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Chicago's home county kills controversial soft drink tax

Now Cook County is scrambling to identify means of making up the revenue deficit. One idea floated: legalizing marijuana.

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Repeal of Chicago's soda tax begins

A final vote on the rollback is scheduled for tomorrow. Opponents of the tax say they already have enough votes to override a veto.

Although economists are still assessing the implications of the proposal, certain provisions are clear wins for restaurants.

Restaurants influenced more than food trends this week. Just ask those waifs in outlandish outfits who strutted the runways this week in New York City.

An employee who marched has been very publicly fired, and a nearby establishment won praise—and threats—for taking a stance.

A bill signed into law yesterday by the governor will penalize restaurants for making last-minute shift changes. It's widely seen as a model for other states.

The penny-an-ounce charge will extend to any sweetened nonalcoholic beverage, including diet sodas.

The department said it'd like a collaborative deal signed last week with Sonic to be a model for restaurant franchisors.

The action could be a test of local jurisdictions' ability to adopt disclosure requirements while the federal mandate is on hold until May. Industry officials fear that restaurant chains may be subject to a patchwork of regulatory obligations and penalties.

But the relief could be temporary: Soda costs could be hiked by law next week.