January 12, 2011 - Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved an income tax increase to ease the state’s fiscal crisis and $3.7 billion of bonding to cover pension payments, but rejected other key pieces of a fiscal bailout plan including a $1 cigarette tax hike and an $8.75 billion borrowing to pay off mounting bills.
Directly related news briefs:
January 11, 2011 - Illinois - tentative budget agreement includes a $1 increase in cigarette tax..;
January 5, 2011 - Illiinois - time for a tobacco tax increase, state now ranks 32nd in nation...
Reference: Illinois Lawmakers Approve Income Tax Increase and Pension Bonds by Yvette Shields, The Bond Buyer, 1/12/2011.