Toni Preckwinkle

Big Soda digs in for a fight over proposed Cook County beverage tax

Big Soda digs in for a fight over proposed Cook County beverage tax

The war on soda, popping up in towns across the country, is escalating in Cook County.

As it has in other locales, the soda industry is digging in to fight a proposed sweetened beverage tax, which would add a penny-per-ounce to the cost of sugar- and artificially sweetened drinks if approved by Cook County commissioners next month.

And as they are in cities like San Francisco and Boulder, Colo., local officials are making the case for public health, pointing to mounting evidence linking sugar-sweetened beverages to obesity, diabetes and other health conditions.

But some 920,000 Cook County residents who receive food stamp benefits wouldn't pay any more than they do...

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