Chicago, IL … Yesterday, the Cook County Board of Commissioners overwhelmingly voted in favor of repealing the unpopular Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax. State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago), who recently filed legislation at the state level to repeal the tax, issued the following statement:
“I was pleased to see the Cook County Board take the necessary steps in repealing the controversial pop tax this week. The tax, which was not properly thought out, simply was not going to deliver what was promised and only put a heavier financial burden on the shoulders of the Cook County taxpayers. I applaud those who voted in favor of the repeal for listening to their constituents and ending the tax.”
The Cook County Board voted in favor of the repeal on a 15-2 vote, with an effective date of December 1st, 2017.