Bolingbrook's Chick-fil-A to be Complete Next Month

"No slow down" seen in development following remarks against same-sex marriage made by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy.

There has been no "slow down" in the construction of first Chick-fil-A location following remarks the fast food chain's president made against same sex marriage. 

Construction for  new Chick-fil-A is on track to be complete next month as the fast food chain faces controversy over its president's public stance against same-sex marriage. 

The Bolingbrook restaurant will open in a new building at 245 N. Weber Rd., in front of the  at the intersection of Weber and Boughton Road.

The restaurant has passed all rough inspections and the first round of final inspections should take place in the next two weeks, according to Bolingbrook Building Commissioner Daniel Buonamici. 

No opening date for the restaurant has been released.

Last week, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said his business was "guilty as charged" in support of the "biblical definition of the family unit," according to the AP.

In response, a Chicago alderman said he would use aldermanic privilege to block a proposed Chick-fil-A from opening in his ward, according to ABC

The Jim Henson company severed ties with Chick-fil-A, and Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino sent a letter to Cathy saying, "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it," ABC reported

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel wrote in a statement to the Chicago Tribune, "Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values..They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty."

Cathy's remarks sparked passionate support, as well as outrage. 

In support of Cathy's stance, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has organized "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." As of 9 p.m. Thursday, the day's Facebook page had garnered 1,554 likes. 

Last year, Bolingbrook's board of trustees voted unanimously to approve the Chick-fil-A development.

At the time, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar said Chick-fil-A, which has a cult following across the country, would be a great addition to the village's business landscape.

Do you support Chick-fil-A opening in Bolingbrook? Tell us in the comments. 

