Leaders, residents discuss gambling impact at Du Quoin State Fai - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Leaders, residents discuss gambling impact at Du Quoin State Fair

DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner has voiced support for the expansion of gambling across the state. Leaders with the Du Quoin State Fair say they could benefit from the revenue.

Local resident Rick Degler agrees, and says the impact of an expansion would be even more widespread. 

"As far as the gambling part, as long as our community gets the credit for it, it helps our school system, it helps our roads, and businesses," Degler said on Sunday.

Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed gambling expansion based on ideology while he was in office, and although current governor Bruce Rauner says he has similar hesitations, he's said he now views the industry as one that could provide revenue which could help pay the state's deficit which exceeds six billion dollars, while avoiding raising taxes, or cutting services.

"The state is behind on paying its bills on time, and there's talk of cutting all sorts of programs," SIU Professor and Political Analyst David Yepsen said on Friday.

Fred Huff with the team preparing for the annual Du Quoin State Fair says money for the historic main attraction has declined in recent years to the point where the fair's three days of harness racing are endangered.

Huff says he thinks a gambling expansion statewide could be the answer.

"They're talking about slot machines going in to racetracks" Huff explained. "If [horse racers] don't have anything, then there's not going to be any racing."

He says he supports the idea after "seeing success stories" in places like the Du Quoin American Legion.

"It's brought in a lot of people off the street, and there always seems to be a very steady flow," American Legion bartender Stacy Kirchner said.

Residents say they hope expansion means more business interest for everyone.

"As we expand this... how about the workers at the motel?" asked Degler. "How about the maids? I mean it takes everybody to make the world go around, it's not just about me or you, it's about everybody else."

The Illinois House of Representatives plan to discuss several gambling-related bills before the session ends later this month.

Copyright 2015 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • First Alert: Showers and thunderstorms expected

    First Alert: Showers and thunderstorms expected

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 9:42 AM EDT2018-06-20 13:42:21 GMT
    A few storms could become intense today (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)A few storms could become intense today (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

    Brian Alworth says our weather will gradually become more active over the next couple of days as a deep low-pressure area approaches from the northwest. 

    Brian Alworth says our weather will gradually become more active over the next couple of days as a deep low-pressure area approaches from the northwest. 

  • Missing 80-year-old IL man found safe at a friends house

    Missing 80-year-old IL man found safe at a friends house

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 9:09 AM EDT2018-06-20 13:09:22 GMT
    ISP issued an Endangered Person Advisory for James Crews (Source: LEAP)ISP issued an Endangered Person Advisory for James Crews (Source: LEAP)

    The police department said 80-year-old James Crews was found safe and secure at a friend's home on Wednesday, June 20. 

    The police department said 80-year-old James Crews was found safe and secure at a friend's home on Wednesday, June 20. 

  • What you need to know June 20

    What you need to know June 20

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:34 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:34:06 GMT
    Rain in headed our way. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)Rain in headed our way. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

    Good morning, it is Wednesday, June 20. First Alert Forecast A slightly wetter pattern starts today. 

    Good morning, it is Wednesday, June 20. First Alert Forecast A slightly wetter pattern starts today. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'Cut my hair': Officer and woman struggle during violent arrest

    'Cut my hair': Officer and woman struggle during violent arrest

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-06-20 02:59:31 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:12:26 GMT
    Alonso Luna struggled to tell another passenger to get the incident on video before she was forced out of the vehicle. (Source: CNN)Alonso Luna struggled to tell another passenger to get the incident on video before she was forced out of the vehicle. (Source: CNN)

    It involves a woman being dragged from the front seat of a car. And it involves an officer having her hair cut in order to break free of the suspect’s grip.

    It involves a woman being dragged from the front seat of a car. And it involves an officer having her hair cut in order to break free of the suspect’s grip.

  • Wrong newborn given to parents in WV

    Wrong newborn given to parents in WV

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 7:19 AM EDT2018-06-20 11:19:25 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:09 AM EDT2018-06-20 12:09:55 GMT

    Parents say a family spent valuable bonding time with the wrong newborn, including taking photos with him.

    Parents say a family spent valuable bonding time with the wrong newborn, including taking photos with him.

  • Parents get into massive brawl at TN softball game

    Parents get into massive brawl at TN softball game

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 12:35 AM EDT2018-06-20 04:35:33 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 12:57 AM EDT2018-06-20 04:57:49 GMT

    Video shows almost a dozen parents erupt into a fight at a girls' softball tournament.

    Video shows almost a dozen parents erupt into a fight at a girls' softball tournament.

Powered by Frankly