UPDATE: We just received updated data from the Illinois Gaming Board: As of June 4, 2012, there are almost 20% more citizens on the self-exclusion list than jobs at the casinos. The total enrollment of citizens in the state’s voluntary Self-Exclusion Program is 9,171 and the total number of full and part-time casino jobs is 7789.
As the Illinois Legislature weighs adding more casinos in the state, an analysis released today revealed that the existing casinos in the state have created far more gambling addicts than jobs.
In a review of the 2011 Illinois Gaming Board’s Annual Report, Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation found the total enrollment of citizens in the state’s voluntary Self-Exclusion Program was 8,752 at the end of 2011 and the total number of full and part-time casino jobs was 7822- a difference of 930.
“The government’s own data shows that many more citizens have been hurt by the casinos than there are citizens who work there,” said SPG Foundation Executive Director Les Bernal. “The evidence that casinos are a failed policy is undeniable. A vote for casinos is a vote to create far more new addicts than jobs.”
Bernal said the actual amount of gambling addicts created by government’s gambling program is far greater than the number of citizens who have self-excluded. He said research shows only about 6% of people experiencing problems with gambling actually seek help from problem gambling services- that means 94% never come forward.
Existing Illinois Casino Jobs
Alton Belle 508
Jumer’s Casino, Rock Island 516
Empress Joilet 819
Harrah’s Metropolis 605
Harrah’s Joilet 941
Hollywood Casino Aurora 667
Casino Queen 720
Grand Victoria Elgin 828
Rivers Casino 1394
Citizens In State’s Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program