How Illinois’ Gambling Bill May Trigger Those Struggling With Addiction

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Gov. JB Pritzker speaks during a bill signing on June 5, 2019 at the Thompson Center in Chicago. Pritzker has said the state has to be "very much focused" on gambling addiction. Amr Alfiky / Associated Press
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Gov. JB Pritzker speaks during a bill signing on June 5, 2019 at the Thompson Center in Chicago. Pritzker has said the state has to be "very much focused" on gambling addiction. Amr Alfiky / Associated Press

How Illinois’ Gambling Bill May Trigger Those Struggling With Addiction

By the end of the spring legislative session, Illinois lawmakers had passed bills for the legalization of recreational marijuana, a state budget and sports betting. The whopping 816-page gaming bill, if actualized, could transform Illinois into the gaming capital of the Midwest.

But some people aren’t as excited about that prospect as perhaps Gov. JB Pritzker — whose first budget depends on revenue his administration projects will pour in from gaming.

Morning Shift looks into how Illinois’ gambling expansion bill may trigger those struggling with addiction.

GUEST: Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ politics reporter

Anita Pindiur, executive director at the Way Back Inn and Grateful House

LEARN MORE: Illinois Gambling Addicts Wary Of Springfield’s Massive Expansion Plans (WBEZ, ProPublica Illinois 6/10/19)