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Record #: O2015-5417   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/29/2015 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Title 3 by adding new Chapter 3-47 entitled "Chicago Sweetened-Beverage Tax"
Sponsors: Cardenas, George A.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 3 - Revenue & Finance - Ch. 47 Chicago Sweetened-Beverage Tax
Attachments: 1. O2015-5417.pdf
Related files: R2019-362

WHEREAS, 28% of Illinois' adult residents in 2012 were considered obese and the rate was even higher among African Americans (40.5%) and Hispanics (31.2%); and

WHEREAS, over 19% of Illinois children are obese, the ninth worst rate in the nation; and

WHEREAS, the obesity epidemic has led to a dramatic increase in obesity-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, asthma, and heart disease; and

WHEREAS, obesity-related annual medical expenditures in Illinois are estimated at $6.3 billion dollars annually; and

WHEREAS, numerous studies have established a link between obesity and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks; and

WHEREAS, sugar-sweetened beverages are now the number one source of added sugar in the American diet (51% of added sugars); and

WHEREAS, a study found that a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Illinois could result in a 23.5% reduction in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, a 9.3% reduction in youth obesity and 5.2% reduction in adult obesity; and

WHEREAS, this Wellness Fund would provide targeted prevention initiatives in Chicago communities; NOW, THEREFORE,


SECTION 1. The above recitals are expressly incorporated herein and made part hereof as though fully set forth herein.

SECTION 2. Title III ofthe Municipal Code is hereby amended by creating Chapter 3-47 underscored as follows:
ARTICLE I. (3-47-010 et seq.)
3-47-010. Title.
This chapter shall be known and cited as the "Chicago Sweetened-Beverage Tax Ordinance". The taxes imposed bv this chapter are in addition to all other taxes imposed

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bv the City of Chicago, State of Illinois or any other municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State of Illinois. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to impose a tax upon any business or activity which, underthe ...

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