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FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Records Regarding Amazon HQ Bid

A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed Thursday against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office seeks “full records” regarding to the City’s bid to be selected to be the site of Amazon’s second headquarters. The lawsuit seeks copies of “any and all communications between the Mayor’s office and Amazon,” a copy of the bid submitted in response to Amazon’s request for proposals for the site, “any contracts with third-party providers for services rendered” regarding the bid, and any marketing budgets regarding expenditures. “Rahm Emanuel and the city of Chicago have a history of secretive dealings that put Chicagoans on the hook for millions and potentially billions of dollars” said Freddy Martinez, Executive Director of Lucy Parsons Labs, who filed the suit, in a statement obtained by Third Coast Review. “The dreadful parking meter deal was rushed through with similar secrecy, with the result that Chicago taxpayers are facing a decades-long hangover thanks to this corporate giveaway.”

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