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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — A south suburban lawmaker is pushing for a new $5 per customer tax for strip clubs in Illinois.

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) is sponsoring the Live Adult Entertainment Facility Act, SB 3348, which would impose the tax on every operator who operates an “adult entertainment facility.”

The measure, introduced to the Illinois Senate on Feb. 7, dictates that the proceeds from the new tax would be deposited into the Sexual Assault Prevention Fund, and in turn handed over to sexual assault victims’ advocacy organizations.

Strip club owners do not like the idea at all. The Chicago Tribune reports they argue that smaller strip clubs could be driven out of business, and dancers, bartenders and other employees could end up unemployed.

The Tribune says owners worry that customers already feel like they’re spending too much at the door for admission, and taxes on top of that would make it worse.

Hutchinson’s measure has not yet been assigned to a committee and has yet to pick up any co-sponsors.

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