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The Commuter Tax

In concept, a commuter tax seems viable because it presumably affects non-Chicago residents. However, such a tax also has a few downsides. Specifically, corporations would think twice about where they are located or headquartered with a commuter tax. If they know a significant portion of their workforce commutes, the tax could be a disincentive for a company to locate …

Amara Enyia Statement on Jeff Session Final Regressive Act as U.S. Attorney General

CHICAGO (Nov. 9, 2018) — “While I am relieved Jeff Sessions’ final regressive act as U.S. Attorney General won’t affect the consent decree in Chicago, it shows how little the Trump Administration understands matters of racial equality and social justice. Chicago’s consent decree was developed with years of painstaking effort through court rulings, the tireless …

Amara Enyia Statement on Target Stores Closing in Black Communities

CHICAGO (November 1, 2018) – “News of Target stores closing in predominantly African American communities only underscores why it is so important that we work to support local businesses, and in particular, small businesses. It is also why we must concentrate efforts in building diverse commercial corridors that serve the broad range of community needs. …

Amara Enyia Statement on Chicago Police Officers Accused of Cover-Up in Van Dyke Case

CHICAGO (October 30, 2018) –  ”The most single most effective element of police reform is to create a department in which transparency is valued and accountability is understood; in which service to community supersedes protecting a fellow officer from discipline, and in which the majority of excellent officers are not held back by the few bad …

Fixing Chicago’s Finances

  “We’re constantly told the solution to our financial mess is one that assuredly enriches the investor class and pays Wall Street handlers handsomely, and then — just maybe, if things go right — benefits us, too. If not, it’s Chicagoans who are stuck with the tab and clean up the mess. It’s time to …