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Morning Spin for Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, September 13, 2017  |  Editorial  |  Editorial Board

Opponents of Cook County's controversial soda pop tax say they will introduce their proposal to repeal it at Wednesday’s board meeting.

Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she expects the plan to be sent to a committee, pushing off a repeal vote to October and leaving a high-dollar ad war over the tax raging for at least another month.

But a vote to repeal it Wednesday is possible if enough commissioners don't want to wait. Here are 10 key numbers to keep in mind:

*8-8: That’s the tally from the November 2016 meeting where the County Board approved the penny-per-ounce soda pop tax. Preckwinkle broke the tie.

*1: Number of commissioners absent when the soda tax vote was taken. (There are 17 county commissioners.)

*9: How many commissioners it will take to suspend the rules Wednesday and hold an immediate vote on the pop tax repeal measure.

*9: That’s also the number of commissioners needed to vote for a repeal, should it clear the initial hurdle.

*11 vs. 14: We’re getting down the road a piece here, but if the repeal were to pass and Preckwinkle were to veto the measure, it would take either 11 or 14 commissioners to override, depending on how county rules and state law get interpreted.

*$5 million: How much former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending on TV ads defending the tax as a good public health option.

*$200 million: How much money Preckwinkle expects the soda pop tax to bring in over a full year.

*$2.88: How much more you’re paying in tax for a case of Coke or Pepsi cans.

*68 cents: How much more you’re paying in tax for a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke or Mountain Dew.

*6: How many weeks the soda pop tax has been in effect. 

 

What's on tap

*Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in Israel talking about water.

*Gov. Bruce Rauner is on a trade mission to Japan and China.

*The Cook County Board meets, and opponents of the soda pop tax will introduce a proposal to repeal it. Before the meeting, President Toni Preckwinkle is set to speak at a City Club of Chicago breakfast.

*The City Council's Human Relations Committee will meet.

*Former Obama adviser David Axelrod and The Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol will appear on a panel at Roosevelt University called "It Did Happen Here – Reflections on the 2016 Election and Its Aftermath."

*State Sen. Jacqueline Collins will hold a morning news conference about rates on check cashing transactions ahead of a hearing at the Bilandic Building.

 

From the notebook

*Dem county chairmen set governor endorsement session: The state’s Democratic County Chairmen’s Association is set to meet Oct. 7 to endorse a candidate for governor, and the head of the group is backing J.B. Pritzker.

Doug House, who also is Rock Island County party chairman, said he will urge other county chairs to follow his lead.

“lt was important that we get to know our candidates and for them to get to know us and see what our counties across Illinois look like and to feel the pain that has been inflicted upon our residents by this Republican governor,” House said in a statement.

“I have spent a great deal of time with many of the candidates, watched them interact with the public, studied their positions and reviewed their preparations to become our next governor. Only J.B. Pritzker has demonstrated all of the following attributes that will help him win,” House said.

House, who took the statewide chairman’s post in 2015, said that among the Democratic contenders, “only J.B. Pritzker has generated the excitement around a progressive message, intensely and constantly engaged our common opponent and demonstrated the ability to mount the comprehensive statewide campaign that will be required to win.” (Rick Pearson)

*Pawar and running mate leading HUD protest: Democratic governor candidate Ameya Pawar and his running mate are expected to lead a demonstration of Cairo and Chicago residents at Chicago’s City Hall and the city’s headquarters of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Pawar’s running mate is Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman. About 400 residents living in Cairo are being forced to relocate because their public housing has become too dilapidated to be rehabilitated.

The Pawar campaign is bringing up some Cairo residents by bus for the Chicago protest, part of what the North Side alderman is calling the “Don’t Close Our Communities” initiative. Pawar also will be asking rival Democratic contenders to sign a pledge opposing steps such as closing neighborhood schools as was done in Chicago — a shot at Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Coleman is scheduled to spend the rest of the week making Downstate stops, including Urbana, Springfield, Decatur, East St. Louis and Carbondale, Pawar’s campaign said. Pawar is expected to rejoin Coleman in Cairo on Friday. (Rick Pearson)

*Quick spins: The Rev. Michael Pfleger has come out against the county soda pop tax in a Facebook post, according to an email sent to reporters Tuesday by a hired gun public relations guy. ... Republican Roger Orozco of Carol Stream on Tuesday announced a bid for Illinois House. Republican Jay Kinzler also has announced a GOP bid for the seat held by Democratic Rep. Deb Conroy of Villa Park in the DuPage County-based 46th District. ... Democratic state Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills is the latest Illinois lawmaker to announce she won't run again. In 2014, Sente defeated Republican Leslie Munger in a relatively high-profile race for the Illinois House. Shortly afterward, Munger was picked by Gov. Rauner to replace the late Judy Baar Topinka as state comptroller.

 

What we're writing

*Preckwinkle says she has 'work to do' to avoid repeal of soda pop tax.

*Falling public university enrollment shows effects of state budget impasse.

*IG's report says CPS high school program for county jail falsified data.

*Illinois uninsured rate falls again — but for how long?

*Cardinal Blase Cupich bans guns in all Chicago Archdiocese parishes and schools.

*Cook County forest preserve, purchased for $14.5 million, is closed amid land dispute.

 

What we're reading

*New iPhone to do more stuff, cost a lot.

*Thank the maker: J.J. Abrams to write and direct "Star Wars" Episode IX.

*Lawsuit over who owns the selfies taken by a monkey has been settled.

 

Follow the money

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here

 

Beyond Chicago

*States take stock of Irma aftermath.

*Seattle mayor resigns amid sex-abuse allegations.

*Sen. Ted Cruz blames staff for "like" of pornographic tweet.

*President Donald Trump warns of additional North Korea sanctions.