New Illinois laws to raise gas and cigarette taxes

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Starting July 1,  the Illinois state gas tax doubled. Drivers who were paying 19 cents a gallon will now pay 38 cents a gallon.

According to Governor JB Pritzker, this money will help fund the state’s $45 billion plan to repair roads and bridges and schools.

Illinois residents under 21 won’t be able to buy tobacco products and cigarettes will cost more under new laws taking effect on Monday, July 7.  Illinois will join a handful of other states banning sales of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes in raising the age limit from 18 to 21.

Dozens of communities in the state have already enacted similar ordinances. The state will also increase its $1.98-per-pack cigarette tax by $1. The last increase was in 2012.

The money will be used to pay for construction projects at schools and colleges, along with other facilities.

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