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And yet in the dead of winter, an alderman named Jack Coatar has exerted pressure to shut it all down. In the last week of January 2019, just as the Midwest was entering the freezing clench of a polar vortex, a weather event that disrupted life and claimed several lives across the nation, Coatar was writing to the Board of Alderman that the site must be condemned in short order. Nadida Amatullah-Matin and Mohammed Kamal maintain that their property has been updated to City specifications. Was the clock ticking on the building? When journalist Elliott Davis confronted Coatar on video, the latter dissembled.
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