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Something I’d really like to see

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014

* 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
Marion, 62959

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.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 11:23 am:

    I’d like to see that too!

  2. - Walker - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 11:39 am:

    Rauner rides?

  3. - Nieva - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 11:46 am:

    Wonder if he and John Bradley have made up enough to appear together in their biker vests and Harley boots.

  4. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 11:50 am:

    “Like a true Illinois nature’s child, I was put on this earth to be wild. Together, we can climb so high, night and day…. “

  5. - x ace - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 12:18 pm:

    All of us here at the “Sons of Anarchy ” clubhouse are glad. ( that $400 too steep ) Jax

  6. - downstate commissioner - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 1:21 pm:

    Mixed feelings about this-most of the poker run stops are at taverns- five cards=usually five drinks: anybody else see a problem with that?

  7. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Jun 10, 14 @ 7:59 pm:

    Quinn within ten feet of a Harley could be a Dukakis moment.

    That said, if he plays up his charity creds….

  8. - Come on Glenn - Wednesday, Jun 11, 14 @ 7:58 am:

    Poker runs downstate amount to a bunch of motorcycle riders who ride from one bar to another, having a minimum of one drink times about 12 stops, well you get the picture, and they think because it is a sanctioned event they are exempt from the law. True, charity benefits but deaths and accidents happen often on these events, just an observation.

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