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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.