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.
A Chicago alderman is calling for a rollback on city and county cigarette taxes as a way to cut crime.
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.
If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, there are a number of incentives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smokers will see an increase in the price of their habit soon, if the Illinois Coalition against Tobacco gets its way.