Donna KPG July 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I fully support same sex marriage and Chick-fil-a...I could care less what the founder of a restaurant believes as long as their hiring practices include everyone (which they do). I grew up in the South with Chick-fil-a and I love their chicken biscuits for breakfast! Its a good thing I drive the opposite way for work or I'd be eating there every day lol
Linda T. July 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I agree with Donna - he can have his opinion, this needs to be dropped there are more important things to worry about in this world.
detaian July 27, 2012 at 01:29 PM
To you there are more important things in the world. But to someone who is gay, to marry the person they love, is the most important thing in the world. He can have his opinion. Buy so can everyone else. That is the great thing about this country.
Dianne Schramm July 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I agree. I also support same sex marriage but also freedom of speech and religion. If I only patronized businesses that agreed with me on everything, I would probably have nowhere to shop.
Jan Rieser July 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I will not be frequenting the restaurant. As a person you are free to have your own beliefs, but as a spokesperson for a business this is America. What happened to equality?
Jim J July 27, 2012 at 04:27 PM
To those who do not support same-sex marriage, I have one question (and please think about it instead of giving a knee-jerk response): How would you feel if your government decided who you could marry, or if you could marry the one you love?
Kris Smyth July 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
To paraphrase a song by a song by Rich Mullins (late contemporary Christian artist) Belief without works is like a screen door on a submarine. In other words what good is having a belief if you do not put it into action. I see no reason why two U.S. citizens who have been together for 10 years and happen to be a ssc should have less rights and legal coverage than a couple married 10 minutes. So by choosing not to frequent Chic . I am doing my part to uphold my beliefs in ssm. Now I am actually considering trying to be one of the first customers so I get free food for a year and hurt their profit that way. Now dont get me wrong, I am not niave enough to think that what I do will singularly hurt the profits of Chic. However If you truly believe in something, yet do not put rubber to the road, what good is your beliefs? Oh btw why should the couple mentioned above have less rights?.
Kris Smyth July 27, 2012 at 05:40 PM
They, the company and its owners have the right to believe what they want and to donate money to whomever they see fit. However I as a consumer have the right not to frequent them if I do not like their "politics". Will it in the long run hurt their profits, no ,but I will know I did my part to uphold my principles.
Kris Smyth July 27, 2012 at 05:44 PM
where do you draw the line?. Where do you say I do not agree with you so this is how I will show it?..... The only offense we as consumers have against corporate America is with our money. If you do not believe in what they stand for, and as the CEO what he believes is what the company believes, then you can put your beliefs into action, or be a hypocrite.... your choice.
PKR July 27, 2012 at 09:24 PM
FYI their website says it will be open September 6th.
Tom Whitcomb July 27, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I hope to be first i line when they open, How dare the liberals try to control this mans business because of his beliefs. our country is truly going to hell in a hand basket. I'm sure they do;t have a sign out front stating "Gays not welcome", just as they wouldnt say blacks, white, asians, etc not welcome, get over it, he religous convictions and is not ashamed to to express them.
Jimmy J July 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I didn't hear if Rahm asked the CEO of Motorola about his/her religious beliefs? He is overjoyed they are bringing 3000 jobs to Chicago. I heard Rahm is already "walking back" his objection to Chic Fil opening another store in Chi town. He is looking like a religious bigot. He didn't ask Farakhan to take back his anti-semitic beliefs when he complimented him for helping patrol the violent shooting galleries of Chicago.
Brian Jones July 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I really do not understand why this is an issue. 1 man does not support same sex marriage so what. There are many that do not believe exactly how i think. This is what made our country. If we start telling a company that thy cannot open because of this then we also need to tell a church that they are not welcome if they believe the same thing. Where does it stop????
Kris Smyth July 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Ya I guess the "who gives a crap" sort of explains your views on this. I mean who gives a crap if everyone does not have equal rights... who gives a crap if a certain segment of society is treated like second class citizens just because another group does not like who or what they are.... who gives a crap..... well me for one....
Kris Smyth July 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM
So you believe that all citizens should not enjoy the same rights... good to know
Ellery Hunter July 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM
They do don't they? The government says I can only marry a female over a certain age and I can only be married to one of them at a time.
Mickey July 28, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Yeah! Been waiting for chick fil a to come up here for years!! I lived in Florida for a couple years & ate there. Just recently ate there in the Cedar Point amusement park.
Robert July 28, 2012 at 07:00 AM
You ALL seem to be commenting on only the same sex marriage issue, and I understand that since that is the statement that seems to be causing all the riff. HOWEVER...if you actually look at the organizations that the corporation and the founder support in their records, you will see a LARGE number of hate groups. So, go ahead and support someone that is going to send your hard earned dollars to various hate organizations, I for one will NOT be there.
Kris Smyth July 28, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Nice try ellen... However the government says you can marry who you are attracted to. The homo. can not... not exactly equal....
Robert July 29, 2012 at 01:00 AM
If our mayor had done his homework on this company rather than just look at dollar signs, I doubt even he would have allowed this company to come into Bolingbrook. Just as he did with Cracker Barrell years ago.
tom July 29, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Robert, There isn't a Cracker Barrel in Bolingbrook. The one on Weber and I55 is in Romeoville.
Ellery Hunter July 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I have no issue with people who decide they will not patronize a business because of the beliefs of those who own the business, or for any other reason. It's your choice as a consumer and I respect that. However, I think it's out of bounds for government officials to decide who can or cannot open a business in their jurisdiction based on that officials beliefs. There are those in Chicago (and Bolingbrook) who come down on both sides of this issue. I have just as much right to eat at Chick Fil A as those who will boycott have a right not to eat there. If someone wants to protest and withhold their "hard-earned" dollars from this company then go right ahead. I salute you - even if you despise my decision to eat there.
Ellery Hunter July 30, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I'm not saying it's equal, I'm just saying there are some level of restrictions already. Excuse me for sounding a bit disingenuous about it, but the prospective bigamist is in the same boat, though most people would not agree with his cause. Many would condemn bigamy on moral grounds, much the same as pedophilia. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that bigamy and pedophilia are the same as homosexuality - I'm only pointing out that the idea of some restriction of our freedom to marry anyone we choose is generally accepted as appropriate on some level. The argument is where do you (or the government) draw the line. But to say that there should be no line and that this is not the governments business is overreaching.
Mickey August 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Ironically, Kris Smyth quotes Rich Mullins, who shared the same beliefs and views as Dan Cathy. Interesting.....
Mickey August 06, 2012 at 02:31 PM
And to boot! She misquotes the song!! It's FAITH without works. And also takes the entire song out of context. (smh)


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