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Area tax on sugary drinks on way out after vote

Area tax on sugary drinks on way out after vote

Less than two months after the country's largest soda tax went into effect, embattled lawmakers in Cook County, Ill. - the home of Chicago - are already poised to repeal it. Retailers earlier this year unsuccessfully sued the county with a lawsuit that claimed the tax was unconstitutionally vague, hard to implement, and unlawful because similar beverages were taxed differently.

Update: The final vote of the Cook County Finance Committee of the Whole to repeal the county's Sweetened Beverage Tax today (Tuesday) was 15 to 1 in favor of repeal with one absent.

The repeal is a heavy loss for the tax's chief advocate, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, who cast the deciding vote that broke an 8-8 tie when the law was approved in November 2016.

If the tax is repealed today, there would be no soda tax after December 1.

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After Commissioner John Daley (D-11th) announced he would change positions to support repeal last Thursday, Christopher Provenzano, a spokesman for the repeal bill's sponsor, Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison (R-17th), said three more Democratic commissioners - Jesus Garcia (D-7th), Stanley Moore (D-4th) and Dennis Deer (D-2nd) - said they too would switch positions to vote for repeal.

Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer is hosting a public forum on Wednesday Oct. 18 to discuss ideas to improve the county. It takes 11 votes to override a veto. "Commissioners were listening and common sense has prevailed".

As Cook County commissioners are set to vote to repeal a tax on sweetened beverages on Tuesday, a new poll finds that the millions of dollars in ads spent by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may not have done much to sway public opinion. "Now, together, we must chart a new course toward the eighth consecutive balanced budget of my tenure as board president".


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