Sunday Sale Battle line being drawn with quote from gpa tobin
Sunday Sale Battle Line Being Draivn - A proposed law whiqh would close most Illinois retail businesses businesses on Sunday today was labeled labeled a "cruel hoax that would harm' almost every consumer in the state." The statement came from Joseph Pollard of Chicago, president of Modern Retailers of Illinois (MRI), which, he said was comprised of a statewide group of merchants supporting full-time retailing. On the other side of the fence is the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA), headed by Joseph T. Meek, which is backing backing the legislation because "the traditional and imperative tranquility, tranquility, respite and recreation of Sunday. . .is being threatened by a growing Sunday commercialism commercialism which is sweeping the country.", country.", Deception Charged • MRI asserted that the legislation, legislation, proposed by Rep. Egbert Groen (R-Pekin) is "outright deceptive deceptive because it is not designed to provide 'a day of rest' but is designed solely to give one group of merchants a competitive advantage advantage over those retailers who provide full-time retailing in order order to meet the existing consumer consumer needs of this state." Opponents Opponents of the law have charged, and proponents denied, "that the legislation is aimed at discount houses, which are open on Sundays Sundays in many communities. James Tobin, president of Wei- boldts Stores in Chicago, has been named chairman of IRMA's Sunday closing committee. He said he was impatient with those who say that such legislation is against a free enterprise policy. "There's a vast difference between between free enterprise and a free- for^l, between freedom and a commercialized jungle," he declared. declared. • • : • ; "The 'blue law' bill runs counter counter to: every democratic value in our society," countered Pollard. "It is highly interesting to note that business people who constantly constantly attack government intervention intervention in free enterprise now are asking the government to close down virtually every bit of commerce in the state on one day, simply because the proponents proponents of the bill do not want to service customers who must shop during available time."