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The Cullerton Case

Last week, Democratic Senate President John Cullerton called for $1-a-pack increase in the state cigarette tax to avoid missing a road construction season. The cigarette tax could replace video poker as a source of construction money.

Republicans on the Senate Executive Committee, though, said it is unfair to pull the plug on a program that has been two years in the making.

“People have relied on our representations that we did a deal, the governor signed it and they invested money in this state,” said Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont. The Senate Minority Leader continued by saying, voting on the cigarette tax was “premature.” She said Illinois has other sources of construction money already in place.

VGT is well aware of this new development and is keeping a close watch on the situation at hand. We are working closely with the ICMOA and its membership to remedy the situation. VGT will continue to monitor the proposal, and inform you of any new developments.

In the meantime, we encourage you to share positive on-line news stories and or send this information to illinoisgaming@vgt.net. VGT notes the importance of rallying the industry around one-voice in an effort to educate the positive impact video gaming will have on the state of Illinois.