August 5, 2012 8:02PM
Updated: September 7, 2012 6:08AM
Video gambling is set to start by Labor Day in Illinois. The proliferation of gambling in local bars, restaurants, veterans’ lodges, social clubs and even truck stops is designed to generate tax dollars to pay for state roads, bridges and assorted public projects.
So just how does this system work?
Gambling opponent Anita Bedell with Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems describes it this way.
“They want Illinois gamblers to lose money,” Bedell said. “They want their own residents to lose money so they can fund their government programs. It’s not going to work.”
Maybe not. But if it does, the Illinois General Assembly can celebrate by changing the state motto from “Land of Lincoln” to “Land of Losers.”
Why people hate politics
Remember how the Will County Electoral Board voted 2 to 1 to boot eight Democrats running for the county board off the November ballot? The vote came after Republicans challenged how they were appointed to the ballot.
Democrats then appealed the board’s ruling for judicial review.
Now, Republicans are challenging the manner in which electoral board members were notified of the appeal. A hearing on the matter will be held Wednesday.
You can be a TV star
This could be your big chance to be on TV.
With the Drew Peterson trial going on, some TV news crews are looking for things to do during down times.
That’s what Annette Leck, executive director of Will County Habitat for Humanity tells us.
Leck said a couple of Chicago TV news crews showed interest last week in the story that ran in The Herald-News about two Habitat homes under construction being raided by copper robbers.
“There are so many camera crews in town for the trial,” Leck said. “They get bored. They will come out to do other stories.”
Bob Okon and Cindy Wojdyla Cain contributed to Pulse.