"Fetch" Me Circus Tickets
- The circus industry, its lobbyist and his associates have contributed more than $40,000 in cash and circus tickets to Chicago aldermen in recent years as they've worked to block a proposed elephant-cruelty ordinance championed by Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th), records show.
Feld Entertainment -- the producer of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus -- is represented by lobbyist Timothy Dart, the brother of Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. Timothy Dart, his wife, Jennifer, his law partner John Nicolay and their law firm, Nicolay & Dart, have contributed $13,100 to aldermen and their ward organizations since 2004, $4,000 of that to Finance Committee Chairman Edward M. Burke (14th), Illinois State Board of Elections records show.
Sources said Burke played a behind-the-scenes role in engineering the City Council delay.
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