Former Chicago alderman to challenge Cook County president
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago alderman says he’ll challenge Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in 2018 after she championed a highly-unpopular sweetened beverage tax.
Bob Fioretti announced his candidacy as a Democratic challenger Monday in a Chicago suburb close to the border of Indiana where there’s no such tax.
He was a two-term alderman and ran unsuccessfully for Chicago mayor.
The penny-per-ounce tax on soda and sweetened drinks has been repealed after a monthslong battle that included a court battle and millions of dollars’ worth of television ads on both sides.
Fioretti says “a penny earned is not a penny saved, it is a penny taxed.” He also discussed other county tax issues.
Preckwinkle’s political director Scott Kastrup says she’s in a strong position to win re-election.
The primary is in March.