Your story about Menard's being approved is somewhat inaccurate. The board held a "special village board" meeting one hour earlier than the normal time. People were not made aware of this irregular meeting date or time so the ordinance to approve the store could be passed easily. Many residents missed the meeting because of this.
Seems like Mayor Byrne had no intention on communicating with the very people who elected him.
To simply say "there were fewer residents in attendance than before" does not give an accurate depiction of the situation. Throughout the approval process, residents attempted to express their concerns about how the store will exacerbate already blatant problems in the area.
The board simply gave no credence to any resident complaints about size, scope, and scale of the project. It is unfortunate because this store will tarnish an otherwise fantastic neighborhood, and will serve to create more headaches than the tax revenue is worth.
When is enough, enough?