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 2
House Bill 1140 legalizes electronic raffle machines in bars, which would be under local control, not regulated by the Illinois Gaming Board, and could be ripe for corruption.
After its original contents were gutted, House Bill 1140 allows electronic raffle machines. The bill is jointly sponsored by Lou Lang and Ed Sullivan. Locally, voting in favor were David McSweeney, Tim Schmitz, Mike Tryon and Barb Wheeler. Jack Franks voted, “No.”
The Senate vote on House Bill 1140, which legalized locally-regulated raffle machines. Pam Althoff and Dan Duffy did not vote on the bill. Karen McConnaughay voted, “Yes.”
I assume the raffle machines are the lineal descendent of the jar games that I saw in various bars in 1966 when I was running for the Republican nomination for McHenry County Treasurer. Later I remember seeing one in the Elks Club in Woodstock. There were illegal then.
FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION
The ICACAA recommends contacting Governor Quinn and ask him to VETO the gambling expansion bills: House Bills 996, 1140, 1570, 2520 and Senate Bills 70, 1738, 1884, 2234, 2371. Phone: 800-642-3112, 312-814-2121 or 217-782-6830 or Click here to send the Governor an e-mail.
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