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Kane County Property Tax Referendum Draws Opposition

A local anti-tax group wants to defeat a referendum next week which would raise Kane County property taxes to help developmentally disabled adults.


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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.


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Mayor Plans To Raise Amusement Tax On Cable TV To 6 Percent

Chicago’s cable television customers will see a modest increase in their monthly bills, thanks to a modified amusement tax exemption tied to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget.


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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.


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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

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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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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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Topinka: Illinois’ Unpaid Bill Crisis Just Keeps Getting Worse

Illinois keeps falling farther behind on its debt, and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says it’s even worse than it appears.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2012

Cook County government seal (CBS)

Cook County Board OK’s Budget With Tax And Fee Hikes

Hang onto to your wallets: The Cook County Board has passed a new budget, and, it’s going to cost you.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Emanuel Reaffirms Opposition To Raising Taxes For City Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reaffirming his opposition to raising taxes to close the City of Chicago’s $635.7 million budget shortfall.

CBS Chicago–08/11/2011

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

Durbin: State Had No Choice But To Raise Taxes

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he is concerned that many large companies have threatened to leave his home state due to higher taxes, but he says Illinois lawmakers had to take action to pay the state’s vendors.

CBS Chicago–06/13/2011

Field Middle School in Northfield, Ill.

Northbrook Schools To Cut Teachers After Tax Referendum Fails

In north suburban Northbrook, voters have rejected a tax hike that would have helped close a $1 million budget hole.

CBS Chicago–04/06/2011

Careen Gordon & Pat Quinn

Embroiled Ex-State Rep. Withdraws From Parole Board

A former Illinois state lawmaker has withdrawn her name from a post on the state parole board, amid criticism that she was appointed to the job shortly after voting for Gov. Pat Quinn’s income tax hike.

CBS Chicago–03/17/2011

Jim Edgar

Edgar: Tax Hike Was Only First Step

While many of his fellow Republicans are denouncing the hastily-passed Illinois state income tax increase, former governor Jim Edgar supports it.

WBBM Newsradio–01/27/2011

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

N.J. Latest State Trying To Take Illinois Jobs

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is casting lures to Illinois businesses that may be soured on the Land of Lincoln, which raised income tax rates recently to offset a massive state budget deficit.

CBS Chicago–01/24/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Some Think Income Tax Hike Was Right Move

They’re out there, but they’re not very loud – people who actually think Illinois lawmakers are doing the right thing by raising income taxes.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2011

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch calls Illinois businesses Friday in the wake of an unpopular tax hike. (CBS)

After Ill. Tax Hike, Wisconsin Cold-Calls Chicago Businesses

The state’s lieutenant governor contacts firms here, saying they would get better treatment if they moved north to Cheeseland.


Mayor Richard M. Daley

Daley: Business Tax Hike Could Backfire

Mayor Richard M. Daley has suggested the business tax hike approved by Gov. Pat Quinn could backfire.

CBS Chicago–01/14/2011