Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed raising the county sales tax by a penny on the dollar to help cover a pension-fueled budget shortfall.
Wednesday, the county board is scheduled to vote on the hike. President Preckwinkle joins Chicago Tonight to discuss why she thinks the move is necessary and whether she has support from the board. We'll also hear from Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, who opposes raising the sales tax.
In this June 24 video from Chicago Tonight, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle defends her push for a 1-percent hike in the county portion of the sales tax.
In this July 2 video from Chicago Tonight, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer talks about why she’s opposed to the proposed sales tax hike.