Mayoral Candidates Respond on Top Small Business Issue


The Small Business Advocacy Council and our coalition partners are dedicated to making Chicago a better place to own and operate a small business. As Election Day fast approaches, our members are engaged and motivated to elect a candidate that values the small business community. One of the top issues for small businesses and entrepreneurs are the challenges in the public way use permit process, especially those related to signs.

The SBAC sent out a survey to all the Mayoral candidates. We only asked one question – will you introduce and support an ordinance that eliminates the requirement that public way use permits be submitted to and approved by the full City Council? The candidate statements in full can be viewed below. Thank you to those candidates that considered this important issue.

“There’s no legitimate reason business owners should have to have their public way use permits approved by the Chicago City Council,” said Elliot Richardson, Founder and President of the SBAC. “By making the process of obtaining a permit less burdensome and processing permits more quickly, the city can ensure Chicago businesses have every opportunity to grow and create jobs.”

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