Preckwinkle says she was surprised at pushback to soda tax

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 13, 2017

Bloomberg is an advocate of Cook County's penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax and has promised to spend "whatever it takes" to support the re-election of politicians who back the tax, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Sun-Times noted the poll also found almost 85 percent of respondents support a repeal of the sweetened beverage tax, with more than 83 percent of Chicagoans and more than 86 percent of suburban Cook residents favoring repeal.

At Preckwinkle's press conference, Elissa Bassler of the Illinois Public Health Institute said, "The argument by opponents being made again and again is this is about money, not about health". Supporters of the tax say it's going to raise $200 million to close the county's budget gap, pay for doctors and nurses in county hospitals and help build a new center for education about healthy consumption.

Later, Preckwinkle conceded "we have some work to do", educating people about Cook County's role in public health.

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