ROCKFORD - A new gambling Bill is in the works in
The new wording in the Bill will establish an independent group to make sure no one tries to take advantage of the system. It also states that local businessmen will not be allowed to run a casino, only nationally traded companies will be allowed to do so. It also has corruption safeguards in place as Governor Pat Quinn requested.
But, there is a local hang up in the bill. Senator Dave Syverson wants the money made
If a casino is built, 5-percent of its revenue would go to
state taxes. As it stands, half of that
money would go to
But in prior casino bills, all of that revenue went to the
city, a change
"The idea that
Morrissey thinks the 50/50 split isn't fair and that Syverson's proposal is politics at its best.
"I think they're being very direct about who controls the money," said Morrissey. "And have the political favors that they can get from it."
Winnebago County Board chairman Scott Christiansen says not so fast.
"Clearly the city of
"We've not even been given a chance," said Morrissey.
Not even local senators can agree on the process.
"The locals will best decide how to use that money,
than someone in
While another senator wants
"Not just today, but for the next 20, 30 years," said 35th District state senator Dave Syverson. An approach Christiansen agrees with.
"Let them do it in the Bill there," said Christiansen. "then threes no arguments locally, it's all done."
If that's the case, Morrissey says the city will push for state laws that demand other regional revenue sources, like the host fee from the county landfill that currently controlled by the county, be split.
"The city of
Morrissey says he doesn't want that to happen, but that
Still, Christiansen says the county is aware of
"We know about all that," said Christiansen. "We know we need a strong
While Senator Stadelman believes local control is ideal, he says none of it will matter if a casino isn't built and that getting a Bill passed remains his priority.
Mayor Morrissey says if the current wording stays in he will push for an amendment in the House to remove it.