2017 Poster Contest

April is Alcohol Awareness Month! All Illinois students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to participate in the 22nd Annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest. Participation Guidelines “Did You Know” educational sheet that explains how alcohol harms an adolescent brain Educating youth on the dangers of alcohol is important!  Alcohol … Continue reading

Is small-town video gambling drying up?

For local towns with populations of less than 2,000, video gaming has stalled.  As a collective, towns in La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties with a population of less than 2,000 people have not exceeded last year’s gambling revenue totals.  Read the whole article.

Is Daily Fantasy Sports Illegal Under Federal Law and most State Laws?

In this Op-ed Prof. John Kindt writes: Virtually a nonentity in 2012, by 2015 Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) was the largest advertiser in the United States. But by the end of 2015, DFS was the subject of investigations by the U.S. Attorney Offices in New York, Boston, and Tampa. Other criminal … Continue reading

2016 Poster Contest Winners Announced

All Illinois students in grades 6-12 were invited to participate in the 2016 Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest.  Winners were announced April 20, 2016.  Pictured above are two of the poster contest winners, Emme Neumann and Alexandra Bradley of Our Savior’s Lutheran in Springfield, IL.

Geneseo churches victorious over video gambling

Geneseo, IL – Video gambling machines won’t be found in Geneseo bars or gas stations. At the Tuesday, Sept. 22 committee of the whole meeting, aldermen voted against forwarding a proposal to allow video gaming to the October city council meeting.  As a result of the vote’s failure, Geneseo’s current … Continue reading

Two Mundelein bars fined in underage video gambling violations

Mundelein, IL – The Illinois Gaming Board voted Sept. 21 to fine two Mundelein businesses $25,000 each and charged them with seven counts that they allegedly allowed underage patrons to play video gambling machines and then did not self report the prohibited activity. One official says this is the first … Continue reading

American College of Pediatricians – Marijuana Use: Detrimental to Youth

Although increasing legalization of marijuana has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless, research documents the risks of its use by youth are grave. Marijuana is addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease and testicular cancer, and is associated with … Continue reading

Public employee pensions continue to lose out to gambling giveaways, expert says

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, a leading national gambling critic and University of Illinois expert warns. Since 1990, the state of Illinois has given away between $35 billion and $100 billion to gambling insiders in the form … Continue reading