Illinois raises sales tax on coffee, candy, tea

Beginning Sept. 1, that afternoon candy bar snack is going to cost you more.

Illinois' $31 billion capital bill -- the first to be passed by the state legislature in more than 10 years -- will bring in more revenue for Illinois by way of higher sales taxes on candy, bottled tea and coffee as well as medicated hygiene products.

Metro-east consumers will pay more for these products to help fund roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects across the state. The state is changing the tax rate categories for those products from the lower food sales tax rate of one penny to the higher general merchandise rate.

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