Kadner: Rita says casino cash should pay for building projects

Jun 13, 2013 Full story: The Southtown Star 28

Any legislation expanding gambling in Illinois likely will include a mandate that revenue-sharing funds from a south suburban casino be earmarked for development projects only, according to the bill's chief sponsor in the House.

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Fooled again

Alsip, IL

#1 Jun 14, 2013
We all know how this works. Rita calls Kadner tells him "hey Phil, Why don't you come over to my office and take a picture and i need you to write an article for me."
Curly Joe DaRita?

Thailand

#2 Jun 14, 2013
Woo-woo!
Yellow Brick Road

Midlothian, IL

#3 Jun 14, 2013
As I said in a different thread, give Mayor Rita time and he'll get money for our bridges in the casino bill!
Ritas empty promises

San Jose, CA

#4 Jun 14, 2013
We heard the Illinois lottery would fund the Education fund. This did not happen. The Gaming bill that Rita is pushing, which by the way he has not read, nor does he understand, will do much of the same. NOTHING.
Yellow Brick Road

Midlothian, IL

#5 Jun 14, 2013
It will be done as a reward for securing another piece of the South for the Democratic regime.
From the land of taxes

San Jose, CA

#6 Jun 14, 2013
Ashamed to be from Illinois

Things are pretty bad when you are in Europe and when people there find out that you are from Illinois, they laugh at you because your governors are in prison making license plates!

Illinois already had the worst bond rating of all 50 states because of our unfunded $100 billion public pension fund debt. But things just got worse as our corrupt and inept politicians departed Springfield unable to do anything about our outrageous pension debt because that would mean that the public service unions would not finance their next election.


Having had enough of this corrupt and irresponsible behavior, both Moody's and Fitch lowered their credit rating for Illinois even further. Illinois is now approaching "junk bond" status. Aren't you proud?

The end result will be that Illinois will now have to pay even more to borrow money as it "kicks the can down the road." Anybody that wants to see where this gross mismanagement can lead should take a look at Detroit which went from being the most prosperous city in the U.S. with the highest average income in America to being a bankrupt city which lost 65 percent of its inhabitants and now resembles a Third World nation.

Maybe it is time to fire the Democrats that have been running Illinois for 29 out of the last 30 years? Just a thought.

Detroit didn't fire the Democrats that ran it for 60 consecutive years and drove it to bankruptcy. Sure would be nice to avoid that outcome.
Look Forward and North

Chicago, IL

#7 Jun 14, 2013
Look up Pontiac, Michigan and surrounding suburbs. Pontiac is bankrupt, green space is growing! Wonder where the green space is coming from?
Blocks where homes were bulldozed to reduce municipal costs for sewer and water service to vacant homes.
Spaces

Chicago, IL

#8 Jun 15, 2013
Look Forward and North wrote:
Look up Pontiac, Michigan and surrounding suburbs. Pontiac is bankrupt, green space is growing! Wonder where the green space is coming from?
Blocks where homes were bulldozed to reduce municipal costs for sewer and water service to vacant homes.
Blue Island currently has "Green Spaces" dotting Western Ave. and through out the municipality as a result of developers with poor plans.
No action has been taken with the Brownsfield area along 119th St. in Calumet Ttownship.
The community continues to suffer at the hands of the same elected officials who have failed to develop and implement any kind of a reasonable comprehensive corrective action plan.
Another Pot

Chicago, IL

#9 Jun 15, 2013
Ritas empty promises wrote:
We heard the Illinois lottery would fund the Education fund. This did not happen. The Gaming bill that Rita is pushing, which by the way he has not read, nor does he understand, will do much of the same. NOTHING.
Propaganda for continued financial failure. One pot of $$$$$$Money$$$$$$ to piss away after another.
More Fake Promises

Chicago, IL

#10 Jun 15, 2013
The south suburbs are already depressed and crime ridden. Springfield needs to get a clue, taxpayers can no longer fund your pensions, pet projects, and all of your other nonsense. The casinos offer nothing positive to the cash poor taxpayers of IL.
barista

Blue Island, IL

#11 Jun 15, 2013
“A meritocracy is a system in which the people who are the luckiest in their health and genetic endowment; luckiest in terms of family support, encouragement and, probably, income; luckiest in their educational and career opportunities; and luckiest in so many other ways difficult to enumerate — these are the folks who reap the largest rewards.

The only way for even a putative meritocracy to hope to pass ethical muster, to be considered fair, is if those who are the luckiest in all of those respects also have the greatest responsibility to work hard, to contribute to the betterment of the world and to share their luck with others.”
Lou

Blue Island, IL

#12 Jun 15, 2013
Don’t ease conflict rules for video gambling







A student who studies hard for a test wouldn't want someone to copy her answers. That's what rules against cheating are for.

An inventor would want to protect his idea from rivals. That's what patent laws are for.

Likewise, the makers of video gambling products in Illinois want fairness when bringing innovations to market. And there's a law to help ensure that — not to mention help control an industry already viewed as ripe for shady dealings.

That is, unless the governor signs legislation just passed by the General Assembly.

The bill removes a provision in the Video Gaming Act that keeps the central system vendor — the contractor who controls video gambling operations and data in the state — from holding video gambling licenses. The change, backed by Democratic Sen. Terry Link of Waukegan, was made to an otherwise common sense bill that regulates the fast-growing industry.

