There is a vote at next weeks county board meeting. Please call your commissioner and tell them to vote NO for this tax. This tax is nothing more than a tax to keep the bloated county government going.
Sugar is poison. Our bodies are not capable of processing the quantities of it that people think is normal. Why should my insurance premiums and taxes subsidize people's bad habits which are furthered by bad government ag policies?
Agreed. Call your council person, tell your neighbors, etc, etc. This is not about luxury or sin...this is about greed for her county workers. Preckwinkle was voted in on the premise of rolling back Stroger's 10% sales tax. She did that....and then rolled it back up as soon as her name plate was put on the wall. She lied then, she's lying now...with a smirk on her face and middle finger to anyone who disagrees w/her. This tax is a test of what can be next: breakfast cereal, most foods, beer/wine, etc, etc. I see this as an opportunity to finally make a statement at the polls and make a much needed change of party in cook county office. Much like Arena will be voted out for 5150, taxin' tonie can go out with the trash, too. Angry voters do the weirdest things; ie: trump.
Thansk for posting, I didn't realize there was an upcoming vote. Agreed, the tax has nothing to do with the well-being of Chicagoans or luxury as some have suggested here. It's all about the Cook County budget -- Preckwinkle made that clear during her meltdown over the lost $17M. Talk about bad PR.
not to mention the folks who probably need the discouragement of not buying soda aren't affected at all....SNAP folks. just like they're not affected by property tax increases because homes under a certain amount are untouched. it really does pay to be poor in this city, county, state. I'm giving notice on monday and joining the ranks of untouchables.
Taxing is not going to change bad eating habits and I strongly believe this tax has nothing to do with being more healthy.
If you buy a water bottle you get hit with an extra tax , if you get pop or juice you get get with extra tax . What are you suppose to drink if you get thirsty in the middle if Chicago to avoid paying extra .
I really hope when Amazon rejects Chicago and steers it's 50k jobs to another city they tell the real reasons and no "sugar" coating. unfriendly business environment and too overly taxed with no end in sight as that's how it's written in state constitution. no diminishing or impairing of bloated pensions wrote mad dog Madigan 30+ years ago and is stronger than ever. btw..pritzker's running mate is Madigan cronie.
The only reason Amazon would build here would be if they got a major tax break. Remember! Corporations don't actually pay taxes. "We" pay taxes! Those 50,000 employees. It would be passed on to us. I predict the next tax introduced into city council will be a local income tax! Plus, I'm sure all the construction would be done by the usual suspects! Kenny, Pepper, Walsh, etc. All contributors to Emanuel's campaign! I'm sure connected vendors are also lined up, as well as the usual payoffs and under the table deals.
-How can we get more revenue? -Tax something -But people hate new taxes -Tax something that might be unhealthy to them and tell them that we're doing it for their own good! -Wow! Like cigarettes and alcohol? Great idea!!! -Yeah, and there are so many things that are unhealthy, next year we could tax fast food! -Or chocolate! -We can call them luxuries! -Our revenue problems to pay for services for people that don't want to work might be over! -And they'll continue to vote for us!!!! -Ooooh Yeah!!!!
city tax is a guarantee if chuy garcia or anyone running with the word progressive tied to them. they literraly laugh to your face when the words "unpopular tax" is mentioned. when you watch/listen to virtually all chicago/cook county politicians, raising taxes is the same as breathing air....it just is. Toni has been exposed and I hope like hail the public takes notice and stops this and uses it a true example of what a unpopular tax can do going foward. otherwise, it's a litmus test and wide open door for other taxes. funny how 80% of those polled said lay off county workers over the tax. why are these people voted in when they go against the voters. makes zero sense.
CALL YOUR COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER AND TELL THEM TO VOTE AGAINST THE SUGAR TAX THE VOTE IS THIS WEDNESDAY!!!!!! Here are the commissioners who voted for it. Pass this info to all of your family, friends and neighbors and make this call.
Luis Arroyo Jr.(He is the commissioner that is in the district that is in the portage park boundaries) 8th District
And please remember this is just not about the soda tax...it's about every tax that that this tax green lights if not rescinded. it's always kinda been a joke in taxing air in cook county. this tax paves the way for that in one form or another. there are many, many, many alternatives in consolidating county gov't that can right this ship. toni is protecting her employees...I get it. but, not on my dime...sorry.
