In a recent article we reported that The Salvation Army would no longer be accepting money from organizations within the gambling industry. We would like to correct the previous article and report that it was not the entire Salvation Army that was rejecting the funds. The policy was put in place for Salvation Army units in New Zealand, not in the United States.
In the U.S., the stance of The Salvation Army is not clearly defined. “Currently, The Salvation Army in the United States does not have a specific policy restricting or endorsing the acceptance of donations from any industry,” according to a representative from The Salvation Army National Headquarters.
The United States Salvation Army, as well as the New Zealand Salvation Army “territories” are part of the international organization, they are not governed by the same rules.
The organizations run independently, and while The Salvation Army in New Zealand has made changes to their policies and are no longer accepting money from gambling organizations, the policies of the United States Salvation Army have not changed.
The gambling industry is a partner of local Salvation Army units in communities in the U.S., and will not be severing ties with those partners now or in the future. We would like to apologize for any confusion we might have created by our previous article, and we hope this article clears up any misconceptions.
Gambling Industry In Illinois Drops Ball On 24 Hour Casinos
The nine casinos in Illinois have been lobbying for expanded casino gambling hours. The state Gaming Board decided last week to consider the idea. When the time came, the casinos did not provide the necessary statistics to support their case.
The casinos had been saying that the expanded hours would bring in increased revenue for the state. That was the basis of asking the Board to consider the move. They did not come through on their end, however, with proof.
“The industry was not able to tell the board how much more income and tax revenue would be generated by staying open 24 hours,” said Gene O’Shea, spokesman for the Gaming Board. he went on to say that the Board could not move forward with this issue without some indication of what it would be worth to the state.
The casinos could have made a major blunder by not having the information readily available. Profits are already decreasing due to several factors, and the added hours could have help offset some of those losses.
The industry, while not prepared to make their case, still was disappointed by the decision. “It would have been nice if they would have granted it. It might have reversed some of what we’ve seen this year,” said Finance Director Brian Caputo.
It would have helped the state with their budget deficit, but without knowledge of how much the expanded hours would have helped, it was impossible for the Board to move forward with the plan.