Rosemont Village Hall to replace Gene & Georgetti’s that replaced Rosewood in Rosemont?


Rosemont village officials have been in negotiations with Gene & Georgette’s to buy them out of a lease for the village-owned property since the Spring of this year, after it became clear that the successor restaurant to the Rosewood has not meet expectations.

This negotiation process began in late winter.

The Village now sees the conversion of this facility to be the Rosemont Village Hall would be best for the building, which is nearly 18,000 square feet and has a Village owned 200 car parking garage next door.

Originally village officials negotiated with Mandas to buy him out of a long-term lease for the village-owned property for the Rosewood.

The Village bought out Jim Mandas from the remaining 47 years on the lease as the Rosewood . At the time the Rosewood was the highest grossing restaurant in Rosemont. Gene and Georgetti’s has not even come close.

With the Rosemont Public Safety Department getting a building of their own by the Allstate Arena, Rosemont is seizing the opportunity for a stand alone Village Hall.

The white table restaurant is more fitting in the “Pearl” district in Rosemont with the Higgins Road strip being relegated to more casual restaurants.

Mayor Don Stephen’s statue will most likely be relocated to a more appropriate position on Higgins Road adjacent to the new designated Village Hall.

Under consideration will be the opportunity to present the redesigned as a welcome center for visitors and those doing business in Rosemont.Plans are now being drafted for the renovation and/or demolition of the existing restaurant to meet the Village’s vision for the seat of the governance and leadership of Rosemont into the next century.

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Illinois Taxes Too High For Chicago To Open A Casino, A Bit Ironic


Illinois residents face taxes all of the time, but now Mayor Lightfoot complaining that Illinois taxes are too high to open a financially successful Chicago casino.

Gee whiz, how did they screw that up?

Chicago tries for decades to get a casino, and when the stars finally align with a supportive governor, mayor and legislature, they pass a law that we’re now told won’t work.

It’s not just a matter of the locations proposed on the city’s South and West sides being less than optimal from a revenue-generating standpoint, which everyone knew from Day One.

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Worse than that, a study commissioned by the Illinois Gaming Board found that ANY Chicago casino project, regardless of location, is “generally not financially feasible” given the “onerous” tax structure set forth under the new law.

As things now stand, say the consultants from Union Gaming Analytics, building a casino in Chicago would likely be a losing proposition for developers, and therefore a bad bet for the city.

Chalk it up to one more casualty of our state and city being broke.

In this case, our political leaders were so eager to solve the state’s and city’s financial problems on the backs of gamblers that they failed to take into account that casino owners need to make a profit, too.

According to the study, the final straw that makes a Chicago casino unworkable is a 33 1/3% city “privilege tax” to be imposed on adjusted gross receipts — which is over and above the existing tax structure for all other Illinois casinos.

The result, they say, is an effective tax rate of 72%, which would give the Chicago casino a distinction that’s become all too familiar — “the highest effective gaming tax and fee structure in the U.S.”

Shouldn’t somebody have seen this coming?

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she did.

Indeed, there were rumblings from the start that the city wasn’t satisfied with the viability of the revenue plan, which is why the legislation called for an independent financial feasibility analysis.

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But it’s also true the legislation was passed in the waning hours of the General Assembly at a time when the city was at a weak point with Mayor Rahm Emanuel just having left office and the newly elected Lightfoot still getting her feet on the ground.

Having covered the issue in Springfield at the time, I can tell you the Lightfoot team was less than transparent about what it wanted to see in a gaming bill.

Emanuel had always insisted on a city-owned casino, which wasn’t going to fly with Downstate legislators, who chafe at Chicago getting its own special deals.

Lightfoot was willing to give up on that notion to get a deal done, but as is now apparent, the last-minute maneuvering produced a flawed result.

The question now is whether the city can go back to the Legislature to come up with something that will work.

Union Gaming Analytics suggests removing the Chicago privilege tax to make the city casino more profitable for a private developer.

