News

Pop Tax Supporters: Uphill Climb is Worth It

Pop Tax Supporters: Uphill Climb is Worth It

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The supporters of a proposed penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks admit they have an uphill climb, but they say public health is worth it.

The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity say obesity is a costly epidemic and say imposing the tax at the distributors’ end of the chain would encourage healthier habits.

“This isn’t going to affect anyone’s choice,” says Elissa Bassler, who leads the alliance. “Everyone will still have the choice to do what they want, to drink what they want to drink.”

The money, an estimated $600 million per year, would be split among restoring Medicaid cuts and such initiatives as bike paths and other public health matters.

Manufacturers are already against the idea and say it has not worked in Arkansas and West Virginia, the two states which have tried it.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Hastert Resigns from Wheaton College Board

Fresh
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, front, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek reelection for a 12th term as he stands on the steps of the old Kendall County courthouse with, from left, his son Josh; wife Jean; and daughter-in-law Heidi, grandson Jack, in Yorkville, Ill. A newly unveiled indictment against Hastert released Thursday, May 28, 2015, accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct."

The resignation was the latest fallout from a federal indictment accusing Hastert of violating banking laws.

in Local

Rauner: No Special Session if No Agreement Reached by Sunday

rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not call lawmakers back into session if there's no agreement on a budget by Sunday.

in Local

Bill Separating ALPLM from IHPA Passes House

alplm

The measure now moves to the Senate.

in Local

Hastert’s Former School District Doesn’t Know of Misconduct

hastert

District officials say they'll cooperate in any investigation if asked by the U.S. Attorney's office.

in Local

Legislative Leaders: Turnaround Not Off the Table, But Agreement Unlikely by Sunday

cullerton2

It looks like the governor's Turnaround Agenda is not off the table, but it also doesn't look like there will be solid agreement on that by the Sunday adjournment deadline.