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.
The sponsor of the concealed carry bill says it needs a minor fix amid concerns about transparency. The measure was drafted after a federal court ruled Illinois' concealed carry ban unconstitutional. It's still being reviewed by Governor Pat Quinn.
Attempting to lure a company from one state to another isn’t new. But some governors are attracting plenty of attention for so-called “job-poaching.” Illinois is one of several states that have been targeted by such efforts. But is it an effective strategy?