Chicago Rethinks Soda Tax

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The only two commissioners to vote against the tax were Evanston Democrat Larry Suffredin and Chicago Democrat Jerry Butler.

Since the tax went into effect on August 2, 2017, it has generated $16m in additional revenue for the county, a spokesperson from Preckwinkle's office told BeverageDaily. In the latest poll, about 79 percent said they would not support a commissioner for re-election should they support the tax. "And yet in this tax and spend, Democrat-run city, consumers forced the city council to cough up their recent tax hike and repeal the soda tax", Grover Norquist, president of the anti-tax Americans for Tax Reform, said in a statement.

Cook County, which includes Chicago, was the largest jurisdiction in the country with a soda tax.

Preckwinkle said tax fatigue was part of the problem.

Final action to repeal the unpopular penny per ounce Cook County pop tax came today with a 15 to 2 vote by the Cook County Board.

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The committee took the first step to repeal the ill-favored sweetened beverage tax on Tuesday and is expected to finalize the vote tomorrow.

"Because of provisions in IL tax law - unique to this state and not relevant to adoption of taxes elsewhere - the Cook County tax was quite different than those in other cities". The repeal vote was 15-2, the Chicago Tribune reported, adding that it would cease being collected on December 1.

Gainer said she is committed to working with Preckwinkle and her colleagues "to approach the 2018 budget line-by-line and find alternate ways to close the budget gap".

Preckwinkle and commissioners will have to decide how they will fill an approximate $200 million budget hole that the tax would have satisfied.

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