SPRINGFIELD, IL - Gov. Rod Blagojevich has abandoned his proposal to license
more casinos in Illinois as the way to pay for $34 billion in construction
spending. Instead, he will direct his efforts towards leasing out the lottery
for billions upfront and using upside sales tax revenues from higher priced
gasoline to pay for the construction plan.
His position change on gambling follows last week's special series in the Daily
Herald about the state's casino industry. The newspaper exposed the state's poor
support of gambling addicts and how slot machine odds are tighter to compensate
for fewer players.
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