YouTube: IADDA Pushes for 5¢-a-Drink Alcohol Tax Increase in Illinois

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois leading addiction prevention, treatment and mental health advocates today unveiled legislation at a Springfield press conference that increases the states alcohol tax by nickel a drink to help fund state human services and reduce drinking.

The bill, HB 4557, sponsored by State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), would raise $254 million for cash-strapped Illinois and boost addiction healthcare services by $140 million and mental health care services by $92 million and the remaining $22 million would be deposited in the states general revenue fund—its daily checkbook.

A nickel-a-drink increase will raise $254 million to help offset the state budget deficit and provide critical investments to addiction healthcare services, said Sara Moscato Howe, CEO of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA).