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Packs of CigarettesThere’s been a compromise on the proposed 75 cent increase in the city’s cigarette tax.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel agreed to reduce the new tax to 50 cents a pack.

Last week, several aldermen said the higher tax would send more buyers to the black market to buy loose cigarettes.

They worry cigarette sales would drop in the city.

To make up for the loss in revenue, the city is proposing to raise the fire hydrant violation from $100 to $150.

Public health experts urged the mayor to keep the tax increase at 75 cents.

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  • Over Taxed Citizen

    Instead of hiking taxes, increasing public fees and charging the citizens, why doesn't the city look at cutting the fat? How come every time the city wants more money because they are wasteful we have to pay for it?
    FYI… they are just going to drive more people to drive the 10 minutes to Indiana to buy them, so it will be less revenue for the city…. stupid city!

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