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Kadner: Casino bill hearing in Tinley Park

There are 49 comments on the The Southtown Star story from Feb 11, 2014, titled Kadner: Casino bill hearing in Tinley Park. In it, The Southtown Star reports that:

Fulfilling a pledge he made last year, state Rep. Robert Rita will host a public hearing Monday in Tinley Park on gambling expansion in Illinois.

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Connections

Chicago, IL

#1 Feb 11, 2014
Another Conflict of Interest.
Selection

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 11, 2014
With so many campaign donations from the gambling industry the conflict of interest for Bill Sponsor Rita is also obvious.
Taxpayers Lose Again

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 11, 2014
Taxpayers Need a Real Ally and got another Springfield Shake Down instead.
Whistler

Orland Park, IL

#4 Feb 11, 2014
just don't see what the point of this thread is...where is the conflict of interest??? How do tax payers lose by Rita fulfilling a year old promise to hold a hearing? Won't you have a chance to voice your feelings at a hearing? Easy to sit at home and be critical, but heaven forbid that you come out and be vocal in their faces. Next issue!
what is important

Blue Island, IL

#5 Feb 11, 2014
Whistler wrote:
just don't see what the point of this thread is...where is the conflict of interest??? How do tax payers lose by Rita fulfilling a year old promise to hold a hearing? Won't you have a chance to voice your feelings at a hearing? Easy to sit at home and be critical, but heaven forbid that you come out and be vocal in their faces. Next issue!
State Rep, Calumet Township Supervisor, sick with GREED Robert Rita, What are you doing? Why don.t you take care of the problems in the 28th district, why don't you take care of Calumet Township and all the problems the people have there? When will you fix the three closed bridges in Blue Island, the crumbling streets in Blue Island, the forgotten central business district in Blue Island? STOP BEING AN INFLUENCE PEDDLER, AREN'T YOU MAKING ENOUGH MONEY FROM THE TAXPAYERS YET? All your assistants be they Alderman, Township Trustees, City and Township clerks,Mayors, shame on them for helping you get away with what you are getting away with.
Dixie

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 12, 2014
Whistler wrote:
just don't see what the point of this thread is...where is the conflict of interest??? How do tax payers lose by Rita fulfilling a year old promise to hold a hearing? Won't you have a chance to voice your feelings at a hearing? Easy to sit at home and be critical, but heaven forbid that you come out and be vocal in their faces. Next issue!
State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, withdrew his sponsorship, of the gambling bill; citing a perceived conflict of interest. With so many campaign donations from the gambling industry the conflict of interest for Bill Sponsor Rita is obvious.
Wake Up Phil Kadner

Blue Island, IL

#7 Feb 14, 2014
what is important wrote:
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State Rep, Calumet Township Supervisor, sick with GREED Robert Rita, What are you doing? Why don.t you take care of the problems in the 28th district, why don't you take care of Calumet Township and all the problems the people have there? When will you fix the three closed bridges in Blue Island, the crumbling streets in Blue Island, the forgotten central business district in Blue Island? STOP BEING AN INFLUENCE PEDDLER, AREN'T YOU MAKING ENOUGH MONEY FROM THE TAXPAYERS YET? All your assistants be they Alderman, Township Trustees, City and Township clerks,Mayors, shame on them for helping you get away with what you are getting away with.
When your dealing with honest government, the above statement would make sense. But your not dealing with ethical people. When the current city treasurer Carmine Bilotto was Alderman twelve years ago, the city was notified by Illinois Department of Transportation IDOT to start preparing your budget to repair the bridges. The city did nothing, and that is why we are at crisis stage today. The cover up continues. The current administration who has controlled things for the last thirty years, continue on the same path. And the good people of Blue Island who could stand up and expose them, for who they are, continue to publicly complement them, and close their eyes to the corruption.
MadiganistanMan

Tinley Park, IL

#8 Feb 14, 2014
Illinois... the state that waste and fraud built!
Stevo jr

Orland Park, IL

#9 Feb 14, 2014
Why was JR Bramlet of Airline Towing there Did he drive Bobby in his party bus?
Stevo jr

