BY DAVE MCKINNEY Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Jan 12, 2011 01:06AM
The Illinois House rejected a $1.01-a-pack increase in the state’s cigarette tax, dealing a setback to efforts by Gov. Quinn to pass a revenue package that will help the state out of its $15 billion budget hole.So glad the 14 smokers left in Illinois aren't getting screwed.
The vote was 51-66, but the measure was kept alive through a parliamentary maneuver. The cigarette tax increase would have earmarked $375 million for education.