121 Report – CRMA – July 2015

Chicago Retail Merchants Association

POLL: MORE THAN 75% OF COOK COUNTY RESIDENTS OPPOSE

SALES TAX HIKE, PLUS MOST SAY THEY WILL SHOP ELSEWHERE

 

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CHICAGO – In a poll conducted across Cook County on Tuesday evening, June 30, an overwhelming 75 percent of respondents say they oppose the 1 percent sales tax increase being proposed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, which would give Cook County the highest sales tax in the nation. Additionally, more than 45 percent say they will be more likely to shift to online shopping to avoid Cook County sales taxes, plus more than 68 percent say they would become more likely to shop outside Cook County. The poll was conducted by We Ask America and the Chicago Retail Merchants Association, a committee of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

“Consumers in Cook County are already paying a high sales tax, and they have made it clear they do not want to pay even more,” said Rob Karr, president, Chicago Retail Merchants Association. “Across demographic lines, respondents are clear that they are likely to avoid the Cook County sales tax by shopping online or traveling to neighboring counties – as a result, Cook County will not raise the revenue they expect and their problem only gets worse.”

 

POLL RESULTS:

1.      According to published reports, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is considering raising the county sales tax by a percentage point to 10.25%. She says the move may be necessary to pay for pension debt and other spending. Do you APPROVE or DISAPPROVE of raising Cook County’s sales tax in order to pay for pension debt?

Approve          21.09 %

Disapprove     75.02%

Undecided       3.88%

 

2.      If the sales tax is increased, would that make you more likely or less likely to shop more online to avoid the increase?

More likely     45.77%

Less likely       36.82%

Undecided       17.41%

 

3.      If the sales tax is increased to 10.25% or more, would that make you more likely, or less likely to shop outside of Cook County to pay less?

More likely     68.66%

Less likely       22.49%

Undecided       8.86%

 About Chicago Retail Merchants Association

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.

 

Poll Methodology

This poll was conducted on June 30, 2015, using both automated (recorded) and live calls. In all, 1,006 Cook County residents completed all questions on the poll from both landlines and cell phones. The Cook County residents dialed were randomly selected using our proprietary registered-voter database to assure the greatest chance of providing an accurate cross-section of opinion from the countywide sample. Our sampling methodology ensures that We Ask America poll results are “projectable,” meaning that if every resident in a given geography were 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), if the same survey was repeated.  For this case, results with a margin of error of ±3.1 % 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 3.1% in either direction.  No weighting measures were applied to the results to correct for over/under-sampling since it was determined those changes would not make a significant difference.

POLL RESULTS

Cook County Sales Tax Hike Poll

Illinois Retail Merchants Association

We Ask America logo

We Ask America™ Polls

 Date of Poll:  June 30, 2015

  Responses: 1,006 Likely Voters             Margin of Error:  ±3.1%

   1. According to published reports, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is considering raising the county sales tax by a percentage point to 10.25%. She says the move may be necessary to pay for pension debt and other spending. Do you APPROVE or DISAPPROVE of raising Cook County’s sales tax in order to pay for pension debt?

 

 

Count

Percentage

Approve

  212

21.09%

Disapprove

  754

75.02%

Undecided

   39

3.88%

 

  2. If the sales tax is increased, would that make you more likely or less likely to shop more online to avoid the increase?

 

 

Count

Percentage

More likely

  460

45.77%

Less likely

  370

36.82%

Undecided

  175

17.41%

 

  3. If the sales tax is increased to 10.25% or more, would that make you more likely, or less likely to shop outside of Cook County to pay less?

 

 

Count

Percentage

More likely

  690

68.66%

Less likely

  226

22.49%

Undecided

   89

8.86%

 

Crosstabs by GENDER:                                                                       

SALES TAX APPROVAL
GENDER

Approve

Disapprove

Undecided

Total

   Female

20.28%

74.96%

4.76%

100.00%

   Male

22.60%

75.14%

2.26%

100.00%

   Total

21.09%

75.02%

3.88%

100.00%

SHOP ONLINE TO AVOID LOCAL TAX
GENDER

More likely

Less likely

Undecided

Total

   Female

42.09%

39.17%

18.74%

100.00%

   Male

52.54%

32.49%

14.97%

100.00%

   Total

45.77%

36.82%

17.41%

100.00%

SHOP OUTSIDE COOK CO
GENDER

More likely

Less likely

Undecided

Total

   Female

67.13%

23.20%

9.68%

100.00%

   Male

71.47%

21.19%

7.34%

100.00%

   Total

68.66%

22.49%

8.86%

100.00%

 

Crosstabs by ETHNIC GROUP:

