Cook County Commissioner and 19th Ward AlumnaBridget Gainer* - well, she grew up here in St. Barnabas Parish on the east side of Western- took a tough position against 'easy money' and the one-armed bandits.
Slot machines are the crack cocaine of gambling addiction. Go to any casino and smell the desperation. The atmosphere in a casino or a corner of 'gaming friendly' bar is thick with desperation.
"We have time to bring all these other cities and communities along to ban it and basically make Springfield look at this differently and find a better way," she said.
Some Republican commissioners sought to defer on the Gainer effort until leaders of township government, which also exercises authority in unincorporated suburban areas, could weigh in.
The State of Illinois is again taking easy road to quick bucks. The poor slob feeding twenties and saw bucks -until he, or she is down to wrinkled and wadded dollar bill is the patsie in this Entertainment/Revenue gamble.
Cook County Commissioner is lauded for her role trying to slap at this foolish and essentially vicious and sad piece of legislation.
We have more than enough casinos to allow sad folks the opportunity to develop into bridge jumpers. That is what the State Video Poker gambit will do.
Well Done Commissioner Gainer!
* Bridget Gainer, 10th District
118 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602
phone: (312) 603-4210
fax: (312) 603-3695
Phone: (312) 603-4210
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Education University of Chicago, M.B.A.
University of Illinois U-C, B.A. - Political Science
Current WorkCorporate Strategy
Prior Work History
AON Corporation, Director of Public Strategy
Chicago Park District, Director of Lakefront Parks