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Following Philly, Chicago’s county starts similar soda tax

August 3, 2017 GMT

By Staff

Chicago’s Cook County this week became the latest and by far the largest jurisdiction to impose a tax on sugary beverages, and the only one to follow Philadelphia’s lead in including diet drinks.

Six places across the country have passed levies on sugary beverages since Mayor Kenney signed the 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax a year ago. Retailers in Cook County, the nation’s second-most-populous county with 5.2 million people — nearly half of them in the country’s third-most-populous city — began collecting the one-cent tax on Wednesday, although a court decision last week that cleared the way for the tax is being appealed.

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