Construction jobs are not at risk if communities ban video poker machines. Video gambling will neither bring nor reduce road and construction projects for any community.
The state found a way to pay for the capital projects. A bill approved during the veto session allows Illinois to proceed with the sale of bonds for the $31 billion capital construction plan by borrowing temporarily from the road fund, according to Crain’s Chicago Business (11/12/09).
While video gambling is one of the funding sources for the Capital Projects Fund,
there is no provision restricting local governments from receiving projects from the Capital Projects Fund, even if that government body bans video gaming in their area,
according to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, Wagering in Illinois, 2009 Update.
Since legislators have come up with an alternative funding source, and communities that ban video gambling can still get the construction projects, why would anyone invite video gambling into their neighborhoods? Even the chairman of the Gaming Board, charged with regulating video gambling, said it will be
an almost impossible job
to keep the mob out and protect citizens from the social ills of such pervasive gambling (Daily Herald, 11/6/09).
City councils and county boards statewide are discussing video gambling. DuPage, Cook and Lake counties have passed ordinances to ban the machines, and the number of municipalities banning the machines is growing—Naperville, Carbondale, Evanston, Lisle.
Contact your city and county officials, and ask them to ban video gambling machines.
Anita Bedell, Executive Director
Illinois Church Action on Alcohol & Addiction Problems
From the December 2-8, 2009 issue