By Nick Blumberg, Chicago Tonight/WTTW
In the wake of the much-maligned sweetened beverage tax, the outcome of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s re-election bid no longer appears certain. Several names have been floated as potential challengers, but so far only one Democrat has opted to challenge Preckwinkle in the March primary: attorney and former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti.
After the boundaries of Chicago’s 2nd Ward were redrawn, Fioretti opted to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his 2015 re-election bid. He also ran unsuccessfully against state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt.
A Chicago native, Fioretti announced his candidacy in the south suburbs, highlighting the impact of the beverage tax on communities near the Cook County border. He joins Chicago Tonight in conversation.