The House Executive Committee passed SB 66 to legalize Internet wagering on horse racing. While the committee was called to address the pension reform legislation, this gambling expansion bill was revealed with one hour’s notice before the committee hearing!
SB 66 legalizeds bookmaking. SB 66 legalizes Internet betting on horse racing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from home computers, Smart phones, I-Pads and tablets.
The U. S. Department of Justice issued an opinion in 2011 about Internet Lotteries. The Department of Justice said the opinion only applies to State Lotteries and said sports betting on the Internet is illegal. SB 66 extends an illegal operation through February 1, 2017 by allowing an ADW to be placed from any location via a telephone-type device or any other electronic means.
SB 66 expands the number of Off Track Betting Parlors in the Chicago area, by allowing racetracks in Cook County to have 8 OTB parlors instead of 7. These parlors could be located across the street from the racetracks and could have 5 video gambling machines!
SB 66 will negatively impact live horse racing in Illinois. The Illinois Racing Board reports 13% of the ADW handle is on Illinois Horses and 87% is on Out of State Races. SB 66 will not save horse racing, but will make track owners and ADW companies richer.
SB 66 will not help the horsemen. SB 66 charges gamblers a surcharge, with the bulk of the money going to the Illinois Racing Board. Only $100,000 goes to the Quarter Horse Purse Fund and the rest going to the harness racing and thoroughbred racing fund.
For immediate action:
- Contact your State Representative and State Senator or call 217-782-2000 and ask your Legislators to Vote NO on SB 66 to legalize Internet gambling on horse races.
- Contact Governor Quinn or call 800-642-3112 to ask him to OPPOSE and VETO SB 66 to legalize Internet wagering on horses and EXPAND gambling.
- Share this Alert with your faith community.
- FORWARD to 10 others.
- Lawmakers Could Take Up Horse Racing Bill (wifr.com)
- Could 2014 be the year for slots at the tracks in Illinois? (stltoday.com)
By Phyllis Coulter – Pantagraph.com
NORMAL — While their children are being taught based on new Common Core standards, many Central Illinois parents and teachers are on their own learning curve when it comes to understanding the new guidelines.
Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010 to set expectations for what students should know in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level. In replacing the Illinois Learning Standards, the state is one 44 others planning to fully implement Common Core this school year.
Editor’s Note: For those wanting to know more about Common Core in Illinois , please visit http://nocommoncore.blogspot.com/. – AW
- Common Core strikes again. (standupforthetruth.com)
- Starkehaus: Why are moderate Republicans in favor of Common Core? (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
- New Common Core Standards Go Beyond the School Day (publicnewsservice.org)
- School board erupts in laughter, disbelief over Common Core lessons (bizpacreview.com)
- (Un)Common Sense on the Common Core (stunningguidance.wordpress.com)
New state motto? ‘Atheist Group Erects Sign at Ill. Capitol Claiming “There Are No Gods, Angels, Heaven or Hell”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation posted a “Winter Solstice” sign at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield over the weekend, arguing that there are no gods, angels, heaven or hell, and that religion “hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
The sign, which has been featured before in counter Christian displays, reads:
“At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
- Atheist Sign Goes Up in Illinois Capitol Building (patheos.com)
- FFRF erects Winter Solstice sign in Illinois Capitol (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Atheists Start Billboard Campaign as Christmas Season Begins (conservativebyte.com)
Christian Post: Illinois Becomes 16th State to Legalize Gay Marriage; Law Group Warns of Threat to Religious Freedom
While Illinois became the 16th state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage on Wednesday, with Gov. Pat Quinn calling it an “epic victory” for America, a non-profit law group has warned that the new law may threaten religious freedom for those opposed to the practice.
“This new law is an epic victory for equal rights in America. Illinois is moving forward. We are a model for our country. If the Land of Lincoln can achieve marriage equality, so can every other state in the nation,” Quinn said after signing the bill.
The gay marriage law, which takes effect on June 1, 2014, was pushed by the Illinois governor throughout the 2013 legislative sessions. Quinn has been a long-time supporter of expanding the definition of marriage, and in 2011 signed a civil union legislation, which has allowed more than 6,000 couples across the state to join in civil unions.
- Illinois becomes 16th state to allow same-sex marriage (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Illinois Becomes the 16th State to Legalize Gay Marriage (thewire.com)
- Quinn signs Illinois same-sex marriage bill into law (wgntv.com)
- Illinois Governor Quinn to sign gay marriage into law (kmov.com)
- Illinois “Religious Freedom & Marriage Fairness Act” Neither Free Nor Fair For People of Faith (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
ENDA–Another Threat to Our Religious Freedoms!
I am forwarding this email to you from the American Association of Christian Schools because it applies to each of us. Christianity and the Christian world view are under direct attack–more than ever before in our history!!!
Please read this Action Alert from the American Association of Christian Schools (with edits), which includes helpful links:
Our Representatives in Washington, D.C., must hear from us regarding our opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Since the bill passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote, supporters of ENDA are engaging in a massive campaign to pressure the House to take up H.R. 1755.
The deceptive but compelling messages that ENDA will “stop workplace discrimination” and that “no one should be fired for who they are or who they love” are being heard by Members of the House through multiple channels. The bill already has 195 co-sponsors, and the list is growing. Minority Leader Pelosi is threatening to use a discharge petition that only needs 218 votes to force the bill out of committee and to the floor for a vote.
Our contacts in the House continue to say that Representatives are not hearing from constituents who oppose the issue. We must make sure they hear from us with well-reasoned arguments on why they should oppose this measure. We recommend that you read the Heritage Foundation’s ENDA Fact Sheet and Backgrounder and then take action.
We encourage you to call, email, or send a letter to your Representative, Speaker Boehner, and Majority Leader Cantor. Contact information for Representatives can be found here.
This is such an important issue for maintaining our fundamental religious liberty and rights of conscience that we will be sending this information to each school in our association.
Family Research Council is also calling for action: “ENDA would force religious business owners and workplaces such as religious publishing houses, pre-schools, and Christian television and radio stations to check their biblical view of marriage at their workplace door, substituting in its place a radical worldview sponsored by the federal government.”
In His Service,
Rev. Bob Vanden Bosch
Executive Director, Concerned Christian Ministries, Wauconda, IL
P.S. To find your legislators, go to the following website: http://www.elections.il.gov/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx
From the folks at No Common Core in Illinois:
Those of you who study education long enough and carefully enough understand that it was in fact George Bush Jr. who gave us “No Child left behind” which was a major step in the progressive educational movement. This has been explained in fine detail in this video here. This video has been posted on this blog more than once.
Because we have such a poor media, it’s up to YOU to do the research needed to understand what the progressives have been doing and are doing to destroy our educational system.
Below is a video that explains in detail how the progressives who have infected the corporate community are using the Trojan horse of school choice and charter schools to further erode the local control of education.