The lottery did not solve education funding. More casinos will not solve Illinois budget impasse.
One of the 13 bills linked together in the grand bargain budget plan is a massive expansion of gambling. Senate Bill 7 doubles the amount of casinos in Illinois city-owned casino in Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Lake County, South Suburbs, Williamson County, and four casinos at racetracks.
Legislators are counting on one-time fees from casinos to bring in revenue. However, by lowering casino taxes and not taxing comps (hotel rooms, food, coupons, etc.) given to gamblers, the state will get les…