By: Diane Benjamin
The majority of the Council thinks government creates prosperity. The failure of the State of Illinois should be instructive, to them Illinois just isn’t doing it right.
Congrats – you are getting another City employee with salary and benefits. That makes 3 new downtown employees. The Council failed to understand that past endeavors, like the Downtown Business Association, failed to ever prosper. Eventually the City had to take responsibility and pay the two employees with your money. The Zoo Foundation helps, but you pay most of the loss. The Friends of the BCPA will be no different. Sage and Hauman were the only votes against the Memorandum and hiring.
Speaking of the DBA, you need to watch Public Comment. Just hit play for all of them. Angel Scott made some serious accusations about how the DBA spent the $90,000 a year the City used to give them. It involves one of Tari’s buddies. Will the City care? Not likely since they didn’t care about the Coliseum theft when they were told about it for years.
About the Coliseum – Grossinger Motors Arena: I had to FOIA the 3rd Quarter report. They lost $159,344.87 from November to January. Year to date they lost $718,069.11. They are playing the same games CIAM played with economic impact numbers, no proof-no actual tax revenue increases, just made up numbers. See the report Q3 Venuworks-Grossinger Motors Arena FY18
Back to Council:
Alderman Hauman pulled the contract for the Sergeant and Lieutenants from the consent agenda. See her brief comment at 45:26. I don’t know whether she was serious of just trying to make a point about 2.5% salary increases, but she stated that property taxes need to be raised instead of taking the salary increases out of the money the Council gets to spend.
Just hit play for Public comment, only one person showed up to speak about the budget and his comments really weren’t about the budget. I hope you all like your rotten roads – you get to keep them.