LAKE IN THE HILLS, Ill. (WLS) — The fallout continues for a business in the far northwest suburbs, where damage remains after the establishment was vandalized last weekend with hate messages.
Hours before UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills was supposed to host a drag show, an Alsip man reportedly smashed the business’s windows and left slurs printed on the walls.
“We are appalled by this senseless hate crime,” Village President Ray Bogdanowski said in a statement following the incident. “The fact that the suspect came to our village from a town 60 miles away is also troubling.”
Now the owner has said village officials are banning her from hosting any other events, including one she was forced to cancel on Saturday night and another on Sunday.
The latest blow left the owner outraged as to why the village made this decision.
According to a letter from the village lawyer, the business center where the bakery is located is not zoned for entertainment events, and if the owner continues to host them, he says she will face a hefty fine and maybe his company’s liquor license will be revoked.
On Saturday night, suburban bakery business showed remnants of support.
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“They have, like, the best gluten-free pastries,” customer Beth Rodriguez said.
“She’s been through a lot and just when you thought she was over the bump, it seems to snowball over her,” said fellow client Craig Hack.
Their empty seats were supposed to be filled for the Disney Karaoke night, but that event was abruptly canceled as future ones are now in jeopardy, following the letter sent Thursday to owner Corinna Sac from the village of Lake in the Hills .
“All events here must stop immediately or they could potentially take action against us, including fines, revoking our business license, our liquor license,” Sac said.
This, despite the events organized in the establishment since the opening of the bakery in November.
“So it was just when we added something that was LGBTQ, and stuff like that, that it caused an uproar,” Sac said. “I am outraged! »
The response comes a week after his bakery was vandalized with hate messages hours before it was supposed to host a family drag show.
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“The only thing I could do was cry. I just looked around and cried,” Sac said.
For now, she is forced to cancel all of her upcoming events, but said her fight with the village has only just begun.
“We are working with our lawyers,” she said. “So hopefully with their guidance, help and support, we can find a way forward.”
The Village of Lake in the Hills released a statement that read:
“The Village of Lake in the Hills has been made aware of a social media video shared today by Corrina Sac, owner of Uprising Bakery, claiming there was a conspiracy to interfere with her business. The issue concerns a business that conducts activities.While the potential revenue from these entertainment events may be attractive to the business owner, the Village seeks to comply with its zoning regulations.
The Village was notified of an entertainment event scheduled for July 23, 2022 at Uprising Bakery after it was advertised and received strong negative reviews. The Village focused on coordinating the resources necessary to ensure the safety of the company, its neighbors and the community, while preserving the constitutional rights of the participants.
In her earlier video message thanking the village for its support, Ms Sac acknowledged the protection she received from the Lake Police Department in the Hills. “Helping us with protection at home, protecting the community from the things that happen here, protecting my corporate colleagues…” Ms Sac said, “They’ve worked so hard to maintain neutrality and do everything they’re supposed to. doing it the right way, while being incredibly kind and compassionate to us and that just means a lot.”
While this village has a proud history of supporting our local business community, we also have a responsibility to ensure the safety of all of our residents. As such, the Village provided the necessary resources to protect the company, as well as those planning to participate in the event’s protests and counter-protests. Access was restricted to the Cedar Ridge Plaza parking lot, portions of Oakleaf Drive were closed, and communications were sent to adjacent businesses and nearby residents. The resources used were substantial and involved the support of regional agencies.
The Village requested a meeting with Ms. Sac last week to better understand the changes to her business as it now offers ongoing paid entertainment events. At that time, the village also shared complaints received by the owner and tenants of Cedar Ridge Plaza, as well as nearby residences. Complaints related to loss of business, parking, security issues and zoning violations.
Ms Sac said she now sees the potential revenue from these entertainment events as essential to her business. She has made it clear that her intention is to continue providing entertainment on a more frequent and extended basis. Its recognition of this change to its business model has forced the village to consider zoning issues, as operating an entertainment business is not a permitted use at this location. Cedar Ridge Plaza is zoned B-2, Neighborhood Convenience Business District, which is defined as follows:
District B-2 is established to meet the needs of the immediate neighborhood. It is intended to provide convenience shopping to people living in adjacent residential areas. Permitted uses are those that are appropriate to satisfy basic shopping needs that occur on a frequent or daily basis.
This zoning designation prohibits entertainment largely due to proximity to residential neighborhoods and shared tenant parking.
The Village attempted to contact Ms. Sac through her lawyer to confirm her intention to voluntarily comply with zoning, which would allow her business to continue, but without depending on an element of entertainment. Unfortunately, after receiving no response, the Village issued a letter requesting compliance.
The Village seeks to administer zoning ordinances and policies fairly, efficiently and professionally in order to promote and protect the health, safety and well-being of the Lake in the Hills community. We are committed to taking a proactive approach in working with our businesses, citizens and other agencies.”
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