Keeping the sordid reputation of Chicago politicians alive and not-so-well, Alderman Deborah Graham reportedly gave convicted drug dealer Frederick “Juicy” Sims great assistance in getting a huge monetary grant to open a liquor store in Chicago, according to Opposing Views on Tuesday, as well as an original report by the Chicago Tribune.
Sims, who previously gave Alderman Graham a $2,000 donation for her political campaign, received a six-figure public grant to open his liquor store. The grant involved a $105,000 tax increment in financing, which is beyond the fact that a ban on liquor businesses had to be lifted for Sims to open shop.
The liquor store is in a neighborhood where such businesses have been banned for the past ten years – as the area is inundated with liquor stores already, having two other liquor stores within a block of the new business. Ironically, Graham is credited with previously leading the politicians to ban liquor licenses in the area.
The business is called Convenience For You, and it opened at 5337 West Madison Avenue on Chicago’s far West Side in April where police reports indicate that the area is known for drug dealings and a great deal of crime.
Beyond previous convictions involving Sims, reports indicate that he grew up in a house where the Chicago’s Vice Lords street gang was based. At that location, police conducted a raid last year and uncovered materials for packaging drugs for sale as well as $47,000 in cash money. The new business owner, Sims, is awaiting his trial on that incident.
The city approved the grant that has been given to Sims.