Chronic Gambling and Depression Often Occur Together, Researchers Find
The researchers found that nearly three quarters of young men who reported significant gambling problems were also suffering from depression.
Counterpoint: A Chicago Casino Would Take Money Fom Illinois Residents
By Anita Bedell   |   03.23.15
Remember when Illinois politicians told us revenue from riverboat casinos would come from out-of-state residents? Then surrounding states built casinos to compete with Illinois. Many of the same companies owned casinos in both states and profited from the expansion. Now...
Sweeping Up ‘Broom Closet’ Gambling
You can find them in gas stations, golf courses, restaurants, liquor stores and even a TV repair shop. More than 19,000 video gambling machines had spread across the state by the end of 2014, turning thousands of businesses and other establishments into what one lawmaker calls “mini casinos.” Now, he’s trying to curb the trend. State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap), wants to place new limits on which establishments can have video gambling machines in Illinois...
Gambling Expansion: Not the Solution
By David E. Smith   |   02.17.15
In 1974, the Illinois Lottery was established with the goal of funding K-12 public education.  In 1990, the Riverboat Gambling Act legalized ten casino licenses throughout the state. In 2009, another massive gambling expansion was passed, allowing video slot machines...
Illinois’ Video Gambling Expansion Stirs Concerns
In just two years, Illinois’ video gambling has spread exponentially – now in places such as laundromats, florists and an apartment complex. Being dubbed “mini-casinos,” multi-million dollar casino complexes are experiencing a slide in their profitability. If an Illinois venue...
Video Slot Machine Thefts a Worrisome Trend
By Anita Bedell   |   10.11.14
The gambling machines have been in operation for 2 years, and now video gambling thefts are coming to light. The city of Springfield has the most video gambling machines in the state. Thieves have broken into six bars a total...
Resources on the Harms of Gambling
Gambling copy In an effort to bring more government revenue, lawmakers are constantly looking for ways to exploit its own constituents and expand gambling throughout the state. Yet Illinois already has 10 casinos, 6 horse tracks,16,600 plus video slot machines and Lottery...
Where’s the Payoff in Gambling?
For those who promote legalized gambling as a means of economic development or revitalization, or as a painless way to pay for public schools, the recent news from Atlantic City, NJ, is sobering.
The Push to Expand Gambling Continues
The horse racing industry wants slots at racetracks. However, in states like Maryland that have slot machines at racetrack casinos, crowds overshadow the small number of racing fans...
A Good Way to Wreck a Local Economy: Build Casinos
Baltimore is a troubled city, as you know from The Wire. Like many troubled cities, Baltimore has turned to casino gambling as its solution. On August 26, a new Caesar’s casino will open on the site of an old chemical factory, a little more than 2 miles from the famous Inner Harbor and Camden Yards baseball stadium. Yet there’s already reason to expect the casino to disappoint everyone involved
STOP Chicago’s Push for World’s Largest Casino
By David E. Smith   |   05.07.14
Please take a few minutes today to act on this important issue! With 3.5 weeks to go before the Illinois General Assembly adjourns for the summer, state lawmakers are considering hundreds of bills.  Among the issues up for debate is...
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 to once again promote the idea of a Chicago casino.  State Representative Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) is sponsoring SB 1739,...
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) Lawmakers who continue to advocate to expand gambling fail to understand that it is an unstable source of revenue. Revenue is down at casinos...
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 truck stops.  This would legalize up to 10 video slot machines at truck stops.   SB 3144 was called for a...
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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