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Stroger Vetoes Sales Tax Rollback

By Prescott Carlson in News on May 11, 2009 9:24PM

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has quit his waffling on whether or not he's going to veto a recent board decision to repeal a 1% sales tax increase, and has answered in the affirmative. Appearing moments ago on the Cliff Kelley show on WVON-1690, the Toddler told Kelley getting rid of the tax would harm funding of all public safety, treasurer, transportation, and health departments, and made the case for the vast amount of responsibility Stroger has running the county government, as well as talking about his general level of awesomeness. Stroger says he has determined that rolling back the tax now would create a deficit next year of $245 million, and "probably a half billion the year after that." He also claimed that the move to repeal was purely political and a way to embarrass him, and he "can't play politics when it affects people's lives, it's too important."