Forum: Preckwinkle plan to boost Cook economy
November 7, 2012 8:30PM
Updated: December 9, 2012 7:49PM
I applaud Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for the strong commitment she has demonstrated to the local business community in her 2013 budget plan.
First and foremost, the rollback of the final .25 percent of the 2008 sales tax increase will remove an albatross that has saddled the Southland’s businesses community, particularly when compared with surrounding counties and the state of Indiana.
Second, the county is taking an additional step to encourage residents and businesses to shop within Cook County by instituting a non-titled use tax. This tax will close the loophole that rewards businesses and individuals who go outside the county to make major purchases.
Finally, President Preckwinkle is putting Cook County’s approximately $1.2 billion in annual purchasing power behind this effort by increasing the county’s local preference on contract bids from 2 percent to 5 percent. This will ensure that an even greater portion of those dollars go to local firms and remain in the local economy, creating much-needed jobs and investment.
Combined, these initiatives will help grow Cook County’s economy and positively impact the Southland. I urge the county board to mirror the president’s commitment to local businesses and adopt these proposals.
Chairman, Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation
East Hazel Crest
More open space
I think the move by the Cook County Forest Preserve District to acquire additional open space in the Orland Park area is an excellent idea that reflects good planning. Orland Park is beginning to look like other suburbs that are developmentally bloated.
The 159th Street “corridor” from Wolf Road to Interstate 355 is in danger of becoming part of a shopping route from Harvey to Lockport. I hope Cook and Will counties can acquire much of that wonderful land along this road before it is developed into commercial property.
The conversion of a cornfield or hardwood forest into a car dealership or an arcade is obscene when there is so much of that already.
Why is it that politicians cannot answer a question without going into a long-winded speech? Even when asked for a “yes” or “no” answer, they do not do so. Rather they enumerate their thoughts on the subject or even change it, thus avoiding the question. The presidential debates are excellent examples.
It seems that we voters cannot get honesty these days from politicians. There is always a spin, especially when trying to explain their frequent misdeeds. Party affiliation is not a factor.
Somehow we citizens have managed to muddle through the tripe for some time now, hoping that our leaders will do the right thing. So often our hopes have been dashed.