Cook County Board President Todd Stroger on Monday vetoed a board-approved measure to repeal the controversial 1% sales tax increase enacted last year that raised the Chicago-area rate to 10.25% —the highest in the nation.

Stroger warned that the county needs the tax revenue to maintain operations. In a surprise move last week, commissioners voted 12-3 to repeal the tax. Some who voted for the tax hike last year joined in voting for the repeal. Stroger’s veto is expected to hold. Fourteen of the 17 members must support an override. 

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