The inspector general for the city of Chicago got a lot of people upset last week when he recommended 19 ideas that he calculates would bring in almost $2.3 billion a year in revenue. Some of his ideas, such as installing tollbooths on Lake Shore Drive, are long shots. But others, particularly a "commuter" tax that would essentially be a 1 per cent income tax imposed only on suburbanites who commute to work in the city, may have some traction with Chicago aldermen, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The inspector general estimates such a tax could raise $300 million.
No doubt this and many other revenue-generating measures will be discussed as the city tries to eliminate its deficit. If the Chicago City Council asked your opinion? What would you say?