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john daley flips on soda pop tax, boosting repeal effort


cook county board commissioner john daley has decided to vote to repeal the controversial soda tax, boosting the chances for repeal next week. “i am going to vote to repeal,” daley told the chicago tribune. “i listened to the community, the residents i represent, and there’s been a strong outcry....






john daley flips on soda tax, boosting repeal effort


cook county commissioner john daley announced thursday he’ll vote to repeal the controversial soda tax, dealing a serious blow to board president toni preckwinkle’s attempt to keep it in place. the change of heart by daley, the brother of the former chicago mayor and a longtime preckwinkle ally,...






john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing gop's obamacare repeal effort


sen. john mccain declared his opposition friday to the gop's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the republican party's years of vows to kill the program. it was the second time in three months the 81-year-old mccain...






four weeks to kill the soda tax


with both sides steadfast yet lacking the votes to prevail, cook county board members on wednesday kicked to next month a decision on whether to repeal the unpopular soda tax. the board is expected to take action at its oct. 11 meeting. in other words, soda tax opponents: you’ve got four weeks...






after the cook county soda tax dies


is it too soon to gloat? nah. crack open that can of soda with gusto, taxpayers. you won. relentless public pressure appears to have doomed the cook county soda tax. the county board finance committee is scheduled to meet on tuesday. as of friday, 12 of the 17 commissioners had signed on to repeal...






john mccain comes out against obamacare repeal bill


the arizona republican helped deliver the deciding blow to gop leadership’s last effort to repeal obamacare at the end of july






sen. john mccain delivers a potentially fatal blow to gop effort to repeal obama


sen. john mccain (r-ariz.) dealt a critical blow to republicans’ last-ditch attempt to roll back the affordable care act on friday, announcing that he could not “in good conscience” vote for sweeping repeal legislation that gop leaders plan to bring to the senate floor next week. echoing concerns...






sen. john mccain delivers a potentially fatal blow to gop effort to repeal obama


sen. john mccain (r-ariz.) dealt a critical blow to republicans’ last-ditch attempt to roll back the affordable care act on friday, announcing that he will not vote for sweeping repeal legislation that gop leaders plan to bring to the senate floor for a vote next week. “we should not be content...






undisclosed medical issue for ex-mayor daley raised in burge-related federal law


efforts to take a sworn deposition of former mayor richard daley in a federal lawsuit over alleged chicago police torture have hit a snag over an undisclosed medical issue daley is reportedly suffering. lawyers for the people's law office have been pressing for daley's video-recorded deposition...






john wilcock: in chicago to interview dick gregory


a book of john wilcock comics is now available ethan persoff will be speaking about the john wilcock comic at the new school's parsons school of design, on november 7. free and open to the public. read scott marshall's adaptation of nietzsche, an illustrated zarathustra.






bill daley: rauner can't be re-elected without a budget deal


former white house chief of staff bill daley upset many of his fellow democrats in 2013 when he correctly predicted that then-gov. pat quinn would not be re-elected. now it's republican gov. bruce rauner who'll be hoping that daley is not a soothsayer. speaking onstage at the downtown city club...






bill daley: rauner can't be re-elected without a budget deal


former white house chief of staff bill daley upset many of his fellow democrats in 2013 when he correctly predicted that then-gov. pat quinn would not be re-elected.now it's republican gov. bruce rauner who'll be hoping that daley is not a soothsayer.speaking onstage at the downtown city club of...






county officials vote to repeal chicago-area soda tax


the chicago-area's penny-per-ounce tax on soda and sugary drinks has been repealed and won't be collected anymore starting dec. 1.






morning spin: 10 key numbers in cook county soda tax repeal debate


welcome to clout street: morning spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from chicago to springfield. subscribe here. topspin opponents of cook county's controversial soda pop tax say they will introduce their proposal to repeal it at wednesday’s...






the doomed soda tax was never about our health


cook county board president toni preckwinkle has confirmed what most of us suspected all along. that penny-per-ounce soda tax had nothing to do with our health. it was only about the money. facing a vote on tuesday that would repeal the controversial tax on sugary drinks, preckwinkle laid everything...






don't worry about putin, he's just a tough guy like first mayor daley, u.s. rep


don't be beastly to vladimir putin — he's just russia's version of the late mayor richard j. daley. that's the opinion of u.s. rep. dana rohrabacher of california, who says chicago's first mayor daley, in office from 1955-1976, was a "tough guy" just like putin. rohrabacher, a republican, was defending...






votes now there to repeal cook county pop tax, opponents say


the cook county soda pop tax is headed to repeal, with enough commissioners signed on to withstand any veto by board president toni preckwinkle, the lead sponsor said. three more commissioners have switched their positions on the issue, according to a revised repeal ordinance posted friday morning....






