Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x2 - Lang responds - Pritzker responds *** Powerball dumps Illinois over lack of budget
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x2 - Lang responds - Pritzker responds *** Powerball dumps Illinois over lack of budget

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017

* Sun-Times

The association that runs the popular Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement.

Concern over the state of Illinois’ fiscal condition prompted that decision by the Multi-State Lottery Association, according to internal Illinois Lottery communications.

Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg on Thursday morning confirmed that the games will be dropped without a state budget. He said the association has never threatened to drop the games. […]

The state reported $99.4 million in Mega Millions sales and $208 million in Powerball sales within the 2016 budget year. It’s unclear how much revenue the state got from the sale of those tickets.

Sheesh, what an embarrassment.

*** UPDATE 1 ***  Pritzker campaign…

Today, the Multi-State Lottery Association announced they voted to remove Illinois from the Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries due to Bruce Rauner’s 715-day budget crisis. In response, JB Pritzker released the following statement:

“The decision by the Multi-State Lottery Association is a clear rebuke of Bruce Rauner and the 715-day budget crisis he has unleashed on our state,” said JB Pritzker. “Rauner is a historic failure and bond ratings agencies, investors, and now U.S. lotteries are taking note. Under Bruce Rauner, Illinois has earned the reputation of being a bad investment and a state without stability or growth. This is what failed leadership looks like and the devastation will not stop until Bruce Rauner is out of office.”

*** UPDATE 2 *** Rep. Lou Lang…

“The decision today by the Multi-State Lottery Association to remove our state from participation in these lottery games is just another example of the absolute failure by the governor to do his job and govern. Due to the impasse that he has created, other states are now recognizing the lack of leadership by the governor, and they have made the decision that Illinois under Bruce Rauner is not a reliable partner.

“Not only does this affect Illinois gamers who enjoy playing the lottery games, but this will also have enormous negative effects on our public education system. This will take away millions of dollars of state funds for our schools, which are more critical now than ever. These effects just represent a small portion of the damage that the governor has done by holding up services and programs over items that have nothing to do with our state budget.

“House Democrats have worked to meet the governor in the middle, including passing reforms to the procurement and worker’s compensation systems, and working to level the playing field for small and medium-sized businesses. Yet, the governor still refuses to come back to the negotiating table. Republicans and Democrats nationwide are reacting to the complete lack of leadership under Bruce Rauner, which is leading us on the path to become a deadbeat state.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

48 Comments »
  1. - Allen D - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 10:47 am:

    That is “RICH” (pun intended)


  2. - Lech W - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    Now it really is a crisis !


  3. - G'Kar - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 10:52 am:

    If THAT threat doesn’t lead to a budget, nothing will./s


  4. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    There goes my retirement plan.


  5. - Henry Francis - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    Wasn’t winning the powerball jackpot McSweeny’s plan to increase the revenue required to balance the budget without a tax increase?

    Road trip to Wisconsin?


  6. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 10:59 am:

    Illinois has become USA’s Cousin Eddie


  7. - Biscuit Head - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:00 am:

    Anybody know how much annual Revenue IL received from Powerball ticket sales (that will now be disappearing)?


  8. - Terry Salad - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:01 am:

    Why is it unclear as to how much the State got from those lottery sales? The Sun Times does nothing to inform why the lack of a budget is leading to these particular games being dropped. I have guesses, but how about the Sun Times run this down?


  9. - illini - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:02 am:

    First the scratch off games are rigged and now this. Guess I’ll have to go to the Casino Queen more often!


  10. - AC - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:04 am:

    We definitely need to reform our deadbeat reputation.


  11. - Gruntled University Employee - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:04 am:

    As I posted earlier on another thread, so much for Rauner’s “Tier 4″ Pension Plan.


  12. - Christopher - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:04 am:

    I’ve been trying to do my part to help the IL budget by spending $10 on lottery tickets in order to win $2 back from them LOL


  13. - DuPage - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:06 am:

    People wanting Powerball tickets near the state lines will give our neighboring states revenue that otherwise would have gone to Illinois. Another Rauner accomplishment!


  14. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:07 am:

    Runners of a suckers game know a bust out artist when they see one.


  15. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:08 am:

    Powerball and Megamillions are the only lottery tickets I occasionally buy.

