9-30-2009 - from Vending Times

  • But lo and behold, times have changed. In 2009, gambling isn't the devil anymore; it's a politically popular source of tax revenue. Today, 40 states have casinos. Operators in South Dakota and Montana have enjoyed legal video poker for more than 20 years. Today those are the only two states in America whose governments don't face budget deficits. Coincidence? Lawmakers apparently don't think so. At this writing, 14 states are planning to expand legalized gambling next year, in one form or another. - Marcus Webb

9-10-2009 - from Grayslake Review

  • "It's a not a typical topic for village boards so we want to make sure the trustees have all the information they need to make an informed decision." - Grayslake Mayor Rhett Taylor

  • "Really, I think philosophically it's no different than the lottery." He noted that some communities have off-track betting facilities. "It's not forced on anyone. It's a choice. Loffredo said the village doesn't need to regulate against it. "It's nothing new. It's been out there - legal and illegal," he said. "They do exist, so this gives us an opportunity to get some revenue."  - Lake Villa Mayor Frank Loffredo

9-9-2009 - from The Capital Fax Blog

  • Maddeningly, Mother Tribune refuses to publish full toplines and crosstabs, so there’s no way of knowing exactly how the question was phrased nor where it was placed in relation to other gaming, capital bill or budgeting questions.  - Rich Miller referencing the recent Chicago Tribune poll about video gaming.

8-31-2009 - from The Journal Standard - Freeport, IL 

  • New legislation regulating video poker machines will likely make it easier for local police to enforce the use of such devices in the community. “It would be easier for us to enforce, because it puts an outright ban on unlicensed machines,” Smith said. “The impetus behind the state with this law is to create another revenue stream and to the extent that’s passed on to local municipalities it’s a good thing.” - Freeport Deputy Police Chief Robert Smith

8-30-2009 - from State Journal Register 

  • “We’re all adults here. Some of these bars have been playing video poker for a long time. The state legislators said it’s legal. I don’t have a problem with it. For me, it’s a control thing. I’m just tired of government wanting to control everything. Government wanting to tell you what you can and can’t do. I’ve had it. I’ve had enough.”  - Springfield Ald. Frank Edwards
  • “I’ve always said I’ll never make it harder to live in Springfield than anywhere else in Illinois. What’s legal in Illinois is legal in Springfield as far as I’m concerned.” - Springfield Ald. Frank Kunz

8-30-2009 - from TheSouthtown Star

  •  "I won't shortchange the village when it comes to receiving funds," Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld

8-29-2009 - from the Lake County News-Sun

  • "It's a moral issue, and it will be difficult for some people on the board," District 20 Rep. David Stolman said, adding that in some areas, constituents are against gambling, and board members will need to take a "global perspective."
  • "We'll have to look at every aspect of it before making a decision, I'm not a proponent of funding government with gambling, but the state made it part of the capital bill. How are we going to pay for road programs if we opt out? - Lake County Board Chairwoman Suzi Schmidt

8-25-2009 - from thecapitalfaxblog.com

  • Today’s editorial is a long, strident, breathless slam on legalized, limited and taxed video gaming. It’s chock full of phrases that would make nutballs like Alan Keyes smile with approval...  And a newspaper which has consistently opposed making state laws via public referenda now whines that no public referenda was held on video gaming… - Rich Miller (discussing a Chicago Tribune editorial)

8-24-2009 - from The Beacon News

  • "We're still waiting to find out what the ground rules are going to be from the state of Illinois,"  - St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte
  • "It wouldn't be a big deal in Kendall County," Kendall County Board Chairman Anne Vickery (referring to legalized video gaming)

8-21-2009 - from NPR.org

  •  "the economic benefits of gaming coming to a community far outpace any social detriment." - AGA's president and CEO, Frank Fahrenkopf Jr.

8-18-2009 - from Southtown Star

  • "It sounds like that until the rules are made, that we'd hold tight and not make a decision," Orland Mayor Mayor Daniel McLaughlin 

8-18-2009 - from Park Ridge Herald Advocate

  • "I think we should take our share of the state's capital spending funds, If the state is distributing money from state assets, I don't care where that money comes from." - Park Ridge Mayor David Schmidt

8-17-2009 - from WSIL TV

  • "The state has allowed it in other parts of the state and I think us making a decision not to allow it here in town may be putting some of our businesses at a disadvantage,”  - Carbondale Councilman Lance Jack.
  • "If we decide that gambling is not appropriate in Carbondale....I wonder if it’s appropriate for us to accept money from gambling that’s generated by the rest of the state,” - Carbondale Councilman Chris Wissmann
  • "There are so many areas of the city that need improvement: infrastructure, roads, water, sewer. So we could certainly use the revenue off that,” - Mt. Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley 

8-15-2009 - from ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

  • "I think most people would say we have no problem with taverns and clubs having video poker. ... If there's proper oversight, there should be no issue whatsoever,"  - East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks Jr.
  • "They have these machines in the taverns anyway, and they're playing them anyway, so we might as well reap tax benefits from that." - Madison County Board member William Meyer

8-15-2009 - from PJStar.com - (referencing adjustments to the capital construction bill)

  • "I think it's wrong, I think it's hypocritical, I don't think they should have the right to pick and choose. You're either in the capital bill and everything it involves, or you're not." - State Rep. Lou Lang
  • "It will still produce a lot of dollars, You have to adjust the overall plan if enough of that (opting out) happens." - State Rep. Frank Mautino

8-15-2009 - from SJ-R.com

  • “There is nothing coming from the board that is nixing it or anything of that sort. We’ll let the state take some money, providing we get part of it.” - Pleasant Plains Village President Jim Verkuilen
  • “We don’t want to limit businesses by taking away a source of income for them, It’s a good source of revenue for the Eagle’s Club in Riverton and any place that has them.” - Riverton Village President Bob Todd

8-13-2009 - from Huffington Post

  • "Because of the exhaustive efforts of both Lou [Lang] and [State Senator] Terry Link [D-Vernon Hills] in recent years, the video gaming issue and other gaming issues have not suffered for lack of oxygen or public exposure," - State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg  (referenceing comments that the Video Gaming Act was rushed through the legislature)
  • "There are -- and have been -- thousands of unregulated and untaxed video gaming machines throughout Illinois -- for years, Now, all of a sudden, there is concern regarding the existence of these machines?" - State Rep. Lou Lang 

8-13-2009 - from St. Loius Post Dispatch

  • "This is great news for the Metro East, … It will be a significant number of construction dollars flowing into our region." - Patrick McKeehan, executive director of the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois, an economic development group. 

8-13-2009 - from Southtown Star contributor John G. Brokopp - Casino Columnist

  • Internal controls are great and state regulatory intervention is even better. But what if all the slot machines in place at all of the casino destinations in Illinois were placed online to a central state monitoring system? What if the digital signature of any slot machine could be called up at a moment's notice to spot check for accuracy?  - from an article titled "Integrity a vital component of casino operations" (Suggesting that riverboat gaming terminals in the state be connected to central system as defined by the Video Gaming Act.)

7-28-2009 - from Chicago Sun Times

  • “If everybody opts out, then you have no infrastructure. You have no roads, no bridges, no schools, no parks. You have nothing. You can’t opt out and say, ‘I want all the benefits.’ That’s truly unfair,” - Chicago Mayor Daley


  • "This is a crucial economic recovery initiative that will generate what's needed most in Illinois: jobs, jobs, jobs," said Governor Pat Quinn at the bill's signing.