Chicago Aldermen have advanced Mayor Emanuel’s proposed 2014 budget, leaving it poised for final action next week.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago smokers could face even higher cigarette taxes as Mayor Rahm Emanuel tries to balance his proposed 2013 budget.
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.
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.
A recent hike in the Illinois cigarette state excise tax appears to be causing a run on cigarettes.
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.
The days of saving money by using a “roll your own” cigarette machine could be over in Illinois.
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.
The Illinois House has rejected a proposal to raise cigarette taxes by $1 a pack.