Chicago Retail Merchants Alert

CHICAGO ENERGY BENCHMARKING REPORTING

DEADLINE  AUG. 1, 2015

Owners of certain commercial buildings located within the City of Chicago must comply with the new City of Chicago Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance by August 1, 2015.

Who must comply?

The Ordinance requires commercial and municipal buildings with between 50,000 – 250,000 square feet and residential buildings with over 250,000 square feet to submit verified reports on whole-building energy use and specific building attributes. The City has issued “2015 Notice of Upcoming Obligation to Comply” notices to applicable property owners over the past few weeks.

When must buildings comply?

Property owners must file their 2015 reports by August 1, 2015. Starting in 2016, annually updated reports must be filed before June 1st.

What are the direct costs associated with compliance?

In addition to time needed to gather energy and property data, in 2015, the first year (and every third year thereafter), buildings must have data reviewed by a City-certified in-house or third-party professional engineer, licensed architect, or other trained individual to verify data have been tracked and reported correctly. The costs for this service varies according to the number and complexity of the buildings under consideration.

    • For IRMA members with in-house staff who can be assigned to gather and report required building attributes and energy usage, and also have in-house staff who hold licenses or certifications required by the City to verify data – there may be no direct costs.
    • For members who do not have in-house staff who hold accepted credentials designated by the City to verify reported data, they, minimally, may incur out of pocket costs to hire a 3rd party to verify data.

 

Where can I find more information about benchmarking requirements?

Visit www.cityofchicago.org/energybenchmarking. If you own a commercial building located in the City of Chicago that is 50,000 sq ft or larger and you did not receive notice from the City of Chicago, contact the Help Center at:

info@chicagoenergybenchmarking.org or call (855) 858-6878.

IRMA Members Request Assistance

IRMA has received a number of inquiries surrounding Chicago’s Energy Benchmarking Reporting Requirements. In response, IRMA has asked Mark Pruitt, principal of The Power Bureau, to be available to help assist members with a wide range of services related to reporting requirements, including arranging for 3rd party professionals required for building and usage data verification. Mark has agreed to provide services at reduced rates for IRMA members, starting with a $50 hourly rate for site visits and data verification for single gas/electric account buildings. IRMA’s Utility Program Coordinator, Maggie Murphy, will be “on call” to assist Mark with this effort. You can contact Mark and/or Maggie directly.

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*One of the country’s most respected and innovative energy experts, Mark Pruitt served as the first Director of the Illinois Power Agency – the state agency responsible for securing wholesale electricity and renewable energy for the 4.7 million residential and small commercial accounts located in Illinois. He now advises energy managers (and others) in cities, businesses, non-profits, and universities, including providing insight into the deregulated (or not) market, legislation and regulation that is unique to them and the industry. Mark was selected by the City of Chicago to assist in establishing and implementing the country’s largest aggregation purchasing programs of its kind, and has worked tirelessly on behalf of energy buyers and consumers to force suppliers to adopt transparent bidding and contractual protocols in rates negotiations. His efforts include participating in dialogues with regulators, elected officials, advocates, utilities, and wholesale market operators to ensure stable rates for the future in environments which consumers are assured fairness and transparency.

Contact Information:

 TanyaTricheTanya Triche
Vice President & General Counsel
312/726-4600

 ttriche@irma.org

121 Report – CRMA – April 2015

 VOTERS ELECT MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS

Yesterday, Chicagoans experienced their first-ever runoff election. Unable to acquire the 50% plus 1 votes needed in order to avoid a runoff on February 24th, Mayor Emanuel had an additional 6 weeks to convince voters that he was the right person for the job. After a long campaign, and with nearly 40% of registered voters weighing in, Mayor Emanuel was elected to a second term in office.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, whose campaign seemed to focus on establishing Mayor Emanuel as an out-of-touch leader who was only concerned with the top 1% of income earners and corporate interests, fell short of victory. The latter half of the campaign zeroed in on which candidate voters believed had the better plan for fixing the city’s finances. With upcoming pension payments putting Chicago in a financial chokehold and much discussion about an impending property tax increase, Chicago’s residents voted with their wallets in mind.  More than anything, Mayor Emanuel was able to define himself as the person with the team and experience to lead Chicago out of its financial woes and back to prosperity.  Garcia struggled to prove to voters that he had a financial plan at all, even saying that he would put a team of thought leaders together after the election.

