Chicago’s five-cent bottled water tax that took effect Jan. 1 is unconstitutional, a lawsuit filed by the state’s major food and beverage retail associations late last week asserts.

The groups include the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, the Illinois Food Retailers Association, the American Beverage Association, and the International Bottled Water Association. The lawsuit, which seeks to have the tax declared null and void, was filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

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