After referring to Pottersville in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Aaron Shepley said, “If the voters of Crystal Lake want it (gambling) more than me as Mayor,[so be it]. I’m not going to compromise my beliefs.” It appears members of the Illinois General Assembly do not agree.
This article started with a press release from the Illinois Church Action Council on Alcohol and Addiction
. There are so many bills expanding gambling (despite the loss of the one to give Chicago, Danville, Rockford and the Waukegan-area casinos) that I am adding the roll calls. In order not to make an article too long, I shall run one a day.
Gambling Bills Passed by the Legislature – Part 5
Senate Bill 70 is an exemption to allow video gambling in retail liquor establishments, fraternal or veteran’s organizations closer than 100 feet from a church or school.
Senate Bill 70 allows establishments otherwise able to have slot machines but prohibited because they are too close to to have them. Senator Pam Althoff voted in favor, while Senators Dan Duffy and Karen McConnaughay were in opposition. The tally was 47-6.
In the House, Senate Bill 70 was supported by Mike Tryon. Voting, “No, ” were Jack Franks, David McSweeney, Tim Schmitz and Barbara Wheeler. The vote was 70-41-1.
FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION
The ICACAA recommends contacting Governor Quinn and ask him to VETO the gambling expansion bills: House Bills 996, 1140, 1570, 2520 and Senate Bills 70, 1738, 1884, 2234, 2371. Phone: 800-642-3112, 312-814-2121 or 217-782-6830 or Click here to send the Governor an e-mail.
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