Scenes from the class struggle in Springfield

It should surprise no one — no one in Illinois, anyway — that Cook County Board president Todd Stroger resisted the idea of reducing the county’s sales tax: governments seldom give up revenue if they can help it. The board voted to reduce the tax; Stroger cast his veto; the board overrode it.

The tax reduction, which will drop the sales tax in most of Chicago to 9.75 percent, goes into effect on — the first of July?

Pending any legal challenge, the reduced tax will go into effect on July 1 — the soonest that the Illinois Department of Revenue, which actually collects the tax, can update its computers.

Excuse my French, but WTF? Oklahoma puts out entirely new updates every quarter, and we’re supposedly just a couple of years into that indoor-plumbing thing.

Must be a runner for the Chicago Way, down there in Springfield.


  1. McGehee »

    2 December 2009 · 10:35 am

    Well, who did you think ran Illinois?

  2. fillyjonk »

    2 December 2009 · 12:00 pm

    That July 1 deadline should give them plenty of time to figure out some way to weasel out of it, or to suddenly realize that there’s a giant revenue loss that just MUST be made up.

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