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Chicago sales tax rises to 9% on July 1

November 18, 2010
Sales tax on items purchased in Chicago, and on the autos that city residents purchase anywhere in Illinois, rises 0.25 percent July 1, bringing the total to 9 percent. The Chicago City Council passed the measure in December when approving the 2005 budget. But in what could amount to a double whammy, the Cook County Board in January will consider imposing a tax hike to help close a $73 deficit in its 2005 budget. Board President John Stroger told commisioners he has not made a final decision on which taxes to raise, but he is considering several, including the sales, hotel, and food and beverage taxes. Commissioners last year turned back Stroger's attempt to raise the county sales tax and the tax on items leased in Cook County, including automobiles.