‘Bring Home Chicago’ referendum removed from March primary ballot: reports

CHICAGO — A controversial measure to raise Chicago’s real estate transfer tax on high-end properties won’t be on the March primary ballot after all, according to multiple reports.

The Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ report that Cook County Judge Kathleen Burke on Friday ruled that the referendum will be removed from the March primary ballot.

The proposal, known as ‘Bring Chicago Home,’ sought to raise more than $100 million to pay for homelessness prevention in the city.  

A group of landlords and developers sued, arguing the measure violated state law by asking locals to vote in favor of a tax cut and subsequent tax hike.

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The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless board president, Maxica Williams, reacted to the ruling, saying in part, “Today’s ruling, while disappointing, is not surprising. The far-right has demonstrated over and over again their willingness to use the courts to disenfranchise voters and strip us of popular policies that help women, communities of color, and poor- and working-class people.”

Williams said the judge’s ruling will be appealed.

“While today’s decision is not what we hoped it would be, we will continue to work tirelessly to encourage every person to vote yes on Ballot Question 1 and towards our broader goals of bringing every Chicagoan out of the cold and into a home,” Williams added.

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson backed the proposal.

Chicago News