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Stroger Takes on Governor Quinn over Sales Tax

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Stroger Takes on Governor Quinn over Sales Tax

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Cook County Board President Todd Stroger wants Illinois’ governor to lower the state sales tax. County commissioners yesterday voted to override a Stroger veto and cut the county’s portion of the sales tax by half a penny.

Stroger says the county has been unfairly criticized for its sales tax while the state has a higher rate.

STROGER: Governor Quinn says he supports the rollback and this would probably stimulate Cook County. Well the state takes six and a quarter. I suggest they take a quarter off. Let’s make a resolution and send it to the governor. Maybe he’d like to stimulate all 102 counties instead of just Cook County.

Stroger says a recent state law reducing the number of votes needed to override a veto in Cook County shouldn’t have been passed during the middle of his term. Stroger says he may challenge that law in court.

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