Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

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.

   
  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Preckwinkle's cigarette crackdown nets $1.8 million

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Daily Herald
by Jake Griffin

A crackdown on illegal cigarette sales has netted Cook County more than $1.8 million in fines since County Board President Toni Preckwinkle took office in 2010.

The county has confiscated more than 75,000 packs of cigarettes and issued more than 3,400 citations during the crackdown, Preckwinkle announced Thursday.

Stores in Des Plaines, Arlington Heights and Barrington were recently cited, county officials said. A retailer in Des Plaines had 154 unstamped packs confiscated during a recent inspection, officials said.

"Illegal cigarette sales and smuggling represent a lucrative black market enterprise," she said. "We've seen dealers switch their focus from traditional drugs to smuggling cigarettes ... because it is more profitable and carries less jail time."

Packs of cigarettes sold in Cook County must carry a tax stamp from the state as well as the county. County officials said some packs found during inspections were carrying Missouri stamps.

All types of cigarette retailers are being targeted, including small gas stations, night clubs and big box stores, Preckwinkle said.

County officials said 11,480 loose cigarettes were recently confiscated from a store in Chicago and a $284,000 fine was levied against the store's owner. That fine amounts to nearly $25 for every cigarette confiscated. County officials said fines vary, with the administrative hearing officers having some leeway, but the goal is for the punishment to be "a deterrent."

However, the county would not provide a list of the stores that were cited.

The county expects to bring in $133 million in tobacco tax revenue next year, nearly $5 million more than the county's preliminary budget estimates.

The county instituted a "Cigarette Rewards Program" in 2011, which allows residents to tip off authorities about illegal cigarette sales and receive rewards ranging from $250 to $1,000 if the tip leads to confiscation and paid fines. Over the past two years, 42 tipsters have been eligible for rewards totaling $15,750, Preckwinkle's office stated.

Preckwinkle said the county plans to increase the number of field inspectors dedicated to targeting illegal sales. Sheriff's police also accompany Revenue Department investigators on inspections.

Preckwinkle said the county plans to beef up enforcement efforts in other areas, including other tobacco products, liquor and gasoline, in the coming months.



Recent Headlines

Preteens out of detention before trial under new ordinance
Friday, September 14, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Board bars detention of youth under 13 years old
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Injustice Watch

Preteens accused of crimes won't be locked up at Cook County juvenile center
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Slowik: Cook County offers residents last chance to comment on strategic plan
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Daily Southtown

Settlement over Cook County's 2007 decision to cut inmates' dental care will cost nearly $5.3 million
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Anti-patronage Shakman pact requiring federal oversight of Cook County hiring, firing to end
Friday, August 31, 2018
Chicago Tribune

1st District upholds merit board in firing of deputy
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Neighborhood program helps Cook County residents buy homes
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Judge upholds Cook County firearm, ammunition taxes
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Editorial: E-filing should make Cook County courts more accessible. It doesn't
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County tax incentive could pave way for Wingstop, Dunkin' Donuts on Elgin's Summit Street
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: What happened to the elk?
Friday, August 10, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wells Fargo to offer $15,000 grants to potential Cook County homebuyers
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Suit alleges Cook County detainees secretly monitored in bathrooms in holding cells at courthouses
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Half the elk at Busse Woods died last year, and officials arenít sure why
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

A letter from Dr. Jay Shannon regarding gun violence and Stroger Hospital
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

As Evanston adapts to minimum wage hike, nearby towns say they have no plan to join in
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Lawsuit could blast a $250 million hole in county budget
Monday, August 06, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Pappas: Automatic refunds of $19.5 million going to 53,000 homeowners because of property tax cuts
Monday, August 06, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Thousands of Cook County homeowners to receive property tax refunds
Monday, August 06, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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