Listening to Chicago’s Public Radio station WBEZ yesterday after the Cook County Board raised its part of the sales tax by one percentage point made me wonder if reporters passed 8th grade math.
The person presenting the news announced that the Cook County sales tax had been raised “one percent.”
As the main Chicago Tribune editorial points out today, the one percentage point hike in the county’s sales tax was
a “133% rise in the county’s share–from 0.75 percent to 1.75 percent–the total sales tax ris[ing] to 10.25 percent in Chicago.”
Worse was Channel 7 ABC News at 5 o’clock and 6 o’clock.
Both reported that the Cook County sales tax had been increased 1%.
Worst was the 6 PM news.
After saying that, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey was shown saying that that the increase would be “133%.”