It's going to cost more to shop in Cook County.
The county's board last week approved a 1-percentage-point increase in the sales tax, a reversal of a reversal of the same tax a half decade or so ago, a tax that got Todd Stroger ousted as board president and saw Toni Preckwinkle installed. Now Preckwinkle and her board are going where Stroger paid the political price to tread.
In Chicago, the sales tax will rise to 10.25 percent on Jan. 1, 2016, bumping up the cost of that $1,000 appliance an extra $10.
Retailers and other business interests fear that the additional expense will drive consumers, particularly those living close to the Cook County border, to neighboring...