The problem with that idea is the city needs to generate as much money as it can from the casino and won’t give up its expected share without looking to the state to compromise as well. That gets us back in the realm of Chicago looking for a special deal.

The city lost a lot of its leverage with the passage of the casino expansion bill. Most of the competing gambling interests in Illinois, who had succeeded in blocking Chicago in the past, already got what they wanted in the horse trading.

Weighing in favor of a deal getting done is that the state needs the money from a Chicago casino just as much as the city, which means Gov. J.B. Pritzker will be doing what he can to accommodate Lightfoot.

As long we’re going to do this, I’m all for milking a Chicago casino of every last cent of public benefit, but we also have to take into account business realities if we don’t want to end up with a bankrupt boondoggle.

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August 13, 1979, Rosemont’s Horizon Stadium Collapsed


On August 13, 1979, the uncompleted roof of the Rosemont Horizon collapsed, killing five construction workers and injuring 16 others.[5] The collapse was featured in the “Engineering Disasters” episode of Modern Marvels, first broadcast by The History Channel on April 20, 2006.

The wooden roof of the 20,000-seat arena was 90 percent complete when it suddenly collapsed. Shortly after the collapse, officials speculated about a low-flying aircraft causing the collapse, and Rosemont Mayor Donald E. Stephens told the AP that it was probably a gust of wind. However, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation revealed, “The building was in such unstable condition that anything could have set off the collapse. You could have blown on it and knocked it down.”

According to an engineering case studies project, shoddy planning and missing bolts are what caused the unfinished roof to collapse.

A post-collapse investigation carried by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that the cause of the collapse was the unstable condition of the wood roof frame. Over 53 percent of the required connection bolts were missing from the building’s roof. Of the 944 girder bolts required for the connections already installed, only 444 were in place. Of these, 338 had no nuts, and some of the nuts in place were only finger-tight. OSHA also discovered that only 27 percent of the “compensating steel plates” were properly installed. Although the missing bolts were found the triggering cause, it was proved that inadequate bracing and the stockpiling of materials in the roof contributed to the collapse. Several other violations were attributed to the roof erector, who was severely fined by OSHA. The project’s architect and other subcontractors were also fined for diverse irregularities. Even the independent engineering firm retained by the city to investigate the collapse was fined by OSHA for unnecessarily exposure of their employees to fall hazards during field inspection.

In an interesting note, one year after the roof collapse, concrete stands under construction also collapsed at the Rosemont Horizon, dumping 34 tons of concrete to the ground. No fatalities or major injuries resulted from this accident.

The tragedy was featured on the History Channel’s Engineering Disasters in 2004, if you’d like to learn more.

The facility, originally named Rosemont Horizon, was intended to be the home of the Chicago Horizons of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) and was home of the 1980-1981 season but the franchise folded in 1982. It was also intended to be the home of the WHA’s Chicago Cougars, but the team folded in 1975, three years before construction on the arena started. The first concert held at the Horizon was Fleetwood Mac on May 15, 1980, as they cut a red ribbon on the stage during the opening of the show.

The Rosemont Horizon was featured in many music videos, including the 1985 music video “Big City Nights” by Scorpions.[6]

Insurance company Allstate signed a 10-year contract worth more than $10 million on June 9, 1999, to acquire naming rights to the arena and renovate it.[7]

On December 29, 2002, Creed had an infamous concert at the arena, where the lead singer Scott Stapp had a bad reaction with a combination of pills and alcohol, causing Stapp to be inebriated during the concert. After mumbling incoherently for 5 songs, he later fell asleep and after a few minutes woke up and continued to sing until the concert was ended early. This resulted in a $2 million lawsuit against the band.[8]

On December 14, 2003, the floor at the Allstate Arena was named “Ray and Marge Meyer Court” in honor of Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Meyer and his wife. Meyer coached DePaul’s men’s team for 42 seasons and is the school’s all-time winningest coach.

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Pritzker Signs Bills Expanding State’s Medical Marijuana Law To Include Autism As Well As Other Conditions


Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker celebrated a pair of new laws Monday that expand the state’s medical marijuana program, including one that gives students more options for taking the drug at school. 

