Illinois Review | 6/30/2017 | Staff
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Illinois is broke. The legislature in Springfield hasn’t even had a state budget in two years, as Speaker Madigan has refused to even consider the necessary structural corrections to Illinois government (pension funding, workmen’s comp costs, etc.) to enable the state to start the path to a stable footing.

Chicago is broke. Chicago has long had the power to force Springfield to do whatever it wanted, making the suburbs and downstate taxpayers fund Chicago’s outrageous pensions, wasteful schools, and crime waves. Now that Springfield can’t bail them out, Chicago is stuck trying to find ways to raise their own taxes… despite being a city that, like its state, is losing residents every day (95,000 more people fled Illinois than moved here, in 2016 alone, and the trend isn’t slowing down).

Cook - County - County - Costs - Chicago

So Cook County is naturally broke as well. As a county, its costs aren’t as severe as Chicago’s or Illinois’ – it doesn’t have nearly as many programs to manage. But it does still have costs, and those costs keep going up. Cook County already has some of the highest property taxes in the country, and one of the highest sales taxes in the country too. So what’s to be done?

In November, 2016, the Cook County Board of Confiscators passed a Soda Tax, to go into effect on July 1.

Soda - Course - Beverages - Matter - Sweeteners

It’s not really just on soda, of course. It’s on sweetened beverages, no matter whether they’re sweetened with “real” sweeteners (sugar, honey, corn syrup, etc.) or “artificial” sweeteners (Aspartame, Saccharin, Splenda, etc.). It’s on regular pop and diet pop. It’s on sweet tea and diet sweet tea. It’s on lemonade and frappucino and Arnie Palmers and children’s juice boxes. It’s on fruit juice drinks, but not pure fruit juice.

It’s on sports drinks like Gatorade that are drunk by people who are exercising...
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