Choosing to gamble is a personal decision, no one is forced to partake. I, myself, do not gamble at all, but I believe those who wish to should be able to do so legally, bearing in mind that each of us is responsible for his or her own actions. However, there are provisions in the new law to assist those who have problems with gambling.
Prohibition didn't work in the 1920s. People wanted to drink alcoholic beverages and the matter was handled by legalizing liquor for adults, regulating its distribution and taxing it.
Prohibiting gambling didn't work either. Illinois has legalized horse race wagering, the lottery, bingo, river boat casinos and now video gaming machines.
People feel safe and comfortable gambling legally in their neighborhood taverns, fraternal and veterans clubs. The new law requires all applicants and their establishments to be scrutinized and pass inspections by the Illinois Gaming Board, be regulated, legal for adults only, licensed and taxed. Many local establishments need the added income and Illinois certainly needs more revenue.
This endeavor will add hundreds of new jobs such as vendors to supply the machines, people to maintain and inspect the machines, and people to enforce the laws regarding them. This cost will be entirely paid for by those who play the machines. The break down of the profits is: Vendor 34 percent; establishment 35 percent, state 25 percent; municipality 5 percent.
Benefits are: People can safely play near home; local clubs and pubs get added income; the state and communities get added tax money; hundreds of new jobs are available.