We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Chicago, not a cheap place to do business. In the 1970's and 80's I was an exhibiter at trade shows in Chicago and it was shake down at every turn. Not like Texas where I would pull up at Market Hall in Dallas and unload my truck, haul the stuff in and build anything I wanted in the space I had rented.
In Chicago you pay a drayage charge for unloading, another charge to take the crates to the exhibition area and then if opening the crates required a hammer or wrench the union carpenter came over and for a $50 min charge (remember this is 1970's) he would watch you do the work or try to help.
Of course when it was time to plug your lights into the receptacle you had ordered for your space you got to pay a "qualified electrician" to push in the plug. And when it was time to tear down after the show it started all over again. After a couple of time like this I had custom fixtures made with latches that were free standing and I ordered their lights on stands which were about the same price as bringing my own.
I never did a show in NYC but I went to California, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri and other states and never had that "union" problem. God Bless their Pea-Pick'n hearts I was glad to sell that part of my little company and never show in Chicago again.
Most people don't realize how crooked their own local municipalities are until they try to do something commercial. Lots of rude awakenings. The latest fad in Pennsylvania is "contractor license". It started with having to name a contractor and prove workers comp insurance in order to apply for a zoning permit. Of course, nobody awards contracts before they've even applied for a zoning permit, but that's side idiocy. Anyway, this morphed into another license requirement, Now contractors in most munis have to buy a contractors license for a few hundred bucks to work in a given muni. 'License' only lasts one year. It's really just a "pay us $300 or you can't work here" fee. Another new one is zoning permits that only last 3 months. Typically yu have to go through Land Development, Erosion & Sedimentaion, plus building and electrical permit processes after you get ZP. This takes more than 3 months, so the zoning permit is going to have to be renewed in approximately 100% of projects. There is a fee for that. I could go on, but suffice it to say, I laugh at conservatives who say "give the power to state and local". No, strip power from all levels of government.