“As we continue to reform state government so that it better serves its families, we must do so in a way that advances dignity, empathy, opportunity and grace. In each of these things, this legislation moves us forward,” Pritzker said at a bill-signing ceremony in Springfield. 

One of the bills expands a 2018 law known as “Ashley’s Law,” which authorizes schools to allow parents, guardians or other caregivers to administer cannabis-infused products to a student who is authorized to use medical marijuana. 

The law is named after Ashley Surin, a Schaumburg student who uses marijuana-based products to manage a seizure disorder she developed at age 3 while undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer she had had since age 2. She won the right to use marijuana-infused products at school in a federal court battle that was decided in January 2018.

“We’re so proud of her, and we’re so happy this program is continuing and expanding because it’s like a miracle that our daughter is doing so well, and I can’t wait to see what she does next,” Ashley’s mother, Maureen Surin, said during the ceremony.

Since enactment of the first medical marijuana law in Illinois in 2013, Pritzker noted, more than 80,000 patients across the state have received authority to use marijuana to treat certain medical conditions.

Under Senate Bill 455, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, schools will be required to allow a school nurse or administrator to administer cannabis-infused products to a student who is a registered qualifying patient. It also allows students to self-administer the medication, under the direct supervision of a nurse or school administrator, and it expands a student’s access to the drug to include before- and after-school activities.

Featured: Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives a copy of the bill to Ashley Surin, after whom the law is named, and her parents, Maureen and Jim Surin, of Schaumburg during a signing ceremony on Monday in Springfield. | Peter Hancock 

Pritzker also noted the signing of Senate Bill 2023, which he actually signed Friday, expanding and making permanent the medical cannabis pilot program, which was scheduled to sunset next year.

Among other things, it adds 11 conditions for which a person may use medical cannabis, including autism, chronic pain, migraines, osteoarthritis and anorexia nervosa. It also allows qualifying veterans access to medical marijuana as part of an Opioid Alternative Pilot Program.

It also expands the list of medical professionals who can certify patients to use medical marijuana beyond medical doctors to include advance practice registered nurses and physician assistants.

The bill further requires state regulators to award any remaining medical marijuana dispensary licenses under the same competitive application review rules that apply under the new adult recreational marijuana law, meaning additional points are awarded to “social equity” applicants who come from high-crime or high-poverty neighborhoods, or applicants who have previously been arrested or convicted of minor marijuana offenses that are now eligible for expungement.

“This is yet another piece of legislation that expands equity across our state,” Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton said. “By making the medical cannabis program permanent, expanding access to veterans and expanding the list of medical conditions, we are ensuring that families all across our state have access to the health care that they deserve.”

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COOK COUNTY HOME VALUES DOWN 31%, PROPERTY TAXES UP 22% SINCE 2007


Cook County homeowners have yet to recover much of the home value they lost after the 2007 housing market crash. But that hasn’t stopped county homeowners’ property tax bills from climbing.

Average home prices in Cook County are 31% lower today than in 2007, adjusted for inflation, according to the most recent data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Even though homes are worth less than they were prior to the Great Recession, Cook County property tax bills have on average jumped by 22%, after adjusting for inflation. Local homeowners felt this pain Aug. 1, when property tax bills in Cook County came due.

Cook County’s poor housing recovery is a national outlier: While home prices nationwide still have yet to return to their pre-recession peak, they are down just 5% since 2007. To put Cook County’s housing plight in perspective, its current decline in average home values is an alarming 500% worse than the nation as a whole.

The biggest factor driving rising property taxes? Unsustainable growth in pension costs for government workers. Pension liabilities have risen faster than taxpayers’ ability to pay, forcing state and local governments to constantly scramble for new sources of revenue – often in the form of property tax hikes.

This diminishes homeowners’ standard of living, and potentially their home equity, while jeopardizing government workers’ retirement security.

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Illinois Property Owners Could Be Funding a Special Subsidy for Affordable Housing When Approved by the Illinois General Assembly


The bill is being pushed in the Illinois General Assembly. Does anyone else see the irony here?

