The boys in Springfield are working hard on behalf of the poor, little homeless quail. Providing habitat for them is just a matter of fixing the Illinois Gaming Board's interpretation of the legislation that lawmakers handed them on video gambling.
The gaming regulators decided that a "fraternal organization" does not necessarily mean a "social club." They are letting the Loyal Order of Moose have video gaming machines -- "fraternal" -- but not the Alton Owls or the Quail Club -- "social."
So state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, comes to the rescue with a taxonomic fix that passed the Illinois House on Wednesday. We will let the birds join the ungulates and thrive thanks to video poker machines, assuming the Illinois Senate and Gov. Quinn agree.
Speaking of the Senate, they are again looking at allowing more casinos and other forms of gambling, but they held a hearing to wring their hands over the potential for their actions to "open the door to political corruption and organized crime."
Seriously. Now they worry?
The same illogical, careening leadership that won't put slots in horse race tracks -- where regulated, organized gambling has been managed and conducted for decades -- is more than willing to stick five poker machines in any place with a bottle of booze and an animal mascot.
Come on, guys. Quit pretending that you have any boundaries and just let it all rip. Gambling for all, everywhere, all the time.
We're well past worrying about the Moose getting its nose into the tent. We can't wait to see what its furry rump will crowd out and the mess it will leave behind.