seattle soda tax: i’ll shop elsewhere


seattle mayor ed murray wants a soda tax. if i have to pay a soda tax, and if i am planning to buy a quantity of soda, i will go to renton or shoreline or bellevue, wherever doesn’t have a tax. and as long as i am there, i will do all my shopping there […]






preckwinkle says big soda driving pop tax opposition


cook county board president toni preckwinkle on thursday said public opposition to the county's controversial beverage tax is being driven by a repeal campaign orchestrated by big soda.she compared the situation to the tobacco industry, saying there's been an overall drop in pop consumption as...






preckwinkle says big soda driving pop tax opposition


cook county board president toni preckwinkle on thursday said public opposition to the county's controversial beverage tax is being driven by a repeal campaign orchestrated by big soda. she compared the situation to the tobacco industry, saying there's been an overall drop in pop consumption as...






vote to repeal soda pop tax delayed a month, but ad campaigns will continue


the cook county board on wednesday delayed a vote on repealing the controversial soda pop tax, ensuring at least 27 more days of mailers, radio ads and tv commercials that aim to sway public opinion on the issue. sending the proposal to the county's finance committee for an oct. 10 hearing allows...






republican leaders: senate won't vote on obamacare repeal


facing assured defeat, republican leaders decided tuesday not to even hold a vote on the gop's latest attempt to repeal the obama health care law, surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party's banner campaign promise. "the bill is dead as a door nail," said sen. john kennedy,...






preckwinkle says she has "work to do" to avoid soda pop tax repeal


cook county board president toni preckwinkle said tuesday she's "got some work to do" to prevent the controversial soda pop tax from being repealed — an acknowledgment that came a day before opponents file a measure to erase it from the books.the two-term board president has a thin margin to work...






john mccain says no to health care bill, dashing hopes for gop leaders


sen. john mccain declared his opposition friday to the gop's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the republican party's years of vows to kill the program. "i cannot in good conscience vote for the graham-cassidy proposal,"...






health could affect deposition by daley in torture suit


chicago (ap) — an undisclosed medical issue could affect whether former chicago mayor richard daley must give a deposition in a federal lawsuit alleging he ignored evidence of widespread torture by a former police commander. the issue arose after u.s. district judge amy st. eve recently granted an order sealing details about daley’s medical condition. […]






gop's 'obamacare' repeal all but dead; mccain deals the blow


sen. john mccain declared his opposition friday to the gop's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the republican party's years of vows to kill the program. it was the second time in three months the 81-year-old mccain emerged as the destroyer of his party's signature promise to voters.






vote to repeal cook county soda tax delayed a month, but ad campaigns will conti


the cook county board on wednesday delayed a vote on repealing the controversial soda pop tax, ensuring at least 27 more days of mailers, radio ads and tv commercials that aim to sway public opinion on the issue. sending the proposal to the county's finance committee for an oct. 10 hearing allows...






vote to repeal cook county soda tax delayed a month, as ad campaigns continue


the cook county board on wednesday delayed a vote on repealing the controversial soda pop tax, ensuring at least 27 more days of mailers, radio ads and tv commercials that aim to sway public opinion on the issue. sending the proposal to the county's finance committee for an oct. 10 hearing allows...






as latest obamacare repeal effort fades, republicans wonder what happened


the latest version of the republican effort to repeal and replace the affordable care act teetered on the verge of failure tuesday as the conversation among republicans on capitol hill shifted to soul-searching and recriminations over what went wrong in their long campaign to end obamacare. though...






the gop effort to repeal obamacare appears dead, for now. but let's remember wha


update: house speaker paul d. ryan has pulled the gop’s obamacare repeal bill, canceling a vote that had been scheduled for friday afternoon. the move appears to signal that the repeal effort is dead, at least for the near future. we were perhaps a bit too negative when we observed after the election...






preckwinkle: soda tax will stand despite repeal campaign


cook county board president toni preckwinkle believes efforts to sway a commissioner to help repeal a countywide sweetened beverage tax before it takes effect in july will come to naught.preckwinkle said during a radio interview that the tax was important for both the county's finances and public...






preckwinkle: soda tax will stand despite repeal campaign


cook county board president toni preckwinkle believes efforts to sway a commissioner to help repeal a countywide sweetened beverage tax before it takes effect in july will come to naught. preckwinkle said during a radio interview that the tax was important for both the county's finances and public...






preckwinkle says she has 'work to do' to avoid cook county soda tax repeal


cook county board president toni preckwinkle said tuesday she's "got some work to do" to prevent the controversial soda tax from being repealed — an acknowledgment that came a day before opponents file a measure to erase it from the books. the two-term board president has a thin margin to work...






preckwinkle says she has 'work to do' to avoid cook county soda tax repeal


cook county board president toni preckwinkle said tuesday she's "got some work to do" to prevent the controversial soda tax from being repealed — an acknowledgment that came a day before opponents file a measure to erase it from the books.the two-term board president has a thin margin to work with....






trump pivots to tax reform after effort to repeal obamacare ends with embarrassi


after a crushing defeat in the effort to repeal obamacare, the trump administration is hoping for smoother sailing on tax reform, expecting this will be less divisive among republican party factions. “health care is a very, very complicated issue. in a way (taxes are) a lot simpler,” tre...