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September 2, 2014, 11:33 pm
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Tobacco Tax Increase En Route to Quinn's Desk


Illinois lawmakers have approved a hefty increase on tobacco taxes, a key plank of Governor Pat Quinn’s Medicaid reform efforts.

 

Quinn says he will quickly sign the increase, which will raise the tax on cigarettes by a dollar a pack, to a total of $1.98.

 

The measure will also double taxes on other forms of tobacco.

 

The proceeds, combined with additional federal matching funds, will generate more than 700-million dollars for the cash-strapped Medicaid system.

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