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Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM
By Lisa Balde & Lauren Petty

Preckwinkle Budget Proposes Cigarette Tax Hike

Preckwinkle Budget Proposes Cigarette Tax Hike

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle could target smokers, gamblers and gun owners in her proposed 2013 spending plan, to be unveiled Thursday. Reports of the ideas swirled the last few weeks, and... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM
By Lauren Petty

Cook County Considers "Violence Tax"

A potential new Cook County tax takes aim at guns, and gun rights activists aren't happy about it. County president Toni Preckwinkle wants to introduce a "violence tax" on guns and ammunition to help plug a $115... Read »

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