Legalizing sports gambling is a massive expansion of gambling. Access to sporting events worldwide 24/7/365 makes gambling just a click away and fuels gambling addiction. Internet sports gambling appeals to young people, who could place bets over their phones or computers without parental approval.
Casinos are expanding in Illinois due to the passage of a 2019 bill to authorize 6 more casinos and 2 racetrack casinos. Making casinos more accessible and acceptable will increase harm and addiction.
The Illinois Lottery was formed in 1974 and since that time many promises have been broken. The Lottery is a regressive tax on the poor. Most of the lottery revenue from addicted gamblers.