October 28, 2005

IL House votes to abolish riverboat gambling

Aiming at an industry that is "broke," House Democrats voted overwhelmingly Thursday to abolish casino gambling -- a move that could end talk of gambling expansion and bolster the political fortunes of socially conservative, Downstate Democrats.

The surprise development came on a busy legislative day that also featured a defeat for Gov. Blagojevich on gun legislation, but victory for him with final passage of his children's health insurance plan.

The plan to dismantle the state's casino industry passed the House 67-42. It likely will be blocked by the Senate, where Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago), an ardent supporter of new casinos, branded the proposal "irresponsible."

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), who played a key role in allowing a House vote, said riverboat gambling as an Illinois institution is "broke" and needs retooling.

"A small group of people became millionaires because of Illinois riverboat gaming, but the people of Illinois have never received a fair return in exchange for these monopolies," Madigan said. "I think we should go back to the drawing board and start over."
What can Sen. Jacobs think of this attempt to wipe out the industry his father was largely responsible for creating in the state?


At 10/28/2005 12:25 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

Regardless of the merits pro and con, I think Mike Madigan's power is a bit out of control on this one. Where is this coming from?
He's coming from left field on this one.

At 10/28/2005 3:52 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I think the Senate should pass a temporary bill banning gambling for 1 week, and see how the representatives that voted for it in the House like the thousands of teachers, casino employees, and construction workers that start calling. They could also explain where they'll get the money to replace the $2 million that state would lose in tax revenue in that single week.

At 10/29/2005 8:46 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Ok Usher - I mean Mike Jacobs -- I am so glad you can freely comment on riverboat gambling but you don't have any information posted on your voting record for labor issues yet.

I am still waiting for some good information on the votes on labor issues from you but your refuse to share it. Could you be concerned about the working men and women voters reaction?

And I don't want to hear about the ag stuff. I already know they will love you just like they loved Joel B so you can skip that.

I just want to know specifics on your labor votes. So Mike, don't have an intern give me crap and bill numbers - just the meat of the issue so to speak. That is if you are able to articulate without the usual BS you spoon out.

At 10/29/2005 10:06 AM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

Maybesomeday -

I have done the homework on Sen. Jacobs' labor record, and I took the time to post all of the bills the QC Federation of Labor and the Illinois AFL-CIO put on its watch list of priorities during the 2005 session.

From the data and the bills and then calculating, it looks like Sen. Mike Jacobs ammassed a 98% pro-labor voting record. He has already met with labor leaders to distribute that very strong voting record.

I thought you had already seen all of that, and don't understand why you're bringing up this dead issue again.

Happy Halloween to all!

At 10/29/2005 2:45 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

All spokes day, you must be in heaven maybesomeday!

At 10/29/2005 3:45 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm sorry... but you really are a moron HU. You just can't help it.

"All SPOKES day"???!!! Do you think MaybeSomeday is an avid bicyclist?

THINK before you comment. Then re-read it before you post.

Spend a second considering how stupid you want to appear. It might be time well spent.

At 10/29/2005 4:05 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

Ms. Dope, I think Mr. Headusher meant to say, "All Spook's Day," don't you?

Happy Halloween Ms. Dope! What are you dressing up for Halloween?

At 10/29/2005 5:06 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Umm... DUH!! It's obvious what Head meant. But my advice still applies.

I'd rather not reveal my elaborate Halloween costume, lest my more over-zealous fans monopolize my time as I make my nocturnal rounds.

I did consider going as Karl Rove doing a perp walk, but changed my mind. I didn't want people pelting me with rotten vegetables.

Then I thought I'd dress as Sen. Mike Jacobs, go hang out at the Blue Ribbon and see how many people buy me drinks. But then I decided I'd never get a buzz unless I invited some lobbyists, and I hate hanging out with those Italian loafer wearing weasels.

I wanted something frightening. So I finally decided on a character that has proven to strike mortal terror into the soul of local figures and causes the blood to drain from their faces, makes them break out in cold sweats, and suffer nightmarish delusions.

That's right, I'm going as... dunt dunt DAAAAAAAH!!!!... an independent blogger.

Buwahhhahahahaha. Scary stuff!

At 10/31/2005 11:30 AM, Blogger indy said...

Wow that's pretty harsh Mike! You would think that someone who has had everything handed to him would be more respectful of those who have less.
You know that was a Kennedy trait.
Since you are always comparing yourself to them maybe you should try to act like a grownup one in a while!

At 10/31/2005 2:12 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

For those who missed it, (Headusher has achieved "delete on sight" status), he was busy engaging in his usual juvenile antics, and this time decided to accuse yours truly of being a really bad drunk.

It reminded me of a fitting remark attributed to some wit. IF I was a drunk, at least in the morning I'd be sober, while HeadUsher will still be dull, pompous, and shallow.

At 10/31/2005 6:16 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Usher - or in real life - Sen Mike Jacobs -- didn't I see you last night at the Blue Ribbon sitting in your usual booth with all your friends - ALONE?

At 10/31/2005 8:40 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Maybe ... HA! That's hilarious!

I get a kick out of the fact that Headcase's latest smear attempt is to say I'm drunk. Well, if I'm always hammered, what's his excuse? I mean, he's incoherant and can't spell or write worth a damn. I was almost hoping he was plastered when he wrote. At least that would explain it.

Evidently he's just not that bright.

At 10/31/2005 8:45 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

No, I was with my boys, and I understand that Illinois Senator Mike Jacobs had a family dinner with his family at his mother's house.

As for you, you were so drunk at the Blue Ribbon that you couldn't tell one person from another. After sloshing down three $9.00 drinks, I heard you went in the bathroom and threw-up on the floor. A real class act maybesomeday!

I pray you were not drinking and driving again?

At 11/01/2005 7:27 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Get it straight Usher.... Didn't you just get done earlier saying that Mike Jacobs was at some political event or something that same night?

Well never mind -- maybe you are helping Mike pose as a body double and go to events and speak for him. That is what you do every time you act foolish on the blog here - speak for Mike Jacobs.

I have to say, every time you do, you loose more votes for your idol.....

At 11/01/2005 8:08 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

In the interest of peace in our time, I strongly urge all commenters to refrain from vile personal attacks.

In the future, they will be deleted if I see them, and that applies to everyone. This has got to stop.

At 11/12/2005 4:28 PM, Blogger CountyDemo said...

I've never seen so many shallow people in my whole life. Mike Jacobs works very hard and is very nice to everyone. I really don't undertand why you people are so negative towards someone that is so full of good.

Instead of writing bad thing about him and making up stories, why don't you knock on his door and talk to him?


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