July 28, 2017- Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association alleging that the Cook County sweetened beverage tax was unconstitutional. The tax will now go into effect on August 2, 2017. More information about the implementation of the tax is available on the County’s website.
IPHI is gratified that the judge rejected the unfounded arguments for a delay in implementing this optional tax that will benefit our county’s fiscal health and our communities’ physical well-being. The sooner people stop drinking sweetened beverages, the sooner we expect to see a decline in the chronic diseases caused by too much sugar.
The evidence is clear that sugary drink taxes work. Sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugar in the American diet and are uniquely linked to increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions. The County’s tax addresses these health harms while investing most of the revenue into public safety and healthcare, including maintaining nurses, doctors, public defenders and prosecutors to deliver critical services to County residents. It will also ensure the Cook County Department of Public Health can help make our communities healthier places to live and work.
View the infographic about the programs and services supported by the tax.