121 CRMA Report – April 2018


Per previous CRMA communications, beginning July 1st, Chicago specific food safety rules take effect. Generally, they follow the federal model food code but there are some slight differences. The final rules can be found here and, for your convenience, a marked-up version noting the changes can be found here.

This is simply a reminder that they take effect July 1st. Please let us know if you have any questions.




The following proposals of interest to retail have been introduced before the Chicago City Council.
  •        Expansive Date Regulation
  •        Cell-Phone and Mobile Device Merchants
  •        Office of Labor Standards
  •        Water Cost Shift
An ordinance introduced by Aldermen Ed Burke, Brian Hopkins, and Brendan Reilly seeks to regulate websites, data breaches, data brokers, cell phone and mobile device sellers, and geolocation information.


It seeks to prohibit anyone who owns a website from using, disclosing, selling or permitting access to customer personal information and includes additional requirements for data breaches and data brokers and mobile phone privacy. “Customer personal information” includes:
  •        name and billing information;
  •        government-issued identifiers;
  •        information that would permit the physical or online contacting of an individual such as physical address, email, phone, or IP address;
  •        demographic information such as date of birth, age, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation;
  •        financial information;
  •        health information;
  •        information pertaining to minors;
  •        geolocation information;
  •        information from use of the service including web browsing history, application usage history, content of communications, and origin and destination IP addresses of all traffic;
  •        device identifiers, such as media access control (MAC) address or Internet mobile equipment identifier (IMEI);
  •       information concerning a customer or user of the customer’s subscription or account that is collected or made available and is maintained in personal identifiable form.


However, if the customer gives the operator prior opt-in consent. The customer can revoke this option at any time and the operator must provide a clearly available option to do so at all times. The request for consent must disclose the following:


  •         the types of customer personal information for which the operator is seeking customer approval to use, disclose, sell, or permit access;
  •         the purposes for which the customer personal information will be used;
  •        the categories of entities to which the operator intends to disclose, sell, or permit access to the customer personal information.
Interestingly, the operator cannot refuse to serve a customer, or in any way limit services to a customer, who does not provide consent or charge a customer a penalty, or penalize a customer in any way, or offer a customer a discount or another benefit based on the customer’s decision to provide or not provide consent.
An operator can use, disclose, or permit access to customer personal information without customer consent, but only to the extent necessary to achieve the stated purpose, in the following circumstances:
  •        to provide the operator service from which information is derived, or services necessary to the provision of that service;
  •        to comply with legal process or other laws, court orders, or administrative orders;
  •        to initiate, render, bill for, and collect for the operator’s service;
  •        to protect the rights or property of the operator, or to protect customers of those services and other operators from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful use of, or subscription to, those services;
  •       to provide location information concerning the customer in emergency situations.
Data breaches must be reported, without delay, to the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and affected Chicago residents.


Data brokers that maintain personal information shall register with the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.


In terms of cell phones and mobile devices, the proposed ordinance, requires retailers who sell cell phones or mobile devices to provide notices to customers with a notice that customers can disable such services. The notice must also be prominently displayed at any point of sale where phones or mobile devices are sold or leased. The content of the notice is proscribed in the proposed ordinance.


Finally, the proposed ordinance seeks to regulate the collection, use, storage, or disclosure of geolocation information without affirmative express consent. It does provide some exemptions from affirmative express consent.


In all the above instances, there are various penalties and courses of action available and regulatory authority is granted to the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. The ordinance will take effect 180-days after passage.


Please share with us your thoughts on these various proposals as soon as possible.




Several years ago, the City of Chicago enacted an ordinance regulating food trucks including how far they had to be from an existing restaurant. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed an ordinance to regulate mobile merchants. A few years ago, temporary regulations were put in place. To date, only six licenses for such truck have been issued. This proposal would formalize that licensure and regulation. Regulations include truck size restrictions, when and who can operate, and where they can park and for how long (2 hours). The major difference is unlike the regulations for food trucks there are no provisions restricting how far such trucks have to be from a retailer selling similar merchandise.




Currently, there is no one agency responsible for the enforcement of labor laws within the City of Chicago. Alderman Ameya Pawar has introduced a proposal to combine such enforcement under an Office of Labor Standards. The new office would be empowered to:
1.     Promote Chicago’s labor standards through outreach, education, technical assistance and training for employees and employers;
2.     Collect and analyze federal, state, and local data on workforce and workplaces and coordinate enforcement;
3.     Engage in worker education, safety, and protection;
4.     Recommend efforts to achieve workplace equity for women, communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and other vulnerable workers;
5.     Otherwise enforce labor laws.
The Office will generate reports regarding complaints, cases, results of cases and enforcement actions, and anything else the Director deems appropriate. To the extent allowed by law, civil penalties and fines shall be allocated to the Office.




Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa has introduced a proposal to provide discounted or free water for residents of Chicago called “Water-For All”. The credit will vary by resident and will depend on a formula based on the resident’s income. Like property taxes, these costs will be universalized over the other rate-payers.


Rob KarrRob Karr
President & CEO

121 CRMA Report – March 2018



Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced a proposed ordinance that seeks to redefine “tobacco product”, ban free samples of tobacco products, and require signage. The definition of “tobacco product” is amended to include electronic cigarettes or any component or part thereof. Free samples are banned including the use of any price reduction instrument for any free or nominally priced tobacco product or sample. Additionally, it would require anyone selling tobacco products to post a sign at every public entrance warning potential customers of the dangers the adverse or potentially adverse effects of tobacco products as well as where individuals can obtain assistance in quitting. These signs would be developed by the Chicago Department of Public Health and made available for downloading and printing. The ordinance can be read here .

If you have comments, please contact Rob Karr, IRMA’s President/CEO, as soon as possible. Given this is the Mayor’s initiative and he is fervently anti-tobacco, this is expected to move very quickly.

Rob Karr
President & CEO
Illinois Retail Merchants Association

121 CRMA Report – January 2018

In this issue

·     Resolutions and Ordinances




Sponsors: Ald. John Arena (45th Ward), Ald. Nicholas Sposato (38th Ward), Ald. David Moore (17th Ward) and 30 Co-Sponsors

Committee: Finance

Citing the negative impacts of global warming and pollution resulting from the burning of fossil fuels, this resolution seeks to engage in a public discussion regarding whether the city should continue to invest in companies that engage in such activity. In addition, it seeks to study the benefits of revising the city’s investment policy so that it only invests in companies that engage in what the sponsors consider to be practices that are environmentally-friendly, are socially responsible and promote good governance. To the extent that investment dollars are dis-invested in companies that do not meet these standards, the city’s Treasurer and the city’s pension funds would re-invest those dollars in such endeavors as green bonds and renewable bonds without abdicating any fiduciary responsibility.




This ordinance will reduce the amount of time for posting rules and regulations issued by departments from the current 30 days to 10 days prior to taking effect, but will now require such rules and regulations to be posted on the appropriate department’s website. Unless the Rules Committee of the County Board suggests changes, the rules will be received and filed by the Committee.

The upside is that we are guaranteed that rules will appear in a public, searchable space, the downside is that those affected by the rules aren’t allowed any formal input into the process. This is transparency in name only.

The Chicago City Council is scheduled to meet again on Wednesday,
February 28, 2018 and the Cook County Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.


Tanya TricheTanya Triche Dawood
Vice President, General Counsel
Illinois Retail Merchants Association

121 CRMA Report – November 2017

In this issue:


More about CRMA

Chicago Budget Wrap-Up

Both the Chicago City Council and the Cook County Board passed their 2018 budgets last week with Chicago issuing a new round of taxes, fees and along with highlighting some savings and with the County swapping its controversial sweetened beverage tax for cuts in employee headcount.

After the last few years of implementing significant tax increases, the Chicago City Council balanced its budget with the last round of the property tax increase, another round of the water/sewer tax increase, an increased rideshare tax, increased taxes on cell phones and land lines, increased taxes for large entertainment venues, increased change of officer fees for liquor licensees and increased restaurant licensing fees. The restaurant licensing fees are being increased to help accommodate the hiring of more inspectors. As noted before in this publication, the city was under tremendous pressure to ensure that high-risk establishments were being inspected at least once per year. Increasing headcount will allow them more opportunity to focus on annual inspections. The increased phone taxes will be used to upgrade the city’s 911 system and allow money to be diverted to help make additional payments to the Laborers Pension Fund. The increased property taxes and water/sewer taxes will go do make additional payments to the police and fire pensions and the municipal employees’ pension respectively.

