McCormick Place convention center. The agency that runs McCormick Place is going back to the drawing board to collect airport pickup taxes from Uber and Lyft after a judge threw out its lawsuit against the companies.
In a move the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority hopes will help it recover a chunk of its tax revenue, the agency this month asked the city of Chicago to audit the two ride-booking companies and tell them they must pay the airport departure tax, a $4 fee for every pickup at O’Hare and Midway.
The agency should have done that before suing the companies more than a year ago for their refusal to pay the tax, Cook County Judge Ann Collins-Dole ruled last month. She dismissed McPier’s complaint because the agency did not follow its own legal procedure for notifying a taxpayer that it owes the agency money.
The state law allowing McPier to collect the tax, she ruled, also dictates that the agency must provide written notice to those that haven’t paid and that any delinquent taxpayer is entitled to a hearing. The agency skipped those steps because its officials thought case law suggested it didn’t have to take them, said McPier General Counsel […]