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Cook County Repeals Stroger Sales Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gave a press conference at Abt Electronics in Glenview on Wednesday to announce the one percent drop in Cook County's sales tax rate.

Cook County taxpayers will be spending less money at the cash register from now on. The county sales tax dropped to .75 percent on January 1, effectively repealing the one percent sales tax hike former County Board President Todd Stroger introduced during his tenure.

"I kept my promise to residents to eliminate the sales tax hike, the most significant pledge of my 2010 campaign," said current board president Toni Preckwinkle at press conference on Wednesday. "I have worked hard since taking office to ensure that families and businesses can trust county government again."

Preckwinkle appeared at Abt Electronics in Glenview on Wednesday, along with Michael Abt, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, to celebrate the sales tax repeal. 

According to Preckwinkle, the repeal will save consumers in Cook County $440 million "over the life of the rollback." 

The decline in tax revenue will now force Cook County to remain efficient and innovative in future budgets, she added.

"We made the choice to cut taxes on everyday items a majority of residents need," Preckwinkle said. "I don't think a one percent decrease is symbolic. It's significant."

County truth January 03, 2013 at 02:40 PM
We didnt notice the 1 penny that did not affect groceries or medicine and we won't notice saving the penny. On the other hand, it was $400,000,000 of revenue for Cook County. Since she repealed it, she had borrowed the fund s to balance the budget costing the taxpayers more . I can't wait to see the rush if business to cook county as she and others claimed was being run away by the tax or if my life will be better because if 1 penny
County truth January 03, 2013 at 02:42 PM
@olivet. Funny .,.i think she looks like Maude lol
chris January 03, 2013 at 04:15 PM
She is only different from the Strogers in that she's more sneaky and not quite as stupid.
jim January 03, 2013 at 06:59 PM
According to Preckwinkle, the repeal will save consumers in Cook County $440 million "over the life of the rollback." THEY STILL NEED THE MONEY SUPPOSEDLY SO HOW IS IT GOING TO SAVE US? THEY WILL TAX OR CALL IT A FEE SOMEPLACE ELSE AND WE WILL STILL PAY
Jac Charlier January 06, 2013 at 07:51 PM
President Preckwinkle is the "real deal" of local politicians. Many more like her, and we would not have the reputation for corruption (nepotism, family lineage=political royalty, etc...) we so sadly live under. Agree or disagree with issue by issue, she is honest and has integrity. Keep going strong!

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