Members of Cook County’s Finance Committee meet to vote on a repeal of the sweetened beverage tax on October 10, 2017. Credit: A.D. Quig

On Tuesday, Cook County commissioners voted by a wide margin, 15-1, to repeal the penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages. The tax has been in effect little over two months, and will sunset at the end of the fiscal year on Nov. 30, 2017. The measure now faces a vote at the full board of commissioners, and starts the clock for county officials to find a way to fill a $200 million projected gap in the 2018 budget.

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