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Cook County's soda pop tax expired today, but the political ramifications will continue to be felt for at least a few more months.
For one, layoffs resulting from the county budget approved last week are supposed to start soon. Repealing the pop tax blew a $200 million hole in the 2018 budget, and the job cuts were part of commissioners' solution. On Thursday, Chief Judge Tim Evans sued to try to block the layoffs.
For another, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle faces potential primary challenges from former Ald. Bob Fioretti and former board President Todd Stroger. As of late Thursday, neither had filed petition signatures to get on the March ballot, but Fioretti has said his are coming.
And thirdly, the issue is expected to drive a handful of County Board primary races, particularly in districts where the incumbent commissioners voted for it last year.
On Friday morning, two board members who pushed hardest to repeal the tax will appear at a store in Cicero with a handful of business lobbying groups for a victory lap to "toast the end of Cook County’s unfair and over-reaching sweetened beverage tax."
Individual retailers have seen the repeal as a marketing opportunity, too. Jewel-Osco sent out an email promotion with the *NYSNC-inspired subject line "Bye, bye, bye ..." and declaring, "The Sugar Tax is Gone!"
We are nothing if not consumer-friendly here at Clout Street's Morning Spin. So, what's it going to save you? The pop tax was a penny per ounce, so that'll be 20 cents less on the bottles of pop in the Walgreens cooler, 50 cents on a Double Gulp at 7-Eleven and $2.88 on a case of Cherry Coke Zero (if you can still find one after the rebranding).
The fleeting pop tax ended up being the most controversial in a string of recently approved and proposed tax hikes and fee increases. The others that remain in place include the state income tax hike, property tax increases, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's raise in phone and ride-share fees, and CTA and Metra fare increases.
For Preckwinkle's part, her office put out a statement saying she's moved on and is now worried about Republican efforts in Washington to cut health care, which could create a new hole in the county budget.
"The beverage tax was repealed and a balanced budget was passed by the board. This is settled science and we have moved on," the statement read.
What's on tap
*Mayor Emanuel is in Los Angeles.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner will be at a jobs event in the Bloomington-Normal area.
From the notebook
*What's the Rush? U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush has yet to file his election paperwork, but a campaign aide said the veteran congressman plans to run for re-election.
Campaign treasurer Sheila Jackson said Rush had a petition crew out collecting the required signatures and checks were being made this week to ensure all of them were valid.
When asked if Rush was running again, Jackson said he is. “I shouldn’t be the one to answer this, but they were checking on the signatures to make sure everything is correct,” she said. “I think they do this for every election.”
Monday is the deadline to file. “I don’t know exactly what day he’s going to file, but I know he’s filing,” Jackson said.
Rush, 71, a Chicago Democrat, has served in Congress since 1993 and is in his 13th term.
The rest of Illinois' delegation of federal lawmakers have already filed, including U.S. Rep. Gutierrez, who hasn't yet formally withdrawn his despite his high-profile departure from the race. (Katherine Skiba)
*Cover star: We're imagining the conversation in the governor's office this morning went something like this:
Gov. Rauner, first the good news: You made the cover of a national conservative magazine.
Now, the bad news: National Review's headline was "The Worst Republican Governor in America."
And, well, the cover is, um, quite something. They drew you with a large cartoon head, and you're wearing a leather jacket after just crashing your trademark motorcycle.
You can read the piece here, but it'll cost you two bucks unless you're a subscriber (in which case you probably already knew about it). For the too long, didn't read crowd: It's your standard-issue coastal clip job. One tidbit: Rep. Jeanne Ives is called a "credible conservative challenger and wonky state representative."
*Quick spins: Radio talk show host Dan Proft's Liberty Principles PAC put out a Speaker Madigan-themed attack mailer hitting House Republican leader Jim Durkin as he battles a primary challenge from Burr Ridge Village President Mickey Straub. Check it out here. ... Democratic governor candidate Bob Daiber filed his election paperwork Thursday. He's the Madison County regional schools superintendent, and the only Downstater in the race. ... Ram Villivalam, who's challenging embattled state Sen. Ira Silverstein on the Far North Side, announced the endorsement of state Rep. Theresa Mah (whose district does not overlap).
*On the "Sunday Spin": Sounds like a pretty good lineup this week. Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests are Mike Houlihan, author of “Nothin’s on the Square” about the 2015 mayoral race; State Board of Elections Chairman Bill Cadigan on candidate filing, objections to petitions and Crosscheck; and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on his bid to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez in the 4th Congressional District. The "Sunday Spin" airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN 720-AM.
What we're writing
*Chief Judge Evans sues Preckwinkle to block layoffs spurred by pop tax repeal.
*Can these Chicago high schools survive?
*Chicago Teachers Union criticizes plan to close Englewood high schools.
*Republican lawmakers sue to block abortion law Rauner approved.
*Bernie Sanders endorses "Chuy" Garcia's bid to succeed Rep. Gutierrez in Congress.
*A bunch of jurors dismissed from Black Souls gang trial at Cook County courthouse.
*Video contradicts accounts of Chicago cops in fatal shooting of teen in 2014.
*Ex-Chicago cop denies on the stand that he drank before two crashes, including one that was fatal.
*Chicago Park District could revamp North Avenue Beach with a boardwalk.
*Second transgender student sues for locker room access at Palatine high school district.
What we're reading
*Walker to sign bill legalizing hemp farming in Wisconsin.
*McDonald's U.S. president says downtown headquarters will create "different level of energy."
*75 years ago at the U. of C., Ted Petry saw the atom split for the first time.
Follow the money
*Cook County board president hopeful Fioretti reported $33,100 in contributions, including $5,000 from former mayoral candidate Willie Wilson.
*Liberty Principles also has been hitting Durkin on cable TV. The PAC reported $72,625 on that effort.
*Watch hopefuls file for office as it happens here. Filing ends Monday.
*Trump plans to replace Tillerson as secretary of state.
*Pelosi calls on Conyers to resign.