"Voting for the tax were Luis Arroyo Jr., D-Chicago; Jerry "Iceman" Butler, D-Chicago; John Daley, D-Chicago; Garcia; Edward Moody, D-Chicago Ridge; Stanley Moore, D-Chicago; Deborah Sims; D-Chicago and Larry Suffredin, D-Chicago."
"Voting against the tax were Richard Boykin, D-Oak Park; John Fritchey, D-Chicago; Bridget Gainer, D-Chicago; Gregg Goslin, R-Glenview; Sean Morrison, R-Palos Park; Schneider; Peter Silvestri, R-Elmwood Park; and Jeffrey Tobolski, D-McCook."
"Absent was (now deceased) Commissioner Robert Steele, D-Chicago, a Preckwinkle ally who was hospitalized earlier in the week."
"County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cast the tie breaking vote."
For reference, commissioners that represent the Northwest side are Arroyo, Fritchey, Gainer, Silvestri. Commissioner Boykin is leading the charge to repeal.
You want Ari for four more years? Get you head examined. The two Emanuel brothers are in it for their family, friends, and companies period. Search Emanuel brothers interview on YouTube. Pay particular attention to the last minute of the interview. Ari takes his mask off.
When Hillary lost Ari was the one running to Trump Towers the weekend after the election for Rahm. He was put out quickly. How many times has the POTUS mentioned Chicago and murder? This is not a backing of Trump. However what Rahm wants is for us to remain disorganized so he can stay in power. The people that forced him off stage at Wright College a few years ago know who he is. Unfortunately half of the Willie Wilson vote from the first election was purchased by Rahm through donations to religious organizations on the West and South sides of the city before the runoff election.
Rahm has no friends left in Washington. His escape to Israel as an ambassador was erased when his friends the Clintons lost. He governs this city for his friends and family, not for you. The people of color know Rahm now. He will count on people like you to give enough votes.
Portage rules@Steven and Keyser stone. Can we stay on point please and make those calls to all the commissioners who voted for the sugar tax. Talk to your neighbors , family and friends also, the vote is this Wednesday.
my preference for state, county, city would be independent w/center left social & center right fiscal views. the 7,000 factions of public union leaders/members own the politicians in form or another. sadly, voting straight blue is as normal as eating, drinking, and breathing with zero alternatives. how can something change, no matter how unappealing, when the options are so limited? it is always the lesser of evils and that is just sad. I would never vote for trump, but, when asked how it happened...it becomes clearer with every tax increase and talk of perpetual increases to fulfill pension obligations.
You know everybody's talking about the sugar tax and the Stroger tax she put back after taking it out but I don't hear a word about the tax that Toni preckwinkle put on and that was called a bullet tax she tax$0.05 for every bullet brought in the county don't know where that money is going sure like to so let's see #1 $0.01put back 2# $0.05 for bullet tax 3# $0.01 soda Thank you Toni preckwinkle and all of her Commission
Some day the idiot politicians of this city are going to realize the cigarette taxes sent us to other counties, they did not benefit from that tax. The sugar tax has done the same thing, a minus for cook county and a plus for surrounding counties. They were all absent from class the day common sense was taught.
Stop buying soda and other taxable drinks in the County. Bensenville is not far and is not Cook County. If everyone stops buying here, the retailers will put the pressure on the Commissioners and the tax will go away. At fast food joints, order coffee or shakes or milk instead of soda or take the sandwiches home and don't buy drinks. Drink only water in restaurants when eating in. Those fake ads on TV about obese minority children are a joke. If Preckwinkle cared about poor children, she would stop allowing Link cards to be used for soda and junk food. If Link people don't pay food taxes, what is their incentive to stop buying pop for their obese children? Pretty soon, we'll just give all of our money to Preckwinkle and Rahm and they'll give us an allowance to live on. And 100% juice is NOT supposed to be taxed...someone was cheated if they were taxed and the retailer should be reported.
