Wave of local tax and fee increases sweeping Illinois

By Brendan Bakala
Cities and villages across the state are raising taxes or implementing new ones for a variety of functions, from attracting a fast-food restaurant to catching up on rising pension costs.

TAGS: Bloomington, consolidation, fees, local government, local government consolidation, municipal pensions, naperville, New Lenox, Oswego, pensions, peoria, property taxes, sales tax, taxes, TIF: Tax Increment Financing, Wheaton

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