As the state continues to operate with a budget, lawmakers could be gearing up to consider a tax on sugary drinks.
The penny-per-ounce tax would be levied on distributors of sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks, syrups and powders. The idea is part of a revenue-generating proposal issued to Gov. Bruce Rauner last week by a group of lawmakers.
The We Deliver Chicago group, an initiative of the American Beverage Association and the Illinois Beverage Association, is pushing back against the proposal.
"Increasing taxes on soda and other beverages raises families' grocery bills, increases financial burdens on local businesses and costs jobs," the group said in a call-to-action email to voters requesting that they voice opposition to the proposal. "Most importantly, the tax would not address Illinois' public health challenges in any meaningful way."