IPHI Supports Implementation of the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax

Update: On Friday, June 30, 2017, a Circuit Court judge granted a temporary restraining order against the collection of Cook County’s penny per ounce beverage tax. While we are disappointed about this temporary setback, we are confident that the sweetened beverage tax will soon be implemented and our communities will experience the health benefits that come from drinking less sugar. This optional tax will benefit Cook County’s fiscal health and our communities’ physical health.

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On July 1, Cook County’s sweetened beverage tax will go into effect, saving hundreds of public safety and healthcare jobs and services, and improving the health, wellness and safety of our communities. As budget issues at local, state and national levels threaten our most essential programs and services, this tax is an investment in Cook County – both in terms of generating much-needed revenue and providing increased healthcare resources for communities that need it most.

Along with other cuts and reforms, revenue from this tax will help to fill the FY17 budget gap and balance the budget over the next two years without implementation of any new taxes, per County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. A substantial portion of generated revenue will be invested back into the most underserved communities in the form of health and prevention programs, as well as public safety and social justice services.

Read the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (convened by IPHI) statement about the Cook County sweetened beverage tax from June 27, 2017.

Read myths & facts about the sweetened beverage tax.

View the infographic about the programs and services supported by the County’s sweetened beverage tax.

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