The satellite industry is helping lead the fight in Illinois against potential legislation that would impose a 5% tax on satellite bills after a similar measure cleared the state Senate a year ago but fell short of passage. "This is a discriminatory tax on families and businesses that rely on satellite television. ... Subscribers in Illinois should not be forced to pay higher taxes simply because the cable industry wants to gain a competitive advantage at their expense," Andrew Reinsdorf, DIRECTV's senior vice president of government affairs, said last year.

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