Is Another Push for Slot Machines in Unincorporated Taverns Coming?

OK. You can say another effort to legalize slot machines and video poker is not likely. But, before you or I come to that conclusion, let’s look at what happened to the Liquor & License Committee make-up for the next … Continue reading

Fox River Grove Approves Slot Machines

With slot machine salesmen and liquor licensees urging the Fox River Grove Village Board to legalize what proponents like to call “video poker,” the Board complied on a 6-0 vote. Frank Gumma, owner, Ideal Gaming, Inc., East Dundee, made the … Continue reading

Spring Grove Refuses to Turn Over Andy Zinke’s Emailed Campaign Pitch

On night last week, I shot off 20-30 Freedom of Information requests for emails from announced McHenry County Sheriff candidate Andy Zinke. I’ve gotten a lot of replies. Today I received my first rejection. It was from the Village of … Continue reading

Spring Grove Village Board Approves Video Slot Machines 4-3

Some notes from a friend of McHenry County Blog about the Spring Grove’s Village Board’s approval of what supporters call “Video Poker,” but what will really put slot machines at any restaurant or tavern with a liquor license: Tonight, Spring … Continue reading

Legislative Update from St. Rep. Mike Tryon

An email from Mike Tryon about the next-to-the-last week in Springfield: Key legislation was debated and voted on last week in the General Assembly. Here is an update of some of the more noteworthy items: Bill to Curb use of … Continue reading

Slot Machines in Crystal Lake: No, No, No, No, No, No, Who Am I To Judge?

An informal discussion was held Tuesday night by the Crystal Lake City Council about whether to allow slot machines (“video poker,” if you favor the idea) in town After presentations by two gambling machine purveyors, City Council members expressed a … Continue reading

Tryon Shares Survey Results that Show Opposition to “Gaming Expansion”

A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon tells us the results of a recent poll.  When I asked I was told about 100 people participated. Interestingly, one result is exactly the opposite of the way that Tryon voted. He … 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

Dan Duffy Reacts to Court Decision Dumping Video Gambing, Liquor and Candy Taxes, Calls for Enforcement of Balanced Budget Mandate

With the backdrop of the appellate court having invalidated the law that imposed higher taxes on liquor and candy, plus the spreading of video gambling machines all over the state, State Rep. Dan Duffy made the following comments: I agree … Continue reading

Bill Dugan, Long-Time, Now-Retired, Head of Operating Engineers Local 150 Indicted

The U.S. Attorney has released the following press release about the indictment of Bill Dugan, long-time president of Local 150 of the Operating Engineers. The Operating Engineers are the only Chicago-area union that tends to side with the Republican Party … Continue reading

Feds Expand Video Gambling Indictment

BERWYN BUSINESSMAN ARRESTED ON FEDERAL ILLEGAL GAMBLING AND TAX FRAUD CHARGES; ADDED AS EIGHTH DEFENDANT IN NEW INDICTMENT CHICAGO – A Chicago man who allegedly helped a criminal organization run its illegal gambling activities was arrested today on federal gambling … Continue reading

Dan Ryan Blames Defeat on Refusal to Fill Out ALAW Conflict of Interest Questionnaire

In an interview with the Daily Herald, Sun City McHenry County Board member Dan Ryan blamed his refusal to disclose personal financial information requested by the Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water and low turnout in his retirement community. “It … Continue reading

IFI Voter Guide Mail Fail

When I went to the mailbox this afternoon, I found something that obviously was supposed to be delivered before yesterday’s election. It was the Illinois Family Institute’s 2010 Voter’s Guide for the primary eleciton. Since the races for governor as … Continue reading

Craig Steagall Outlines McHenry County Board Goals

On District 3 McHenry County Board candidates’ web site, Craig Steagall outlines his goals, if elected. They are interesting, especially, the ethics, transparency and creation of email surveying capabilities, so I thought I would share them with you below: Craig’s … Continue reading