Madigan stance against soft drink tax said to burst Chicago Democrats' bubble
Chicago Democrats are stuck between a rock and a soft drink, the Illinois Republican Party contends in a new press release.
With House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) reportedly opposing the sweetened beverage tax that was imposed in early August, Chicago Democrats have to decide whether to fall in line with their leader and call for a repeal of the tax, thus butting heads with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, its staunchest supporter.
"With his opposition, Chicago Democrats find themselves in a bind," the GOP said in the release. "If they take action on the Pop Tax now, it's clear they are Madigan cronies simply following the leader. If they continue to bury their head in the sand, they ignore the 87 percent of Cook county residents who oppose the bill."
The GOP also asked whether gubernatorial hopeful J.B. Pritzker will continue to try to balance himself between not opposing the tax but also not supporting a repeal, which was scheduled to be voted upon Oct. 11.