Vote to repeal pop tax in Chicago expected today
Opponents of the controversial Cook County soda pop tax continued Monday to press more commissioners to repeal it, even as a planned vote Tuesday to undo the tax already appeared likely to go their way.
Canvassers backed by the beverage industry took to the districts of Democrats Edward Moody of Chicago Ridge and Deborah Sims of Chicago to ask residents to urge their commissioners to repeal the tax. Both voted for the penny-an-ounce tax on sugar- and artificially sweetened beverages last November.
They are not among the 12 commissioners who late last week put their names to an ordinance that would eliminate the tax on Dec. 1. It would take 11 votes to override a veto by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who last year broke an 8-8 tie vote to approve the tax and continues to say it’s essential to prevent slashing of the county’s public health and criminal justice services.
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