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Emanuel’s utility tax approved by Chicago Finance Committee

Fran SpielmanThe Chicago Sun-Times

Sep 08, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to slap a 29.5 percent tax on water and sewer bills to save the largest of Chicago’s four city employee pension funds easily survived an early test vote Thursday, but it wasn’t pretty.

The vote by the City Council’s Finance Committee was 26 to 6–just enough votes to clear the full Council next week–primarily because aldermen had no choice and no realistic alternatives.

No votes were cast by Aldermen: Leslie Hairston (5th); Patrick Daley Thompson (11th); Willie Cochran (20th); Ricardo Munoz (22nd); Scott Waguespack (32nd) and John Arena (45th).


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