Chicago-Area Soda Tax Stayed On Eve Of Scheduled Start

Law360, Springfield (June 30, 2017, 10:37 PM EDT) -- Cook County, Illinois' penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages will not be implemented as scheduled on July 1, per a circuit court judge's Friday ruling granting opponents a temporary restraining order on the tax.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Kubasiak sided with business groups who sued the county over the soda tax on Tuesday in a rush to stop it from going into effect on Saturday. The group, which includes the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and several area grocers, alleged the tax is unconstitutionally vague.

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the tax in November in an effort to bring in $200...

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