Chicago's City Council did not vote on an amended version of the Sweet Home Chicago Ordinance at its meeting today. The legislation, which in its original form would have mandated that the city spend 20 percent of its annual tax increment financing (TIF) haul on affordable housing developments, was instead sent back to a joint housing and finance committee for more discussion. The Daley administration is opposed to firm mandates for spending TIF dollars.
Sweet Home's chief sponsor, Ald. Walter Burnett (27th Ward), had threatened earlier this fall to use a rare parliamentary maneuver to force a council vote on the bill and flashed a streak of anger about the administration's response to Sweet HOme at November 15 committee hearing. "You're playing us like we're little kids," he told a Daley administration commissioner then. But Burnett sounded a conciliatory note at council today, listing the compromises Sweet Home's backers have made to try to get the bill passed. "I think it deserves an opportunity to come up with a mutual solution for everyone," Burnett said. Here's video captured from the live council feed today (apologies for its quality):
Having referred Sweet Home back to committee without any floor debate beyond Burnett's comments, the council then turned its attention to a resolution condemning North Korea for its recent attacks on South Korea.