Cigarette Taxes

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

2 Investigators: Law Enforcement Cracking Down On Pirated Cigarettes

A pack of cigarettes in Chicago can cost as much as $15 and with the soaring price the trafficking of contraband cigarettes is way up as well.


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Alderman Wants To Cut Cigarette Taxes To Reduce Black Market

A Chicago alderman is calling for a rollback on city and county cigarette taxes as a way to cut crime.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2013

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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.



Plenty Of Reasons For Smokers To Kick The Habit In New Year

If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, there are a number of incentives.

CBS Chicago–12/27/2012

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County Commissioners Back Gun, Cigarette, Gambling Taxes To Balance Budget

The Cook County Board Finance Committee on Friday approved $41.7 million in new tax levies, including a controversial $25 tax on the sale of a gun anywhere in the county, and a $1-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax.

WBBM Newsradio–11/03/2012

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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

City Hall

Report: Emanuel Considering Hikes On Amusement, Cigarette Taxes

The City of Chicago may be facing a budget deficit of as much as $369 million next year, and reports are now surfacing that Mayor Rahm Emanuel may be looking at raising some taxes to close the gap.

CBS Chicago–09/20/2012

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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

Gov. Pat Quinn discusses his plan to save $2.7 billion in costs on Medicaid spending, through a variety of program cuts and a $1-per-pack cigarette tax hike. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Calls For Tax Hike, Service Cuts To Help Fix Medicaid

Trying to save $2.7 billion on Medicaid costs, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday his job is to tell lawmakers not what they want to hear, but what they need to hear.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2012

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Cigarette Tax Hike For Public Works Programs?

Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) is seeking a $1 per pack increase in the state cigarette tax to generate funds for a major public works program.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2011

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Double State Tax On Cigarettes?

Smokers will see an increase in the price of their habit soon, if the Illinois Coalition against Tobacco gets its way.

WBBM Newsradio–01/04/2011