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April 1 tax hike no April Fool's joke

November 16, 2010

The general sales tax increases by a quarter-cent per dollar in Cook County and twice that in the five collar counties on April 1, following January maneuvering by Illinois legislators and the governor to fund Chicago’s ailing mass transit system.

The $530 million bailout of the Chicago Transit Authority brings sales tax rates to the following levels, with percentage point increases in parentheses:

  • Chicago,  9.25 % (+ .25)
  • Cook County, 8.0% (+ .25)
  • Lake County, 7.0% (+ .5)
  • DuPage County, 7.25% (+ .5)
  • McHenry County, 7.0% (+ .5)
  • Kane County, 7.0% (+ .5)
  • Will County, 7.0% (+ .5)

Municipalities with home rule authority can layer additional taxes on top of those figures, making the patchwork of sales-tax rates in Illinois even more complicated.

 

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