Online sports betting will create a new generation of problem gamblers

Legalizing sports gambling is a massive expansion of gambling. Access to sporting events worldwide 24 hours a day, makes gambling just a click away and fuels gambling addiction.   Internet sports gambling appeals to young people, who could place bets over their phones or computers, with no one knowing. Sports gambling … Continue reading

A Pharmacist Makes the Case Against Legalizing Marijuana

Legalization of marijuana has ramifications beyond the individual’s decision to smoke an occasional joint. Several considerations contradict the argument for legalization. Economic Disaster Most simply, it is argued that legalization would eliminate criminal problems. The state would collect its sales tax, and marijuana users would be happy. However, as with … Continue reading

Illicit Fentanyl Use Linked to Cases of Amnesia

More than a dozen people who used fentanyl, either alone or in combination with stimulants, have suffered severe memory loss, researchers from West Virginia University report. These cases involved severe short-term memory loss, HealthDay reports. Imaging scans revealed the patients had lesions on the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with … Continue reading

John Kindt: Casino bills take billions from education

Herald&Review, May 23, 2017: Passing the Illinois Senate on May 17 and pending in the House, Senate Bill 7 would authorize a Chicago Casino Development Authority (CCDA) as a government unto itself via a “perpetual” license with all owned or “leased” property tax exempt. CCDA is legislatively designed to be … Continue reading

Illinois Business Journal: Counterpoint – Should gambling be expanded in Illinois?

No, the state has more than enough gambling! by Anita Bedell You might think the state would be flush with money from all of the gambling that has been legalized:  lottery, Internet lottery, casinos, video gambling, horse racing, off-track betting parlors, advance deposit wagering (Internet gambling on horse racing), and … Continue reading

2018 Poster Contest

April is Alcohol Awareness Month! All Illinois students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to participate in the 23rd Annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest. Participation Guidelines Did You Know – great information to share with students about how alcohol harms an adolescent brain Educating youth on the dangers of alcohol is … Continue reading

What Will Legal Marijuana Cost Employers?

This White Paper authored by the National Families in Action (Atlanta, GA) examines the complexities employers are facing or will face as marijuana is legalized for medical or recreational use in various states. As litigation in these states unfolds and begins to build case law, this paper asks several questions … Continue reading

Communities with the Highest Video Gambling Losses

Is your community on this list of top 40 Illinois municipalities with the highest video gambling losses?  Take a look at how losses in the top 2 municipalities exceed the rest.  And, keep in mind that Illinois residents have lost a staggering 3,419,600,082.09 since video gambling was first legalized in … Continue reading