Protesters assembled in front of the James R. Thompson Center Tuesday to oppose the July 1 enactment of the Cook County Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax.

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) and a group of seven retailers filed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in Cook County Circuit Court (Law Division) on Tuesday seeking to halt the county’s penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages. The county is set to begin collecting the tax on July 1. The group, represented by the firm Horwood Marcus & Berk, says the tax “violates the uniformity clause of the Illinois Constitution and is impermissibly vague.”

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