Massive Gambling Expansion in SB 7
By   |   01.18.17
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton and Minority Leader Christine Radogno negotiated an ambitious plan to end the budget impasse. Promising to act on a package by month's end, they introduced 13 measures that included sweeteners that are not budget-related for both sides.
Chicago Tribune Reports on Illinois Lottery Corruption
By John Biver   |   12.12.16
The Chicago Tribune reported this last Friday on the dubious goings on at the Illinois Lottery: A Tribune investigation found the Illinois Lottery collected hundreds of millions of dollars from selling tickets to instant games in which it did not...
Seven Reasons Not to Play the Lottery
Americans now spend more than $70 billion dollars annually on lotteries. That’s more than the combined spending on books, video games, and movie and sporting-event tickets. Lotteries are legal in 43 states.
Fantasy Sports Gambling Will Become Legal if Illinois Lawmakers Have Their Way
By Kathy Valente   |   05.02.16
Attorneys General in 11 states, including Illinois, have said that Daily Fantasy Sports is illegal gambling.  With HB 4323, it will become legal. HB 4323 would be a massive expansion of gambling into every home, dorm room and office. Under...
Gambling and Government
Americans do seem to like gambling. Look at all the people who raced to the local convenience stores to buy a ticket for the recent Powerball. State lotteries still seem to be going strong. Many analysts believe that as much as $120 million might be bet on the Super Bowl.
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   |   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   |   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   |   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   |   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   |   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...
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