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Chicago-area officials propose higher taxes on restaurant sales

CHICAGO Officials of Chicago and surrounding Cook County have proposed raising sales taxes on restaurant meals as a way of closing expected budget deficits. The proposals include a suggestion from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley that the city double its meal tax, to 0.5 percent of sales.

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has suggested raising the county sales tax across all goods and services by 2 percent, but the board delayed a vote after it appeared the

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