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    County takes a shot at 10-cent-a-bullet tax

    Stroger wins shouting match, OK to transfer $13 mil. from forests

    February 8, 2007
    BY STEVE PATTERSON Staff Reporter

    What could be the nation's first tax on bullets is being floated as a way to help balance Cook County's budget.

    Commissioner Roberto Maldonado wants to slap a 10-cent-a-bullet tax on those buying ammunition in the county. It's one of dozens of plans offered to close the county's $500 million budget deficit.

    Cook County Board President Todd Stroger got into his first public shouting match at Wednesday's Forest Preserve District meeting, trading barbs with one-time ally Commissioner Mike Quigley over a plan to transfer $13 million from the forest preserves to county government. After about three minutes of Quigley's criticisms, it turned into a deeper debate over trust between the two.

    Stroger said he'll listen to any ideas to increase fees but wouldn't change his commitment to a no-tax pledge.

    Quigley blasts Stroger

    As the county nears a Feb.28 budget deadline, tension is building, and Stroger launched into his first public shouting match Wednesday, accusing Commissioner Mike Quigley, an ally, of scheming to "stab me in the back."

    Quigley blasted Stroger for encouraging the $3 billion county government to raid the $167 million forest preserves budget to close his gap. Both governments are controlled by County Board members.

    But Stroger said it's simply a payback on $13 million in help the county government gave the struggling forest preserves five years ago. There was huge debate about whether that was a gift or a loan, but most of the board sided with Stroger and approved the transfer.

    'Lateral tax hike'

    "The bank managers became the bank robbers today," said Benjamin Cox of Friends of the Forest Preserves.

    Quigley told Stroger "from here we part," as he was peeved over a property tax increase the board approved for the forest preserves just months ago, coupled with learning Wednesday the district has a $66 million surplus. Forest preserves officials gave $13 million of the surplus funds back to the county board, and said the district wouldn't miss it.

    Quigley said transferring those funds is "a lateral tax hike" and Stroger loses "all credibility" for future tax increases. Stroger fired back that Quigley will "stand with me one day and talk about me the next." Although Stroger won that battle, more are sure to come as the county struggles to balance its budget.

    Maldonado said an ammo tax "is as close as possible to a sin tax" and could bring in more than $250,000 a year.

    A National Rifle Association official urged the County Board to look elsewhere for funds.

    THE BULLET POINTS
    A look at how much of an effect a fee on bullets would have - from small fries to big shots:

    10 cents: Deputy Barney Fife, if he bought his own police-issued bullet and was able to join the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

    $50: Terry "Tank" Johnson, if the Bears defensive tackle made the trip across the county line for the 500 rounds of ammunition allegedly found in his Lake County home.

    $530,368: If every person in Cook County, 5,303,683 according to 2005 U.S. Census estimates, were to do his or her part and buy one bullet.

    $600,000,000: From the U.S. military, if Cook County could get its 10-cent fee for the average 1.5 billion rounds of small arms ammunition used each year of the nearly four years of the Iraq war.

    Contributing: Abdon Pallasch

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    The people in this county voted on skin color and democratic. The rest of us normal people actually seen it was a bad idea to elect this asshole who's father has been the Crook County Commisioner and screwed everything up anyways. just to see how it is going I included some links of news stories on this Asshat.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/comment...ning08.article
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    http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchel...itch01.article
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/comment...its08a.article
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/politic...oger07.article
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    I am SO GLAD that I don't live in the People's Republic of Cook County anymore.
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    I think someone should spend .10 cents on Stroger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro56 View Post
    I think someone should spend .10 cents on Stroger.
    I remember watching that guy on TV, back when he first won his seat on the board. I thought he was a pompous ass then, and he's still a pompous ass today. One of the few things and people that I DON'T miss about the Chicago area.

    Loves: (About Chicago and surrounding area)
    All the eating places.
    All the movie places.
    All the entertainment that's available.
    All the sight-seeing places. (museums and so on.)
    Da Bears.
    Da Bulls.
    Da Sox.
    Da Cubs.

    Hates: (Ditto)
    The politicians who think they're more "worthy" than the average citizen. (Chicago Alderman can pack heat, the average Joe Schmoe can't.)
    The traffic. Specially when the Kennedy and the Dan Ryan become the largest parking lots in the State of Illinois.
    The crowds.
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