SBAC Featured in Crain’s Chicago on the Lightfoot Administration


Crain’s Chicago Business is doing a feature series on the first 100 days of the Lightfoot Administration. The coverage includes a variety of topics and advocacy priorities for organizations across the city. SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, submitted a piece for the series that focuses on cutting red tape by amending the code as it relates to signs.

There is no logical reason public way use permits for signs must be approved by the City Council. This process should be eliminated so that businesses can obtain permits more quickly and seamlessly. Aldermen should focus on the big issues impacting Chicago and not on approving individual sign permits. Eliminating City Council approval for public way use sign permits will also curtail the risk that permits will be withheld for political reasons…

There are many more ways to eliminate the unnecessary red tape that often makes it difficult to own and operate a small business in Chicago.  Mayor Lightfoot has already shown she is willing to challenge the status quo. This time of change in Chicago provides the perfect opportunity to make reforms that will empower the small business community.

To read Elliot’s full article in Crain’s business, click here.