Property taxes will go up to pay for affordable housing if legislation now pending in the General Assembly passes. It’s not styled as a property tax increase, but that’s exactly what it is. It’s styled as property tax caps or reductions for affordable housing, which would directly result in increases for homeowners and everybody else.

Two bills are pending. The first is Senate Bill 2259, sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago). It would artificially limit increases in assessments of new or rehabilitated apartment complexes if the owner commits at least 20 percent of the building’s units to a rent cap for families that make less than a set income depending on the area. The second, House Bill 2168, goes further and would directly reduce assessments on similarly defined affordable apartments. It has nine House sponsors.

In other words, both bills would give a property tax break to owners of apartments for lower income renters. The problem is that the levy – the total amounts collected by each taxing authority – wouldn’t change. That means all other property owners pay the difference. The end result is simple and undeniable: Property owners would fund a special subsidy for affordable housing.

You’d think lawmakers had learned their lesson. In 2017, Chicago wanted a way to soften the blow of the city’s property tax increases, or at least make them look softer. Singling out the city wasn’t workable, so it got Springfield to pass increases in the homestead and senior exemptions for all of Cook County. We wrote about the dismal results for other taxpayers here, which the Chicago Tribune detailed. Other property owners got clobbered, especially in lower income areas.

As the Tribune reported on those results, “Many, many people are saying it’s not financially beneficial for them to pay the taxes they pay on their homes, when every 11 to 13 years, they’re paying the total costs of their home in taxes,” said Harvey Ald. Keith Price, economic development committee chairman. “I’ve talked to a couple of people that have personally told me that they are not paying their taxes anymore. They’re going to save their money, and within the two years they have (before they lose the house), they’ll just save all their money and leave.” It has only worsened since then.

If Illinois wants to pay for affordable housing it should be done smartly. The simplest and most efficient means to provide housing assistance is vouchers, not convoluted incentives like Springfield is moving towards. The pending bills would require a whole new level of bureaucracy for assessors and administrators to enforce.

The pending bills have other major flaws. Projects that would have been built anyway will still get the tax break. On them, the subsidy will have been wasted. And there’s no way to measure results. How will we know how many new projects, if any, get built thanks to the tax incentive? We won’t. That’s unknowable. For that same reason, we won’t know the full cost until after the fact.

Most importantly, property taxes are the last place to look to for funding. Illinois rates are already neck and neck with New Jersey’s for the highest in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of Illinois homeowners have had their equity erased or worse, been trapped with underwater mortgages. Suppressed values, primarily because of those taxes, have already cost Illinois homeowners a quarter trillion dollars just in the last ten years.

Raise property taxes for affordable housing. Only in Illinois.

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John Coli is Cooked


Smh. Prostitutes. Free booze. Surrounding himself with young women.

All on workers’ dimes — yes the CCDOC per capita tax to the Joint Council helped fund this man, Coli.

Think about that: you’re slaving away in a sweaty jail trying to make an honest something of yourself, and your dues are going, through the per capita tax, to this guy.

Two years is not enough time.

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WILLIAM BARR AND THE FEDS ARE NOT MESSING AROUND!


WILLIAM BARR AND THE FEDS ARE NOT MESSING AROUND! They are starting from the beginning to see how this whole Trump/Russia Collusion HOAX got started and who was giving the orders and making the payments! Joseph Mifsud is at the heart of the beginning of this tragedy perpetrated by the Democrats against our country and our election process.

“On Thursday night’s “Hannity,” John Solomon of “The Hill” said he can report with certainty that U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham has interviewed Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious Maltese professor who in spring 2016 approached then-Trump volunteer campaign aide George Papadopoulos with allegations that “Russians” had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

Earlier this year, Durham was tasked by Attorney General William Barr with investigating the origins of the Russia “collusion” investigation which clouded the first 2+ years of the Trump administration and encompassed surveillance of at least one Trump campaign aide, Carter Page.”

