Jonathan T. Swain, President and Principal of Kimbark Beverage Shoppe; Commissioner – Chicago Board of Elections
Jonathan T. Swain is the President and Principal of Kimbark Beverage Shoppe and Eat Drink and Be Events. Kimbark is a 50 plus-year-old, retail beer and wine business located in Chicago’s Hyde Park community and one of the Southside’s premier beverage destinations. Eat Drink and Be Events is a recently formed company created to develop high quality food and beverage special events.
Mr. Swain was born and raised in Chicago’s Hyde Park community as the son of African-American entrepreneurs. His 20-year professional career spans various disciplines. He has significant experience in the legal, business, government and non-profit arenas.
Mr. Swain is civically engaged, currently serving as a Commissioner on the Chicago Board of Elections, previously as Chairman of the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals and Chairman of Link Unlimited Unlimited Scholars Board, Chicago’s oldest college success and career readiness organization focused on African Americans.
Mr. Swain has degrees from Duke University, Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr Swain, I just want to appeal to you to vote NO on this sugar tax. I personally rarely drink any pop, but I truly do not understand how this tax is going to help the health of our younger population, especially since if you are on the Link Card this tax does not apply to them and they can get buy as much as they want while the rest of us basically pay for their luxury or travel to other counties to buy their beverages. We are losing many families due to all the taxes that are being dumped on us. I am almost 70 yrs old and I cannot afford to retire as I cannot live on what social security pays. I have worked since I was 15 yrs old and I cannot stop working if I want to keep my home, pay my bills and eat. Thank you for letting me speak my peace.
Mr Swain, your creedence in the Chicago Municiple ID card brings me pause. You and your coharts on the Chicago Board of Elections, along with Clerk Valencia, just did a prodigious disservice to the citizens of Chicago by allowing this so called ID card to be used as a form of identification to vote. Voter fraud is now accepted and encouraged in the City of Chicago.
MR. SWAIN I’M SURE YOU WOULD NOT LIKE THE IDEA OF DORIAN MINOR PUTTING ADDS ALL OVER THE INTERNET FOR ONE AND ALL TAKE YOUR BUSINESS TO OUR BLACK OWNED LIQ.STORE THEN HE SAYING THIS ANOTHER VICTORY FOR US A BLACK BUSINESS I WOULD SAY THIS IS DOING QUITE WELL WITHOUT CERTAIN PEOPLE IF YOUR STORE START TO ATTRACT THE WRONG CROWD OR START TO CREATE PROBLEMS WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIMBARK LIQ.IS A KOWN LIQ STORE! he ALSO STATES SINCE KENWOOD IS CLOSED THEY ARE WHITE OWN TAKE YOU BUSINESS TO KIMBARK AND TO AND THE STRIP IS ALL BLA I LIVE IN HYDE PARK SOME PEOPLE ARE SYSTEMIC WHEN ONE AREA IS TORN UP THEY MOVE ON TO TEAR UP THE NEXT HYPE HAS HELD UP PRTTEY WELL BUT SEE SOMETHINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IF THEY DON’T WATCH DOWN IT WILL GO PEOPLE WILL BUY CHICKEN NEXT DOOR TO YOI SIT IN THEIR CAR AND EAT AND DISPOSE OF WHAT HAS BEEN EATEN BONES ,BAG AND ALL OUT THE WINDOW THIS IS JUST TO LET YOU KNOW WAS GOING ON