SALES TAX APPROVAL
ETHNIC GROUP

Approve

Disapprove

Undecided

Total

   African American

19.56%

74.76%

5.68%

100.00%

   Asian

24.49%

71.43%

4.08%

100.00%

   Hispanic

17.54%

80.70%

1.75%

100.00%

   White

22.13%

75.53%

2.34%

100.00%

   Other/Refused

21.43%

72.32%

6.25%

100.00%

   Total

21.09%

75.02%

3.88%

100.00%


SHOP ONLINE TO AVOID LOCAL TAX
ETHNIC GROUP

More likely

Less likely

Undecided

Total

   African American

37.85%

47.95%

14.20%

100.00%

   Asian

46.94%

34.69%

18.37%

100.00%

   Hispanic

42.11%

35.09%

22.81%

100.00%

   White

51.49%

30.21%

18.30%

100.00%

   Other/Refused

45.54%

34.82%

19.64%

100.00%

   Total

45.77%

36.82%

17.41%

100.00%

 

SHOP OUTSIDE COOK CO
ETHNIC GROUP

More likely

Less likely

Undecided

Total

   African American

67.82%

23.97%

8.20%

100.00%

   Asian

57.14%

32.65%

10.20%

100.00%

   Hispanic

68.42%

22.81%

8.77%

100.00%

   White

68.51%

21.28%

10.21%

100.00%

   Other/Refused

76.79%

18.75%

4.46%

100.00%

   Total

68.66%

22.49%

8.86%

100.00%


METHODOLOGY:

This poll was conducted on June 30, 2015 using both automated (recorded) and live calls. In all, 1,006 Cook County residents completed all questions on the poll from both landlines and cell phones. The Cook County residents dialed were randomly selected using our proprietary registered-voter database to assure the greatest chance of providing an accurate cross-section of opinion from the countywide sample.

Our sampling methodology ensures that We Ask America poll results are “projectable,” meaning that if every resident in a given geography were 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), if the same survey was repeated.  For this case, results with a margin of error of ±3.1 % 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 3.1% in either direction.  No weighting measures were applied to the results to correct for over/under-sampling since it was determined those changes would not make a significant difference.

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Crain’s Chicago Business has the story on our latest CRMA poll. Who likes a sales tax hike? Not too many… Here is the article:

Tax hikes are never popular, and Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to raise the sales tax may not be an exception, even if it is eventually adopted by the Cook County Board.

A large majority of Cook County residents do not favor raising the tax to 10.25 percent, from 9.25 percent, to pay pension debt, according to a poll commissioned by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, which opposes the increase. The hike is estimated to raise as much as $474 million a year.

Of the 1,006 likely voters surveyed, 75 percent said they disapprove of the plan, according to a poll yesterday conducted by We Ask America. Only 21 percent approved, while 4 percent were undecided.

A sales tax hike “is going to give us a headline we really don’t need, which is that we are going to be the highest sales tax in the nation,” said Rob Karr, CEO of the retail group.

Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, has acknowledged that the sales tax hike is not popular, but says it is needed to fund the retirement plan for county workers after the Illinois General Assembly failed to pass a pension bill she backed. A portion of the tax hike also would be used to finance road improvements and other infrastructure projects.

“We are sensitive to the concerns of all Cook County businesses, and for that reason we believe it’s critical to create a stable county government with certainty around our tax structure,” a Preckwinkle spokesman said in a statement.

She has said a majority of the board will not approve a property tax hike, limiting her options. But she believes she can round up enough votes on the board to raise the sales tax. The survey underscores the difficulty of finding those votes, Karr said.

 “It would be pretty rare that there would be any revenue enhancements that are easy,” he said. “I think this probably falls in the category of one of the hardest.”

The survey also found that the sales tax hike would make people more likely to shop online or outside the county.

Nearly 69 percent said they would be more likely to shop outside the county if the sales tax were raised. Nearly 46 percent said the tax hike would make them more likely to shop on the Internet, while 37 percent said it would make them less likely. Nearly 9 percent were undecided.

The Preckwinkle administration has said it has factored a loss of sales in its estimate that the tax hike would raise $305.5 million in the fiscal year ending Nov. 30, 2016. In fiscal 2017, the first complete year the hike would be in place, it would raise $473.8 million.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The survey combined an unspecified mix of automated responses with live interviews. It also surveyed respondents on land lines and cellphones. We Ask America is a subsidiary of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.

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Vice President & General Counsel
312-726-4600
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121 Report – CRMA – June 2015

Issue 4             

In This Issue

COOK COUNTY SALES TAX
CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE
COUNCIL ACTION

CHICAGO TAKES INITIAL STEPS TO ADDRESS

UNCERTAIN FINANCIAL FUTURE

The new City Council has been in office for one month and as they settle in to set up their offices, hire staff and meet with constituents, they are also keenly aware that a tough budget season looms overhead.  In order to balance the budget and fund the various pension systems, the Aldermen will be asked to take some hard votes.  This month, the Council approved a measure by the Mayor to restructure some of its debt by issuing over $1 billion in bonds.  The city argued that it was necessary to restructure the debt so that it could move from a variable interest rate, which it cannot control, to a more favorable, fixed interest rate.