Orland Park, IL

#10 Feb 14, 2014
Wake Up Phil Kadner wrote:
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When your dealing with honest government, the above statement would make sense. But your not dealing with ethical people. When the current city treasurer Carmine Bilotto was Alderman twelve years ago, the city was notified by Illinois Department of Transportation IDOT to start preparing your budget to repair the bridges. The city did nothing, and that is why we are at crisis stage today. The cover up continues. The current administration who has controlled things for the last thirty years, continue on the same path. And the good people of Blue Island who could stand up and expose them, for who they are, continue to publicly complement them, and close their eyes to the corruption.
They use the police force to intimidate and scare you into keeping your mouth shut!!!!
Expansion not needed

Blue Island, IL

#12 Feb 14, 2014
Editorial: Still not time for gambling expansion

It looks like certain Illinois legislators are ready to roll the dice again for gambling expansion. And like any regular lottery player, they’re looking to play the same numbers as before. Five new casinos and slot machines at racetracks and airports remain under consideration. It’s not proven to be a winning hand in the past and we don’t think it merits any further play either.

“I believe there’s an opportunity to pass a bill that the governor will sign,” said state Rep. Lou Lang, the assistant House majority leader and the leading gambling advocate in the legislature.“Having said that, it’s a timing issue. There’s an election year and gaming is a difficult issue at best.”

As well it should be. And election year or not, we urge Lang and others to present a much less ambitious expansion bill.

As we have said many times, we support slot machines at Arlington International Racecourse, in particular, as a way to help the struggling and already established horse-racing industry in the state.

But any other expansion needs to be clearly vetted. Does it make sense from an economic and ethical standpoint?

It’s clear to us that allowing casinos in Chicago, Lake County, the South suburbs, Rockford and Danville — all part of the past and current proposals — is clearly an attempt to curry favor from all corners without factoring in the effect so much expansion might have on existing casinos, especially those in the suburbs.

In addition to new casinos, recent proposals would add slot machines at O’Hare and Midway international airports and some lawmakers would even like to let current and future casino licensees apply for online gambling licenses. While the lure of overall revenue to the state is appealing — estimated last year, without the online provision, between $250 million and $350 million a year — the hurt is too much on existing casinos and the communities that depend on the local revenues they provide.

Des Plaines, Elgin and Aurora all would surely suffer if new casinos were built in the Chicago region. A Chicago-based casino, especially, would slice into attendance and revenue at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, the newest Illinois casino. In January, the Illinois Gaming Board reported that Rivers, in its second year, saw a slight increase in revenue in 2013 over 2012 — up about a half percent to $418 million. But the Grand Victoria in Elgin and Hollywood Casino in Aurora both saw declines — 8.5 percent and 6.5 percent respectively. Clearly the newer Rivers had an effect on those casinos.

Attendance was even down at Rivers as gambling machines were made available in bars and restaurants. Given those figures, it seems clear that a saturation point is near, if it has not already been reached. Expansion should not be approved at the expense of already established gambling facilities in the suburbs.
Another Bad Idea

Chicago, IL

#13 Feb 14, 2014
Gambling hearing set in Tinley Park

By Mike Nolan February 14, 2014 6:24PM

State Rep.Robert Rita in his Blue Island office discusses his plans to bring back a gambling expansion bill in the state Legislature this fall. Rita is the chief sponsor of the House bill to expand casino gambling in Illinois.| Photo by Phil Kadner~Sun-Times Media.

Updated: February 14, 2014 7:28PM

A public hearing on the latest attempt by the Legislature to expand gambling in Illinois, including establishing a casino in the Southland, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday ( 2/17/2014 ) at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue.

The hearing was scheduled by state Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, who is the chief sponsor of the gambling bill in the House.

The bill would allow five new casinos, including one in Chicago and at an as-yet undetermined location in the south suburbs, as well as slot machines at horse racing tracks and O’Hare and Midway airports. It also would allow current and future casino licensees to apply for online gambling licenses.

