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Cook County Sales Tax Increase

Deal To Cut County Sales Tax Delayed Again

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

That pending deal to cut the Cook County sales tax has hit another bump and apparently won't make it to a County Board vote until at least later in Ju...

Three Townships Vote To Secede From Cook County, But Will They?

The Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Anger over high sales taxes has driven voters in three Northwest suburbs to vote to secede from Cook County. Actually leaving the county will be anoth...

Tribune To Cook County: Downsize Now

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Out here in the real world, the temptation of easy debt has (a) let people foolishly live beyond their means and (b) stuck all of us federal taxpayers...

If Taxes Were Raised, Why Is Cook County Asking For More Money?

Chicago Sun-Times | Rummana Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Wait, wasn't the county supposed to be flush with money after hiking the sales tax earlier this year? It was March when Todd Stroger's sales tax incr...

Cook County Sales Down 12 Percent In First Month Of New Sales Tax

Daily Herald | Rob Olmstead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County sales dropped 11.94% in one month after the county instituted its new tax, new data released Tuesday shows, but just how much of that drop...

Blogging Where the Sun Don't Shine

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Since I joined the Cook County Board in 1998, I've tried to illuminate the outdated practices, blind acceptance of the status quo, and improper political influence over hiring and contracting that have historically defined Cook County government.