Monday, November 12, 2007

Admitting Ill. has a gambling problem

The rule used to be, if it’s late May, there must be a gambling bill afloat. This year’s session is long past that deadline, but the maxim holds true: when the going gets tough, gambling gets trotted out as a budget savior. But gambling is far more than a revenue source, as ICPR Director Cindi Canary points out in today’s Crain’s Chicago Business (subscription may be req'd). If the state is serious about looking to gambling for tens of millions of new annual revenue, then it’s time to get serious about how gambling is regulated in Illinois.

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