Finances actually were a central theme surrounding the campaign with lots of attention being paid not only to each candidate’s plan for the budget, but also their campaign fundraising efforts.  The media had daily reports on Mayor Emanuel’s big money donors and Garcia’s large contributions from labor unions. While the money contributed to Garcia was just a fraction of what was contributed to Mayor Emanuel, Garcia was not without his own advantage. With the help of his supporters in the labor unions, he had numerous troops on the ground to help get out the vote.

There was also much interest in which candidate could attract the powerful African American vote. African Americans largely supported Mayor Emanuel in his first bid for office, but most stayed home in the February election, and many that voted supported Willie Wilson, a successful entrepreneur and gospel singer with strong ties to many churches. In the run-off, Garcia courted the vote by aligning himself with the legacy of former Mayor Harold Washington who was the city’s first African American mayor and is still much beloved in the community. Garcia was also an Alderman during Mayor Washington’s tenure. For his part, Mayor Emanuel was seen in the waning days of the campaign with President Barack Obama at a national park dedication on the south side of the city. In the end, the numbers showed that African Americans, along with a strong voting block of condo owners on the lakefront, largely broke for Mayor Emanuel, pushing him to the win.

Now, the budget can be debated in earnest and the tough decision-making can begin. CRMA congratulates Mayor Emanuel on winning his second term in office and we look forward to continuing to work with him and his staff on issues that are important to job creators in Chicago.

 Rahm Emanuel (I) – 55.72%

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia – 44.28%

CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL RACES DECIDED

While the mainstream media has focused on the Mayoral election, Chicago’s retail community has taken great interest in the aldermanic run-off races. Aldermen are critical partners in the continued operation of successful business, and having a good relationship with your local Alderman can help a business develop substantive relationships within the community. CRMA congratulates the Aldermen that won re-election and all winners that will become Aldermen for the first time in May. We look forward to helping inform them on issues that are of interest to the retail community specifically, and to the business community at large.

City officials will be sworn in on Monday, May 18, 2015.

 

Ward 2 (open seat)

Brian Hopkins – 56.3%

Alyx Pattison – 43.7%

 

Ward 7

Natashia Holmes (I) – 43.2%

Gregory Mitchell – 56.8%

 

Ward 10

John Pope (I) – 49.97%

Susan Sadlowski Garza – 50.03%

 

Ward 11(open seat)

John Kozlar – 42.08%

Patrick Daley Thompson – 57.92%

 

Ward 15 (open seat)

Raymond Lopez – 57.59%

Rafael Yanez – 42.41%

 

Ward 16 (open seat)

Stephanie Coleman – 49.04%

Toni Foulkes (current Alderman of the 15thWard) – 50.96%

 

Ward 18

Lona Lane (I) – 32.10%

Derrick Curtis – 67.90%

 

Ward 20

Willie Cochran (I) – 55.53%

Kevin Bailey – 44.47%

 

Ward 21

Howard B. Brookins, Jr. (I) – 50.71%

Marvin McNeil – 49.29%

 

Ward 24 (open seat)

Vetress Boyce – 32.56%

Michael Scott, Jr. – 67.44%

 

Ward 29

Deborah Graham (I) – 47.88%

Chris Taliaferro – 52.12%

 

Ward 31

Regner “Ray” Suarez (I) – 49.20%

Milagros “Milly” Santiago – 50.80%

 

