March 17, 2005

Southern Illinois rep moving measure to eliminate riverboat gambling

Rep. John Bradley, a pro-gun, anti-gambling, anti-choice Democrat from Marion is chief sponsor of House Bill 1920 which seeks to ammend the current Riverboat Gambling Act in such a way that it eliminates Riverboat Gambling.

This was accomplished by introducing House ammendment 001 to House Bill 1920, which was a technical bill changing a couple words in the title of the Riverboat Gambling Act.

The ammendment calls for eliminating riverboat gambling immediately upon passage (and provids for job re-training for former employees of gambling boats)

Information is extremely hard to come by on this as it's not been reported in any press I could find, but it's been adopted by the House State Government Administration Committee this morning and is now set on the calendar for a short debate and second reading. Jack Franks, D-Woodstock, often mentioned as a potential candidate for governor, is chair of the committee.

This will certainly stir up a hornet's nest. Pat Vershoore, D-Rock Island, sits on the Gaming Committee and the Jacobs have a long history of backing gambling interests in the state. Surely they'll swing into action on this.

*Thanks to an alert reader for bringing this to The Dope's attention.*


At 3/17/2005 8:55 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

I am curious as to how many jobs and how much revenue the State of Illinois would lose if riverboat gambing were to be eliminated. Nevertheless, I suspect that the chances of this Bill's passage are equivalent to my chances of winning the Progressive jackpot on quarter slots.

At 3/18/2005 12:52 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Once again, the dope had to delete an anonymous post from a troll in this thread. He or she thought they were being clever by posting the name of a person who they falsely think is running this site.
(you know the type)

He or she basically said he thought the gambling boats could leave and nothing would change, since it was his or her belief that the Quad Cities were a shit hole before the boats and are a shit hole now. That's fine, everyone has their opinion. But then they got too stupid and thought it would be oh-so-clever if they wrote someone's name in the post. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Some people just don't think.

Any posts which falsely accuse people of running this site will be deleted immediately, no questions asked. They'll just disappear.

At 3/18/2005 11:19 AM, Anonymous corn husker said...

what is Jack Franks thinking of?? and who are these people that Blago appointed to the gaming board? a retired judge, a retired minister and a real estate investment manager. sounds like the starts for a good joke.

At 3/18/2005 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems dope misses all the scoops, the media were all over this 2 weeks ago

At 3/18/2005 12:46 PM, Anonymous a differnt anonymous said...

quit blaming Mr. Dope and play ball here. got anything to say on the subject anonymous?

At 3/18/2005 12:56 PM, Anonymous Peter Frampton said...

Great scoop, Dope. This quiet little amendment has not been covered by any of the major media outlets until you launched it yesterday.

Listen. Rep. John Bradley is simply representing his constituents in the South, which put morality above all else. He is entitled to his point of view, but as has been mentioned the chances of this amendment's passage are basically zero (although with the IL General Assembly anything can happen).

Rep. Pat Verschoore, Rep. Mike Boland and Sen. Mike Jacobs will battle this amendment vehemently, I would guess, and others will, too.

At 3/18/2005 1:22 PM, Blogger Decatur Democrat said...

I checked it out, and maybe I am misreading this all, but it appears that it is an amendment to a shell bill. And what passed the committee was an amendment to the bill, which is what shell bills are made to do. Do nothing unless you have to do something late in session, then you have a bill you can amend and od it with that. So the amendment passed, which means it amended the bill, and the bill is still sitting in the committee and hasn't and wont pass. So everyone wins, Bradley gets to say I pushed for an amendment to a bill to abolish gambling, and it went farther than it ever has. And Boland, Verschoore, and Jacobs get to say we had a bill that was going to abolish gambling and we defeated it to save the QCs. So a brief synapsis, nothing is going to happen, and everyone wins. or I am wrong.

At 3/18/2005 3:40 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

DD, you've got it correct. This is a rather slippery, but common, way to get measures slipped in under the radar. But it does put the suggestion out there and requires effort to throw it back.
Another example of pols being more interested in getting campaign brochure fodder than actually accomplishing anything.

At 3/18/2005 3:45 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

...and, since I never implied I had a "scoop" here, I don't know why the sullen anonymites feel the need to say it wasn't.

Though I do wish they'd point me to a source in the media that was reporting this 2 weeks ago. If they can, I'll stand corrected, otherwise, they're full of crap.

The only mention I found was a piece in the Southern Illinoisian newspaper. (and that story can't be accessed online)


At 3/18/2005 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wrong, wrong wrong - the amendment becomes the bill and moves to the floor out of committee. and you call us idiots

At 3/18/2005 4:31 PM, Anonymous the real dope said...

do google news search for john bradley - sj-r, tribune, etc.

At 3/18/2005 5:40 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

anonymite, where did I get that wrong? I think you're responding to someone other than moi.

I did extensive googling yesterday on John Bradley. Nothing other than an old piece in the Southern Illinoisian newspaper.

Send me some links in e-mail to articles on this two weeks ago.

At 3/18/2005 9:31 PM, Blogger Decatur Democrat said...

Well that would be why you should correct me if im wrong, thanks though

At 3/20/2005 1:07 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

DD, hopefully requireing commenters to register will serve as a disinfectant and chase away some of our more dim-witted friends.

I truly regret having to to that route, but this is a benign dictatorship here, not a democracy. And I just didn't have time for the bitter, the armchair critics, and the jealous.

At 3/21/2005 10:02 AM, Blogger anonymight said...

spare us the drama dope

At 3/21/2005 2:06 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Ahhh. I see. Others can make comments, but I'm not supposed to respond. Now I get it!!

Thanks, but I'm going to respond even if you think it's nothing but "drama".

If you want sterile information, with no commentary, go read a paper.


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