Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Saturday a bill that will use a tax on strip clubs to fund the state's 33 rape crisis centers. Strip clubs will be asked to pay either a tax of $3 per customer or an amount at the end of the year based on sales.
The legislation is meant to replenish funding for rape crisis centers, which, like many other social services, have lost money during the state's prolonged budget crisis. The tax is expected to raise up to $1 million a year.
However, there are some questions about whether it is fair to target strip clubs, as there is not clear evidence that strip clubs are linked to sexual violence.