Last week, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle decided to file a $17 dollar lawsuit against the Illinois Retail Merchants Association for daring to call her Sugary Drink tax what it was---an unconstitutional money grab. The Association had won a legal stay against the implementation of the tax from Circuit Court Judge Daniel Kubasiak.
Of course, Chicago political officials are NEVER prevented for long from collecting the dough they claim to need so desperately. The tax was soon declared constitutional and Cook County residents dumb enough to buy Coke where they live are getting reamed. Well, SOME are, that is. Chicago residents on Food Stamps are exempt! The people most likely to suffer the adverse effects of sugary drinks, don't have to pay the tax! (As though the tax was EVER about pubic health!) More about that here.
But Preckwinkle has taken such withering heat for her "Don't Anyone Dare Defy Me" lawsuit, that she has been forced to drop it. Charming thugs in Chicago. Capone was a puppy compared with the list of City politicians over the years. Ed.