This is a loophole that not only discourages innovation but could lead to unfair and unethical practices, and Gov. Pat Quinn should reject that part of the bill.

The conflict is obvious. The vendor would have an incentive to allow a competitive advantage to one licensee (its own) over another. Information would be in the hands of a gaming company (its own) that could use it against other companies.

The proposal surfaced after the central vendor, Georgia-based Scientific Games, made a bid to buy WMS Industries Inc., a slot machine maker in Waukegan and one of about a dozen licensed operators in Illinois.

WMS Vice President Steve Angelo told State Government Writer Mike Riopell that similar practices in other states have worked well, and that the coalition of video gambling companies raising the issue is doing so for competitive reasons.

Maybe so. But on the first point, this is not other states but corruption-prone Illinois, and on the second, why shouldn't these companies seek a level playing field? Who would have a fox watch the hen house?

As for Link, he believes regulators can handle the added responsibility of ensuring WMS is not treated with any favoritism. "They still have a complete oversight of all of this," he said.

We're not so sure. The Illinois Gaming Board has been furiously working to keep up with the thousands of requests for new machines since video gambling got the green light last fall. In March, board Chairman Aaron Jaffe told The Associated Press that the agency is understaffed.

Let's be clear. We haven't been fans of video gambling expansion and have encouraged each town to weigh the pros and cons carefully. The new industry is ready to explode, with 6,700 machines up and running and 20,000 more expected in the coming years. We've already stated our concerns about oversight. Regulators cannot possibly monitor every move of video gambling's central vendor.

Quinn has an opportunity to assure video gambling operators who follow the rules that they have a chance at success. We urge him to take it.
Burt

Blue Island, IL

#13 Jun 15, 2013
Wouldn't other gambling companies have an insider's perspective on possible corruption? This bill, SB1738, was presented to the governor on May 15th. Call him at (800) 642-3112, and tell him to veto SB1738 and all gambling expansion bills!
Vince

Blue Island, IL

#14 Jun 15, 2013
our politicians motto is"what's in it for me" if it benefits them in some way then they will pass it, that's how it made it this far already, what a shame.
More Springfield Grief

Chicago, IL

#15 Jun 15, 2013
More Fake Promises wrote:
The south suburbs are already depressed and crime ridden. Springfield needs to get a clue, taxpayers can no longer fund your pensions, pet projects, and all of your other nonsense. The casinos offer nothing positive to the cash poor taxpayers of IL.
Our IL. legislators obviously think the taxpayers are fools.
Greg121

Midlothian, IL

#16 Jun 16, 2013
From the land of taxes wrote:
Ashamed to be from Illinois
Things are pretty bad when you are in Europe and when people there find out that you are from Illinois, they laugh at you because your governors are in prison making license plates!
Illinois already had the worst bond rating of all 50 states because of our unfunded $100 billion public pension fund debt. But things just got worse as our corrupt and inept politicians departed Springfield unable to do anything about our outrageous pension debt because that would mean that the public service unions would not finance their next election.
Having had enough of this corrupt and irresponsible behavior, both Moody's and Fitch lowered their credit rating for Illinois even further. Illinois is now approaching "junk bond" status. Aren't you proud?
The end result will be that Illinois will now have to pay even more to borrow money as it "kicks the can down the road." Anybody that wants to see where this gross mismanagement can lead should take a look at Detroit which went from being the most prosperous city in the U.S. with the highest average income in America to being a bankrupt city which lost 65 percent of its inhabitants and now resembles a Third World nation.
Maybe it is time to fire the Democrats that have been running Illinois for 29 out of the last 30 years? Just a thought.
Detroit didn't fire the Democrats that ran it for 60 consecutive years and drove it to bankruptcy. Sure would be nice to avoid that outcome.
Europe sure has no place to talk in fact they are far ahead of us as far as collapse ! And let them know license plates are not made by prisoners anymore . Stopped that like 30? Years ago. Socialists
Fill The Prisons

Chicago, IL

#17 Jun 16, 2013
Greg121 wrote:
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Europe sure has no place to talk in fact they are far ahead of us as far as collapse ! And let them know license plates are not made by prisoners anymore . Stopped that like 30? Years ago. Socialists
The IL. prison system Needs to be FILLED WITH CORRUPT ILLINOIS POLITICIANS who continue to ROB Hard working taxpayers.
Oh Happy Day

Chicago, IL

#18 Jun 16, 2013
Fill The Prisons wrote:
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The IL. prison system Needs to be FILLED WITH CORRUPT ILLINOIS POLITICIANS who continue to ROB Hard working taxpayers.
From the top down, send ALL the unethical corrupt politicians to jail including but not limited to the devious mayors and their merry band of misfits who have robbed the taxpayers blind.
selfish Bob Rita

Blue Island, IL

#19 Jun 16, 2013
Burt wrote:
Wouldn't other gambling companies have an insider's perspective on possible corruption? This bill, SB1738, was presented to the governor on May 15th. Call him at (800) 642-3112, and tell him to veto SB1738 and all gambling expansion bills!
If Bob Rita refuses to drop his insane gambling expansion bill, vote him out. Vote him out.
Yellow Brick Road

Midlothian, IL

#21 Jun 16, 2013
selfish Bob Rita wrote:
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If Bob Rita refuses to drop his insane gambling expansion bill, vote him out. Vote him out.
I bet Blue Island will get a bridge open or two with this bill?

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