April 29, 2005

Jacobs, Verschoore draft bill to patch glitch in Casino move

Local legislators have the draft of a bill that would allow the state gaming board to approve the Casino Rock Island moving, and could send it to committee as soon as next week.

State Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, and Attorney General Lisa Madigan's staff wasted little time moving forward with the bill following a meeting Monday in Chicago.

The legislators and others met with the Attorney General after the release of a letter with an informal opinion that the gaming board didn't have the ability to grant permission for a casino to move.

The bill would allow any casino to move within five miles of its current docking location as long as it has the licensed municipality's permission, Rep. Verschoore said.

The legislators argued that the legislative intent of previous amendments gives the gaming board the power to approve casinos' relocation requests. They agreed to push a bill that would add the needed language for casinos to relocate.

"On first blush, it is simply amazing that a few word changes give us the authority we need," Sen. Jacobs said. "If her requirement is for us to jump over one more hurdle, we will jump over one more hurdle."

Whether one supports the move or not, and there are many valid arguments against it, the powers that be seem intent on making it happen. We'll see if amending a few words of a bill will prove to remove the last roadblock to the relocation plans.


At 4/30/2005 8:04 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

What valid argument possibly out weigh the creation of 500 good paying construction jobs and the biggest one-time economic development shot ($90,000,000.00) in Rock Island County history?

Rock Island's current situation has rendered them a "grind operation." At present, they are over reliant on local players and social security checks. Moving towards 280, they will be in postion to attract weekend visitors and traffic from outside Northwestern Illinois.

In addition, the project will help Rock Island grow as ancillary econmoic development projects, including a huge retail complex, are set to follow Casion Rock Island to 280.

Perhaps some are content with Iowa's growth. In Illinois, we must resist tempation to defend the status qou and instead favor of progress.

If Iowa continues to set the bar, we in Illions will face ever increasing taxes, rising unemployment, and fewer and fewer economic opportunities.

As for the enviromental question, Casino Rock Island is required to deal with them in the proper manner.

To the notion Casino Rock Island is a downtown anchor and the District cannot possibly survive without them, I say bunk. These days, few if any District' patrons spill into Casion Rock Island and visa versa. Although I agree at one time Casino Rock Island greatly aided the struggeling downtown area, but that time has come and gone. Today we go to the District to party, not gamble. If the casion had room to grow in it's present location, I too would favor them staying put, but currently they are resitricted by histroic buildings and limited space.

In the end, this is a win-win situation for Rock Island, Illinois and all in Western Illinois!

At 4/30/2005 8:48 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Yeah, don't forget about the nice aside to that idea to move the boat - the new mining operation that was stuck into the mix by Consumers - or now known as River Stone Group - who said they wanted to undermine a flood wall, compromise the integrity of acres of residential land, risk the road caving in from the new mining operations etc etc etc. They saw an opportunity for themselves to get what they wanted and then they went into bed with the RI Council and Mayor to get it done and treated the Big Island folks with great disrespect during the process which is not over yet.

But the RI mayor and Council got what they wanted - without letting the people have much of a say in the matter.

Again, Consumers - Riverstone whatever - are a company that owns more land than anyone else in Illinois and they also went and found a guy from Texas to lead the charge - who has gotten lots of notice from the money players in town.....

Money talks you know. Don't forget - the whole idea of riverboat gaming was sold to the people in that it would increase education funding in Illinois. That never happened. As soon as the Riverboat Dev money came along, the State of IL cut the funding for education with NO net gain. This has been so long ago folks have forgotten. Also, the strict conditions put into the law to regulate how the boats were even eligible for gamblling have all melted away. It's a miracle isn't it?

At 4/30/2005 1:28 PM, Blogger none said...

If Lisa Madigan is ever in a contested primary again in the state of Illinois, the Democrats in R.I. County and Western Illinois better send her a strong, strong message, regardless of the threats her step-father will issue to every elected, appointed, union activist, political activist.Being the person who has hampered and put up the speed bump/road block on a 90 million dollar development better not be forgotton. You hear that Jacobs, Vershoore, Boland, Gianulis, Schwiebert, Bohnsack, (did I miss anyone???)

At 5/02/2005 6:22 PM, Blogger none said...

you know every time i listen to mike jacobs, i become more and more concerned about the future of western illinois. Mike, please stop living on exaggarations and cliches. That's all I hear and read from you. Your speech today on the job site was more of the same, People are beginning to see how phoney you are, and that disappoints me. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but well you know the rest....

At 5/02/2005 10:01 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Everywhere I go, people are talking about young Senator Mike Jacobs.

One would have to be living under a rock to miss the young senator's ascent.

Before NONE is allowed to place the weight of "Western Illinois" on young Sentor Mike Jacobs' broad shoulders, let's give him a few days. Afterall, Mike's been in the Illinois Senate for what, 30 days now?

If one looks at the facts, young Senator Mike Jacobs has really done an incredible job thus far!

Heck, Mike Boland said as much in the newspaper!

At 5/02/2005 11:52 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Is it just me? HeadUsher, if you're a female, then you have a definite crush on Jacobs. If you're male, then you display an almost homoerotic adoration for Mike throughout your comments.
Everytime his name is mentioned, like clockwork you appear to heap praises on him. You'd think Jacobs was the second coming or something.

