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Lightfoot's proposed dining-out tax hike draws ire of local activist


By Robert Hadley | Nov 9, 2019

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

If you’re dining out in Chicago, you can expect to pay an additional 11.75-percent tax on your meal under a new proposal from first-term Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

As the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) recently reported, Lightfoot suggested the idea to help cover the city’s staggering $838-million budget gap. The mayor estimates a $20-million windfall to the city once the idea is implemented, IPI stated in an article.

Former Republican U.S. Congressional Candidate Dr. Jeffrey Leef says the blame for the proposal lies at the feet of citizens who continually reelect tax-happy Democratic candidates.

Conservative activist Dr. Jeffrey Leef

“I'm tired of raging on about the injustices in Illinois,” Leef wrote in a statement submitted to the Chicago City Wire. “As corrupt as the Democratic dictatorship has been in Illinois for the last century, it is still Illinois voters who go into the booth and pull the lever for these buffoons who, at best are corrupt and at worst are leftist scum.”

According to Lightfoot’s proposal, diners would pay an additional 0.25 percent on their meals, doubling the current 0.5-percent tax on eating out. This would be on top of the general sales tax rate of 10.25 percent and a 1-percent surcharge in effect downtown. Added together, the rate could total 11.75 in certain areas.

“As a result of years of supporting Illinois unions and their unfunded pensions, the demise of not only the Illinois economy but the rights of its citizens is imminent,” Leef warned. “I say, raise the tax to 50 percent or 100 percent. This is what Chicago business owners and the limousine liberals of the Gold Coast and North Shore deserve.”

IPI noted that the restaurant tax was one of several the Democratic mayor has proposed. Others include a tax on ride-sharing and higher rates for parking meters.

“The chickens have not only come home to roost but are shamelessly buggering the seemingly bewildered and apparently accepting Illinois voters,” Leef said.

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