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Letters to the Editor 12/24/09

Video Poker, Daniel Hynes and Bobby Schilling

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VIDEO POKER BAN

Construction jobs are not at risk if communities ban video poker machines. Video gambling will neither bring nor reduce road and construction projects for any community.

The state found a way to pay for the capital projects. A bill approved during the veto session allows Illinois to proceed with the sale of bonds for the $31 billion capital construction plan by borrowing temporarily from the road fund, according to Crain’s Chicago Business, Nov. 12.

While video gambling is one of the funding sources for the Capital Projects Fund, “there is no provision restricting local governments from receiving projects from the Capital Projects Fund, even if that governmental body bans video gaming in their area,” according to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, Wagering in Illinois, 2009 Update.

Since legislators have come up with an alternative funding source and communities that ban video gambling can still get the construction projects, why would anyone invite video gambling into their neighborhoods? Even the chairman of the Gaming Board, charged with regulating video gambling, said it will be “an almost impossible job” to keep the mob out and protect citizens from the social ills of such pervasive gambling” [Daily Herald, Nov. 6].

City councils and county boards statewide are discussing video gambling. Contact your city and county officials and ask them to ban video gambling machines.

Anita Bedell, executive director
Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems



SAYING NO TO HYNES

I am so angry with Daniel Hynes. Governor Pat Quinn wants to take out a loan to fund social service agencies in danger of closing. Daniel Hynes wants to postpone any loan of this kind until after the spring primary.

I would like to point out a few things to Daniel Hynes: the State of Illinois owes money to social services for services already rendered; the fiscal responsibility of the state is not something that should be postponed to see if Hynes wins the primary; many agencies will not survive until the primary. If Hynes continues to oppose this effort, he needs to lose his job.

I will join other social service recipients and staff to campaign to get him out of office. I am inviting all people who agree with this letter to call and write letters to the legislators, governor and Mr. Hynes, who is, regrettably, our comptroller. I will spearhead a petition to support Gov. Quinn’s effort and a march on the Capitol.

I am a volunteer at Senior Services of Central Illinois. To any and all who want to make a difference for social services in Illinois, please write me at Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason, Springfield, 62702,
or call 528-4035.

Caroline Newsmann
Springfield



CHANGING DIAPERS

I am writing this letter in support of Bobby Schilling. Bobby is a conservative who is running for Congress against Phil Hare. While I don’t know much about Congressman Hare, I do know that Bobby will make an excellent representative for our district, and he can win!

With all of the wasteful spending and power grabs going on in Congress, 2010 is going to be a great year for conservatives. Don’t believe me? Just look at a recent poll that was conducted across the 17th Congressional District. In the poll 47 percent said that they would not support the current congressman. This is a big deal! We are talking about the heavily Democratically slanted 17th District. Bobby can win!

The poll also indicated that jobs were the top concern for the district. This should be no surprise considering how many jobs have been lost. Mark Twain once said, “Politicians, like diapers, have to be changed frequently – and for the very same reason.” I think that we need a new representative if we are going to get jobs and reform.

Annette Diederich
East Moline
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