Illinois consumers could pay more for sugary drinks


Springfield - The price of pop could be going up, as some Illinois lawmakers are proposing an increase in our state's soft drink tax.

The bill would add a 'penny-per-ounce' tax on sugary beverages. Illinois Representative Robyn Gabel (D) and Senator Mattie Hunter (D) hope the bill will help in the fight against obesity in the state.

However, research shows that only 6-percent of sugary drinks makeup for calories consumed by Americans, while 11 percent are from sweets and deserts. Illinois residents currently pay a 6.25-percent tax for soft drinks. The additional tax would make a $1 soda cost $1.68.

The bill is HB 5690 and SB 3524.


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