Lottery

  • Murphy proposal would protect the identity of lottery winners

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    DES PLAINES – Illinois Lottery winners could choose to remain anonymous under a privacy protection measure filed by State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines).

    “Fortune and fame don’t always go hand in hand. We know of instances around the country of lottery winners being attacked, killed or financially exploited because their identities were publicized,” Murphy said.

    “If winners want to be identified, that’s one thing. But the government should not require people to expose themselves to great personal risk simply because they were lucky enough to hit the jackpot one day.”

    Under Murphy’s proposal, winners of more than $250,000 can submit a written request that their identity be kept confidential. Similar legislation to Senate Bill 211 has been filed in Georgia.

  • Munoz proposal creates lottery game to benefit police memorials

    munoz 020818SPRINGFIELD – A new scratch-off Illinois Lottery game will create more revenue to benefit police memorials if a measure led by Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) becomes law.

    The legislation, Senate Bill 2337, was approved in the Senate Revenue Committee yesterday .

    “Preserving the memory of fallen officers through memorials, scholarships and assistance to their families shows our gratitude for their service,” said Munoz, a former Chicago police officer. “The families of these brave officers deserve support as they continue to heal from their loss, and they deserve to know their loved one’s service isn’t forgotten.”

  • Lightford: Lottery dollars should serve as a supplement to education funds

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  • Lightford: Lottery dollars should serve as a supplement to education

    LotterySPRINGFIELD — When the Illinois Lottery was established, its purpose was to provide extra revenue for schools, but those funds have been often used to replace funds from other sources. Reliance on lottery revenue to fund local schools could soon come to an end under a proposal that was approved in the Senate today.

    House Bill 213, led by Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood), ensures that any money transferred to the Common School Fund from the State Lottery Fund shall serve as a supplement, not a replacement for, any other money due to the Common School Fund.

    “It is time we used lottery money as it was intended,” Lightford said. “Our school system is underfunded, and we cannot continue to allow our children to lose out on vital resources they need for success.”

    Currently, 24 percent of lottery ticket revenue is deposited into the Common School Fund. In fiscal year 15, that amount was $679 million of the total $2.85 billion in lottery sales.

    The measure will now head back to the House on concurrence.