Chicago club owners say ‘no’ to strip club tax

June 1, 2012

Jewell Washington

Some Chicago adult entertainment club owners who serve alcohol are speaking out against a new tax approved by state legislators.

The measure would tax strip clubs and give that money to rape counseling centers.

Ben Allen owns Lucky Horseshoe, a male dance bar on Chicago’s North Side. He said strip clubs should not be the target of the tax.

“Even a 7-Eleven…selling pornographic magazines…should there be a special tax on that?” he asked. “I don’t believe that there’s necessarily that correlation.”

Allen also said the bill would cost him money and customers.

But proponents of the measure said there is a dangerous correlation between strip clubs, alcohol and workplace exploitation.

The bill still needs Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature.