20% Increase in Gambling Yields Only 2.1% More for State Aid to Education, Des Plaines Casino Cannibalizes Nearby Illinois and Indiana Competitors

The money lost at casinos in Illinois has increase over 20%, but money going to State Aid to Education is up only 2.1%. One reason is that Illinois has a graduated income tax based on calendar years. Because Des Plaines … Continue reading

The Senate Roll Call on the Gambling Expansion Bill

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. … Continue reading

Massive Gambling Bill Passes with a Little Help from a McHenry County Friend

And who is that friend who voted for a casino in Chicago and many other places? State Rep. Mark Beaubien (R-Barrington Hills). The 65-50-2 vote roll call is below: In McHenry County State Representatives Jack Franks and Mike Tryon voted, … Continue reading

Message of the Day – An Elephant

In reporting the 57-53 defeat of the bill to force every Illinois citizen to pay $30 to subsidize the CTA/RTA last Thursday, the Chicago Tribune had this sentence: ”Senate President Emil Jones earlier called the construction and gambling package the … Continue reading

Message of the Day – An Elephant

In reporting the 57-53 defeat of the bill to force every Illinois citizen to pay $30 to subsidize the CTA/RTA last Thursday, the Chicago Tribune had this sentence: ”Senate President Emil Jones earlier called the construction and gambling package the … Continue reading

Preparing the Way for Mike Tryon and Pam Althoff to Vote for More Casinos

I see that the Daily Herald’s Kerry Lester has written an article about leaders in McHenry County wanting more money for roads. And that they don’t really care where it comes from. Lester points out that U.S. News and World … Continue reading

Preparing the Way for Mike Tryon and Pam Althoff to Vote for More Casinos

I see that the Daily Herald’s Kerry Lester has written an article about leaders in McHenry County wanting more money for roads. And that they don’t really care where it comes from. Lester points out that U.S. News and World … Continue reading