Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Because… Chicago!
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Because… Chicago!

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017

* Press release

Cook County’s penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, often called the “soda tax,” would be repealed under legislation (SB 2238) filed by State Sen. Chapin Rose.

“Many people just ‘roll their eyes’ at Cook County’s new soda tax as more of the same from the ‘nanny state’ that is Chicago,” Rose said. “But, people need to realize that Chicago’s actions will have a direct negative impact here in Central Illinois as one of the primary ingredients in any sweetened beverage is corn. So, agriculture will take a hit under this tax that is aimed at lowering consumption. Moreover, downstate companies and industries like ADM and Tate & Lyle and the shipping sector are directly engaged in the manufacturing of these ingredients. So make no mistake, Cook County’s actions will negatively impact us.

“I previously fought my own Republican Leader, and successfully, when she and others in the legislature last spring wanted to tax sugary drinks at the statewide level. But now Cook County is imposing its own tax. Thankfully, it looks like even some Chicago Democrats have had enough, so I am filing this bill and will be encouraging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join in the effort to undo Cook County’s insanity. Many Democrats have already signed onto a similar repeal in the House. Let’s give the Democrats in the Senate a chance to sign onto this bill and see if we can’t move it forward.”

The person most actively pushing a sweetened beverage tax at the state level last spring was Gov. Rauner, who isn’t mentioned above.

* Also

Nationally, about 6 percent of corn is used for sweeteners or corn syrup. The Illinois Corn Growers Association did not take an official position on the Cook County tax, but [Tricia Braid, communications director for the Illinois Corn Growers Association] says they would oppose expanding the penny-per-ounce increase statewide. […]

Mike Doherty, senior economist with the Illinois Farm Bureau, agrees the impact now might be small, but any expansion of the tax could become a problem.

“[Corn syrup] is a component of what drives the demand for corn. So farmers do have a stake in it,” Doherty said. “The concern would be these taxes would be replicated in other large metro areas and would become a part of coast-to-coast taxation.”

Emphasis added.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:19 pm:

    Doesn’t Senator Rose have a conflict of interest?

  2. - walker - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:24 pm:

    So it really is about lowering sweetener consumption?

  3. - Name/Nickname/Anon - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:24 pm:

    ==one of the primary ingredients in any sweetened beverage is corn==

    This is the real insanity

  4. - Anoniphone - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:28 pm:

    Should just be a corn tax. Then they could get bourbon and fuel, too.

    And Cap’n Crunch.

  5. - How Sweet It Is - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:28 pm:

    Great, so we’ve set up an agricultural economy that is dependent on making our kids obese.

  6. - OneMan - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:30 pm:

    ==one of the primary ingredients in any sweetened beverage is corn==

    This is the real insanity

    Very little corn is directly eaten by humans, most is either fed to animals or significantly processed. From what I understand humans can’t even digest a significant % of corn now grown.

  7. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:32 pm:

    “[Corn syrup] is a component of what drives the demand for corn. So farmers do have a stake in it.”

    And just think how much the taxes and minimum age requirements burden tobacco farmers.

    – MrJM

  8. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:34 pm:

    I’m concerned with Chapin Rose’s lack of self-awareness, getting all exercised (?) about SNAP, pop taxes or similar matters.

    That boy is one more bisquit for breakfast from a meeting with the grim reaper.

    Dude, get your own side of the street cleaned, for your own sake.

  9. - Almost the Weekend - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:35 pm:

    My favorite downstate propaganda against Chicago is still the idea that Chicago stole a bunch of state jobs from Springfield. Reminds me of that South Park episode. They took our jobs!

  10. - Downstate - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:35 pm:

    40% of cancer is obesity related, per today’s news. I’m okay with the soda tax, but not if we are also giving out SNAP benefits to purchase the stuff.

  11. - DuPage Bard - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:47 pm:

    I think Rose has pushed SNAP benefits and programs from including soda? If true has Rose always been anti-farmer?

  12. - illini - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:51 pm:

    Now if only Sen. Rose was as concerned about his Alma Mater.

    Oops, sorry to be calling him out.

  13. - JackD - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 4:54 pm:

    Senator Rose is sounding like the advocates for coal who don’t seem to care about the environment.

  14. - Montrose - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 5:10 pm:

    I would like to see Rose’s response to a Chicago Dem filing legislation to change a locally-established tax/law in Champaign County. I’m guessing he would think that is out of order.

  15. - Downstate Rube - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 5:23 pm:

    “From what I understand humans can’t even digest a significant % of corn now grown.”
    Do you have a source for this?

  16. - Yup - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 5:44 pm:

    I prefer the Pepsi and Coke products made in Mexico and shipped to the US. Real sugar taste a million times better then high fructose corn syrup.

  17. - Skirmisher - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 5:58 pm:

    Absolute dribble.

