Anti-Gambling Group Speaks in Rockford

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Not everyone is happy about bringing more gambling to the Stateline.

The anti-gambling group 'Stop Predatory Gambling' spoke at the Stockholm Inn in Rockford today. The coalition of religious leaders say it's politicians who are pushing for more casinos including one in Rockford. They say voters should be asked whether or not they even want a casino. They also say that at one point local state senator Dave Syverson was against a gambling expansion and now they say he's a major supporter of it. Syverson says that's not necessarily the case.

John Boryk from Stop Predatory Gambling said, "He was very strong in opposing any kind of gambling in Rockford, I was impressed with his statement. Now he is one of the leading proponents of gambling."

Sen. Dave Syverson said, "I represent Illinois and when Beloit plans a massive casino larger than anything we've seen before just over the Illinois border and they plan on marketing that against Illinois and Northern Illinois then we have to respond."

Syverson says a casino would bring in more jobs and boost the economy; however, Boryk disagrees saying the jobs would only be temporary and it would create more crime.

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