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Illinois Home Values down 21% and Property Taxes Up 7 % Since 2007


Illinois homeowners still have yet to recover much of the home value they lost after the housing market crash. But that hasn’t stopped those homeowners’ property tax bills from climbing.

Average home prices in Illinois are still 21% lower today than in 2007, according to the most recent data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Without serious property tax relief – including pension reform – it is likely fewer will plant roots in Illinois.

Even though homes are worth less than they were more than a decade ago, Illinois property tax bills have jumped by 9%, after adjusting for inflation.

The recovery of home prices in Illinois is more painful compared with the national recovery. Since 2007, the decline in home values remains 300% worse in Illinois than the national average – with homeowners nationwide seeing property values just 5% lower today on average than they were in 2007.

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Chicago Attempts to Legislate Wages and Benefits in Private Companies


CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY WE AS A CITY TRY TO FORCE CHANGES IN WORK WAGES AND BENEFITS IN PRIVATE COMPANIES AS THE CITY OF CHICAGO SCREWS THEIR CURRENT EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE….JUST AS THE DEDICATION AND MONIES SPENT ON ILLEGALS INSTEAD OF OUR OWN PEOPLE….WE HAVE THE POOR, THE HOMELESS, OUR VETERANS, PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, CITY RETIREES WITH NO HEALTH INSURANCE THAT ARE SUFFERING AND BEING DEPRIVED OF A DECENT RETIREMENT….BUT YET EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY COMES BEFORE THE ABOVE MENTIONED….ALL THIS WILL NOT BE OVERLOOKED AT ELECTION TIME….

A bill requiring large Chicago employers to give workers at least two weeks advance notice of their schedules and compensate them for last-minute changes was unanimously approved by the city’s workforce development committee Tuesday after several business groups withdrew their opposition.

The final version of the proposed “fair workweek” ordinance limits the protections to just those workers earning less than $26 an hour.

In development for more than two years, the final bill reflected a compromise between representatives from labor and business, who have been working with the city on what kinds of employers and employees would be covered by the scheduling rules.

If passed by the full City Council on Wednesday, Chicago would be the only city in the country to include healthcare employers in predictable scheduling legislation. The potential impact on hospitals and other health care facilities, which have said they need flexibility to make abrupt changes in staffing levels as the need arises, was among the bigger industry concerns.

But David Gross, senior vice president of government relations at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, said during testimony Tuesday that the group was withdrawing its opposition, thanks to efforts to find middle ground. In addition to the wage threshold, which exempts most clinical staff like nurses and technicians, the final bill includes exceptions for healthcare employers in the event of an unexpected increase in demand due to severe weather, violence, large public events or other events beyond their control.

Gross and others praised efforts by the city and Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration to balance the interests of both sides.

“It’s always a good ordinance when everyone walks out unhappy,” said Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th.

Lightfoot, who has expressed support for giving workers scheduling predictability, was present in the chambers during part of Tuesday’s committee hearing.

The proposed ordinance aims to add Chicago to the growing list of cities imposing regulations that protect employees against unpredictable work hours that make it difficult for them to plan for child care, go to school, work a second job or have confidence that their paychecks will cover their bills. Initial versions were staunchly opposed by a coalition of major business interest groups that warned that it would reduce flexibility valued by both employers and workers, but those stances softened as lawmakers approached a vote on the compromise legislation.

The Chicago Federation of Labor celebrated the advancement of the bill as a win for hundreds of thousands of workers.

“It’s been a pretty uneven process until the mayor got involved,” labor group president Bob Reiter told reporters outside City Hall chambers Tuesday. “I don’t feel like we really got into a good rhythm here until recently and I believe we got to a good place.”

While the final version of the bill limits the scheduling protections to hourly employees earning less than $26 an hour, the bill had already exempted salaried employees earning more than $50,000.

Labor groups representing hospital workers had been opposed to the hourly pay threshold because it would exclude many nurses and technicians who earn more than that and often find themselves called on or off of shifts at the last minute.

