Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Mayor's 'concern' could sink Stroger's hotel-restaurant hike

Friday, January 07, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
by FRAN SPIELMAN ,STEVE PATTERSON

If Cook County Board President John Stroger's plan to balance his 2005 budget on the backs of restaurants and hotels was on life support before, it's probably dead as a doornail now.

That's because Mayor Daley is raising "concerns" about the 2 percentage-point increases in hotel and restaurant taxes. That's Daley-speak for find another way to close your $73 million budget gap.

Stroger bit back at Daley, saying: "I can see him worrying about the city, but my job is to represent the 51/2 million people across Cook County, not just the city."

Daley doesn't want to look like he's pulling Stroger's strings -- especially not when the mayor's own brother serves as chairman of the county board's Finance Committee.

But the mayor said he's genuinely "concerned" that the Stroger taxes could cripple Chicago's already struggling convention and tourism industry and jeopardize the city's take from the hotel and sales tax increases that Daley used to solve his own budget problems.

Daley's $85.7 million revenue package included a 0.25 percentage-point increase in Chicago's sales tax -- to a big-city high 9percent -- and a 0.5 percentage-point hike in the tax on hotel rooms -- to 15.4 percent.

That's what made Stroger's decision to hammer those very same industries all the more controversial.

"It concerns everyone. . . . That's why, even in our budget, we met with the respective industries and we compromised on many things," Daley said.

Mayor's brother fears alternatives

The mayor's original plan called for raising the city's hotel tax by 1percentage point. He cut it in half and delayed the effective date until July 1 under pressure from industry lobbyists. The sales tax was also put off six months.

Asked if he would prefer Stroger go in a different direction, Daley said, "They'll have to look at it very cautiously. . . . It not only affects the city. It affects the suburban area as well. That would be up to them. I have enough issues in the city. Let the county deal with their issues."

Stroger said he spent months working on the $3.04 billion budget before deciding to raise hotel-motel taxes by 2 percent and restaurant taxes another 2 percent.

But Christopher Bower, CEO of Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, said there is only so much taxation Chicago's convention and tourism industries can absorb.

"We have to be very careful that we don't layer and layer and layer [tax increases] and cause business to have reason to go someplace else," Bower said.

John Daley said he "shares" his brother's concerns, but agreed to support Stroger's hotel and restaurant taxes after becoming convinced the alternatives were worse.

"I don't know where else we could get the additional revenue to make this up. People have suggested the parking tax. The sales tax was eliminated. We couldn't pass it last year. One possibility may be another increase in the cigarette tax, but the city did that, too. No matter what is proposed on the city side, passing the county [budget] later has this effect. That's the problem," John Daley said.

 

 



Recent Headlines

Beekeeping Behind Bars: Inmates Raise Bees at Cook County Jail
Friday, June 14, 2019
WTTW News

Bernie Judge, fiery Daily Law Bulletin editor, dies at 79
Friday, June 14, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Court rules county retirees entitled to health care no matter who last employer was
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Prevent Illinois from being the next ground zero for measles
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

At Cook County Jail, Inmates Relax Their Minds, Bodies With Yoga
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Prison Mindfulness Institute

Illinois Dept. of Revenue Releases Final 2018 Cook County Equalization Factor
Thursday, June 06, 2019
JD Supra

Skokie drops recent proposal to opt out of Cook County minimum wage ordinance
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Chicago Tribune

JAMA examines rising drug costs • CVS' ambitious transformation • Cook County extends Medicaid contract
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

DCFS says nonprofit misused taxpayer dollars, demands repayment of $100K
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County judge, ripped for ‘insensitive’ racial comments, dumped from bench
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Offers Low Cost Rabies And Microchipping Clinic
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Patch

Masturbating Cook County Jail inmates could cost taxpayers $2 million-plus in legal fees
Tuesday, June 04, 2019

New training and protocols needed at Cook County, task force says after sexual harassment scandal
Friday, May 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County assessor's tax reform bill skids in Springfield
Friday, May 31, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi's property tax reforms stall out in Springfield
Friday, May 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in the District this year.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County to Address Perinatal Health Disparities with $4.8M Grant
Friday, May 24, 2019
WTTW News

Audit Recommends Ways To Overhaul Cook County Property Tax System
Thursday, May 23, 2019
WBEZ News

Cock-a-doodle-deferred? After ‘urban farmers’ cry foul, county tables rooster ban
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

From green screen computers to staff shortages, a new audit says Cook County's property tax system needs more resources
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP