WBEZ | service tax http://www.wbez.org/tags/service-tax Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Preckwinkle: Emanuel's 'luxury' tax plan not going anywhere http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/preckwinkle-emanuels-luxury-tax-plan-not-going-anywhere-84462 <p><p>Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said that Rahm Emanuel's proposal to tax some services is going nowhere. Chicago's mayor-elect has said he wants to broaden the sales tax to cover what he called "luxury" services, while lowering the tax rate.<br> <br> With Emanuel at her side, Preckwinkle said she likes the concept, but believes the Illinois General Assembly is unlikely to act.<br> <br> "My understanding from my conversations with the people in Springfield is that the legislature there is sort of done on the tax issue," Preckwinkle said. "And having raised taxes on individuals and businesses at the beginning of this year, that's all that anyone can expect coming out of Springfield."<br> <br> Preckwinkle was asked about the tax proposal at a joint press conference Tuesday morning with the mayor-elect. They announced a new committee tasked with looking at ways to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/merge-or-not-merge-services-emanuel-and-preckwinkle-ask-committee-84445">merge some government services</a>.</p></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/preckwinkle-emanuels-luxury-tax-plan-not-going-anywhere-84462 Chico trying to score off Emanuel tax proposal http://www.wbez.org/story/gery-chico/chico-still-trying-score-emanuel-tax-proposal <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//ChicoDebate_Getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico keeps trying to get mileage out of rival Rahm Emanuel's proposal to tax some services. The former school board head has been holding press conferences to highlight services he says could be taxed if Emanuel's plan becomes law. On Monday, Chico picked a health club.</p><p>&quot;Rahm Emanuel's insensitive plan hits neighborhood gyms with a new 9-percent service tax,&quot; Chico said.</p><p>Emanuel's campaign says that's just not true. Health club memberships would not be taxed, he said, but high-brow private club memberships would be, along with other &quot;luxury goods.&quot;</p><p>Chico says this confusion underscores the on-the-fly nature of Emanuel's plan.</p><p>&quot;It's like a Rorschach test,&quot; he said. &quot;It changes every day you look at it.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel's campaign has declined to provide a complete list of what services he'd liked to see taxed. Spokesman Ben LaBolt said that is because such details would fall to the Illinois General Assembly, but he said Emanuel would not support a tax increase on anything used by those he called &quot;working families.&quot; And the money raised by taxing luxury items, LaBolt said, would allow for everything else to be taxed a bit less.</p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 04:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/gery-chico/chico-still-trying-score-emanuel-tax-proposal