On a veto-proof 15-2 vote, the Cook County Board responded to angry constituents Wednesday by repealing Chicago’s hated soda pop tax.

Board President Toni Preckwinkle did not say if she’d veto the repeal, which would then require a perfunctory override vote.

No matter. The penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary drinks imposed in the…

New York City’s Board of Health “exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority” when it sought to ban the sale of super-sized sodas, the state’s highest appeals court ruled Thursday. In a 20-page decision, Judge Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., of the New York State Court of Appeals passed on an opportunity to reinstate a ban…

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has returned to his life as a normal, everyday billionaire, but his policy dictates are lingering on and may do so for some time. One of the most infamous was Bloomberg’s ban on soda or other “sugary” drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. The ban was struck…

New York City’s billion-dollar mayor has lost out to the ordinary Bronx family that just wants a that 2-liter bottle of soda with its pizza. A New York State appeals court Tuesday said a lower court ruled correctly when it blocked New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. In…

Customers who ate desserts at Alta Restaurant located at 64th West and 10th Street in New York City’s West Village are lining up for preventative Hepatitis A vaccines today and for the next few days.  Hopefully the vaccines do the trick and the thousands who were exposed to the hepatitis A virus do not get…

I worked with a guy once who taught me that for every problem, there was a quote from Benito Mussolini, Italy’s dictator for 21 long years. My former associate, the Mussolini devotee, would say it in Italian, then in English, and then repeat in Italian as if we could all learn it so quickly. For…

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban sugary drinks over 16 ounces – passed by the city’s Board of Health last year – was struck down by a judge this week. The so-called Portion Cup Rule, which was set to take effect Tuesday, would have applied to fast food and sit down restaurants, movie…

A small soda at McDonalds is about to become the largest option available in New York City if a proposal to limit sugary drink portion sizes is passed by the city’s health board.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, which has made public health a central part of its agenda, announced Thursday that it is seeking a…