* After mugging for the cameras in the Metro East with the cupcake girl, the governor is heading to a much different venue further inland…
MARION – Governor Pat Quinn will sign legislation to support charitable events across the state.
WHEN: 3:15 p.m.
WHERE: Black Diamond Harley-Davidson
2400 Williamson County Pkwy
Unfortunately, my brother Devin the photographer (and musician, songwriter, etc.) will not be able to attend, but maybe we can still somehow get a photo for a caption contest. Just think of the possibilities. I sure hope they pre-screen the crowd for Confederate flag arm patches, though.
* The Trib explains the bill…
Charitable “poker run” motorcycle rallies will be able to keep more of their proceeds under a bill Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign today at a Downstate Harley-Davidson dealership.
In poker runs, riders typically pay an entry fee, then ride to a series of checkpoints throughout the day where they receive playing cards. The rider with the best poker hand at the end of the day receives a cash prize. The rest of the proceeds go to the person or organization the event is designed to help.
Senate bill 3312 places them under the jurisdiction of county governments and allows a fee of up to $25 to be charged. Poker runs have been run under the auspices of the Gaming Act, which is overseen by the state and carries fees of $400 to $600 per event.
Those Gaming Act fees were way out of line, as were their regulations.