Chicago area ministers oppose gambling expansion

2013-05-27T00:00:00Z 2013-05-27T23:57:10Z Chicago area ministers oppose gambling expansionThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A group of Chicago area pastors is opposed to a proposal that would add five more casinos in Illinois.

The pastors have sent a letter to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. It calls gambling an "unstable source of revenue" because of the social cost, including affecting people who can't afford it and job loss. The letter also questions oversight of a Chicago casino, something that's been a source of frustration for the Illinois Gaming Board.

The pastors include the Rev. Stephen Thurston of New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago.

The plan calls for casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Chicago's south suburbs and Lake County. It's cleared the Senate and awaits a House vote.

The bill is slated for a committee hearing Monday.

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