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.
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 gambling expansion bill.   The Senate amended an unemployment bill (SB 11) and transformed it into a gambling expansion bill on...
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
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 to a proposal that would allow 24-hour, non-stop gambling 7 days a week at casinos in Illinois.  This is a...
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 ask that he VETO these bills:   House Bill 996 is an expansion of charitable gambling that also allows video...
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, authorizes video slot machines at existing racetracks (creating 6 new racinos) and would make Illinois one of the first...
Gambling Addiction Affects More Men & Women, Seduced By Growing Casino Accessibility
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 10 casinos, 6 horse race tracks, video slot machines and Lottery terminals in our local neighborhoods.   A number of political...
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 Press he believes a compromise on gambling is in the offing.  State Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie), sponsor of the massive...
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