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Illinois Plans Cigarette Tax Increase

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At a time when the state is struggling with a major budget crisis, state lawmakers may turn to smokers to raise money.

The plan calls for a one dollar per pack increase in the state cigarette tax. But Bud Kelley, a lobbyist for the tobacco industry, says a higher tax simply will convince smokers to buy cigarettes in other states.

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