* Background is here. From the IHDWC…
“The House Democratic Women’s Caucus (IHDWC) has decided that owners of professional sports teams, and their leagues, should not monetarily benefit from the revenues created from a gaming expansion package being considered by the Illinois General Assembly that includes sports betting.
“The IHDWC believes that billionaires should not profit from people who are betting on their teams. Instead, the caucus is pushing for the state revenues created from the gaming expansion to be dedicated to community re-investment, mental health and addiction services.
“If women of diverse backgrounds had been at the negotiating table, we would have made community re-investment, mental health and addiction services the priorities, not the billionaires who own the professional sports teams. Women can no longer be ignored and side-stepped in the legislative process.
“The mission of the IHDWC is to promote the leadership of women elected to the Illinois House of Representatives and to create inclusive and collaborative policy outcomes for the state. It is our opinion that the gaming bill that is being discussed was not created in an inclusive environment and is not a collaborative effort.
“At this time, the women of the Illinois House Democratic Women’s Caucus will not support the proposed gaming bill until drafters remove language that allows any state revenues collected to be given to sports team owners and their respective leagues.”
That probably kills that idea.