Charity never has a price in Chicago, does it? ¶
By: data_entry_1 on Oct. 8, 2016, 3:04 p.m.
It's always heart-warming to report when a charity aimed at helping Chicago's youth succeed does well. And, in that vein, the Chicago City Council's Latino caucus announced today that it pulled in a nice $400,000-plus for scholarships for Latino youth at its second annual gala Sept. 30.
"We are committed to supporting our young men and women as they pursue their goals," caucus Chairman Ald. George Cardenas, 12th, said in a statement.
The statement lists a long list of sponsors, all of whom "participated at levels ranging from $2,500-$25,000."
Included: The Illinois Restaurant Association, which urged aldermen to vote against hiking the minimum wage and requiring paid sick leave. And Airbnb, which felt very strongly about proposed new city regulations. And mega-lawyer Langdon Neal's firm, which has been at the center of any number of city real estate deals. Ditto John George's law firm. Not to mention the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Teachers Union, Flying Concessions and dozens of others who never, ever need anything from the city or would want aldermen to smile at them.
Of course, $400K is less than Mayor Rahm Emanuel has rounded up in between cups of coffee on some days from those with city interests. And in a city in which Donald Trump hires Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, to do his zoning work, or Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, gets to use rooftop clubs for fundraisers, there's nothing new or surprising about this.
Adds a caucus spokeswoman, "This is a charity. It's doing work that doesn't benefit the aldermen at all." Many of those involved can and do make campaign donations directly to aldermen, she adds.
Still, welcome to Chicago. Some things never change.