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 1
While Legislators and reporters awaited changes to the massive gambling expansion bill, SB 1739, both the House and Senate passed the following bills to expand gambling:
House Bill 996 is an expansion of charitable gambling that also allows video gambling machines in the same facility, turning the events into full casinos. Gambling companies, not charities, will rake in most of the money. The Department of Revenue does not have enough investigators to adequately monitor and enforce this law.
The Senate 40-12 vote on House Bill 996 which allows slot machines where charitable gaming allowed. Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay voted in favor, while Dan Duffy voted, “No.”
Final 70-46-1 vote on House Bill 996, which allows slot machines where charitable gaming allowed. Voting “Yes” was Mike Tryon. Voting in opposition were Jack Franks, David McSweeney, Tim Schmitz and Barb Wheeler.
FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION
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