Cigarette Tax

City Council Chambers

City Council Committee Approves Mayor Emanuel’s Budget

Chicago Aldermen have advanced Mayor Emanuel’s proposed 2014 budget, leaving it poised for final action next week.


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Health Commissioner Says Cigarette Tax Hike Would Save Lives

Chicago’s health commissioner told aldermen Tuesday that a 75-cent-per-pack cigarette tax hike would be a life-saver, as he made the case for the Emanuel administration’s budget plan.


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Despite Aldermen’s Concerns, Mayor Sticking To Plan For Higher Cigarette Tax

Even before budget hearings began, some aldermen said they were worried that a proposed 75-cent-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes would drive consumers to Indiana and the suburbs, where the taxes are lower.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel heralds expansion of recycling. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel All But Confirms Cigarette Tax Hike; Cable Could Be Next

Mayor Emanuel told a reporter he has a long history dating back to his early White House days of using cigarette taxes to pay for healthcare.


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Cigarette Taxes In Chicago Up To $6.67 Per Pack, After County Tax Hike

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the projected $25 million in new annual revenue from the tax increase will go to the county’s hospitals and health centers, which treat more than 300 lung cancer patients each year.


Cigarettes that were being sold without the required Cook County tax stamp are organized before seizure by county revenue investigators. (Credit: CBS)

Tax Raids Find Millions Of Dollars In Cigarette Tax Cheating

Cook County investigators have been raiding stores across the county that have been breaking the law, and ripping off taxpayers of millions of dollars, by selling cigarettes without proper taxes.

CBS 2–12/12/2012

Cook County commissioners vote on the 2013 budget plan on Nov. 9, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

County Approves Gun, Gambling, Cigarette Tax Hikes; Lower Sales Tax

The cost of smoking, buying guns, and playing the slots in Cook County will be going up next year, but the county is also getting rid of the final portion of the hated 2008 sales tax hike.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2012

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Preckwinkle: Cigarette Tax Hike Would Save Lives

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday that she’s not simply trying to raise revenue by seeking a $1-per-pack cigarette tax hike, she’s trying to save lives.

WBBM Newsradio–10/23/2012


More Taxes For Cigarettes, Bullets And Gambling In County Budget

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s budget plan relies on new or higher taxes on cigarettes, ammunition, guns, and gambling machines, but also fulfills her 2010 campaign pledge to eliminate an unpopular sales tax hike enacted by her predecessor.


City Hall

Rising Tax Revenues Helping Narrow City’s Budget Gap

The Emanuel Administration says it’s seeing an increase in tax revenues, and that is improving the City’s budget picture, at least a bit.

WBBM Newsradio–09/26/2012

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Cigarette Tax Hike Under Consideration To Balance City Budget

Chicago smokers could face even higher cigarette taxes as Mayor Rahm Emanuel tries to balance his proposed 2013 budget.

WBBM Newsradio–09/25/2012

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State’s $1-Per-Pack Cigarette Tax Hike Goes Into Effect

Illinois smokers are bracing for a $1-per-pack increase on cigarette taxes that takes effect Sunday, with many trying to stock up and others vowing to kick the habit.


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Quinn Signs Bill Raising Cigarette Taxes To Fund Medicaid

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill to help the state’s struggling Medicaid program, but critics are convinced the budget solution will do more harm than good.

CBS Chicago–06/14/2012

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Consumers Stocking Up On Cigarettes In Advance Of Tax Hike

A recent hike in the Illinois cigarette state excise tax appears to be causing a run on cigarettes.

WBBM Newsradio–06/12/2012

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Lawmakers Approve $1 Per Pack Cigarette Tax Hike

Illinois lawmakers have approved a $1 per pack cigarette tax increase to help fill a gaping Medicaid budget hole, and the governor has indicated he’ll sign it quickly when it reaches his desk.


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Bill Would Eliminate Tax Loophole For Rolling Your Own Cigarettes

The days of saving money by using a “roll your own” cigarette machine could be over in Illinois.

WBBM Newsradio–02/24/2012

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County Inspectors Accused Of Taking Cigarette Tax Bribes

Two Cook County revenue investigators have been fired for allegedly accepting “thousands” of dollars in bribes — hush money from convenience stores and other outlets selling cigarettes without paying the local tobacco tax.


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House Rejects $1-A-Pack Hike On Cigarette Tax

The Illinois House has rejected a proposal to raise cigarette taxes by $1 a pack.