Has Chicago Gone Too Far With The Sugar Tax?

September 1, 2017 | by Mark Stephen O'Neal

A neighbor of mine once told me how he saved twenty to forty cents per gallon on gas by crossing the state line years ago. We lived ten minutes from the Illinois-Indiana border, and driving those few extra miles saved me three to six dollars each fill up. I learned years later that Chicago tacks on six different taxes on gasoline, and that’s why it’s always much higher than the national average.


Fast forward twenty-five years, and Cook County has implemented a sugar tax on all drinks in addition to the bag tax imposed by Chicago. What’s next, an air tax? The media’s spin on the sugar tax is that it will help decrease child obesity once families cut their spending on sugary beverages, but the truth is Illinois is in a budget crisis and will do just about anything to save the state from bankruptcy. Consumers are charged one cent per ounce, and a case of pop costs an additional $2.88.


I guess I’ll buy my soda in Indiana in addition to my gas. I’d consider moving to Indiana, but I can’t afford to pay income tax in two states because I still work in Illinois. I'd really like to know what people think of the imposed sugar tax in Cook County.



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