The city has found itself under the critical and watchful eye of Moody’s in recent months.  Last month, the credit rating firm reduced Chicago’s rating to junk status.  This move was punishment for not having a sufficient fix for the pension crisis in place, and it gave lenders an edge by allowing them to call up payments on existing lines of credit.  Instead of following through with an immediate demand for payment, the banks agreed to keep the status quo if the city took reasonable steps to reduce its risk.  Therefore, the Mayor sought permission from the Aldermen to restructure the debt.  The city is confident that it will find buyers interested in its debt as interest in other recent bond deals has been heavy.

While this move was criticized by some members of the Progressive Caucus because it restructures debt without providing for new revenue, the measure passed overwhelmingly in committee and on the Council floor.

The city is under pressure to make a nearly $550 million balloon payment to its police and fire pensions required by state law.  To date, it does not have a viable way to make the payment outright and is counting on the General Assembly to help it restructure the payment into something more manageable.  One thing it won’t be able to do is reduce benefits in order to increase funding to the pensions.  The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that such measures are unconstitutional.  As the General Assembly continues to debate how it will address its own underfunded pensions, the city looks on with some angst.

In the meantime, members should note that an ordinance to increase property taxes is not only possible, it’s probable.  And a property tax increase would come on top of the 30%-40% average increases in property tax assessments that commercial property owners are already experiencing in Cook County.  Other ideas to raise revenue such as a gas tax and city income tax have been floated as well.

While the official kick-off to the budget season usually starts in October, given the city’s uncertain financial future and the gridlock in discussion in Springfield, Mayor Emanuel announced that the city will move up its budget discussions to September.  The Mayor will publish his ideas of how to fill the $1 billion budget gap at that time.   The Mayor also plans to have a budget passed a month early as well.  Passage will likely occur prior to November 1, 2015.

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DÉJÀ VU:  

COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT TALKS OF

INCREASING THE SALES TAX

After running on a platform to reform government ethics, restructure the health and hospital system and repeal the 1% increase in the sales tax, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle handily won her election in 2010.  Since then, she made good on her promise to repeal the increase and did so over a period of 3 years, with the tax returning to its current rate of 0.75% in 2013.  She also made cuts in staff over the years to reduce her overall budget.  In the interim, she raised the cigarette tax by $1.00, instituted a tax on other tobacco products (OTP), increased the liquor tax and imposed a non-titled personal property use tax (which was subsequently defeated in court) to help replace the revenue from rolling back the sales tax increase.

Now, as President Preckwinkle faces her own significant budget issues related to under-funded pensions, a crowded county jail and the health and hospital system, it is being widely reported that she will seek to increase the sales tax by 1% just two years after she repealed the tax increase.  If such a measure were to be introduced and passed, Chicago would have the highest sales tax in the country at 10.25%.  While the President’s office will not confirm whether these reports are true, Republican Commissioners have stated that she has met with them separately to discuss the idea and Democratic Commissioners have warned that additional sources of revenue were on the table for 2016.  Early reports indicate praise for President Preckwinkle’s cost cutting measures to eliminate waste at the County and concern about a property tax hike which could make a sales tax increase a more viable option.

CRMA has been very clear.  An increase in the sales tax is wrong for the County, especially around its borders.  Shoppers are mobile and have shown that if prices and taxes are lower elsewhere, then they will drive in search of ways to save money.  Cook County’s commercial districts, especially in South Suburban Cook, are struggling with high vacancy rates and increased property tax assessments.  At a time when many of the local mayors are looking for more investment, a sales tax increase discourages development inside the border.  Furthermore, there has been some discussion of saving residents and businesses from a property tax hike by agreeing to an increase in the sales tax.  But this is likely a false premise as the city of Chicago will very likely attempt a property tax hike at the same time that the County Board will introduce the sales tax increase.  If you live in Chicago, that’s a double whammy.  CRMA will remind Commissioners and the President’s office of these facts, if a proposal actually surfaces.

We are hearing that a proposal could come as early as July 1 and be approved by the end of that month.  This measure would most likely run separate and apart from the budget in an effort to encourage Springfield to act on the County’s pension relief bill.  On behalf of members who have made the decision to invest inside the Cook County border, we would oppose any measure that drives our customers over the border.

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SHIFTING COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

The City Council has announced the Committee Chairmen and members for this new term. CRMA generally interfaces with three committees, although we occasionally will have agenda items that affect the industry sent to other committees.  To that end, you should know which Council Members sit on the Committees on Finance, Health and Environmental Protection and License and Consumer Protection.  They are listed below:

Committee on Finance (35 members)

Chair:  Ed Burke (14)

Vice Chair:  Patrick O’Connor (40)

John Arena (45)

Carrie Austin (34)

Anthony Beale (9)

Howard Brookins, Jr. (21)

Walter Burnett, Jr. (27)

Will Burns (4)

George Cardenas (12)

Willie Cochran (20)

Pat Dowell (3)

Jason Ervin (28)

Toni Foulkes (16)

Leslie Hairston (5)

Michelle Harris (8)

Margaret Laurino (39)

Roberto Maldonado (26)

Gregory Mitchell (7)

Emma Mitts (37)

Joe Moore (49)

Proco “Joe” Moreno (1)

Ricardo Munoz (22)

Matt O’Shea (19)

Harry Osterman (48)

Marty Quinn (13)

Ariel Reboyras (30)

Brendan Reilly (42)

Roderick Sawyer (6)

Debra Silverstein (50)

Daniel Solis (25)

Nicholas Sposato (38)

Patrick Thompson (11)

Tom Tunney (44)

Scott Waguespack (32)

Michael Zalewski (23)

Committee on Health

Chair:  George Cardenas (12)

Vice Chair:  Harry Osterman (48)

Carrie Austin (34)

Walter Burnett, Jr. (27)

James Cappleman (46)

Willie Cochran (20)

Toni Foulkes (16)

Leslie Hairston (5)

Brian Hopkins (2)

Deborah Mell (33)

Gregory Mitchell (7)

Emma Mitts (37)

Joe Moore (49)

Proco “Joe” Moreno (1)

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35)

Ariel Reboyras (30)

Tom Tunney (44)

Gilbert Villegas (36)

Michael Zalewski (23)

Committee on License and Consumer Protection

Chair:  Emma Mitts (37)

Vice Chair:  Debra Silverstein (50)

John Arena (45)

James Cappleman (46)

Willie Cochran (20)

Michelle Harris (8)

Roberto Maldonado (26)

Gregory Mitchell (7)

David Moore (17)

Matt O’Shea (19)

Marty Quinn (13)

Ariel Reboyras (30)

Roderick Sawyer (6)

Michael Scott, Jr. (24)

Michele Smith (43)

Chris Taliaferro (29)

Tom Tunney (44)

Scott Waguespack (32)

The City also has 2 new Commissioners of departments that interface often with the membership:

Commissioner Ginger Evans

Department of Aviation

Commissioner Judy Frydland

Department of Buildings

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CITY COUNCIL ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS   INTRODUCTIONS

Ordinance to Issue Permits for Litter Baskets on the Public Way

Sponsor:  Alderman Joe Moreno (1st Ward)

Committee on Finance

This proposal would require privately-owned litter baskets that are placed on the public way to be permitted.  Designs for the baskets must be approved by the city.  Standard refuse containers and other commercial refuse containers are exempt from the proposal.  The owner is responsible for removal of trash from the basket.  Violators will be subject to a fine. 

Ordinance to Ban the Sale of Food Products Derived from an Animal that was Administered Antibiotics

Sponsor:  Alderman Edward M. Burke (14)

Committee on Finance

This proposal is a re-introduction of the Chairman’s proposal from last term.  It proposes to ban the sale of any food product derived from an animal that was administered a medically important antimicrobial for a non-therapeutic use.  If animals were administered the drug for the purpose of treating an active disease or infection, then the proposal would not apply.  But if the antimicrobials are used generally to promote growth or generally prevent diseases that are not active in the animal or necessary to control diseases, then any food products made from such animals will not be allowed for sale in Chicago.  The proposal would allow the Board of Health to promulgate rules for enforcement purposes. Sidewalk Cafe EnforcementSponsor:  Alderman Brendan Reilly (42)Committee on License and Consumer ProtectionThis proposal would allow for a sidewalk café to be temporarily shut down by the city if they have been issued notices of violation on three different days regarding breaches of public safety.  Such citations, if sustained, can result in the denial of a renewed permit or a renewed permit with conditions. Outdoor Patio Hours of OperationSponsor:  Alderman Brendan Reilly (42)Committee on License and Consumer ProtectionThis proposal would temporarily allow for the sale or service of alcohol until midnight from Sunday through Thursday for permitted outdoor patios in the Central Business District.  Currently, sales and service must stop at 11pm during those days.  Friday and Saturday sales and service will remain unchanged.  These extended hours would expire on December 1, 2015.

 

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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.

# # #

*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:

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Vice President & General Counsel
312/726-4600

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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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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