Gambling
A Tax Payer Funded Casino in Chicago?
By Monte Larrick   |   04.24.14
State lawmakers may take a big gamble on expanding gambling in Illinois, again. State lawmakers and political pundits are trying...
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By David E. Smith   |   04.14.14
Bloomberg’s Brian Miller reports on the U.S. gambling industry on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.” (Source: Bloomberg) ...
Illinois Senate Considering Truck Stop Casinos
By Anita Bedell   |   04.12.14
State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) has sponsored SB 3144, a bill to double the number of video gambling machines at...
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Gambling Action Alert
By Anita Bedell   |   03.24.14
Rep. Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) introduced two amendments this week to SB 1739 that would expand gambling in Illinois.
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Springfield Adds Even More Gambling
By Anita Bedell   |   02.11.14
The Illinois House and Illinois Senate were in session just one day in January, yet they managed to pass a...
Video Slot Machines for Tinley Park?
By David E. Smith   |   01.06.14
According to a recent article in the Southtown Star newspaper, elected officials in the Village of Tinley Park are planning to pass an ordinance to allow video gambling machines within city limits. The vote may come as early as the next village board meeting on January 7, 2014.
Gambling Action Alert
11.22.13
Racetrack owners and horsemen may have reached a deal on Advance Deposit Wagering (Internet betting on horse racing). This form of wagering will expire on January 31, 2014, without legislative action.
IFI Submits Testimony Opposing 24-Hour Gambling
By David E. Smith   |   09.20.13
On Thursday morning, IFI Board Member and long-time pro-family leader Karen Hayes testified before the Illinois Gaming Board in opposition...
New Proposal for Non-Stop Casino Hours
By Anita Bedell   |   09.17.13
Illinois casinos have petitioned the Gaming Board to allow 24-hour, non-stop gambling 7 days a week. The Illinois Gaming Board turned down 24 hour gambling at casinos three times before, because of all the opposition they received from many of you.
Keep Calling the Governor to VETO Gambling Bills
By Anita Bedell   |   07.22.13
The Governor has not taken action on the following gambling expansion bills.  Keep calling the Governor’s office at (800) 642-3112 and...
Gambling Action Alert
By Anita Bedell   |   05.28.13
Backroom deals are being cut on a massive gambling expansion bill (SB 1739). This 500+ page bill adds 5 new casinos,...
Gambling Addiction Affects More Men & Women, Seduced By Growing Casino Accessibility
04.01.13
The number of casinos across the country is growing, not to mention online gambling, but programs to combat gambling addiction have not kept pace. About 2 million adults meet the criteria for 'pathological gambling,' according to estimates.
State Lawmakers Pushing for More Gambling
By David E. Smith   |   03.12.13
Springfield lawmakers are again pushing a number of bills that would expand predatory gambling in the state.  Illinois already has...
Video Gambling/Lottery Expansion Bills to be Heard in Committees
By Anita Bedell   |   03.06.13
House Executive Committee bills - HB 1536 and HB 2311 both expand video gambling by legalizing the machines at Social Clubs. This would allow thousands of additional establishments to have 5 video gambling machines each. One of the arguments gambling interests gave for legalizing video gambling was...
Veto Session:  Gambling Expansion in the Mix
By Anita Bedell   |   11.26.12
The Veto Session is November 27-29, December 4-6, and possibly January 2-9, 2013.  Governor Patrick Quinn (D-Chicago) told the Associated...
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