  18. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 7:26 pm:

    Chaplin Rose- State Senator, panderer, and president of the non-partisan Chicago-haters club.

  19. - Ron - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 7:53 pm:

    The state senator sounds like a drip. But the soda tax has destroyed Toni and will be voted out as it’s utterly ridiculous.

  20. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Oct 3, 17 @ 8:00 pm:

    I thought Rose was a “local control” guy? I guess only sometimes.

  21. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Wednesday, Oct 4, 17 @ 9:56 am:

    =Very little corn is directly eaten by humans=

    It’s an ingredient in other American and Canadian products and it’s genetically engineered which, contrary to what we’ve been told, is not the same as selective breeding.
    This guy sued the FDA for the truth and won -

    Steven M. Druker, “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.”
    You can skip the first few minutes - really boring. But the rest is disturbing.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Rauner says he'll soon announce "several really exciting" results of his trade mission
* Our sorry state
* It's just a bill
* *** UPDATED x2 - Pritzker, Mendoza respond *** Rauner gets it half right while denying all blame
* ¯_(ツ)_/¯
* Question of the day
* Gun dealer licensing bill may reboot
* PPP: Rodney Davis up by only 3, Hultgren ahead by just 4
* Rate the new Sam McCann campaign video
* Way out of context
* Did Tazewell County and Chicago ignore state law?
* Rauner calls legislators "rascals" ahead of budget talks
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...









* Bill and Wendy Full Show 4.26.18: Padiddle..
* Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union Opens Fift.....
* *** UPDATED x2 - Pritzker, Mendoza respond *** .....
* *** UPDATED x2 - Pritzker, Mendoza respond *** .....
* Rauner gets it half right while denying all blame..
* The Latest: Gun bill override short of House vo.....
* Gun dealer licensing bill may reboot - The Capi.....
* Moline Library May schedule of events and programs..
* State's IT ranking is not too bad - IllinoisHom.....

* Chicago ban on ice cream trucks melts away after 45 years
* Servers allege sexual harassment at Chicago-area restaurant
* Ford: No layoffs expected at Chicago assembly plant
* Shooting at apartment complex in Illinois leaves 2 dead
* Illinois nurses to complete sexual assault training sooner
* Wrongful death lawsuit filed after double-fatal accident
* Chicago-area diving program relieves veterans' pain, stress
* Indiana county buying back old jail for use as office space
* Coach's accusers: Schools should end relationships with him
* Woman charged in bitcoin murder-for-hire is released

* Illinois nurses to complete sexual assault training sooner
* A 48,000 percent return on a painting may be Illinois' best investment
* Schoenburg: Libertarian Kash Jackson wants to protect rights
* Plans to override gun dealer licensing veto fizzle
* Pro-gun advocates crowd downtown Springfield for annual rally
* Illinois State Fairgrounds on endangered sites list
* Illinois Senate votes to raise age to buy tobacco to 21
* Illinois State Fairgrounds, Thompson Center on endangered sites list
* Prospects of gun dealer licensing veto override appear to be fading
* Illinois Proud Penny Drive gets boost from local organizations

* Ford quitting every car in North America but two
* The convenience store chain for bougies
* Illinois House says no to sales-tax 'bounty hunting'
* Illinois pays price for budget uncertainty in $500 million deal
* Illinois pays price for budget uncertainty in $500 million bond offering

* Bill Cosby’s legal team says there’s a verdict
* Playlist: What did the prospects select as their walk-up songs for NFL draft?
* Building, vehicles hit by gunfire in Skokie
* Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state
* Adam L. Jahns: Final thoughts on Bears and their No. 8 pick before the draft
* Joffrey Ballet mesmerizing in Ekman’s theatrical ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’
* US won’t stop ex-Lithuanian judge’s extradition
* 2018 NFL Draft: Start time and TV schedule for Round 1
* ‘SNL’ news anchors Michael Che, Colin Jost to host Emmy Awards
* At least 5 hurt in explosion at Wisconsin oil refinery

* Who is not in “Avengers: Infinity War”?
* White House doctor withdraws as VA secretary nominee, calls allegations against him false
* Trump says for first time that Cohen represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'
* Not guilty plea entered in Zion home invasion slaying; new charges added
* As Ford phases out most cars, Chicago plant will produce a new SUV
* Explosion at Wisconsin oil refinery injures at least 5
* EPA chief Pruitt blasted over ethics, spending scandals: 'You are unfit to hold public office'
* Will Hinsdale South area support the next District 86 referendum?
* What do a sommelier, a Bears lineman and a penguin eat for lunch?
* A 48,000 percent return on a painting may be Illinois' best investment

» Reporter Finds Carrying A Gun Carries Weighty Responsibility
» Illinois Lawmaker Considers Legislation After Nashville Waffle House Shooting
» Gun Owners Rally In Springfield While Gun Dealer Lincensing Veto Remains
» April 25, 2018 - Full Show
» Illinois State Fairgrounds Named On Endangered Historic Places List
» Food, Agriculture And Politics In The Next Farm Bill; Evangelicalism In The Age of Trump
» A Flexible Schedule Is The Wellness Benefit Workers Want
» Bill Could Award Legionnaires’ Victims’ Families $2M From State
» Jailhouse Informant Bill Clears State Legislature, Heads to Rauner's Desk
» Time Running Out For Illinois' Gun Dealer Licensing Legislation

* Illinois nurses to complete sexual assault training sooner
* A 48,000 percent return on a painting may be Illinois' best investment
* Schoenburg: Libertarian Kash Jackson wants to protect rights
* Plans to override gun dealer licensing veto fizzle
* Our View: Advisory group for SCVB could benefit city
* Our View: Legislators should adopt revenue estimate resolution
* Pro-gun advocates crowd downtown Springfield for annual rally
* Illinois State Fairgrounds on endangered sites list
* Illinois Senate votes to raise age to buy tobacco to 21
* Illinois State Fairgrounds, Thompson Center on endangered sites list

* CoreLife Eatery adds a pop of flavor to healthy eating
* Tommy Bell out as SIU athletic director; Jerry Kill to take over
* Police search for 2 men who they believe stole scrap metal in Caseyville
* Noon update: A sunny afternoon in the Q-C
* Two Herrin men arrested in Marion after alleged armed robbery of Valero Gas
* Amanda's picks: 'Space Odyssey,' monster trucks and all kinds of jams this weekend
* Suspect in custody after man shot near SLU campus
* Illinois offers two more prospects
* Police trying to identify skeletal remains found at Litchfield lake
* Home-brew experiments gave birth to Bearded Owl

* Bensenville District 2 approves 5-year teachers contract
* Diversion program ordered for Lisle woman who forged COD signature
* MacLean-Fogg in Mundelein announces retirement
* Smokehouse and sports bar to open in downtown St. Charles
* Wheaton police chief leaving to take College of DuPage post

* Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of D...
* Hultgren makes Earth Day pledge as newest ...
* It's official: If you prepaid your propert...
* A quick look at a few congressional races ...
* GOP breaks the glass as House outlook dark...
* Letter: Congrats, Rep. Hultgren - Northwes...
* Pioneer Center for Human Services to hold ...
* Letter: Opposing Davis because he won't li...
* NBA's new G-League salaries raise major is...
* First and final Jennie Rogers principals b...

* Democrats Give Muted Support To Bernie's B......
* Jared Kushner's Prison Reform Bill Blocked......
* Democrats don't love Bernie Sanders' jobs-......
* Bipartisan prison reform bill stumbles in ......
* Kushner-backed prison reform bill stumbles......

* Straight, clear thinking from women in pow......
* On Twitter, Hillary Clinton is a 'wife' ab......
* Tammy Duckworth and Working Moms Like Mine...
* The Senate celebrates Sen. Tammy Duckworth......
* Editorial: Up to the task...

* Lakeside Center Career & Training Fair at Olive-Harvey College #Ward09
* Update on the homeless sisters
* EXTRA: Rauner wins! (for now)
* Your Chicago Location Guide to The Blues Brothers
* The Billable Hour Prevails in the Legal Industry — Don’t Let Anyone Mislead You to the Contrary
* IEA RA delegate writes their disappointment in vote on NRA.
* Illinois’ ed funding bill wanted equity and that is what we have. Every CPS school is in the red. CTBA’s Ralph Martire is on Hitting Left on Friday.
* The One Guy Ryan Pace Better Not Take In The First Round Of Tonight's NFL Draft
* IEA RA applauds Parkland student call for #NeverAgain. But delegates vote to continue endorsing NRA-backed politicians like (R) Congressman Rodney Davis.
* Arizona!

* IEMA Highlights Role of Volunteers in Disasters
* Governor Rauner activates State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield
* February Flooding Information
* IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather
* Governor issues state disaster proclamation for flooding in Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion Counties

* A pioneer in predictive policing is starting a troubling new project
* Comment: Xiaomi’s profit margin cap doesn’t mean a thing
* Check out our Nokia 7 plus video review
* Sprint is reportedly announcing a new Unlimited 55+ plan for seniors on May 18th
* New Snapchat Spectacles have more features, but are still ugly
* Axon launches AI ethics board to study the dangers of facial recognition
* Snapchat admits lessons learned, reveals second-generation Spectacles

* Super Stats Pack: Hitters/Pitchers (Game 20)
* White Sox Minor League Update: April 25, 2018
* Kopech, Adolfo among prospect performers
* Your Fan Questions Answered!
* Giolito opens 5-game set in Kansas City
* Bats let Felix off hook, stymied by 'pen in loss
* Abreu day to day with flu-like symptoms

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller