Lawmaker wants Illinois not to tax Olympic medalists

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A suburban lawmaker wants to stop the state from taxing Olympic athletes who won medals in Sochi.

State Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield sponsored a bill that would exempt athletes from having to pay Illinois’ 5 percent income tax on their earnings.

Olympic medalists win up to $25,000 in cash.

So far, there are 4 Sochi medalists from Illinois.

Paralympics athletes have yet to compete.

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  • Diane

    There is so very much WRONG with Sen Julie Morrison's bill. Where does one start.
    I'm assuming she does not now nor has she ever followed or worked with Olympians. Every athlete who earned a spot to to an Olympic Village has dedicated years of training and hard work to represent the United States in their discipline . Why only pay the medalists?

    Winning Olympic athletes hit the lottery anyway since they are allowed to be paid by large sports corporations like Nike, Burton, Rossignol , Look, Nintendo ,Capital One, General Mills etc. Using tax dollars for medals is a misuse of the People's Monies . I understand Shaun White was lucky enough to parley his olympic medals into 62 million dollars. No cash rewards for medals.

  • Enrique

    This is an election year. She also wants; two chickens in every pot, green jobs in the inner city, the oceans to recede and for us not to remember Obamacare in November. And of course the Republican is for dirty air, dirty water and want us to die.