Althoff Reports on the Week in Springfield

A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff in which the subhead I like best reads, “Permanent Spending/Temporary Revenues“: Senate Week in Review: March 4-8, 2013 Springfield, Ill. – In his annual budget message delivered March 6, Gov. Pat Quinn … Continue reading

The Thompson Center – Past, Present and, maybe, Future

The building that looks like a glass ski slope or a huge hot dog stand located across from Chicago’s City Hall was named for Governor James R. Thompson. People call it the Thompson Center. Land on which it sits used … Continue reading

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

Coming to a Gas Station and Convenience Store Near Us

As we were on our vacation to the Intermountain West the last part of June, my family was amused at my taking photos of gambling signs and machines. Look at the difference in the British Petroleum gas station sign in … Continue reading