Willis to Host Public Hearing on Repealing Cook County’s Beverage Tax

ADDISON, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is hosting a public hearing to discuss repealing Cook County’s beverage tax on Wednesday, September 6 at 6 p.m. at city hall in Northlake, located at 55 E. North Ave.

“Cook County’s beverage tax is hurting middle class families who can ill afford to pay more in taxes,” said Willis. “I urge local residents who are impacted by this tax to attend the public hearing to share their story and to build support for repealing this unfair tax.”

Willis is sponsoring House Bill 4083, which would repeal Cook County’s “penny-per-ounce” beverage tax on sweetened drinks such as soda and some sports drinks and fruit juices. The tax is especially harmful to retailers and beverage distributors, including the Dr. Pepper Snapple facility in Northlake, which may be forced to layoff workers due to the massive increase in costs they face.

The measure would also prevent other counties from imposing such a tax on consumers in the future. Willis is circulating a petition to build support for repealing the tax, and is asking residents to contact her office at 708-562-6970 or RepWillis77@gmail.com to add their name or to request a petition to circulate with friends and neighbors.

“We need to focus on improving the business climate for retailers and businesses, yet this beverage tax increases their costs and may force job cuts,” said Willis. “I will continue to fight to lessen the burden on working families and retailers, and repealing this tax is a step in that direction.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.