Pritzker's tightrope walk on soda tax has to end, GOP says
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful J.B. Pritzker has only two days left to decide whether he is going to back a repeal of what the Illinois Republican Party calls Cook County's disastrous sweetened beverage tax.
The Illinois GOP has been posting a daily countdown to the Cook County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, when the panel is expected to consider the repeal proposal.
"We know J.B. Pritzker opposes bipartisan legislation in Springfield to repeal the soda tax," the GOP said in a press release. "So far, he's been MIA and for good reason. The Cook County Democrats recently endorsed Pritzker, and his tacit approval of their disastrous soda tax is the price of their support."
The tax, which took effect on Aug. 2, imposes a penny-per-ounce addition to all sugary drinks, such as colas and fruit drinks.
"For over a month, Cook County residents have been subjected to the absurd soda tax that Chicago Democrats have imposed on them," the GOP said. "J.B. Pritzker has repeatedly avoided taking any position that would benefit residents who have been paying the price for Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Machine's money grab."