May 25, 2005

R.I. Casino skid greasing bill passes out of Senate committee

A bill sponsored by Rep. Pat Vershoore which serves to clarify jurisdictional disputes in order to allow Illinois casinos the ability to move their operations a limited distance from their base of operations passed out of executive committee by a unanimous vote. The measure now goes before the full Senate.

Some of those morally opposed to gambling view this as a further expansion of gambling and oppose the move for this reason.

Among them is Anita Bedell, executive director of Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems.

Ms. Bedell told the committee the bill would only allow for the further victimization of poor people, noting many of the casino's slot machines accept low-denomination coins.

The bill's sponsor, state Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, took exception.

"They need to relook at their view. The fact is the Casino Rock Island is in a position now where they have to go after nickel players. ... By moving out into a larger area, they will see weekend-destination tourists." he said.

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At 5/26/2005 12:01 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Like Joe "Willy" Namath before him, young Mike Jacobs predicted passage of Casino Rock Island's $90 million econmoic development project through the Illinois Senate.

"I have done my homework. The team has done an incredible job educating members and lining up votes for this important proposal," said the freshman state senator.

"My dad, is know in Illinois as the Father-of-Riverboat Gaming, trust me, I don't have the desire to become the Son-of-Riverboat Gaming," said the younger Jacobs.

"Although I will never turn my back on helping the casino industry flourish, I am far more concerened with creating jobs for workng familes as opposed to creating additional revenue for Illinois' casinos.

After speaking with the Senator Jacobs on the phone last night, I couldn't help but think how far he has come in a short period of time. In just 60 days Senator Mike Jacobs has become a key player on economic development issues related to Northwestern Illinois (Casino Rock Island, WIU at Moline, the Sac and Fox Nation's exciting economic development plans).

Now Senator Jacobs has been tabbed hyphentaed sponsor of the Workers Comp Bill. Sources familar with the bill call this a huge victory labor, but also young Mike Jacobs.

Go Mike,go! We are all so very proud of you!

At 5/26/2005 3:58 PM, Blogger whispers said...

Jacobs is doing just fine by what I can see. Headrusher needs to take a valium or something. Maybe Jake needs to quit talking to this guy on the phone. Couldn't hurt.

At 5/27/2005 6:58 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Usher - quit gushing - it's making me want to gag.....

Get a life and talk about something else for a change.

At 5/27/2005 11:42 AM, Blogger whispers said...

Great job on passing this though Vershoore and Jacobs! You really went to bat for our area and the boat!

At 5/28/2005 7:54 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Yeah, thanks for helping us destroy our wetlands for money......

Those minimum wage jobs are really gonna hit the spot you know!


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