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IL Lawmaker Proposes “Jock Tax” on “Wisconsin 14”

This is funny, but since Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (and now Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel) have pretty much turned their state into a “Sanctuary State,” it’s not likely to happen.

State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) is introducing legislation today that will apply the Illinois income tax to visiting legislators from Wisconsin and Indiana.

Noting that the Democrats passed legislation to “close corporate loopholes” which resulted in Illinois taxing planes while they were flying over Illinois, incomes of movie stars filming in Illinois, baseball and football team players on Illinois fields,

“I think that ought to apply to visiting Democrats.”

“What’s good enough for the Green Bay Packers is good enough for the Wisconsin legislature.”

The reason he brings up the Packers is because of the Wisconsin connection no doubt, but he just as well could have listed any other sports franchise in his statement.  Illinois (and probably Wisconsin too, since it’s a more common practice than you think) have what is commonly called “a Jock Tax” on the books.  “Jock Taxes” are meant to tax the income of pro athletes for the time they are in the state or municipality they are playing in for the length of the game.  Which means, if a player who resides in Los Angeles or New York City comes to play a game in Chicago or Milwaukee, they would be taxed on pretty much their game check.

No doubt the irony is lost on Illinois Democrats.  That said, I do believe Lance Burri is correct.  This sort of tax is for those who are doing their jobs; not running from it.

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