CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Senator Martin A. Sandoval is committed to sponsor legislation in the Illinois State Senate that will eliminate the unfair Cook County Beverage Tax, which is taking a toll on local businesses and hardworking families.
“The Cook County Beverage Tax is not solving any problems,” said Senator Sandoval. “The tax is actually creating more issues and hurting business owners, residents, and the overall economy in Cook County. I am committed to sponsoring HB4082 and HB4083 in the Illinois Senate that will eliminate the beverage tax,” the Senator emphasized.
Since the implementation of the penny-per-ounce tax on “sweetened beverages” many Cook County businesses have reported a loss in revenue from people who are doing their shopping outside county borders to avoid the tax. In addition, the hospitality industry is reporting a drastic decrease in sales and larger bills to restock their soda shelves.
Senator Sandoval is currently the Co-chair of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus. He represents the 11th Senate District, which includes the neighborhoods of Brighton Park, Clearing, Gage Park, Garfield Ridge, Little Village, West Lawn, and West Cook municipalities of Bedford Park, Burbank, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney, Summit and Riverside.