Illinois Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

(date: July 24, 2019)   The State of Illinois officially legalizes recreational marijuana after the Illinois Senate and House passed a comprehensive cannabis bill.  Governor J. B. Pritzker signed the bill into law on June 25, 2019, fulfilling a substantial campaign promise. Illinois is the first and only state to legalize cannabis through the legislative process, instead of a [...]

Recreational Dispensary Applications in Illinois

(date: July 24, 2019)   Anyone wishing to break into Illinois’s new recreational marijuana industry should start preparing to apply for an operational license as soon as possible. Knowing when to apply and how the State will score applicants improves your chances of getting a license. Here is what we know about the process so far:   Applications must [...]

New Laws for Businesses in 2020

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to get back to business and, with the turning of the calendar, your policies and processes might need to be updated to match changes in the law. The Illinois legislature passed several laws last year, effective on January 1, which affect small businesses. Here are some of the most relevant changes: The [...]

Red Tape Unwrapped: Mayor Lightfoot Eases Small Business License and Permit Applications

It’s Christmas come early! Earlier this week, Mayor Lightfoot gave an early present to small business owners outside of the Loop. She released a plan to streamline small business licensing, which would open five regional centers to help with licensing issues. Currently, these matters can only be handled downtown at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) [...]

The Spooky Business of the Seasonal Halloween Pop-Up

As the leaves fall every autumn, a seasonal specter rises to suffuse sepulchral storefronts with spirit and spook: the Halloween pop-up shop. For a few weeks every year, dusty ‘For Lease’ signs relinquish their vigil to bright orange-and-black banners broadcasting their bounty to the well-flannelled masses. Where do these stores come from? Where do they go? How can seasonal [...]