If Nike's LeBron X-Plus shoes weren't under your kids' Christmas tree because they cost $310 a pair, beware, because the cost could go up 25 cents if you buy them in Illinois next year. Sure, the sneakers transmit jump heights to smart phones and the web, and similar shoes were worn by LeBron James when he played in the 2012 Olympics, but really, are they worth $310.25?
State Rep. Will Davis (D-Chicago) thinks an extra quarter fee on any pair of gym shoes sold in Illinois is a great idea, and wants to fund a state-funded youth program with the proceeds.
What's next, Representative, a $.25 tax on six-inch Christian Louboutin stilettos for an abused women fund? Why not? Those quarters could enhance State Senator Toi Hutchinson's $10 Illinois fee already being tucked into every strip club visit in the state.