The “revenue” bill that three of five McHenry County state legislators voted for was struck down by an appellate court today for violating the constitutional requirement for bills to be limited to one subject.
Those voting for the bill were State Reps. Mike Tryon and Mark Beaubien, plus State Senator Pam Althoff.
Opposing the measure were State Senator Dan Duffy and State Rep. Jack Franks.
So, Illinois has a reprieve of sorts until we have casinos at every gas station and restaurant, as seems to be the case in South Dakota.
And, if the battle for video gambling is to be re-fought, Patriots United is now organized.
You will remember the group managed to convince a small majority (13-10-1) of the McHenry County Board to reject video poker for the unincorporated part of McHenry County.
The liquor tax went down in the same decision.
The candy tax is gone, too.
Commenting on the decision, State Sen. Pam Althoff said,
“An opinion of this magnitude requires careful and detailed review to determine its impact to the state.
That process has begun.
We, the Senate Republicans, will be working in concert with the other caucuses of the General Assembly, the Governor’s office and the Attorney General’s office as they review the opinion and the impact on the state’s infrastructure program.”