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Chicago Tribune By Hal Dardick and Bill Ruthhart

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to call for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history to raise enough money to make a major pension payment for police and firefighters next year, the mayor’s City Council floor leader and a City Hall source told the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday.

The mayor also plans to push a new garbage collection tax, a new per-ride fee on taxis and ride-hailing services such as Uber and a new tax on electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products….

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Emanuel wants a tax hike of somewhere between $450 million and $550 million to pay for police and fire pensions and another $50 million for a Chicago Public Schools construction program.

In other words, as long as Emanuel appeases big labor, who cares about the burden of these tax increases on the middle class.