Gov. Pritzker signs gas, cigarette tax bills, part of major infrastructure bill

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker walks into the room before signing the state budget and legislation related to a graduated income tax in Illinois, during a bill signing Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed Rebuild Illinois into law, signing various bills part of the capital infrastructure plan.

The Rebuild Illinois package consists of four bills: HB 62, appropriations for capital projects; SB 1939, revenue for horizontal construction; HB 142, bond authorization; SB 690, gaming expansion, including revenue for vertical construction.

The plan was passed with bipartisan support. Pritzker said it will make $45 billion worth of investments in roads, bridges, railways, universities, early childhood centers and state facilities like the crime lab and veterans’ homes over the next six years, creating and supporting an estimated 540,000 jobs over the life of the plan and revitalizing local economies across the state.

“With this historic $45 billion capital plan, we’re fixing decades-long problems, creating good jobs, improving communities for the next generation – and doing it together, across party lines,” said Pritzker. “The Rebuild Illinois plan transforms our state’s approach to transportation infrastructure, finally treating our roads, bridges, and railways like 21st century investments and not relics of the past.”

The fuel tax will double from $0.19 per gallon to $0.38 per gallon. The cigarette tax will go up from $1.98 a pack to $2.98 a pack. E-cigarettes will be taxed at 15%. All of these are effective Monday.

“I am proud of Gov. Pritzker’s leadership and the bi-partisan support behind Rebuild Illinois. We are delivering on the promise to improve the lives of people across our state,” said Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton. “Rebuild Illinois is an investment in Illinois, its people and future generations of Illinoisans.”

Pritzker said signing the sports betting bill will help expand gambling which will lead to more economic opportunities throughout the state.

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