CHICAGO
11/17/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago Sports Teams Lobbying Against Tax Increase

Chicago sports moguls are lobbying to block a City Hall squeeze play that might hurt their ability to compete for players.

Mayor Daley want to raise the city's amusement tax -- from 8 percent to 9 percent. He's also planning a 27 percent increase in hourly fees paid by the Cubs, Sox, Bears, Bulls and Black Hawks to the city for traffic-control services once provided for free.

Instead of $18.25 an hour, the rate will be $23.25 for every traffic aide assigned to an event.

The amusement tax was designed to reimburse the city for security at major events, only to have City Hall start billing teams for that service in 2003.

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