If you live in Illinois and pay any attention to what is going on, then you don't need me to tell you that we are in DIRE STRAITS!
We are going broke!
It's seriously bad. SO bad that I am going to need a Lipitor prescription!
Today, Governor Pat Quinn is giving a speech to announce his budget proposal which calls for $2.2 billion dollars in cuts, as well as borrowing $5 billion. Eeesh!
Desperate times call for desperate measures!
As of now, he isn't going to include a tax increase, and as you know that is a
I hope it works. Otherwise, what are we going to do?
Well, I have a wonderful idea. I wish that Illinois, and the city of Chicago would jump up and embrace video gaming!...And not just video gaming, but controlled gambling all together!
Now, I know: Some of you out there think this is a terrible idea. Allowing legalized gambling will lead to many more social problems, people will start wasting away their paychecks, become gambling addicts, etc.
Yes, some of that is true. However, as grown adults that is a decision that you would need to make. 'Can I control myself? No?' Then don't gamble.
At least 95% of adults are able to gamble without trouble.
Personally, I am not much of a gambler. I work way too hard to go out and blow my hard-earned money on a roulette wheel!
Sure, I do play the MegaMillions lottery here and there, but I stop at $1.
For a state like Illinois, gambling can bring in SO MUCH more needed $$. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability estimated that up to $475 million could be spent on video gambling machines here in Chicago if the city would allow them.
$475 MILLION! That's a lot of Benjamins!
Come on Mayor Daley, Wisen up!
Can you imagine how much money the state would also make if we built a nice casino or two? Make it a destination stop with restaurants and hotels. Heck, maybe we can even build a theater for our own Jennifer Hudson to perform in and hold a residency!
OR, How about a Riverboat adventure? We can do it right off of Navy Pier.
Put in a Buffet and I will be there, stuffing my face!!!
Seriously, Illinois...it's time to start thinking outside the box! We need some cash!
Some People are already gambling and betting illegally already. Others are hopping over to Indiana to spend their dough!
Illinois, you could be profiting from this!
So come on, I can't solve the state's financial problems all by myself here!