Second Only to Las Vegas

I was struck by a headline in Dave Diersen’s GOPUSA ILLINOIS last week:

State Plan For Casinos Runs Into Trouble Madigan: Chicago Would Become Major Gambling Area, Second To Vegas – Mike Flannery

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Three more casinos in the Chicago area, more than doubling casino gambling in Illinois in the Chicago metropolitan area, according to Mike Flannery’s story next to this print story.

From the text:

“Madigan told reporters he is skeptical of the new plan, saying it would make Chicago a major gambling area, second only to Las Vegas.

“’As long as the means don’t include taxes on people, I’d be happy to consider other alternatives,’ Blagojevich said.”

So, perhaps, we have House Speaker Mike Madigan worried about the long-term social and economic implications of moving Illinois closer to the Las Vegas model.

And, we have Governor Rod Blagojevich breaking his campaign promise not to expand gambling.

At least we know who the adult is and who’s the child.

Where would the money go?

CBS says, “The plan includes $300 million more for education, millions for school construction projects and a $200 million bailout for the Chicago area’s struggling mass transit systems.”
Second Only to Las Vegas

And, we have Governor Rod Blagojevich breaking his campaign promise not to expand gambling.

At least we know who the adult is and who’s the child.


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