Critics say a 12-pack of soda could soon cost as much as a 12-pack of cheap beer in Illinois. They blame a proposed sugary drink tax. Lawmakers are thinking about the penny-per-ounce tax as a way to get Illinois out of its fiscal dungeon. But groups, including the Illinois Retail Merchants, say the tax is regressive and won't make anyone healthier.
Illinois' largest public sector union is readying its members for their biggest decision at the end of the month. AFSCME late last week set a strike authorization vote for the end of January. The union cannot come to terms with Governor Rauner on a new contract. If state workers vote to strike, it'd be the first time state employees ever walked off the job in Illinois.