Cook County cigarette tax up $1 starting today

People in Cook County will pay an additional $1 in taxes on a pack of cigarettes starting Friday.  smoking

The extra tax is expected to raise $25 million a year.

But Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says it’s not all about the money, it’s about preventing people from smoking in the first place.

Moreover, the extra $25 million the additional tax is expected to generate will go toward the county health system, which treats some 300 lung cancer patients each year.

Preckwinkle says she’ll triple the number of tobacco inspectors to crack down on cigarette smuggling and tax evasion.

Also, the Cook County Department of Revenue says it’s going to hire more staff to crack-down on tobacco smuggling and tax evasion.

27 comments

  • Bewildered

    That's nice … She will triple the amount of tobacco inspectors, but she laid off probation officers … Where is the logic???

    • Joe

      Ill gladly take a quick car ride to Hammond, Indiana. Save myself $40.00 on a carton of cigarettes, .30-.40 cents a gallon of gas,(10-15 dollars) and stock up on the tax free groceries (another 10-20 dollars). Hmm, if I do that once a week, I can save 200-300 dollars a month, just by driving 10-15 miles away.

      We have let these elected officials destroy this county, and city. I give it 10 years, and it will resemble Detroit . 15 years, Gary , indiana . Broken cities that politicians sucked the life out of. We have a better chance at having a election in the house of primates at Brookfield zoo, and elect one of the chimps to run cook county. Preckwinkle, what a joke.

  • debbie s

    indiana wins again . they have the casinos and now even cheaper cigarettes ,no wonder indiana is in such good shape they have all of illinois money

  • get real

    You people in cook county come suburbs and spend you money here. When will chicago see that every time they raise prices people buy outside of cook.

    • jumpergirl

      Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the US. Obesity is number 2. Good idea about taxing bullets and junk food. :)

  • Guest

    I would like to see the same taxes applied to alcohol purchases. Maybe "I" feel alcohol is not good for your health…….If this country is deciding that pot should be legalized then lets see these taxes on that product! It's got everything to do with "freedom of choice"! As much as people don't like to hear this…..cigarettes are LEGAL! Not that I am encouraging smoking in any way, It's all a big scam. I again, would like all people that drink alcohol to remember, its just a matter of time before they come after you!

  • jeff

    yeah………….. wait till start taxing on coming into public buildings courts and legal offices.. yet you continue to vote for these people ….have fun with that . karma has come back full circle on this corrupt state let the truth be told and the wicked cast upon the that do wrong and blame the innocent

  • kirby1414

    I agree with 'guest'on raising taxes on alcohol…Maybe the politicians are 'in bed' with those in the liquor industry NOT to raise taxes. People will just go to Indiana or somewhere where the taxes are cheaper. This is a STUPID move…Certainly one that's been repeated in the past~

    • Joe

      In Chicago , about 11-12 dollars. Was just in Kentucky , bought 4 packs, a bottle of water, and a bag of chips. I gave a 20 dollar bill and got change back. Here in Chicago, I’d have to cough up a 50 and then some.

    • FYI

      The losing party in a decision by a trial court in the federal system normally is entitled to appeal the decision to a federal court of appeals. Similarly, a litigant who is not satisfied with a decision made by a federal administrative agency usually may file a petition for review of the agency decision by a court of appeals. Judicial review in cases involving certain federal agencies or programs — for example, disputes over Social Security benefits — may be obtained first in a district court rather than a court of appeals.

      In a civil case either side may appeal the verdict. In a criminal case, the defendant may appeal a guilty verdict, but the government may not appeal if a defendant is found not guilty. Either side in a criminal case may appeal with respect to the sentence that is imposed after a guilty verdict.
      In most bankruptcy courts, an appeal of a ruling by a bankruptcy judge may be taken to the district court. Several courts of appeals, however, have established a bankruptcy appellate panel consisting of three bankruptcy judges to hear appeals directly from the bankruptcy courts. In either situation, the party that loses in the initial bankruptcy appeal may then appeal to the court of appeals.

      • FYI

        A litigant who files an appeal, known as an "appellant," must show that the trial court or administrative agency made a legal error that affected the decision in the case. The court of appeals makes its decision based on the record of the case established by the trial court or agency. It does not receive additional evidence or hear witnesses. The court of appeals also may review the factual findings of the trial court or agency, but typically may only overturn a decision on factual grounds if the findings were "clearly erroneous."

      • FYI

        Appeals are decided by panels of three judges working together. The appellant presents legal arguments to the panel, in writing, in a document called a "brief." In the brief, the appellant tries to persuade the judges that the trial court made an error, and that its decision should be reversed. On the other hand, the party defending against the appeal, known as the "appellee," tries in its brief to show why the trial court decision was correct, or why any error made by the trial court was not significant enough to affect the outcome of the case.

      • FYI

        Although some cases are decided on the basis of written briefs alone, many cases are selected for an "oral argument" before the court. Oral argument in the court of appeals is a structured discussion between the appellate lawyers and the panel of judges focusing on the legal principles in dispute. Each side is given a short time — usually about 15 minutes — to present arguments to the court.

        The court of appeals decision usually will be the final word in the case, unless it sends the case back to the trial court for additional proceedings, or the parties ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. In some cases the decision may be reviewed en banc, that is, by a larger group of judges (usually all) of the court of appeals for the circuit.

        A litigant who loses in a federal court of appeals, or in the highest court of a state, may file a petition for a "writ of certiorari," which is a document asking the Supreme Court to review the case. The Supreme Court, however, does not have to grant review. The Court typically will agree to hear a case only when it involves an unusually important legal principle, or when two or more federal appellate courts have interpreted a law differently. There are also a small number of special circumstances in which the Supreme Court is required by law to hear an appeal. When the Supreme Court hears a case, the parties are required to file written briefs and the Court may hear oral argument.

  • Tired of the Morons

    And once again the alcohol lobby wins. Raise the tax on cigarettes while another drunk kills or maims someone.

  • Mark

    I find it interesting, Big Toni, had a press conference at "Stroger Hospital", one of the all time biggest taxing thieves in Chicago history. Over shadowed only by his 1/2 man son who spent and stole even more than daddy.

    Don't worry Chicago, there are plenty of us in Indiana who will be happy to send you smokes at a lower cost.

    But keep electing those tax happy, liberal a$$hat, Democrats. And, keep wondering why your city is the used douche water town it is.

    Chicago values on display.

  • lkl

    She is ruining business in this county.. sooner or later all the smaller business will have to close because large companies such as speedway will take over. This is becoming a problem. We need liberals out of office.

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