CHICAGO (CBS) – A battle is brewing Chief Judge Tim Evans and Cook Co. Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
In a rare move, the chief judge is suing.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Second Sunday Night Tornado Confirmed; Cool And Clear Monday Night
CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole picks up the story as business owners are celebrating.
Consumers are no longer paying the penny-an-ounce sweetened beverage tax at Cicero’s La Chiquita market.
Owner Martin Sandoval is relieved.
“I am ecstatic. I am happy,” says Martin Sandoval. “I can sleep at night.”
Sandoval worried about his workers as the store’s sugary drink sales went down 25%, and overall sales dropped by 10% with many consumers shopping outside the county.
“We’d have to start thinking about laying people off and cutting hours,” says Sandoval.
Retail and restaurant associations, along with several Cook County commissioners celebrated at the store.READ MORE: Video Of Gruesome Humboldt Park Shooting From CPD POD Camera Was Made Public Without City's Permission, CBS 2 Has Learned
“This tax from day one was a tax on working class families,” says Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin.
But complications were still bubbling to the surface.
The repeal leaves a 200 million dollar gap in the county’s budget.
That lead to the approved layoffs of 328 county workers. 156 of those positions come from the courts.
Late Thursday Chief Judge Timothy Evans sued Board President Toni Preckwinkle saying she does not have the authority to cut jobs in his department.
However court proceedings were postponed Friday after lawyers from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office argued representation of Preckwinkle amounts to a conflict of interest.
They’ve been given until Tuesday to hire outside counsel.MORE NEWS: LIVE UPDATES: 130 Homes Damaged In Tornado In West, Southwest Suburbs As Dangerous Storms Hit Chicago Area Sunday Night
The remnants of the soda tax saga that fizzles on.