Illinois rep blasts “false” Jussie Smollett case, rolls out from bill to nix film tax credit for his employer

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To speak Illinois Rep. Michael McAuliffe, actions seem louder than words — what is the reason, why the Chicago Republican said he is firing back to Jussie Smollett for the alleged hate-crime-hoax-charges with the legislation of its own.

The legislature announced its decision on Tuesday to file a bill that would ban, no TV-or movie-production has, that the “Empire” actor, the of the receive state tax credits. Earlier that day, the Cook County State ‘s Attorney’ s Office said the granting of Smollett, was nolle pros, which is essentially the case fall.

“A lot of valuable Chicago Police Department (CPD) man-hours and resources have been wasted hunting for a sham crimes arranged by Smollett,” McAuliffe said in an online statement on Tuesday. “Hate crimes are serious, and the time and effort is the CPD. He has bond cost in Chicago a lot more than $10,000. Smollett, you should not be able to a bit more of the city of Chicago or Illinois.”


McAuliffe blasted the actor for the emergence of the “media frenzy” in the past two months and claimed that the Chicago Police Department was devoting “forced” to examine resources Smollett’s allegations that two men beat him up on a cold January night. The city of Chicago delivered a letter to Jussie Smollett ‘s legal team on Thursday seeking $ 130,000 from the actor, a spokesman for the city law Department, told Fox News, while Smollett’s lawyers argued that mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson “owe him an apology.”

“[These funds] could have been better for addressing gun violence and other very real threats to public safety,” a statement from McAuliffe’s office read.

“Where is the city of Chicago is concerned, Jussie Smollett is far freed away from the liability.”

— Michael McAuliffe

The representative noted Chicago’s growing influence on the film and TV industry, declared that the city provides tax relief — a 30 percent film tax credit, plus a 15 percent bonus “on work expenditures in high-poverty areas” — for the promotion of growth in this area. The Fox drama, “Empire”, the Smollett stars, currently films in Chicago.


To combat what he called injustice from the Cook County State ‘s Attorney’ s Office about the Smollett judgment, McAuliffe said he would introduce legislation would require that any production, the deal is the 36-year-old actor to “lose”, the state film tax credits or other incentives through the Illinois Department of Revenue or the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

“Where is the city of Chicago is concerned, Jussie Smollett is far exempt is removed from liability,” McAullife said. “While the state attorney has decided not to pursue justice in this case, we need to send a message that Smollett, the actions are a reflection of the values that we will not be tolerated in Chicago. His accusations and lies caused a lot of pain for all Chicagoans.”

On Thursday, while he said that his new bill CNN, McAuliffe Smollett “from Chicago said, the laughingstock of the nation.”

Illinois Rep. Michael McAuliffe (left) leads a law to prevent draft, companies that employ, Jussie Smollett (on the right) from the receiving state tax credits.

“The General Assembly here in Illinois a very robust tax credit to a production company that plans for filming TV shows or movies,” McAuliffe told the news network. “And I have the feeling that someone like … Smollett or anyone else, commit should be the same type, do not benefit from this generous, robust tax credit that is offered by the city of Chicago residents and taxpayers of the state of Illinois.”

Smollett was accused of counts in the 16-crimes in connection to his Chicago assault allegations at the beginning of March. He pleaded not guilty and was freed of all charges by the Cook County State ‘s Attorney’ s Office on Tuesday. Evidence in the case is also expected that they will remain closed.

The “Empire” star has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation and said Tuesday that he was ready to “just get back to work and move on” with his life.

At the end of February, “Empire” show executives revealed that Smollett, the character had been cut from the last two episodes of season 5 in the middle of the open investigation. His future on the series, remains unclear. However, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment sent a message, in support of the actor on Tuesday.

“Jussie Smollett has always been his innocence claims, and we are grateful, in his name, that all the charges read against him were dismissed,” the statement.

McAuliffe did not immediately return Fox News’ request for further comment on the legislation Friday morning.

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.

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