Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans to raise the cigarette tax by .75 cents a pack means Chicago will have the highest combined state and local tax rate in the nation at $7.42 a pack.
As a reminder that cigarette taxes aren't the only burden Chicagoans must bear as citizens of this fine city, here a partial list of some of the ways Chicago also leads the pack in highest taxes and other depressing statistics.
(Note: For those of you out there ready to jump on me as a “Chicago-hater”, please know I am also currently compiling a list of Chicago’s “best-ofs” for a future post.)
Of course, some people also think Chicago is the most corrupt city in America. But I’m not going to dignify that idea by even including it on this list.