In the wake of the much-maligned sweetened beverage tax, the outcome of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s re-election bid no longer appears certain. Several names have been floated as potential challengers, but so far only one Democrat has opted to challenge Preckwinkle in the March primary: attorney and former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti.
After the boundaries of Chicago’s 2nd Ward were redrawn, Fioretti opted to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his 2015 re-election bid. He also ran unsuccessfully against state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt.
A Chicago native, Fioretti announced his candidacy in the south suburbs, highlighting the impact of the beverage tax on communities near the Cook County border. He joins Chicago Tonight in conversation.
Oct. 16: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on why the soda tax failed—and what’s next.
Oct. 11: Come December, Cook County shoppers and diners will no longer have to pay a much-reviled tax on sugary drinks after the county board voted Wednesday to repeal it.
Oct. 5: The Cook County board president used her annual budget address Thursday to warn commissioners and the public that repealing a tax on sugary drinks will take the county down a path of “fiscal uncertainty” that will result in layoffs and cutting “essential services.”