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Madigan: Illinois GOP will block cigarette tax hike
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan supports a cigarette tax increase to shore up Medicaid but is predicting Republicans will block the idea. The Chicago Democrat also said Wednesday that Gov. Pat Quinn plan to cut pension costs is "a good start."
Quinn proposes raising cigarette taxes by $1 a pack. It would raise about $670 million to help close a $2.7 billion Medicaid shortfall. But Republicans want more spending cuts.