Candidate Questionnaire: Christopher Cooper, "fortysomething"
Civil-rights attorney, River North
1. How do you define the importance of arts and culture to the city of Chicago? And what do you see as the city’s role in funding the arts and fostering growth in the cultural economy?
Art is important in every society. It tells the tales of that society’s development; both trials and tribulations. Culturally speaking, the arts allow for the expression of creative exercise teaches tolerance for diversity. The city must play a role in funding the arts. This task should not be left to private industry.
2. Where do you stand on the proposed promoters’ ordinance, which aims to increase the regulatory and insurance requirements on local event promoters?
I am against it.
3. Where do you stand on legalizing cook-on-site food trucks, as many other cities have done?
I support it. I am a native New Yorker—raised in New York City. One of the things that I miss about NYC are the sidewalk pushcarts on which food is prepared.
4. Where do you stand on the merging of the Department of Cultural Affairs with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events?
I am for it, since consolidation will keep costs down.