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Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Machine Makers Object To Proposed Tax Hike  

Jump to full article: CBS 2 Chicago, 2012-05-01

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Casual smokers at risk for same dangers as full-fledged addicts  

Jump to full article: The Daily Illini (U. of Illinois), 2012-05-02

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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Oak Creek Man For Cigarette Trafficking 

Jump to full article: Patch.org, 2012-04-30
Author: Mark Schaaf - Oak Creek, WI Patch

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A 40-year-old Oak Creek man is among nine people indicted by a federal grand jury in a case involving contraband cigarette trafficking and the sale of counterfeit cigarette tax stamps.

Mohammed Mazharuddin was charged with conspiracy and contraband cigarette trafficking. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The indictment alleges that the defendants transported unstamped cigarettes from Wisconsin to Illinois in order to evade Illinois state and local taxes, according to a news release.

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Another governor targets smokers  

Quinn only the latest to look to higher cigarette tax to help solve state's fiscal woes
Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2012-04-29
Author: SOPHIA TAREEN of the Associated Press

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But the plan to essentially double the cigarette tax has raised questions about whether such a hike could indeed curb smoking, if it's a sensible funding source as the number of smokers dwindles, and if it would simply drive smokers to buy cigarettes elsewhere.

"It makes sense from a public health perspective," said Heather Eagleton, a spokeswoman for the Illinois division of the American Cancer Society. "We are aware that it is difficult to quit ... and this may be the final push they need to quit."

Her group estimates that about $1.5 billion of the state's $14 billion Medicaid budget goes toward treating smoking-related diseases, such as lung cancer and emphysema.

However, business groups and smokers' rights advocates say it's not so simple.

"Why should a segment of the population that smokes have to pay for (Medicaid)?" said William Fleischli, a vice president of the Illinois Association of Petroleum Marketers and Illinois Association of Convenience Stores.

He cites a 2010 study by Illinois State University that calls a cigarette tax an unstable source of income, especially as the number of smokers continues to shrink.

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Illinois Gov. Quinn promotes cigarette tax hike as funding source with health care benefits  

Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2012-04-29
Author: * SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press

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Whether successful or not, Illinois governors repeatedly have aimed at the same target for additional money to address the state's financial gap -- cigarette smokers.

But for the first time, Gov. Pat Quinn has floated the idea of tying a cigarette tax hike to improving health care. The Democrat says a $1-per-pack increase would bring in nearly $700 million -- including federal matching funds -- to help close a $2.7 billion Medicaid short fall, with the benefits going well beyond.

The thinking goes like this: Raising the price of cigarettes gives smokers incentive to quit and deters young people from starting. Since there'll be fewer smokers, the costs of treating smoking-related diseases should also go down.

But the plan to essentially double the cigarette tax has raised questions about whether such a hike could indeed curb smoking, if it's a sensible funding source as the number of smokers dwindles, and if it would simply drive smokers to buy cigarettes elsewhere.

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Cigar time on county dime  

Jump to full article: Chicago Sun-Times, 2012-04-28
Author: PATRICK REHKAMP AND ROBERT HERGUTH Better Government Association

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But one veteran investigator added something else to his job description: smoking for hours on end inside a Bridgeport cigar shop while on the taxpayers’ clock.

Now he’s out of a job, and reforms are said to be under way in the 130-person unit that, sources say, long has been known as a place to coast, especially for those with clout.

An investigation by the Better Government Association and FOX Chicago News found Robert L. Thomas — a retired Chicago cop hired by the state’s attorney’s office in 1997 — spent large parts of his days hanging out at Gianni Cigars Etc. at 31st and Canal when he was supposed to be working. (When the shop moved a couple of blocks away this month, he started showing up there, too.) . . .

So who was Thomas’ direct boss?

It was a state’s attorney employee named Frank Cupello, whom FOX and the BGA profiled some weeks back for allegedly engaging in vote fraud — regularly voting from Elmwood Park even though he lived for decades in Lake County. Cupello has close ties to Elmwood Park Mayor Pete Silvestri, who also is a Cook County commissioner.

Cupello gave Thomas good job performance ratings, marking on one review that Thomas is “exceeding expectations” when it comes to “time and resource utilization,” according to a copy obtained under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

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Bob Thomas | Cook County State's Attorney Investigator Spends Hours at Cigar Shop on Government Time 

Jump to full article: WFLD Television Fox (Chicago, IL), 2012-04-27

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Quinn defends proposal to raise cigarette taxes for health care  

Jump to full article: Chicago Tribune, 2012-04-24

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College of DuPage Tobacco-Free Starting Aug. 6  

Jump to full article: Chicago Tribune, 2012-04-26

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Quinn: Cigarette Tax Necessary To Avoid Deeper Cuts 

Jump to full article: Chicagoist, 2012-04-25

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Quinn defends proposal to raise cigarette taxes for health  

Jump to full article: WGN (Chicago, IL), 2012-04-24

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EDITORIAL: Our View: Increasing cigarette tax a good step in Illinois Medicaid plan 

Saving lives, saving money and raising revenue are three good reasons for Illinois to increase its cigarette tax $1 a pack.
Jump to full article: Rockford (IL) Register-Star, 2012-04-25

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McCLELLAND: Why the Cigarette Tax Is Another Poor Tax 

Jump to full article: NBC Chicago, 2012-04-24

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Democrats should go it alone on cigarette tax increase, Senate GOP leader says 

Proposal is part of $2.7 billion initiative to buoy Medicaid
Jump to full article: Chicago Tribune, 2012-04-24

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Is Quinn’s push for cigarette tax hike going up in smoke? 

Jump to full article: Journal Gazette and Times-Courier (IL), 2012-04-20

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