Broadway in Chicago performers break into song in bid to keep state tax credit

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Morning Spin for Thursday, April 13, 2017
Topspin It’s not every day that Broadway comes to state government. But Wednesday, a group of Broadway in Chicago performers brought the old razzle dazzle to a House committee hearing on state tax credits that are set to expire soon. The Bilandic Building performance was part of a pitch from the theater industry asking lawmakers to extend the life of the theater tax credit. It’s set to expire June 1. Backers say it helps lure more shows to Chicago, create jobs and boost the city’s reputation. Performers serenaded a legislative panel with a variation on the song "On Broadway," changing the lyrics to highlight hotel and restaurant business that the live shows attract. “We want to thank you for all you’ve done on Randolph and Monroe Street,” they sang. “You make the neon lights so bright in Chicago.” Despite the song, lawmakers made no decisions Wednesday and don’t go back to Springfield for more than a week. (Haley BeMiller)   What’s on tap *Mayor Emanuel will be in Boston, Massachusetts for meetings with Harvard University students about Chicago’s tech industry.. *Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to appear at the Illinois Competitiveness Council Forum at the University of Illinois at Springfield. *The city’s Budget Committee considers Emanuel’s municipal ID program and an LED street lights project. *The License and Consumer Protection Committee is set to hear a plan to crack down on party buses and one to allow alcohol sales on downtown outdoor patios until midnight seven days a week until Dec. 1.  *The Aviation Committee will hold a hearing on the United controversy.   From the notebook *Illinois trying to sell surplus Trump board game: The state website used to auction surplus government property is often frequented by commonplace items like watches, sunglasses and cars. Presidential memorabilia is rare. But as of Wednesday afternoon, one $5 bid had been made on a listing described as "Parker Brothers I’m Back and You’re Fired TRUMP The Game." The Trump-themed board game was first released in 1989 and updated after he found further fame on NBC’s "The Apprentice." "This item is still wrapped in the original plastic," the auction listing reads. Bidding ends Friday night. The listing doesn’t describe how the game came to become surplus government property or listed for auction alongside a "pallet of miscellaneous printers," a commercial milk dispenser or a lot of tent stakes, among many other items. "Since Illinois began its innovative iBid online auction in 2003, successful bidders have bought more than $10 million of surplus State property," a description of the website reads. "Through iBid, the public can use any computer with Internet access to bid on state surplus items – and easily monitor their bids throughout the duration of the weekly auction."   What we’re writing *Critic of police reform in Chicago upsets incumbent president in union election. *In D.C. appearance, Emanuel backs federal gas tax hike of up to 10 cents a gallon. *Alleged getaway driver charged in killing of judge, wounding of girlfriend. *Cook County shells out $1.6 million to cover mistakes in federal grant applications. *CPS retirement incentive plan fails to draw desired number of participants. *ACLU: Proposed restrictions on city street musicians violate free speech. *Chicago State dean accused of taking $650,000 from national organization for personal gain *Army veteran pleads for pardon from governor to halt deportation. *Cook County judge indicted on mortgage fraud charges. *Teddy bear with gun features takes aim at gun violence.   What we’re reading *City Colleges has paid $3 million for bus shuttle with few riders. *Remembering Charlie Murphy, best known for ‘Chappelle’s Show’ story brilliance. *12 years after the Lincoln museum opened in Springfield, a lifelike statue of John Wilkes Booth is removed.   Follow the money *Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.    Beyond Chicago *Tillerson meets with Putin. *Trump changes course, says health care changes must be approved before tax overhaul. *Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout. *What Kansas didn’t do for Democrats.
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