Ward 36 (open seat)

Omar Aquino – 44.05%

Gilbert Villegas – 55.95%

 

Ward 37

Emma Mitts (I) – 52.71%

Tara Stamps – 47.29%

 

Ward 41

Mary O’Connor (I) – 48.04%

Anthony Napolitano – 51.96%

 

Ward 43

Michele Smith (I) – 50.38%

Caroline Vickrey – 49.62%

 

Ward 45

John Arena (I) – 53.78%

John Garrido – 46.22%

 

Ward 46

James Cappleman (I) – 53.81%

Amy Crawford – 46.19%

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Tanya Triche
Vice President/General Counsel
312-726-4600
ttriche@irma.org

121 Report – CRMA – February 2015

Issue 2            

In This Issue:
Chicago Elections

UNFINISHED BUSINESS…

CHICAGO VOTERS SEND ELECTED OFFICIALS TO RUNOFFS

 

Chicago will have to wait another month to learn who will be its next Mayor. After a long and hotly contested campaign season, the voters sent a message that they want more debate and a better understanding of who has the better vision and plan for the city. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who failed to receive the necessary 50% plus one of the vote last night will head to a run-off election with Cook County Board Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on April 7th.

 

At this point, the question is, “Was the vote for the challengers a vote in support of their platforms?” Or was it a vote against Mayor Emanuel? This is what pundits will try to hash out between now and April. It’s no secret that the Mayor has made some decisions that some perceive as necessary and others think were unnecessarily polarizing. There was the expansion of the red light/speed camera program, which pretty much every driver despises, the conflicting numbers on crime (overall violent crime is down, but it has become more concentrated in certain areas), the implementation of a $13/hour city starting wage which was attacked by small business owners who prefer one statewide wage and attacked by labor unions who said the increase didn’t go far enough and the teacher strike coupled with the closing of 50 neighborhood public schools. Yet, the Mayor has made some tangible improvements by attracting more headquarters to the city, focusing in on the tech sector that is in expansion mode, and raising the profile of the city to attract more foreign tourists with money to spend. In addition, he has faced some tough budgets and is now facing the toughest budget that this city has seen in many years. What we know is that, for the past four years, the Mayor has not raised sales, property or gas taxes. Instead, he has focused on streamlining the government and re-negotiating contracts.

 

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), and SEIU Healthcare tried to paint a picture of a Mayor who was out of touch with the needs of the communities and focused only on corporate interests. It was a classic “us” against “them” strategy, and in their book, Mayor Emanuel wasn’t one of ‘them’. Commissioner Garcia, a former Alderman and State Senator, was woefully out fundraised, but had a dedicated team with boots on the ground. Given this background, and coupled with a historically low voter turnout, Mayor Emanuel has ended up in a run-off. The three other candidates in the race garnered about 20% of the remaining vote. Where will those votes go in April? That’s a question both Mayor Emanuel and Commissioner Garcia hope they have the answer to.

MAYORAL RESULTS (UNOFFICIAL)

*RAHM EMANUEL (i): 45.37%

WILLIE WILSON: 10.60%

BOB FIORETTI: 7.39%

*JESUS “CHUY” GARCIA: 33.88%

WILLIAM “DOCK” WALLS: 2.76%

ALDERMANIC RACES

While most of the mainstream media was, and still is, focused in on the Mayor’s race, Chicago residents and business owners have been particularly interested in the local aldermanic seats. Boasting the second-largest City Council in the country, and contending with a new ward map due to re-districting, Aldermen have spent their time trying to win over new residents, solidify their bases and unite with (or separate from) the Mayor. Six Aldermen ran unopposed and seven Aldermen decided to retire, run in different wards or, in the case of Ald. Bob Fioretti, challenge the Mayor.

