Illinois House approves gas and cigarette tax, legal sports betting and more

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The House of Representatives passed nearly all Governor J.B. Pritzker’s agenda. 

Saturday, the House approved a balanced budget, legal sports betting, expanded casinos and new taxes.

The House voted to double the gas tax from 19 to 38 cents per gallon, hike cigarette taxes by $1 to $2.98 a pack, and to modernize the internet sales tax.

The new taxes will fund some major projects, road repairs, bridges, infrastructure.

One of the most conservative Republicans Margo McDermed said it could have been worse.

She says the GOP killed a bag tax, streaming tax, beer, wine, liquor tax and real estate transfer tax.

Leader Jim Durkin says Governor Pritzker compromised and gave republicans several big tax breaks and incentives for businesses to help grow jobs.

The governor reversed a campaign pledge to kill the scholarship tax credits that helps poor kids get into private schools. 

The senate comes in Sunday to wrap up.

All signs are pointing toward a historic first four months under the new governor. 

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