Entangled in Chicago bureaucracy that shut down his iconic Pilsen bar after a gang-style shooting outside, the owner of Harbee Liquors did the same thing troubled business owners throughout Chicago have done for decades. 

He enlisted the help of his local alderman.

In this case that alderman was Daniel Solis, who before leaving office last year was among the most influential politicians in Chicago. He chaired a powerful City Council committee and built his 25th Ward office into a center of Latino power politics during more than two decades on the council.

Just a couple months after Solis intervened with city bureaucrats on Harbee’s behalf, the taps were once again flowing at the popular bar. Grateful, Harbee owner Steven Frytz wrote $2,000 in checks for

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