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Preckwinkle pushing 1 percent county sales tax increase

Monday, June 22, 2015
Chicago Tribune
by Hal Dardick

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle
Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been meeting individually with commissioners to build support for restoring the sales tax hike, several sources familiar with her plans told the Chicago Tribune.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is trying to muster enough support to raise the sales tax by a penny on the dollar — an about-face on the key issue that propelled her into office.

The money would help shore up the pension system for county government workers and balance next year's budget. But getting nine of the 17 commissioners to vote for the sales tax hike could prove challenging, given the enormous backlash that unfolded in 2008 after the County Board increased the sales tax by 1 percentage point.

The move by then-Board President Todd Stroger led to his ouster in the 2010 Democratic primary, as Preckwinkle emerged from a crowded field after pledging to eliminate what remained of the unpopular tax hike. Preckwinkle ran a campaign ad in which she shook hands with an actor portraying Benjamin Franklin.

"I used to teach my history students about Ben Franklin. A penny saved is a penny earned," says Preckwinkle, a former schoolteacher, using the patriot's famous phrase.

By 2013, the county had rolled back the remaining half-penny of the so-called Stroger tax during Preckwinkle's first term. Despite some other tax and fee increases, Preckwinkle went into last year's re-election bid unopposed on the strength of having lowered the overall county tax burden while making significant spending cuts.

Safely re-elected, Preckwinkle has been meeting individually with commissioners to build support for restoring the sales tax hike, several sources familiar with her plans told the Chicago Tribune.



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