To the Editor: Lawmakers want Illinois residents to gamble and lose

January 5, 2011

Pay to Play politics did not end in Illinois when former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was impeached. Backroom deals are being worked out now for a massive expansion of gambling during the “lame duck” session on Jan. 3-11, 2011.

Illinois already has a reputation as a “deadbeat” state. Some legislators seem to believe that opening 11 more casinos (S.B. 737) will keep gambling revenue in Illinois. Preying on Illinois residents and enticing them to gamble in Illinois will not enhance the state’s reputation, nor is it a fair way to raise revenue.

Tripling the amount of casino gambling could dramatically increase the problems this state already faces. The costs of gambling and harm to families far outweigh the revenue—$3 of costs for each $1 of revenue.

Contact your state representative (217-782-2000), or leave a message in his/her district office, asking for a NO vote on S.B. 737. We don’t want Illinois to become the No. 1 predatory gambling state in the nation.

Anita Bedell, Executive Director

Illinois Church Action on Alcohol

& Addiction Problems

Springfield

From the Jan. 5-11, 2011 issue

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