CHICAGO – Cook County, Illinois Board President Toni Preckwinkle warned of layoffs and service cuts that would harm healthcare services if the board repeals a controversial penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax.

A measure to repeal to the tax that took effect earlier this summer was introduced to the board Wednesday and sent to the board’s Finance Committee which next meets the week of Oct. 9th. The ordinance was submitted after dozens of opponents and supporters addressed the board during a public comment period with some hoping for a vote Wednesday.

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