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updated: 4/28/2014 8:43 AM

Proposed Illinois tax on soft drinks may fizzle

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SPRINGFIELD -- A legislative effort to tax soft drinks in order to promote healthy living may be falling flat in Springfield.

The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports the effort introduced by two Chicago area lawmakers remains in committee. But they haven't been called for any hearings.

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Timothy Bramlet is executive director of the Illinois Beverage Association. He says he believes means the measures are "effectively dead."

The legislation adds a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers. That means a 12-ounce can of soda would cost another 12 more cents while a twelve-pack would increase by $1.44.

Money generated from the levy -- as much as $600 million by some estimates -- would be used to pay for Medicaid programs and a variety of health services and educational efforts.

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