Cook County Residents, Businesses and Commissioners Toast the End of the County’s Beverage Tax

Cook County residents, businesses and County Commissioners toasted the end of Cook County’s unfair and over-reaching sweetened beverage tax at a news conference this morning at Food Market La Chiquita in Cicero. With the beverage tax gone, the group declared that “Cook County is open for business,” and urge county residents and consumers to come back to Cook County to shop in their local stores and eat in their local restaurants.

“Let’s raise our beverages and toast to the Cook County residents who made their voices heard and let’s toast to the restaurants, retailers, vendors, and employees who spoke up and fought for their customers,” said Sam Toia, president and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association, who led the final toast of previously taxed products.

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