“Regardless of what that workers makes, when they are sent home without pay,” that affects their communities, said Greg Kelley, president of SEIU Healthcare, a division of Service Employees International Union.

Doretta Howse, a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital, said she gets paid $2 an hour to stay by the phone for four hours in case she is needed, and she is notified of a canceled shift two hours before it is scheduled to start.

“It stresses us out,” said Howse, 66, of North Lawndale, who won’t be covered by the bill because her wage is too high. “It’s a financial burden is what it is.”

The addition of the $26 hourly wage threshold was one of the main reasons Michael Jacobson, president and CEO of the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, dropped his group’s opposition, as that would for the most part exempt banquet servers who are often called upon to work shifts with little notice. Still, he said, there are some concerns about implementation.

“Between the wage piece and ability for employer and employee to voluntarily agree to shift changes, those were two of the several provisions that ultimately convinced us to remove our opposition,” Jacobson said. “We think this is a good middle ground.”

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Retail Merchants Association also removed their opposition and are neutral on the bill.

Chicago’s fair workweek ordinance aims to be the broadest in the country. It would cover employees working in building services, healthcare, hotels, manufacturing, restaurants, retail and warehouses services. It would also include temporary workers in those industries.

The law would apply only to employers with 100 or more employees, to nonprofits with more than 250 employees, to restaurants with at least 30 locations and 250 employees globally, and to franchisees with four or more locations. That means company-owned McDonalds restaurants would have to comply, but a McDonald’s franchisee with one or two restaurants would not. The Lettuce Entertain You chain of restaurants would have to comply, but Boka Group, which has fewer than 30 restaurants, would not.

There are exemptions for employees who work at ticketed events. Workplaces with collective bargaining agreements would be exempt as long as they explicitly waive the ordinance in their contracts.

City employees also are not covered. Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, questioned whether the city was setting the wrong example by not including itself in the law.

“We’re asking a lot of our business community and we’ve seen a lot of that back and forth over the past several weeks” Lopez said. “And I ask this because if we wanted to show our commitment to this, then we should also be showing that we are also practicing what we preach as a city.”

If it’s approved, employers would have to give at least 10 days advance notice of workers’ schedules starting July 1, 2020, and that would grow to a minimum of 14 days two years later. If an employer changes a worker’s schedule less than two weeks before the shift, it would have to give the worker an hour of “predictability pay” at their regular wage rate. If an employer cancels or reduces hours within 24 hours of the start of a previously scheduled shift, it would have to pay the worker half of what would they have made had they worked.

The proposed ordinance does not prevent workers from trading shifts or requesting changes to their schedule. Employers can also change an employee’s hours without penalty when it is mutually agreed upon in writing.

The ordinance includes a “right to rest” provision that gives employees the right to decline work hours that start less than 10 hours after the end of a shift. If an employer doesn’t get written consent from workers willing to work such shifts, it has to pay them time and a quarter.

Safety-net hospitals, which are those that see a large share of Medicaid and Medicare patients, have been given an extra six months to comply. Still, representatives of several safety net hospitals worry about the impact on their already cash-strapped operations.

Diahann Sinclair, vice president of organizational and community development at St. Bernard Hospital in Englewood, where more than 80% of patients are on Medicaid or Medicare, said she doesn’t have a large workforce, so if she had a sudden surge in women going into labor, she would have to pay extra to ask some workers to stay for another shift or come in at the last minute.

“We start out struggling to cover the cost of care, and when you start to add on some of these penalties” it becomes burdensome, she said.

She wants the city to consider exempting safety-net hospitals and to investigate the impact on operations before they have to begin compliance.

The ordinance requires the commissioner of the department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to study the effectiveness and economic impact of the law and submit a report to the City Council by the end of September 2021. The law will be enforced by the department’s new Office of Labor Standards, which is still being set up.

“I think this is going to be a real test case for our country of how hospitals are adapting,” said Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, who had been opposed to the ordinance since the beginning.

Still, Tunney acknowledged that “we’ve seen a lot of evidence where there has been abuse and for people that do carry two jobs or more there is definitely a need for predictability.”

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