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eaglebeaky - Wagner and Griggs capture state title - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
There's no financial support from the school? Why is that? ( My first thought was that maybe its considered a club sport instead of a sanctioned varsity sport?) Anyway... If you know of any way that they're accepting donations towards the cost of their trip, could you please post it here? Thanks.
eaglebeaky - Wagner and Griggs capture state title - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Congrats to both the 2 champions and to their coach! (Nice to see that an unorthodox sport can make the news once in a while.)
eaglebeaky - Illinois bill would bar public funds for graduation speakers - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Welch, like most politicians, has it all backwards. A little bit of "micromanaging" would do a lot of good, both to prevent outright fraud and to highlight other areas where money could be saved pretty effortlessly. (This same kind of stuff is what just ended Aaron Schock's career! Schock was relying on the absolute lack of oversight and "micromanaging", when he tried to claim 170,000 miles…
QuincyGuy - Wagner and Griggs capture state title - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I agree 100% harry114. No financial support other than donations from NRA, Manufactures, and local folks who can appreciate what this does for those young folks. If you are reading this consider a donation to this program. Thank you Jim for all you do. We need to get you a raise. 😄
pullthisleg - Wagner and Griggs capture state title - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Awesome story, glad to see positive stuff now and again.

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Industry advocates say the state could generate $200 million annually

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Illinois could reap nearly $200 million annually if it became the fourth state to legalize online poker, an industry advocate said Wednesday.

In comments to a Senate committee, John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, said legalization would not only bring more money to the state, but it would result in tighter regulations for a practice that is already under way among poker aficionados.

"Prohibition will only play into the hands of the criminal element," Pappas said.

Pappas' testimony came just a day after Nevada and Delaware signed an agreement legalizing online gaming options in both states. New Jersey already allows Internet-based gambling.

The prospect of a new stream of cash flowing into state coffers had Senate President John Cullerton saying he hopes some kind of gambling expansion package could be hammered out before the end of the spring legislative session.

The Democrat from Chicago has been prodding his colleagues to move on the issue for nearly two years.

In 2012 he called on legislative leaders and Gov. Pat Quinn to add online poker into the mix as part of the annual end-of-session horse-trading that goes on under the Statehouse dome.

On Wednesday, however, Cullerton said legalization could again be a tough sell because of opposition from casino owners and horse track operators.

"There's a lot of complications about how it affects the existing gaming industry. That seems to be where the hang up might be right now," he told reporters.

But, with the state's temporary income tax expiring in the middle of the next fiscal year, Cullerton said the revenue generated by online poker could help fill an expected $1.5 billion gap.

"The other states that are just getting started are bringing in some money so that might play a role in it when we try to pass a budget," Cullerton said.

Opponents say the market for gambling is saturated.

"There are already enough opportunities for gambling in Illinois," said Anita Bedell, executive director of the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol & Addiction Problems.

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