Lawmakers have passed a bill that will use strip clubs as a funding source from programs to assist victims of rape and sexual assault. A bill is headed to Governor Pat Quinn's desk that will require owners of the clubs that serve alcohol to either add $3 to their cover charge, or pay a lat fee based on total receipts.
Representative Richard Morthland says using money from strip clubs to fund rape crisis centers could actually backfire on the female dancers, who must meet a quota each night.
Many club owners are opposed to the idea. They say the extra charge could potentially kill smaller stip joints and put their staffs out of work. Only clubs that serve alcohol will be required to pay. The state will collect the extra cash and use to help victims of sexual assault.