This Week in Springfield – Issue 100-16

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Today, another bill was introduced to repeal the Cook County sweetened beverage tax. HB 4083, introduced by Rep. Michelle Mussman (D- Schaumburg) already has 17 co-sponsors including Democrats and Republicans. A bi-partisan reaction to the over-reach of Cook County. IRMA issued the following statement: “Consumers and retailers are furious over Cook County’s sweetened beverage tax and its ripple effect has resulted in lawmakers in Springfield taking notice. This proposal reflects that anger. This is a start but a complete solution must repeal the ability of local governments to tax their way up and down the ingredient label of every product. A bill with anything less will not fully protect consumers and retailers from the kind of tax abuse being witnessed in Cook County,” said Rob Karr, president & CEO of IRMA. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday, Cook County dropped the motion to collect damages from the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Lawsuit. The filing of the motion for damages displayed a dangerous disdain for legal rights we all enjoy. We look forward to the Preckwinkle Administration beginning to exercise cooperation and good faith with the county's retail industry. ... See MoreSee Less

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