Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Cook County’s proposed $1 a pack cigarette tax wins early approval

Friday, November 02, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
by LISA DONOVAN

It looks like come 2013, smokers in Chicago and the suburbs are going to have to dig deeper in their pockets and purses — and not to find the lighter.


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed $1-a-pack cigarette tax increase won first-round approval by the county board’s Finance Committee — a committee that all 17 commissioners sit on, leaving little doubt it will be approved as part of the larger 2013 budget package.

The hike, scheduled to kick in March 1, will push the combined tax on a pack of cigarettes to $6.67 in Chicago — the second-highest in the nation behind New York City at $6.86.

While some are concerned that smokers will go over the border for cheaper smokes, Preckwinkle isn’t concerned.

She believes if the tax discourages smoking it could be a lifesaver. During a recent press conference at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, she rattled off statistics from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that suggest the tax would save some 10,300 Cook County residents from premature, smoking related deaths and trigger a 7.2 percent drop in young smokers.

In the meantime, the projected $25.6 million in new revenues that will be collected next year will go to the county’s public health system.

The cigarette tax hike was among a series of new or increased taxes and fees — roughly $40 million in all — Preckwinkle proposed to help close a $268 million budget gap in the county’s $3 billion operation next year.

During a Finance Committee meeting called Friday afternoon, commissioners also passed Preckwinkle’s proposed gambling tax: a $1,000 annual tax on every slot machine at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines — the sole casino in the county – as well as a $200 tax on video gambling machines in other establishments. The county is expected to bring in about $1.2 million in new revenues next year.

Commissioners also signed off on a proposed $25 tax on every gun purchase in the county, bringing in $600,000 in new revenues next year.

And Cook County businesses and residents would pay a 1.2 percent tax on merchandise exceeding $3,500 that they buy outside the county but use locally. While some have raised eyebrows about the self-reporting system of paying the tax, Preckwinkle’s office believes it will bring in a projected $13.8 million.

The full $2.9 billion budget proposal for 2013 will be voted on next week.



Recent Headlines

Morning Spin: Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper give campaign cash in soda tax fight
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Cook County’s ‘health’ lie, in black and white
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Illinois Medical District to get largest ambulance garage in Cook County
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

Family Health Network Members Join CountyCare
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Health to buy piece of struggling insurer's Medicaid biz
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

Chief judge names acting public guardian for Cook County
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Cook County sweetened beverage sales continue to decline
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

New bond court rules take effect, but not much of an effect
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Bond court gets underway in Cook County with different judges, new guidelines
Monday, September 18, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Harwood Heights adds retail theft as ordinance violation
Monday, September 18, 2017

Cook County’s Homeland Security interim chief resigns
Monday, September 18, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County's social worker for the dead helps the unclaimed find final resting places
Monday, September 18, 2017
Chicago Tribune

After legal challenges, Cook County's court for unwed parents quietly goes away
Monday, September 18, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Welcome to Cook County, Mayor Bloomberg. You're getting played on the soda tax.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Evans reshuffles bond court; meet the ‘Pretrial Division’
Friday, September 15, 2017
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Editorial: The Cook County Board's legacy: Killing Cook County jobs
Friday, September 15, 2017
Chicago Tribune

If the soda tax were out of sight, would it be out of mind?
Friday, September 15, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board delays showdown over soda tax until October 10, and other Chicago news
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Chicago Reader

City reports record number of Chicagoans with health insurance
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

Morning Spin: 10 key numbers in Cook County soda tax repeal debate
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP