The Advocacy committee addresses policies and support on various timely issues that reflect the diverse interests of The Magnificent Mile Association membership.
The Advocacy committee also works closely with the government officials and other civic organizations that are involved with this area and that impact the growth of this region.
Current Advocacy/Governmental Issues:
Downtown Loading Zone Reform
- Included in the City’s 2017 budget is a Downtown Loading Zone Reform pilot program in three downtown wards (2, 27, 42) which would convert current business-paid commercial loading zones to user-paid loading zones. Commercial vehicles using the loading zones will pay $14 hourly which would result in an anticipated $13-18 million generated annually if this program were implemented citywide. To implement the program, the City will convert current pay boxes and update signage on a block-by-block basis. Commercial drivers using the designated loading zones will pay through the City’s parking app or through the nearest pay box on the public way.
$13 Minimum Wage Passed by Cook County
- The Cook County Board of Commissioners recently voted to approve a $13 minimum wage increase in Cook County by 2020. The minimum wage rate will increase to $10 on July 1, 2017 and increase by $1 each year 2018-2020.
Cook County Amusement Tax Amendment on DJs and “Fine Art”
- The Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an amendment this week to the County’s amusement tax that makes clear that all musical performances, including most DJ sets, should be considered “art” for the purpose of assessing the County’s amusement tax.
For more information on a particular industry position on an issue, please refer to the below City, Regional and Statewide business group websites:
- Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
- Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago
- Chicagoland Apartment Association
- Illinois Restaurant Association
- Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
- Metropolitan Planning Council
Other recent issues include:
- Proposed Nightly vacation rentals
- Guerilla Marketing and illegal use of the Row Coord. with downtown business groups
- Support of Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Pro-Chicago PAC
- Support for the expansion of casino gaming in Illinois
- Support for the Cook County Sales Tax Rollback
- Proposed Hotel Tax Increase
- Propose Parking Tax Increase
- Proposed landmarking of Wrigley Building
Other ending Issues include:
- Proposed Mobile Food Facility Ordinance
- Proposed pedicab ordinance