As you pointed out, Jacobs has been in operation for a relatively brief period. In that time he hasn't imploded or made any colossal blunders. But I'm not sure the time for over-the-top hero worship has arrived just yet.

But we do love ya and hope you continue to post, though maybe not as breathlessly about the object of your desire, Mike Jacobs. ;-)

After all, pretty soon you'll be known as the Head "Gusher", the way you gush over your guy.

At 5/03/2005 12:07 AM, Blogger Slack-jawed Yokel said...

None, I concur. Jacobs' PR is usually so way over-the-top, trite, and predictible that it's almost corny. It almost gives the appearance of someone trying just a little too hard. Reading the hyperbole and the way he pounces on the most miniscule chances to puff himself up or leap to defend himself with self-praise, one almost wonders what he's so insecure about.

I suppose it's natural for him to be a little insecure now he's in the big leagues, but one hopes he chills out a little as time goes by.

I like Mike as much as the next guy, but brother, his PR even sticks in my throat as an insult to most people's intelligence.

Obviously, a large part of the business of politics is selling the candidate. You can't hide your light under a bushel, as the saying goes, and get elected. And another truism is that no one's ever gotten ahead by over-estimating the intelligence of the American public.

But Jacobs' PR puffery is almost offensive to any thinking person. It's relentless and a turn off to those who feel that endless bragging and self promotion and use of trite and boring platitudes are not flattering and often a sign of someone who is insecure or phony as hell.

Most of the time his statements are groan inducing as you read the predictible boilerplate bragging and prose which makes him out as too-faultless-to-be-human.

His quotes in articles aren't too bad however, but he never, and I mean never, passes up a chance to brag on himself or his record. That's not a sin by itself, but let's face it, there CAN be too much of a good thing.
And it's become so predictable that it's a turn off in my opinion.
Every once in a while, sure, but too much "me, me, me" gets old.

At 5/03/2005 7:13 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

First you naysayers said young Senator Mike Jacobs couldn't do the job. Now you complain that he's too good at it.

Politics ain't bean bags. It's about moving voters and getting elected. From my perspective, it looks like "Big Mike Jacobs" is doing very well here!

I recall another Democrat politican that some complained about as being "too slick," if I'am correct isn't his wife running for President?

Senator Mike Jacobs is doing a terrific job. I know that infuriates Boland and his few remaining supporters. Instead of attacking Senator Jacobs, they should be asking why Mike Boland didn't attend the union rally, or retrurn Rory Washburn's phone calls to attend.

By the way, I heard Barack Obamah is holding a big fundraiser for Senator Mike Jacobs in Chicago. Do you guys know when it's going to be held?

Dope, if you don't want me to post here, please tell. But from my vanatage, I am one of the few still reading!

At 5/03/2005 7:20 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

By the way, I also heard that Congressman Lane Evans, Rep. Pat Verschoore, Mayor Dawson and Labor holding a big fundraising for Senator Jacobs on Big Island. Does anyone know the time and date for the event as well?

At 5/03/2005 8:54 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You're so transparent. You're absolutely in love with "Young" Mike Jacobs, and your comments are like they're written by some PR hack on steroids. HA!

Exhibit A. The fact that you absolutely disingenously and transparently try to hype Jacobs events by lying and trying to pretend you don't know every single detail about these events.

Secondly, I hope you continue to post here. You often provide useful and interesting facts. Unfortunately, they're almost exclusively devoted to printing every conceivable negative about Mike Boland.

I just would wish you'd keep the hype level down to a little more credible level and perhaps lend your informed opinion to the issues raised here, as you have on occasion. (and which I appreciate.)

As to you being the only reader left, well, according to the little counter over on the right, there's a few thousand others and the daily visitor numbers have remained consistently high with no decline. But hey, what do I know?

I do note that once I got rid of all the goofy anonymous posters, that there are fewer comments. That was expected.
Unfortunately, there are many out there who either don't want to register in order to comment, don't know how to register, or who have tried but got mixed up somehow.
I'm sorry for the low number of commenters, as I'd love nothing more than to have thousands of them. But the unfortunate fact is that it's either this way or allowing everyone to post which leads to a few people really stinking up the joint.
This way is a much more pleasant and civilized.

But don't go anywhere Head Usher. We'll read your comments, even if we can almost predict what they're going to say before you say it.

Also, I don't see anyone complaining that Jacobs is too good at his job, do you? Or are you saying that promoting himself relentlessly is his job? In that case yes, people are complaining about what a fine job he's doing.

To his credit, he has found the time to actually do some things, though one wonders once you strip away the hype just how earthshaking they've been.

I know he's been working hard, and working hard at letting everyone know how hard he's working. (of course, with your help HeadUsher)

At 5/04/2005 4:48 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Juat want to throw this out there. Is the job of a politician to "move voters and get elected" as Head Usher suggests?

Or is there something else they should be focusing on as well?

At 5/04/2005 4:49 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Juat want to throw this out there. Is the job of a politician to "move voters and get elected" as Head Usher suggests?

Or is there something else they should be focusing on as well?

Do the voters of their districts elect politicians so that they can "move voters and get elected" again? Or do you think they might prefer the politicians do something more than that?

At 5/04/2005 10:38 PM, Blogger MississippiRiver said...

The goal of any public official is to move issues forward, and in doing so that should help move his/her electability quotient forward as well. The two go hand-in-hand.

To quote the late Mayor Daley, "good government is good politics."


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