Illinois Coalition Against Beverage Taxes en Illinois May Consider Taxing Soft Drinks <p>An Illinois lawmaker wants to tax soft drinks as part of an effort to promote healthy living. &nbsp;</p><p>The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports ( ) the legislation is being sponsored by Sen. Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat. &nbsp;<br />Her proposal would charge a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers. &nbsp;<br />Money generated from the levy would be used to pay for a variety of health services and educational efforts. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:56:43 +0000 Associated Press 19190 at Illinois May Consider Taxing Soft Drinks