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Stadelman, senators hear from experts on legalizing sports betting in Illinois

Sen. Steve Stadelman

CHICAGO – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) chaired a hearing of the Senate Gaming Committee today discussing the possibility of legalizing sports betting in Illinois.

There is currently a federal ban on sports betting, but the Supreme Court is considering a decision to overturn it. Today’s hearing was intended to discuss the regulatory framework that would need to be put in place to legalize sports betting at the state level.

“We know people are already participating in sports betting illegally,” Stadelman said. “If the federal ban is overturned, this is an opportunity for us to create a regulated, legal market in Illinois that brings in revenue and keeps us competitive with our neighboring states.”

National and international experts delivered testimony at the hearing on how to best implement a sports betting system in Illinois.

Senate President presses Rauner to act on gun violence

Senate President John J. Cullerton

As governor, Bruce Rauner slashed funding for mental health programs, leaving thousands of people without needed services and costing people their jobs.

Now, the governor wants to create a new working group to explore the connection between mental health and public safety and come up with recommendations for him to consider.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton points out the governor’s inconsistencies and in a recently published opinion piece calls on the governor to join efforts to do something right now about mental health and gun violence rather than create another government group and schedule more meetings.

“Last weekend, millions of people across this country joined March For Our Lives rallies. They didn’t demand more government meetings. They demand action, and I think they deserve it,” Cullerton says.

“Before assembling another batch of bureaucrats to ponder possibilities, the governor should take action on what’s right in front of him.”

You can read Senate President Cullerton’s opinion piece here:
Quad-City Times - Guest view: Rauner can prove he's serious about mental health, guns
State Journal-Register - John Cullerton: Gov. Rauner, don’t silence gun safety movement
Daily Herald - Cullerton: We need action on existing gun bills, not more work groups