All told, there are 19 aldermanic races that are going to a run-off. Notably, that total includes all six open seats, Alderman John Arena of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, Chairman of the License Committee, Alderman Emma Mitts, Alderman Natashia Holmes who is the only Alderman appointed by the Mayor, two former State Representatives Alderman Deb Mell and Alderman Deborah Graham, and two of the five Aldermen who voted against the minimum wage, Alderman Mary O’Connor and Alderman Michele Smith.

 

All outright winners are in bold, current Aldermen running in different wards are marked with an asterisk* and races scheduled for the run-off election have the voting percentages next to the candidates.

WARD 1

Proco”Joe”Moreno (I)

Anne Shaw

Andrew Hamilton

Ronda Locke

 

WARD 2 (open) 

Stephen Niketopoulos

Bita Buenrostro

Brian Hopkins:  29.38%

Alyx S. Pattison:  24.40%

Cornell Wilson

 

WARD 3

Pat Dowell (I)

Patricia Horton

Clarence Desmond Clemons

 

WARD 4

William D. “Will” Burns (I)

Tracey Bey

Norman H. Bolden

 

WARD 5

Leslie A. Hairston (I)

Tiffany N. Brooks

Jocelyn Hare

Robin Boyd Clark

Jedidiah L. Brown

Anne Marie Miles

 

WARD 6

Roderick T. Sawyer (I)

Richard A. Wooten

Brian T. Garner

 

WARD 7

Natashia L. Holmes (I):  25.09%

Joseph J. Moseley, II:  20.27%

Gregory I. Mitchell

LaShonda “Shonnie” Curry

Keiana Barrett

Flora “Flo” Digby

Bernie Riley

Margie Reid

 

WARD 8

Michelle A. Harris (I)

Faheem Shabazz

Tara F. Baldridge

 

WARD 9

Anthony Beale (I)

Michael E. Lafargue

Harold “Noonie” Ward

Theodore “Ted” Williams

 

WARD 10

John A. Pope (I):  44.09%

Susan Sadlowski Garza:  24.01%

Richard L. Martinez

Jr.Frank J. Corona

Samantha M. Webb

Olga Bautista

Juan B. Huizar

 

WARD 11 (open)

John K. Kozlar:  36.01%

Patrick Daley Thompson:  47.94%

Maureen F. Sullivan

 

WARD 12

George Cardenas (I)

 

WARD 13

Marty Quinn (I)

 

WARD 14

Edward Burke (I)

 

WARD 15 (open)

Adolfo Mondragon

Raymond A. Lopez:  47.06%

Rafael Yanez:  22.93%

Eddie L. Daniels

Otis Davis, Jr.

Raul O. Reyes

 

WARD 16 (open)

Cynthia Lomax

Toni L. Foulkes*: 43.29%

Jose A. Garcia

Stephanie Coleman:  34.90%

 

WARD 17

Glenda Franklin

David H. Moore

James E. Dukes

 

WARD 18

Lona Lane (I):  29.87%

Derrick G. Curtis:  30.39%

Michael A. Davis

Chuks Onyezia

Consandra Harris

Brandon Loggins

 

WARD 19

Matthew J. O’Shea (I)

Anne Schaible

 

WARD 20

Willie B. Cochran (I):  48.03%

Willie Ray Jr.

Andre SmithKevin Bailey:  20.26%

Ernest Radcliffe, Jr.

 

WARD 21

Howard B. Brookins, Jr. (I):  41.67%

Marvin McNeil:  14.10%

Jeffery Baker

Joseph C. Ziegler, Jr.

Doris LewisBrooks

Patricia A. Foster

Ken Lewis

 

WARD 22

Ricardo Munoz   (I)

Neftalie Gonzalez

Raul Montes, Jr.

