Illinois already has so-called 'sin taxes' on alcohol, tobacco and gambling. Now lawmakers are trying to add sugary drinks to that list. The proposal faces an uphill battle in Springfield.
Sin taxes have a dual purpose: deterring people from what's regarded as undesirable behavior, and generating extra tax money.
In this case, lawmakers want to charge a penny per ounce of sugar-sweetened drinks like soda.
They say it would generate 600 million dollars in revenue. Half the money would go to the state's healthcare program for the poor.