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Soda tax out, service taxes in as Illinois lawmakers seek budget

Jan 24, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — Drink up, Illinois. That penny-an-ounce soda tax proposed two weeks ago is no longer part of the major budget deal being pushed by Senate President John Cullerton and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno.

But your income tax will increase to 4.99 percent and you’ll now pay sales tax on services like dry cleaning, storage, juke boxes and other “amusement devices,” tickets to entertainment events, repair and maintenance and landscaping.

And in what likely will be the most controversial measure for businesses in Illinois, lawmakers propose creation of a “business opportunity tax” that charges businesses a fee based on their annual…

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