Illinois strip club tax nets about $500M in first few years

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A tax on Illinois businesses that serve alcohol and have adult live entertainment has been generating about a half-million dollars annually for state agencies.

The Live Adult Entertainment Facility Surcharge tax affects facilities where patrons can watch topless, nude dancing and stripping. It took effect Jan. 1, 2013.

The State Department of Revenue reports about $406,000 in revenue for fiscal year 2014, $501,000 for 2015 and $532,000 for 2016.

Cathy McClanahan, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center at The Women’s Center, tells The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan that she thought her organization would receive more than the almost $9,000 it got from the taxes. She says her organization and others were expecting at least $1 million to fund their work with rape crisis centers and with rape prevention.