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Chicago-area soda tax may carry political price for backers

September 1, 2017

The New York Times

When a local government leader passed the deciding vote on a penny-per-ounce soda tax, she said it would generate enough money to balance the county budget while making people in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs healthier. But so far, the tax seems mostly to have created problems for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who until recently was so popular many considered her the only possible candidate who could unseat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.Opponents have filed lawsuits, a federal agency warned Illinois could lose millions in funding for food stamp benefits and store owners have complained of plummeting sales.

Full Article: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/08/26/us/ap-us-cook-county-soda-tax.html?mcubz=3&_r=0



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