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IL Lieutenant Governor Backs Strip Club Fee Law

Allison Blood, KMOX
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Sheila Simon at Call for Help, Allison Blood, KMOX
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Il. (KMOX) - The proposed five dollar entrance tax on strip clubs has small club owners claiming this will put them out of business, but Illinois’s Lieutenant Governor says those aren’t the jobs she’s worried about saving.

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon says she’s more interested in keeping the sexual violence resource centers open than the strip clubs.  Simon spoke at the Sexual Assault Victim’s Care Unit in East St. Louis.

“When it comes down to, if there’s going to be job losses, the jobs I really want to protect are the jobs like Mindy and her nine other colleagues that work here,” she said.

She said because the center helps children, holds prevention education seminars at local schools and councils women who are victims of sexual assault.

When asked why other clubs that sell alcohol weren’t targeted in this legislation, Simon said the research this bill was written on found the strongest correlation between strip clubs, alcohol and violence. She said many women who work at strip clubs become victims of sexual violence, but also men who visit the clubs who are often intoxicated and carry a lot of cash are easy targets for assault and robbery.

Simon says she and other lawmakers are working with strip club owners to find a solution that makes all parties happy, but so far, it’s not clear what that compromise would be. California is debating a similar bill, but it requires a ten-dollar entrance fee. This bill was based on research and a similar bill out of Texas.

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