A long-stalled resolution from Ald. Derrick Curtis (18) will re-examine what company officials already consider a done deal–the layoff of 600 workers at the Mondelez plant at 73rd and Kedzie. The resolution urges Mondelez “consider instead how to grow its facilities and operations in Chicago in order to take advantage of the skilled workforce and advantages of a Chicago facility, and be part of the renaissance of manufacturing in the City.” The factory has produced Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies and Ritz and Premium crackers for more than 50 years.
Curtis, whose ward includes the factory, has tended to focus on constituent services over legislating. This is the only non-routine item he has served as lead sponsor on since taking office. In March, he joined Cook County Comm. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia and Ald. Ed Burke (14) in introducing items directed at the layoffs–Burke’s asked for an examination into how the city and county track redevelopment agreements and tax incentives, and Garcia’s asked the company “to engage in discussions to find ways to maintain its relationship” with the community and keep jobs within Cook County.