Retail, Beverage Associations Sue to Invalidate Bottle Water Tax

A lawsuit seeking to invalidate Chicago’s new 5-cent tax on individual bottles of water was filed Friday by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, the Illinois Food Retailers Association, the International Bottled Water Association and the American Beverage Association.

CHICAGO — A lawsuit seeking to invalidate Chicago’s new 5-cent tax on individual bottles of water was filed here Friday by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, the Illinois Food Retailers Association, the International Bottled Water Association and the American Beverage Association. The tax that took effect Jan. 1 was designed to encourage tap water consumption and subsequently reduce plastic bottled water waste. It’s also projected to help offset declines in revenue from the city’s wat

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