Elliot is actively participating on that Committee and we recently submitted a memo to the transition team. This memo advocates for eliminating the requirement that public way use permits for simple signs be approved by the Chicago City Council (less than 12 inches/non-electronic signs). There is no logical reason a public way use permit for a simple sigh must be approved by the City Council. Our memo also argues these public way use permits should be automatically renewed every five years for signs that are not changed.
In a broader sense, we are arguing there is no reason for City Council to spend time dealing with administrative functions. Moreover, we are advocating that politics be removed from such things as approving public way use permits for simple signs. To read the full proposal, please click here.
WBEZ highlighted some of the initiatives submitted to the Lightfoot transition team, including our proposal about public way use permits! Click here to get to the WBEZ story and the PLAY button at the top. Elliot’s interview is the first featured!