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 9
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:
In January, the Illinois Gaming Board denied licenses to social clubs. Rather than follow the law, Legislators passed Senate Bill 2371 to legalize video gambling in thousands of private clubs, both for profit and non-profit.
Senate Bill 1731, the bill to let every social club in Illinois have slot machines passed the House 76-40-1. Voting in favor was Mike Tryon. In opposition were Jack Franks, David McSweeney, Tim Schmitz and Barbara Wheeler.
Senate Bill 2371 was approved in the Senate after House amendments by a vote of 52-1. Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay voted in favor, while Dan Duffy was at home attending his daughter’s high school graduation. The bill will allow all social clubs in Illinois to have slot machines
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