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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.
  • O'Hare noise tax appeal workshop set

    O'Hare noise tax appeal workshop set
    A city-suburban group that is challenging Chicago officials to more equally distribute jet noise from O'Hare International Airport said today that it is launching a "property tax revolt.'' The Fair Allocation in Runways coalition will host a workshop to...

    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...

    Cook County votes to cut pay for some political appointees

    Cook County votes to cut pay for some political appointees
    Cook County commissioners on Wednesday voted to end full-time pay and benefits for political appointees on a pair of panels, a change backed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Salaries, medical benefits and pension contributions for members of...

    New Cook County budget includes $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike

    New Cook County budget includes $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike
    The cost of buying cigarettes and guns in Cook County will rise next year after commissioners today voted 16-1 to approve County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's $2.95 billion budget. In addition to the $1-per-pack increase on a pack of smokes and a...