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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cook County Businesses Fear Sales Tax Hike Would Send Customers Away

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to increase the county sales tax – five years after she won office by denouncing an identical tax hike imposed by her predecessor – has some business owners on the county’s outskirts worried they’ll lose customers.


Toni Preckwinkle

Report: Preckwinkle Pitching Sales Tax Increase

The Cook County Board president campaigned in 2010 in opposition to a one cent tax increase adopted in 2008. After winning, she moved to roll back the tax, eliminating it in 2013.


Albertson's-brand Baby Basics diapers sit on a grocery store shelf.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

State Senator Sandoval Calls For Lowering Tax Rate On Diapers

A state senator from Chicago says he wants to give families a break and lower the tax rate on diapers.


Shipping orders go by on a conveyor belt at Amazon's San Bernardino Fulfillment Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Amazon To Open First Illinois Facility, Hire 1,000

The company made the announcement about the $75 million project on Tuesday. The jobs figure would be reached by 2017.


Governor Pat Quinn (Left) and Bruce Rauner (Right) (Credit: CBS)

Gov. Quinn, Rauner Trade Barbs Over Budget Plans

The budget debate between Democrat Governor Pat Quinn and Republican rival Bruce Rauner now includes accusations of “flim-flamming” and “flip-flopping, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.



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.


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.


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.


Cash/Currency/Money (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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.


File Photo (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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

File Photo (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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