Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared in public again Monday, telling commuters that if they don’t like his proposal to increase the price of CTA passes, they can just drive to work. Under a new fare schedule introduced by CTA president Forrest Claypool, a 30-day card will increase from $86 to $100, while a seven-day pass will increase from $23 to $28.
- An increase in greens fees at public golf courses: As a golfer, you have a choice. You can either pay a little more for Robert Black or Billy Caldwell, or you can join a country club, where the members have a say in setting the fees.
- A 20 percent hike in gym memberships at Chicago Park District field houses: You, as a fitness buff, will pick. You can continue working out in your neighborhood, or you can join the East Bank Club.
- An increase in the price of vehicle stickers: You don’t like it? Move to Barrington Hills. A sticker is only ten bucks there.
- A half-cent hike in the city’s sales tax: Consumers are always free to shop at Old Orchard, Oak Brook Terrace, or Northbrook Court.
- A rise in the cost of school uniforms at Chicago Public Schools: Latin School, Francis Parker, Lab School, they don’t require uniforms. This is a choice parents make.