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 8
Senate Bill 2234 allows electronic vouchers to be used in video gambling machines instead of cash. Electronic vouchers make it easier and faster for people to lose their money and gamble away their winnings.
Senate Bill 2234 allows people to gamble with electronic cards. It passed 80-37. Voting in favor were Jack Franks and Mike Tryon. Opposed were State Representatives David McSweeney, Tim Schmitz and Barb Wheeler.
Senate Bill 2234 passed the State Senate by 41-14. Voting for the bill was Karen McConnaughay. Voting against the bill were Pam Althoff. Dan Duffy did not vote because his daughter was graduating from high school.
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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