Ald. Schulter explains delay in promoter’s ordinance

SHARE Ald. Schulter explains delay in promoter’s ordinance

In case you missed it, the chairman of the city licensing committee wrote a letter to the editor published in the Sun-Times Monday.

The full text of the letter can be found here, but the heart of the Alderman’s statement is that he wants to “ensure that the concerns of Chicago’s music and entertainment industry are examined through both public hearings and extensive meetings with a diverse group of promoters, musicians, and venue owners.”

To date, most of the feedback the committee and other city officials have solicited from the incredibly diverse Chicago music community has come from a small group of activists and specific venue owners and concert promoters. Since this is an issue that affects myriad underground music scenes — the Latin music world, the punk-rock scene, hip-hop, avant-jazz, electronica, etc., etc. — much more widespread public meetings are not only warranted but necessary, if music fans are to accept their elected officials’ word that, as Schulter says in the letter, he really does want to “ensure that the ordinance as it is finally passed does not place an undue burden on local musicians, young people breaking into the music industry or established venue owners.”

Where and when will these meetings be held? We haven’t heard yet. Hopefully we will.

The Latest
A sprained left ring finger has sidelines Suzuki for over a month.
The annual Independence Day Salute, FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, and the Chosen Few Picnic and Festival are among the entertainment highlights in the week ahead in Chicago.
Chicago’s version of the “she-cession” was evident in the disproportionate job losses: there were 10,957 fewer men in the 2020 workforce compared to the year before the pandemic — but there were 36,092 fewer women.
“I worked 30 years of my life in management, so I was an ideal employee, I had ambitions to move up with Zen Leaf,” said Jim Doane, an organizing employee. “But I’m an old guy and I am tired of being bullied by the bosses. I showed up early, I received praise and I worked hard for them to just fire me.”
Kelly is also just weeks away from another trial on charges that could carry even heavier penalties. Kelly’s child pornography and obstruction of justice trial in Chicago’s federal courthouse is set to begin Aug. 15.