Chicago Tribune: Backers of Chicago real estate transfer tax hike aim to take measure to voters; money would fight homelessness
“I’m sorry this has taken multiple, multiple years,” Ald. Maria Hadden, 49th, said.“This is continuing to get worse. … I hope that we can keep the urgency going to make sure that we are not … leaving money on the table.”
The so-called Bring Chicago Home movement was one of many bitter fronts between former Mayor Lori Lightfoot and progressives who felt betrayed when she walked back a campaign promise to enact such a tax hike for homelessness services, citing issues with the current version. Her allies no-showed a subject matter hearing on the initiative in November, scuttling the coalition’s plans to pass legislation in time to get the proposal on February’s election ballot — when Lightfoot lost her bid for a second term.