2 years ago by Bob Gough
Illinois lawmakers could vote this spring to impose a “pole tax” — a tax on stripper poles, that is
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers could vote this spring to impose a “pole tax” — a tax on stripper poles, that is.
Under legislation pending in the Illinois Senate, operators of adult entertainment facilities would pay a $5 fee to the state for each person who enters their establishments, with the proceeds going to fund rape crisis centers and other sexual assault assistance organizations.
State Sen. Toi Hutchinson said it didn’t take long for a lobbyist representing strip club owners to contact her after she filed the proposal.
“I knew it was going to be provocative,” the Olympia Fields Democrat said.
Hutchinson said she has nothing against strip clubs and topless bars but thinks they should contribute to the cause of helping abused women.
“If you’re going to sell sex and alcohol, then bad things sometimes happen,” Hutchinson said. “I’m hopeful they’ll work with me to take some of the stink off their name.”