Robert Martinez

 

WARD 23

Michael R. Zalewski (I)

Martin Arteaga

Anna Goral

 

WARD 24 (open)

Frank M. Bass

Regina D. Lewis

Wallace E. “Mickey” Johnson

Sherita Ann Harris

Roger L. Washington

Vetress Boyce:  16.49%

Ladarius R. Curtis

Darren Tillis

Larry G. Nelson

Michael Scott, Jr.:  31.06%

 

WARD 25

Daniel “Danny” Solis   (I)

Ed Hershey

Jorge Mujica

Roberto “Beto” Montano

Byron Sigcho

 

WARD 26

Roberto Maldonado (I)

Adam Corona

Juanita Irizarry

 

WARD 27

Walter Burnett, Jr. (I)

Gabe Beukinga

 

WARD 28

Jason C. Ervin (I)

 

WARD 29

Deborah L. Graham (I):  39.97%

Lawrence Andolino

Bob Galhotra

Chris Taliaferro:  22.48%

LaCoulton J. Walls

Zerlina A. Smith

Oddis “O.J” Johnson

Stephen Robinson

 

WARD 30

Ariel E. Reboyras (I)

 

WARD 31

Regner “Ray” Suarez (I):  47.68%

Sean C. Starr

Irma Cornier

Milagros “Milly” Santiago:  37.32%

 

WARD 32

Scott Waguespack (I)

Elise Doody-Jones

 

WARD 33

Deborah L. Mell (I):  49.66%

Tim Meegan:  34.51%

Annisa Wanat

 

WARD 34

Carrie M. Austin (I)

Henry MosesShirley J. White

Charles R. Thomas Sr.

 

WARD 35

Rey Colon (I)

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

 

WARD 36 (open)

Christopher M. Vittorio

Omar Aquino:  35.67%

Gilbert Villegas:  32.66%

Alonzo Zaragoza

 

WARD 37

Emma Mitts (I):  48.73

Leroy Duncan

Maretta Brown-Miller

Tara Stamps:  32.32%

 

WARD 38 (open)

Nicholas Sposato*

Jerry Paszek

Tom Caravette

Heather Sattler

Michael C. Duda

Carmen Hernandez

Belinda Cadiz

 

WARD 39

Margaret Laurino (I)

Robert Murphy

Joseph “Joe” Laiacona

 

WARD 40

Patrick J. O’Connor (I)

Dianne Daleiden

 

WARD 41

Mary O’Connor (I):  47.90%

Joe Lomanto

Anthony V. Napolitano:  42.42%

 

WARD 42

Brendan Reilly (I)

 

WARD 43

Michele Smith (I):  41.54%

Caroline Vickrey:  35.74%

Jennifer “Jen” Kramer

Jerry Quandt

 

WARD 44

Tom Tunney (I)

Mark Thomas

Scott Davis

 

WARD 45

John S. Arena (I):  45.49%

John Garrido:  39.73%

Michelle R. Baert

Michael S. Diaz

 

WARD 46

James Cappleman (I):  46.76%

Amy Crawford:  37.66%

Denice L. Davis

 

WARD 47

Ameya Pawar (I)

Rory Fiedler

 

WARD 48

Harry Osterman (I)

 

WARD 49

Joe Moore (I)

Don Gordon

 

WARD 50

Debra L. Silverstein (I)

Shajan M. Kuriakose

Zehra Quadri

 

CONTACT INFORMATION: Tanya TricheVice President & General Counsel312/726-4600ttriche@irma.org

 

CRMA Poll Finds Emanuel Near 50%

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CHICAGO RETAIL MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION

POLL FINDS EMANUEL NEAR 50%

Undecided Voters Breaking Towards Emanuel

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                    

CONTACT: Ryan McLaughlin

312-969-0255 | ryan@macstrategiesgroup.com

 

CHICAGO – Chicago Retail Merchants Association (CRMA), a committee of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA), has released findings from a poll indicating Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is at or over the 50% required to win the Chicago mayoral election were the election to be held today.

