Monday, July 23, 2012

Follow File: Chick-fil-A at UIS remains up in the air

Whether or not a Chick-fil-A fast-food chicken restaurant will return to Springfield is still up in the air, according to a University of Illinois Springfield spokesman.

News broke in April that Chick-fil-A was considering the UIS campus as a possible location for a new restaurant in Springfield. Chick-fil-A had an outlet in White Oaks Mall a number of years ago.

The announcement created a controversy because objectors say the company has given financial support to anti-gay organizations.

In response to those concerns, student government members decided to hold off on supporting the restaurant.

The Student Government Association instead voted to create a task force to study potential restaurants – including Chick-fil-A – that could be brought to UIS.

That decision was made only weeks before the end of the semester, UIS spokesman Derek Schnapp said, so there’s been little more discussion. When students return this fall, he said he expects the task force to make a recommendation to university leaders.

The follow-up was published in an July 23, 2012, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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