IL: Judge halts soda tax

Source: US News & World Report

“An Illinois judge on Friday halted implementation of a measure that would have made Chicago the latest U.S. city to tax sweetened drinks, saying a lawsuit filed by retailers to block it must run its course. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Kubasiak granted the group of retailers a temporary restraining order on the penny-per-ounce county tax, which was to take effect on Saturday. The county gave notice it would appeal the judge’s order and ‘aggressively defend’ the tax, according to a statement from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The grocers filed the lawsuit on Tuesday, arguing the ordinance is ‘unconstitutionally vague,’ difficult to implement and unlawful because it would tax similar beverages differently.” (06/30/17)