    Wonder how many other customers the Illinois lottery loses from this. Good job Rauner


  16. - Bad bet - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:11 am:

    So will this lower education funding, wasn’t the lottery to fund education


  17. - Cook County Commoner - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    Does the Lottery Association think the state will raid the proceeds? Hold up payment of the net proceeds? What does it care if the the state has a budget (i.e., massive tax increases without any studies as to their impact on Illinois)?
    The good thing is that I will be able to reach the counter at my local conveniece store more quickly to pay the new Cook County Beverage Tax.
    Win. Win.


  18. - Anon221 - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:22 am:

    Just another reason to move to Indiana! /s


  19. - AnonymousOne - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:25 am:

    These are the things that we’ll remember the Rauner administration for. Something for the ILlinois history books. Accomplishments.


  20. - Texas Red - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:26 am:

    I guess in July I’ll be enjoying more Spotted Cow and trips to the Brat stop in WI to purchase PB and Mega.


  21. - Oneman - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:26 am:

    When the lottery ticket guy says no mas, you have truly reached rock bottom…


  22. - RNUG - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:30 am:

    == Does the Lottery Association think the state will raid the proceeds? Hold up payment of the net proceeds? What does it care if the the state has a budget (i.e., massive tax increases without any studies as to their impact on Illinois)? ==

    I think the issue is Illinois has no authorization / appropriation to pay lottery winners above a very small amount.


  23. - Suburbanon - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:30 am:

    Remove state income tax on lottery winnings - like California does - and make Powerball and MegaMillions a “money maker” for state. I’ll bet sales will go up and it can help fill the budget hole. (snark snark)


  24. - Northsider - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:31 am:

    “This is what failed leadership looks like and the devastation will not stop until Bruce Rauner is out of office.”

    Pretty good response from Pritzker.


  25. - Chuckee Baby - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:34 am:

    For many Illinois citizens, this news will completely shock/stun them, and finally believe that the State of Illinois has big financial problems. I would expect IL Lottery sales to go into a serious dive, even in the unaffected Illinois games and scratch offs.

    The Credit Rating Agency Downgrades shock other people, just a smaller group than the previous group of people.


  26. - Rocky Rosi - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:38 am:

    There is a bright spot with this news. My mother can now save money by not playing the lottery.


  27. - All Bets Are Off - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:40 am:

    If this doesn’t twist Rauner’s arm into saying Uncle, nothing will. I know the guys wants bankruptcy so someone can make money on the “pennies-on-the-dollar” back end, but Jesus, Lottery has *always* been free cash for the state. This is what you get when you run government like a business. Thanks Repubs! We’re getting what we paid for.


  28. - Gruntled University Employee - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:47 am:

    ===When the lottery ticket guy says no mas, you have truly reached rock bottom… ===

    I so much wish I could believe that.


  29. - Boone's is back - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:50 am:

    This my finally rouse the rubes


  30. - Cook County Commoner - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:52 am:

    RNUG -I think the issue is Illinois has no authorization / appropriation to pay lottery winners above a very small amount.

    Thanks for that. I thought a stopgap compromise was in place. Are folks still suing to collect their winnings?


  31. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 11:53 am:

    Some serious good work by the Pritzker Comm Crew here.

    It’s the bread and butter message, it Trumps just about anything, even POTUS if you ingrane it like Rauner did.

    Bruce Rauner fails.

    That CrisisCreatinRauner Twitter is interesting…


  32. - Anon - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 12:09 pm:

    I will not let Bruce take away my last dream. Crossing the IN border to keep the dream alive!


  33. - Flynn's mom - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    This might be the straw that breaks the camels back.


  34. - Texas Red - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 12:29 pm:

    Pritzker is good at transference


  35. - Illinois O'Malley - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 12:40 pm:

    @Texas, don’t forget about the Spot burger joint on ur PB and spotted cow runs, right down 50 in Kenosha


  36. - Arock - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 12:56 pm:

    Tell all the lottery players that now they can just give their lottery money straight to the State as that is the main purpose of the lottery is a revenue generator for the State. Look at it for what it is a voluntary tax payment to the State with a minor chance of a refund.


  37. - Worth It - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 12:58 pm:

    This is like being cutoff by your drug dealer. Pretty pathetic.


  38. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 1:46 pm:

    Fortunately, we still have video gaming in our Porta-potties.


  39. - Texas Red - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    I had to laugh at Lou “Casio King” Lang’s comments. I’m sure his buddies in the Casio lobby are crying crocodile tears for the loss of PB and Mega.


  40. - eire 17 - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 2:34 pm:

    a gambling entity just said we are a bad bet–think about that


  41. - Texas Red - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 2:35 pm:

    sorry Casino


  42. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 2:55 pm:

    and the spiral downward just keeps getting worse. this is why people play the lotto!


