Lottery players could have a chance to play Powerball online soon. Supporters of legislation to put Powerball online estimate bringing the game to the web could generate $40 million. As State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston) says, that money goes back to the community.
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“We’ll be expanding the revenue that’s coming in to the state to pay for roads, schools, bridges and other key infrastructure projects,” Schoenberg says. Opponents say Illinois doesn’t need more ways to gamble. The measure passed the Senate and is in the House awaiting a committee vote. The Senate also approved a measure that would require students to take four years of math to graduate from high school. State Sen. Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) says he wants to tack on the extra year because jobs today demand a better education, even the ones that don’t require a college degree.
“Students not going to college don’t need calculus but they need to be able to work with fractions,” Frerichs says. “They need to be able to work with rulers. Unfortunately too many of our students come away without those skills.” Frerichs says a better education will lead to a better workforce and more jobs. The measure passed the Senate and is awaiting a committee vote in the House.