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Cook County drops demand for retailers to pay $17M for challenging 'pop tax'

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 8, 2017, 10:26pm

Cook County has dropped its bid to force a group of area grocers and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association to hand over $17 million for bringing a failed legal challenge to the county’s so-called “pop tax.”

Cook County merchants left to figure out how to adjust practices, limit consumer options to collect 'pop tax'

Glenn Minnis Aug. 8, 2017, 4:24pm

Retailers have been left to determine how to adjust their practices and whether to reduce customer options in light of the courts' decisions to allow Cook County to impose its penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax.

County demands grocers, Retail Merchants group pay $17M for challenging 'pop tax' in court

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 3, 2017, 4:05pm

Cook County has launched what a judge has called an “unprecedented” and “chilling” attempt to force an industry group and six supermarket companies who challenged the county’s new so-called “pop tax” to pay the county at least $17 million for suing and securing a restraining order which delayed the implantation of the tax by nearly a month.

Judge flushes retailers' concerns over Cook County 'soda tax'; tax cleared to take effect Aug. 2

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 28, 2017, 3:59pm

Residents and shoppers in Cook County could soon pay significantly more for their soda, sweet tea, iced coffee and other bottled and fountain drinks, after a Cook County judge refused to extend an order barring the county from collecting its penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax.

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.

Retailers could face new litigation threat, expenses under 'poorly written' Cook County 'soda tax' rules

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 5, 2017, 3:02pm

Already facing a litany of potential litigation threats, retailers in Cook County could soon need to take steps to minimize a new threat, popping up thanks to what they call Cook County’s poorly written and potentially unlawful “soda tax.”

Judge OKs retailers' request, bottles Cook County 'soda tax' for now

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 30, 2017, 4:47pm

A Cook County judge has decided to bottle up, for now, Cook County’s plan to begin collecting a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sweetened beverages.

Retailers: Cook County soda tax unconstitutional, leaving drink sellers exposed to penalties, lawsuits

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 27, 2017, 3:47pm

Saying Cook County rules would leave them unable to collect and pay the proper amount of taxes on the sodas, sweet teas and other sweetened drinks they sell, while leaving them exposed to penalties and lawsuits, a group of grocers, through their trade association, have asked a Cook County judge to block the scheduled July 1 implementation of the county’s so-called soda tax.