Posts tagged "chicago"

Illinois’ new happy-hour law comes with more nanny-state mandates

Illinois’ new happy-hour law comes with more nanny-state mandates
A couple of decades ago, the state of Illinois decided to ban happy hours. But a new bill moving through the Illinois General Assembly would make after-work drink specials legal – sort of. The proposal, Senate Bill 398, would allow establishments with liquor licenses to offer discounted drink specials for a total of 15 hours per... Read more »

Chicago’s pedicab emigrants embraced in Evanston

Chicago’s pedicab emigrants embraced in Evanston
Hailing a pedicab is a popular, efficient and reasonably priced way to get to and from Northwestern University home football games. Despite their increasing popularity, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz put forth an idea earlier this month to allow no more than 10 pedicabs to operate in Evanston, according to Evanston Now. All 10 aldermen voted... Read more »

Chicago not the only city in Illinois keeping out food trucks

In Chicago, food trucks aren’t allowed to operate within 200 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant. These mobile businesses struggle to survive in pockets of busy, overcrowded “parking zones,” which are the only places they are allowed to sell to hungry customers. Vendors have endured a long struggle with City Hall for the right to do... Read more »
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Medallion system a heavy weight for cab drivers

Medallion system a heavy weight for cab drivers
Due to higher demand for ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, taxi drivers are losing out on a market they used to dominate. That’s not the fault of the ridesharing phenomenon – it’s because the city won’t remove the shackles it places on drivers. Chicago City Council passed an ordinance late last year that... Read more »

Ordinance could force Chicago business owners into policing property

Chicago doesn’t need another law that makes it harder to start a business. And business owners don’t need rules that add “policing” to their laundry list of responsibilities. But if you own a tobacco shop, a filling station or a convenience store, the line between proprietor and neighborhood watchman may get a lot blurrier if... Read more »

Quinn clings to big-business handouts in final weeks

Gov. Pat Quinn may not have much time left in office, but he’s making the most of it. In a banner October leading up to the November gubernatorial election, Quinn signed off on more than $37 million in government handouts to big business. He just followed that up by giving a private company $17.5 million... Read more »
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Chicago avoids property-tax hikes … for now

Fewer than four months out from the 2015 mayoral election, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel managed to pass a budget that avoids dreaded property-tax hikes. But the mayor’s budget does jack up the price of parking downtown. The city is hoping to bring in $10 million by raising the transportation tax collected for garage parking –... Read more »

State politicians move to override veto of jobs-killing rideshare legislation

  Jim Evans, 73, is a longtime Chicagoan who served in the military. He’s also a rideshare driver. To supplement his modest Social Security income, Jim started working as an UberX driver a little over a year ago. He works when he wants to, and makes about $2,000 a month to help support himself and... Read more »

Why Metra can’t have nice things

Why Metra can’t have nice things
Metra riders are used to not getting what they pay for. In the past, commuters have been served fare hikes with the promise of perks such as free Wi-Fi and better seats. The assurance of “upgrades” is nothing new. But Metra’s at it again, with a proposed 2015 budget that includes a 10.8 percent fare... Read more »
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How to (try to) buy an election

Some people use private dollars to fund their election campaigns. On the other hand, some incumbents combine private fundraising with tax dollars. A week before the election, Pat Quinn decided to shell out $35 million to convince a private company – Cronus Fertilizers – to build a manure plant in Tuscola, a town of fewer... Read more »