SPRINGFIELD --- Strip clubs that sell booze or let people drink alcoholic beverages would face a new tax under a measure the Illinois House sent to the governor today.
Lawmakers approved the strip club tax 92-23, with three voting present. The money would go to support rape crisis centers, which have seen funds drop about 28 percent over the past five years.
A strip club operator would have two options under the measure. The operator could charge a $3 admission fee or pay taxes based on how much money they take in.
An operator making $2 million or more per year would pay a $25,000 tax. Those making $500,000 to $2 million would pay $15,000 annually. Operators making less than $500,000 a year would have a $5,000 tax.
"I feel as though we have found a creative way to help these victims," she said.
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a Democrat, hailed the negotiations with the club industry that brought about the legislation and the support from both