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September 18, 2014, 8:43 am
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Tobacco Tax Stamp Case Postponed, Possible Conflict Of Interest

Eight companies are seeking a restraining order against the state of Illinois to force the state to open up more tobacco stamps, but the hearing has been postponed because of a conflict of interest.


The presiding judge, John Schmit, says his campaign treasurer is also employed by one of the associations in the case.


The State Journal-Register reports that the state is asking for a new judge to be appointed.


The case has been postponed and a new trial date has not been set. The companies claim the state is withholding stamps that must be affixed to tobacco products before being sold.


Distributors claim there is an increase in demand as people buy more tobacco products before a $1 per pack tax is tacked on June 24th.

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