gambling http://northernpublicradio.org en What's Left? Pensions, Guns, And Same-Sex Marriage http://northernpublicradio.org/post/whats-left-pensions-guns-and-same-sex-marriage <p></p><p>Illinois has the worst funded pension system in the nation, and lawmakers have until tonight to do something about it.&nbsp;</p><p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1369990401945_14483"><span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1369990401945_14481">The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn by midnight.&nbsp; After that, it requires extra votes to get legislation to the governor's desk. &nbsp;Pensions are not the only thing left.&nbsp; </span></p><p>Recent Statehouse Action:</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:17:54 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 30719 at http://northernpublicradio.org What's Left? Pensions, Guns, And Same-Sex Marriage Rockford Mayor Proposes 70/30 Split For Casino Revenues http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-mayor-proposes-7030-split-casino-revenues <p></p><p></p><p>Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey&nbsp;has outlined his plan for dividing revenues for a proposed casino. Morrissey wants the city to keep 70 percent of revenues, with the remaining 30 percent going to the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning.&nbsp; State lawmakers are debating a gambling expansion plan that includes a Rockford casino. Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen calls the proposal "one-sided."</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 15:36:29 +0000 WNIJ 29600 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Mayor Proposes 70/30 Split For Casino Revenues Illinois Senate Approves Gambling Expansion Measure http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-senate-approves-gambling-expansion-measure <p><strong><em>For the third time in two years, the Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would allow five new casinos, including one in Rockford.</em></strong></p><p></p><p>The difference this time is that Governor Pat Quinn might finally be willing to support the proposal.</p><p>The sponsor,Terry Link, D-Waukegan, says he's tried to meet the governor's demands, such as banning campaign donations by gambling license holders. Link also removed a provision that would have allowed online gambling.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 08:59:50 +0000 WNIJ 29233 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Senate Approves Gambling Expansion Measure Illinois Senators Tackle New Casino Bill http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-senators-tackle-new-casino-bill <p></p><p>A new gambling expansion plan is moving to the full Illinois Senate, just days after Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a similar plan.</p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:23:04 +0000 Susan Stephens 26501 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Senators Tackle New Casino Bill Lawmaker: Video Gambling Paves Way for Construction http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-video-gambling-paves-way-construction <p>The Sycamore City Council has <a href="http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2012/10/02/sycamore-oks-video-gambling/ac2n5iu/" target="_blank">approved a proposal to allow video gambling </a>in certain establishments, including bars and fraternal organizations.&nbsp; A 2009 state law gives <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-13/news/ct-met-video-gambling-20120913_1_video-poker-machines-regulators" target="_blank">local governments the authority </a>to permit or ban the machines, regardless of the state's decision to legalize them. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:58:29 +0000 Mike Moen & Jenna Dooley 19239 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lawmaker: Video Gambling Paves Way for Construction Pension bill stalls, gambling expansion passes as session ends http://northernpublicradio.org/post/pension-bill-stalls-gambling-expansion-passes-session-ends <p>Illinois lawmakers have wrapped up their spring session. But they left some work on the table.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:36:09 +0000 Mike Moen 12641 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pension bill stalls, gambling expansion passes as session ends Rockford is one step closer to a casino http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-one-step-closer-casino <p>The Illinois House, in a 69 to 47 vote, has passed a <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1849&amp;GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;SessionID=84&amp;GA=97">gambling expansion bill </a>that would create new casinos -- including one in Rockford -- and allow slot machines at the state&#39;s racetracks.</p><p><a href="http://www.ilga.gov/house/rep.asp?MemberID=932">Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, </a>says it will bring Illinois money it needs as the state faces steep budget cuts. Lang says that, as the budget process progresses, it&rsquo;s clear the state isn&#39;t doing well enough.</p><p>&ldquo;We haven&#39;t created enough jobs. We don&#39;t have enough revenue,&quot; he said. &quot;Is this a panacea for all of our ills? Of course not.&nbsp; Can it be step to build a better economy? Absolutely it can.&quot; Thu, 24 May 2012 04:38:07 +0000 Susan Stephens & Amanda Vinicky 12233 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford is one step closer to a casino Around Illinois – May 23 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/around-illinois-may-23 <p><strong><em>Cherry Valley train fire final report issued</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>West Nile virus shows up early this year</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>NATO protestors will challenge terrorism charges</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Is more gambling a good bet for revenue?</em></strong></p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 18:38:17 +0000 Victor Yehling 12202 at http://northernpublicradio.org