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The already strained Law Office of the Public Defender in Cook County is facing layoffs following the repeal of the county’s Sweetened Beverage Tax, known more commonly as the “soda tax.” That tax was expected to bring about $200 million in revenue to the county.Without the penny-an-ounce tax, the office is bracing for 43 to 48 layoffs — including 37 lawyers — and …

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