Cook County Budget

Preckwinkle: Sales Tax Hike Necessary To Keep County AfloatCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday she will present a preliminary budget plan that includes a proposal to increase the county sales tax she spent years rolling back.
County Approves Gun, Gambling, Cigarette Tax Hikes; Lower Sales TaxThe cost of smoking, buying guns, and playing the slots in Cook County will be going up next year, but the county is also getting rid of the final portion of the hated 2008 sales tax hike.
Preckwinkle Dumps Bullet Tax Plan, Keeps Gun TaxCook County gun owners have dodged a bullet, as County Board President Tony Preckwinkle has dropped her plan to impose a new ammunition tax to help balance the budget.
More Taxes For Cigarettes, Bullets And Gambling In County BudgetCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's budget plan relies on new or higher taxes on cigarettes, ammunition, guns, and gambling machines, but also fulfills her 2010 campaign pledge to eliminate an unpopular sales tax hike enacted by her predecessor.
Report: Tax, Fee Increases Under Consideration To Balance County BudgetCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is apparently considering targeted tax and fee increases and cost cutting to close a $115 million deficit in next year's county budget.
Cook County Finance Committee Backs Alcohol Tax HikeA key Cook County committee has endorsed County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's plan to raise alcohol taxes as part of next year's budget plan.
Business Owners, Alderman Oppose Proposed Alcohol Tax HikeStop picking on the liquor industry – that was the message Sunday afternoon at a popular Chicago watering hole.
Cook County Backs Off Plan To Charge Jurors To Park At CourthousesCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has backed down from her proposal to require jurors and some law enforcement members to pay for parking in courthouse garages.
Cook County Sends Out Nearly 100 Layoff Notices
Preckwinkle Pushing For New Fees, Tax HikesCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed a first-ever fee for parking at the county’s criminal courthouses, as well as a $150 fee on residents of unincorporated areas for county police protection as part of her budget plan for next year.
Public Weighs In On Next Year's Cook County BudgetBusinesspeople, county employees and the public lined up Thursday night for the chance to voice opinions on next year's Cook County budget.
Preckwinkle: Cook County Is $315 Million In The RedCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has outlined preliminary budget estimates that show county government still swimming in red ink.
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