Why Are Brewers Thriving And Bike Shops Not So Much?

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Revolution Brewing The Chicago brewery, known for its now-ubiquitous Anti-Hero IPA, is tripling capacity.

Revolution Brewing The Chicago brewery, known for its now-ubiquitous Anti-Hero IPA, is tripling capacity.


TakeAways

An article caught my eye the other day. It was a thinly-veiled critique of the priorities of the new gubernatorial administration. It read:

More than 30 Chicago area social service agencies discovered an unwelcome surprise in their email inboxes late last Thursday afternoon.

A letter from the Illinois Department of Human Services tersely informed them to “cease any and all operations” funded by state grants they were awarded in the closing weeks of Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration.

The contract awards, which were announced Dec. 17 and took effect Jan. 1, were intended to provide job training, after school and other “youth development” programs.

Some $8 million total was involved, a drop in the bucket compared with the $1.5 billion budget deficit that Gov. Bruce Rauner says he inherited from Quinn upon his Jan. 12 inauguration.

But it was enough to give hundreds of Chicago area teens and young adults an unpleasant first taste of the austerity measures that may be in store for many more Illinois residents in the coming months.

The real question here is why the Urban Cycling Community has more than enough money to drink itself into the ground while funding the growth of (not merely the maintenance of) an establishment like Revolution Brewing. The Urban Cycling Community has indeed made a choice. It values beer over the development of youth programs.

All the blather about ‘equity‘ is just that blather. In the coming months this same crowd will be beating its chest because of the austerity that will result from further cuts. But it should remember that it cannot be the conscience of a society when it shows as little regard as it does for what truly matters.

Meanwhile we can get back to our show:

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