The following handout from Governor Pat Quinn’s legislative lobbying operation has been distributed by the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems.
OPPOSE HB 996
(Proposed Charitable Games Act Amendments)
Would undermine the original intent of the Charitable Games Act to allow charities to conduct modest gaming events as a fundraising activity.
Would allow charities to conduct high stakes gambling:
- The bill would allow the bet size to double for many games, from $10 to $20, and would allow the cash winnings to double as well, from $250 to $500. The bill would also allow unlimited non cash prizes.
- For non house backed games like Texas Hold ’em, the bill would allow unlimited amounts to be wagered.
Would allow charities to operate casino-like environments:
The bill would allow video gaming terminals to be operated at the same time a charitable games event is conducted. Current law prohibits simultaneous operation of slot machines and similar devices for this very reason.
Would allow more charitable gaming events in the facilities that host such events, increasing the burden on the neighborhoods where these facilities are located.
- Would change the formula for the amount to be paid to the State by the charity from the event receipts: rather than 3% of the gross proceeds, the amount would be 5% of the net proceeds could make it more difficult to ascertain whether the correct amount was remitted.
Would allow charities to compete more directly with other forms of legalized gambling:
- The sum total of the changes made by the bill would enable charities to conduct gaming on a level that legitimately rivals
other gaming interests, such as riverboats.
More events with higher betting levels and higher value winnings (cash and non-cash) would increase the challenges of policing these events and enforcing the limitations.