Local Organization Going All In to Urge Gov. Quinn on Casino Bill

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- One local organization is going all in to urge Governor Pat Quinn to pass the bill to bring a casino to Rockford.

Members from the Rockford Area Arts Council, the Rockford Art Museum, Coronado Theater and local artists held a rally to show their support for the Rockford Casino Coalition. They say local artists and organizations would benefit from a casino because of grants and gaming revenue would help support riverfront development. And art council members point out success of casinos in other cities.

Anne O'Keefe, Rockford Area Arts Council, says, “We’ve looked at studies from other areas that have a casino. We’ve seen in places like Shreveport, Louisiana for an example. $650,000 comes for the casino and goes to back into the community. So we really feel with additional funding that will support the arts, which means we will be able to fulfill our mission."

Meantime, the Illinois Gaming Board chief says he wants Governor Quinn to veto the legislation for gambling expansion. He calls the bill "garbage" and says it's filled with too many regulatory loopholes. Lawmakers have not sent the bill to the governor yet.

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  • by Johnny on Jul 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    Degenerate gamblers(like me) don't need the action this close. I fight a gambling addiction everyday. A trip away to a casino is a detourant, but people like me DEFINATELY don't need one this close to home.
  • by JMA Location: Shreveport on Jul 13, 2011 at 09:10 PM
    It's always worth considering before you go all-in on a casino. There are plenty of studies out there that examine the long-term effects. I Deal to Plunder: A ride through the boom town. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005C20PBU Amazon.com he tells both the story of his personal experience and gives a behind the curtain peak of the ins-and-outs of a casino. This book addresses several issues that are of interest to gamblers, casino workers, communities, and those who’ve always wanted to know more about a casino’s impact on society.
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