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Tue December 9, 2014

Illinois Drops Lottery Management Company

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The Illinois Lottery’s contract with a private management company is over. State officials announced Tuesday evening the contract with Northstar Lottery Group has been formally terminated.

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5:17 am
Fri May 31, 2013

What's Left? Pensions, Guns, And Same-Sex Marriage

Credit Illinois Public Radio / Chris Slaby

Illinois has the worst funded pension system in the nation, and lawmakers have until tonight to do something about it. 

The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn by midnight.  After that, it requires extra votes to get legislation to the governor's desk.  Pensions are not the only thing left. 

Recent Statehouse Action:

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10:36 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Rockford Mayor Proposes 70/30 Split For Casino Revenues

Credit Larry Morrissey

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey 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.  State lawmakers are debating a gambling expansion plan that includes a Rockford casino. Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen calls the proposal "one-sided."

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Gambling
3:59 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Illinois Senate Approves Gambling Expansion Measure

Senator Terry Link
Credit ilga.gov

For the third time in two years, the Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would allow five new casinos, including one in Rockford.

The difference this time is that Governor Pat Quinn might finally be willing to support the proposal.

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.

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Rockford casino
6:23 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Illinois Senators Tackle New Casino Bill

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A new gambling expansion plan is moving to the full Illinois Senate, just days after Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a similar plan.

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-Illinois
4:58 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Lawmaker: Video Gambling Paves Way for Construction

Rep. Frank Mautino
ilga.gov

The Sycamore City Council has approved a proposal to allow video gambling in certain establishments, including bars and fraternal organizations.  A 2009 state law gives local governments the authority to permit or ban the machines, regardless of the state's decision to legalize them.

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Government
5:36 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Pension bill stalls, gambling expansion passes as session ends

Illinois lawmakers have wrapped up their spring session. But they left some work on the table. 

The General Assembly did send the governor a budget. But Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, says it contains "gimmicks" meant to disguise bad policies.

"Pushing bills off. Moving them around," he said. "Trying to deceive the people into believing that fiscal responsibility has finally been visited upon their Capitol when clearly it has not."

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Politics
11:38 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Rockford is one step closer to a casino

Grand Victoria casino in Elgin
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The Illinois House, in a 69 to 47 vote, has passed a gambling expansion bill that would create new casinos -- including one in Rockford -- and allow slot machines at the state's racetracks.

Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, says it will bring Illinois money it needs as the state faces steep budget cuts. Lang says that, as the budget process progresses, it’s clear the state isn't doing well enough.

“We haven't created enough jobs. We don't have enough revenue," he said. "Is this a panacea for all of our ills? Of course not.  Can it be step to build a better economy? Absolutely it can."

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Government
1:38 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Around Illinois – May 23

Cherry Valley train fire final report issued

West Nile virus shows up early this year

NATO protestors will challenge terrorism charges

Is more gambling a good bet for revenue?

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