Not long ago, the governor’s office celebrated $358 million in movie and TV spending in Illinois. But not everybody’s applauding. A bill filed by State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) would repeal the state's film tax credit. He says it's the wrong priority. “I’ve had tax credit (bills) for other things – for manufacturing tax credits to encourage manufacturers to come to Illinois,” says Mitchell. “Those get nowhere, because, I’m told in Revenue Committee, it costs money.”
TV’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” are shot on location. Conversely, the movie “Chicago” was filmed in Toronto. The program offers a 30 percent tax credit on all production spending – including salaries – in the state.
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If you've been in line at the grocery store and gotten upset when you see the person in front of you whip out a Link card to pay for a cartload of junk food, Mitchell feels your pain.
“What we have here in the state of Illinois,” says Mitchell, “is a lot of people – some people – on these programs (such as SNAP, the food stamp program) that are also on Medicaid that are (diagnosed with) Type 2 diabetes. It just doesn’t make sense that we are funding this bad behavior.”
Mitchell proposes banning food stamp users from paying for “junk food” with their benefits. Mitchell says computerization keeps liquor purchases from going onto the food-stamp card, and this can be no different. The allocation would be the same, he says, just that all of it would be for more nutritious things. “Oatmeal, things like that,” he says. “Vegetables, things like that.”