Cook County raked in an extra $160,000 in unexpected funds from Lollapalooza ticket sales so far this year. The funds come from an amusement tax that was put in action this spring after the three-day festival was dogged by higher ups about the state, local and city tax breaks it receives.
Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer told the Chicago Sun-Times that she has proposed an idea for the new money, a summer jobs program for local youth.
“The thing is there will be 75 young people who will work this summer who otherwise would not have had a summer job,” Gainer said. “We’re in a depressed economy.”