The Cook County sweetened beverage tax is headed for repeal after commissioners voted overwhelmingly to do away with it. It’s a big win for soda companies and store owners after both sides spent millions of dollars to sway public opinion on the issue.
The vote was 15-1. County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who pushed hard to keep the pop tax, conceded defeat, even as she challenged commissioners to come up with a way to make up the estimated $200 million hole about to be blown in the 2018 budget.
Illinois GOP Chairman and Cook County Commissioner for the 11th district Tim Schneider joined Dan and Amy with reaction to the County Commissions vote on the sweetened beverage tax: