Chicago Tribune: Preckwinkle defends latest tax increase instead of cutting budget

The Chicago Tribune reports that facing a wave of criticism from business interest groups, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle defends her latest tax-increase proposal: a new 1 percent county hotel tax that would push the total rate in Chicago to 17.4 percent.

“With this proposed 1 percent increase in the hotel tax in Cook County on top of what will be one of the highest sales taxes in the nation, it seems like the county is actively finding ways to making visiting, touring and dining in the Chicago area less affordable and less appealing to travelers and conventioneers alike,” said Sam Toia, president and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association.

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