Why Everybody Loses With The Powerball
No one won this week’s Powerball jackpot, which means the jackpot will roll over [to an estimated $1.3 billion]— the largest lottery prize in U.S. history. According to the Associated Press, Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. But who is funding the game?
State Rep. Zalewski Files Bill to Legalize Internet Sports Gambling
By Anita Bedell   |   10.27.15
House Bill 4323, introduced by State Representative Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside), creates the Fantasy Contests Act.  This proposal would legalize Internet Sports gambling for anyone 18 and older.  The language is very vague about the number of entries that could be...
Racetracks in Illinois to Shut Down
By Anita Bedell   |   10.07.15
The owners of Arlington Park closed the racetrack 18 years ago, saying that competition from casinos was killing horse racing. Two years later, under Governor George Ryan, the Horse Racing Act was amended to subsidize horse racing by reducing or...
Testimonies Expose Harmful Effects of Legalized Gambling
By Charlie Butts   |   06.12.15
An anti-gambling group is getting set for a national day of action on exposing the harmful effects of gambling. Stop Predatory Gambling has frequently pointed out in previous interviews on OneNewsNow how legalized gambling is a failed policy. In order...
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...
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