Chicago Pre-Approves Amusement Tax Hikes to Fix Pension System

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

November 14, 2017

OAN Newsroom

Chicago is bracing for another round of tax hikes.

This as the city’s public finances are in disarray after 86 years of Democrat rule.

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed raising taxes on Uber rides, phone bills, and concert tickets for next year’s city budget.

Charity events would be exempt for the additional tax, but organizations will have to prove at least 10 percent of revenue is going to a specific cause.

Chicago’s Finance Committee approved the tax hikes ahead of the City Council budget review next week.

Under the new proposal, Chicago’s amusement tax will go up from five percent to as high as 10.5 percent.

The City Council is expected to approve the hike in and effort to fix Chicago’s failing pension system.

  • stephaniericotta

    Amusement tax – Chicago – Oh Yeah very amuuuusing indeed!

  • Jonathan Jodoin

    Hey Emmanuelle, do you think your Jew friends look up to you. Your a looney liberal fraud.

  • Angrygenxr

    86 years of democratic rule. Totally bankrupt. The citizens should be held accountable too. It’s their own damn fault.

  • 210’s

    Put a tax on blacks killing blacks. That would make up the shortage in no time.

  • Mike

    10% going to a “specific cause”? Perfect time to found your own “non profit” calling it, “A Specic Cause”. Of course if it did happen, it would be run by crooked Democrats and other underworld slime pots who thrive on stripping the general public out of every other penny they own.

  • Darrell Wall

    When are the people in Chicago going to wake up, get tired of the Democrats destroying their city?

  • DocHolliday

    Socialism works…until it runs out of other people’s money.
    Redistribution of wealth, from those who produce to those who do not, will NEVER be a recipe for success.

  • Anthony

    It’s worth mentioning that Emanuel and the city council are throwing in the entertainment of the south-side free of charge.

  • Msgtdubb

    That’s the way dimms fix things. Conservatives make the local climate for business expansion favorable so more money comes in that way. Dimms just love to see their constituents suffer. They get their jollies that way. Take California, for instance, please, take California!

  • Bogeygolfer

    If I owned a theater outside of Chicago, I’d certainly be pleased. Liberals don’t seem to realize that people have mobility and choices.

  • Ed L

    know a few people who use to live in Chicago. They moved to Ohio, Kentucky and Nebraska. Is it Time for another cow and lantern

  • Frank Energy

    I moved, Chicago is going down.

  • MJS92882

    LOL lets stick with the plan….. ppl that earn will cover ppl that don’t. perfect!

  • KevinR.

    Democrats rule, Democrats spend… Democrats have increasing crime and murder…. Democrats take your money…
    The people of Chicago voted… and they get what they voted for.

  • KevinR.

    Chicago gets what they ask for.

  • Ken

    Democrats have a very limited vocabulary which does not include the words, cut, reduce, economize, or budget. Their three favorite words are tax, pork, and spend. They will not be satisfied until they become the next Detroit…

  • Varangian Guard

    Note to self…..send condolences card to Chicago’s family since it is about to take its last breath.

  • PatrickJ

    Actually, it isn’t just Chicago and Illinois. According to Lee Bellinger’s Independent Living, a newsletter I subscribe to, America is going broke town by town, state by state. The Land of Lincoln is a land of $16 Billion in unpaid bills. On top of that, Illinois will owe about $200 Billion in pension liabilities. That’s $200 Billion – for a single state!

    But many other states face a similar situation. There is a thing called a pension funding ratio. What it means is how much of a state’s promised pension funds can it afford to pay out right now. The ten states with the worst pension funding ratios are as follows;

    New Jersey 38% South Carolina 58%
    Kentucky 38% Rhode Island 59%
    Illinois 40% Colorado 60%
    Connecticut 50% Massachusetts 62%
    Pennsylvania 56% Hawaii 62%

    The reason this is important is because some people are migrating from a state about to go broke to a state that has a sounder financial footing. Not the only reason of course, but one of them, nonetheless.
    Please forgive the long post.

  • Chassoo

    I’m sure more and more people will be moving out year after year. Government never cuts spending to save money, they just raise taxes to cover what they spend on.

  • Gator Jaw

    DNC Gulag is fleecing and enslaving its willing citizens. The idiots there wont wake up and say we need different leaders.

  • Mark Heinzen

    That’s Chicago and the democratic party: Tax tax tax tax………….irresponsible leadership and wasteful spending of taxpayers money. Vote those clowns out of office.

  • “The” Bobguy

    Do movies count as amusement? Is there going to be a 5 cent per laugh amusement tax when you go to see a comedian?
    Dumb and dumber has taken on a new meaning.

  • Mel Carbon

    I avoid Illinois like the plague!

  • SR 71

    Look at that smiling jackass looking his sucker sticking a finger in their eye, with a another tax up their

    amusement area.

  • Robert Sigler

    At least they didn’t slap on a 12 cent a gallon gas tax hike like the “6th largest GNP in the world” just did, (AKA the California Republic).

  • MoxieWill

    A phone is an amusement? Interesting. Also, those who have money will be donating 10% to a progressive “charity.” Such BS.

  • …remain calm and return fire

    I’m amused watching the Chicago liberal circle jerk……checks in the mail, Rahm

  • Flagfriend

    Hmm, not very “amusing” for the general populace.

  • Jock E Shift

    I like the picture. It’s like he saying, “Taxes are only this high. We can raise them a whole lot more.” The Obama wannabe Emanuel will be taxing the air they breath before too much longer.

  • nfcapitalist

    Gotham will consider selling licences to commit crime to pay for the pensions of criminals in suits and dresses in political office… good plan, for Chicago.

    • birdman8421

      SSSHHHHH! Do not let them see that. With their lack of imagination, they had not contemplated that. A way to recover some of the welfare bucks too.

  • No Mas

    Typical COMMUNIST DEMS.. increase the tax to the slaves to support the warm fuzzies for government “friends”. All while screwing the slaves harder each time…

  • Sui-Juris

    Those Chicagoans who didn’t find the tax hikes a source of amusement joined the continuing exodus of the working middle class and private enterprise from the City environs. LOL

  • Pat S.

    They could have a surplus if they had a gun shot tax.

    • Flagfriend

      But the city would have to subsidize that tax because the people doing the shooting don’t have any money.

  • willnkc

    Who needs amusement when they have Rahm the clown to enterain them!

  • willnkc

    Way to keep people poor and ignorant Chicago! Just like the Democrat Party likes their constituents.

  • Michael Hawk

    He Needs another vacation home. The Corrupt POS Traitor

  • Bridgeport Republican

    Welcome to Chicago where Democrats never met a tax they didn’t like. Tax more, spend more and more and more. Then declare bankruptcy.

  • Melissa McShane

    Psssst…….hey Chicago why don’t you cut spending?

    • Flagfriend

      Because the problem lies in unfunded liabilities, like government employee pensions. They aren’t spending too much on that person pushing paper up in the government office now, they’re spending too much on them after they retire.

  • Bridgeport Republican

    Welcome to Chicago where we never met a tax we didn’t like. Tax more, spend more and more and more. Then declare bankruptcy.

  • Bridgeport Republican

    What sales are covered under the amusement tax? I can see concerts, plays, arcades and professional sports games but what else? Cable/satellite TV, books, electronic gaming systems and game purchases? The article mentions Uber and phone bills but those are different taxes that they raised.

  • stevens123

    Wow.

  • FromThe70s

    There’ll be no more Delta House, no more fun of any kind!

  • ChemicalDeath

    Taxes and murders. Illegals welcomed to drain coffers. Democrats leading the way!

  • kaiju

    Rahm says “All I have to is raise taxes this high and I can rape you all with my fist again”.

  • Living_The_Dream

    . . . . and they think they have a lot of killings now, lets make our citizens more angry. Let’s charge them more for just being here and having fun.

  • intimeforthedime

    If I lived in Chicago I would have moved out of that disease pit years ago.
    If I lived there today, I would slit my wrist.

    We all go to work everyday to afford the “amusement” things in life.
    Most of the purpose of living. No one works their ace off just to go home, sit and look at 4 walls.
    Please, tax the F out of us more so you can spend it on…wait?…what are you going to spend it on?

    • ben wah

      this is what i fear. I live in Texas and theres been alot of new residents from blue states. The more they come and settle here, they’ll just bring their blue state policies with them and slowly kill what the red state policies had built.

      • PatrickJ

        Welcome to the club. Arizona is well on the way to being Californicated as we speak.

        • James Dandy

          You said it. The thing that gets me is they move here because they’re disenchanted with all the liberal taxing and spending in CA, the northeast, the midwest, etc. Then they come here and vote for the same things that caused them to moved in the first place. I guess you really can’t fixed stupid. The valley used to be a nice place to live 30 years ago.

          • PatrickJ

            Yes it was, James.

          • Bob

            that is the same tactic the “refuges” from the middle east is using

        • strawberryplains

          We can’t just lay down and take it, teach your children the basic principles of conservatism, become active at universities, colleges and high schools. That’s where a lot of liberal brainwashing begins.

