Updated 4:30 p.m. with Quinn's comments
Updated 3:57 p.m. with the full Senate's approval of the proposal
Illinois lawmakers have approved raising cigarette taxes by $1 a pack. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who supports the increase.
The state Senate approved the legislation 31-27 Tuesday in a vote that largely followed party lines.
The Illinois House has agreed to raise tobacco taxes as part of a plan to strengthen the state Medicaid program.
The tax increase passed 60-52 Friday. It now goes to the Senate, which has backed similar increases in the past.
It more than doubles the tax on cigarettes, to $1.98 a pack. Other tobacco products would see a similar tax increase.
It also would create a special tax on hospitals that would then be matched by the federal government and returned to the state.
In all, it's supposed to raise $800 million a year for the Medicaid program.
Gov. Jay Nixon says he does not intend to get involved in a campaign to raise Missouri's lowest-in-nation cigarette tax.
Supporters are expected to turn in petition signatures this week for a November ballot initiative asking voters to raise the Missouri's tax on a pack of cigarettes to 90 cents from the current 17 cents.
Nixon said Monday his focus is "to hold the line on taxes" but Missouri voters are entitled to voice their own opinions at the ballot box.
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