Southland mayors and business leaders are among those who have been invited to attend the hearing to give input on the bill. Rita recently held a similar hearing in East St. Louis and said he intends to schedule others, including one in Chicago.

Proponents of expanded gambling say it could bring in between $400 million and $1 billion in new annual revenue to Illinois.

That money could be a key selling point in rallying support for the bill, as lawmakers consider either extending the state’s temporary income tax increase, which is scheduled to roll back from 5 percent to 3.75 percent in January, or finding ways to make up for that lost tax revenue.

This is the fourth time in as many years that the Legislature has tried to pass a gambling expansion bill. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed bills in 2011 and 2012 because of several concerns, mainly regarding ethics and regulation, and last year the legislation never reached a House vote after passing in the Senate.

"Concerns have multiplied substantially since the 2011 and 2012 vetoed bills. Regulatory and ethical concerns most particularly have exploded."
George

Chicago, IL

#15 Feb 14, 2014
just bi curious wrote:
<quoted text>what is it that he is getting away with
Doing Nothing for the People or the Taxpayers.
Who you fooling Gov Quinn

Blue Island, IL

#16 Feb 15, 2014
Editorial: Still not time for gambling expansion

It looks like certain Illinois legislators are ready to roll the dice again for gambling expansion. And like any regular lottery player, they’re looking to play the same numbers as before. Five new casinos and slot machines at racetracks and airports remain under consideration. It’s not proven to be a winning hand in the past and we don’t think it merits any further play either.

“I believe there’s an opportunity to pass a bill that the governor will sign,” said state Rep. Lou Lang, the assistant House majority leader and the leading gambling advocate in the legislature.“Having said that, it’s a timing issue. There’s an election year and gaming is a difficult issue at best.”

As well it should be. And election year or not, we urge Lang and others to present a much less ambitious expansion bill.

As we have said many times, we support slot machines at Arlington International Racecourse, in particular, as a way to help the struggling and already established horse-racing industry in the state.

But any other expansion needs to be clearly vetted. Does it make sense from an economic and ethical standpoint?

It’s clear to us that allowing casinos in Chicago, Lake County, the South suburbs, Rockford and Danville — all part of the past and current proposals — is clearly an attempt to curry favor from all corners without factoring in the effect so much expansion might have on existing casinos, especially those in the suburbs.

In addition to new casinos, recent proposals would add slot machines at O’Hare and Midway international airports and some lawmakers would even like to let current and future casino licensees apply for online gambling licenses. While the lure of overall revenue to the state is appealing — estimated last year, without the online provision, between $250 million and $350 million a year — the hurt is too much on existing casinos and the communities that depend on the local revenues they provide.

Des Plaines, Elgin and Aurora all would surely suffer if new casinos were built in the Chicago region. A Chicago-based casino, especially, would slice into attendance and revenue at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, the newest Illinois casino. In January, the Illinois Gaming Board reported that Rivers, in its second year, saw a slight increase in revenue in 2013 over 2012 — up about a half percent to $418 million. But the Grand Victoria in Elgin and Hollywood Casino in Aurora both saw declines — 8.5 percent and 6.5 percent respectively. Clearly the newer Rivers had an effect on those casinos.

Attendance was even down at Rivers as gambling machines were made available in bars and restaurants. Given those figures, it seems clear that a saturation point is near, if it has not already been reached. Expansion should not be approved at the expense of already established gambling facilities in the suburbs.

