A bill that got a lot of publicity – and a fair share of ridicule – when it was introduced has unanimously passed the Illinois Senate. It’s a tax on strip clubs. The money would go to rape crisis centers.  


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The club owners would pay an annual fee equal to either three dollars per customer or an amount based on gross receipts: $5,000, $15,000, or $25,000 if the revenue is, respectively, less than $500,000, between $500,000 and $2 million, and more than $2 million.  “This is one of those things that is a user fee attached to people who partake. It’s not a general tax increase, but it was the safest way we thought we could answer a problem that absolutely falls at our feet,” said the sponsor, State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields).   Clubs where alcohol is not permitted are exempt.   HB 1645 has passed the Senate, 53-0.


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