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Shoppers pay less, tanners pay more

Thursday, July 01, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
by Lisa Donovan

Get ready to have a few more coins jangling in your pockets, shoppers.

Starting today, Cook County's share of the sales tax rolls back a half-penny on the dollar.

And the state's minimum hourly wage rises a quarter to $8.25.

Cook County commissioners pushed through the giveback in the run-up to the February primary.

The new rate -- 9.75 percent -- still maintains our standing with Los Angeles as having the highest sales tax in the nation.

Tanners can expect to spend a little more, though. A new 10 percent federal tax on tanning services takes effect. It was included in the health care reform law.



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