That’s the new sales tax rate in Cook County, which contains Chicago. The 1% increase was “approved” by the most corrupt city government in the Nation. Chicago’s tax rate eclipses LA (8.25%) and NYC (8.375%) and just about ensures I won’t live in Chicago forever. If Chicago somehow figures out a way to tax Internet purchases – a problem I’m sure they’re working around the clock to solve – I’ll be giving my notice, packing my car, and promptly returning to Portland. I’ll gladly trade 155 days of rain a year for anymore ridiculous tax rate hikes.