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Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Amazon Tax’

The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain Internet sales.

10/18/2013

City Hall

Mayor: No Property, Sales, Or Gas Tax Hike Next Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city will not raise property, sales, or gasoline taxes to balance next year’s budget, but he was mum about which – if any – taxes might go up.

10/10/2013

Cook County commissioners vote on the 2013 budget plan on Nov. 9, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

County Approves Gun, Gambling, Cigarette Tax Hikes; Lower Sales Tax

The 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.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2012

Navy Pier

Business Owner Wants McPier Tax Reduced, Spread To Whole City

A group of Lincoln Park business owners is calling on state lawmakers to take a second look at a controversial 30-year old city tax levied on thousands of restaurants in and near downtown.

WBBM Newsradio–10/09/2012

City Hall

Rising Tax Revenues Helping Narrow City’s Budget Gap

The Emanuel Administration says it’s seeing an increase in tax revenues, and that is improving the City’s budget picture, at least a bit.

WBBM Newsradio–09/26/2012

Soft Drink Tax

Alderman Calls For Higher Tax On Soft Drinks

The Chicago alderman behind the city’s 5-cent tax on bottled water is now setting his sights on soda drinkers.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2012

The snowy scene looking north from the Merchandise Mart on Thursday. (Credit: Kelli Hartsock via Twitter)

Chicago Yet Again Makes Forbes’ ‘Most Miserable Cities’ List

It just wouldn’t be February without Forbes Magazine yet again slapping Chicago with the distinction of a place on the Most Miserable Cities list.

CBS Chicago–02/06/2012

A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

Business Owners: Tax Internet Retailers To Keep Real Stores Alive

Local business owners are looking for a more level playing field, and are backing legislation that would require Internet retailers to collect sales taxes too.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2011

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Preckwinkle Urges Approval Of Alcohol, Tobacco Tax Hikes

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and medical professionals are urging County Board members to approve increases in the alcohol and tobacco taxes when the board meets on Monday.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2011

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Preckwinkle: Despite Tax Hikes, Cook County Residents Will Save $400M

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Wednesday that even with hikes in some taxes and fees in her 2012 budget plan, county residents are saving $400 million with the rollback of the infamous 2008 sales tax hike.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Emanuel Revives Plan To Expand Sales Tax To Services, Cut Tax Rate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed Wednesday that he plans to move forward with a controversial tax plan from his campaign for mayor – cutting the city’s sales tax, but applying it to several services that now go untaxed.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2011

Gas Pumping

Gas Stations Owe State Of Illinois Millions Of Dollars

Illinois is apparently due million of dollars from some of the State’s 24-hundred gas station operators.

09/25/2011

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Joliet Residents Hit With Sales Tax Increase

Joliet residents are about to get hit with a 40 percent increase in the town’s sales tax.

09/21/2011

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Kankakee Mayor Defends ‘Sham Shops,’ Says Chicago Taxes Are Too High

The mayor of Kankakee is asking the City of Chicago and the Regional Transportation Authority to drop their lawsuits, which accuse her city and Channahon of allowing businesses to use their cities as havens to dodge Chicago sales taxes.

CBS Chicago–09/01/2011

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City, RTA Sue 2 Illinois Towns Over Tax Revenue Lost From ‘Sham Shops’

The City of Chicago and the Regional Transportation Authority each filed a lawsuit Tuesday, over retailers who are doing business in the city, but routing sales through “sham shops” in other cities where the sales taxes are lower.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2011

Photo Of $20 And $10 Bills. (AP Photo)

City Losing Revenue As Loophole Lets Companies Go To Low-Tax Towns

More and more companies are finding a loophole, out of the high sales tax in some counties, but Chicago officials may try to put a stop to that.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2011

A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

Durbin: Eliminate Online Sales Tax Break

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) says it’s time to end the Internet sales tax break.

WBBM Newsradio–08/10/2011

Illinois Senate Chambers

Sales Tax Bill Denounced As Ruinous To Government, Transit

A bill that has passed the Illinois Senate is being called a boon to taxpayers by some, but others denounced it as a potentially ruinous measure for local government and transit agencies.

WBBM Newsradio–04/22/2011

Luggage

State: Pay Your Tax On Items Bought Abroad

One of the side benefits of travel abroad is about to disappear – buying and shipping items home absent any sales tax.

WBBM Newsradio–03/23/2011

Gas Taxes

All Different Taxes Jack Up Gas Prices Even More

Chicago has some of the highest gas prices in the nation, and it’s no surprise – not with all we’re paying at the pump.

CBS 2–03/09/2011

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