The $8.6 billion budget passed without much fanfare in comparison to the previous two budgets that carried a much heavier tax burden. That said, the budget is being criticized for not addressing Chicago’s long-term structural deficit which some in the economics community have warned will necessitate higher taxes in the very near future. Compounding that concern is the fact that the next municipal election will take place in 2019, so it is unlikely that we will see significant tax increases prior to that time.

The budget passed with a vote of 47-3 with the dissenting votes cast by Aldermen Arena, Ramirez-Rosa and Waguespack who all had concerns about how the tax and fee increases would affect families that have working heads of household. Moreover, they were concerned about part of the money raised from the rideshare tax going to the Chicago Transit Authority for system improvements and sending surplus Tax Increment Financing money to the Chicago Public School system. The Chicago City Council has no oversight of either agency and therefore, the dissent argues that there is no way for them to ensure that the money shifted to those agencies will be used for their intended purpose and will not be mismanaged. Mayor Emanuel sees this budget as taking another step towards putting public pensions on the road to solvency considering the financial condition the city was in when he first took office in 2011. The new budget takes effect on January 1st.

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Cook County Produces a Balanced Budget With No New Taxes

After balancing a portion of its 2017 budget with a controversial tax on sweetened beverages (SBT) and promising that the revenue from that tax would account for a significant portion of the 2018 and 2019 budgets, President Preckwinkle and the Cook County Board knew they had a serious problem on their hands when, in a 15-2 vote, the SBT was repealed. The County’s Finance Department estimated that the expected revenue for 2018 from the SBT would bring in $200 million. After Cook County residents told Commissioners unequivocally that they were in no mood for more taxes, and with the entire Board up for election in 2018, President Preckwinkle and the Board rolled up their collective sleeves and proceeded with the very difficult business of making tough but necessary cuts.

When the dust settled, just over 300 Cook County employees, mostly within the control of the Office of the Chief Judge and the Office of the Sheriff, will lose their positions by the end of the year. In addition, hundreds of unfilled but budgeted positions were taken off the rolls. Originally, President Preckwinkle asked each department to make an 11% across the board cut, but a number of departments claimed that they were either unable or unwilling to make such cuts. Therefore, much of the cutting was left up to President Preckwinkle herself after considering some persistent internal lobbying and last-minute adjustments. There will be increased furlough days for employees who will continue working into the new budget. The cuts will affect both union and non-union positions, both frontline employees and support staff. Many cuts involved middle managers that oversee a small amount of employees.

After all of the talk of how the SBT was necessary to keep the County afloat, the County proved that instead, cuts could be made. It is our hope that for future budgets the County will take a closer look at ways to operate more efficiently instead of supporting knee-jerk, regressive taxes that anger voters and put jobs in the retail, manufacturing and distribution industries at risk. We are pleased with the County’s choice to listen to the residents and cut instead of tax. The SBT will officially be repealed on Friday, December 1, 2017.

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Sponsor: Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Committee: Health and Environmental Protection

The Department of Public Health has issued this proposal in order to bring its Code in line with the state’s Code. For some time now, the state has been involved in a process of making changes that would have much of its health Code mirror the federal Model Food Code. Since the city of Chicago separately inspects food establishments, it was imperative to bring all of the Codes in line so that proprietors could have a better understanding of what is expected of them to successfully run a food establishment in the state. As a part of this process, the department is developing a rulemaking process where, before a rule is promulgated, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to comment. The Commissioner will publish the notice of rulemaking in a local newspaper or, in the case where written comments will be allowed, will send an email notification to all who sign up with her office. Once a notice is issued, comments will be allowed for 30 days. We should note that the language for many sections has been deleted so that much of the food Code can be accomplished by rule.

