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Quinn signs Chicago 911 tax hike into law

Friday, Jun 6, 2014

* From the Twitters…


So, now that Quinn has freed up about $50 million in Chicago general revenue cash, Rahm Emanuel could use that money to pay the increased pension costs associated with his pension reform bill instead of hiking property taxes, which Quinn opposes. So Quinn could now sign that pension bill into law (or just let it become law without his signature) and claim a property tax hike has been avoided.

Or, maybe I’m wrong. But this sure looks wired to my eyes. Yours?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


12 Comments
  1. - The Captain - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 1:37 pm:

    This solution is much more clever than I would have expected, kind of impressed actually.


  2. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 1:40 pm:

    Better yet, Quinn could do an AV that voids the deal if Chicago raises property taxes.

    That would be my move.


  3. - Jeff Trigg - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 1:41 pm:

    Another regressive tax from Illinois Democrats that hurts working poor families the hardest. And the complain about the income disparity between rich and poor while doing stuff like this right and left. Look at your utility bills for more evidence of Democrat policies that make poor people ever poorer.


  4. - wordslinger - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    YDD, if that’s possible (haven’t read the bill) that would be my move, too.


  5. - Rahm'sMiddleFinger - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 1:46 pm:

    Quinn usually takes the full 60 days to sign bills. The fact that he signed this in less than a week is telling.

    Impressive work by the City lobbyists.


  6. - Jimmy - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 1:49 pm:

    From yesterday’s Sun Times: http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/wall-street-rating-agency-weighs-chicago-pension-reform/wed-06042014-1132am

    The Moody’s team was asked whether the 56 percent increase in Chicago’s telephone tax authorized by the Illinois General Assembly could allow Emanuel to reduce the $250 million property tax increase — or put it off until after Feb. 24 election. “If they raised the tax and it generated more revenue than was needed to actually fund what they’ve earmarked it to fund and they diverted some of that revenue to the pension system, that would be [fine]. It would essentially be more money going to the pension system,” Butler said.


  7. - OneMan - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 1:56 pm:

    At this point nothing short of ‘we will tax the space aliens’ would seem weird…


  8. - MrJM (@MisterJayEm) - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 2:07 pm:

    At this point nothing short of ‘we will tax the space aliens’ would seem weird…

    And drive all of our space alien jobs into Indiana?!?

    – MrJM


  9. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 2:10 pm:

    - YDD - is On It.

    This is probably best described like watching planes land at O’Hare; you see them in the Que, the order of landing is set.

    Wonder how Rahm is going to balance RoboCall Bruce versus Buddy Bruce, versus Partner/Foe Quinn?

    Next plane is landing…


  10. - Mokenavince - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 2:45 pm:

    The law will go into effect without his signature.

    After all it is and election year.


  11. - Jake From Elwood - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 2:52 pm:

    Of all the bills to sign early, he picks a tax bill? Smooth move Governor.


  12. - wondering downstate - Friday, Jun 6, 14 @ 3:47 pm:

    Just Chicago only
    No help for E-911 downstate systems?


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