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 on article too long, I shall run one a day.
Gambling Bills Passed by the Legislature – Part 3
House Bill 1570 expands video gambling in restaurants that have Off Track Betting Parlors.
The Senate vote on House Bill 1570, which allows slot machines in off-track betting parlors. State Senator Pam Althoff lives in McHenry, which has such a parlor. It was moved from Richmond when that location didn’t bring in enough cash. Althoff and Karen McConnaughay voted in favor, while Dan Duffy voted, “No.” The bill passed 41-11.
Here is the vote on House Bill 1570, which allows off-track betting parlors to install and operate slot machines. Mike Tryon voted for the legislation. Jack Franks, David McSweeney, Tim Schmitz and Barb Wheeler voted against the bill, which passed 91-24.
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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