AFSCME pressuring Cook County Commissioners to raise sales, alcohol, parking and cigarette taxes

By Chris Lentino
AFSCME officials proposed seven tax increases for Cook County as a way to save union jobs, including an increase in the county sales tax, a new head tax and doubling the amusement tax to 6 percent, despite the county’s local tax burden already being among the highest in the nation.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, alcohol tax, cigarette tax, Cook County, sales tax, soda tax

Emanuel pushes $0.75 cigarette tax hike for Chicago

By Benjamin VanMetre
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to increase the cigarette tax in Chicago by 75 cents per pack. The tax hike would increase the per-pack total to $7.42 — making Chicago the most expensive city in the nation in which to buy a pack of cigarettes. This tax hike is one of the plans Emanuel is considering to...

TAGS: Chicago, cigarette tax, Rahm Emanuel