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County Sales Tax Rollback Vetoed - Here We Go Again

By Karl Klockars in News on Nov 23, 2009 9:40PM

2009_11_cook_county_logo_again.jpg It's the same old song and dance at the County Building this afternoon, as Todd Stroger once again vetoed the rollback of his penny-on-the-dollar sales tax. The tax was recently voted down (again) by the Cook County Board by a vote of 12-5. Since the State Legislature changed the rules to require only 11 votes to overturn a Board President's veto, all the commissioners have to do is to not flip-flop on their original vote.

Even though the veto isn't likely to survive, Stroger's camp has threatened a lawsuit to challenge the new rules laid down by Springfield. Is anyone else like us and getting to the point where you just want to say, "Screw it" and have them keep the damn penny? Just to end this ping-pong game?

On a related note: Since Black Friday is coming up, does the excess of the Cook County sales tax motivate you to shop elsewhere? Is it worth getting in the car or hopping a Metra and heading to the Dupage, Lake, Will or other county borders? Or will you break down and just go to the department store that's closest? What items are you inclined to purchase elsewhere? Big ticket items like appliances and TVs? Or do you get everything, gas included, in beautiful Hammond, Indiana? Let us know - there's a flat panel TV we've got our eyes on and 4am isn't too early to get up to save a few bucks.