Satellite Tax Illegal
Mayor Daley is pulling the plug on his controversial plan to end the free ride for 135,000 Chicagoans who get their cable TV by installing a satellite dish.
Daley quietly introduced a repeal this past week of the ordinance tied to his 2009 budget requiring satellite customers to pay the 9 percent amusement tax that applies to monthly cable TV bills.
To get around a federal law that appears to ban cities from taxing direct-broadcast satellite services, Daley wanted to require DirecTV and Dish Network to give the city's Revenue Department the name, address and phone number of all of their Chicago subscribers so the city could do the billing.
That kind of says it all for this mayor, doesn't it?