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Richard Boykin Announces He Won't Run for Cook County Board President

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    House Speaker Mike Madigan could potentially derail Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's controversial sugary beverage tax. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest on the situation. (Published Friday, Sept. 22, 2017)

    Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin announced Thursday morning that he will not oppose Toni Preckwinkle for the board president position.

    In recent months, Boykin has been an outspoken critic of the controversial beverage tax. He has led rallies calling for the repeal of the tax and has told reporters "Preckwinkle must go," so his decision not to run has surprised many.

    Boykin also announced his political intentions before the Oct. 10 vote on a possible repeal of the tax, with a chance of a second vote on October 11th, depending on the first vote's outcome.

    Political strategists believe Boykin, who once worked for Congressman Danny Davis, may be waiting to consider that Congressional seat when Davis chooses to retire.

    Amid Repeal Calls, Preckwinkle Defends Beverage Tax

    [CHI] Amid Repeal Calls, Preckwinkle Defends Beverage Tax

    The Cook County Board is expected to consider repealing the controversial beverage tax next week, but Board President Toni Preckwinkle is still staunchly defending the bill. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest. 

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017)

    Davis plans to run for re-election.

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