The poll results find Emanuel at 48.65%, Garcia at 37.72% with undecided voters at 13.63%. However, when undecided voters were asked to make a decision, nearly 21% chose Emanuel while 15% chose Garcia. The mayor holds a commanding lead among likely female voters but his lead is narrow among males. In addition, when asked who would be better at creating jobs, Emanuel holds his lead with women and his support among men jumps substantially. Likewise, the mayor has a healthy lead among likely African-American and Caucasian voters. Garcia, however, holds a large lead among Hispanics while the candidates are split among Asian voters. The poll was conducted by We Ask America on Wednesday, February 25th, collecting responses from 1,138 likely voters with a margin of error of ±2.91%.

“While there are six weeks before Election Day, it would appear that Mayor Emanuel is in a strong position with likely Chicago voters,” said Rob Karr, President, Chicago Retail Merchants Association. “When voters are asked about their perception of which candidate would be better at creating new jobs in Chicago, the numbers mirror each candidate’s overall support, indicating this is a major factor in voters’ opinions.”

 

1.      As you may know, Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia will run against each other in a mayoral runoff election on April 7th. If that election were held today, for whom would you vote?
 Rahm Emanuel:  48.65%        ||        Chuy Garcia:  37.72%         ||           Undecided: 13.63%

 

2.      (Only asked to “undecided” voters:) Even though you haven’t decided who you’ll vote for, we’d like to know if you’re LEANING toward voting for either candidate.
Rahm Emanuel:  20.89%        ||        Chuy Garcia:  15.46%         ||           Undecided: 63.65%

 

 3.      Which candidate for mayor do you think would be better for creating new jobs in Chicago?
Rahm Emanuel:  49.12%        ||        Chuy Garcia:  34.66%         ||           Undecided: 16.22%

 

Poll Methodology

Demographic information recorded in the poll provided data to normalize (weight) the results to provide the most accurate results that account for ethnic origin, gender over/under-sampling.  Our sampling methodology ensures that We Ask America poll results are “projectable,” meaning that if every telephone in a given geography was dialed, the results would not differ from the reported poll results by more than the stated margin of error at a 95% confidence level (the industry standard), were the same survey taken repeatedly.  For this case, results with a margin of error of ±2.91% at the 95% confidence level means that if the same survey were conducted 100 times, then 95 times out of 100 the results would not vary in either direction by more than 2.91% in either direction.

About the Chicago Retail Merchants Association (CRMA)

Chicago Retail Merchants Association (CRMA), a committee of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA), is dedicated to protecting the retail industry in the City of Chicago. Employing one in every five Chicagoans and generating 1/3 of local tax revenues, today, more than ever before, it is necessary for the retail industry to have a firm, solid footing in the activities of local government. CRMA is the voice for retailers in the City of Chicago.

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121 Report – CRMA – January 2015

Issue 1

RACE TO THE FINISH – 

CHICAGO’S ELECTED OFFICIALS ASK VOTERS FOR ANOTHER TERM

 

 Just when you thought election season was over, the city of Chicago kicked it in gear as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and most of the sitting Aldermen began their campaigns in earnest for re-election. The Municipal Election, which takes place on Tuesday, February 24th, will determine who will govern Chicago for the next four years. The Mayor, City Clerk, City Treasurer and all aldermanic seats are up at the same time. Working with a new map which reconfigures many wards and completely repositions one existing ward, Aldermen are working overtime to reach out to constituents old and new.

With the ballots all but set, the Mayor will be challenged by an interesting and diverse group of contenders: Willie Wilson, a medical devices supplier, former QSR franchisee and gospel singer; Bob Fioretti, current Alderman of the 2nd Ward and lawyer; Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, current Cook County Commissioner and former Chicago Alderman and State Senator, and Bill “Dock” Walls, a community and political activist and perennial mayoral candidate. To date, the Mayor’s campaign has released the results of a poll, taken in December, showing him ahead of the pack with a path to victory in February. We presume that there will be other groups that will produce independent polls as the election draws near and voters start paying more attention to the campaigns. Mayor Emanuel has agreed to five debates which are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 27th and end on Tuesday, February 10th.   Both City Clerk Susana Mendoza and newly appointed City Treasurer Kurt A. Summers, Jr. are running unopposed.

