Il Chamber could loosen position on service tax

Jan 19, 2015

A leading business group is hinting that it could loosen its stance on opposition to a service tax. During the campaign, Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a tax on certain services as a possible way to raise money.

The state Chamber of Commerce is gauging its members on what they could support when it comes to revenue for the state.  

Chamber President Todd Maisch says, "while we're very much opposed to a service tax, in isolation, we're certainly open to the discussion about a more comprehensive plan that does some good things to promote investment. "

Maisch says the Chamber asked members if if they could support a service tax to go along with real reductions in state spending and pro-business reforms. Services that could be targeted range from haircuts to attorney's fees. Maisch didn't indicate what member response has been.