County Commissioners Back Gun, Cigarette, Gambling Taxes To Balance BudgetThe 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.
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.
Report: Emanuel Considering Hikes On Amusement, Cigarette TaxesThe 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.
State's $1-Per-Pack Cigarette Tax Hike Goes Into EffectIllinois 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.
Quinn Signs Bill Raising Cigarette Taxes To Fund MedicaidGov. 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.
Quinn Calls For Tax Hike, Service Cuts To Help Fix MedicaidTrying 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.
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.
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.