City Council Passes on TIF Sunshine Proposal
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Mar 16, 2009 8:45PM
Ald. Flores (left) and Waguespack (right)
In fact, no one--no alderman or member of the public--argued against a proposed ordinance that would require the city to do it, and several media and technology experts even offered to help out for free.
But this being the Chicago City Council, where almost nothing moves forward without the imprimatur of the mayor, the proposal was tabled without a vote.
"We've gathered quite a bit of information here today, and I think we have a lot of loose ends to tie up with our law department, and I think we've heard some recommendations from other aldermen, so we're going to hold this," said 39th Ward alderman Margaret Laurino, chairman of the council's Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development, which held the meeting in conjunction with the Committee on Finance. Laurino, who said she liked the intent of the proposal but had concerns about the cost and logistics, offered no timetable for when it would be considered again.
Still, the pair of Flores and Waguespack remain hopeful of their bill's chance. Flores told Dumke, "We'll continue to advocate and work on the legislation. I think we're both cautiously optimistic."