Cook County faces budget cuts after repeal of sugary drink tax

Cook County commissioners have approved a $5.2 billion budget that includes more than 300 job cuts that come after the repeal of a sugary drink tax.

The Chicago-area penny-per-ounce tax on soda and sweetened beverages was repealed in October. That left county commissioners having to decide how to fill an approximate $200 million budget hole.

The budget includes 323 layoffs and requires eliminating about 1,000 currently vacant jobs.

The county’s offices of its chief judge and sheriff are among those hit with cuts.