  43. - BigLou - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 3:19 pm:

    So how is this going to affect quickie marts that see steady business for these two games and increase business when the prizes get big. A lot of these places that sell these tickets sell products to people as impulse buys when they are getting tickets. This may really hurt Cook County retailers who are already going to see a drop in soda sales thanks to the soda tax.


  44. - Illinois Native - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 3:25 pm:

    I see the end of Mega Millions and Powerball in Illinois as a possible positive for the horse breeders and the race tracks of the state.


  45. - Dr X - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    Finally, the lottery people acknowledge that term limits must be passed. Winnin’.


  46. - Barracuda - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 6:03 pm:

    My goodness— the crisis thickens. Especially now that EBT card beneficiaries will not be able to use their new found exemption from the soda tax and the savings therefrom to buy some Powerball tickets.


  47. - GLG - Thursday, Jun 15, 17 @ 7:06 pm:

    The Illinois Lottery!!!
    It’s for the kids!!
    A fools game if there ever was!
    Will the Chicago Democrats be chartering busses to take their voters to Wisconson and Indiana so they can get therir fix??


  48. - TKMH - Friday, Jun 16, 17 @ 11:31 am:

    Rauner always seemed like a scratch-off guy anyway.


TrackBack URI

Post your comment... And please take a half second to come up with a nickname. It makes following the posts easier for everyone... Thanks

In other words, do your best to be civilized and smart.


* Illinois "getting to a point where there's a tangible body count. Of children"
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today's edition
* Mrs. Rauner won't talk about her husband's happiness
* Talks break down, Medicaid providers want half a billion more a month
* *** LIVE *** Special session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Madigan Warns Of Tough Tax Hike Vote - WIBQ..
* Madigan: Democrats draft budget with 4 days lef.....
* Illinois House Republican Leader Focused On Bud.....
* As Negotiations Continue, Both Sides Ask: Will .....
* The Banana Republic of Illinois - Patriot Post..


* Police: 2 dead in Chicago crash, including off-duty officer
* Police: Boy dies after being shot in yard of Chicago home
* EXCHANGE: Community garden sows the seeds of peace in Peoria
* Police: Boy dies after being shot in yard of Chicago home
* House Democrats plan to roll out property-tax freeze plan
* Comment period ends soon on plan to anchor underwater pipes
* Iowan who shouted 'arrest me' to Illinois officer sentenced
* Navy Pier officials offer tips for July 4 fireworks show
* Social service groups warn of dire outcomes without budget
* Illinois' first fracking permit reignites controversy

* House Democrats close on spending plan, property tax relief
* First permit application revives 'fracking' debate in Illinois
* New timeline proposed to bring Illinois students up to par
* Madigan: Democrats draft budget with 4 days left in session
* Illinois House GOP narrows focus on non-budget issues
* Speaker Madigan lays out non-budget demands
* Madigan lays out non-budget demands
* Activists push to save rare wetland on school property
* Illinois House looks at school funding, but not budget
* Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit due to budget

* Lurie, U of C, Advocate named to top children's hospitals list
* Your lunchtime savior is one of Chicago's fastest-growing companies
* Springfield's latest casualty: High-profile nonprofit decimated
* Citadel's Griffin says Trump's 15% tax rate isn't realistic
* Illinois Chamber backs a big tax hike


* Man charged with DUI after cop and woman struck by vehicle
* EU issues record fine — $2.72 billion — to Google in antitrust case
* Man shot in South Shore
* Police: Man fatally run over with car after argument in Austin
* Police: Woman found dead after garage fire in Back of the Yards
* Police: 2 killed in West Side crash
* 13-year-old boy among 5 killed, 9 wounded in Monday shootings
* Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take 2 awards
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for June 27, 2017
* Dear Abby: Mourning muddles a promising romance


* Boy, 13, shot dead in backyard near Far South Side home: 'I couldn't even make it in time to see him'
* How many people will die from the Republicans' Obamacare repeal bills? Tens of thousands per year
* Ingredient in popular weed killer going on list as cancerous
* Off-duty Chicago cop, woman killed in West Side collision
* ‘Click for Kyle:’ An All-Star campaign to help Kyle Schwarber
* After crazy win, Cubs' next obstacle is Max Scherzer
* Lost dog tossed from moving SUV reunited with Round Lake Park family
* An open letter to Leonard Floyd, and every other NFL player
* Madigan to outline budget plan Tuesday, urges Rauner to be 'reasonable'
* Deaf sexual assault survivor graduates with help from Cook County detectives


