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  • Lollapalooza restructures Grant Park deal, ticket prices to rise

    Lollapalooza restructures Grant Park deal, ticket prices to rise
    A new agreement with the Chicago Park District announced Wednesday will extend Lollapalooza's stay in Grant Park through at least 2021, while requiring the promoters to pay millions in annual city and county amusement taxes and state liquor taxes for the first time. Though it bolsters government revenue, the deal will likely mean that festivalgoers will pay more for tickets.
  • Land bank wants Fannie, Freddie to donate homes

    Land bank wants Fannie, Freddie to donate homes
    The Cook County Land Bank may have as many as 30 properties in its portfolio by year's end, but it is aiming much higher for 2015 and expects Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to help its efforts. The land bank is calling on the two agencies and their...

    Curtain may drop on Lollapalooza's county tax break

    Curtain may drop on Lollapalooza's county tax break
    After years of a free ride courtesy of a clout-laden deal, Lollapalooza might have to start paying Cook County taxes. Commissioners voted Wednesday to require organizers of events like the giant summer lakefront music festival to come to the County Board...

    Mixed news on Cook County bond rating

    Mixed news on Cook County bond rating
    There’s mixed news as Cook County prepares to borrow money: one bond-rating agency assigned a negative outlook to outstanding debt, largely because of growing unfunded pension liabilities, while another service gave the proposed bond issue a high...

    County Board votes to merge job-training programs with city

    County Board votes to merge job-training programs with city
    Cook County commissioners voted Tuesday to combine job training programs with the City of Chicago in a bid to cut costs. A single not-for-profit organization would be created to administer all the job training in the county, rather than having separate...