There would need to be a person who holds a Food Service Sanitation Manager’s Certification (FSSMC) on duty at all times that food is being prepared and that person must be designated as the person in char. A number of the definitions in the Code have now been changed to fully align with the Model Food Code, and other definitions have been added. Dog-friendly areas have now become “animal” friendly areas to accommodate for the expanded definition of service animals, although it is still lawful to have a dog-friendly area that is limited to dogs only. It will be unlawful to deny a person a right of entry into a retail food establishment if they are accompanied by their service animal in accordance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The sections on vegetables, fruits and berries as well as candy, the manufacture of bottled water and non-alcoholic drinks, frozen desserts and mixes, milk and milk products are deleted in their entirety.

There are several sections regulating “unwholesome” food, but there is no accompanying definition. Lastly, the FSSMC certification fee is increased from $35 to $45.

We encourage you to please read this proposal in its entirety as it has been many years since the department has attempted a revision of this magnitude. Please also review this breakdown of many of the changes issued by the department. We need to hear from you regarding any questions or concerns you may have about this proposal.




Sponsor: Mayor Rahm Emanuel

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

The annual Management Ordinance is issued in conjunction with the city’s budget process. It makes changes to several areas of the Municipal Code, some of which can include fee increases.


Building Code Re-inspection Fees

If the department has to come out and re-inspect in order to approve a permit or for license compliance purposes, businesses will be charged for the re-inspection. Previously, businesses were not charged for the initial or for a re-inspection. They were only charged if, after either failing the re-inspection or not being ready for the re-inspection at all, the department had to come out a third time. The amount of the fee will be determined by the costs to the department to do the subsequent inspection. Businesses will also be charged if the scheduled inspection is cancelled less than 24 hours in advance or if the work performed was contrary to the work identified on the application. There are limited exceptions.

Sign Permits

It shall be the duty of any entity that offers advertisement space or who advertises on any sign to ensure that the sign has a valid permit issued by the department. Any changes to signs that are different from the information provided on the application for the permit must be submitted to the department within 10 days of the change, including for signs whose permits were issued on or before May 19, 2012. This section also lays out the conditions under which a sign permit can be revoked. All off-premise signs must display their permit numbers issued by the department. Abandoned signs and sign structures have been given more robust definitions. Abandonment of signs must be reported to the department and removed within 30 days of the report. Owners, lessees and other persons in control of signs that are removed by the department will be held jointly and severally liable for all expenses related to removal. Tents and canopies must be erected by a general contractor.


Sponsor: Mayor Rahm Emanuel

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

Amusement Tax

The city currently imposes a tax on patrons of amusements at the rates of 5% for live theatrical, musical or cultural performances in spaces with a capacity of more than 750 persons. That tax will now increase to 9% for such performances that occur in a space with a maximum capacity of more than 1500 persons. The tax will affect theatre goers at Chicago’s largest theatres which would include performances of Hamilton and sporting events at Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, the United Center and Guaranteed Rate Field. The proposal would remove the tax for smaller venues and not-for-profit venues would remain untaxed. IRMA joined with other business groups, the large theatres and sports/concert venues in opposition to the tax which would have a residual effect on retail and restaurants as large events bypass Chicago for locations in St. Louis, Milwaukee or even the suburbs, but the tax will go into effect as proposed.

911 Surcharge

The 911 surcharge on cell phones and land lines will increase from the current $3.90 to a monthly rate of $5.00. The tax, which is expected to net approximately $27 million, will largely be used for upgrades to Chicago’s 911 center. The ability to increase the tax was granted to the city in a telecommunications bill that passed through the state legislature this year and was signed by the Governor. If an increase in this tax sounds familiar, that’s because the City Council voted to increase the fee to its current amount two years ago.

Change of Officer Fee

Any change of officer for a license granted under the city’s general licensing provisions will illicit an increased fee to the city. The filing fee for notice of the change will increase from $40 to $250 with a slightly decreased fee for any additional persons requiring a background check. For those persons wishing to file a change of officer notice and not requiring a background check, the fee will increase from $20 to $100. If the change of officer is for a liquor licensee, then the fee goes from $100 to $500 if the officer has no ownership interest or owns less than 5% of the business. If the officer owns 5% or more, then the fee increases from $250 to $2000.

Tobacco Licensing Fee

Tobacco licenses are scheduled to go from a two-year license to a one-year license. Therefore, the current fees are cut in half as they will now be paid on an annual basis. There is no overall increase or decrease in the fees.

