2 Investigators/BGA: Cook County Retailers Rack Up Fines But Keep Selling Bootleg CigarettesA CBS 2 and Better Government Association investigation found that Cook County has failed to collect up to $20 million in fines for the tax violations.
City Council Committee Approves Mayor Emanuel's BudgetChicago Aldermen have advanced Mayor Emanuel's proposed 2014 budget, leaving it poised for final action next week.
Health Commissioner Says Cigarette Tax Hike Would Save LivesChicago'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.
Despite Aldermen's Concerns, Mayor Sticking To Plan For Higher Cigarette TaxEven 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.
Emanuel All But Confirms Cigarette Tax Hike; Cable Could Be NextMayor 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.
Cigarette Taxes In Chicago Up To $6.67 Per Pack, After County Tax HikeCook 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.
Tax Raids Find Millions Of Dollars In Cigarette Tax CheatingCook 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.
County Approves Gun, Gambling, Cigarette Tax Hikes; Lower Sales TaxThe 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.
Preckwinkle: Cigarette Tax Hike Would Save LivesCounty 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.
More Taxes For Cigarettes, Bullets And Gambling In County BudgetCook 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.
Rising Tax Revenues Helping Narrow City's Budget GapThe Emanuel Administration says it’s seeing an increase in tax revenues, and that is improving the City’s budget picture, at least a bit.
Cigarette Tax Hike Under Consideration To Balance City BudgetChicago smokers could face even higher cigarette taxes as Mayor Rahm Emanuel tries to balance his proposed 2013 budget.