Roberto Maldonado

City Council approves big fee reduction for food cart owners

City Council approves big fee reduction for food cart owners

Chicago's food cart owners soon will see drastic cuts in license fees, after a proposal intended to make it easier for more entrepreneurs to start and sustain food cart businesses cleared the City Council on Wednesday.

The ordinance, put forth as part of a business license reform package by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, reduces licensing fees and startup costs by more than half. The reduced fees are set to take effect July 1.

Advocates say the current fees for all the required licenses are too burdensome and can add up to thousands of dollars. The ordinance cuts the cost of a two-year business license to $100 from $350 and eliminates the cost of an additional business license to use a...

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