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.