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Gambling addiction, or "Gambling disorder," affects slightly more than 2% of the U.S. adult population, but the price tag for society is quite a bit higher, according to a study by the National Council on Problem Gambling. We're talking costs around the $6 billion mark. So, how much of that money is coming from Illinois?
Thanks to a pretty lame movie of the same name, the "Bucket List" is something we often hear about, and maybe even have one of our own. For those who've been too busy living their lives to pay attention to trendy phrases, a bucket list is simply a number of things that one wishes to do or experience before they die--or, "kick the bucket."
My family lived in the Oregon, Illinois area for nearly 150 years, starting back with my great-great grandfather before the Civil War. However, in all that time, including living there for the first 21 years of my life, I must say I never once encountered a pelican. Times change, I guess, because more and more people are seeing pelicans in this area.
That might not be a bad slogan to use to draw fishermen (and women) to the waterways here in the Land of Lincoln to do some fishing, and spending of their tourism dollars. It doesn't hurt to have a guy in Carbondale with video proof that it happens, either.
Remember during the winter months when you were wishing for Spring? You wanted no more cold and snow, no more shoveling and shivering. You wanted Springtime weather and all that comes with it. Like lawn mowing and maintenance. Well, Spring has sprung in the Rock River Valley, and the lawn mowers are out, or soon will be.
If you're a Bruce Rauner fan, don't sweat it, and if you're not a fan at all, don't celebrate it. The reason for the Governor and Mrs. Rauner's departure has nothing to do with poll numbers or the current Springfield political climate.
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