=== And during Q and A about why pension bill failed she said he was nominee at time and called Durkin to pull votes off ===
Preckwinkle is delusional. Why were legislators going to take another tough vote on pension “reform” while the litigation was still pending? And now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the pensioners, what makes her think that legislators will want to tackle that beast now?
- Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jun 30, 15 @ 10:04 am:
This means Chicago residents might only face city and state tax hikes while their property taxes are also being reassessed?
There is no harm in being seen as reluctant to raise taxes. If you are a government executive, tax revenue and spending is what you do. If you are an elected government executive, it does no harm to remind voters it is what you do when it becomes necessary to do it.
SCOTUS confirmed that the ACA is the law of the land. I dont understand why Cook County still maintains such a robust Free Health System. 90% of the County Hospital patients would be fully subsidized. Its time to cut back on County Healthcare and NOT raise taxes.
- Robert the Bruce - Tuesday, Jun 30, 15 @ 10:18 am:
==”I would argue there’s no person in Cook County more hesitant to raise the sales tax than I am.”==
Preckwinkle is assuming that those who are bad at mathematics will be equally bad at argumentation.
- Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jun 30, 15 @ 10:35 am:
Make up your mind, already. That bill ain’t gonna get less unconstitutional by letting it fester over the summer.
Let me see if I understand this, She complain about revenue and looks at a tax hike, but then wanted out of the ABATE Poker Run bill that would have people come into the county, spend $$$ on gas, food, drink and bring business into the county?
It’s a smart public stance. I wonder what her advisors are telling her privately about the likelihood of her pension plan being upheld by the IL Supreme Court.
@Chicago(d) - Pretty sure that the County got out in front of the ACA by creating their own insurance plan. They are now trying to figure out how to change their customer service mindset as with the creation of that insurance plan, patients that previously selected them as a provider of last resort now have options.
Since I’ve already posted online elsewhere, let me clarify my position for everybody. I am a no on the sales tax hike. Not a yes, not a maybe, a no. That being said, I am fairly confident that she will have the votes to pass the hike. But mine won’t be one of them.
And regardless of what my former colleagues in the Legislature do with the President’s pension reform bill, I think it is disingenuous and illusory to talk about revisiting a sales tax hike at any point before the court would rule on the inevitable challenge.
=don’t understand why the County maintains such a robust health system+
Maybe it’s because there are thousands of its residents who need care and have no place else to go.
In fact the ACA, mainly through the expansion of Medicaid, has enabled the County to lower its subsidy to the county health system. County is now getting payment for folks who were previously uninsured
The governor will get blamed for the property tax increase in Chicago, you might as well blame him for the sales tax hike in Cook County too.
- Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jun 30, 15 @ 4:10 pm:
==I think it is disingenuous and illusory to pretend that her pension cuts are constitutional==
Bingo. Her pension ==savings== are about as ==real== as those proposed by Gov Rauner in his budget speech.
- qualified someone nobody sent - Tuesday, Jun 30, 15 @ 5:53 pm:
Cook County’s two pension funds are no where in as bad shape as the States or as the city of Chicago. 90% funded prior to the great recession as I recall. The issue of Constitutionality has been decided by the Supremes. SEIU and the other non-AFCSME unions who supported Toni’s “reform” legislation aren’t going for it again after the State l unions won their case. This move means to me she has her sights of the 5th floor on the other side of the building in four years! Let some one else worry about the County after 2018.
@truthteller. Wow thanks and thank you Cook County for actually starting to bill an insurance company. The ACA provides health insurance for the poorest people at a full subsidy. These people can go to any doctor or hospital. The only thing they have to do is sign up. Lease out Stroger Hospital to a for profit company and let the ACA be the healthcare safety net for the poor and uninsured. The County needs revenue and they need to at least discuss service cuts before a tax increase is even proposed. Every patient that walks through those doors should be required to apply for Insurance and the subsidy. Can’t have it both ways.