SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois lawmaker says
Olympic athletes who win medals shouldn't have to pay state tax on their
State Sen. Julie
Morrison is sponsor of legislation approved by a Senate committee Wednesday
that would waive the tax.
Morrison is a Democrat
from the Chicago suburb of Deerfield who says
she represents many of Illinois'
Olympic athletes. She says Olympic athletes proudly represent Illinois
and the U.S.
and "we should honor them for their commitment."
Morrison says exempting Illinois' taxes on the
prizes is "one small way to show our appreciation."
Olympians who win a gold
medal also receive $25,000. Silver medalists win $15,000, while bronze
medalists earn $10,000.
The legislation also
applies to Para-Olympians.
could be considered by the full Senate as early as Thursday.
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