Monday, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 744 by a vote of 30 to 27 with two voting “Present.”
The Senate roll call follows. The roll call by state representatives and an explanation of the bill can be found here.
Every legislator who lives in McHenry County voted against this massive expansion of gambling in Illinois. State Rep. Mark Beaubien, who lives in the Lake County part of Barrington Hills supported the bill. State Senator Dan Duffy, also from Southeast Lake County, voted against the bill.
When the slot machine, euphemistically call video poker machine bill was passed, not only Beaubien, but his Republican colleagues Mike Tryon and Pam Althoff voted, “Yes.”
Remember the fight at the County Board level?
Patriots United weighed in and won.
Undoubtedly Althoff and Tryon were told of the tactics used by the social conservatives to marshal support for their position against slot machines in McHenry County.
While the two bills are not the same, they both were/are intended to expand gambling a lot. It seems significant that the county’s two Republicans were not voting “Yes” this time.
Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks voted against both bills and explained his position to a forum on video poker run by Patriots United.