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Right on Crime | June 14, 2012
PJTV recently released an editorial video on the climate for economic development in Chicago—and it’s not a pretty picture.
The Pribaz brothers found this out the hard way when they opened their coffee shop and quickly faced an overwhelming array of regulations placed on their business by both the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago.
From heating and air conditioning to licenses and permits, the city puts onerous regulations on businesses which can be very difficult – and expensive – for small business owners to understand, let alone comply with.
You can see their video here. One of Chicago’s regulations cited is their annual permitting process to operate a sidewalk café. The 25 page application must be filled out and submitted each year. Here’s a little sampling of the regulations:
The fines for a failure to conform to the 25 page regulation can run up to $500 per day, and can also include a six month prison term for one who “interferes…in the enforcement of this article.”
Overly burdensome regulations with criminal penalties, such as these, are part of the overcriminalization phenomenon currently putting a damper on economic development.