Chicago voters could soon get to decide whether to strip banks and mortgage companies — key players in the foreclosure epidemic — of their long-standing exemption from the city’s real-estate transfer tax. By a vote of 8-to-2, the City Council’s Finance Committee agreed today to put that resolution on the ballot, either on Nov. 2 or Feb. 22. Only after voters approve a referendum could the City Council vote to end the tax break.
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