Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ward Room: City council approves slashing city business licenses

According to this article it should save small businesses more than $2 milllion and result in fewer fines for business people and entrepreneurs:
The City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance to reduce the number of Chicago business licenses from 117 to 49 and make it easier for dogs to accompany their owners to restaurant patios.

The move takes Chicago from one of the most heavily licensed cities to one of least, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. It cuts unnecessary red tape and decreases bureaucracy for local businesses, especially small businesses.

It also consolidates business licenses so restaurants won't need to apply for the separate $125 "dog-friendly" license.

Aldermen overwhelmingly supported the proposal, saying businesses "deserve to have the red carpet, not red tape."

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