Cook County Decides to “FINE” Art by Mark Armstrong

Are you REALLY so over the 3 percent Cook County amusement tax that includes DJ’ed events at venues with a capacity audience of 750 or less that doesn’t classify DJ’ing as a fine art?

Then it’s high time to stop griping, get off your hocks and get to fighting for your rights to artistic expression free from clueless labels applied by a cabal of ickies. Support Cook County Commissioner John H. Fritchey’s proposed amendment to the existing Cook County amusement tax ordinance that would exempt DJ’ed events at venues with a capacity of 750 or less from that tax. Read the draft of Fritchey’s proposed Cook County amusement tax ordinance below:

Amusement Tax Amendment JF draft

The existing Cook County amusement tax ordinance is HERE 

Fritchey has filed the proposed amendment with the secretary to the Cook County Board of Commissioners, which will be introduced formally for a first reading during the board’s regular meeting at 11 a.m., Wed., Sept. 14, at the Cook County Building, County Board Room, 5th Floor, 118 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL. Details of the meeting, including the agenda, can be found HERE


To testify before the Cook County Board in support of Fritchey’s proposed amendment or to enter a statement for the record in absentia, register a request HERE or phone 312.603.6127.

Be sure that your comments are VERY pertinent to Fritchey’s proposed amendment and deficiencies in the existing ordinance and that you limit your comments before the board to 3 minutes. Lobby the following Cook County Board members to support Fritchey’s proposed amendment (and vote them out if they don’t):

*Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who’s benefited heavily from support via the local urban modern art community, at 312.603.6400, fax 312.603.4397,118 N. Clark St., Room 537, Chicago, IL 60602,;

*Jerry”Iceman” Butler, a legendary soul artist from the rock ‘n roll era, a product of Cabrini-Green Homes housing projects and a County Board commissioner at the time the 19-year-old amusement tax ordinance was enacted, at 312.603.6391,fax 312.603.5671, 118 N. Clark St., Room 567, Chicago, IL60602,

Find out which Cook County Commissioner representatives, lobby them in support of Fritchey’s proposed amend to the Cook County amusementtax ordinance at the following Your Voter Information links:

If you live within the Chicago city limits of Cook County(Chicago Board of Election Commissioners): 

If you live in suburban Cook County, outside the Chicagocity limits (Elections Division – Cook County Clerk’s Office):

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