Posts Tagged “Cook County”

Fleeing Cook County and Preckwinkle’s soda pop tax

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Fleeing Cook County and Preckwinkle’s soda pop tax

Fleeing Cook County and Preckwinkle’s soda pop tax Toni Preckwinkle offensive retail sales tax on sweetened drinks and soda pop is so offensive, she has managed to push me out of Cook County. First the shopping goes and pretty soon it is followed by the physical existence. Cook County’s future under Preckwinkle is bleak, especially…

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Morrison push for soda tax repeal gets help from Legislature

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Morrison push for soda tax repeal gets help from Legislature

Morrison push for soda tax repeal gets help from Legislature Republican and Democratic legislators this week introduced legislation in Springfield to prohibit home rule governments from imposing taxes on the sale of sweetened drinks and soda pop as Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison stepped up his campaign to repeal Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s 1 cent-per-ounce…

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Soda tax is an example of why Cook County needs change

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Soda tax is an example of why Cook County needs change

Soda tax is an example of why Cook County needs change The Preckwinkle tax on all sweetened drink sales in Cook County primarily slams residents of the Chicagoland suburbs, but is premised on a misleading, political lie: that it is intended to improve the health of the public. But, Preckwinkle intentionally left out the people…

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Fighting oppressive taxes in Cook County

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Fighting oppressive taxes in Cook County

Fighting oppressive taxes in Cook County SW News Group Column March 9, 2017. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle bashed former President Todd Stroger when she ran against him for proposing outrageous hikes in taxes including the sales tax. But as soon as she got to office, she raised the taxes, too. Even worse. The…

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Patlak campaign receives thousands from lawyers who appear before his board

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Patlak campaign receives thousands from lawyers who appear before his board

Patlak campaign receives thousands from lawyers who appear before his board In the race for the Cook County Board of Review, challenger Marty Stack is calling for a moratorium on all campaign and election donations from tax law firms whose lawyers appear before the county’s tax review board, and is criticizing incumbent Dan Patlak for accepting…

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Largest Illinois political group declines to endorse in Presidential race

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Largest Illinois political group declines to endorse in Presidential race

Largest Illinois political group declines to endorse in Presidential race The largest American Arab political organization in Illinois Tuesday announced they would not endorse a candidate in the hotly contested race for President of the United States. The organization is traditionally Democratic and it is a blow to Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton By Ray Hanania The…

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Orland Park sidesteps the will of the people

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Orland Park sidesteps the will of the people

Orland Park sidesteps the will of the people The Orland Park Board approved a plan to significantly increase Mayor McLaughlin’s salary 375 percent from what it was (a 275 percent increase). But the board action ignores the rights of the village’s taxpayers and voters. Oct. 20, 2016 Des Plaines Valley News, The Regional, The Reporter…

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Raising taxes is never about healthy living

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Raising taxes is never about healthy living

Raising taxes is never about healthy living Instead of raising taxes on soda pop, how about cutting the obscene $4.4 billion a year budget for Cook County. Merge Cook County into Township government. Eliminate redundancies that are outrageous. End the double dipping pensions and payrolls politicians in Cook County now get. Published in the Southwest…

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Preckwinkle follows record sales tax hike with Cable TV tax

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Preckwinkle follows record sales tax hike with Cable TV tax

I like Toni Preckwinkle and think she is doing a good job. But sometimes I wonder about her decisions, who she supports and promises she makes and breaks. The county tax on golf, bowling and cable TV seems misguided to me By Ray Hanania Three months after Cook County passed a whopping a $470 million…

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Suburbs lose a great leader in Liz Gorman

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Suburbs lose a great leader in Liz Gorman

Cook County Commissioner Liz Gorman resigned from her 13 year position on the board to take an important private sector job at a Fortune 100 company. It’s a loss for Cook County,  a loss for moderation, a loss for Gov. Bruce Rauner and a loss for taxpayers By Ray Hanania Liz Gorman, the Orland Township…

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