For many Quad Citians it is the white whale of chain restaurants - Portillo's. The Chicago-based eatery is known for its superb Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian Beef and other delicious noms.

There is even a Facebook group that lobbies the company to open a location in the Quads. Many feel our chances are better than other towns as Portillo's CEO Keith Kinsey is a Quad City native.

According to published reports, our odds of having a Portillo's may be on the rise after Moline's economic development director Ray Forsythe said “now, we’re working on Portillo’s,” during a presentation to City Council last Monday.

Let's hope Ray isn't teasing us. Here's hoping the process is further down the road than our wishful thinking for a Chicago-style hot dog.

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