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CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
This proposal would implement the Employers’ Expense Tax (Head Tax) and funnel the revenue to the Chicago Public School system to support their operations. The tax would be placed on any business that has at least 50 full-time employees or commission merchants. Full-time employees are defined as anyone who accrues at least $1000 in wages in any calendar quarter of a year from the same employer.
The tax, which would be back-dated to April 1, 2017, would be in the amount of $33/month for each commission merchant or full-time employee employed by the employer. The tax cannot be passed on to employees. It must be paid by the employer. In calculating the tax, the employer shall not include any employees that are permanent residents of a City of Chicago Community Area listed in the top 20 for incidences of violent crime in the previous calendar year as listed in the hardship index created by the UIC Great Cities Institute.
The tax is temporary. It would sunset after two years with the final payment due on July 1, 2019.
IRMA is OPPOSED.
Committee: License and Consumer Protection
This proposal would give Aldermen an opportunity to give their recommendation on whether a business should be granted a license by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Currently, once an applicant submits their information to the department, that information is shared with other relevant departments or boards for investigation and inspection. The proposal calls for that information to then be passed along to the local Alderman who will then have 20 days to submit a recommendation on whether the license should be approved. If an Alderman does not recommend approval, the Alderman must submit the reasons for the negative recommendation in writing to the Commissioner.
It is our understanding that the Alderman is concerned about businesses that have their license taken away for various ordinance violations and/or illegal activity and those same businesses are re-opened within a week under a different LLC, but with the same management and employees. The same issues that caused the former business owner to lose their license continue to occur. We have had initial discussions with the Alderman and expect to continue to work together along with the Mayor’s office to find a workable resolution.
In its current form, IRMA is OPPOSED.
This proposal would require businesses that have restrooms available for customer use to allow non-patrons to use those facilities in cases of emergency. The proposal does not define qualifying emergencies, nor does it dictate which party determines the emergency.
IRMA is OPPOSED.
This proposal would ban the sale and use of coal tar sealants. These sealants are most commonly used in commercial and residential parking lots and driveways. Most retail locations no longer sell sealants with these chemicals. The environmental community has been trying to get a similar bill (HB 2958 Amendment #2) passed in the state legislature, but has been unsuccessful to date.
IRMA is currently determining its position.
Sponsor: Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Periodically, the Mayor’s office takes a look at existing city Code and attempts to modernize various sections to update terms, bring sections up to date with changes in state law, revise definitions to reflect current industry terms, etc. The changes are generally non-substantive in nature, and more an attempt to help re-order things so that it is easier for the affected industry to both understand and comply. The city has decided to re-work the tobacco ordinance, as there have been many changes to the tobacco law in the last few years. As we have been very sensitive to these changes, I reviewed and did not see any substantive changes, but members should review to ensure that they understand what is required of them as tobacco sellers.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017
As in past years, the Code has been temporarily adjusted to allow operators of outdoor patios in the Central Business District to sell and serve alcoholic beverages until midnight for the duration of the outdoor patio season.
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 23, 2017
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
Tanya Triche Dawood
Vice President Government Affairs/General Counsel