Vote to expand citywide car startup delayed by committee
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The City Council’s Licensing and Consumer Protection Committee delayed two votes that were scheduled for Thursday, including one on a controversial proposal to legalize starting cars across the city.
Almost immediately after the committee meeting began on Thursday, the chairman Aldus. Emma Mittens (37) announced that a proposal (O2022-1217) to Aldus. Ariel Reboyras (30) to extend the legalization of car booting to the whole city would be held in committee. Reboyras appeared on screen alongside Aldus. Chris Taliaferro (29) and did not question Mitts’ decision to maintain the measure.
Starting a car is currently only legal in about two-thirds of the city’s 50 neighborhoods. Reboyras said he introduced the measure to expand the practice at the direct request of a city councilor-turned-lobbyist Joe Moore.
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Aldus. Daniel La Spata (1) led a charge against the startup and said it planned to work to defeat Reboyras’ order. Nearly a dozen aldermen joined La Spata in its bid to keep the ordinance fluffy on the city council’s rules committee last month.
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Tobacco license moratoriums
Separately on Thursday, Mitts held in committee a proposal (O2022-1756) to Aldus. Antoine Neapolitan (41) which would allow aldermen to establish local moratoriums on the issuance of retail tobacconist licenses, in the same way that the city council can establish and repeal local moratoriums on liquor licenses in specific areas .
Napolitano explained that his proposal would allow aldermen to see where in their communities “you have too much tobacco or you sell too much vaping, and you can impose a moratorium. [in those areas].”
“It gives you the ability to stand up for your community when five or six vape or tobacco shops open in a shopping hallway,” Napolitano added.
Mitts said she picked the proposal because she would like to include representatives from the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection in the discussion to “work with partners as we look to see what they already have on the books and how they can implement and enforce this order at the same time.
Napolitano agreed with Mitts on holding the measure for better discussion.
Responding to a question from Aldus. Jason Ervin (28), Napolitano said his proposal would not apply to cannabis licensing.
Downtown liquor license
Committee members also approved on Thursday a proposal (O2022-1628) to Aldus. Brendan Reilly(42) to allow bars and restaurants with terraces to serve alcohol until midnight in the city’s central business district.
Reilly described his proposal to extend hours of operation as an “annual exercise” and noted that the extra time restaurants have to operate is “incredibly valuable” post-pandemic.
“We haven’t received an overwhelming number of complaints about the program, and so we’re introducing our annual order to extend those hours for the remainder of the season,” Reilly said.
Reilly’s proposal (O2022-1627) to replace two existing liquor licenses on Navy Pier that were “absorbed” by the pier hotel when it opened was also unanimously approved.
“Navy Pier had requested two more [licenses] to replace them, and those would be for restoration operations,” Reilly said. “It certainly seems appropriate – there’s not a high density of them on the pier, they’re well spread out.”