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CHICAGO — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is looking into a new tax on sugary soft drinks.

The tax could add anywhere from half a penny to a fully penny an ounce.

Sources said the tax would be used to help close a $174.3 million budget shortfall without employee layoffs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Preckwinkle considered the tax last year, and the Sun-Times reports she’s approached labor leaders to enlist their help in lobbying for it.

A spokeswoman for Preckwinkle refused to confirm or deny Preckwinkle’s interest in the tax, the Sun-Times reports.

Meanwhile, Chicagoans have just been hit with a 30 percent water tax increase.