Final winter, downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (forty second) was ready exterior a River North Bar for associates inside to offer him a experience dwelling after an evening of ingesting when he was instantly attacked by two males in what Reilly known as a case of mistaken id.
Now, Reilly is proposing a valet parking crackdown that simply would possibly stop another person from being equally attacked and, extra importantly, stop patrons of Chicago’s full of life bar scene from driving dwelling drunk.
At Thursday’s Metropolis Council assembly, Reilly launched an ordinance stating: “No valet parking operator license or renewal thereof shall be issued to any particular person for the aim of offering a valet parking service at any institution that holds or is required to carry a tavern license.”
The one exceptions: lodges and companies that maintain or are required to carry a tavern and consumption on premises or incidental license.
In an e-mail to the Solar-Occasions, Reilly mentioned “everybody understands” why eating places rely closely on valet parking providers. It’s a “comfort for individuals eating out,” he mentioned.
However, he wrote: “Given Illinois’ DUI legal guidelines, I don’t perceive why the town would encourage individuals to drive to and from taverns and nightclubs that don’t provide meals. The one product being consumed there’s alcohol — and often numerous it. … There isn’t a cheap rationalization for issuing valet permits to serve taverns and nightclubs which have constructed a enterprise mannequin round bottle service and rounds of photographs.”
Pat Doerr, managing director of the Hospitality Enterprise Affiliation of Chicago, mentioned he’s “unaware of any analysis that connects the type of liquor license” Reilly desires to focus on and forestall from renewing its valet parking license to an “elevated danger of drunk driving.”
He pointed to the “increase in ride-share use by bar and restaurant patrons.”
“We oppose each metropolis restriction that lacks any type of goal foundation. I imply — there’s no foundation I’m conscious of for something to help this,” Doerr mentioned.
“There are completely drawback licensees who ought to be strictly regulated and denied these alternatives and people permits. But it surely’s not an across-the-board scenario. The Hospitality Affiliation would absolutely help any effort to restrict valet and loading zone providers for drawback licensees which are properly alongside within the metropolis’s nuisance licensee course of.”
Drunk driving wasn’t Reilly’s solely legislative goal. So was boat noise.
He launched yet one more ordinance stating: “No particular person working a vessel, craft or float on the Chicago River, on the Ogden Slip or throughout the breakwater of the Chicago Harbor north of a line extending east into Lake Michigan from E. Grand Ave. shell make use of any machine that creates or amplifies sound.”
That features loudspeakers, bullhorns, amplifiers, public handle programs, musical devices, radios or some other machine that performs recorded music louder than “common conversational degree at a distance of 10 or extra ft” measured vertically or horizontally.
Reilly was pressured to droop the principles to rescue each of his ordinances — and a slew of others, together with funds amendments — from the Guidelines Committee, the place laws opposed by the mayor usually goes to die.
The rescue grew to become mandatory after Ald. Anthony Beale (ninth), one of many mayor’s most outspoken Council critics, blocked each merchandise launched by his colleagues to retaliate for the brick being positioned on his efforts to empower the Council to rent its personal legal professional and lift the edge for velocity cameras.
“Madame President, I’d like to maneuver to re-refer the entire gadgets simply despatched to the Guidelines Committee to their originally-assigned committee,” Reilly mentioned.
When Lightfoot banged the gavel to affirm the transfer, Beale rose in protest.
“Our guidelines state that, if you ship one thing to Guidelines, it has to go to the Guidelines Committee. You can’t change the principles as soon as once more to go well with your self,” Beale instructed Lightfoot.
“There must be a Guidelines Committee [meeting]. That has been our process. It has been that method for the reason that starting of time. And we’re, as soon as once more, altering the principles. That movement is completely out of order.”
Reilly acknowledged Beale had appropriately said the principles. However, he added: “This physique voted to droop the principles to permit for that movement. And that movement was accredited.”
The mayor upheld that ruling.
The Metropolis Council additionally accredited Lightfoot’s appointment of Cole Stallard as Streets and Sanitation commissioner and Aileen Velazquez as chief procurement officer. However a remaining vote was deferred on the mayor’s plan to empower the Chicago Police Board to listen to appeals from individuals who need their names faraway from the Chicago Police Division’s error-plagued gang database.