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IL Senate Passes Cigarette Tax Hike

Smokers in Illinois may have one more reason to quit. On Tuesday, the Illinois Senate approved a $1 cigarette tax increase by a 31 to 27 vote. On Friday, the Illinois House voted in favor of the measure, which now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn. The tax hike is expected to generate $350 million, which will be used for health care of Illinois' low-income residents. Learn more about the bill in the PDF below, and check out our interactive graphic below to see how individual Senate members voted.





    Christine Hurley and Alison Burdo contributed to this report.

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