          • PatrickJ

            I would agree. Taking over our schools and colleges and universities was originally the idea of the Communist Party of America. It was later adopted by the Liberals and the Democratic Party because they saw the utter beauty and simplicity of it.

            Don’t bother with the entrenched patriotism and ideals of the older Americans. Instead, just go after the children and fill their heads full of mush at an early age. Then they grow up believing anything you tell them. Many of them become teachers and professors and college administrators to start working on the next crop.

            What’s not to like?

          • PGCDan

            I don’t think the caretaker of that strategy ever changed, just the name of them. They’re all communists at heart if you ask me.

          • Ed L

            My son left college after 2 years. He’s a Boy Scout, NRA member, range safety Officer, religious, works hard. He just got tired of the idiots students and teachers putting him down for his beliefs. So now he works full time and does courses online and enjoys life

          • Bob

            cudos — sounds like he had good parents

      • intimeforthedime

        I fear that will happen also. Liberals are a disease, they use up resources in ways that do not help create more resources. But they want others to keep producing more resources.
        Funny how they love “green” and “renewable”, but they do not create policies that use the resources they have in “green” or “renewable” ways.

        For example: they will tell you they want solar power. Since it produces unlimited energy from the sun. Sounds great! But to get this they need to fabricate solar panels that use tons of expensive labor and materials, and create batteries that hold a large charge during night and days when the sun does not shine. Which makes the cost of these solar panels way too high to be affordable for their own purpose.
        But they continue to fight for these things, even though they themselves do not want to buy the solar panels.

        • The Punisher

          as the Bible said, well sort of, in
          Joel 1.4 What the chewing (liberal) locust left, the Swarming (liberal) locust has eaten, what the swarming liberal left, the crawling (liberal) locust has eaten, what the crawling locust has left, the consuming (liberal) locust has eaten.
          the ever present liberal, consuming everything in it’s path, leaving nothing for their offspring, does that sound familiar.

        • FoolIggy

          The liberals want all the ‘good stuff’ THEY JUST want someone else to pay for it.

          IF the government subsidizes it, liberals will buy it with their liberal work ethic and salary.

          However, at the same time, they want Government to tax the crap out of everyone who is breaking their back but that’s okay cause the liberal has more time to enjoy going to a rally to cry about injustice in the world!

        • Chassoo

          Liberals want to dictate and control what others do, but they’ll do what they want. Liberal Hollywood people use more fuel to take up their private planes for a few hours than the average person uses for a full year. Can you hear me Al Gore?

        • William556

          On top of that, solar panels are essentially toxic waste. If they break they can contaminate the land. There are already concerns about hot to dispose of them hundreds of thousands of tons of them that are wearing out, and millions of tons more are being added to the problem.

      • Letmesay

        The more reason we have to push back. I don’t agree with the libs in my family and I don’t hesitate to voice my conservative views when need be. I have grandchildren and my liberal family is not going to walk among them with their ignorant and stupid views. I have worked to avoid them or simply walk away when they start their liberal rhetoric with my grandchildren around.

      • FromThe70s

        Happened here in Virginia.

        • landwell

          Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada …

          Liberals are like locusts.

        • William556

          The DC plague has ruined Northern Virginia. It is thanks to them that DC went Blue in the Senate and then the Governorship. When Clinton’s Creature was elected governor, that’s when I decided to move out.

          • Grumpie

            Virginas whole economy is depedependent on uncle sam, so of course theywill be blue state

    • Please, tax the F out of us more so you can spend it on…wait?…what are you going to spend it on?
      Politically connected PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, who will then launder back a portion of those “taxes” in bribes…errr…I mean “campaign contributions”.

  • Sandy W

    The answer to mismanaging money is more money to mismanage. Sounds like a plan to me.

    • kaiju

      That’s the democrat way. Spend more, no problem we’ll just raise taxes.

    • William556

      As was once said: Socialism works just fine, until they run out of other people’s money.

  • Weary Warrior

    I don’t live in Chicago and don’t go into the city anymore, so this is perversely amusing. The one-track Democrats never consider cutting spending.

  • FoolIggy

    Demoncrats (especially King O’s X-Troop leader Rahm-adum-dum) have figured out how to solve Chicago gun violence!

    Tax the ever loving crap out of everyone until they move out of Chicago!

    Of course, demoncrats always find taxes as the SOLUTION to everything as it gives them more free time to plot the socialistic take over of hard working people!

    “Chicago Proud” as they love their demoncrats.

    86 years & counting while creating a 3rd world country right in America’s heartland!