Cook County board approves sales tax increase

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CHICAGO -- The Cook County board has approved the sales tax increase.

The 1% increase lifts Chicago’s total sales tax to 10.25% and is now the highest in the nation.

Board president Toni Preckwinkle's proposed the increase.

Preckwinkle says it would raise almost half a billion dollars a year in new revenue.

Critics say a sales tax increase would drive shoppers to the collar counties, and cost Cook County businesses a lot of money.

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