Over some Democrats’ objections, Cook County Board approves a property tax break for south suburban gun club

Over some Democrats’ objections, Cook County Board approves a property tax break for south suburban gun club

A south suburban gun club stands to receive a Cook County property tax incentive under a resolution the Board of Commissioners recently approved, but divisions remain over whether — during an especially violent year — it’s appropriate to give a financial break to a business where patrons buy and shoot firearms. Before the board passed the incentive at its September meeting, Commissioner Larry Suffredin said he could not support taxpayer money helping out the Eagle Gun Club LLC, 5900 W. 159th St. in Oak Forest. “Tax incentives are granted as a privilege to businesses that are to be developing our society,” Suffredin, an Evanston Democrat and longtime gun control advocate, said at the meeting. “I do not believe, with the violence that we have in the hospital that we run and the issues we’ve been dealing with in our court system, that we should be giving tax incentives to gun dealers.” Eagle Sports Range, 5900 West 159th St. in Oak Forest, on Sept. 30, 2020. The business will receive a property tax incentive under a resolution that the Cook County Board of Commissioners recently approved. Commissioner Sean Morrison, a Palos Park Republican, retorted that helping out the gun range “supports the Second Amendment, which is protected by our Constitution, and we should never single out any independent business that qualifies otherwise.” The resolution prevailed in an 11-5 vote with one commissioner marked as present, meaning the gun club’s property will be assessed at 10% of its market value instead […]

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