Taxation without Representation

Feb 23, 2017 | Local Politics

You walk into the house on a hot summer day, grab your favorite cup from the dishwasher, and open the freezer. As the familiar gust of cold air greets your face, you scoop a handful of ice release it into the cup, then grab your favorite beverage, for me, it’s a thirst quenching Sprite.  You pour the cold, carbonated drink over the ice and as you hear that crackling sound as the liquid hits the ice, a slight cloud of condensation rises putting you on the path to a refreshing experience. Does that image work for you? My depiction is lit right? Well….enjoy it! As for me, I won’t be indulging in beverages like that anymore after July 2017 when the penny per ounce tax hits Cook County.

As you may have heard, Chicago’s Cook County, will soon have to pay a .01 tax on every ounce of soda Gatorade, lemonade, and ice tea that is consumed. That means a liter of soda will be 1.49 before tax, which by the way is the highest in the nation. Toni Periwinkle, (also known as Tax-Winkle!) and the commissioners who voted for this tax have decided that this tax is one way to keep constituents healthy. Studies have proven that sugary drinks are detrimental to diets and overall health. However, one must ask, what business is it of the government on our amounts of our consumption. What’s next? Pizza? Italian beefs? The thought of a tax on cheeseburgers is scary! Where will it end?

In July, for those who stock up on cases of soda especially for those backyards parties, keep this in mind, a four for $10.00 case of your favorite soda at your local supermarket will now cost you $15.76 and that is before cook county sales tax. So the question is will you be submissive to the government taxation as the county is looking to gain 244 million from this tax?  Or will you show some resemblance of the Boston Tea Party, or what may be coined the “Chicago Pop Party”, giving up on sugary drinks all together in revolt to the tax?  Or will you simply drive to the surrounding Dupage or Will counties who support this tax as they will definitely see an uptick in their businesses and bottom lines.

Those who voted “yes” for the tax:

Jerry “Iceman” Butler – D
Stanley Moore – D
John Daley – D
Larry Suffredin – D
Luis Arroyo Jr.  – D
Edward Moody – D   (Chicago Ridge)

Those who voted “no” for the tax:

Bridget Gainer – D
Greg Goslin – R         (Glenview)
Sean Morrison – R     (Palos Park)
John Fritchey – D
Richard Boykin – D    (Oak Park)
Peter Silvestri – R      (Elmwood Park)
Jeffrey Tobolski – D    (McCook)
Travis McCale