Several of the Democrats running for Senate in Illinois say they'd support legislation allowing sales taxes on retail transactions over the Internet.
Businessman Blair Hull, Chicago lawyer Gery Chico and radio talk show host Nancy Skinner all say there's a need to remove the competitive advantage Internet retailers now have over traditional businesses. They would allow states to force Internet vendors to impose sales taxes like regular retail stores.
State Sen. Barack Obama offers conditional approval of such Internet taxation. But Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas flatly opposes such a tax, and state Comptroller Dan Hynes generally opposes Internet taxes. He says Illinois needs to improve enforcement of its use tax, which requires consumers, not retailers, to report and pay sales taxes on their Internet purchases.