small business owners and Northwest Side residents say local
businesses are dying off, and they need Cook County officials to intervene.
of course, have been slaughtered in the recession in the last four to
five years," said Mark Thomas, owner of The Alley Chicago, at a Cook
County economic development forum Thursday morning.
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioners Edwin Reyes (8th) and John Fritchey (12th) that landlords should see some sort of tax
incentive to encourage them to rent space to local businesses rather
than chain stores.
Elise Doody-Jones, a small
business owner in Logan Square, added that rents are too expensive. The high rents are a burden for neighborhood businesses and can often discourage small
business owners to set up shop, she said.
generally do not move their businesses into communities until they feel
the demographics and income levels are right, she explained.
really the small businesses who run on a shoestring that step in," she
said. "But the rents are too high because the property taxes are too