Cook County Commissioner Timothy Schneider of Bartlett
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The Cook County Board approved next year's nearly $3 billion budget Friday after passing a few last-minute amendments. The new budget calls for a $1 tax increase on cigarette packs, a $25 tax on gun purchases and a new tax on goods business owners purchase from outside the county. The county board also loosened the reins on how $140,000 earmarked for their own office supplies could be spent.