Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ward Room: Are Casinos a 'Sure Thing' for Chicago?

What do you think about a possible casino in this city? Do you think it should be used to fund infrastructure for example? Here's what Ward Room blogger Edward McClelland has to say:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel thinks he’s found a way to enrich himself with gambling, too.

He’s already spent the money from a Chicago casino that hasn’t even been built, hasn’t even been approved by Gov. Pat Quinn. The mayor plans to use his casino windfall to fix up 25 schools and rehab the "L."

For every winner at the racetrack or the casino, there are 50 losers. And for every 50 losers, there are 50 guys who thought they had a sure thing. Gambling is no way to solve personal financial problems, and it’s no way to solve civic financial problems, either. It’s entertainment.

If Emanuel wants a casino so Chicagoans can enjoy poker, blackjack, craps and slot machines, that’s fine. But if Emanuel wants a casino so the city can squeeze more money from Chicagoans to pay for civic improvements, everyone’s going to lose.

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