The bill currently
before the Illinois Senate (SB 1739) would bring a casino to
fired back on Wednesday to his critics, saying he's all for sharing that
potential revenue with other communities in Winnebago County - just not 50 -
50. Morrissey says previous gambling
legislation in which cities like
Morrissey says most of that revenue should stay within city limits.
Gambling was originally passed, it wasn't to help out suburban areas that are
already wealthy, that have low unemployment, it was to help places like
"We're the area with the crime rate, the poverty rate that gaming was designed to address," said Morrissey.
But Machesney Park Mayor, Tom Strickland, says he thought the plan to split potential revenue 50 - 50 was the plan all along.
"I think indirectly Larry [Morrissey] did agree to the 50 - 50 in our meetings," said Strickland. "There were at least three, four, five meetings."
However Morrissey denies those claims.
"Unless they're talking about something that pre-dated me, all of the recent years' discussions that have involved my administration have always been about local decision making," exclaimed Morrissey.
Morrissey says he'd
like to see the decisions of splitting that potential gaming revenue made here
"There's room in there, money in there for everybody," said Strickland. "Let's not get greedy. Let's cooperate and work together."
Strickland says his
biggest concern is that the legislation, without Syverson's amendment would