City spokesman John Holden said the information sought in this and other subpoenas is needed so the city can defend the food truck regulations in court.
But since Pekarik’s sister has nothing to do with the business — and has said as much to the city — her attorney, Robert Frommer, says the subpoena amounts to retaliation.
In 2012, when the Chicago City Council reaffirmed the 200-foot rule and added the GPS requirement to the ordinance, food truck owners pleaded with the city to strike a better compromise. They warned these regulations were highly restrictive, and could put many of them out of business. Case in point: In the two years since this lawsuit was filed, two other plaintiffs in the case have been forced to shut down their food truck operations and move out of the state.
But the city ignored them, and officials were candid about why: The purpose of these rules is to protect existing businesses from competition.