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Cook County soda tax jeopardizes food stamp funding

Cook County's soda tax could jeopardize funding from the federal government for food stamp assistance. (WICS)

Cook County's controversial soda tax could jeopardize millions of dollars Illinois receives from the federal government for food stamp assistance.

The ordinance taxes a penny per ounce on sugary drinks.

The department of agriculture says that's illegal and violates federal laws.

According to the USDA, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, is exempt from such taxes.

The county has 14 days to come up with a corrective plan of action.

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