Tampons and sanitary pads will be exempt from sales taxes in Illinois under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The law goes into effect January 1.
Ending the so-called "Tampon Tax" is gaining traction in cities and states across the county. Cook County and the city of Chicago abolished the tax earlier this year, as did Connecticut and New York. Ten states currently have no sales taxes on feminine hygiene products.
State Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) sponsored the Illinois legislation.
"This is just the start of a conversation about the unfair 'pink taxes' women face as they buy products priced higher than similar ones marketed to men or, in this case, as they have to spend on products that men don't," the lawmaker said.