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Simon pushes for new strip club tax

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Illinois Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon said she’ll work with state lawmakers to pass a new tax on strip clubs that charges owners $5 for every patron who walks through their club doors.

Simon spoke Friday in support of a bill introduced by Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) last week that proposes the new “pole tax,” as it’s been called. There are about 100 strip clubs in Illinois, and the tax would only apply to those that serve or allow alcohol on their premises.

“This is a way to make sure that we get some very much needed funding to group of people who provide great services across the state of Illinois,” said Simon, who added the tax would create a good source of revenue for the state.

Under the proposal, money received would be funneled directly into a “Sexual Assault Prevention Fund.”

The tax revenue would fund grants to community organizations that aim to prevent sexual assault. It would also help fund rape crisis centers throughout the state and other agencies that help sexual assault victims.

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