Why is Greg Baise out to defeat Lakeview Ald. Tunney?

October 12, 2018 // Crain’s Chicago Business // by Greg Hinz


…The incumbent is Lakeview Ald. Tom Tunney, a small-business man—he owns Ann Sather's restaurants—who is solidly progressive on most issues but who understands what it takes to meet payroll and fend off excessive government mandates. Also involved: the Chicago Cubs-owning Ricketts clan, which, as I've recently reported, has bankrolled a dark-money group that's been bashing Tunney because he balked at giving the family all the zoning perks it wanted at Wrigley Field.

Here's the story. Most business leaders endorse Tunney. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is backing him for a new term as "a small-business champion and an independent voice on the City Council," says Senior Vice President Mike Reever. "He continues to fight for pro-growth initiatives." The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is for him, too. "We have not typically endorsed anyone outside of races for governor," says CEO Robb Karr. But he goes on: "We are supporting Ald. Tunney. He's taken a reasonable approach." Likely to join them soon is the Illinois Restaurant Association, whose board Tunney once chaired.

You'll get a much different take on Tunney, however, if you surf the web or live in the 44th Ward. There you'll see what so far is $51,000 in paid internet ads and flyers accusing him of securing personal property tax cuts by "hand(ing) over campaign cash to Joe Berrios," whom Democrats in the March primary fired as Cook County assessor. The ads are funded by Jobs PAC, an independent group affiliated with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association. The PAC's treasurer is none other than Baise, who is stepping down at year-end from the IMA but still runs Jobs PAC.

Baise is normally loquacious, but he was downright taciturn when asked about his Jobs PAC work, mumbling something about "friends" before ending our conversation…. READ THE REST

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