The Belleville News-Democrat reports the effort, which was introduced by two Chicago Democrats remains in committee. Timothy Bramlet of the Illinois Beverage Association believes this means the measures are "effectively dead."
The legislation would add a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers. That means a 12-ounce can of soda would cost another 12 more cents while a twelve-pack would increase by $1.44.
The political pitch is that money generated from the levy would be used to pay for Medicaid programs and a variety of health services and educational efforts. However, these types of tax increases have historically disappeared into the general fund.