No @Jared Karney, this is a tax on the middle class. The 'poor' have link/snap benefits and will pay none of these taxes. However, those that make above poverty levels (lower- and middle-class) will suffer most. Why are so many government/agencies so against cutting costs and staffing? Must be the voters they cannot cross who give votes for jobs/favors/patronage.
I feel like I am one of the only people who isn't up in arms about this tax. It is taking beverages that are in no way necessary to our diets and are actually all detrimental to our health in some way. Why aren't we all saying no to drinking these health-problem-inducing beverages, instead of saying no to a tax that we can avoid by simply not buying these beverages?
bellyer, this is a Pandora's box tax. other than it being a smoke screen for a county who will perpetually need more and more taxes to fund retirements that aren't yours and mine, it is unfairly implemented and not spread to all county residents. if it's about health, think about what else is taxable.....everything. cereal, pop tarts, chips, fast food, etc, etc. Most everything you eat/drink is worse than soda and prime for taxing if this reasoning is open for taxing. Think principle and long term. I remember being a kid and thinking: legalize weed and tax it and this state will be swimming in cash. No matter what is taxed it will not be enough and the taxes will keep coming and coming. THIS is a perfect opportunity to send a message of no more. Put a mandate on this tax and let the pols know we're done or you're out.
I only hope that everyone who has commented here has made that call to the commissioner in your district. I do know that the commissioner that is in the boundaries of Portage Park, Hermosa, and points south and east is Luis Arroyo Jr. He voted for the tax make sure you call his office and express your discust and tell him to listen to his constituents or you will be voted out!!!
PortageRules - I guess, as someone who really watches what I eat and drink, and consume almost no processed foods or beverages (aside from craft beer, which is already taxed at a higher rate than most things) and am primarily vegetarian and eat almost exclusively organic/pasture-raised/grass-fed/sustainable foods, I am not concerned at all about junk covered under this beverage tax or any potential future "junk food" tax. There are an incredible number of health problems caused by people consuming too much of this garbage food, much of which people fall for marketing on labels and think is somehow healthy or not bad for them, and so often those health problems end up requiring medical care that might be subsidized by tax money.
I know I'm in the minority on this, but people do have options. Avoid the tax by not buying these unhealthy products *or* keep hurting your body and your wallet by buying all this junk. Or, option 3, keep buying it, but spend more in opportunity cost and possibly in gas money and wear and tear on your vehicle by heading outside the city/county to buy your soft drinks to boycott the tax, but that option really may end up costing you more than just paying the tax.
and don't think for one second that this tax would end at .01. start doing the math at .02... 03....05....and see how much that pack of juice boxes in your kids lunches affects your grocery bill. oh ..the county would never do that? in three years when they need more money (and they will), the excuse of "it's time to revisit the soda tax...it hasn't been increased for 3 years" will roll off their tongues like nothing. the health thing is a lie and a smoke screen for greed and incompetence. again...do that math I mentioned earlier.
milk shake not taxed....yet. the soda tax is a precursor to many, many, many more taxes. walk down the isle of any grocery store and take your pick of what can be taxed using this tax as a door opener. hello cookie isle...I'm looking at you cereal...wait, not granola bars.....ICE CREAM MAN!!!!!
Juice boxes and Milkshakes (@beezil) *should* be included here. Juice is not a healthy beverage. It is bad for teeth and does not really contain any of the health benefits that you would get from actually eating a piece of the fruit.
And beezil, yes, "diet" beverages cause as many health problems and environmental problems as sugared beverages do. Zero calories or not, they'll help lead to obesity as much as a sugary beverage will and cause plenty of other problems.
Milk products are not taxed but diet cokes have sweeteners, even though they do not contain sugar. Bellyer, today they are after our "junk" food, tomorrow they will come for your "organic" stuff. Slippery slope, open your eyes.
And when gas was $4+ a gallon, people planned their shopping trips so as not to make unnecessary trips. So now, plan your soda runs to coincide with business or pleasure trips outside of Cook county. (Wisconsin doesn't tax any kind of food.) Better yet, make friends with a Link Card owner and have them buy your soda all tax-free and reimburse them at the price they paid. Win-win proposition.
Retired - The win-win would be don't consume soda and other taxed beverages and don't get as many health problems. Simple as that. I see nowhere in any scientific study that our body relies on any single thing listed in the beverage tax covered products. Save money and your health. Not a hard concept.
