cigarette tax hike Cigarette Tax Hike Revenue Falls Short Of Goal By Mike Moen • Jun 20, 2013 Illinois’ dollar-per-pack cigarette tax hike took effect a year ago this month. But the the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability says it's expected to fall $130 million short of initial revenue estimates. Cigarette tax hike goes to governor By Mike Moen • May 30, 2012 Illinois smokers should prepare to spend more money on cigarettes. The proposed dollar-a-pack increase cleared its final legislative hurdle Tuesday. Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the measure.