. The alderman’s marketing campaign committee has reportedly charged greater than $37,000 in bills at Boss Bar since 2010, with most spending directed towards “Residents for Reilly” conferences.
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