The Battle Over Cook County’s Soda Tax Is Far From Over

Soda aisle
Cook County Board's finance committee voted Tuesday to repeal the sweetened beverage tax, aka the “soda tax." Mike Mozart / Flickr
Soda aisle
Cook County Board's finance committee voted Tuesday to repeal the sweetened beverage tax, aka the “soda tax." Mike Mozart / Flickr

The Battle Over Cook County’s Soda Tax Is Far From Over

Since it was implemented in July, Cook County has seen the controversial penny-per-ounce soda tax in effect. Though the fight to pass the tax was hard-won, the battle isn’t over, as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and commissioners who voted in favor of the tax continue to face backlash from residents and merchants. And political opponents were quick to use this issue to their advantage.

WBEZ reporter Michael Puente joins the Morning Shift to break down the continued battle over the Cook County soda tax and what this could mean for Preckwinkle’s political future.