CHICAGO APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL TICKET TAX
The Chicago City Council has approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2018 budget – which includes a controversial ticket tax to generate new revenue to hire 1,000 police officers. Emanuel’s plan raises taxes on tickets for concerts, movies and other shows. The plan exempts smaller nonprofit venues from being taxed, focusing instead on larger arenas. Chicago’s major sports teams had opposed the proposal.
PATTON OSWALT TO DONATE HALF HIS FEE TO VEGAS VICTIMS
Comedian Patton Oswalt’s has pledged to donate 50 percent of his performance fee from his show at the Joint, a venue inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The donation from the Dec. 2 show will go to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund organized by Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak. “I love Vegas and to be able to perform there and give back to the Victims’ Fund means a lot to me,” said Oswalt. “Plus, the Hard Rock comps my drinks.”
JUDGE SIDES WITH CENTERPLATE IN UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA-RELATED RULING
An administrative law judge in Florida has sided with Centerplate in his decision to overrule a plan to award a 10-year-contract to competitor Spectra Food Services, Orlando Weekly reports. Centerplate had the concessions contract for the University of Central Florida but Spectra had managed the university’s CFE Arena. Judge John C. Newton in his ruling wrote that “university actions undermined the fairness of the ITN process and denied the university the benefits of fair competition for its contract. They were contrary to competition. Furthermore, the preponderance of the evidence proves the university had a bias toward Spectra in the process.”