Food Inspection Fees and Fines

The city is tasked with annual inspections for high-risk establishments (restaurants), but has not had a great track record of getting all of the inspections completed in a timely manner. In fact, many restaurants were not being inspected annually. In order to correct the problem, the city will hire additional inspectors to handle the load, and therefore will need to pay for them. Therefore, it will increase restaurant licensing fees according to the following schedule:

Less than 1000 sq. ft. = remains at $660

1001-2500 sq. ft. = increase from $880 to $940

2501-4500 sq. ft. = increase from $1100 to $1110

4501-10,000 sq. ft. = increase from $1100 to $1320

Over 10,000 sq. ft. = increase from $1100 to $1650

Food Establishment Re-inspection Fees

Any re-inspection that addresses a violation previously identified by the department will be charged at a fee of $100 instead of the current $50.


Sponsor: Mayor Rahm Emanuel

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

This is the next previously scheduled increase in property taxes. As a part of the 2016 budget, the City Council voted to implement the largest increase in property taxes in Chicago’s history over a period of 4 years beginning in 2015. 2018 is the final year of increases. The increase should net $63 million.



Sponsor: Mayor Rahm Emanuel

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 3, 2018

Chicago will establish its own energy performance rating system for covered buildings which assigns stars based on performance. Water usage information would be made readily available to the public. A four star rating would be the highest and zero being the lowest. Buildings would be provided their rating on an annual basis and must disclose their score in any advertisement to sell the building as well as display the score on the outside of or directly inside the building so that it is visible to visitors. This ordinance will not require businesses to collect any information not already being collected, the city just wants to maintain its own rating system. We should note that the star rating system does not necessarily follow a federal model, so in order to appropriately determine the meaning of the number of star awarded, a person must become familiar with Chicago’s exclusive system. There are a few exceptions.



Sponsor: Alderman Patrick O’Connor (40th Ward) 

In advance of the General Primary election scheduled to take place on March 20, 2018, the Mayor’s office put forth three ballot questions for consideration by city residents. The questions are usually, but not always, non-controversial and the vote is informative, but not binding. This year the topics for the questions cover the banning of bump stocks in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the protection of residents currently relying on the ACA to provide them with medical coverage to ensure that the ACA is not rolled back, and developing a comprehensive statewide strategy to address the opioid crisis. As pharmacies play an important role along the healthcare continuum, we find the ballot question on the opioid issue of particular interest to our pharmacy members. All three questions passed and will appear on the March ballot.

Both the Cook County Board and the Chicago City Council meetings are scheduled for 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

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Tanya TricheTanya Triche Dawood
Vice President, General Counsel
Illinois Retail Merchants Association

121 CRMA Report – October 2017

In this issue



Earlier this morning, Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivered his budget address for the upcoming 2018 budget year. Much of the speech focused in on the importance of investing in communities, from using the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund to develop and expand neighborhood retail and restaurant businesses to hiring more police officers and getting them better training, to investing in education and increased local job opportunities for teens and young adults. As for the city’s finances, the Mayor noted that all of the pensions are on a direct path to solvency, that he is balancing the budget without raiding the rainy day fund, selling assets or borrowing money to pay off existing loans. Through tough negotiations, the city has been able to keep its healthcare costs relatively flat and decreased its structural deficit since the Mayor’s been in office by 82%. He highlighted how important it was to eliminate the head tax during his first term, and announced that unemployment over the last six years has been cut in half.

The city’s $9 billion budget for 2018 will build on these successes but will not be without some additional revenue. The next installment from the previously approved increases in the property tax will hit next year as well as an increased amusement tax for large venues. Ride share fees will also increase in order to tackle public transportation modernization and address lost revenue from the parking garage tax and the flailing taxi industry. Outside of the previously scheduled property tax increase, the retail and restaurant industry should be able to survive next year’s budget largely unscathed. This will give us some time to figure out how to adjust to the next increase in the minimum wage, find ways to address the complexities of the paid sick leave and FMLA ordinance and prepare for any additional proposed regulations on the workforce.

The departmental budget overview will kick off on Monday, October 23rd with a public hearing on the budget scheduled for Wednesday, November 8th directly after the City Council meeting. CRMA will attend all departmental hearings that affect the retail industry and continue to update you on the budget process. All relevant budget documents can be found here.

