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.
The video featured is from a previous report.
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 evening, business at a suburban bakery 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 going over the bump, it seems to snowball over her,” said fellow client Craig Hack.
Their empty seats were supposed to be taken 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.”
ABC7 reached out to Village President Ray Bogdanowski for a statement, and Saturday night we still haven’t received it.
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