Richard Swing

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9:29 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, December 29, 2011

Illinois' anti-gambling lobby is speaking out against a plan to sell lottery tickets on the Internet. Illinois lottery officials want lotto tickets available online by next spring.
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Illinois' anti-gambling lobby speaks out against online lottery plan

Illinois Lottery officials want lotto tickets available online by next spring. Both the state - and gambling critics - agree that'll be a financial boon for Illinois.

"Well, it could be a boon, but at the expense of addicted gamblers," said Anita Bedell, the head of Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems. Bedell, who has been fighting gambling expansion for years, says she worries online ticket sales will make it too easy for gambling addicts to get their fix.

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