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    Illinois House votes to end riverboat gambling
    Associated Press
    10/27/2005

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House voted Thursday to close the state's riverboat casinos, 15 years after they were allowed to open their doors.

    The measure now goes to the state Senate, where it is likely to be blocked. Senate President Emil Jones, D-Chicago, calls the idea irresponsible.

    "The Senate is a very responsible body. It doesn't do irresponsible things," Jones said. "I can't see a member voting to take money away from their schoolchildren."

    But House Speaker Michael Madigan issued a statement saying the existing casino system has produced huge amounts of money for a few people. He says it should be overhauled so the profits are shared more widely.

    "I think we should go back to the drawing board and start over," Madigan said.

    The bill to end riverboat gambling passed 67-42, with seven people voting present.

    Its sponsor, Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, said the casinos encourage gambling addiction, lead to crime and take money away from the people who can least afford to lose it.

    "These facilities have preyed off the very facilities they were supposed to help," he said. "Let's take this scourge out of our communities."

    But opponents say the casinos have helped revitalize communities and have produced much-needed money for education. They argue it would be unfair to yank that away now.

    Riverboat gambling was approved in 1990. It was envisioned as a small tourist attraction for crumbling river towns, but it turned into big business.

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    The bill is HB1920. On the Net: http://www.ilga.gov [/b][/quote]

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    That stands a snowball's chnce in hell.
    Make America Great For Once.

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    • #3
      In Iowa, we use gambling taxes to help off-set costs for projects that not-for-profit organizations want. Don't know how Ill. does things.

      I agree with Kev that the Ill. Senate will wisen up and refuse to pass similar legislation, but if they are stupid, Iowa will gladly accept the gambiling addicts from northern Ill. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]

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      • #4
        Every time I hear riverboat gambling..I think of Mark Twain..then I think of Culture Club and Kharma Chameleon. WHy in the hell do I think about that??

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          QUOTE(Indu WangZi @ Oct 27 2005, 10:12 PM) Quoted post
          Every time I hear riverboat gambling..I think of Mark Twain..then I think of Culture Club and Kharma Chameleon. WHy in the hell do I think about that?? [/b][/quote]

          Because you're a

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            QUOTE(Indu WangZi @ Oct 27 2005, 10:12 PM) Quoted post

            Every time I hear riverboat gambling..I think of Mark Twain..then I think of Culture Club and Kharma Chameleon. WHy in the hell do I think about that??
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            "Your colours are like my dreams, red, gold, and green".
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            • #7
              QUOTE(Iowa_Card @ Oct 27 2005, 09:13 PM) Quoted post
              QUOTE(Indu WangZi @ Oct 27 2005, 10:12 PM) Quoted post
              Every time I hear riverboat gambling..I think of Mark Twain..then I think of Culture Club and Kharma Chameleon. WHy in the hell do I think about that?? [/b][/quote]

              Because you're a

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              Hard to disagree with that...

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              • #8
                Kudos to them for trying. I think more and more places are starting to realize that gambling isn't a good thing overall. Restrict it to places like Vegas and Atlantic City - if you don't, all that you do is drain the local economy.

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                • #9
                  I'll miss the Casino Queen. She's a beat up old bitch of a casino, but I've got a hot hand in the dice game.

                  Clakkity-clack, bitches!

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