Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed 3% expansion of the amusement tax, which would include activities like bowling, golf, and cable TV, seems dead on arrival after Finance Chairman John Daley said the votes just weren’t there at yesterday’s public hearing at the Board of Commissioners. The Board is expected to vote on Preckwinkle’s budget proposals in two weeks. She pitched the tax as a closure of loopholes without changing the underlying tax rate.

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