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Patch Poll: Chicago Tax on Commuters: Fair or Foolish?

Chicago officials are searching for ways to raise more revenue, and one idea is a tax on the income of suburbanites who work in the city.

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?

Dick October 04, 2011 at 09:45 PM
The last thing Chicago wants to do is encourage telecommuting. They want people downtown spending money in stores and restaurants, which generates sales tax.
jim October 05, 2011 at 01:27 AM
That's okay. The suburbs can just ask for identification at all retail stores and if you have a Chicago address a 2% purchase tax will be added and yo will be charged $59.99 to get out of the burbs and how about a charge of $39.99 for the use of the sidewalks in the burbs. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Bill October 05, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Almost as stupid as cities and states bidding against each other for corporate relocations by giving away bigger and bigger tax breaks, incentives and other handouts.
Ray October 05, 2011 at 12:55 PM
This stupid idea was not Rahm's, and I don't believe he's even seriously considering it.
Maria October 05, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Bill, your are right to the point. Besides that, we citizens end up paying more for every thing, they use. No breaks for us. O, ye we do, I forgot sorry. We get a penny, so wouldn't complain,trying to keep us quiet. They have free health care, free education for theirs kids, the best school they can choose...we can go on and on . Don't believe they have to have highest scores, right? We are paying taxes for those who don't. But we can't get help or get somethings for free, because some other group get it. My question is, do they use same formula for every one, or we have just have to be different. The answers be yours.

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