Alcohol tax hike opponents rally at downtown bar

November 13, 2011 (CHICAGO)

They gathered at a downtown bar to say why they're against the tax hike. It's one of a series of tax increases designed to help close a looming $315 million budget hole.

It would raise wholesale taxes on beer, wine and liquor from 20 to 50 percent. The opposition says it's a job and business killer.

"I believe this tax will cost jobs. It will cause small businesses to close and I don't think that should be allowed to happen. We need to protect small businesses in Chicago," said bar owner Bob McGuire.

The tax would raise close to $11 million. It hasn't been raised since 1989.

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