The contests for Alderman have proven to be a bit of a wild card. The following aldermen have either announced that they will retire at the end of the term, setting up open races in each ward, or have decided to leave their position for other reasons:

Ald. James Balcer (11)                                Ald. Michael Chandler (24)

Ald. Timothy Cullerton (38)                       Ald. Robert Fioretti (2)*

Ald. Toni Foulkes (15)**                            Ald. Nicholas Sposato (36)***

Ald. Latasha Thomas (17)

 

Six Aldermen will have no challengers:

Ald. Edward M. Burke (14)                        Ald. George Cardenas (12)

Ald. Jason Ervin (28)                                   Ald. Harry Osterman (48)

Ald. Marty Quinn (13)                                Ald. Brendan Reilly (42)

CRMA members should note that in order to win outright, a candidate must garner over 50% of the vote. If no candidate in a race attains the adequate percentage of votes to win, then the top two candidates with the most votes will compete in a run-off election on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015. In the last city election, about 1/5 of the City Council seats went to a run-off.

There have been a number of ward-based candidate forums and debates, mailers have started going out to constituents and the fundraising machine is in full-swing. A number of sitting Aldermen and challengers have reached out to CRMA to discuss their vision and ask for our support. CRMA joins with other representatives of the employer community in supporting voices in City Hall that provide balance in the face of an anti-job growth agenda pushed by some in the advocacy community. We look to support thoughtful leaders that will apply a common-sense and inclusive approach to governing. CRMA will continue to meet with candidates as the election nears to share ideas and thoughts about how we can work collaboratively in the future.

Click here for a full list of candidates.

*The new ward map created a completely new 2nd ward and Alderman Fioretti does not currently live in that ward. The Alderman has decided instead to challenge Mayor Emanuel.

**The ward map was drawn to pick up a larger Latino population. Alderman Foulkes decided to move into the 16th ward which is majority African American, and challenge the current Alderman, Joann Thompson. There are 3 other challengers in this race as well.

***This ward map was also drawn to include a larger Latino population. Alderman Sposato decided to move to the 38th ward which picked up a large part of his old ward. The current Alderman in 38, Tim Cullerton, will retire at the end of the term. Alderman Sposato will compete in this open race against 6 other candidates.

 

COOK COUNTY BOARD PROPOSAL TARGETS PERSONS WHO COMMIT 

WAGE THEFT OR VIOLATE THE FEDERAL FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT

Commissioners Jeffrey Tobolski (D-LaGrange) and John P. Daley (D-Chicago) propose that if a person has admitted or been found guilty or liable for wage theft or violating the FLSA Act repeatedly or willfully within 5 years of application, then the person will be deemed ineligible to bid for or enter into a contract with the County. In addition, such violations will make a person ineligible to receive property tax incentives or a General Business License for a willful violation or two or more violations that were not deemed willful.

Read the proposal here.

CITY COUNCIL ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

 

INTRODUCTIONS

Resolution to Prohibit Lobbying Activity During Council Meetings

Sponsors: Aldermen Bob Fioretti (2), Scott Waguespack (32), John Arena (45) and others

Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics

This resolution would change the Rules of Order and Procedure prohibiting registered lobbyists from engaging in lobbying activities with Aldermen during City Council or any committee meeting, but it doesn’t seem to prohibit similar activities from those who are not registered. Members will note that the Cook County Board passed a similar law last year after the County Inspector General issued a report expressing concern over registered and “rogue” lobbyists attempting to talk to Commissioners during Board Meetings.  Interestingly enough, neither law targets contact between a person who is unregistered and essentially lobbying a Commissioner during a meeting.  The city proposal would also prohibit any elected official from lobbying Aldermen.

