No $3 Million for Chiraq?
- A South Side alderman is trying to scuttle Spike Lee’s plans to use the title “Chiraq” for the filmmaker’s movie about violence on the streets of Chicago.
Ald. Will Burns, 4th, is asking for a City Council vote on a symbolic measure that would urge the state not to give Lee and his company, Forty Acres and A Mule Filmworks, a $3 million tax break for filming in Illinois.
“If he wants to name the movie 'Chiraq' and film it in the city of Chicago, he should be able to get the permits for that and he should be able to do it, but we shouldn’t give him money as taxpayers to brand a part of the city as Iraq,” Burns said after Wednesday’s council meeting, at which he introduced his nonbinding resolution.
Oh wait...."nonbinding." That means it's pretty much bullshit and they won't stand in the way of Spike's "art" while making sure the permits are paid up and the rental companies are all connected.
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