» As Negotiations Continue, Both Sides Ask: Will It Be Enough?
» Mystery Of Missing Chinese Scholar Shakes Up Illinois School
» Chicago Police Recruits Visit African American Museum
» After Long Opposing Rauner's 'Non-Budget' Demands, Madigan Has Three Of His Own
» Photos: Chicago LGBT Pride Parade Parade 2017
» Photos: Chicago LGBT Pride Parade 2017
» State Week: Special Session Begins
» When Will Illinois *Really* Run Out Of Money? Could Be August
» Prosecutors Seek To Uphold 'Making A Murderer' Confession
» Budget Impasse Makes Future Of Sojourn Shelter Unclear


* Marc A. Thiessen: America is on its way to divorce court
* House Democrats close on spending plan, property tax relief
* First permit application revives 'fracking' debate in Illinois
* New timeline proposed to bring Illinois students up to par
* Madigan: Democrats draft budget with 4 days left in session
* Illinois House GOP narrows focus on non-budget issues
* Mark Grant: Small Businesses — Special session an opportunity to fix Illinois' budget problems
* George Will: Baseball's pace of play needs some juice
* Speaker Madigan lays out non-budget demands
* Madigan lays out non-budget demands


* PODCAST: State Senator Scott Bennett 06/27/17
* Man in custody following St. Louis quadruple shooting; girl making progress
* Highs and lows: Macon County weather data 2001-2016
* All Area Boys Tennis 2017
* SIUE student wins rare grant to study medications’ environmental impact
* CCHS alum dies in Colorado crash
* Sun, sun and more sun — metro-east in for clear, warm day
* MJs Minute: Mark Jones and Tim Singer
* Fireworks shows affected when area company denied license
* Miss Illinois pageant brings competitors and their fans — and their money — to Marion each year


* Reports: child saved from drowning in Antioch pool
* Elgin-born dancer follows dream to Cirque du Soleil, 'World of Dance'
* 911 tapes reveal frantic scene of Arlington Heights chain saw attack
* Dawn Patrol: Mundelein trustee resigns; families assess travel ban fallout
* U-46 says no to Elgin charter school after heated debate

* Rep. Randy Hultgren fields questions at Le...
* Hultgren backs Trump; suburban Democrats d...
* US Rep. Randy Hultgren accepting internshi...
* Fundraiser, protest set for Illinois GOP r...
* Rep. Randy Hultgren on Trump's Foreign and...
* Veterans seek answers at forum with US Rep...
* Randy Hultgren: US should remain on UN cou...
* Rep. Randy Hultgren constituents decry sec...
* Hultgren pushes measure to protect veteran...
* Hultgren backs Trump; suburban Democrats d...

* Durbin: Health insurance debate will start......
* Price: Trump administration talking to GOP......

* Senator Duckworth & IL Advocates Outline H......

* Union-bashing charter operator wants equitable school funding? C’mon.
* Morris Kight was the first Gay activist I ever knew.
* Madigan’s wish list of demands required for budget deal with Rauner, and other Chicago news
* Keeping busy in, and out of, the Capitol on everything except a state budget
* Elwood nixes 2-year old fire sprinkler mandate
* Legal Minutes: Recording and Surveillance Technology
* Video uses personalities to attract REALTORS® to Chicago
* REALTORS® target point of sale inspection policy in Beach park
* Illinois REALTORS® mourns loss of Danville board’s Borgwald
* Goldberg to succeed Stinton as NAR CEO


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* T-Mobile successfully tests new LTE tech, rolls out LTE-U to customers
* Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else
* New Apple Patent Describes Sleep Tracking System With Bedtime Ritual Sensing and Power Nap Function
* NBC App Now Supports Apple's Single Sign-on Feature on iPhone and iPad
* Honor 9 released in Europe with Honor Band 3
* European Commission finally rules on Google Shopping shenanigans, imposing €2.4 billion fine
* Honor 9 European launch: Watch the live stream here…

* White Sox Minor League Update: June 26, 2017
* Adolfo continues power parade in June
* Ninth-inning comeback vs. Yanks falls short
* Giolito featured in prospect duel of the day
* Late rally type of play Renteria expects to see
* Yankees 6, White Sox 5: Late rally can’t erase mistakes
* Quintana out to continue solid June vs. Yanks


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller