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As the holiday season kicks off, more people are using sites like Amazon and eBay to buy gifts.

The booming online shopping industry has cities across Illinois worried. They say it’s taking a bite out of their budgets. 

Illinois began collecting the state sales tax on more online purchases in 2015. But that generally doesn't include the extra percentage in local sales tax that is paid at a store. Peoria city manager Patrick Urich says his city has seen decreased revenue, and blames the outdated way Illinois collects taxes.

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Among the many ballot measures in yesterday's election were provisions that raise county sales taxes by half a percentage point.  

  The Roscoe Village Board put forward a 1% sales tax increase referendum.  The Rockford Register-Star reports this is the third time in three years residents would be asked to approve such a measure.  If approved, it would generate $1 million for street, sewer, and water service.   

Cook County Board President Considers Sales Tax Increase

Jun 24, 2015

Board President Toni Preckwinkle is considering a one percent increase to the Cook County sales tax.

Preckwinkle said in a 2010 campaign ad that she would repeal the whole “Stroger” sales tax. Now, Commissioner Larry Suffredin says she’s asking the board about boosting the county-wide sales tax to help pay down pensions.

Suffredin says that would bump the current rate past 10 percent in the majority of the county. He's concerned it would hurt local retail.

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Two tax policy organizations with distinct views released a joint report about Illinois revenue. 

It outlines how taxing services, such as haircuts and pet grooming, could generate up to two point one billion dollars in new annual revenue.

Ralph Martire, who is from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, says Illinois has one of the most narrow tax bases in the country.

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