Crain’s: Choose Chicago CEO Blasts Preckwinkle’s Hotel Tax

Choose Chicago CEO Don Welsh speaks out against Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle’s plan to raise the hotel and motel tax by one percent.

Welsh said the hike “is the last thing we need,” and he says it’s already being exploited by competitors in other cities. “Before you make a decision like that, you have to think long and hard about the competitive effect on the the city,” Welsh said. “We would have hoped we’d be able to get in a room with the president or her people and debate and talk about this and exchange data, instead of reading about it in the paper.”

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