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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker addresses the crowd at Fairmount Park on July 30. He signed into law a gaming expansion that helps increase the tracks racing days to 100.
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a massive gambling expansion into law in June. On Tuesday he stopped by Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville to talk about the impact.

The legislation offers six new casinos, a harness racetrack and casino licenses for the three existing racetracks in Illinois. Pritzker said adding other types of gaming will reverse the current decline at the horse racing track.

State Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg
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Sen. Denny Hoskins is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast, where the Warrensburg Republican talked about some of the legislation he’s sponsoring during the 2019 session.

Hoskins was elected to the 21st Senatorial district in 2016. That seat includes Caldwell, Carroll, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Ray and Saline counties.

Report: Legalizing Sports Betting In Illinois

Feb 6, 2019

Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to legalize sports gambling. They’re still negotiating the details - -but a recent analysis shows the state could benefit from allowing the practice—sooner than later. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 7, 2010 - Mathematician John Allen Paulos has written of a phenomenon he terms “the Jeane Dixon effect.” This refers to the tendency of the intellect to remember accurate predictions while forgetting about less prescient ones.

Readers of a certain age may recall that Jeane Dixon was the astrologer/psychic who rose to national prominence by “predicting” the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Specifically, in 1956 Ms. Dixon forecast that the 1960 presidential election would be “dominated by labor and won by a Democrat” who would subsequently be “assassinated or die in office though not necessarily in his first term.”