Chicagoans, alderman weigh utility tax proposal

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CHICAGO –Many Chicagoans don’t appear to be too happy with a plan to shore up Chicago’s city employee pensions by raising city utility taxes.

“Come on, now,” said one opponent.

“(Tax) bills are too high as they are,” said another.

The proposal, reportedly be pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, would raise between $250 million and $300 million for the Municipal Employees Pension Fund.

Chicago alderman were being briefed on the plan by city budget personnel Wednesday.

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