Earlier this year, Chicago’s new tax on cigars and other tobacco products was declared unconstitutional. The reason was because a state law prevented home rule charter cities from imposing additional taxes.
Now there’s a bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would reverse that law. H.B. 1241 was introduced by Rep. Michael J. Madigan, R-Chicago. If passed it wouldn’t mean Chicago’s added OTP tax, which never went into effect, would then suddenly become in effect. The city would need to pass another law introducing another OTP tax.