IL: Judge OKs Cook County soda tax, but start date is unclear

Source: Chicago Tribune

“Shoppers may see Cook County’s penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax on their grocery receipts in the not-so-distant future after a judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday that called the tax unconstitutional. Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak also dissolved the temporary restraining order that had halted implementation of the tax, which originally had been set to take effect July 1. It was not immediately clear when the tax will take effect. The tax, which applies to a vast array of sugar- and artificially sweetened drinks, was championed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and approved by commissioners last fall — one of several so-called soda taxes popping up in municipalities across the country. But last month, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association sued the county, arguing the tax ordinance is vague and unconstitutional.” (07/28/17)