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Chico opposes Emanuel’s tax proposal

Mayoral candidate Gery Chico will lead rally vote early stop Rahm Tax with community leaders elected officials January 30 2011.

Mayoral candidate Gery Chico will lead a rally to vote early and stop the Rahm Tax with community leaders and elected officials on January 30, 2011. Ald. Ed Burke (forground) speaks at the rally for Chico.l Keith Hale~Sun-Times

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Updated: March 8, 2011 11:39AM

At a gathering at Eckhart Park Sunday afternoon, mayoral candidate Gery Chico once again expressed his opposition to Rahn Emanuel’s recent tax hike proposal.

“You can’t tell where this stops and where this starts,” Chico said. “We must have government that lives within its means and doesn’t tax people over and over.”

The Chico campaign said the proposal could raise taxes on everyday services from car and home repairs to taxis, bowling and movie tickets.

Chico was joined by supporters, including Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward), Ald. Joe Moreno (1st Ward), gay rights activist Rick Garcia, community activist Nancy Kaszak and Rev. B. Herbert Martin of the Progressive Community Church and the pastor to late Mayor Harold Washington.

Burke who has seen Chico rise through the ranks said his success shows he’s the “kind of person who knows how to accomplish solutions, get along with people and serve the people in every position he’s held.”

Chico admitted he’s the underdog in the race “fighting the $12 million dollar man” and urged voters to make use of early voting which begins on Monday.

“We are building a massive coalition from throughout the city,” Chico said. “Everyone is working to get this done, to win and to govern the city.”

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