Chicago Soda Tax Kicks In On August 2

Aug. 1, 2017

The Chicagoist reports that Chicago's Cook County soda tax will be instated on August 2. The sugary-drinks tax was passed last November and was originally supposed to go into effect on July 1, but it was blocked on June 30 by a judge who ruled the tax failed to spell out how it would refund taxpayers in the event that it was judged unconstitutional. However, the same judge settled the  unconstitutionality question on July 29. The city has estimated that it will bring in $200 million a year and hopes it will close the budget deficit.