Effects Of Water Surcharge Unclear

Why did the consumers cross the road? If they happen to live close to Chicago's city limits, it may have been to save more than $2 on a case of bottled water. A new 5-cent surcharge is being applied to individual bottles of water sold in Chicago and is inflating the cost of a typical case by about 30%. The tax, which went into effect Jan. 1, was designed by Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley to

CHICAGO — Why did the consumers cross the road?

If they happen to live close to Chicago's city limits, it may have been to save more than $2 on a case of bottled water.

A new 5-cent surcharge is being applied to individual bottles of water sold in Chicago and is inflating the cost of a typical case by about 30%.

The tax, which went into effect Jan. 1, was designed by Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley to help close part of a $196 million budget deficit. In addition t

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