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Curtain may drop on Lollapalooza's county tax break

Curtain may drop on Lollapalooza's county tax break

After years of a free ride courtesy of a clout-laden deal, Lollapalooza might have to start paying Cook County taxes.

Commissioners voted Wednesday to require organizers of events like the giant summer lakefront music festival to come to the County Board for approval of a long-running tax break.

The organizers have had county and city amusement taxes waived since relaunching Lollapalooza in Grant Park in 2005. It was part of a deal brokered with the help of lobbyist Mark Vanecko — a nephew of then-Mayor Richard Daley.

Now Texas-based concert promoter C3 Events LLC will have to ask commissioners to continue the county portion of that perk. The tax break was to...

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