My eyes are very open. They already do tax organics heavily. In order to get an organic label, companies and farmers have to pay a hefty premium to the government, then on top of that, organics do not receive government subsidies. Your precious unhealthy beverages would cost a heck of a lot more if they weren't already being subsidized by taxes. So maybe with this tax, you are finally paying what you should be for these things that do nothing for your body other than momentarily taste good and then cause long lasting health and environmental problems. My eyes are open, believe me. Either we pay a few more bucks in taxes to try to dig out of a pit that has been generations in the making or we cut programs that everyone will rely on or that people we care about will rely on at some point.
It isn't that hard to cut garbage out of one's diet and save money in the process.
Everyone can we please stop with the back and forth and concentrate on the commissioners who voted for it and call them to tell them to vote NO for it. The vote is tomorrow. Thank you Lifelong Portage Resident for bringing this to our attention.
bellyer - I agree about diet and nutrition. What I wonder is how the government officials who are all for this tax have removed the incentive (which they claim it is) from those using EBT (food stamps) who are the most at risk population for unhealthy diets. What I wonder is why these items are even allowed to be purchased with EBT money.
If a person using EBT had to pay for these items out of any discretionary money they had and then had to pay the tax, it would act as the same incentive to avoid unhealthy food as it does for the rest of us.
Beeb - I agree with you on that. Link/food stamps really should be for foods that are nutritious only. There should not be any option to by any of these items or other junk foods with them.
And, PortageRules, my money certainly is not swimming around a bottomless drain, since the only time I spend money on this nonsense is the 2-3 times a year my son gets a root beer or a ginger beer as a special treat. These beverages are supposed to be treats, not staples in peoples' unhealthy diets.
seriously..is cook county going to outlaw ice cream trucks? those snow cones, crunch bars, and malt cups are going to absolutely kill our kids? will kids with lemonade stands be persecuted for not imposing this tax without a permit? the humanity of it all!!!!
So the New York bigwig is going to use his money to make sure the proponents of this tax are reelected. What the ^&#@ is Bloomberg doing meddling in Chicago politics? Oh wait, it's politics, and money talks, not ideas.
Good question, Daniel. I've been wondering what the motive is behind Bloomberg spending over 5million on these obnoxious commercials. I understand him spending his fortune to disarm the country, that's what tyrants do, but why the push for a tax? It's not because he has a big heart.
Go here to add your name to kick the pop tax and let your voice be heard. It is not about healthy options and obesity in children when you can buy non-taxed candy bars and ice cream right alongside that taxed can of pop!!! http://repealthebevtax.com/
Sue - Can I go there and add my name as someone who is for the sugary beverage tax? :)
I would welcome an extra tax on cookies/candy/etc. If they were taxing things that are actually *good* for us, then I'd say we should all be upset, but nobody *needs* to consume any of these beverages that they are taxing. I don't get why everyone thinks that this is such a big deal. When they start taxing foods that are healthy and our body actually needs, then let's start getting upset.
It's a big deal because they are using the tax to say it will go to health facilities. This couldn't be further from the truth it's all about pay raises and the bloated county payroll. We all live with in our means the county needs to do the same.
Portage - I agree with you somewhat. Reform is needed within our government at all levels to ensure living within one's means. You can't tell me that *all* of our tax money is going to pay raises and a bloated payroll or even that this specific tax money will be going to pay for those things. Our tax dollars are going towards a heck of a lot of worthwhile initiatives. Can you say with 100% certainty that this tax money will not be going to health facilities? Unless you are the corrupt government official that would funnel this money to the bloated salaries you mention, I don't see how you can be sure of that.
Related to your comment about government salaries, I do have to say that by-and-large, government salaries are not bloated. There are definitely over-paid people working within the government, just as there are over-paid workers within the private sector. But, unless the government offers salaries that are competitive to private sector salaries, how can the government begin to find qualified candidates for all these government jobs to attract them to government work over the better pay and better benefits they'll probably find outside the government?
You should be really upset with the Federal Government for givings subsidies for corn syrup. Your money is being used to create the sugary drinks and then you're being taxed additionally for their purchase.