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Cook County soda tax gets judge’s OK to go forward


A judge ruled Friday to allow Cook County’s 1-cent tax on sugary drinks to go into effect after a lawsuit by area retailers who claimed the measure was too vague and unlawful delayed it for nearly a month, the Daily Herald reports. Last month, Cook County Judge Daniel Kubasiak issued a temporary restraining order against the county’s so-called soda tax that stopped it from going into effect July 1.

Under the tax, “sweetened beverages” — which the county defined as drinks containing sugar or artificial sweetner, such as carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks that don’t contain 100 percent juice and sports and energy drinks — would be taxed a penny for each ounce sold in bottles, cans or as fountain drinks. County officials estimated the tax would generate around $200 million annually.



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