Preckwinkle looks to expand county's amusement tax

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - It is soon going to cost a lot more money to have fun in Chicago.

Months after winning approval for a controversial penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle now wants to extend the county's  amusement tax to cable TV and recreational activities - like bowling, golf and many for-profit sports leagues.

Wednesday, Preckwinkle proposed the 3 percent tax to a new list of recreational activities. The tax would also apply to sports tickets sold on the secondary market. 

Preckwinkle says it's not easy, but Cook County has to find a way to pay its long list of bills. She says the tax would help close a  $199 million hole in the operating budget. 

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