A House committee voted down the proposal to add a 1-cent per ounce tax to sugary drinks.
Regarding "Soda tax in Illinois?" (Feb. 20):
Tax would add $1.44 for a 12-pack and 68 cents to a 2-liter bottle. Diet sodas would not be taxed.
Obesity-related health care costs have reached an estimated $190 billion annually. And today's children could be the first generation with shorter life spans than their parents because of the epidemic.