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The Chicago Tribune reports on how Cook County commissioners in Illinois are scheduled next month to vote on "a proposed sweetened beverage tax, which would add a penny-per-ounce to the cost of sugar- and artificially sweetened drinks if approved ... And as they are in cities like San Francisco and Boulder, Colo., local officials are making the case for public health, pointing to mounting evidence linking sugar-sweetened beverages to obesity, diabetes and other health conditions."

And, as in other communities where such taxes have been considered, the soda industry "is digging in" to fight it, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lobbying and advertising designed to get the commissioners to see things its way.

This is no small community - Cook County, which includes Chicago, is the nation's second most populous county.
KC's View:
The story points one specific irony - that people in poorer neighborhoods with high rates of obesity and diabetes probably would not be dissuaded by the tax, since their purchases of soft drinks made with benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are exempt from state and local taxes.