Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle formally proposed a 1 percent hotel tax at Monday's special board meeting.
Preckwinkle is looking to hike the hotel tax to 17.4 percent after she dropped a previous proposal to extend the county's 3 percent amusement tax to cable TV, bowling and golf due to lack of support from commissioners.
Preckwinkle called the proposed hotel tax increase, which is facing pushback from business groups, "very modest."
"This is a very modest increase -- very modest -- $1 a night on a motel stay, $3 or $4 a night on a stay at Four Seasons," she said, reported the Chicago Tribune. "I don't think that's going to discourage anybody from coming to Chicago, nor considering Chicago as the site of a convention."
Preckwinkle "believes" she has the support needed to pass the hotel tax proposal, which is expected to go up for a vote Friday.
Commissioners could also consider a Preckwinkle-backed proposal Friday to tax ammunition in Cook County by one cent or five cents per bullet, depending on the ammunition. Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin introduced the ammunition tax proposal.