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Stroger now seeks to add $1.25 to the cigarette tax

Friday, December 16, 2005
Chicago Tribune

COOK COUNTY -- Cook County Board President John Stroger announced Thursday that he would seek an even higher increase in the cigarette tax next year, but he has changed his mind and won't ask for a levy on hotel stays.

The 2006 county budget Stroger is scheduled to unveil Monday will seek a $1.25 increase per pack in the cigarette tax, said his spokeswoman, Caryn Stancik. Earlier this week, Stroger said he would ask county commissioners to approve a $1 increase.

If approved, cost of a pack of cigarettes in Chicago would include $4.30 in federal, state, county and city taxes. The Chicago City Council approved a 20 cent cigarette tax increase Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Stroger has backed away from a 2 percent tax on hotel rooms, the second straight year he has proposed and then shelved the idea.



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