WBEZ brings you fact-based news and information. Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the stories that matter.Schools haven’t let out for summer yet, but Cook County Commissioners are already thinking about back-to-school shopping. Commissioners tomorrow will consider a sales tax holiday for nine days in August. Commissioner Peter Silvestri co-sponsored the measure.
SILVESTRI: The time to return to school is a very financially challenging time for many families in our Cook County area, so we’re basically saying, for a week or so, we’re going to give you a break, and go out and make all of your purchases, shop in Cook County and you will be given a lower tax rate for that particular period.
The Cook County sales tax holiday would not include all items, though. Only clothes, school supplies and computers would qualify.