Toi Hutchinson, Illinois State Senator, on Strip Club Tax: "We May Have a Compromise"

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Illinois state senator Toi Hutchinson says her strip club tax might get legs
Toi Hutchinson, the Illinois state senator who introduced the "strip club tax" bill to fund aid to sexual assault victims, has left Daily RFT a voicemail saying that despite grumblings from opponents, the bill is still "in negotiations" and "we may have a compromise."

As we reported Wednesday and last week, some folks aren't crazy about this legislation. They think it's unfair to tax strip clubs in this way, claiming that there's no connection between the clubs and sexual assault.

But the senator disagrees, writing to us yesterday via e-mail:
There are studies showing an increase in the crime rate, especially sexually- related offenses, in neighborhoods that contain an adult entertainment facility. 
We are fascinated by this, and trying to hunt down the studies. As soon as we find them, we'll update this post; in the meantime, here's the rest of her e-mail: 
I am by no means suggesting that by entering an adult entertainment facility an individual automatically obtains a disposition to commit a sexual assault against another person. 

I am, however, taking a hard look at the data that suggests the adult entertainment industry does have a responsibility towards assisting women who have been assaulted, in similar fashion to the way gambling facilities contribute towards anti-gambling programs and in the way tobacco companies contribute to smoking cessation programs.

Since introducing Senate Bill 3348, meaningful conversations are happening with the adult entertainment industry.  I am hopeful as we continue our discussions that reasonable legislation can be advanced that fulfills my goal of protecting victims of sexual assault.
We'll keep you updated as negotiations continue.

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Mike N.
Mike N.

It's not like alcohol consumption could have anything to do with "an increase in the crime rate, especially sexually-related offenses"...


Senator Hutchinson's cause and effect logic is way off course here.  For starters I don't believe such studies exist and there are several other studies which have shown there is no direct correlation between sexually suggestive stimuli and sexual predatory behavior.  Sexual predators are made through a combination of genetic predisposition and damaging emotional and abusive environments, typically in early childhood development.  A sexual predator will commit their crimes regardless of the presence of pornography, strip clubs, or willing participants and getting rid of these things does not and has not reduced the prevalence of these crimes.  In a word, sexual predators “get off” on violence and would do so no matter who they target or what they see.  99.9% of people walk into a strip club without the intention of sexually assaulting someone, and the same 99.9% walk out again the same way. Then she completely ignores the fact that many of these establishments are located in areas that are economically disadvantaged and already have high crime rates across the board.  Using the same logic and argument you could say East St. Louis’ 3am liquor laws are 100% the cause of the all the misfortune happening across the river.  3am liquor laws are a symptom of something larger, not the cause. In typical Chicago/Illinois fashion this bullshit hits the fan right at the same time Senator Durbin (D IL) starts beating on East St. Louis to reform its liquor laws and Springfield harasses them to shut down the strip clubs – one of the area’s last major economic lifelines.  I would remind you all that East St. Louis has been its current state for almost 30 years if not longer despite all the “attention” and “concern” shown by Illinois’ politicians for their citizens.  And Sen. Hutchinson’s solution to the region’s problems?  A tax.  That’s right…a tax…who’s benefits I guarantee you will never feel and you will never see. Dump the hyperbole and take a look at this for what it really is, another tax and another bullshit initiative to make you feel like they “care” and are “concerned” cloaked in championing alleged victims.  We’re on to your game.

Nicholas Phillips
Nicholas Phillips

 We just received word from the senator's office that, next week, they'll point us to specific research that supports their claims. When that happens, we'll do another post.


Haha what happened to, "there are studies"!  You'd think someone would have them in hand (or their shit together for that matter) before they start petitioning for additional taxes.  Hilarious! Well while her office gets its act together I encourage anyone to explore the works of pathological psychologists Chris Ferguson & Richard Hartly debunking this myth.  And since I can't link, to read the wikipedia article "social effects of pornography" revealing that research, as a whole, remains inconclusive on the subject. You suck Hutchinson.  Why don't you try spending our money and our time trying to come up with solutions that actually fix the problems of East St. Louis instead of taxing and infringing on what adults can and cannot do with their time.

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