The proposal goes on to address the long-standing rule that Aldermen who are present at the time of a vote must indeed vote. They are not be allowed to vote “Present” or refrain from going on the record in any way if they are physically present in the Chamber and a member of the voting body. Although this policy would not change, there has been some recent concerns over Aldermen passing on votes without recusing themselves according to current rules. The change here clarifies that all eligible and present Aldermen must vote when the question is called.

Lastly, this proposal would allow deferred matters, which have not been reported back to Council within 60 days, to be called for a vote by any Alderman giving 48 hours written notice in advance of the next Council meeting.

 

Resolution to Call for Hearings Regarding Information Sharing Between Government and Private Companies Concerning Cybersecurity

Sponsor: Alderman Edward M. Burke (14)

Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development

With a nod to President Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address, this resolution asks the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology and Office of Emergency Management and Communications to testify regarding ways they can help facilitate information sharing between the public and private sector regarding cybersecurity threats, responses and technical assistance.

 

Resolution to Urge the ICC to Reject the Proposal to Increase Heating Bills

Sponsor:  

Alderman Tom Tunney (44)

Committee on Finance

The gas utility for the city has asked permission from the Illinois Commerce Commission to increase rates and to raise the fixed charges on bills. At the same time that this resolution was being introduced, the ICC ruled to allow the rate increase, but rejected the attempt to increase the fixed charges.

 

Ordinance to Allow the Sale of Liquor Near Public Libraries

Sponsor: Alderman Edward M. Burke (14)

Committee on License and Consumer Protection

This proposal would allow the sale of retail alcoholic liquor within 100 ft of the main and regional libraries in Chicago. It would also allow for the requirement to be reduced per the permission of the Local Liquor Control Commissioner, if the reduction wouldn’t have a detrimental impact on the library.

 

Ordinance to Require Pregnancy Accommodations

Sponsors: Alderman Latasha Thomas (17)

Committee on Finance

This proposal adopts the language from the recently enacted IL law which expands pregnancy accommodations beyond the federal regulations and treats pregnant women as a protected class. It does not make any changes to the current IL law.

 

PASSED INITIATIVES

Ordinance to Add Classes for Prohibition on Profiling Based on Protected Class

Sponsors: Aldermen Will Burns (4), Michelle Harris (8), Edward M. Burke (14) and others

This ordinance adds national origin and gender identity to the classes of people that will be protected from unlawful profiling in an attempt to stop, question or detain someone in connection with an alleged crime. This change aligns with recent guidance issued by the US DOJ to include these classes as protected. While focused on peace officers, the ordinance will apply to security personnel as well.

EFFECTIVE DATE: MARCH 17, 2015

 

Ordinance to Allow All Airport Concession Employees the Right to Collectively Bargain and Require Airport Concessionaires to Abide by Labor Peace Agreements

Sponsors: Aldermen Walter Burnett (27), Daniel Solis (25), Bob Fioretti (2) and others

Citing the need to prevent labor disputes from impeding passenger access to food, beverages, reading materials and other items sold at the airport, this ordinance will require concessionaires to enter into collective bargaining agreements and abide by labor peace agreements. Small businesses are exempt. In this instance, a small business is an employer that employs less than 500 employees worldwide and employs fewer than 50 employees total at both airports.

EFFECTIVE DATE: MARCH 17, 2015

 

Ordinance to Require Pest Control for Demolition and Modification Projects

Sponsors: Aldermen Michele Smith (43), George Cardenas (12), Pat Dowell (3) and others

As any project that requires excavation disrupts habitats for rodents, this ordinance will require a rodent control management plan whenever such projects are initiated. The plan must be maintained by the owner until the construction at the site is completed and contain any documents or receipts from the structural pest control company.

EFFECTIVE DATE: MAY 16, 2015

Due to the February election, the City Council will not meet again until Wednesday, March 18, 2015.


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