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 7
Senate Bill 1884 legalizes Advance Deposit Wagering (Internet gambling on horse racing) until January 31, 2014. Advance Deposit Wagering became illegal on January 1, 2013 when the 3-year pilot program ended. SB 1884 grants sanctions to two companies that continued to take bets illegally.
Senate Bill 1884 will allow the resumption of internet betting on horse racing. The bill passed 90-18 with David McSweeney, Tim Schmitz, Mike Tryon and Linda Wheeler voting “Yes.” Jack Franks was not on the House floor for the May 26th vote. There’s an “E” next to his name, whatever that means.
In the Senate, SB 1884 passed 47-11. Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay supported the measure, while Dan Duffy was at his daughter’s high school graduation, so he did not vote on the measure.
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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