State Rep Robert Rita 28th does not correct the social ills of his crime plagued district. A ride through Blue Island is more difficult with the four closed bridges. The Blue Island uptown area he totally ignores. A former Calumet Township School; Treasurer stole $400,000.00, and gambled it away at the casino's. Is he a State Representative or a Influence Peddler?
He thinks he is the Governor of Illinois, proposing Gambling Expansion. If Governor Quinn endorses Gambling Expansion he needs to express this in the upcoming debates, do not send your messenger who faces no challengers in the March 18, 2014 primary.
Friends of Carlos Salgado

Blue Island, IL

#17 Feb 15, 2014
Dear Friends of Carlos, Please attend this public hearing. Go to the podium, and express yourself to Honorable Robert Rita. Tell him how disgusted you are in him as a state rep. Ask him why he spent $60,000.00 of Calumet Township money to help cover this crime up. He can't take care of our problems at the local level, but he wants to create more social problems with expansion in gambling. He definitely has a greed problem.
the power of public forum

Blue Island, IL

#18 Feb 15, 2014
Friends of Carlos Salgado wrote:
Dear Friends of Carlos, Please attend this public hearing. Go to the podium, and express yourself to Honorable Robert Rita. Tell him how disgusted you are in him as a state rep. Ask him why he spent $60,000.00 of Calumet Township money to help cover this crime up. He can't take care of our problems at the local level, but he wants to create more social problems with expansion in gambling. He definitely has a greed problem.
If we can get all the Friends of Carlos, to attend this meeting and force Bob Rita to get the same results that Mrs. Koschman was able to get for David. But he might out right refuse us, because there is no money in it for him.
Bond Debt

Chicago, IL

#19 Feb 15, 2014
Which and What community will be willing to take on the level of bond debt to support the construction of a casino? Bridgeview taxpayers and the community is drowning under the weight of Toyota Park.

No doubt millions have already changed hands, campaign promises made and broken related to this failed gambling bill. Due to conflict of interest Lang backed off. Rita should do the same with so many campaign donations from the gambling, title loan, and pawn industry.
it s all planned this way

Blue Island, IL

#20 Feb 15, 2014
Friends of Carlos Salgado wrote:
Dear Friends of Carlos, Please attend this public hearing. Go to the podium, and express yourself to Honorable Robert Rita. Tell him how disgusted you are in him as a state rep. Ask him why he spent $60,000.00 of Calumet Township money to help cover this crime up. He can't take care of our problems at the local level, but he wants to create more social problems with expansion in gambling. He definitely has a greed problem.
Why was he afraid to have this meeting on Saturday afternoon when more people could attend?
reschedule meeting

Blue Island, IL

#21 Feb 16, 2014
Friends of Carlos Salgado wrote:
Dear Friends of Carlos, Please attend this public hearing. Go to the podium, and express yourself to Honorable Robert Rita. Tell him how disgusted you are in him as a state rep. Ask him why he spent $60,000.00 of Calumet Township money to help cover this crime up. He can't take care of our problems at the local level, but he wants to create more social problems with expansion in gambling. He definitely has a greed problem.
I was planning to attend and do exactly what was suggested. The weather report is calling for 6 inches of snow tomorrow. They need to reschedule the meeting to a future Saturday..
The Rita Factor

Blue Island, IL

#22 Feb 17, 2014
reschedule meeting wrote:
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I was planning to attend and do exactly what was suggested. The weather report is calling for 6 inches of snow tomorrow. They need to reschedule the meeting to a future Saturday..
We keep voting for self-serving politicians

Term Limits? What’s wrong with keeping good people in their jobs? Bruce Rauner and others are pushing the idea of two terms and that’s it —“you’re out.” It’s a call to action meant to attract all who want to just toss all those guys out on the street — yeah, that would teach ’em. So, as the businessman Rauner claims to be, does he terminate all employees after they have been on his staff for eight years?

The problem is not with term limits. The problem is with voters intelligent enough to vote out the bad politicians and vote in and keep the good ones. But, the question may be, are there any good ones? Why would a person spend so much money and effort to become a politician? Because, once you’re in, unlike most of us, you’re set for life. A cushy job with lots and lots of benefits and no responsibility to answer for your unkept promises. Then, when you do leave, you get a big fat pension or multiple pensions and other freebies like insurance in addition to all you could have absconded with while in office.


Every day the news is loaded with another public servant who has been found serving themselves and not the public. And the sad reality is, they get resurrected and re-elected.

It’s been said that we have the very best politicians that money can buy. Perhaps we are paying too much.

Bill Holtane

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