Rosemont hikes tax on tickets to pay for more security at large events

Starting next month, expect to pay an extra penny on the dollar to attend a Chicago Wolves game, concert or other ticketed event in Rosemont, which is hiking its local amusement tax.

The tax increase, from 3% to 4%, is due in large part to the increasing costs to retain and hire the employees who handle traffic and crowd control for large-scale events in the Northwest suburban entertainment destination, officials say.

Mayor Brad Stephens said there’s been significant turnover in the ranks of the public safety department’s auxiliary unit, which normally is composed of hundreds of part-time employees who staff events outside village-owned venues like the Allstate Arena, Rosemont Theatre and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

He attributes the turnover to pandemic-related reasons, saying many of those part-timers may have gotten full-time jobs elsewhere, or they no longer want to do that work. The job…

Read more…