Posts tagged "Illinois"

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 »

Amid budget season, Illinois politicians declare vending-machine snack preferences

Amid budget season, Illinois politicians declare vending-machine snack preferences
In the wake of Illinois’ recent sugary-drink tax proposal, state politicians have come out with another health-conscious priority: increasing the number of low-calorie snacks found in vending machines. At the urging of state legislators, vending machines in the state’s 11 welcome centers and 30 rest stops may begin offering at least three “healthy snacks” with... Read more »
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Proposed law would require permit to sell soda in Illinois, tax consumers for buying it

Proposed law would require permit to sell soda in Illinois, tax consumers for buying it
The federal government heavily subsidizes corn production. Corn is one of the main ingredients in high-fructose corn syrup, a cheap sugar substitute used in soda. Now, some Illinois politicians want to tax their constituents for consuming these unhealthy drinks. State Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago, and state Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, reintroduced the Healthy Eating Active... Read more »

‘Countdown clocks’ a Band-Aid for Chicago’s failed red-light camera program

Two Chicago aldermen are calling for changes to the city’s disgraced red-light camera program. Aldermen Tom Tunney and Anthony Beale want to require “countdown clocks” to alert drivers how much time is left before stoplights turn red, according to the Chicago Tribune. Tunney and Beale have also proposed mandating minimum yellow-light lengths of 3.2 seconds,... Read more »

Alderman considers city cameras to patrol dog owners

In Chicago, city government already watches you as you drive through intersections. Now it wants to watch your dog … poop. Alderman Danny Solis is considering installing cameras around Mary Bartelme Park, DNAinfo reported. Neighborhood residents posting to South Poop regularly dish on their displeasure with the level of animal excrement left behind by rude... 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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »