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Cook County officials bank on legally imperiled beverage tax to balance county budget

John Breslin Jul. 24, 2017, 4:02pm

As a Cook County judge prepares to rule later this week on whether the county should be allowed to begin collecting its so-called sweetened beverage tax, county officials say the county has banked much of its budget hopes for the coming year on the $17 million a month in revenue they expect the tax will pour into county coffers.

Dominos, takeout restaurants fight potentially onerous FDA Obamacare calorie counting rule

John Breslin Apr. 25, 2017, 9:29pm

Takeout restaurants, where the majority of the orders are placed online or over the phone, are making a last push to stop a new regulation that requires all calorie counts to be listed on store menus.

Pension payments likely to continue even in case of Illinois government shutdown

John Breslin Feb. 9, 2017, 5:21pm

What could happen with pension payments in the aftermath of a government shutdown is the “law school hypothetical from hell,” said one labor lawyer in the wake of the Illinois attorney general's legal play to break the budget impasse.

Pension spike scrutiny law 'ludicrous' as effect not seen for decades, watchdog says

John Breslin Sep. 26, 2016, 5:13pm

CHICAGO – Legislation aimed at making pension spiking by municipalities more transparent is “ludicrous” as it will be many years before it will have any effect, an Illinois watchdog argues.