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Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, issued her annual budget recommendation prior to the vote on the sweetened beverage tax (SBT) repeal. The $5 billion budget for 2018 originally included $200 million in revenue from the SBT. Before the vote to repeal the tax, President Preckwinkle warned each department that they would have to find 11% in cuts in their departments to make up the “lost” revenue. It is hard to imagine how in a $5 billion budget, a lost $200 million would necessitate cuts that deep, but it made headlines. Now that the SBT repeal vote is over, and the tax will actually be repealed on December 1, 2017, the Finance Chairman is asking each department to find 10% in cuts to kick off actual budget discussions.  

It is clear from the speeches made during the SBT repeal vote that Commissioners will be looking for ways to make the county leaner and more efficient before pursuing another tax. With 85% of the voters in Cook County expressing their opposition to the SBT, and frankly, to more taxes, Commissioners have their marching orders. They must find ways to maintain essential services, collaborate with the city of Chicago to save money and consolidate. The days of telling taxpayers that the County needs more revenue from them in order to survive, and then turning around and approving generous pay raises, increased benefits and future step pay increases are over. The taxpayers want a proper accounting for how the money is spent and for how the County plans to hold the line on spending. Employers want the same thing.

The County will be engaging in meetings through mid-November to hear from each department on how it plans to make cuts and increase savings. The budget will be adjusted throughout this process until a compromise is reached. Generally the County issues its budget before the Thanksgiving holiday, but this year, it may extend that process. Depending on how negotiations proceed, the County could issue its budget in February which is allowed by state law. We will keep members informed on the progress.

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Sponsors: Alderman Edward M. Burke (14th Ward) and Alderman Walter Burnett (27th Ward)

Committee: License and Consumer Protection

A recent Chicago Tribune article highlighted the “trend” of some retailers and restaurants moving away from allowing customers to pay with cash and instead only accepting card and mobile payments. The proposal cites concerns with escalating credit card balances and unnamed studies that suggest that when consumers pay with credit cards they are more likely to spend more. It also refers to a promotion offered by VISA that offered financial rewards to restaurants that met its “Cashless Challenge” by converting exclusively to cashless transactions. The proposal suggests that going cashless is a ploy to help enrich credit card companies while giving merchants access to consumer data with every swipe of the card. This data, according to the proposal, can then be susceptible to a breach, or it can be shared/sold for marketing purposes.

The proposal continues on to suggest that cashless transactions have a disproportionate effect on children under the age of 18 who are unable to apply for credit cards, as well as undocumented immigrants, the homeless and low-income consumers who are un-banked or under-banked. As evidence of this trend, the proposal names several restaurant chains where the price of a cup of tea can run $4.00 and a salad or sandwich averages $10.00. Hardly a place where the homeless or customers on a fixed income are frequenting.

Suggesting that this is a solution in search of a problem, the only other jurisdiction that has passed a law requiring merchants to pay with any acceptable form of legal tender is Massachusetts. That law was passed in 1978, prior to the internet being invented.

CRMA is currently developing its position on this matter.



Sponsors: Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th Ward) and Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward)

Committee: Human Relations

This proposal would prohibit employers from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, an employee for changing or attempting to change their name, SSN or federal employment authorization document. It is unknown at this time if this is related to the city developing its own ID card for use with city services, but this section is being added to that section of the Municipal Code.

CRMA is currently developing its position on this matter.



Sponsor: Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Committee: Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards

Most of the changes made here are not substantive and look like an attempt to clean up some of the Code and ensure that the correct citations to other parts of the Code are noted by reference. There is new language governing branch circuits, feeders, PVC, RTRC, luminaires, lampholders and lamps. Please ensure that persons in control of your building operations review the changes.

CRMA takes no position.



Sponsor: Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Committee: Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards

This proposal would set in place an energy performance rating system for covered buildings which assigns stars based on performance. A four star rating would be the highest and zero being the lowest. Buildings would be provided their rating on an annual basis and must disclose their score in any advertisement to sell the building. Water usage information could be made readily available to the public.

CRMA takes no position at this time. Please let us know if you have concerns.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

The next Cook County Board meeting is scheduled for November 15, 2017.

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Tanya TricheTanya Triche Dawood
Vice President, General Counsel
IL Retail Merchants Association