Emotions are rising in Illinois and in a few weeks so will the state's cigarette tax. The Illinois General Assembly passed the tax increase and Governor Pat Quinn has already signed it into law. The current tax on cigarettes in Illinois is 98 cents. Folks in Illinois are already talking about driving to other states to purchase their cigs, as the tax is set to take effect at the end of this month. Michael Moutray is manager of Shell Plaza in Grayville, Illinois, he's a smoker, he spends about $400 a month on cigarettes. But what's more important than his pockets are the fears he has for his business. Moutray predicts sales of four to five cartons a day at his shop will drop to one or two when the tax kicks in. Many say smokers will now cross state lines to get their squares. Its a blow to smokers to businesses and to a small shop just trying to get by. The cigarette tax takes effect June 24th.