Voters in Chicago and throughout Illinois strongly oppose the gambling expansion
bill recently passed by the Illinois legislature, according to a new survey
commissioned by the Chicago Crime Commission. The survey also reveals that
Illinoisans would veto the gambling legislation and ask for greater review of
"Governor Quinn has said repeatedly that he wants to hear from anyone with an
opinion on the gambling expansion issue and today voters from throughout
Illinois responded to his request," according to J.R. Davis, Chairman and
President of the Chicago Crime Commission. "If the average voter could sit down
with the Governor, they would tell him this legislation is bad for Illinois and
that they had little input into the decision making process," he added.
"When asked, Illinois voters also said they feel the gambling expansion will
have a negative impact on the quality of life in the State and, that it will add
to human misery, without offsetting financial benefits," Davis said. "Survey
results also indicate voters are deeply troubled that the legislation does not
provide for enough investigators to deal with the issues created by a massive
expansion of gaming in the State," he continued.
"This survey provides a clear and complete reaction to this legislation from the
voters of Illinois. We implore Governor Quinn to do the right thing and veto
this legislation if it comes to his desk," Davis concluded.
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