KHQA ABC 7 News, Quincy, Ill. - May 11, 2016 | Original report

By Camille Smith

(KHQA) -- In Illinois, feminine hygiene products are taxed in the same category as your shampoo.

Women in Illinois pay a 6.25 percent sales tax every time they buy tampons, pads or menstrual cups.

That's because the state classifies those products as "luxury items."

"I'd like to think every woman knows being on their period is no luxury, certainly shouldn't be taxed like one," Illinois Senator Melinda Bush said.

Senator Bush said it is time to end what she calls an unfair tax on women.

She's introduced Senate Bill 2746, which would eliminate the tax once and for all.

"What we're really talking about here is a bigger global issue and that's that women have been paying more for things throughout their lives and maybe don't even know it," Bush said.

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