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American Lung Association Supports Tax Hike

Governor Quinn wants to increase the cigarette tax from 98-cents to a dollar 98-cents.  That's a one dollar hike that Kathy Drea, with the American Lung Association in Illinois, says they support 100-percent.

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The governor is proposing the hike as part of his plan to restructure Medicaid.  Quinn anticipates the increase will bring in an additional 337-million dollars a year, plus the federal government will match that 100-percent.  The proposal still needs to get through the general assembly.  It's drawing some resistance from both House and Senate Republicans.